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First Tuesdays with Mick and Ben

Tue 5/5, 6:30 PM

On the first Tuesday of every month, Reader writers Mick Dumke and Ben Joravsky take the Hideout stage to talk city politics—and whatever the hell else they might feel needs a takedown. This month the duo hosts NBC-5 political reporter Mary Ann Ahern and ABC-7 political reporter Charles Thomas. $5

Hideout (map)
1354 W. Wabansia Ave.
West Town/Noble Square
phone 773-227-4433
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Phil Angotti

Tue., May 5, 9 p.m.
Hideout (map)
1354 W. Wabansia Ave.
West Town/Noble Square
phone 773-227-4433

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Jessica Pratt, Matchess

Wed., May 6, 8 p.m.

On her fantastic second album, On Your Own Love Again (Drag City), gentle singer-songwriter Jessica Pratt buries melodic sophistication and a deeper sense of mystery beneath basic-yet-glistening acoustic-guitar arpeggios and murky tape hiss. On the most superficial level I understand why she’s lumped in with other freak-folk singers (she does vaguely recall the music of Fred Neil or Sibylle Baier), but that assignation is ultimately inaccurate. Her remarkable melodies—which reveal their richness slowly, layer upon layer—inventively reference all sorts of pop modes. The lonesome wordless hook on “Strange Melody” channels Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like the Wolf,” while “Back, Baby” boasts a kind of Brill Building elegance. She consistently does weird things with her voice, like forcing its high-pitched reediness into a distant valley, or singing with strangely deployed foreign accents. She’ll also manipulate a four-track to push her voice in alternate directions, thus creating a male duet partner with a giddy sprite. Pratt opens her irresistible “Game That I Play” with the evocative couplet, “People’s faces blend together like a watercolor / You can’t remember in time,” and it perfectly sets the tone for tunes both otherworldly and familiar. And with each spin the record has become more like a friend as my imagination sketches out the sparse arrangements. —Peter Margasak $12, $10 in advance

Hideout (map)
1354 W. Wabansia Ave.
West Town/Noble Square
phone 773-227-4433
Jessica Pratt, Matchess

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Hideout (map)
1354 W. Wabansia Ave.
West Town/Noble Square
phone 773-227-4433

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Hideout (map)
1354 W. Wabansia Ave.
West Town/Noble Square
phone 773-227-4433

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Shame That Tune

Fri., May 8, 6:30 p.m.
Hideout (map)
1354 W. Wabansia Ave.
West Town/Noble Square
phone 773-227-4433

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Hideout (map)
1354 W. Wabansia Ave.
West Town/Noble Square
phone 773-227-4433

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Cul-De-Sac

5/8-6/27

Diaz Lewis Collaborative presents a site-specific installation examining differences between the U.S. and Cuba. Reception Fri 5/8, 6-8 PM.

The Mission (map)
1431 W. Chicago Ave.
West Town/Noble Square
phone 312-243-1200

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Points in Space

5/8-6/27

Sculptures by Susan Giles. Reception Fri 5/8, 6-8 PM.

The Mission (map)
1431 W. Chicago Ave.
West Town/Noble Square
phone 312-243-1200

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OpenICE

Sun 5/10, 6 PM

The International Contemporary Ensemble presents harpist Nuiko Wadden and hornist David Byrd-Marrow performing new works. After the concert, Nuiko and David will discuss their music with Heidi Coleman, director of Chicago Performance Lab, and her daughter Daisy, a third grader at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.

Hideout (map)
1354 W. Wabansia Ave.
West Town/Noble Square
phone 773-227-4433
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Hideout (map)
1354 W. Wabansia Ave.
West Town/Noble Square
phone 773-227-4433
Robbie Fulks & Wendy Lewis

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Hideout (map)
1354 W. Wabansia Ave.
West Town/Noble Square
phone 773-227-4433

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Worthy

Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through May 16

If there's one thing the Internet is truly useless for, it's judging what is and isn't worthy of attention. In this Adventure Stage production, designed for kids from eight from 14, four teens who wish for more friends on Facebook find themselves transported by a sinister fairy into the World Wide Web, where they "quest" for popularity. The story is touching from the get-go, with characters like Luna, a bubbly girl worried about her weight, who wins us over by sharing her hope that one day a panda will wander into her backyard so she can feed it bagged salad. Even if framing adolescence as a quest and teenagers as heroes feels wildly overinflated, the kids in the audience obviously relished seeing humdrum strife elevated to Hunger Games status. After the heroes outwit an Internet troll named Kyle, the cast asks the audience "What happens to him?" The reply a little girl cried out nearly stopped my heart: "I hope he gets his troll friends back." —Jena Cutie $17, $12 kids 14 and under

Vittum Theater (map)
1012 N. Noble St.
West Town/Noble Square
phone 773-342-4141

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Hideout (map)
1354 W. Wabansia Ave.
West Town/Noble Square
phone 773-227-4433

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The Arrows Like Soft Moon Beams

4/17-5/23

Sculptures by Ian Pedigo. Reception Fri 4/17, 6-9 PM.

65Grand (map)
1369 W. Grand Ave.
West Town/Noble Square
phone 312-719-4325

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