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Outsider Art: The Collection of Victor F. Keen Recommended Member Picks Free All Ages Agenda

2/6-9/7


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ore than 40 works of art from the most well-known outsider artists will be exhibited from the collection of Victor F. Keen. These works operate outside of the mainstream art world. Opening reception 2/5, 5-8pm. 312-243-9088

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

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

The Improvised Shakespeare Company Recommended Member Picks Agenda The Short List (Theater)

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

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

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

Plant Chicago's Farmers Market Free All Ages Agenda

Saturdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Continues through Sept. 26
Plant Chicago 4459 S. Marshfield, Chicago Other South


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

Manic Mondays Recommended Free Agenda The Short List (Theater)

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


Lauded stand-ups Taneshia “Just Nesh” Rice and Marlon Mitchell trade off the hosting for this weekly comedy showcase and open mike. 224-858-8304

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

La Nuit des Etoiles 2020 Agenda

Wed., July 22, 7:15 p.m.

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A virtual live auction and fundraising event to benefit the French-American Chamber of Commerce Chicago Foundation's scholarship program.

Cash Cab’s Ben Bailey Live in Concert 18+ Agenda

Sat., July 25, 7:30 p.m.
Park West 322 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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773-929-5959

Jimmy Dore 17+ Agenda

Sun., Aug. 9, 8 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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The YouTuber brings his live show to Thalia Hall, discussing politicians and “corporate journalism.” 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