PRESENTED BY John McCombs
April 24, 2018
The Den Theatre
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Open mic at The Den Theatre every Tuesday. List goes out at 7pm. Sign up online or in person. Free!

PRESENTED BY John McCombs
April 25, 2018
Cabaret
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Another hot night of killer comedy lined up for you at the Den Theatre. Stop through the absolute best comedy show in Wicker Park for a night of fun and laughs. Tickets $8. Show will be in the First Floor Cabaret!

PRESENTED BY Mat LaVore
April 27, 2018
Cabaret
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Fridays – April 13 & 20! Experience a miraculous world of magic, mind reading, and hypnosis from world class ‘Astonishment Artist’ Mat LaVore.
Is it possible to change someone’s memories? Read minds? Predict the future? Every Friday night at The Den Theatre Magic & Mystery showcases the most spellbinding and revolutionary magic and hypnosis ever performed on stage. Witness LaVore swallow needles, hypnotize people to forget their own names, and even predict the future in this amazing showcase of mystery arts that is guaranteed to leave even the most discerning audiences astonished!
Mat LaVore is REALLY amazing!”
Shakespeare Globe Theatre of London
“A beautiful show.”
The AT&T Performing Arts Center
“Spellbinding. Exciting. Supernatural.”
Cirque du Soleil Director
**This show is intended for audience ages 12 and up, but it is appropriate for all ages.**

PRESENTED BY Foiled Again
April 27, 2018
Cabaret
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April 27th and 28th, join folk-Americana-jazz trio Foiled Again (Allison Bazarko-Kirk, Rob Lindley, Anne Sheridan Smith) as they celebrate some of their favorite women in country, folk and bluegrass, with intricate three-part arrangements that will knock your socks off.  Gavin Kirk joins them on guitar.

PRESENTED BY Rebecca Baruc
April 27, 2018
3A
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Each Killing Your Darlings show will have 5 stand up comics – the 3 producers and 2 guests – doing 15 minutes of material. Once the comics perform a joke at Killing Your Darlings, they can’t perform it ever again on that stage. No matter what month you come out, how many months back, or how many times you’ve seen a comic, you’re guaranteed never to see the same show twice!

PRESENTED BY Julie Merica
April 27, 2018
2A
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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.

PRESENTED BY Kaiju Attack! Wrestling
April 28, 2018
Heath
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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!

PRESENTED BY The Douche Baguettes
April 28, 2018
Flexible
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A sketch show written by a bunch of kids in their late 20’s about the trials and tribulations of the average Millennial.​ Come laugh and cry with us as we navigate this thing called life and try not to mess it up too badly. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

PRESENTED BY Dan Rahrig
April 28, 2018
Flexible
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 #BelovedGang and HOIST have joined forces to curate a series of musical experiences throughout the Spring at The Den Theater. Each Saturday will see a new lineup of emerging Chicago artists presenting their music alongside peers hand-picked to compliment their sonic palette. A concert event, a celebration of Chicago sounds – #BelovedNights.
Submissions/Inquiries : submissions.belovednights@gmail.com

PRESENTED BY Emily Esperanza and Eve Rydberg
May 1, 2018
Flexible
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Have you heard of Spooky Springtime? Wretched Nobles is back with the 25th FILM/VIDEO PROGRAM! March’s Theme: OCCULT: Supernatural, Spirit, Superstition

This month, filmmakers works revolve around themselves. Films conceptually, or aesthetically incorporate the occult, real magic, witchcraft, ritual, sacrifice, sacred, unknown, mysterious, ghosts, spooky, spectre, nightmare, prophecy, premonition, tarot, crystal ball, scrying, tea leaves, ouija, spiritualism, ectoplasm, magic trick, superstition, etc.

Doors at 8pm, films start at 9pm
$10

WRETCHED NOBLES is a monthly rogue cinema submission-based screening series that aims to provide a venue for NEW radical cinema + local underground film & video art. 20% of all ticket sales go to the WN Film Fund, a resource for local filmmakers to make new work.

PRESENTED BY Rebecca Baruc
May 2, 2018
Heath
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DIN AT THE DEN is a monthly series showcasing musical artists who’s sounds cut through the din of our daily lives with clarity and focus. On May 2nd, we celebrate the EP release of “Stories” by Young Elder. 

Young Elder weaves together contemplations on contemporary love in an indie electronic soundscape. The lyrics ruminate on the ambiguities of loving relations, on dynamics that go in circles, on communications that are lost upon each other. The scratching of wood, jangles, whistles, and the ticking of time reverb away into space, the space we all occupy with infinite personal stories. 

Young Elder is the solo sound of visual artist, poet, and musician Jeffrey Michael Austin. Jeffrey is deeply involved in different artistic spheres across Chicago; you might have encountered him performing with Growing Concerns Poetry Collective at Steppenwolf, drumming with his band EGGS! At Emporium, or exhibiting his interdisciplinary art at MCA Chicago. For this special EP release, Jeff will perform with Growing Concerns Poetry Collective and EGGS! and then perform Young Elder’s “Stories.” To watch this polymath rotate among his multiples projects is to witness unlimited creativity and boundless love for self-expression.

Doors open 7pm // Show 8pm // Tickets $11  // All ages welcome

PRESENTED BY Grease Fire
May 2, 2018
Flexible
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Who says you can’t host a BBQ on a Wednesday Night? We ignite our show with a single suggestion and take you on a journey of meaty relationships and saucy situations that can only culminate in hilarity. Come out and help us turn up the heat and raise the steaks in our 3-Act Improv show! Every other Wednesday at 8PM for $6!

 

PRESENTED BY Our Art of Giving
May 5, 2018
Heath
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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.orgWe use the arts to put smiles on the faces of families overcoming obstacles.

PRESENTED BY Lakeshore Dynamics
May 6, 2018
Heath
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Cats vs. dogs. Pineapple on pizza. The artistic merits of Billy Joel. The sandwichiness of a tube of mashed meat on an over-processed bread bed. These contentious topics have been passive-aggressively bubbling since the dawn of Lakeshore Dynamics, and the cauldron’s about to boil over.
Are we cultural philosophers? Maybe a little, but our main game is putting together tightly-sandwiched harmonies. Get in on the debates and hear our brand new set – no instruments and no nonsense. With songs by Bruno Mars, Charli XCX, Selena Gomez, and more, this concert is sure to delight attendees of all ages, animal affinities, and pizza preferences. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

PRESENTED BY Pangburn Philosophy
May 7, 2018
Heath
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The Warrior For Reason – Matt Dillahunty – embarks on his first world tour! Magic & Skepticism will be the key focus of his lectures, which will include a lengthy Q&A and lobby hangout after each event. Matt has recently shared the stage with world renown authors Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Lawrence Krauss. He is currently finishing his first book, which is highly anticipated from the religious & non-religious community. Don’t miss this tour, as the events will not be filmed and released! More about Matt at mattdillahunty.com.

PRESENTED BY Tatiana Bustamante
May 9, 2018
Cabaret
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We’re throwing a Fiesta for Venezuela, and you’re invited! Come join us for a night of music, stand-up, and poetry as we celebrate the Latin American experience!

In an effort to aid the Venezuela crisis, this show celebrates underrepresented voices by focusing on the distinct characteristics of Latin American culture. We named the show “Mi Latinidad” to emphasize the idea that each performer has a unique and personal connection to their Latin American heritage: “Latinidad is a Spanish language term that is used to reference the various attributes that are shared by Latin American people and their descendants without reducing those similarities to any single essential trait.” All ticket sales will be donated to the “I Love Venezuela Foundation,” a charity that assists established non-profits in Venezuela by providing them with necessary resources.

Tickets are $12 online and $15 at the door! Everyone who buys a ticket online will be entered in a raffle to win 2 tickets to Halcyon Theatre’s upcoming production “De Troya“, written by Caridad Svich, winner of the National Latino Playwriting Award.

PRESENTED BY Chicago Dance Crash
May 19, 2018
Heath
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Chicago Dance Crash presents the “Keeper of The Floor” Dance Battle! This very special KTF at The Den will feature the 10-year anniversary of our inspiring, fertile host… Mr. Mattrick Swayze! Enjoy the flips, spins, costumes, drinks and late-night humor that have made KTF Chicago’s longest-running dance show in history as we throwback to a decade worth of themes and movement rounds since Mr. Swayze first grabbed the microphone.

Get your tickets NOW because they WILL sell out long before showtime. Chicago Dance Crash continues to blur the line between art and entertainment with the city’s most notorious dance battle. KTF matches competitive dance with the energy of late-night theatre and the spectacle of sports entertainment, featuring some of the Chicago’s most accomplished dancers battling it out for YOUR vote and the coveted KTF title belt!

PRESENTED BY Derek Towner
May 20, 2018
Cabaret
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The Chicago Mix Tour is a stream of events curated by the Co-Founders of Chicago’s Golden Street Team Amoz Wright and Ridgio. The Tour was brought about to showcase local artistry while creating streams of revenue for artists who have not always had the chance to make an income from their music or art. This show at the Den theatre will be the finale for the tour. Hosting acts such as Lyriq the Misfit, Merry Bamba, Trisha Vekima, Jhon Myqual, Frsh Waters, Aaliyah Scimone and many more! There will also be free Chicago Mix Popcorn and a host of vendors providing additional treats. DJing will be Cook Up Cam and live art will be by the show’s host Amoz of Art. Come on out and enjoy!

PRESENTED BY Tonika Todorova
May 26, 2018
Cabaret
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Jazz Folk duo Sara and Kenny and Brazilian Latin Spirit band AMADA offer a night of passionate music that stirs the soul and welcomes the fervor of Spring. Listen and be inspired to write a note of love, hope or well wishes to a stranger or create a tangible memento in the cinematic photo booth. The show is Saturday May 26th at 9:30pm!

PRESENTED BY Julie Brannen
May 28, 2018
3B
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The powerful forces of good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing runs deep in our bones. SheWolf is an embodied exploration of the Wild Woman archetype within the Femme psyche. This evening length multimedia work includes dance, music, film, visual art, and sound frequency performances. Our intention is to connect, honor, and celebrate the core constellations of feminine energy on individual and collective levels. 

PRESENTED BY Marissa Alexa McCool
June 23, 2018
Upstairs Mainstage
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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.