A reading series featuring "the best established and rising Chicago authors reading new and published stories." New stories each half hour from 6 to 8:30.http://detzner.com/brendan/theater.php
This family-friendly festival offers art workshops inspired by current exhibits, not to mention a visit from the museum's mascot, Artie the Lion, and guided gallery walks.
A series of installations explain the history of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party. The reception is Sat 12/7 (4-6 PM) and includes performances by local poet/rapper Binky and Rebirth: A Poetry Ensemble.
Local comics Matty Ryan, Kenny DeForest, and Adam Burke present a weekly stand-up showcase.http://parlourcarcomedy.com
Strangest premise for a holiday show ever: on Christmas Eve, all the stuffed animals in Tom's Taxidermy Shop come to life to sing and reflect on their pasts. It turns out each mounted critter has a sad story to tell—even the newest addition, Dasher the reindeer, who rues a lost love. The oddest thing, though, is that Andrew Park (who wrote the book) and Scott C. Lamps (who, with Park, wrote the songs) tell this gooey story about animated corpses without a hint of irony. Santa even makes an appearance! Directed by Park, the production is packed with terrific singing, dancing, and puppetry. But I kept thinking what a darkly funny holiday show a Tim Burton or a Billy Bermingham could have made from this material. —Jack Helbighttp://questensemble.org
A BYOB comedy showcase.http://brianbabylon.com
Comics are not always funny—but in those cases, they can be claimed as high art, like The Walking Dead or Neil Gaiman's Sandman. Comics—the other kind—aren't always funny either. They either curl up like dead spiders and disappear beneath a dresser forever, or they soldier on to another open mike. That quick homonym demonstration aside, here's the deal with a new stand-up comedy show happening at Challengers Comics + Conversation on the last Thursday of every month. Action Comedy is a nod to Action Comics, the series in which Superman first appeared, published by what would become DC Comics. The show's produced by a five-boy team of Kevin Brody, Mitch Kurka, Ian Abramson, Jeff Scheen, and Zach Peterson, and joins an already pretty stellar line-up of live programming at the shop. Continue reading >>
Abandon your regular lunchtime smoke break, nap, or illicit tryst for something a bit classier. Join the Chicago Chamber Musicans as they present First Monday, a monthly lunch-hour concert series. This month features cafe music by Astor Piazzolla and Paul Schoenfield. —Jamie Keileshttp://chicagochambermusic.org
More than 60 artists present print works available for purchase on cards, books, T-shirts, and posters.