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The Magic Parlour

Open run: Fri 7:30 and 9:30 PM

This 60-minute, late-night magic show is exactly what it should be: funny, lively, intimate, and utterly baffling. House Theatre of Chicago member Dennis Watkins blends quick-witted improv and physical comedy with freewheeling patter as he performs classic illusions. Though his sleight-of-hand is impossibly subtle, it was the mind reading tricks that seemed to have drawn several inquisitive skeptics back for another look on the night I attended. A curio-shop intimacy and cash bar encourage audience participation, and Watkins, with his Eagle Scout looks, clearly takes a mischievous pleasure in the unexpected. Just let your cell phone go off during the show and see what kind of fun he has. --Keith Griffith $75
Palmer House Hilton (map)
17 E. Monroe St.
phone 312-726-7500

Bye Bye Liver: The Chicago Drinking Play

Open run: Fri-Sat 8 and 10 PM
phone 773-904-8777

A show about and with drinking. "Patrons must be 21+." $15-$20
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Public House Theatre (map)
3914 N. Clark St.
phone 800-650-6449

Second Friday

Second Friday of every month, 6-10 p.m.
phone 312-738-8000, ext. 112

More than 30 art spaces in the Chicago Arts District around 18th and Halsted host receptions, open houses, and artists' talks. Maps available at 1821 S. Halsted.