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Miss Mia from Chic-a-Go-Go needs help to save her smile 

Plus: Baudelaire in a Box returns with its goth-tastic eighth installment, and Ho Etsu Taiko takes over the Athenaeum.

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Ratso and Miss Mia at the taping of the 1,000th episode of Chic-a-Go-Go at the Promontory in January

Ratso and Miss Mia at the taping of the 1,000th episode of Chic-a-Go-Go at the Promontory in January

Maiya Austen

If you've ever watched cable-­access dance party Chic-a-Go-Go, you've probably seen puppet cohost Ratso goof around with his 100 percent human partner, Mia Park—which means you know her infectious 10,000-watt smile. Unfortunately, Park needs more than $20,000 in dental work, including a sinus lift and bone graft—she'll have 20 teeth removed, replaced, or crowned. This wolf hopes you can help Miss Mia's smile keep shining! You can donate to her online fund-raiser at youcaring.com/savemiassmile.

Since 2010, Chicago's Theater Oobleck has been pairing music by a rotating cast of locals and hand-cranked moving panoramas painted by cofounder Dave Buchen in its Baudelaire in a Box series—which weds new tunes to new English translations of work from the 19th-­century poet's The Flowers of Evil. On October 1, 3, and 4, the Old Town School of Folk Music hosts the series' goth-­tastic eighth installment, "Delicious Night" (it'll end with episode ten in 2017), which includes settings of Baudelaire written and performed by Azita Youssefi, musical and matri­monial partners Bobby Conn and Monica Boubou, and Whitney Johnson of Verma.

Gossip Wolf generally focuses on rock, pop, and hip-hop, but that doesn't mean tunes with an international flavor are off the table! Since 1997, eight-piece local ensemble Ho Etsu Taiko have dedicated themselves to the Japanese drumming tradition called taiko. This weekend they take over the Athenaeum Theatre to perform Rotations, a collaboration with LA quartet On Ensemble inspired by the cycles of daily life. Rotations consists of two shows, Saturday, October 3, at 7 PM and Sunday, October 4, at 2 PM; tickets cost $22 to $27.  v

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