Chicago Pop Culture Con, a celebration of fandoms at St. Charles’ Pheasant Run this weekend, brings together actors, cosplay, comic artists, athletes, musicians and gamers for performances, discussions, exhibits, memorabilia sales and more. This year, catch two anime- and game-inspired performances from Chicago-area acts: Kid Yuki and the Otakus plays at the music panel from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the Ballroom, and Schaumburg’s Face Time Police, featuring brothers Brian and James Serra, caps off the weekend playing from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, at Pheasant Run Mega Center and Ballroom, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. $12 passes are good for both days; kids 12 and younger admitted free with a paying adult. chicagopopculturecon.com.
State & Madison benefit show
Chicago-based alternative rock band State & Madison is helping out a friend when they headline “FRIENDS, GIVING: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Formal Fundraiser for Our Friend Kat Lewis” at Wicker Park’s Subterranean Saturday, Nov. 24. The benefit show, which also features Molehill, Jess Godwin and Tall Doug, will raise funds to help defray expenses related to Lewis’ medical therapy. Lewis suffers from a rare degenerative disease called x-linked hypophosphatemic rickets, which prevents her body from processing vitamin D, causing her bones to become brittle and leaving her in excruciating pain, according to the GoFundMe page. Hope comes in the form of a gene-editing drug, which could help strengthen her bones and relieve her pain. But the therapy is expensive. “She’s got hope,” said Nick Blazina, guitar and vocals for State & Madison. “This gene therapy trial gives her eyes a new twinkle. … We thought we’d do our part to bring people together for her.” 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago. $15-$20. (773) 278-6600, subt.net or ticketweb.com.