With two comedy clubs this weekend and lectures about candy-making in Chicago, leadership and recent discoveries in astronomy, here are five things happening in Evanston this week that you probably didn’t know about. And four of them are free:

Stand-up comedy

Aaron Foster is hosting First Funny Friday Comedy Night tonight (Friday) at Firehouse Grill (750 Chicago Ave.) from 8 to 11 p.m. with Sean Flannery and J.P. McAllister. Foster was a semi-finalist on ‘Last Comic Standing’ and can be seen on ‘Chicago P.D.,’ ‘Chicago Fire’ and ‘Chicago Med.’ Flannery has been on Comedy Central and is best known for his show ‘Black Out Diaries.’ Tickets are $10 online or $15 at the door. Show your ticket to get 10 percent off your meal before the show.
For a second dose of comedy, stop by The Celtic Knot Public House (626 Church St.) on Sunday at 8 p.m. for the Wild Comedy Club. The event is free, with drink specials, and features comedians from Evanston and Chicago.

Comic Book Lessons That Shape How I Lead

Astro Teller, ETHS Class of 1988 and currently Captain of Moonshots (CEO) of X, Alphabet’s R&D lab, will be speaking on leadership at 7 p.m. Monday night in the ETHS auditorium (1600 Dodge Ave.). The event is presented by Family Action Network.

Chicago’s Sweet Candy History

Leslie Goddard will speak at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the Levy Center (300 Dodge Ave.) at no charge. For most of its history, Chicago produced one-third of the nation’s candy. You probably know some of the manufacturers—Brach’s, Mars, Wrigley’s, Cracker Jack, Tootsie Rolls, Frango and Dove. Take a candy quiz, learn some of the history behind these treat makers, explore what made Chicago such a powerful location, and why immigrants played a critical role in confectionery history.

10th Annual CIERA Public Lecture Series

Astrophysicist Vicky Kalogera will present 10 years of astronomy discoveries by the faculty, postdocs, and students of CIERA, Northwestern’s astronomy research center Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Cahn Auditorium (600 Emerson St.). There is no charge. Learn how our understanding of the lives of stars and their influence on the Cosmos has changed over the past ten years.

For other entertainment options, check our theater and music guides.

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