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The best things to do in Chicago this month,
selected by our culture criticsApril 2016

Best of the Rest

Wanda Sykes
Wanda Sykes Photo: Courtesy of Wanda Sykes

COMEDY

THE LUCAS BROTHERS

4/14–15 Twins Keith and Kenny are best known for their surreal stoner humor and scene-stealing cameos in Arrested Development and 22 Jump Street. Expect at least one reference to their wrestling idol Bret “the Hitman” Hart. $25. Zanies Comedy Club, 1548 N. Wells. ticketfly.com

WANDA SYKES

4/9 at 8 She’s made a career in TV, from her Emmy-winning tenure on The Chris Rock Show to her current role on Black-ish, but this tour promises a return to Sykes’s standup roots. $40–$75. Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. ticketmaster.com

STEVEN WRIGHT

4/8 at 8 The average joke has a pretty short shelf life. That Steven Wright’s act has aged so well is a testament to the lasting influence of his deadpan style. $45–$65. North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie. northshorecenter.org

FESTIVALS AND PARADES

CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL MOVIES AND MUSIC FESTIVAL

4/13–17 Fans of all things audio-visual best flock to Wicker Park and Logan Square for CIMMFest, a celebration of the relationship between music and movies. $79–$149. Various locations. cimmfest.org

CHICAGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL

4/8–21 Latin American films share the spotlight at this two-week festival. Highlights include Imprisoned and a Brazilian contemporary take on Macbeth. $13–$110. AMC River East, 322 E. Illinois. chicagolatinofilmfestival.org

INTERVIEWS, LECTURES, READINGS

JEN KIRKMAN

4/23 at 8 The former Chelsea Lately writer and rising lit star discusses her “life under construction” in this talk and reads from her new book, I Know What I’m Doing—and Other Lies I Tell Myself. $20–$25. Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport. ticketweb.com

JACQUELINE WOODSON

4/9 at 10:30, 1:30, and 7 Woodson’s 2014 memoir in verse, Brown Girl Dreaming, earned her a National Book Award, a Newbery Honor, and designation as the Poetry Foundation’s Young People’s Poet Laureate. Woodson’s 10:30 and 1:30 readings are aimed at children and teens respectively, with activities and snacks provided. Poetry Foundation, 61 W. Superior. poetryfoundation.org

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