The Free Screen Festival is a FREE pop-up screening series giving local filmmakers a venue to showcase their work and foster new relationships within the independent film community.
Chicago-bred Angeleno Cameron Esposito returns home for an extended run of a very personal hour of standup. Tickets are cheap but the content isn’t.
Terriers and Scout Ripley celebrate the coming of spring with a hometown show at The Den Theatre! Join us for an intimate bill with these two bands fresh off their first midwest tour together.
Genre-hopping and subtly fusing melodic, Beatlesque pop music with folk, country and indie rock, Terriers is the main project of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Danny Cohen. Their debut album “Unrequited Admiration Society” (2013) was produced by Dan Duszynski (Cross Record, Gold Motel), and they quickly began sessions for a followup that winter with Bobby Lord (Springtime Carnivore, Jagged Jaw). After several lineup changes, studio moves and general BIG LIFE THINGS, their second album “I Don’t Still Want to Unless You Want to” was released in the fall of 2017. Jokes they’ve already heard include “Did you guys do the theme song to that FX show Terriers?”
Growing from the violin-looping of singer Claire Watkins, Scout Ripley is an orchestral rock band that values melodic honesty as highly as lyrical intention, and their debut full-length album A Delicate Age, released September 2017, is a testament to both.
Private Dicks is a two-act, mostly improvised, – musical show, that takes place in a 1940’s film noir world. Follow Dick as he tries to unravel a devious plot and as he Drinks, Sings, and Dances his way through town to solve the mystery. This hilarious musical is paired with an optional drinking game and is nonstop fun and action. Show begins at 9:30pm, but come a little to see an opening music act in the lounge!
A modern take on the classic fairy tale, Tinderella begins with an audience volunteer swiping their way through a larger-than-life dating app featuring a hilarious cast of potential “perfect matches.” After the story’s characters are selected, the cast improvises the juiciest chapters of this magical fairy tale, hilariously proving that “happily ever after” isn’t always the way things end in the storybooks.
Jazz every Friday in the Cabaret with the Mick Archer Trio, Jeff Sandler on drums, Brian Sandstrom on bass. $10 cover, every Friday from 9pm-midnight.
Choke On That: The Series is uncensored, uncut, and unorthodox sketch comedy. Choke On That: The Series is not just a culmination of random sketches. It details the lives of an unorthodox film crew in a “30 Rock” style parody. Among the colorful characters are Jay Davis, the foul mouth writer, producer, and star of the show; Black Jack Johnson an insubordinate, unpredictable stuntman; Donte Diesel, the stressed out, under appreciated, volatile, director and cinematographer; Jennifer Lenius, the manic depressive, hot-headed, violent actress; and Jato, the semi-competent, socially awkward actor. See what happens when Jay tries to bring his hilarious ideas to life with a non-existent budget and a dysfunctional cast & crew.
Choke On That: The Series is in your face, jaw-dropping, sketch comedy, guaranteed to bring more laugh out loud moments than any sketch comedy series of its kind.
Lively presenters will tell the historic stories of Chicago heroines we have never heard. For this special Chicago Detours event, you won’t hear the names we already know, like Jane Addams, Jane Byrne, and Gwendolyn Brooks. Figures may be political leaders, business women, and community organizers, but also the everyday laborers, mothers, heroines, creators, scientists and other unsung figures of Chicago history! Stories will be enhanced with some kind of media, such as a song, artifact, or visual presentation for a creative evening.
About Chicago Detours: Since 2010, we’ve been bringing curious people to explore stories and places locals don’t even know through guided tours of history, culture and architecture.
Doors: 6:30pm. Show: 7:00pm
Open mic at The Den Theatre every Tuesday. List goes out at 7pm. Sign up online or in person. Free!
DIN AT THE DEN is a monthly series showcasing musical artist who cut through the din with clarity and focus. On March 28th, we cross paths with trail blazers Sam Trump and Lucy Little. Sam can be seen warmly shining all over Chicago’s vibrant live music scene, and Lucy is a humble gem the that the scene didn’t know it needed. They both have a pure identification with their instruments they picked up at an early age, and have become multi-instrumentalists in a heartfelt and intellectual pursuit of excellence.
A classically trained violinist, Lucy experiments with looping pedals and other technology to transform her lifelong love of folk style music into a contemporary blend of minimalism, fiddle, folk, pop, and klezmer. She will be debuting improvised and structured composition with voice, violin, and loops for her forthcoming EP.
Band leader, sideman, mentor, and curator, Sam Trump is many things to Chicago, but is always known to create a sophisticated and soulful experience. Sam’s debut album, Purple Skies (2018) documents the early maturation of his solo artistry, covering topics of love and romance, family, inspiration, societal interdependence, and the Black American plight. He will be performing solo with trumpet, ukulele, vocals, and percussion.
If you come and cross their paths, be ready to feel inspired about yours.
C2E2: a magical place where people can revel in their love of comics, gaming, cartoons, movies, toys, and more. But, what if you added some glitter and stripping to the geekery? Come watch PS…Burlesque celebrate the annual convention while bringing your fan fiction dreams to life at their upcoming show, “Ready Stripper One: A PS…Nerdlesque Cabaret”!
Riding Italian with Tony “Nino” DeMascoli with The Chick Singers.
April 27th and 28th, join folk-
Kaiju Attack Wrestling returns to The Den Theatre with a night of crazy action, music, wrestling and a Kaiju Monster Battle Royale all on the card!
Front Row tickets are $18 and General Admission is $15 if you buy tickets in advance. Get your tickets today before they’re all gone!
Featuring music and dancing from and inspired by P!nk. Our Art Of Giving shows are fundraisers for non profits. 100% of the proceeds from this show go to purchasing toys for hospitals AND purchasing items for women and children’s shelters. For more information please visit www.ourartofgiving.org.
Since February 2016, The Inciting Incident Podcast has been a place to discuss current events and personal stories on a trusted and intimate level. Creator and Host Marissa Alexa McCool, and since episode 100, co-host Bethany Futrell, have done their best to present the most diverse and unique cast of voices that can be heard in the podcasting medium. Hailing from polar opposite backgrounds, and as members of the secular and LGBTQ+ communities, their mission has been to both be voices of resistance in the current political climate as well as finding a way for the unheard to have their stories told.
For their 150th episode, they’re once again bringing the show to the live stage, and this time they’re coming to Bethany’s hometown of Chicago. Episode 150 will welcome as its guests the founder and president of Black Nonbelievers Mandisa Thomas, Jenica Crail of the Real Life Beyond Faith podcast and Tri-State Freethinkers, writer and activist Alix Jules, and activist and organizer Stephanie Zvan. During these conversations, recorded for the 150th episode of the show, we will hear more about the stories of these guests and how the last year and a half has affected them, those they know, and those they don’t, as well as looking toward the future for the protection and validation of marginalized groups and intersectional activism.
The Inciting Incident Podcast has seen many amazing and inspiring guests along its journey to 150. Their live 100th episode in Carlisle, Pennsylvania this past summer saw over 100 people in attendance and a variety of guests, headlined by former NFL punter and social activist Chris Kluwe, as well as Noah Lugeons and Callie Wright, among others. The Inciting Incident Podcast celebrates, among its past guests, incredible voices such as Eli Bosnick, Tom and Cecil of Cognitive Dissonance, Thomas Smith, Layha Spoonhunter, Jessica Xiao, Bruce Kuklick, Kathleen Van Cleve, Meta Mazaj, Noam Chomsky, Ian Harris, Leighann Lord, Kristi Winters, Hemant Mehta, Jesse Dollemore, Karen Garst, Dara Hoffman-Fox, and Shelley Segal (who also authored and performed the show’s theme song!). This will be a night of activism, humor, intimacy, and enjoyment alike, and we look forward to seeing you there on June 23rd.