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Blue Man Group

Open run: Thu 8 PM; Fri 7 PM; Sat 2, 5, and 8 PM; Sun 4 and 7 PM
Briar Street Theatre 3133 N. Halsted St., Chicago Lakeview

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After 20 years and god knows how many bald caps and gallons of paint, this Chicago staple stays true to its mission: “Blue Man Group—enemy of monotony, remedy for boredom, promoter of overjoy and elation.” That experimental, interactive theater can remain both current and family friendly in equal measure speaks to the show's healthy mix of blink-and-you’ll-miss-it wit and larger-than-life clowning. Audience participation, voluntary and involuntary, is still a key component, whether it’s sharing Twinkies with the trio, donning a poncho in the splash zone, or being shamed as a latecomer, in showstopping fashion. Cultural references and parodies have certainly changed with the times (and devices), but the keys to Blue Man Group remain its hypnotic music and lively energy—if you’re not out of your seat dancing when the 90 minutes are up, you probably don’t have a pulse. —Marissa Oberlander 773-348-4000

Chic-a-go-go dance show taping

Sun., May 26, 1 p.m.
The Promontory 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. West, Chicago Hyde Park

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312-801-2100

Jonnycatland, Jeris Girll, Virgin Jerry, Free Range

Sun., May 26, 2 p.m.
Beat Kitchen 2100 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago Roscoe Village

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773-281-4444

Nita Strauss

Sun., May 26, 5 p.m.
Evanston Rocks 1012 Church St., Evanston Evanston

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847-859-2021

Polo G, Queen Key, Spenzo

Sun., May 26, 7 p.m.
Patio Theater 6008 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago Portage Park

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773-283-7244

Romain Collin

Sun., May 26, 7:30 p.m.
SPACE 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston Evanston

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847-492-8860

Chicago Philharmonic & Cirque de la Symphonie

Sun., May 26, 7:30 p.m.
Harris Theater 205 E. Randolph St., Chicago Loop

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Scott Speck, conductor (Dvorák, Williams, Gardel, Mercer/Williams, Barry, Kander, Rimsky-Korsakov, Zimmer arr. Wasson). 312-334-7777

Mudhoney, Metz

Sun., May 26, 8 p.m.
Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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sold out 773-525-2501

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Busy Bodies, Semaphore, Looms

Sun., May 26, 8 p.m.
GMan Tavern 3740 N. Clark St., Chicago Wrigleyville

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773-549-2050

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Lincoln Durham, Melody Angel

Sun., May 26, 8 p.m.
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview

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773-525-2508

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Fonema Consort & Ursa Ensemble

Sun., May 26, 8:30 p.m.
Constellation 3111 N. Western Ave., Chicago Roscoe Village

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Both groups will perform Cassandra Miller's Bel canto together, followed by sets by each ensemble on their own (work by Jean Cras, Iván Sparrow, Juan Campoverde, Nina Dante).

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Wife of Wrath, Audio Jack, Mister Wallace, Fee Lion, Saya Naomi

Sun., May 26, 9 p.m.
Metro 3730 N. Clark St., Chicago Wrigleyville

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Hosted by Slo' Mo Party's Kristen Kaza and Mister Wallace; tickets include admission to concurrent event at Smart Bar. 773-549-0203

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Queen! with Mr. White, Mystic Bill, Michael Serafini, Garrett David

Sun., May 26, 9 p.m.
Smart Bar 3730 N. Clark St., Chicago Wrigleyville

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Hosted by performers Jojo Baby, Bambi Banks Couleé, Kenzie Couleé, Valentine Addams, Ivory; tickets include admission to concurrent Metro event. 773-549-4140

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Promontory After Dark Memorial Day Weekend with DJ Tyn, DJ Matrix

Sun., May 26, 10 p.m.
The Promontory 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. West, Chicago Hyde Park

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312-801-2100

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Enjambre

Sun., May 26, 11 p.m.
Joe’s 940 W. Weed St., Chicago Near North

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312-337-3486

Lyric Opera

Sun., May 26, 1:30 p.m., Tue., May 28, 7 p.m., Wed., May 29, 1:30 & 7 p.m., Thu., May 30, 7 p.m., Fri., May 31, 7 p.m., Sat., June 1, 1:30 & 7 p.m. and Sun., June 2, 1:30 p.m.
Lyric Opera House 20 N. Wacker Dr., Chicago Loop

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West Side Story 312-827-5600

Joey DeFrancesco Trio

Sun., May 26, 4 & 8 p.m.
Jazz Showcase 806 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago South Loop

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312-360-0234