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Tenci album release celebration Recommended Free Early Warnings (Music) New Early Warnings (Music)

Fri., June 5, 8 p.m.


A celebration of Tenci's new album My Heart Is an Open Field, including live performance, music videos, and footage from the making of the album. Streamed on the Hideout's Twitch channel.

Water/Agua Exhibition Recommended Free All Ages

3/20-6/6
Open Center for the Arts 2214 S. Sacramento, Chicago Bridgeport


This exhibition is a collection of 24 prints from artists all over the U.S., Mexico, and Puerto Rico. The opening reception is Friday 3/20, 6-10pm with music from Madera Once. Update: To help slow the spread of COVID-19, this show has been postponed till further notice.

Opening Reception of Adláteres and the Unexpected Journey: works by Carmen Chami Recommended Free All Ages

Friday 4/3, 6-8pm


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dláteres and the Unexpected Journey," opens with works by Carmen Chami who create artworks that reference Mexican Baroque. Update: To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the museum will be closed until 3/29. 312-738-1503

Apsáalooke Women and Warriors Opening Recommended All Ages

3/14-8/13
Field Museum 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago Museum Campus

Buy Tickets$40


The Apsáalooke people of the Northern Plains were beaders, artists, mothers, two-spirited people, and warriors. This exhibition features contemporary beadwork and fashion of the Apsáalooke as well as 100-year-old war shields. The exhibition is presented in both English and Spanish, with select sections also in Apsáalooke. 312-922-9410

"Woman’s Club" by Liz Weinstein Recommended Free All Ages

3/19-6/19


A flag created by Maryam Taghavi will come down and a flag created by Liz Weinstein will be raised to mark the change from Winter to Spring. The flag raising will take place 4/19 at 7pm.

Outsider Art: The Collection of Victor F. Keen Recommended Member Picks Free All Ages Agenda

2/6-9/7


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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

Blue Man Group Recommended The Short List (Theater) Canceled

Open run: Wed-Fri 8 PM, Sat 2, 5, and 8 PM, Sun 4 PM
Briar Street Theatre 3133 N. Halsted St., Chicago Lakeview

Buy from Ticketmaster$49-$104


UPDATE Sunday, March 15: this event has suspended performances for the time being. Refunds available at point of purchase.


The long-running show (22 years and counting in Chicago) featuring performers in blue latex paint, drumming, video, comedy, and other assorted mayhem continues. 800-258-3626

Do You Feel Anger? Recommended The Short List (Theater) Canceled

1/23-3/15: Thu-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 3 and 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM
A Red Orchid Theatre 1531 N. Wells St., Chicago Old Town

Buy TicketsPreviews 1/23-2/1, $15-$25; regular run 2/2-3/15, $30 Thu, $35 Fri and Sat matinee, $40 Sat eve and Sun matinee


UPDATE Friday, March 13: this event has been canceled. Refunds available at point of purchase.


Sofia has been hired as an "empathy coach" at a debt collection agency, and finds that creating emotional connections in an environment of complicity is more difficult than she imagined. Jess McLeod directs Mara Nelson-Greenberg's absurdist comedy. 312-943-8722

Opening Reception: Frida Kahlo, Her Photos Recommended Free All Ages

4/3-8/2


The museum is presenting an exhibition of 200 images that shed light on Kahlo's life. Opening reception is 4/3, 6-8pm. Update: To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the museum will be closed until 3/29. 312-738-1503

Foundation Collection for Artists Run Chicago 2.0 Recommended Free All Ages

4/4-7/12
Hyde Park Art Center 5020 S. Cornell Ave., Chicago Hyde Park


Artists Run Chicago 2.0 will be inviting artist-run spaces in Chicago to exhibit work from their collection. 773-324-5520

Home/Land Recommended Free The Short List (Theater)

Available anytime through Vimeo

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Albany Park Theater Project offers a streaming version of their critically lauded 2012 production about undocumented immigrants, written and performed by the teen ensemble and directed by APTP producing artistic director David Feiner.

"Energy Revolution:" Creating Our Carbon-Free Future Recommended All Ages

4/15-11/1
Chicago Architecture Center 111 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago Loop


Located in the Usher Lambe Rotating Gallery in the Architecture Center is "Energy Revolution," the first major exhibition since the centers opening in 2018. The exhibition looks at how urgency and actions can free Chicago from fossil fuels. The opening of the exhibition is 4/15. Update: To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the center is closed until 3/31. 312-922-3432

'Momma Raised a Fool' Sketches by Sentrock Recommended Free

On view on Elephant Room's website
Elephant Room Gallery 704 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago South Loop


In the exhibition "Momma Raised a Fool," Chicago-based street artist Sentrock presents sketches that invite viewers to decode the meaning. Inspired by graffiti in Mexican-American neighborhoods, Sentrocks work is based on narrative and includes his signature bird-masked character. 312-361-0281

To Master the Art Recommended

5/12-6/7: Tue-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 4 and 8 PM, Sun 2 PM

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TimeLine Theatre presents a ticketed limited-time streaming presentation of William Brown and Doug Frew's 2010 play about Julia Child's life in 1950s Paris with her husband Paul, an intelligence officer, and the growth of her culinary career and determination to bring French cooking to American homes. This recording is of the encore production in 2013 at the Broadway Playhouse. Reader critic Kerry Reid called the premiere production "an unlikely but thoroughly engaging love story." Karen Janes Woditsch stars as Julia, and Craig Spidle plays Paul Child. Tickets are available for purchase for specific dates and times. Patrons are then able to stream their performance anytime within a one-week window that begins with the performance date and time purchased. Only 99 tickets are available for each streamed performance, reflecting the number of seats in TimeLine’s theater. There will also be scheduled hour-long discussions via Zoom at 6 PM on Tuesday, May 26, Wednesday, June 3, and Thursday, June 11.

Lina Bo Bardi: Habitat Recommended All Ages

6/13-9/27

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"Habitat" features drawings, photographs, furniture, and projects that the Brazilian artist, Bo Bardi, has created. 312-280-2660

Sexy Baby Recommended Free The Short List (Theater)

Available any time on YouTube

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Hell in a Handbag offers up a free YouTube stream of their 2012 musical, a satire of child beauty queen pageants created by artistic director David Cerda and Scott Lamberty that former Reader critic Zac Thompson called "biting" and "hysterical." The show was chosen by the members of the company as one of their favorites and is presented free as a gift to the community during the COVID-19 shutdown, though donations to Hell in a Handbag are of course welcome.

The Infinite Wrench Goes Viral Recommended The Short List (Theater)

Available in streaming format through Patreon any time.

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The Neo-Futurists take their signature show, featuring 30 plays in 60 minutes, online during the COVID-19 crisis. The Neos offer five membership levels ranging from $3 ("Elbow Bump"), which comes with a link to a website where you can set your own timer for 60 minutes and watch all 30 plays, to $100 ("An Extended, Almost Uncomfortable Hug"), which brings a full array of perks including a customized play on a subject of your choosing. The menu includes older archival plays as well as new ones that are being created in quarantine by the ensemble.

The Harold Recommended Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

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.

The Improvised Shakespeare Company Recommended Member Picks Agenda The Short List (Theater)

Open run: Thu 8 PM, Fri-Sat 8 and 11 PM
iO Theater 1501 N. Kingsbury, Chicago Lincoln Park


Seven strapping men in swashbuckler shirts improvise a two-act Shakespearean play based on a title suggested by the audience. At the show I saw, "The Taming of the Jew" inspired the Bard's usual themes (religion, family, betrayal) and plot devices (murders, disguises, fortunes gained/lost) as well as an uncomfortably funny circumcision. Director-performer Blaine Swen, a veteran of long-form Shakespearean improv who swears they don't conspire during the intermission, has assembled a vigorous ensemble of actors and proven improvisers. Their experience doing Shakespeare flowers in the language: they relish iambic dialogue, execute perfectly timed asides, occasionally utter rhyming couplets (some hilariously forced: "Let us be quick-sa, and get to the bar mitzvah!"), and drop parodic phrases ("scurvenous knave," "midfortnight report") and well-placed anachronisms (the bar mitzvah had a DJ). Even the ending echoed the real plays: story lines resolved tidily—and uproariously. —Ryan Hubbard

ComedySportz Theatre Recommended Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

Open run: Thu 8 PM, Fri 8 and 10 PM, Sat 6, 8, and 10 PM
ComedySportz Theatre 929 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago Lakeview

Buy from Ticketmaster$19


Part of a national chain of comedy clubs, this company is known for quick improv games (think Whose Line Is It Anyway?), but it also stages long-form improv. LCD screens and sophisticated lighting and sound systems amplify the sports-style improv of the company's eponymous production, ComedySportz. There's a snobbery in the Chicago improv community that looks up at the "art" of the long form, with its emphasis on story and characters, and down on the "entertainment" of the short, with its emphasis on games and punch lines. ComedySportz falls emphatically in the entertainment camp; its bottom line is laughter, and it gets plenty of it. The show is structured as a competition between two teams performing multiple games that require audience participation. A referee ensures that the players--a rotating roster from a company of about 50--work clean or they finish the game with a brown bag over their heads. The formula is practically foolproof: players may flash their quick wits in winning responses, but they're even funnier when they fail. In one game a team had to devise a pick-up line, each member contributing a word. Moving rapidly from player to player, the line developed: "Tonight-I'll-tango-with-your-face." Probably wouldn't work at a bar, but at ComedySportz it killed. --Ryan Hubbard 773-549-8080 or 312-559-1212

The Blackout Diaries Recommended Agenda The Short List (Theater)

Open run: Sat 10 PM
Lincoln Lodge 956 W. Newport, Chicago North Center


The gregarious Sean Flannery tells stories about adventures he's had inebriated out of his mind. He's joined each week by other comedians and the occasional layman—each with a drunken tale to tell. 773-251-1539

Peach Presents: The Spot (Weekly Queer Hangout) Recommended Free All Ages

Sundays, 3-10 p.m.
Elixir 1509 W Balmoral, Chicago Andersonville

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Peach celebrates and unifies LGBTQ women, trans folks, and non binary folks with drinks, food, art, and music. This weekly hangout happens every Sunday at Elixir with local DJS, cocktails, and various performers and hosts. 773-654-1751

. . . And I Am Not Afraid Recommended Free The Short List (Theater)

Available anytime through Prop Thtr website

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Prop Thtr presents a free streaming version of this production from fall of 2019, presented then under the title I Am Going to Die Alone and I Am Not Afraid. Devised by the ensemble and directed by Anna Gelman, with music by Alec Phan, the play uses the Holocaust and its legacy as a lens for exploring bravery and tenacity in the face of violence and oppression. Reader critic Dmitry Samarov wrote "In a time when so many societal forces are hell-bent on dividing us along tribal lines, this powerful piece of theater shows how sharing the tribulations of one people must give all people pause."

The Happiest Place on Earth Recommended The Short List (Theater)

Available streaming anytime through website

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Sideshow Theatre Company offers a streaming version of writer-performer Philip Dawkins's 2016 Jeff Award-winning autobiographical solo show, directed by Jonathan L. Green, about his family's history with tragedy while living in the shadow of Disneyland. The show is available on a pay-what-you-wish basis through Sideshow's website during the COVID-19 crisis.

Feast Recommended Free

Available any time on Vimeo

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As a gift to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, Albany Park Theatre Project offers a free streaming Vimeo version of this show, first created in 2010 and revived in 2015 at the Goodman about immigrant communities, food, and the politics surrounding those topics. Feast was created by the APTP youth ensemble and directed by artistic director David Feiner.

Parched Recommended Free

Available anytime through Vimeo

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Free Street Theater offers a free streaming version of their 2019 show about the politics of water, pollution, and corporate theft of resources. Reader critic KT Hawbaker wrote of that production "Devised over the course of ten months by Free Street's youth ensemble, students aged 14-19, Parched is driven by vignettes drawn from interviews with researchers, activists, and community members. In that respect, it's a combo of journalism and performance, resulting in passionate storytelling that feels informed and brave."

Soul Healing Satsang with Stacy Patrice Recommended All Ages

Sundays, 1 p.m.

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Healing artist and soul healer Stacy Patrice offers a weekly online satsang (a convening in the yogic tradition where participants consciously gather to align with goodness). Hosted by the Rebuild Foundation and aired Sundays on their Instagram Live.

Still/Here Recommended Free

Available online any time through Vimeo

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Free Street offers a free streaming version of this 2019 show (once subtitled Manifestos for Joy and Survival), in which survivors of an apocalyptic event in Chicago provide memories of the struggles that defined their lives before the catastrophe, including fighting gentrification and racism. The narrative is drawn from interviews conducted with over 400 Chicago community members.

There Is a Happiness That Morning Is Recommended Free

Available any time through YouTube

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Houston's Catastrophic Theatre has had a long relationship with Chicago playwright and Theater Oobleck cofounder Mickle Maher. During the COVID-19 shutdown, they are sharing some past productions of his work through their YouTube channel. They kicked off with The Hunchback Variations, and now add their 2013 production of this play, originally staged by Ooobleck in Chicago in 2011. Two William Blake scholars and longtime lovers, Ellen and Bernard, deliver lectures on the poet's Songs of Innocence and and struggle with the demand by their dean that they apologize for having public sex on the quad.