Like many of us, Ted Geisel felt unfulfilled by his day job. Does it matter that, as Dr. Seuss, Geisel produced some of the world's most beloved picture books and introduced generations of children to the pleasures of reading? For the sake of his young audience, Dr. Seuss had to keep his drawings simple and his color palette limited. But before he'd gone to work as a commercial illustrator, Geisel had trained as a fine artist. So late at night, he painted. He experimented with color and style and more adult themes. He hung his "midnight paintings" in his house in La Jolla, California, but didn't want them released into the world while he was still alive. Continue reading >>
A BYOB stand-up showcase hosted by Rebecca V. O'Neal, Mike Sheehan, and Alex Stone.
Do you enjoy chomping on a fresh churro while sifting through weathered tools, ball caps, and odds and ends? Of course you do.http://maxwellstreetmarket.us
This week a representative from Marx-Saunders Gallery will lead the tour to Stephen Daiter Gallery, Printworks Gallery, Jean Albano Gallery, and Marx-Saunders. Meet at the Starbucks at Chicago and Franklin.http://chicagoartdealers.org
Many a mental health professional advises that if you're really afraid of something, the best thing to do is confront your fear. That's sort of what comedian/musician Danny Black is up to with the God, Sex, and Death Variety Hour. During his opening monologue at the August show, Black, who plays host, admits he's terrified of death but swears that "talking about it makes it better." In reference to the god part, Black says he had a religious experience on a retreat once—god spoke to him, obviously—but he mostly ignored it at the time; so giving the guy (or gal) a nod now seems like the polite thing to do. The inclusion of sex as a topic—at any time, in any universe—seems self-explanatory. Continue reading >>
A collection of scenes and songs that seeks to cover everything you learned in college. $24-$29
Musical based on the classic 1939 film. $15
Art activities and performances.
The tone and pace are just right in this late-night burlesque show. Doubling as affable emcee Max Flattery, director Chris Biddle keeps the evening fresh with a rotating line-up of erotic dancers, campy acts, and nerdy comedians. Striptease routines satisfy a wide range of PG-13 fetishes, sometimes in unconventional ways. Teddy Bare's absinthe fairy number, for instance, incorporates modern dance elements not typically associated with the bump-and-grind. The result is an eclectic blend of steam, smart humor, and shtick. If Biddle and company can maintain momentum, Kiss Kiss Cabaret has what it takes to become a cheeky Chicago staple. —Dan Jakes $15 online in advance, $20 at the door
The exhibit consists of 300 ceremonial objects culled from the 2,000-piece Lehmann Collection, now held by the Foundation for the Preservation, Enhancement and Production of Haitian Cultural Works in Pétion-Ville, Haiti.
A look into the architecture and urban planning of Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles in the 60s and 70s.