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Hidden Messages

Beverly Arts Center 2407 W. 111th, Chicago Beverly

An exhibition examining the ties between hip-hop and quilting, from artists Poppin Chuck and Dorothy Straughter. 773-445-3838

Stick Fly

2/5-3/15: Tue-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 3 and 7:30 PM, Sun 2 and 6 PM; also Wed 2/26 and 3/11, 3 PM; Sun 3/1 and 3/15, 2 PM only
Writers Theatre 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe Other Suburbs North

Buy Tickets$35-$80

Lydia R. Diamond's family comedy-drama, first produced at Chicago's Congo Square Theatre Company in 2006 and subsequently on Broadway, follows a wealthy Black family at their vacation home on Martha's Vineyard, where the sons have brought home new girlfriends, the mother is absent, and some long-held secrets about the father and other family members will burst the seams. Ron OJ Parson directs. The performance on Sat, 3/14 at 3 PM is open captioned. 847-242-6000

Eternal Light: The Sacred Stained-Glass Windows of Louis Comfort Tiffany

Richard H. Driehaus Museum 40 E. Erie St., Chicago River North

Buy Tickets$20

This exhibition looks at the design and production of Tiffany's window commissions made from 1880 to 1925. 312-932-8665


1/23-3/15: Tue 7:30 PM, Wed 2 and 7:30 PM, Thu-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat-Sun 3 and 7:30 PM; see website for complete schedule

Buy Tickets$20-$122

Tracy Letts's clammy psychological drama, first produced in London in 1996 and later seen locally at A Red Orchid Theatre, where original star Michael Shannon is an ensemble member, gets a revival with Steppenwolf. Set in a seedy motel, the story follows the folie a deux between Peter, a veteran of the first Gulf War, and Agnes, a cocktail waitress who is hiding from her violent ex-con former husband. Peter's paranoia about everything from UFOs to the small insects he believes live underneath his skin begins to affect Agnes as the two misfits try to create a world where they will be safe. David Cromer directs, with Carrie Coon and Namir Smallwood starring as Agnes and Peter. The cast also includes Randall Arney, Jennifer Engstrom, and Steve Key. 312-335-1650

Bonny Nahmias: To Hold Space



onny Nahmias has her first solo exhibition where she presents a project that she began in 2017. Stretching a tin can telephone over areas that are broken by geography, modernity, and politics, she has surpassed barriers and blockades. The project is accompanied by a book, The Orchestra Of Space Holders. Opening reception is Friday 2/14, 6-10pm

CA$H ONLY - A Photo Exhibition by Jacob King

AdventureLand Gallery 1513 N. Western, Chicago Wicker Park/Bucktown

Jacob King will be exhibiting his 35mm photography in his first solo exhibition of the personalities and faces of the people who visit Rite Liquors, half bar/half liquor store. Opening reception Fri 2/7, 6-9 PM. 312-617-5168

Evil and Shivering

Saturday 2/15, 7-10pm
Baby Blue Gallery 2201 S. Halsted, Chicago Pilsen/Little Village


vil and Shivering," features the work of Sarah Banks and Ricardo Partida which are seductive and sinister.

In Flux: Chicago Artists and Immigration

Friday 2/14, 5-8pm
Chicago Cultural Center 78 E. Washington St., Chicago Loop


ocated in Exhibit Hall, 4th Floor North, 6018 North will be presenting a multidisciplinary exhibition that focuses on the impact of immigrant artists on Chicago. 312-744-6630

Outsider Art: The Collection of Victor F. Keen



ore than 40 works of art from the most well-known outsider artists will be exhibited from the collection of Victor F. Keen. These works operate outside of the mainstream art world. Opening reception 2/5, 5-8pm. 312-243-9088

Chicago Underground Comedy

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

Buy Tickets$10; 21+

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

Edo: Memories Museum

Mondays-Fridays, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays, 12-8 p.m. Continues through March 8
Logan Center for the Arts 915 E. 60th, Chicago Hyde Park

Twenty images from Edo (Eddie Santana White), a self-taught multi-disciplinary artist, fashion, and industrial designer from Chicago’s south side. 773-702-2787

Men are From Mars—Women are From Venus Live!

2/11-2/23: Tue-Fri 8 PM, Sat 4 and 8 PM, Sun 2 and 6 PM
Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place 835 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago Loop

Buy Tickets$69

Based on the popular pop psychology book about gender differences by John Gray, this comedic solo show (adapted by Eric Coble) returns on tour in a short run, directed by Mindy Cooper. 800-775-2000

Chicago Musical Theatre Festival

2/3-2/23: for complete schedule, see website.
The Edge Theater 5451 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago Edgewater

Buy Tickets$25

Underscore Theatre Company presents its sixth annual Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, featuring full productions of eight new shows, two staged readings, and a showcase of ten-minute musicals. The shows are staged at the Edge Theater on Broadway and the Edge Off Broadway (around the corner on Catalpa). This year's full-length productions include Gregory Becker's Wonder Women the Musical, about four women in a clandestine polyamorous relationship with the inventor of the lie detector; Moby-Dick, a Musical (book and lyrics by Ed Bryan, music by William Berry); Olivia Popp's Double Vision, about an astrophysics PhD student who goes through a wormhole with an aspiring writer to prove his theory of parallel universes; Paper Swords, a rom-com musical about a group of LARPers (book by Kelsey Nighthawk, music and lyrics by Matt Day); Billy and the Potato Powered Time Machine, a "rock and roll fairy tale" about two kids staying with their grandmother during a divorce who use the titular object to fight bullies and change the future (story and lyrics by Lawrence Adelson and Keith Gatchel, music by Nicholas Davio and Chauncey Alexander Davis-Mauney); Baked! The Musical, featuring an all-Asian American cast in a story about an overachieving high schooler who, upon losing out on a scholarship to her dream school, joins forces with the class "degenerate" to build a drug empire (book, music, and lyrics by Jordan Liu and Deepak Kumar); Verve, in which a group of women at a gym cook up a game of Truth or Dare to deal with their secrets and shame (book and lyrics by Fran Zell, music by Karena Mendoza); and Adira, a satire of fairy tales featuring book and lyrics by Brittany Handler and music by John Love. 773-769-9112

Do You Believe in Madness?

Through May 31: Tue-Thu 8 PM, Fri-Sat 8 and 11 PM, Sun 7 PM
Second City 1616 N. Wells St., Chicago Old Town

Buy Tickets$31-$58

Ryan Bernier directs the latest mainstage revue for Second City as part of the company's 60th anniversary celebrations. The brand new ensemble includes Mary Catherine Curran, Sarah Dell’Amico, Andrew Knox, Asia Martin, Jordan Savusa, and Adam Schreck, with musical direction by Nick Gage. 312-337-3992


1/28-3/15: Tue and Thu-Fri, 7:30 PM, Wed 1 PM and 7:30 PM, Sat 3 PM and 8 PM, Sun 2 PM; also Sun 2/9 and 3/15, 6:30 PM; see website for complete schedule
Chicago Shakespeare Theater 800 E. Grand Ave., Chicago Other Central

Buy Tickets$49-$90

Paul Gordon, who wrote the musical version of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility as a commission for Chicago Shakespeare in 2015, returns to Austen and Navy Pier with this new musical adaptation of Emma, directed by Barbara Gaines. The performances on Thursday, March 5, at 1 PM and 7:30 PM are open captioned. The performance on Friday, March 6, 7:30 PM, will be duo-interpreted in ASL. On Sunday, March 8, at 2 PM, the performance will be audio described, preceded by a touch tour at noon. 312-595-5600

The Joy: The Visibility Of Black Boy Childhood

Tuesdays-Fridays. Continues through Feb. 29
Semicolon Bookstore & Gallery 515 N. Halsted, Chicago River West

An exhibition by photographer W.D. Floyd. 312-877-5170

Evil Dead The Musical

1/23-2/29: Tue-Sat 7:30 PM
Greenhouse Theater Center 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

Buy Tickets$30-$35

Based on the trio of cult classics by Sam Raimi about housewares employee Ash and his battle with the forces of Lovecraftian darkness, this camp-and-gore musical by George Reinblatt, Frank Cipolla, Christopher Bond, and Melissa Morris lands in the "HD Tour" version at the Greenhouse, directed by Matty Gregg. 773-404-7336

Collectively Shifting

Friday 2/14, 5-7:30pm
Bridgeport Art Center 1200 W. 35th St., Chicago Bridgeport


he Women's Caucus for Art will be featuring work in the exhibition, “Collectively Shifting.” 773-247-3000

Lights Out installation by Kate McQuillen

Through March 15
Ace Hotel 311 N. Morgan, Chicago Near West Side

An installation by Brooklyn-based painter and printmaker Kate McQuillen, presented by Johalla Projects. 312-764-1919

Images of My Experience

Dittmar Gallery 1999 Campus Dr., Evanston Evanston

Havana born artist, Eduin Fraga, exhibits his work with charcoal, mixed media, and collage in Evanston. An opening reception will be held 2/13, 4-6pm. 847-491-2348

Pete Galanis and friends featuring Dave Herrero

Tuesdays, 9 p.m. Continues through Feb. 25
Rosa’s Lounge 3420 W. Armitage, Chicago Logan Square

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“This Bucket Ain't For Ice!”

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 12-4 p.m.

An exhibition of blues music photography by Eric Kriesant. 312-808-1286

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

Erwin Helfer

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


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

Tuesday Night Fellowship with Greg Ward

Tuesdays, 9 p.m.
Hungry Brain 2319 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago Roscoe Village


Alison Ruble & Jeremy Kahn

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


Joe Barr, Joanna Connor

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


Pete Galanis Band with Marty Sammon

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