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Brahman/i: A One-Hijra Stand Up Comedy Show

4/4-5/4: Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 4 and 8 PM, Sun 4 PM
phone 312-857-1234 ext. 201

The title character of Aditi Brennan Kapil's Brahman/I is a stand-up comic of ambiguous sexuality—ambiguous, at least, insofar as Anglo-American norms are concerned, there being no viable "other" classification to round out "male" and "female." Born with bonus genitals, this Georgia-reared child of Indian immigrants (favored nickname "B") lived as a boy until puberty started working its magic on him, at which point he found himself opting for makeup and saris. B's mother and the family doctor each tried to get her to declare for one team or the other—Go Penises! Go Vaginas!—but she refused to cut off her options. Literally or figuratively. Continue reading >> $35, $20 for students and seniors

http://aboutfacetheatre.com
Silk Road Rising (map)
77 W. Washington
Loop
phone 312-857-1234
Brahman/i: A One-Hijra Stand Up Comedy Show

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Called to the Challenge: The Legacy of Harold Washington

Ongoing

An overview of Washington's life and projects as mayor. Harold Washington Exhibit Hall, 9th floor.

Harold Washington Library Center (map)
400 S. State St.
Loop
phone 312-747-4300

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Anne Akiko Meyers

Thu., April 17, 8 p.m., Fri., April 18, 1:30 p.m., Sat., April 19, 8 p.m. and Tue., April 22, 7:30 p.m.

Leonard Slatkin, conductor (Barber, Gershwin).

Symphony Center (map)
220 S. Michigan Ave.
Loop
phone 312-294-3000

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Chicagoisms

4/5-1/4

When Alexander Eisenschmidt moved to Chicago in 2007, the German-born architectural theorist was disturbed by how the city talks about its buildings. Sipping a glass of rosé in the cafe at the Art Institute's Modern Wing, he describes a kind of "museum-ification." ¶ Take, for example, the time architect Rem Koolhaas proposed that his student center at IIT incorporate the Mies van der Rohe–designed Commons Building—it sparked public outrage that the new structure attacked the "purity and simplicity" of the existing architecture. "Preservationists have instilled this attitude in policy makers and politicians," Eisenschmidt says. "If we don't look out, [architecturally] we will be very quickly forgotten." Continue reading >>

Art Institute of Chicago (map)
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Loop
phone 312-443-3600
Chicagoisms

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Symphony Center (map)
220 S. Michigan Ave.
Loop
phone 312-294-3000

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4/3-4/19

Sculptures by Morgan Elder and Charles Kelman replicate designs found in domestic spaces. Reception 4/3, 4-6 PM.

Gallery X (map)
280 S. Columbus
Loop
phone 312-899-7440
saic.edu/sugs

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"Express" talks

Fridays, 2-2:30 p.m., Thursdays, Fridays, 5:30-6 & 7-7:30 p.m. and Wednesdays, 12-12:30 p.m.
Art Institute of Chicago (map)
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Loop
phone 312-443-3600

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Gallery talks

Daily at noon, 1, and 2 PM.
Art Institute of Chicago (map)
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Loop
phone 312-443-3600

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God's Work

4/4-4/19: Thu 7:30 PM, Fri-Sat 8 PM; also Sun 4/13, 2 PM and Wed 4/16, 7:30 PM

High school students involved with the Albany Park Theater Project worked with professional directors and designers to devise this powerful performance about a horrific case of child abuse, based on the actual experiences of a former ensemble member (an earlier version was produced in 2006). The teens play a Duggar-size brood who are kept in a cold, single-bulb basement by their Bible-thumping father; he lets them out only to administer sadistic punishments, represented by paint smeared on their arms, legs, and faces. The atmosphere is oppressive and otherworldly, thanks to Izumi Inaba's prisonlike costumes, Stephanie Paul and Maggie Popadiak's ritualistic choreography, and Mikhail Fiksel's eerie sound design. Combined with the fear and emotional deprivation conveyed by the cast, the results are haunting and heartbreaking. —Zac Thompson $10-$25

Goodman Theatre (map)
170 N. Dearborn St.
Loop
phone 312-443-3800

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The Jewels

Through 4/27: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 2 PM

The source material for this TUTA Theatre production is a brief, admirably efficient short story by Guy de Maupassant, about a Parisian bureaucrat who knows when he's got it good but has no idea why. Rene meets champagne-effervescent Emily at a party where the other male guests literally dance attendance on her. Quiet as he is, he summons up the nerve to woo her and ends up married to her. Rapturously so. Emily is loving, lovely, lively, and such an accomplished money manager that her husband's paychecks seem to stretch on and on. Of course there's something wrong. But complacent Rene doesn't ask questions—doesn't even think to formulate them—until the answers are too clear to ignore. The tale offers a wonderfully ambiguous gloss on the notion that ignorance is bliss, and adapter-director Kirk Anderson does a mostly masterful job of filling it out for the stage (although a poetic interpolation involving a girl and a bird falls flat). Anderson's stylized staging is swift and clear, and his leads—Layne Manzer as Rene, Carolyn Molloy as Emily—are so sweetly matched it's tragic. —Tony Adler $15

http://tutato.com
Storefront Theater (map)
Gallery 37 Center for the Arts, 66 E. Randolph St.
Loop
phone 312-742-8497
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Art Institute of Chicago (map)
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Loop
phone 312-443-3600

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Mecca Flat Blues

2/21-5/25

Photographs of the Mecca Flats building, the south-side apartment building turned housing project that stood at 34th and State for more than 60 years before its demolition.

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

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The National, Daughter

Wed., April 16, 7:30 p.m., Thu., April 17, 7:30 p.m. and Fri., April 18, 7:30 p.m.

Chicago Theatre (map)
175 N. State St.
Loop
phone 312-462-6300
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The Production Line of Happiness

1/24-5/18

Work by photographer Christopher Williams that critiques the conventions of commercial images and photojournalism.

Art Institute of Chicago (map)
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Loop
phone 312-443-3600
The Production Line of Happiness

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Q&A with a curator

Saturdays, Sundays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Art Institute of Chicago (map)
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Loop
phone 312-443-3600

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