As summer winds down, there's still plenty to do. Here's some of what we recommend:
Through 8/15: Visit "The Pellizzi Family Collections" featuring the work of Mexican painters Julio Galán and Daniel Lezama during the exhibit's closing night tonight at Mana Contemporary Chicago (2233 S. Throop).
Through 8/17: Fans of podcasts like Nerdette, Tell Me I’m Funny!, and General Admission should flock to Steppenwolf Theatre’s (1650 N. Halsted) three-day Sounds Like Chicago Live Podcast Festival featuring local podcasts recording shows in front of live audiences. 6:30 PM
Mon 8/15: Check out the instrumental outfit Sioum at Reggie’s Music Joint (2105 S. State) tonight. The Reader’s Monica Kendrick calls Sioum’s latest release a "settle-in-for-the-journey record that will reward repeated listenings." 8 PM
Tue 8/16: Stage Left Theatre (929 W. Belmont) hosts Drekfest 2016, a night of so-bad-they're-good plays including Moist: A Mermaid Play and Mother Goose: The Royalty-Free Jukebox Musical. A panel of judges will award the title of "Grand Loser" to the worst of the bunch. 7:30 PM
Tue 8/16: Hear cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, a group of musicians from across the globe, at this Ravinia Festival (200 Ravinia Park) performance featuring Chinese pipa player Wu Man, Iranian kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor, and Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh. 8 PM
Wed 8/17: Drop by ComedySportz Theatre (929 W. Belmont) for Kill Your Darlings, a literary event featuring a mashup of improv, music, and staged readings. This week’s performers includes Newberry Library adjunct humanities lecturer and Celtic music expert June Sawyers. 7 PM
Wed 8/17: Listen as members of Chicago's comedy scene speak out about reforming law enforcement and helping victims of violence at Take Action Show: #BlackLivesMatter at Playground Theater (3209 N. Halsted). 10 PM
Thu 8/18: Cognitive psychologist Therese Huston shares snippets and strategies from her book How Women Decide at City Lit Books (2523 N. Kedzie). 6:30-8 PM
Thu 8/18: Speak your truth at "The Truth Booth," a traveling art exhibition from the Cause Collective where participants enter a booth to be videotaped as they finish the sentence "the truth is . . ." (6760 S. Stony Island). Noon-6 PM
For more stuff to do this week—and every day—check out our Agenda page.