It’s unclear to us if these nuns are on acid, but, then again, perhaps they are not even nuns. Credit: H.P. Koch/Unsplash

Artist Khaaliq Haneef closes out his debut solo show, “The Devious Mind of Khaaliq Haneef” with Sounds & S’mores, an open mike at the Lawndale Pop-Up Spot (1408 S. Central Park). Hip-hop and R&B artist Khing Kwon will be master of ceremonies, and DJ Ramiro, who has a monthly night at Osito’s Tap in Little Village, will be performing his blend of house, disco, funk, and hip-hop. Haneef’s work is informed by graffiti and muralism, and he handles Khing Kwon’s branding. This will be a night of collaboration and joy in Lawndale. Prepare to share your talents from 7-11 PM. (MC)

September marks Quimby’s (1854 W. North) 31st anniversary, and what better way to celebrate than with the store’s first in-person event since the pandemic. Join Quimby’s alumni Corinne Halbert and Caroline Cash as they discuss Halbert’s new graphic novel Acid Nun, which sees its protagonists turn a bad acid trip into a journey of self discovery. Cash, an Ignatz Award winner, will also talk about her debut graphic novel, Girl in the World, which follows a group of girls through a chaotic 24 hours that starts with some, ahem, interesting Facebook events. The talk runs from 7-9 PM. It’s free and open to everyone, but masks are required. (MC)

The Crooked Mouth, a folk cabaret musical offshoot of sorts of Curious Theatre Branch (Curious cofounders Jenny Magnus and Beau O’Reilly are two of the band members) performs tonight at Constellation (3111 N. Western), alongside a new “very short” play by Theater Oobleck cofounder Mickle Maher entitled John Keats on Cats. (If you saw Maher’s brilliant William Blake-inspired There Is a Happiness That Morning Is during one of its several iterations a few years ago, then you know already about his affection for 19th-century British poets.) The show starts at 8:30 PM, and there is also a livestream available. Tickets are $15 ($5 livestream) at constellation-chicago.com. (KR)

More music options for tonight: the sprawling, multi-venue, nine day World Music Festival opens tonight with “Ragamala: A Celebration of Indian Classical Music.” This 14-hour series of performances (don’t worry, you can drop in or out anytime) scheduled from 6 PM tonight until 8 AM Saturday at Preston Bradley Hall inside the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington, third floor) is a bit of a reflection of what to expect from the World Music Festival: incredible musicians informed by global traditions, some playing Chicago for the very first time, and it’s all for free! Read more about the festival and see the full schedule here. Prefer some punk for your Friday? This week, Gossip Wolf tipped us off to tonight’s Nora Marks record release show at Gman Tavern (3740 N. Clark). Cut Your Losses, OK Cool, and Pinksqueeze round out the bill and the 21+ show starts at 9 PM (tickets are here). (SCJ)

It’s not quite October as I’m writing this, but there is certainly an autumn chill in the air in Chicago, which leads thoughts to the best part of the year: spooky season! Kick it off along with a group of writers, podcasters, occultists, and other individuals interested in the paranormal by attending the all-online PanParacon 2022. The “pan” in the name stands for a few things including the pandemic (organizers strove to create a fully online experience in order to accommodate for community members who are not able to travel right now), and also the god Pan (many of the organizers and participants found each other online after watching the Planet Weird series Hellier which covers Pan extensively in the show’s second season). Tonight, you can tune in at 5 PM for a panel discussion on “Identity and the Otherworldly” featuring artist Leslie Hornsberry, DEI practitioner and blogger Nick Hornsberry, Kaj Jensen, podcaster Dash Kwiatkowski, and Mortellus, the High Priestess of the Coven of the Leaves. The convention continues through Sunday and a full schedule with more information is available here. (SCJ)