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Broadway in Chicago Summer Concert in Millennium Park, and more of the best things to do in Chicago this week

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click to enlarge Broadway in Chicago transports musical numbers from its stages to the Pritzker Pavilion, including some from The Color Purple, on Monday 8/14. - MATTHEW MURPHY
  • Matthew Murphy
  • Broadway in Chicago transports musical numbers from its stages to the Pritzker Pavilion, including some from The Color Purple, on Monday 8/14.


Besides performances by two comedy heroes, Dickie Smothers and Emo Phillips, there's tons to do this week. Here's some of what we recommend:

Mon 8/14: The Broadway in Chicago Summer Concert, an annual showcase of Chicago musical theater, comes to the Pritzker Pavilion (Michigan and Randolph). This year, the celebration features performances from Aladdin, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, and The Color Purple. Singing along is encouraged. 6:15 PM, free

click to enlarge Ada Cheng speaks to her experience as a queer Asian woman at Women & Children First Monday 8/14. - ELIZABETH MCQUERN
  • Elizabeth McQuern
  • Ada Cheng speaks to her experience as a queer Asian woman at Women & Children First Monday 8/14.

Mon 8/14: In her powerful solo show at Women & Children First (5233 N. Clark), Not Quite: Asian American by Law, Asian Woman by Desire, Ada Cheng tells the story of her life as a queer immigrant from East Asia and the feeling of "otherness" that comes with existing between multiple identities. Located . 7 PM

Tue 8/15: Hailed as "timeless" by the New York Times, Readings from the Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks includes more than 300 works celebrating the prolific poet. Co-editor Peter Kahn and locals Rebecca Hazelton and Adam Levin will discuss the collection at City Lit Books (2523 N. Kedzie). 6:30 PM

Tue 8/15: Drinking & Writing (737 W. Randolph) presents James Brown vs. Charlie Brown, pitting the man who always feels good (you know that he would) against the balding child who's so downtrodden, he can't even kick a football. Top local writer-performers divide into two groups, each making the case for who's the real sex machine and who's the real blockhead. Tue 7:30 PM, Sat 4 PM, $10

Wed 8/16-Thu 8/17: Trying to keep up with Emo Philips's train of thought is like trying to hold a deep religious conversation with a toddler. The veteran comic comes to Zanies (1548 N. Wells), twisting and turning stories from childhood and the everyday into tangential, polite rants. 8:30 PM, $25-$35

Wed 8/16-Fri 8/18: Dropshift Dance continues its Imposter series with The Remains, a combination of video installation and live dance performance at DFBRL8R Gallery (1463 W. Chicago). An exploration of identity over time, Imposter delves into the audience-performer relationship using contemporary styles. 7:30 PM, $20-$25

click image Dickie Smothers (right), half of the vaunted Smothers Brothers comedy duo, headlines the iO Musical Improv Festival, which starts Thursday 8/17. - CBS TELEVISION
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  • Dickie Smothers (right), half of the vaunted Smothers Brothers comedy duo, headlines the iO Musical Improv Festival, which starts Thursday 8/17.


Thu 8/17-Sun 8/20:
Dickie Smothers, most known for his work on the groundbreaking television show The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, headlines the third edition of iO's (1501 N. Kingsbury) Musical Improv Festival. Serenaders include Dirty Disney, Buzzed Broadway, and Rhyme & Punishment, each group exhibiting how parodies are elevated by bursting into song. Thu 7:30 PM, Fri-Sun 7 PM, various prices

Thu 8/17: The United Services Organization of Illinois hosts Clark After Dark (420 N. Clark), a summer send-off block party celebrating and benefiting military service members. In addition to live music, the fest includes vintage military vehicles, a raffle, and plenty of food and drink. 4-10 PM, $10, $100-$150 for VIP

For more stuff to do this week—and every day—check out our Agenda page.

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