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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.

Manic Mondays

Open run: Mon 9 PM
Frances Cocktail Lounge 307 E. 75th, Chicago Other South

Lauded stand-ups Taneshia "Just Nesh" Rice and Marilee Williams host this weekly showcase—one of the few on the south side.

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

The Armando Diaz Theatrical Experience & Hootennany

Open run: Mon 8 PM
iO Theater 1501 N. Kingsbury, Chicago Lincoln Park

An old standby, this weekly show transforms performer monologues (delivered by a different guest each time) into inspiration for a night of masterful long-form improv. The best-of-the-best iO talent typically make up the cast, so the show hops from literal moments from the story to abstract, playful scenes with aplomb.

Extraordinary Popular Delusions

Mondays, 8:30 p.m.
Beat Kitchen 2100 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago Roscoe Village

In one evening they might touch on rip-snorting fire music, spacy electronics, or delicate, arrhythmic timbral explorations—half the fun is seeing them disappear down a stylistic rabbit hole, then come out the other end sounding like something from a different genre, decade, or planet. —Bill Meyer, 2012 773-281-4444

Funeral Portrait, Wide/Awake

Mon., Nov. 12, 6 p.m.
Wire 6815 W. Roosevelt, Berwyn Berwyn

Kalin White, Melo Makes Music

Mon., Nov. 12, 7 p.m.
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview


Chicago Barn Dance Company

Mon., Nov. 12, 7 p.m.
Irish American Heritage Center 4626 N. Knox Ave., Chicago Irving Park

Barn dance featuring Patt & Possum with caller Roger Diggle. 773-282-7035

Anna Munzesheimer

Mon., Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.
Myopic Books 1564 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago Wicker Park/Bucktown


Chicago Sinfonietta with Gaurav Mazumdar

Mon., Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.
Symphony Center 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago Loop

Mei-Ann Chen, conductor (Esmail, Mazumdar). 312-294-3000

Conya Doss

Mon., Nov. 12, 8 p.m.
City Winery 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago Near West Side

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Mon., Nov. 12, 8 p.m.
The Promontory 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. West, Chicago Hyde Park


Unknown New, Lennon's Tuba

Mon., Nov. 12, 8 p.m.
Martyrs' 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago North Center


Yellow Days, Mor Mor

Mon., Nov. 12, 8 p.m.
Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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Reivers, Lashes, Blind Moon

Mon., Nov. 12, 8 p.m.
The Owl 2521 N. Milwaukee, Chicago Logan Square


Juengrass, Wet Piss, Sip

Mon., Nov. 12, 8:30 p.m.
Empty Bottle 1035 N. Western Ave., Chicago Ukrainian Village/East Village


Thurston Moore

Mon., Nov. 12, 8:30 p.m.
Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago Loop


Patricia Barber Quartet

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


Pat McCurdy

Mondays, 10 p.m.
Beat Kitchen 2100 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago Roscoe Village


open mike hosted by Darren Amaya

Mondays, 10:30 p.m.
Quenchers Saloon 2401 N. Western Ave., Chicago Logan Square


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