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After Dark: A Von Freeman Tribute

Tuesdays, 9:30 & 11:30 p.m.
Andy's Jazz Club 11 E. Hubbard Street, Chicago River North


Tue., May 21, 8 p.m.
Patio Theater 6008 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago Portage Park

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Bad Influence

Tue., May 21, 9:30 p.m.
Buddy Guy's Legends 700 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago South Loop

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Britt Jones, Highway English, Romancoke, Two Ton Jack

Tue., May 21, 8 p.m.
Burlington 3425 W. Fullerton 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

DJ Jacob Daneman

Tue., May 21, 9 p.m.
Sleeping Village 3734 W. Belmont, Chicago Avondale

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

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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 The cast of the brand-new yet already outdated main-stage revue Dream Freaks Fall From Space tackle these loaded topics by mentioning them, then moving right along.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

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

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

Pete Galanis and friends featuring Dave Herrero

Tue., May 21, 9 p.m.
Rosa's Lounge 3420 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago Logan Square

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Get Up With the Get Downs, Sh-Booms, Wyatt Waddell

Tue., May 21, 6:30 p.m.
Subterranean 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago Wicker Park/Bucktown

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Alexa Grae, Natallie Grace Alford

Tue., May 21, 9 p.m.
Hideout 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., Chicago West Town/Noble Square

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A fundraiser for Project Fierce. 773-227-4433

Erwin Helfer

Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.
Hungry Brain 2319 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago Roscoe Village


I Prevail, Issues, Justin Stone

Tue., May 21, 6 p.m.
House of Blues 329 N. Dearborn St., Chicago River North

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Joe Barr, Joanna Connor

Tuesdays, 9:30 p.m.
Kingston Mines 2548 N. Halsted St., Chicago Lincoln Park


Keri Johnsrud

Tue., May 21, 5 & 7 p.m. and Wed., May 22, 5 & 7 p.m.
Andy's Jazz Club 11 E. Hubbard Street, Chicago River North

Oliver Kennan

Tue., May 21, 7:30 p.m.
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview

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Lyric Opera

Tue., May 21, 7 p.m., Wed., May 22, 1:30 & 7 p.m., Thu., May 23, 7 p.m., Fri., May 24, 7 p.m., Sat., May 25, 1:30 & 7 p.m., Sun., May 26, 1:30 p.m., Tue., May 28, 7 p.m., Wed., May 29, 1:30 & 7 p.m., Thu., May 30, 7 p.m., Fri., May 31, 7 p.m., Sat., June 1, 1:30 & 7 p.m. and Sun., June 2, 1:30 p.m.
Lyric Opera House 20 N. Wacker Dr., Chicago Loop

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West Side Story 312-827-5600

Mr. Blotto, School of Rock

Tue., May 21, 6 p.m.
Reggie's Music Joint 2105 S. State St., Chicago South Loop


Joel Moore

Tue., May 21, 8 & 10 p.m.
Jazz Showcase 806 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago South Loop


Oakmen, What About This

Tue., May 21, 8 p.m.
Crown Liquors 2821 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago Avondale


Pete Galanis Band with Marty Sammon

Tuesdays, 9:30 p.m.
Rosa's Lounge 3420 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago Logan Square


Relax Attack Jazz Series featuring Twin Talk

Tue., May 21, 9:30 p.m.
Whistler 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago Logan Square


Remembering Fellini

Tue., May 21, 7 p.m.
PianoForte Studios 1335 S. Michigan, Chicago South Loop

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Caroline Rothstein, violin; Andrew Hesse, cello; Roberta Terchi Nocentini, piano; Laura Perkett, oboe and soprano (Piovani, Rota, Bacalov, Gardel, Morricone).

Marcus Rezak's Gateway to the Galaxy, Bronson Rock

Tue., May 21, 9 p.m.
Martyrs' 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago North Center

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Alison Ruble & Jeremy Kahn

Tuesdays, 9 p.m.
Drake Hotel 140 E. Walton Pl., Chicago Gold Coast/Mag Mile/Streeterville


Spider Saloff Quartet

Tue., May 21, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.
Winter's Jazz Club 465 N. McClurg Court, Chicago River North

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