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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

Erwin Helfer

Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. Continues through April 30
Hungry Brain 2319 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago Roscoe Village


773-709-1401

21+
Mother and the Council

Tuesdays, 9 p.m. Continues through March 26
Hideout 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., Chicago West Town/Noble Square

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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

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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 The cast of the brand-new yet already outdated main-stage revue Dream Freaks Fall From Space tackle these loaded topics by mentioning them, then moving right along.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

Jose Valdes Latin Jazz Trio

Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Green Dolphin Street 2200 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago DePaul


773-395-0066

Alison Ruble & Jeremy Kahn

Tuesdays, 9 p.m.
Drake Hotel 140 E. Walton Pl., Chicago Gold Coast/Mag Mile/Streeterville


312-787-2200

Fat Babies

Tuesdays, 9 p.m.
Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago Uptown


With few exceptions, those practicing the sort of traditional jazz popularized in New Orleans and Chicago during the 20s and early 30s essentially believe and traffic in museum-grade preservation. They play for audiences living in time-travel fantasies, preferring to ignore the music made over the last 80 years as they seek Charleston partners. The members of Chicago’s Fat Babies might perform in shirtsleeves and neckties and meticulously record interpretations of the trad-jazz repertoire in glorious mono, but they also play music of other eras—whether it’s drummer Alex Hall working in the Flat Five or bassist Beau Sample storming through Jazz Manouche with Alfonso Ponticelli. The Fat Babies perform with such a vitality—never jacking up the pitch-perfect rhythm or playing postmodern games—that I don’t even see what they do as an act of reclamation. The ebullient polyphony and drive on their third album, Solid Gassuh (Delmark), is pure pleasure, a riot of motion and multilinear melody as banjoist Jake Sanders flails propulsive chords alongside the Baby Dodds-inspired rhythmic spill of Hall and Sample’s unerring pulse-and-harmony anchor. That leaves plenty of space for the raucous yet lyric playing of pianist Paul Asaro, reedists Jonathan Doyle and John Otto, trombonist Dave Bock, and cornetist Andy Schumm. While the occasional white-bread vocal might suggest a hokey costume party, there’s little to disrupt the spell these guys cast their long-running weekly residencies. 773-878-5552

Joe Barr, Joanna Connor

Tuesdays, 9:30 p.m.
Kingston Mines 2548 N. Halsted St., Chicago Lincoln Park


773-477-4646

After Dark: A Von Freeman Tribute

Tuesdays, 9:30 & 11:30 p.m.
Andy's Jazz Club 11 E. Hubbard Street, Chicago River North

Pete Galanis Band with Marty Sammon

Tuesdays, 9:30 p.m.
Rosa's Lounge 3420 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago Logan Square


773-342-0452

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.

Michael Noble

Wed., March 20, 12:15 p.m.


Piano (Brahms, Schubert, Scriabin). 312-744-6630

Alex Di Leo, Capital Soirée, Louis the XVII

Wed., March 20, 6 p.m.
Cobra Lounge 235 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago West Loop/Fulton Market

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312-226-6300

Quinn XCII

Wed., March 20, 6 p.m.
Riviera Theatre 4746 N. Racine Ave., Chicago Uptown

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773-275-6800

Jukebox the Ghost, Mowglis, Twin XL

Wed., March 20, 6:30 p.m.
Metro 3730 N. Clark St., Chicago Wrigleyville

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773-549-0203

Big Band Dance Party with APOL Orchestra

Wed., March 20, 7 p.m.
FitzGerald's 6615 Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn Berwyn


708-788-2118

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Blue Stones, Million Reasons

Wed., March 20, 7:30 p.m.
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview

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773-525-2508

Dave Specter, Paul Cebar

Wed., March 20, 8 p.m.
SPACE 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston Evanston

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847-492-8860

21+
Courtney, Clever Girls

Wed., March 20, 8 p.m.
Burlington 3425 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago Logan Square


773-384-3243

17+
Elk Walking, Lost Cousins

Wed., March 20, 8 p.m.
Beat Kitchen 2100 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago Roscoe Village

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773-281-4444

Nathan Weber, Quinn Malcolm

Wed., March 20, 8 p.m.
Wire 6815 W. Roosevelt, Berwyn Berwyn

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George Hinchliffe's Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Wed., March 20, 8 p.m.
Symphony Center 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago Loop

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312-294-3000

Trap n Soul with Vic Lloyd, Selah Say

Wed., March 20, 8 p.m.
Emporium Fulton Market 839 W. Fulton Market, Chicago West Loop/Fulton Market


312-733-2222

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Bunbury

Wed., March 20, 8 p.m.
House of Blues 329 N. Dearborn St., Chicago River North

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312-923-2000

Sticky Fingers

Wed., March 20, 8 p.m.
Bottom Lounge 1375 W. Lake St., Chicago West Loop/Fulton Market

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312-666-6775

Bunbury

Wed., March 20, 8 p.m.
House of Blues 329 N. Dearborn St., Chicago River North

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312-923-2000