For an exciting evening about stories, local mag Rain Taxi talks shop with one of the biggest names in graphic novels, Jessica Abel. The acclaimed cartoonist has edited The Best American Comics for several years, coauthored two textbooks on creating comics, and even wrote a book on the storytelling secrets of radio; Her newest work, Trish Trash: Rollergirl of Mars, tells the sci-fi tale of a small Mars moisture farm girl with big dreams of the hoverdebry glory, has been one of the coolest projects in recent memory—comic or otherwise. Abel will be discussing the illustrated work, and all her other notable endeavors, with Eric Lorberer of Rain Taxi at the Parkway as a part of the bigger Meme Culture and Comics mini-symposium happening on Weds. Wednesday, May 22nd, 7 PM. Free.Tracy Oxford

Parkway Theater, 4814 Chicago Ave S, MPLS; theparkwaytheater.com