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.
Work by Joseph Grigely and Amy Vogel. Reception Sat 12/7, 11 AM-5 PM.
Local rock radio station Q87.7's massive yuletide celebration, "The Night We Stole Christmas," headlined by the brothers Leto.
Three original 20-minute shows. $5http://annoyanceproductions.com
Re-creating a legendary 1956 jam session involving Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis, this crowd-pleaser is basically a vehicle for crackling renditions of classic tunes, including "Blue Suede Shoes," "That's All Right," and "Great Balls of Fire." The show's emotional center is Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, a man caught between competing personal and business pressures. —Albert Williams $25-$70
This weekly variety show, hosted by Kevin Mullaney, provides an important service to future historians: it collects every cliche in Chicago performance at this very moment, September 2013. I attended the season premiere, which featured a female comic who proudly identified as a "cunt," two self-consciously adorable girls with bangs and a ukulele who sang about their student loans, a storyteller, and a group of improv performers. That night, the individual spoken word won out: storyteller Lily Be and stand-up Liza Treyger were sharp and hilarious. The improv, however, was uninspired, and members of the ensemble, possibly because they had never worked together before, were sometimes slow to pick up on one another's cues. And as for the singers, the Fruit Flies—they just made my teeth hurt. —Aimee Levitt $10http://undertheguntheater.com
Work from a variety of artists explore how advancements in technology have influenced their lives and experiences. Juried by Jan Tichy. Reception Fri 11/22, 6-9 PM.
Monthly Second Saturday show featuring open studios, poetry readings, and live music. Reception Sat 3/9, 5-10 PM.
A retrospective of work by the Chicago photographer.