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Bisa Butler: Portraits Recommended Agenda

Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago Loop

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Note: as of November 18, 2020, the Art Institute is closed to visitors due to the governor's COVID-19 distancing directives for the state of Illinois.

Bisa Butler's portrait quilts capture personal and historical narratives of Black life. This is the first solo museum exhibition of the Howard University alum's work. 312-443-3600

The Roedelius Cells Recommended Free Agenda Early Warnings (Music)

12/11/20-1/31/21, by appointment
Experimental Sound Studio 5925 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago Ravenswood

A sound installation by Grammy-nominated composer Tim Story created from thousands of short extracts culled from a decade of informal piano recordings made with his friend and colleague Hans-Joachim Roedelius. 773-769-1069

Soul Healing Satsang with Stacy Patrice Recommended Agenda Online

Sundays, 1 p.m.

Healing artist and soul healer Stacy Patrice offers a weekly online satsang (a convening in the yogic tradition where participants consciously gather to align with goodness). Hosted by the Rebuild Foundation and aired Sundays on their Instagram Live.

Still/Here Recommended Free Agenda The Short List (Theater) Online

Available online anytime through Vimeo

Free Street offers a free streaming version of this 2019 show (subtitled Manifestos for Joy and Survival), in which survivors of an apocalyptic event in Chicago provide memories of the struggles that defined their lives before the catastrophe, including fighting gentrification and racism. The narrative is drawn from interviews conducted with over 400 Chicago community members.

Alien vs. Citizen Agenda


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An exhibition about citizenship, migration, and an individual's value in the United States, featuring work by Monica Bock, Jennifer Bornstein, Stephanie Brooks, Mary E. Carlisle, Enrique Chagoya, Larry Clark, Dora García, Cathy Lynn Gasser, Melissa Goldstein, Ramiro Gomez, Doug Hall, Gabriel Kuri, the group Claire Fontaine, Glenn Ligon, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Kerry James Marshall, Hương Ngô, Christina Quarles, Robert Rauschenberg, Andres Serrano, Sandrine Sheon, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Catherine Smith, Nedko Solakov, Thomas Struth, Hồng-Ân Trương, Gillian Wearing, Carrie Mae Weems, and Eric Wesley. 312-280-2660

Jo Ractliffe: Drives Agenda

Through 4/26
Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago Loop

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Note: as of November 18, 2020, the Art Institute is closed to visitors due to the governor's COVID-19 distancing directives for the state of Illinois.

The first survey organized of the work of South African photographer Jo Ractliffe includes images of the port city of Durban, video installations, and more. 312-443-3600

U-505 Submarine All Ages Agenda

Museum of Science and Industry 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago Hyde Park

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A look at the U-505 submarine, the only German submarine in the United States. 773-684-1414

Chicago Architecture Center Online Exhibits Free Agenda Online


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).

Open 5.0 Free Agenda Online

Slate Arts 3203 W. North, Chicago Humboldt Park

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. 847-312-1527

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

We Series: Sleep featuring work by Unyimeabasi Udoh, Marvin Tate & Jordan Reyes, A.J. McClenon, Kurt Chiang, Bethany Younge Free Agenda Online

Tue., Jan. 19, 7 p.m.

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An online version of the performance, film, and live art series usually hosted at Elastic Arts. Livestream at the organization's Twitch channel.

A Home in Chicago: a conversation with Maya Dukmasova and Alden Loury Recommended Free Agenda Online

Wed., Jan. 20, 6 p.m.

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A discussion on the state of accessible and affordable housing in Chicago as well as a release event for Reader senior writer Maya Dukmasova's new book A Home in Chicago: Rent, Ownership, and Neighborhood Struggle since the Collapse of Public Housing.

Dukmasova and WBEZ radio's Alden Loury will welcome Chicago Housing Authority tenant organizer Jackie Paige along with Moises Moreno, executive director of Pilsen Alliance in this online discussion about housing issues in Chicago.

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

Sue Science Saturdays: Prehistoric Party Recommended All Ages Agenda Online

Sat., Jan. 23, 10 a.m.

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The Field Museum presents a family-friendly virtual tour along with interactive activities and behind-the-scenes looks at the museum with museum researchers and Sue the T.rex. One ticket is required per household. Zoom access provided after ticket purchase.

Chicago Dance History Project's Interview Marathon All Ages Agenda Online

Sun., Jan. 31

The organization kicks off its fifth anniversary celebration by hosting a day-long livestream Interview Marathon featuring guests Lou Conte, Nicole Clarke-Springer, Frank Chaves, Paige Fraser, Carmela Greco, Lar Lubovitch, Mark Morris, Wendy Perron, Jorge Pérez, Twyla Tharp, Eduardo Vilaro, Ashley Wheater, and more.

Empty Bottle Book Club discussion on Jim Terry's Come Home, Indio Free Agenda Online

Sun., Jan. 31, 3 p.m.

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An online discussion of the graphic novel, hosted on Zoom. Registration requested; access information at ticket link.

The Balancing Arab Free Agenda Online

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A politically active Arab American and her Irish American personal fitness trainer share their impressions of an event at the Arab American Cultural Center, leading to tensions during the workout session. Silk Road Rising cofounder Jamil Khoury wrote this short video play, directed by Anne Jacques.

Moms & Murder live podcast taping All Ages Agenda

Thu., Feb. 4, 8 p.m.
City Winery 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago Near West Side

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In Focus lecture series featuring Rebecca Zorach on abolition art Recommended Free Agenda Online

Sun., Feb. 7, 2 p.m.

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Local writer and professor Zorach, the author of Art for People's Sake: Artists and Community in Black Chicago, 1965-1975 (Duke University Press, 2019) gives an online talk for the Evanston Art Center's free lecture series. Zoom access will be sent after registration.

Cox N' Crendor Live podcast taping 18+ Agenda

Wed., March 10, 8 p.m.
Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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BendeLaCreme is Ready to be Committed 17+ Agenda Early Warnings (Music) New Early Warnings (Music)

Tue., April 27, 7 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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The drag performer presents a narrative cabaret show with original music. 312-526-3851

Mike Birbiglia Agenda

Fri., May 21, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago Theatre 175 N. State St., Chicago Loop

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Last Podcast on the Left All Ages Agenda

Tue., June 1, 8 p.m. and Wed., June 2, 8 p.m.
The Vic 3145 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago Lakeview

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