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Annoyance Film Night

First Sunday 7 PM

Proving its expertise goes beyond live theater, the Annoyance kicks off a monthly movie night featuring screenings of local independent films. Tonight's lineup includes Harry Bauer's The Video Transmissions of the Frequently Captured Buck Pirate, Robert Carnilius's Forever Diamond and McTucky Fried High, and Gerard Jamroz's experimental short We Are the Binary. $2

Annoyance Theatre (map)
851 W. Belmont
Lakeview
phone 773-697-9693
Annoyance Film Night

Another Kind of Love

Through 6/14: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 2 PM

Life isn't about avoiding pain but plumbing its depths and managing the results wails Another Kind of Love, a female-driven punk-rock masterpiece by Crystal Skillman, now receiving a debut production from InFusion Theatre Company. Maybe masterpiece isn't quite the right word—it suggests something lofty and out of reach, where this play banks on raw and accessible if festering emotions. But an artistic achievement it is. The Brooklyn-based Skillman has previously tackled angsty relationships and paid fan-girl tributes, but this time she gives us sisters, those lovable/hateful creatures simultaneously in each other's arms and at each other's throats. Here there are three of them, ex-members of a Riot Grrrl-era band, now in their 30s and struggling to find a way forward. The oldest, Tanya, stayed in Seattle's suburbia with her 15-year-old daughter, Max, while the others, Kit and Collin, cashed in on fame to varying degrees. They haven't seen each other since the band broke up, but after urgings from Max—herself a punk rocker in the making—the sisters reunite on the anniversary of their rock-star mother's suicide. Continue reading >> $25, $20 seniors, $15 students

http://infusiontheatre.com
Chopin Theatre (map)
1543 W. Division St.
Ukrainian Village/East Village
phone 773-769-3832
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Antic's Roadshow With Devon Meyers

Through 6/25: Thu 10 PM
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A musical send-up of Antiques Roadshow. $10

MCL Chicago (map)
3110 N. Sheffield
Lakeview

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Antisocial Media

5/8-6/27

New work by Brian Dettmer. Reception Fri 5/8, 6-9 PM.

Packer Schopf Gallery (map)
942 W. Lake St.
West Loop/Fulton Market
phone 312-226-8984

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Apes of Wrath

Open run: Tue-Thu 8 PM, Fri-Sat 8 and 11 PM, Sun 7 PM

The six spritely, mercurial, wholly engaging performers behind Second City E.T.C.'s Apes of Wrath work overtime to make their show appear to be about something. But just what remains a mystery. And an unnecessary one at that. Press materials describe the two-hour sketch comedy review in vaguely dystopic terms. "In the world of high stakes, we become a more heightened version of ourselves," the PR asserts, "which can sometimes resemble more simian behavior than human." Despite the syntactical tangle, the point seems clear: this will be a series of skits about our baser selves, in which "the dark and light sides of our human devolution" will be showcased. Except for the most part, they're not. Unitard-clad performance artists improvise poetry about the World Cup and cigarettes for inmates at Louisiana State Prison. The Andromeda and Milky Way galaxies, on a collision course, seduce each other by singing about their impending billion-night stand. The attention-span-challenged BuzzFeed staff try to concoct daily lists with social significance, like "The 15 Vegetables That Don't Make Me Greenhouse Gassy." Continue reading >> $23

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Second City E.T.C. (map)
Piper's Alley, 1608 N. Wells St.
Old Town
phone 312-337-3992
Apes of Wrath
Subterranean (map)
2011 W. North Ave.
Wicker Park/Bucktown
phone 773-278-6600

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Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist

3/6-8/31

A collection of paintings by the Harlem Renaissance-era artist. Reception Fri 3/6, 5:30-9 PM.

Chicago Cultural Center (map)
78 E. Washington St.
Loop
phone 312-744-6630

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Arguments and Grievances

Open run: first Sun of each month, 8 PM

As the country faces deep, divisive questions about the nature and direction of our shared society, some issues are in perilous danger of falling through the cracks. Phish vs. Insane Clown Posse. Friend Zone vs. Bone Zone. Star Trek vs. Star Wars. Curated by Zach Peterson, this excellent debate series enlists some of the city's funniest underground comedians to hash out the overlooked questions of our day. The lineup and topics rotate each week, but on opening night the comics came doubly armed with hard facts and potent bits. Politicians take note: Showing up to a debate in ICP greasepaint is one sure way to polarize a crowd. On the Juggalo question, there can be no middle ground. —Keith Griffith

Schubas (map)
3159 N. Southport Ave.
Lakeview
phone 773-525-2508

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Reggie's Rock Club (map)
2109 S. State St.
Near South Side
phone 312-949-0121

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Reggie's Rock Club (map)
2109 S. State St.
Near South Side
phone 312-949-0121

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The Armando Diaz Theatrical Experience & Hootennany

Open run: Mon 8 PM

An old standby, this weekly show originated by David Koechner, Adam McKay, and, yes, Armando Diaz during the trio’s heyday at iO Theater remains as entertaining as ever, using performer monologues as inspiration for a night of masterful long-form improv. $12

iO Theater (map)
1501 N. Kingsbury
Other North

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City Winery (map)
1200 W. Randolph St.
Near West Side
phone 312-733-9463

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