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Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, and more of the best things to do in Chicago this weekend

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Cecile Richards, center, with Hillary Clinton and Planned Parenthood staff and volunteers. She speaks about her new book Sat 4/14. - BARBARA KINNEY/HILLARY FOR AMERICA
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  • Cecile Richards, center, with Hillary Clinton and Planned Parenthood staff and volunteers. She speaks about her new book Sat 4/14.

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


Fri 4/13: "Bob Dylan has famously and relentlessly toyed with the melodies and arrangements of his voluminous repertoire, using his songs as perpetual works in progress despite the iconic status of many of them. His open-ended mind-set makes his ouevre particularly well suited for treatment by veteran soul singer Bettye LaVette, who in 2005 rebooted a largely moribund career by putting an indelible mark on songs by Dolly Parton, Aimee Mann, and Lucinda Williams on her now-classic record I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise." —Peter Margasak 8 PM, Maurer Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln, $40, $38 members, all-ages

Fri 4/13: "In Andrew Haigh's moving indie drama Lean on Pete, a motherless 15-year-old boy in Portland, Oregon, gets a part-time job caring for horses at the local racetrack and bonds with a five-year-old quarter horse named Pete; when the stallion begins losing and faces a trip to the glue factory, young Charley (Charlie Plummer) makes off with Pete and the two set out on a treacherous cross-country journey together." —J.R. Jones ★★★★ Directed by Andrew Haigh. R, 121 min

Sat 4/14: "Cecile Richards has been president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund for 12 years, but this May she'll step down. In that span of 12 years, Richards has collected a lifetime's worth of stories, many of which she's sharing now in her memoir Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead." —Allison Duncan In conversation with David Axelrod, Sat 4/14, 4 PM, Senn High School, 5900 N. Glenwood, 773-769-9299, womenandchildrenfirst.com, $27 (includes book)

Sat 4/14-Sun 4/15: "Watching director Jonathan Berry's compelling, carefully shaded production of Simon Stephens's Birdland, which charts the predictable dissolution of coddled, self-absorbed rock superstar Paul, is like driving to Milwaukee on surface streets. It takes twice as long as necessary to get somewhere you've known you'll end up the entire way, yet the unfamiliar sights along the route make you wish highways had never been invented." —Justin Hayford 8 PM, Steep Theatre Company, 1115 W. Berwyn, 773-649-3186, steeptheater.com, $27-$38

Sun 4/15: "From the opening-credit animation [in Faces Places] onward, this delightful, digressive, breezy collaboration, staged to look more spontaneous than it possibly could be, celebrates and enhances both artists, repeatedly finding the extraordinary in the ordinary and growing more reflective and melancholy only in its Swiss epilogue." —Jonathan Rosenbaum 2:15 PM, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State, directed by Agnès Varda, 89 mins


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