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Blue Man Group

Open run: Thu 8 PM; Fri 7 PM; Sat 2, 5, and 8 PM; Sun 4 and 7 PM
Briar Street Theatre 3133 N. Halsted St., Chicago Lakeview

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After 20 years and god knows how many bald caps and gallons of paint, this Chicago staple stays true to its mission: “Blue Man Group—enemy of monotony, remedy for boredom, promoter of overjoy and elation.” That experimental, interactive theater can remain both current and family friendly in equal measure speaks to the show's healthy mix of blink-and-you’ll-miss-it wit and larger-than-life clowning. Audience participation, voluntary and involuntary, is still a key component, whether it’s sharing Twinkies with the trio, donning a poncho in the splash zone, or being shamed as a latecomer, in showstopping fashion. Cultural references and parodies have certainly changed with the times (and devices), but the keys to Blue Man Group remain its hypnotic music and lively energy—if you’re not out of your seat dancing when the 90 minutes are up, you probably don’t have a pulse. —Marissa Oberlander 773-348-4000

ComedySportz Theatre

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

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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

Lucette, Long Lost

Thu., June 20, 9 p.m.
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview

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She's Crafty

Fri., June 21, 8 p.m.
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview

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Feed Me

Fri., June 21, 8:30 p.m.
The Vic 3145 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago Lakeview

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773-472-0449

Dijon, Ghost Orchard

Sat., June 22, 8 p.m.
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview

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Swing Caribeno

Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.
Las Tablas 2942 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lakeview


773-871-2414

Not the End at LITHIUM

Sun., June 23, 3 p.m.-12 a.m.
Lithium 1932 S. Halsted, Chicago Lakeview


The art gallery, LITHIUM will officially be moving out of its long time arts space in Pilsen and going into hiatus. The gallery will be hosting a yard sale and celebration with DJs Kyle Werle aka Psychic Honey and more. 773-477-6513

Dylan LeBlanc, Erin Rae

Sun., June 23, 7 p.m.
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview

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Mir Fontane, Ovaeast Meech, Bari, Mack 11

Mon., June 24, 7 p.m.
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview

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Lucy Spraggan, J. Solaye

Tue., June 25, 8 p.m.
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview

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Slayyyter, Robokid, Boy Sim

Wed., June 26, 7 p.m.
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview

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Knox Hamilton, Leah Capelle

Thu., June 27, 7:30 p.m.
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview

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Ozomatli

Fri., June 28, 9 p.m.
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview

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Radiators, Blush Scars, Interstage Separation (Patrick Dunn)

Mon., July 1, 8 p.m.
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview


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Desert Liminal, Dogs at Large, Jessica Risker

Tue., July 2, 9 p.m.
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview


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God, Sex & Death Variety Hour

First Wednesday of the month: 7:30 PM
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview


Many a mental health professional advises that if you're really afraid of something, the best thing to do is confront your fear. That's sort of what comedian/musician Danny Black is up to with the God, Sex, and Death Variety Hour. During his opening monologue at the August show, Black, who plays host, admits he's terrified of death but swears that "talking about it makes it better." In reference to the god part, Black says he had a religious experience on a retreat once—god spoke to him, obviously—but he mostly ignored it at the time; so giving the guy (or gal) a nod now seems like the polite thing to do. The inclusion of sex as a topic—at any time, in any universe—seems self-explanatory. Continue reading >> 773-525-2508

Ritt Momney

Sat., July 6, 8 p.m.
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview

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Festival of Flesh

Open run: first Sat of each month, 10: 30 PM and midnight
Underground Lounge 952 W. Newport Ave., Chicago Lakeview


Gothic illusionist and proud floor-length-leather-jacket owner Ron Fitzgerald emcees Arkham Noise Productions' burlesque show, which caters to a wide array of fetishes with an alternating lineup of about 100 performers—around a dozen acts on a given night, curated by producer/DJ Miss Ellie Noise. Audience members can watch the show from their bar stools; this month's range of fantasies included domination, flesh hooks, IKEA (DIY kink?), and bathing in public. Still, nearly every act was a striptease at heart, and followed a familiar trajectory: gloves to girdle to brassiere, and then an exuberant reveal. It felt more silly than sexy, and the only clothes remaining onstage at the end were the basketball jerseys that line the back wall of the bar. —Hannah Gold 773-327-2739

Cayucas

Tue., July 9, 8 p.m.
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview

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Squirrel Flower, Tenci

Wed., July 10, 8 p.m.
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview


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Covet, Vasudeva, Holy Fawn

Fri., July 12, 7:30 p.m.
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview

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Twin XL

Mon., July 15, 8 p.m.
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview

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Burr Oak, Hanna Ashbrook, Sick Day, Caroline Campbell

Tue., July 23, 8 p.m.
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview


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Paradise Fears

Thu., July 25, 8 p.m.
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview

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Weeks

Fri., July 26, 8:30 p.m.
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview

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L.A. Vangogh, Finkel, Mari

Sat., July 27, 9 p.m.
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview

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