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The Forced Transfer

Opens Tue 6/7
National Cambodian Heritage Museum 2831 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago Ravenswood

As a young Buddhist monk in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, during the 1960s, Kompha Seth studied the Brahmi alphabet and Magadhi—a root language of modern Khmer—which had been preserved and passed down for generations. Today, he's one of only a few Cambodians in the world who understands these dialects and their links to modern Khmer. Continue reading >> 773-506-1280

Comedians You Should Know

Open run: Thu 9 PM

A mix of barflys and independent comedy fans flocks to this weekly showcase, one of the best in the city. The room is friendly, and if hecklers appear, they're shut down affably by Chicago's top stand-ups. It's not a place to try out new material, so the comedians hit jokes hard. And the audience, sitting close and around the stage like a big hug, welcomes the change of pace from the bar's drunk tomfoolery. CYSK is an appropriate name. 312-642-0700

The Improvised Shakespeare Company

Open run: Thu 8 PM, Fri-Sat 8 and 11 PM
iO Theater 1501 N. Kingsbury, Chicago Lincoln Park

Seven strapping men in swashbuckler shirts improvise a two-act Shakespearean play based on a title suggested by the audience. At the show I saw, "The Taming of the Jew" inspired the Bard's usual themes (religion, family, betrayal) and plot devices (murders, disguises, fortunes gained/lost) as well as an uncomfortably funny circumcision. Director-performer Blaine Swen, a veteran of long-form Shakespearean improv who swears they don't conspire during the intermission, has assembled a vigorous ensemble of actors and proven improvisers. Their experience doing Shakespeare flowers in the language: they relish iambic dialogue, execute perfectly timed asides, occasionally utter rhyming couplets (some hilariously forced: "Let us be quick-sa, and get to the bar mitzvah!"), and drop parodic phrases ("scurvenous knave," "midfortnight report") and well-placed anachronisms (the bar mitzvah had a DJ). Even the ending echoed the real plays: story lines resolved tidily—and uproariously. —Ryan Hubbard

The Infinite Wrench

Open run: Fri-Sat 11:30 PM, Sun 7 PM
Neo-Futurarium 5153 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago Andersonville

Greg Allen gave and Greg Allen took away. On December 31, 2016, the Neo-Futurists founder made good on his promise to kill off the company's signature cult show, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, ending an unprecedented run of 28 years. The current generation of ensemble members weren't happy. Now they've pretty much reconstituted TMLMTBGB in everything but name, running on the same schedule at the same venue with the same exuberance. Though their new baby is superficially different from the original (where before the plays were numbered, for instance, now they're color coded), it retains the identical goal of offering 30 original short plays in 60 minutes. The performance I saw lapsed occasionally into reductive political posturing, having more to do with tribal affirmation than revelation. But it also had its share of wit, insight, emotional frankness, and dancerly physicality. —Tony Adler 773-275-5255

Lips Chicago Grand Opening Weekend

Aug. 23-25, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
Lips Chicago 2229 S Michigan, Chicago South Loop

Lips Chicago boasts a drag dining theater experience and joins existing Lips locations in NYC, San Diego, Fort Lauderdale, and Atlanta. 6:30 Doors Open; 7:00 First Seating; 8:00 Show starts; 9:30 Second Seating; 10:45 Show starts. Photo courtesy of Lips Chicago. 312-815-2662

Wet Cash

Open run: Fri 8 PM
Dark Tower Comics 4835 N. Western, Chicago Lincoln Square

Stand-up with a very big twist. Each week, performers at this showcase can do anything they want. One time, they ran a show where everybody on the bill and in the audience was named Derek. Plus, all donations benefit the fishbowl they toss their money in—hence the title. Expect, well, everything. 773-654-1490

Green City Market

Saturdays. Continues through Oct. 26
Green City Market 1817 N. Clark Street, Chicago Lincoln Park

Green City Market is back in Lincoln Park! The market is celebrating 20 years of offering fresh, local fruit, veggies, and various other foods. For the celebration, the market will have cake, demonstrations, live music, activities, in addition to their array of fresh produce.

The Blackout Diaries

Open run: Sat 10 PM
Lincoln Lodge 956 W. Newport, Chicago North Center

The gregarious Sean Flannery tells stories about adventures he's had inebriated out of his mind. He's joined each week by other comedians and the occasional layman—each with a drunken tale to tell. 773-251-1539

Water Music on the Beach

Sun., Aug. 25, 1 p.m.
Lane Beach 5915 N. Sheridan, Chicago Edgewater

a day of performance, sound art, and experimental music, kicking off with a procession from the 6018North space in Edgewater to Lane Beach. Approximate set times:
1:15 PM procession led by artist Diane Christiansen with Arthur Black, Anton Hatwich, Isaiah Spencer, Mai Sugimoto to Lane Beach
1:30 PM solo percussion by Quin Kirchner
2 PM Simon Anderson plays Fluxus scores
2:15 PM Alexander Massa/Arthur Black/Hatwich/Emerson Hunton/Kirchner/Isaiah Spencer/Sugimoto
2:45 PM AJ McClenon & Xris Espinoza share FLOAT piece sounds 3:10 PM Alexandria Eregbu 3:30 PM EdBrass Brasil with Emerson Hunton & Nick Meryhew 312-742-3224

Manic Mondays

Open run: Mon 9 PM
Frances Cocktail Lounge 307 E. 75th, Chicago Other South

Lauded stand-ups Taneshia "Just Nesh" Rice and Marilee Williams host this weekly showcase—one of the few on the south side.

Movies in the Parks: The Wiz

Mon., Aug. 26, 8 p.m.
South Shore Cultural Center Park 7059 S. South Shore, Chicago South Shore


Chicago Underground Comedy

Open run: Tue 9:30 PM
Beat Kitchen 2100 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago Roscoe Village

Buy Tickets$10; 21+

A benchmark for local stand-up comics takes the form of a slot at Chicago Underground Comedy—a weekly, curated showcase with the occasional former Chicagoan headlining. Think T.J. Miller, Hannibal Buress, Cameron Esposito, or John Mulaney. 773-281-4444

Chicago Reader Pooch Party

Wed., Sept. 18, 6 p.m.

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A free and all ages party for people and their pooches, with demos, vendors, beers, bites and a “Best in Show” costume competition. Free with RSVP at ticket link. 773-961-8880