Comedy music performed in a wide array of genres. $7
An exploration of the origin of the universe and how it coincides with the origin of mankind.
Featuring the restored Gemini 12 spacecraft and artifacts commemorating the 40th anniversary of its mission and other lunar adventures; astro labs and various historical space reading devices; interactive displays on galaxies, planets, and other nonterrestrial entities. The museum's regular sky shows start on the half hour, virtual reality presentations every 90 minutes.
Interactive and all-ages exhibit on space flight, including simulated rides and extra-terrestrial exploration.
Adler Planetarium offers a 3D visual experience through orbits in space.
At the start of each show an all-star ensemble creates a tableau onstage, then asks after a blackout, "Where in Chicago did that take place?" "Soccer practice" was the response the night I was there, and after an hour the improvisers--intensely alert and feisty--had crafted a veritable community, complete with idiosyncratic characters, unpredictable backstory, and tragicomic intrigue. Veteran T.J. Jagodowski, recognizable from a series of Sonic commercials he's done with quick-witted cast member Peter Grosz, played a thick-accented German coach. Abruptly launching a new scene by charging to the front of the stage, he squatted and gestured as he yelled at his coed youth team, "I will yank on your nuts like the Hunchback of Notre Dame working a bell!" --Ryan Hubbard $8
T.J. Jagodowski, Rebecca Sohn, and others perform comic characters and situations based on audience suggestions. $8
Three original 20-minute shows. $5
Early examples of design are presented, including architectural sketches by Frank Lloyd Wright and George Fred Keck.
Monthly Second Saturday show featuring open studios, poetry readings, and live music. Reception Sat 3/9, 5-10 PM.