Agenda Calendar

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Chicago Improv Festival various locations April 20
It's no secret that Chicago is home to some of the world’s most talented improv actors. The Chicago Improv Festival celebrates them with a weeklong series of events, ranging from musical comedy to long-form and dramatic and experimental performances. »
The Breakfast Club Music Box April 22
Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis of WBEZ's Sound Opinions host this screening of the John Hughes classic.
Richard Hunt Museum of Contemporary Art December 18
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, and several local institutions have mined their collections to recount the war's history, from its convoluted origins through its devastating aftermath. These include the Newberry Library, which uses newspapers and photographs from its archive to show the role Chicagoans played "over there," and the Art Institute, which highlighted the contributions of photographer Edward Steichen to, among other things, U.S. Army intelligence during the war. »
Sufjan Stevens, Little Scream Chicago Theatre April 24
The seventh album from whimsical Michigan folkie Sufjan Stevens, Carrie & Lowell (Asthmatic Kitty), is named after his mother and stepfather. Lowell cofounded Asthmatic Kitty with Stevens in 1999, while Carrie, a schizophrenic who struggled with addiction, abandoned Stevens when he was a year old and was only sporadically involved in his life (she died from stomach cancer in 2012). »
The Kates Book Cellar August 01
Stories, monologues, and more by this all-female comedy troupe and recent Best of Chicago winners.
Maxwell Street Market Maxwell Street Market July 01
Do you enjoy chomping on a fresh churro while sifting through weathered tools, ball caps, and odds and ends? Of course you do.
Morning Glories Garfield Park Conservatory June 16
Bring the little ones to take part in workshops that’ll teach them all about Mother Nature.
Sauced Night Market Emporium Arcade Bar April 21
Daytime markets are overrated; embrace the nocturnal lifestyle and shop for custom food items, art, and crafts. Tonight's vendors include Gaslight Coffee Roasters, Solemn Oath Brewery, and Bric-a-Brac Records.
Cookie Love With Mindy Segal Bottom Lounge April 22
The acclaimed pastry chef and Hot Chocolate founder talks about her first cookbook, Cookie Love, with Chewing the Fat podcast cohosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng. Come hungry; there will be samples of Segal's creations.
Doris Salcedo Retrospective Museum of Contemporary Art February 21
Politically imbued and embedded in Colombia's extensive history of civil conflicts, Doris Salcedo's sculptures and installations focus distinctly on addressing experiences within a third-world identity and in the artist's words, "[attempt] to give back the sense, meaning, and form that violence took away from its victims." Salcedo takes commonplace materials and positions them in a sensitive and emblematic context: methodically piled crisp white shirts pierced by steel bars, wooden chairs dangling precariously from a government building. »
When the Sonics played the Double Door in early 2014, it was the first Chicago show in their five-decade history. Now these venerated garage-rock maniacs are back with another first—their first new studio album since 1967, last month’s This Is the Sonics (Revox), recorded by former Dirtbombs bassist Jim Diamond in what the cover calls “earth-shaking mono.” When the Sonics released their debut LP in 1965, rock ’n’ roll had been freaking out the squares for more than a decade, but these five kids from Tacoma, Washington, supplemented the usual juvie snarling about cars and chicks with sinister, bug-eyed derangement—they sound like a furniture-destroying house party that could turn into a B-movie bloodbath with the flick of a switchblade. »
Keren Cytter Museum of Contemporary Art March 28
Eight videos from the New York-based artist, who alludes to familiar cinematic genres—horror, noir—while subverting their narrative tropes.
Dose Market Chop Shop December 08
A weekly market featuring local food, fashion, and art vendors.
No Light No Lycra Defibrillator September 16 1
"Dress comfortably, travel lightly, and bring water." And be sober. »
2 for 2 Vertical Gallery April 03
An international group of artists contributed two pieces each for the gallery's second-anniversary show, "2 for 2." Reception Fri 4/3, 6-10 PM.
Chicago Dance Month various locations March 28
Where? Everywhere. »
The Chicago 77 Poetry Foundation March 19
To capture the uniqueness of the Chicago experience, the Poetry Foundation has commissioned a 77-line poem constructed from texts and found objects from Chicago's 77 community areas. Featuring contributions from local artists Fatimah Asghar, Krista Franklin, Fo Wilson, and Jamila Woods.
Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles: A History of LGBTQ Life at the University of Chicago University of Chicago, Joseph Regenstein Library March 30
This exhibition recalls the history of LGBTQ life on the U. of C. campus through letters, academic papers, student newspaper articles, posters, oral history, and photographs. The opening night gala, which features the researchers behind the exhibit and some of the participants in the oral history, takes place on Wed 4/1, 6-8 PM.
The Art of Dr. Seuss Gallery Water Tower Place June 16
Like many of us, Ted Geisel felt unfulfilled by his day job. Does it matter that, as Dr. Seuss, Geisel produced some of the world's most beloved picture books and introduced generations of children to the pleasures of reading? »
Uptown Poetry Slam Green Mill July 10
Featuring open mike, special guests, and end-of-the-night competition.
Mouth Captain, Bob Kessler Whistler April 27

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