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The three things you need to know today: Wed, May 9

Writers Theatre
Photograph: Steve Hall Writers Theatre

1. Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's installation “Trace in Chicago” displays portraits of activists and prisoners of conscience made from millions of LEGO bricks. The Chicago stop includes 113 portraits and screenings of documentaries about Weiwei's process. The show is hosted at 659 West Wrightwood Avenue, and guests must reserve complimentary tickets online. Today's viewings are hosted at 10am, 12:30pm and 3pm.

2. See the play that was awarded a 1979 Pulitzer Prize for drama: Sam Shepard’s deeply dysfunctional family portrait Buried Child takes the stage again at Writers Theatre. Tickets for tonight's 7:30pm performance are still available for $35 to $70.

3. Head to the Music Box Theatre to enjoy the second to last night of Chicago Critics Film Festival. Catch a 7pm showing of Puzzle, the story of a suburban mother who becomes a jigsaw master, or a 9:30pm screening of American Animals, the true story of four friends who attempt a daring art heist. Admission to Puzzle is $15; American Animals is $12.

For more events, check in with Time Out throughout the day.