Agenda Calendar

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Bristol Renaissance Faire Bristol Renaissance Faire July 09
Transport back to Elizabethan England with more than 30 acres of 16th-century-themed games, rides, arts, crafts, food, and music.
The Making of a Fugitive Museum of Contemporary Art July 16
Work by Dennis Adams, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Bruce Nauman, Carrie Schneider, and more focused on Patty Hearst and other fugitives in pop culture, as well as the media's construction of criminality.
Tuesdays on the Terrace Museum of Contemporary Art June 07
The Museum of Contemporary Art's annual performance series on the museum's terrace highlights artists from Chicago's jazz community. Admission is free for Illinois residents.
Laser Comedy Show Under the Gun Theater August 03
Chicago comedian Chris Fair's one-of-a-kind comedy show combines art and humor as Fair illustrates his stories on a laser board.
3033 iO Theater July 14
A comedy supergroup consisting mainly of former members of People of Earth, 3033 creates some of the liveliest, most consistently solid improv around. Unlike most troupes at iO, 3033 doesn't stick with the Harold improv format. »
The Kates Book Cellar August 01 1
Stories, monologues, and more by this all-female comedy troupe and recent Best of Chicago winners.
Guitar Wolf are nothing if not consistent in distributing their power of rock ’n’ roll. For nearly three decades the Japanese trio have stabbed, gnawed at, and wrung out the classic punk rock of the Ramones, resulting in a clatter that’s less than a few tweaks away from the amplified sound of mounds of celluloid set aflame in a chasmic Dumpster. »
America After the Fall: Painting in the 1930s Art Institute of Chicago June 05
Behold 50 works by major American artists—including Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Grant Wood—who were creating work considering America's identity during and after the Great Depression.
Kerry James Marshall: Mastry Museum of Contemporary Art April 23
An exhibition of the artist's paintings from the last 35 years.
The Propeller Group Museum of Contemporary Art June 04
The first U.S. exhibition of the Vietnam-based artist collective includes the ambitious: AK-47 vs. M16, The Film, a comment on the history of the two guns in pop culture that’s cobbled together from movies, promotional videos, documentaries, news reportage, and YouTube clips.
Broken Journey Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum May 06
When you walk into the second-floor gallery space of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum you might be surprised to see Art Fox's photographs of birds literally hovering off the wall. For the exhibition "Broken Journey," instead of being displayed in a standard gallery presentation—where the artworks are positioned flush against the wall—15 of Fox's images are hung with wire to appear as if they are floating. »
Congrats on Your Success Uncharted Books January 03
Rebecca O'Neal hosts this BYOB comedy show that features local stand-ups and is, curiously enough, operated out of a used bookstore.
Swedish doom trio Monolord return to Chicago for the first local installment of the Scorched Tundra metal festival, which Local Option brand ambassador Alexi Front has held annually in the band’s hometown of Gothenburg since 2011. In August they released the EP Lord of Suffering/Die in Haze (RidingEasy), their first new music since the excellent 2015 full-length Vænir, and thankfully it’s more of the same. »
The Inborn Absolute Great Lakes Tattoo August 06
Tattoo artist Robert Ryan celebrates the release of his book The Inborn Absolute with an exhibition of his work. Opening reception Sat 8/6, 7-10 PM.
Petcoke: Tracing Dirty Energy Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College July 21
As far back as Ecclesiastes 3:20—"All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return"—dust has been acknowledged as an elemental constant in the natural world. However, certain types of the powdery substance aren't so beneficial to Mother Nature. »
Brick by Brick Museum of Science and Industry March 10
Brick by Brick: Find Your Inner Builder is a new yearlong exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry. Its subject? »
Drunk Science The Comedy Bar July 29
Sean Flannery is distinctly qualified to host a show like Drunk Science, a multimedia stand-up revue dedicated to the science behind getting wasted. And we should know: the Reader named Flannery "Best Drunk" in the 2014 Best of Chicago issue, something he acknowledges by showing the audience that you can't google "Sean Flannery" without the search engine asking, "Did you mean Sean Flannery drunk?" »
Lincoln's Undying Words Chicago History Museum April 14
The Chicago History Museum presents an exclusive look at some of Abraham Lincoln's most famous speeches and the cultural impact they have today.
Baauer The Mid September 02
Fackbuddies Den Theatre September 27
Longtime Chicago improviser Dina Facklis's new training program Chicago Improv Den is a tricky souffle either on the verge of rising or deflating. Facklis, an ImprovOlympic alum, started the Den last March, partly to create a troupe with an especially sharp focus on ensemble and emotional exploration and partly because, unlike iO and Second City, where students have to wait in order to perform, she sees training and performance as going hand in hand. »

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