CHICAGO — A range of events going on in the neighborhood Thursday includes a performance of H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds," a sing-a-long for kids, an indie film screening and standup comedy at Zanies.
For the kids
Mr. Singer's Sing-a-long Fun! at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, 1:45 p.m.
Kids and their caretakers can participate in this 45-minute sing-a-long at the Nature Museum. The event is free with the price of admission.
"I Used to be Darker" at Facets Cinematheque, 1517 W. Fullerton Ave., 7 p.m.
The 2013 film, which has so far received mostly favorable reviews from critics, has its last screening at Facets on Thursday night. The film tells the story of a 19-year-old runaway from Northern Ireland who comes to stay with her aunt and uncle in Baltimore. Facets hosted the Chicago premiere of the film. General admission is $9.
H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds, a Radio Drama at Lincoln Park Cultural Center, 2045 N. Lincoln Park West, 7:30 p.m., free.
When H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds" was broadcast on the radio 75 years ago, some listeners thought they were hearing a real alien invasion. It might be common knowledge now that it's a fictional tale, but a live rendition might still give you the heebie jeebies. Directed by Michael Patrick Thornton, this recreation of the Orson Welles production features live music and visuals. The show, sponsored by Chicago Park District, is free. Advance reservations are recommended.
Jimmy Shubert at Zanies, 1548 N. Wells St., 8:30 p.m.
The Philadelphia native, who had a recurring role on "King of Queens," performs standup comedy at Zanies on Thursday and Saturday. The show is $25, plus two minimum orders of food or drinks.