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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

Chicago Underground Comedy

Open run: Tue 9:30 PM
Beat Kitchen 2100 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago Roscoe Village

A benchmark for local stand-up comics takes the form of a slot at Chicago Underground Comedy—a weekly, curated showcase with the occasional former Chicagoan headlining. Think T.J. Miller, Hannibal Buress, Cameron Esposito, or John Mulaney. 773-281-4444

All Get Out, Homesafe, Household, Sunsleeper

Tue., Nov. 13, 5:30 p.m.
Cobra Lounge 235 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago West Loop/Fulton Market


Conan Gray, Co-Stanza

Tue., Nov. 13, 7 p.m.
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview


Prettymuch, Gunner Gehl

Tue., Nov. 13, 7 p.m.
House of Blues 329 N. Dearborn St., Chicago River North


Jessie Reyez, Savannah Re

Tue., Nov. 13, 7 p.m.
Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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Erwin Helfer

Tue., Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m.
Hungry Brain 2319 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago Roscoe Village


Richard Shindell, Ben White

Tue., Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m.
SPACE 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston Evanston


Gladys Knight

Tue., Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m.
Arcada Theatre 105 E. Main St., Saint Charles Suburbs Northwest


Phillip Bush

Tue., Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m.
PianoForte Studios 1335 S. Michigan, Chicago South Loop


Nalani & Sarina

Tue., Nov. 13, 8 p.m.
Martyrs' 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago North Center


Edwin Days, Vogds, Cat Bath

Tue., Nov. 13, 8 p.m.
Burlington 3425 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago Logan Square


Eliane Elias

Tue., Nov. 13, 8 p.m.
City Winery 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago Near West Side

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Greg Ward

Tue., Nov. 13, 9 p.m.
Hungry Brain 2319 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago Roscoe Village


Didier Petit & Edward Perraud

Tue., Nov. 13, 9:30 p.m.
Whistler 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago Logan Square


Lady in Denmark

Through 11/18: Wed-Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 2 and 8 PM, Sun 2 PM, Tue 7:30 PM
Goodman Theatre 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago Loop

Buy Tickets$15-$45


Tenacious D, Wynchester

Nov. 13-14, 7:30 p.m.
Riviera Theatre 4746 N. Racine Ave., Chicago Uptown

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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