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Thanksgiving weekend in Chicago: Best things to do

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The movie Gremlins screens at the Boiler Room on Sunday 11/26. - CREATIVE COMMONS
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  • The movie Gremlins screens at the Boiler Room on Sunday 11/26.

If you're wondering how to make the most of your post-Thanksgiving weekend, here's some of what we recommend:

Fri 11/24: In her latest exhibit "Reindigenizing the Self" at Volume Gallery (1709 W. Chicago), Tanya Aguiñiga uses clay, plants, hair, and other natural substances to create work that reflects on her Mexican heritage. 11 AM-6 PM, free

Fri 11/24: Join Liz Taylor (former president of the National Book Critics Circle) and Charles Finch (a past finalist for the NBCC's award for criticism) at the Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln), where they discuss the best books of 2017. 6 PM, free

G Herbo, the rising Chicago hip-hop artist, performs at the Portage Theater on Friday 11/24. - ERIC JOHNSON
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  • G Herbo, the rising Chicago hip-hop artist, performs at the Portage Theater on Friday 11/24.

Fri 11/24: G Herbo, one of Chicago's brightest hip-hop stars, plays the Portage Theater (4050 N. Milwaukee). The Reader's Leor Galil writes of Herbo's latest album, Humble Beast: "For all the bloodstains splattered across cracked-cement corners and the lack of opportunity that weighs heavily on the people in his songs, Herbo always finds a way to inject a little bit of light into his narratives and instrumentals, no matter how dire or vitriolic." 6:30 PM, $45

Sat 11/25: Both A Charlie Brown Christmas and the story of Rudolph are affably spoofed in the Annoyance Christmas Pageant, an annual yuletide tradition for the Annoyance Theatre (851 W. Belmont). 7 PM, $20, $12 children under 12

Former Chicagoan Daniel Kibblesmith reads from his new book, Santa's Husband, at Challenger Comics + Conversation on Saturday 11/25. - CHALLENGER COMICS + CONVERSATION
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  • Former Chicagoan Daniel Kibblesmith reads from his new book, Santa's Husband, at Challenger Comics + Conversation on Saturday 11/25.

Sat 11/25:
Humorist Daniel Kibblesmith, a former Chicagoan and current staff writer on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, appears at Challenger Comics + Conversation (1845 N. Western) to discuss his new book, Santa's Husband, an illustrated look at what the North Pole would be like if a traditional Santa were married to a black, gay Santa. 1-3 PM, free

Sun 11/26: Gremlins, described by former Reader film critic Dave Kehr as, "E.T. with the lid off," screens at the Boiler Room (2210 N. California) for today's iteration of PBR Movie Night. Pizza, Jameson, and PBR are on special.

Sun 11/26: Tony Award-winning choreographer Savion Glover combines live funk music with his renowned tap dancing for All Funkd' Up at the College of DuPage Gahlberg Gallery, McAninch Arts Center (425 Fawell, Glen Ellyn). 4 PM, $59-$79

For more things to do this weekend—and every day—visit our Agenda page.



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