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Ravyn Lenae and more of the best things to do in Chicago this week

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Lincoln Hall hosts Ravyn Lenae Tue 4/10. - JINGYU LIN
  • JINGYU LIN
  • Lincoln Hall hosts Ravyn Lenae Tue 4/10.

There are plenty of shows, films, and other events happening this week. Here's what our critics say about what we recommend:

Mon 4/9: "I haven't read all of Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach Trilogy, a series of sci-fi novels about a mysterious biosphere steadily taking over the earth, but the first one, Annihilation (2014), really got under my skin . . . Alex Garland's new screen version of Annihilation, which beautifully realizes the book's biological nightmare." —J.R. Jones Various times, various prices

Tue 4/10: "At 19, Chicago R&B singer and Zero Fatigue member Ravyn Lenae has proven herself a master at crafting odes to love. That’s partially because she’s open about the peculiar perplexities of being enamored with someone. On “Sticky,” the lead single from February’s Crush (Atlantic/Three Twenty Three), she sings about the cognitive dissonance brought on by loving an idealized version of a partner whose actions are out of sync with her expectations." —Leor Galil 7 PM, Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln, sold out, all-ages

Tue 4/10: "Lynn Shelton wrote and directed two superior indie comedies, Humpday (2009) and Your Sister's Sister (2011), but her career in features failed to ignite and she crept off into series television. Now she's back with [Outside In,] an engrossing drama about love and circumstance, and there isn't a false note from start to finish." —J.R. Jones 6 PM, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State, 312-846-2800, $11

Catch Turnstile at the Bottom Lounge Wed 4/11. - JIMMY FONTAINE
  • JIMMY FONTAINE
  • Catch Turnstile at the Bottom Lounge Wed 4/11.

Wed 4/11: "It’s been several decades since punk first mutated into hardcore, and many of its young acolytes still prefer to let it fester in the world’s dingiest basements and DIY spaces. But since 2010 Baltimore-area five-piece Turnstile has been streamlining hardcore’s abrasive attack into huge, brightly colored anthems that seem to zoom forward without friction, or much concern for friction in either their music or among ortho punks who easily upset at nontraditional hardcore sounds." —Leor Galil 6:30 PM, Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake, $18, all-ages

Wed 4/11: "Immersive theater productions that place viewers in the same space as the actors are very difficult to pull off, but Windy City Playhouse’s Southern Gothic has the right blend of skill and ambition to create a memorable and unique theater experience. Leslie Liautaud’s script is a familiar drama about a group of coupled friends getting drunk and unloading their secrets on each other, but David H. Bell’s graceful, intricate direction and the rich performances draw the audience deep into this world." —Oliver Sava 7:30 PM, Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W. Irving Park, 312-374-3196, $65-$95

Thu 4/12: "Rob Magill is a ridiculously prolific musician and artist from Ojai, California, who churns out music at a manic pace, a situation that’s made dipping into his work a bit daunting. I first encountered him a couple of years ago when Sun Ark, the label operated by his fellow LA experimentalist Sun Araw (Cameron Stallones), dropped his sprawling 2016 album The Owl and the Pussycat. On the back cover Magill included a list of disparate influences from across the entire musical spectrum, among them the Flamingos, Elliott Carter, Marshall Allen, and Yma Sumac." —Peter Margasak 9 PM, Elastic, 3429 W. Diversey, $10 suggested donation, all-ages

Thu 4/12: "Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy), the young American and the Frenchwoman who met on a train and spent the day together in Vienna in Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise (1995), run into each other again nine years later [in Before Sunset], this time in Paris. What we see of their reunion unfolds in real time and lasts only 80 minutes, but it's so concentrated that the film is about the previous nine years as much as the breathless present." —Jonathan Rosenbaum In 35mm, 7 PM, Univ. of Chicago Doc Films, 1212 E. 59th, 773-702-8575, $5

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