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You Can't Fake the Funk

Fri 8 PM, Sat 3 and 8 PM, Sun 3 PM; no show Sat 7/27 3 PM or Fri 9/13
Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center 4450 N. Clark St., Chicago Uptown

Buy Tickets$65


Daryl D. Brooks's new musical celebrates funk music from James Brown to Parliament. 773-769-4451

Casa Valentina

8/22-9/29: Thur-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 5 PM; also Mon, 8/26, 7:30 PM
The Broadway - Pride Arts Center 4139 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago Uptown

Buy Tickets430-$40, $25 students and seniors (not valid Sat.)


Harvey Fierstein's 2014 musical, set in 1962, follows a group of cross-dressing cisgender straight men who gather together in the Catskills in order to safely inhabit their female alter egos. 773-857-0222

All That He Was

Through 9/9: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 5 PM, also Mon 9/19 8 PM
The Buena at Pride Arts Center 4147 N. Broadway, Chicago Uptown

Buy Tickets$30-$40, $25 students and seniors (not valid Sat.)


800-737-0984

Jazz Party with Sabertooth

Saturdays, 12 a.m.
Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago Uptown


773-878-5552

After Hours Green Mill Quartet Jam Session

Saturdays, 1:30 a.m.
Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago Uptown


773-878-5552

The Paper Machete

Open run: Wed 6:30 PM, Sat 3 PM
Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago Uptown


The "salon in a saloon." Comedians, writers, and storytellers discuss the week in pop culture and politics. 773-878-5552

Kimberly Gordon Organ Trio

Sundays, 11 p.m.
Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago Uptown


773-878-5552

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Joel Paterson Trio featuring Chris Foreman

Sundays, 11 p.m.
Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago Uptown


773-878-5552

Chicago Jazz Orchestra

Mon., Aug. 26, 5:30 p.m.
Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago Uptown


773-878-5552

Patricia Barber Trio

Mon., Aug. 26, 9 p.m.
Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago Uptown


773-878-5552

Patricia Barber Quartet

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


773-878-5552

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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. - Peter Margasak 773-878-5552

Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan

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


773-878-5552

Andy Brown solo

Thursdays, 5:30 p.m.
Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago Uptown


773-878-5552

Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra

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


773-878-5552

Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra

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


773-878-5552

Green Mill Quartet

Fridays, 1:30 a.m.
Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago Uptown


773-878-5552

Flipside Show with Chris Foreman

Fridays, 5 p.m.
Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago Uptown


773-878-5552

Hot Chip

Fri., Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m.
Riviera Theatre 4746 N. Racine Ave., Chicago Uptown

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773-275-6800

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Hot Chip

Fri., Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m.
Riviera Theatre 4746 N. Racine Ave., Chicago Uptown

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on sale Fri 4/12, 10 AM 773-275-6800

Of Monsters and Men

Fri., Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m.
Aragon Ballroom 1106 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago Uptown

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773-561-9500 or 866-448-7849

Tycho, Poolside

Sun., Sept. 15, 8 p.m.
Riviera Theatre 4746 N. Racine Ave., Chicago Uptown

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moved to the Riviera; tickets purchased for the Aragon will be honored 773-275-6800

Banks, Kevin Garrett

Mon., Sept. 16, 8 p.m.
Riviera Theatre 4746 N. Racine Ave., Chicago Uptown

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773-275-6800

Dodie

Tue., Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Riviera Theatre 4746 N. Racine Ave., Chicago Uptown

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773-275-6800

UB40 ft. Ali & Astro, Shaggy, Steel Pulse

Wed., Sept. 18, 6:30 p.m.
Aragon Ballroom 1106 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago Uptown

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Venue changed; refunds and exchanges available at point of purchase 773-561-9500 or 866-448-7849