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First Name Basis: 40 Years of Portraits by Dmitry Samarov Recommended Free All Ages Agenda

8/21-10/18: Tue-Sat 10 AM-6 PM or by appointment
Firecat Projects 2019 N. Damen, Chicago Wicker Park/Bucktown

Drawings and paintings by Reader contributor Dmitry Samarov, with an opening reception scheduled for Friday 8/21 from 7-10 PM. Attendance will be limited; please contact the gallery for more information. 207-249-9486

Wet Cash Recommended Member Picks Free Agenda The Short List (Theater)

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

Chicago Architecture Center Online Exhibits Free Agenda


The CAC offers three online exhibitions, viewable for free on its website: "Between States: 50 Designers Transform Chicago's Neighborhoods" (a showcase of community-based design solutions to transform underappreciated and underperforming spaces in Chicago), "50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards" (design proposals for rebuilding Chicago from 50 local architecture and design firms), and "Chidesign: Designing a Center for Architecture, Design, and Education" (an international competition to imagine a new Center for Architecture, Design, and Education in Chicago).

The Blackout Diaries Recommended Agenda The Short List (Theater)

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

Schubas Open Mic Free 21+ Agenda

Mondays, 8 p.m.
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview

an open mic for comedians in Schubas Upstairs Lounge; hosted by Clare Austen-Smith and Naomi Spungen. Doors open at 7:30 PM 773-525-2508

Cole's Comedy Open Mike Recommended Member Picks Free 21+ Agenda The Short List (Theater)

Wednesdays, 9:30 p.m.
Cole’s 2338 N. Milwaukee, Chicago Logan Square

UPDATE: as of Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 11:00 PM, this event has been canceled until further notice. A virtual open mike has been scheduled in its place.

Hosted by Carly Kane and Alex Kumin, this scrappy showcase boasts about 50 comics a week. 773-276-5802

Open Mic Night hosted by the Sweet Maries Free Agenda

Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Continues through Oct. 8
American Legion Hall Post 42 1030 Central St., Evanston Evanston

Outdoors in the Post's Patio Beer Garden, and open to singers and musicians who will be allowed to perform one to two songs as a soloist or group. Performers should bring their own microphones and audience members are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. To sign up, email 773-368-7628

Comedians You Should Know Recommended Member Picks Agenda The Short List (Theater)

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

SOAR Farmer's Market Free All Ages Agenda

Tuesdays, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Continues through Oct. 28

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The Streeterville Organization of Active Residents has organized this farmers' market on the front plaza of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago since 2015. 9 AM-10 AM is reserved for seniors. Vendors include local farmers and producers offering fresh produce, cheeses, drinks, plants, baked goods, and more.

Rock 'n' Ride Bike Night Free 21+ Agenda

Second Thursday of every month, 7 p.m. Continues through Nov. 13
Reggies’ Roof Deck 2105 S. State, Chicago South Loop

A ride night with food and drink available for purchase from the bar. Motorcyclists and bike riders both welcome, seating at Reggie's is first come, first served. No cover, free pool. 312-949-0120

Plant Chicago's Farmers Market Recommended Free All Ages Agenda

Saturdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Continues through Nov. 15
Plant Chicago 4459 S. Marshfield, Chicago Other South

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An outdoor farmers market featuring produce, local products, and more. Free to attend; at the corner of 45th Street and Marshfield Avenue, weather-permitting. 773-847-5523

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Slate Arts presents their fifth anniversary exhibition online, featuring photography, video, and other visual work by Colin Mosely, Alanna Huck-Scarry, Anthony Sims, Bryan Fielding, Ezra Arsenault, Matthew Lo Re, Sia Serafina, and Skyler Hagner.

Petite Mort Recommended Agenda

Through 9/29: Wed-Sat by appointment
Aspect/Ratio 864 N Ashland, Chicago West Town/Noble Square

Artist and SAIC alum Iris Bernblum began approaching folks through social media during the COVID-19 quarantine asking if she could paint them nude. Her resulting monochromatic watercolors are on view at the gallery by appointment. 773-206-7354

And That’s Why We Drink: Here for the Boos Tour 17+ Agenda

Tue., Sept. 29, 8 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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A live version of the Webby-award winning true crime and paranormal-focused podcast, hosted by Em Schulz and Christine Schiefer. 312-526-3851

Cody Ko & Noel Miller: Tiny Meat Gang Global Domination All Ages Agenda

Thu., Oct. 1, 8 p.m.
Chicago Theatre 175 N. State St., Chicago Loop

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date changed; tickets purchased for 3/21 will be honored 312-462-6300

Chad Daniels 18+ Agenda

Sat., Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m.
Park West 322 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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The Chicago Reader Book Club presents Mikki Kendall Recommended Agenda

Thu., Oct. 22

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The Reader's book club hosts a virtual conversation with Mikki Kendall, author of the club's October 2020 pick Hood Feminism: Notes From the Women That a Movement Forgot. Moderated by the Reader's own Janaya Greene.

Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. featuring Timuel D. Black Recommended Agenda

Sat., Oct. 24, 2 p.m.

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A livestream presentation and discussion with Professor Black, who will recall his work with Dr. King and discuss the current relevance of the philosophy of nonviolent resistance. Register with the University of Chicago's Alumni Association to attend; Zoom link provided after ticket purchase.

Hannah Berner 18+ Agenda

Tue., Oct. 27, 7 p.m.
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview

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Josh Potter 18+ Agenda

Tue., Nov. 10, 8 p.m.
Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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Nikki Glaser 18+ Agenda

Sat., Nov. 28, 7 & 9:30 p.m.
The Vic 3145 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago Lakeview

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The Chicago Reader Book Club presents Riva Lehrer Recommended Agenda

Thu., Dec. 17

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The Reader's book club hosts a virtual conversation with Riva Lehrer, author of the club's December 2020 pick Golem Girl.

Leanne Morgan All Ages Agenda

Fri., Jan. 15, 7 p.m.
The Vic 3145 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago Lakeview

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