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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

We Were Promised Jetpacks, Jenn Champion

Wed., Sept. 26, 8 p.m.
SPACE 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston Evanston

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847-492-8860

Heartbreak Hotel

Through 9/30: Wed-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 2 and 7:30 PM, Sun 2 and 7 PM, Tue 7:30 PM

Buy from Ticketmaster$30-$74


800-775-2000

Dream Freaks Fall From Space

Open run: Wed-Thu 8 PM, Fri-Sat 8 and 11 PM, Sun 4 PM, Tue 8 PM
Second City 1616 N. Wells St., Chicago Old Town

Buy Tickets$29-$46


Second City is in denial. Donald Trump is our president, and along with that comes a host of issues regarding race, gender equality, LGBTQ rights, and police brutality, among other things. The cast of the brand-new yet already outdated main-stage revue Dream Freaks Fall From Space tackle these loaded topics by mentioning them, then moving right along. And speaking of denial, scenes break one of the most fundamental rules of improvisation—embody the spirit of "yes, and . . . " to complement your partner onstage. Here instead actors deny ideas with "What are you talking about?" Second City is the tentpole of Chicago comedy for the rest of the country, but Dream Freaks feels like it was concocted in an intermediate-level improv class where mere nods get laughs and politics get skewered with Pixy Stix. Continue reading >> 312-337-3992

The Harold

Open run: Wed-Thu 8 PM, Fri 8 and 10:30 PM, Sat 10:30 PM, Sun 8 PM, Mon 10:30 PM
iO Theater 1501 N. Kingsbury, Chicago Lincoln Park


Improv teams use an audience suggestion to create interweaving story lines that result in a connected long-form narrative.

Donald Sinta Quartet

Wed., Sept. 26, 12:15 p.m.
Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center 78 E. Washington St., Chicago Loop


312-744-6630

Trauma

Wed., Sept. 26, 7 p.m.
Reggie's Music Joint 2105 S. State St., Chicago South Loop

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312-949-0120

Accept, Rival

Wed., Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m.
Arcada Theatre 105 E. Main St., Saint Charles Suburbs Northwest


630-587-8400

Butch Walker, Indianola

Wed., Sept. 26, 8 p.m.
House of Blues 329 N. Dearborn St., Chicago River North

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312-923-2000

Otis Taylor Band

Wed., Sept. 26, 8 p.m.
SPACE 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston Evanston


847-492-8860

Libby York

Wed., Sept. 26, 8 & 10 p.m.
Jazz Showcase 806 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago South Loop


312-360-0234

Marcus King Band, Bishop Gunn

Wed., Sept. 26, 8 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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312-526-3851

Wiegedood, Vukari, Dethbeds, Bruges

Wed., Sept. 26, 8 p.m.
Subterranean 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago Wicker Park/Bucktown

Buy from TicketWeb$10


773-278-6600

Dos Santos, Eternals Sextet

Wed., Sept. 26, 8 p.m.
Martyrs' 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago North Center


773-404-9494

Gaz Coombes

Wed., Sept. 26, 8 p.m.
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview


773-525-2508

Ana Egge, Jess Robbins

Wed., Sept. 26, 8 p.m.
FitzGerald's 6615 Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn Berwyn


708-788-2118

Sunset Rollercoaster, Divino Nino, Kachi

Wed., Sept. 26, 8:30 p.m.
Empty Bottle 1035 N. Western Ave., Chicago Ukrainian Village/East Village


773-276-3600

Hamza Akram Qawal and Brothers

Wed., Sept. 26, 8:30 p.m.


773-728-6000

Naomi Ashley, Andon Davis Trio

Wed., Sept. 26, 8:30 p.m.
Wire 6815 W. Roosevelt, Berwyn Berwyn

18+
Moon Hooch, Exmag

Wed., Sept. 26, 9 p.m.
Chop Shop 2033 W. North, Chicago Wicker Park/Bucktown


773-537-4440

18+
Moon Hooch, Exmag

Wed., Sept. 26, 9 p.m.
Chop Shop 2033 W. North, Chicago Wicker Park/Bucktown


773-537-4440

Warm Drag

Wed., Sept. 26, 9 p.m.
Hideout 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., Chicago West Town/Noble Square


773-227-4433

Cairns, Arc of the Hunter

Wed., Sept. 26, 9 p.m.
Hungry Brain 2319 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago Roscoe Village


773-709-1401