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Music Mad

Open run: Sun 4 PM

Francis O'Neill, who served as Chicago's chief of police from 1901 to 1905, was a bit obsessed with the music of his native Ireland. He once disappeared, prompting assassination rumors and a police manhunt, only to turn up at the house of a friend—where he was busy playing duets. But in the latest version of Adam Whiteman's musical tribute, which Stefan Brun returns to direct, this fascinating character gets a lackluster dramatization. Though Tom Cassidy portrays O'Neill with genial confidence, the stilted script bends more toward hagiography than genuine storytelling. The show's stellar music—selected from O'Neill's own published collections of traditional Irish tunes, and played by a talented trio—remains the true star of this quirky jaunt. —Keith Griffith $25

Chief O'Neill's (map)
3471 N. Elston Ave.
phone 773-583-3066


Riff Raff, Grandtheft

Wed., April 16, 6 p.m.

An absurdist rapper with lyrics as colorful as his clothes and his cornrows, Riff Raff won me over in 2012 with a steady stream of flashy, gonzo YouTube videos. His animated personality, inexplicably compelling non sequiturs, and mush-mouthed Houston drawl make even his least consistent tracks palatable—and his best performances shine. He owns every second of his collaboration with Chief Keef, “Cuz My Gear,” which came out a couple months before Keef signed with Interscope in 2012. Riff Raff has been pushing back the release date of his first album for Mad Decent, Neon Icon, since September of last year, as though he wants to get out of the shadow of Spring Breakers and have all the attention to himself. In Harmony Korine’s 2013 film, James Franco plays a gangsta and wannabe rapper named Alien, and he admitedly drew some inspiration for the character from Riff—who in a July interview with TMZ threatened to sue Korine and company for using his likeness (the LA Weekly couldn’t find any documents about the suit, though). It’s been more than a year since the movie’s release, and Neon Icon is finally supposed to drop late this month. The early, not-for-release version I’ve heard is so good I hope he ends up sticking with those songs. The album’s guests include Wiz Khalifa, Childish Gambino, and Mac Miller, and for what it’s worth Riff Raff outshines all those guys. He gracefully jumps from a blaring 80s beat a la Public Enemy to a chilly, minimalist ratchet track from “it” producer DJ Mustard; on a new version of the spring 2012 track “Time,” he manages to pull off a fusion of dance-pop and country, singing about his isolating ambition with disarming earnestness. And of course it wouldn’t be a Riff Raff record without seriously strange rhymes: “I don’t like to drive, Versace jeans and limousine,” he raps on “Aquaberry Dolphin.” “I could freestyle to a dolphin and a tambourine.” —Leor Galil Grandtheft opens. $18.99

Concord Music Hall (map)
2047 N. Milwaukee
Logan Square
phone 773-570-4000
Riff Raff, Grandtheft


Adult Easter Egg Hunt

Sun 4/20, 11 AM-5 PM

See, you're never too old to partake in Easter fun. The Adult Easter Egg Hunt features teams of two running loose in Logan Square in search of eggs. Winners receive baskets with goods from Lula Cafe, Wolfbait & B-Girls, Saki, and more. The celebration continues throughout the day with food, drinks, and music. RSVP at $5

Longman & Eagle (map)
2657 N. Kedzie
Logan Square
phone 773-276-7110
Adult Easter Egg Hunt


The Kid

Fri 4/18, 8 PM

The Silent Film Society of Chicago, as dedicated as ever to its mission, presents a screening of Charlie Chaplin's The Kid, with accompaniment by the 40-piece Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra. Yes, an entire orchestra, not just a lone pianist, will be performing the silent film's score. This is cool. $18, $16 students and seniors
Patio Theater (map)
6008 W. Irving Park Rd.
Portage Park
phone 773-685-4291
The Kid


Flabby at the Abbey

Wednesdays, 8:30 p.m.

A comedy variety show hosted Flabby Hoffman.

3420 West Grace Street
Irving Park
phone (773) 478-4408
Flabby at the Abbey


Market Daze

Sun 10 AM-4 PM

A vintage clothing and craft fair. Items for sale include furniture, jewelry, records, and all sorts of antique goodness.

Township (map)
2200-2202 N. California Ave.
Logan Square
phone 773-384-1865


Congrats On Your Success

First Thursday of every month

Rebecca O'Neil hosts this BYOB comedy show that features local stand-ups and is, curiously enough, operated out of a used book store.

Uncharted Books (map)
2630 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Logan Square Congrats On Your Success


Slo 'Mo

Thu 4/17, 9 PM

"Slow jams for homos (and their fans)." Hosted by Kristen Kaza and DJ Hess.

Whistler (map)
2421 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Logan Square
phone 773-227-3530
Slo 'Mo


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