A comedy supergroup consisting mainly of former members of People of Earth, 3033 creates some of the liveliest, most consistently solid improv around. Members Andy St. Clair and Alex Fendrich have been highlights of recent Second City E.T.C. shows; Rush Howell, a lawyer by day, is one of the scene's wittiest performers; and Bill Arnett and Danny Mora are personable comedians with off-beat senses of humor. Unlike most troupes at iO, 3033 doesn't stick with the Harold improv format. Instead, they play it loose, letting an audience suggestion and Jason Chin's playful music and light effects steer them. At a recent show the topic of gangs inspired a hilarious 70s-era game show. --Ryan Hubbard $5http://chicago.ioimprov.com/
When you go to a movie theater, there's a decent chance someone will sneeze and you'll contract a horrifying airborne monkey disease (or at least that's what I learned from Outbreak). Not a thing you have to worry about at the drive-in. Plus you can make out, it's BYOB, and it's under ten bucks for a double feature. $5-$9, $14/carload on Tuesdayhttp://cascadedrivein.com
More than 60 artists present print works available for purchase on cards, books, T-shirts, and posters.
Konopacki presents his illustrations that appeared in People's History of American Empire, a graphic history book he cowrote with Howard Zinn. Reception Fri 12/6 6-10 PM, features a discussion on American imperialism with Ruth Needleman and Joe Isobaker at 7:30 PM and a live performance from Kara Jackson and Zelda Zerkel at 9 PM.
Free trolleys will transport Renegade Craft Fair and Magnificent Mile shoppers to Division Street to partake in deals from local businesses, caroling, snowman building, and wine tasting.http://do-division.com/do/holiday
An international bargain hunt that goes on all year long. Leave with a car battery and a samurai sword, if you're lucky.
Navy Pier transforms into an indoor winter amusement park complete with a Ferris wheel, zip line, and ice-skating rink. $13, $17 with ice skatinghttp://winterwonderfest.com
With regard to the AIDS plague, Larry Kramer was a first responder. In 1982, when the Centers for Disease Control acknowledged that gay men were dying in epidemic numbers from a "cancer" no one yet understood, Kramer ran toward the fire, as they say, rather than from it. He became what a colleague from the period calls "the principal and guiding force behind the establishment of Gay Men's Health Crisis," a Manhattan-based organization that still provides counseling and legal support. Five years later, frustrated with GMHC's political reticence in an environment where President Reagan and New York mayor Ed Koch ignored AIDS except to demonize its victims, the notoriously argumentative Kramer instigated the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, whose famous slogan was "Silence = Death. In between GMHC and ACT UP, Kramer wrote The Normal Heart: a play about a notoriously argumentative gay New Yorker who starts an AIDS support organization only to find himself struggling against its political reticence while elected officials refuse to act and men die all around him. Continue reading >> $24-$50
I've been looking over the list of plays presented by Goodman Theatre's New Stages initiative since its inception ten years ago. Pretty impressive. The roughly annual festival offers staged readings and—since 2011—workshop productions of new work by interesting playwrights, and some of the free performances have that retrospective shoulda-been-there mystique theatergoers both love and dread. Just for example: the 2005 New Stages featured an early look at Elliot, a Soldier's Fugue, the Pulitzer Prize-nominated first third of a trilogy by Quiara Alegría Hudes (who went on to win a Pulitzer for the next third, Water by the Spoonful); 2006 saw The Brothers Size from Tarell Alvin McCraney's great "The Brother/Sister Plays"; and the 2007 edition gave us Lynn Nottage's devastating (and, yes, Pulitzer-winning) Ruined. This time around New Stages is concentrating entirely on Latino playwrights, which seems to have changed the dynamic somewhat. One play is returning for a workshop production after having already received a staged reading in 2012; two of the participating playwrights are a lot better established than has been the norm. There's a smaller pool, in short, with fewer wild cards. Continue reading >>
A vintage clothing and craft fair. Items for sale include furniture, jewelry, records, and all sorts of antique goodness.
A traveling record swap featuring vinyl for sale from collectors and dealers from across the country.http://beatswapmeet.com
Director Jeffrey Schwarz explores the life and career of drag superstar Divine (Pink Flamingos) in this new documentary. $9
The museum's bison is covered with eco-friendly seasonal decorations in order to serve as a holiday-photo op.
This outdoor market features seasonal produce, local crafts, and authentic Irish entertainment.http://montrosegreen.com