Events | Calendar | Chicago Reader

Events

Loading...
  • Detail View
  • List View
  • Grid View
78 results

Anna Agosta, Flora, Sam Hudgens

Sat., Oct. 20, 9 p.m.
Sleeping Village 3734 W. Belmont, Chicago Avondale

The Artificial Jungle

Through 10/28: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM
Stage 773 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago Lakeview


773-327-5252

Andrew Bayer, Ben Bohmer

Sat., Oct. 20, 10 p.m.
Sound-Bar 226 W. Ontario St., Chicago River North


312-787-4480

Beautiful Swimmers, Sevron, Sold

Sat., Oct. 20, 10 p.m.
Smart Bar 3730 N. Clark St., Chicago Wrigleyville


773-549-4140

Black Lillies, Paul Moody & the Revelators

Sat., Oct. 20, 9 p.m.
FitzGerald's 6615 Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn Berwyn

Buy Tickets


708-788-2118

The Blackout Diaries

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

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

Buy from Ticketmaster$49-$99


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

Billy Branch & the Sons of Blues

Sat., Oct. 20, 9 p.m.
Rosa's Lounge 3420 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago Logan Square


773-342-0452

Chicago Dramatists Saturday Series

Open run: Sat 2 PM,
Chicago Dramatists 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago West Town/Noble Square


This near-weekly program features staged readings of works in progress. 312-633-0630

Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Daniil Trifonov

Sat., Oct. 20, 8 p.m.
Symphony Center 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago Loop


Marin Alsop, conductor (Mantovani, Prokofiev, Bridge, Copland). 312-294-3000

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

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 Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Through 10/27: Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 3 and 7:30 PM; sensory-friendly performance Sat 10/27, 3 PM
Steppenwolf Theatre 1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago Old Town


312-335-1650

Curve of Departure

Through 10/21: Wed 1 and 7:30 PM, Thu 7:30, Fri 8 PM, Sat 2:30 and 8 PM, Sun 2:30 and 7 PM
Northlight Theatre North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie Skokie


847-673-6300

David Davis & the Warrir River Boys

Sat., Oct. 20, 8 p.m.
American Legion Hall 1030 Central St., Evanston Evanston


773-368-7628

Dear Brutus

hrough 10/28: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 2 PM; also Sat 10/20 and 10/27, 2 PM
Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview


773-935-6860

DJ Major Taylor

Saturdays, 10 PM
Five Star Bar 1424 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago West Town/Noble Square


312-850-2555

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

Eden, Kacy Hill

Sat., Oct. 20, 8 p.m.
Riviera Theatre 4746 N. Racine Ave., Chicago Uptown

Buy from TicketWeb


773-275-6800

Elephante

Sat., Oct. 20, 8:30 p.m.
Bottom Lounge 1375 W. Lake St., Chicago West Loop/Fulton Market

Buy from TicketWeb


312-666-6775

Endeavor Mind

hrough 10/27: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM, also Mon 10/22, 7:30 PM
Den Theatre 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago Wicker Park/Bucktown


773-609-2336

Eternals Sextet

Sat., Oct. 20, 11 p.m.
California Clipper 1002 N. California Ave., Chicago Humboldt Park


773-384-2547

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

Future Hits, Nordic Thunder, Ravens

Sat., Oct. 20, 1 p.m.
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview


773-525-2508

18+
Gibbz

Sat., Oct. 20, 8 p.m.
Chop Shop 2033 W. North, Chicago Wicker Park/Bucktown


773-537-4440