PRESENTED BY The Douche Baguettes
July 14, 2018
Flexible
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The Douche Baguettes are an all-female sketch comedy group based in Chicago. This is their once-monthly sketch variety show, Just Add Butter. Each month will feature a new  “butter-half” guest artist. Saturday July 14 the douches will be joined by musical comedy duo Annie Conderacci & Colette Gregory.
What you see is what you Ba-GUETTE.

PRESENTED BY John McCombs
July 17, 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 Corey Caldwell
July 17, 2018
Upstairs Mainstage
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Corey DOES TOO! Have Friends is an improvised show using a loose armando format. Each week Corey invites eight different improvisers with different levels on experience to create scenes inspired by a suggestion from the audience. Many of the ensemble members formed will be playing with each other for the first time. We build a show while building chemistry amongst each other. The show has been featured in 15 different venues around the city including Second City, Annoyance, CIC Theater, and iO Chicago and has featured comedians including Chris Redd (Saturday Night Live, Popstars: Never Stop Never Stopping), Shantira Jackson (3peat, 50 Central), Andy Herren (Big Brother), and Luke Null (Saturday Night Live). The show definitely stars Corey…maybe other people…we’ll see.

PRESENTED BY Rebecca Baruc
July 18, 2018
3B
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DIN AT THE DEN is a monthly showcase of two musical artists whose clarity and focus cut through the noise of our daily lives. On July 18th, we listen to the softhearted sounds of Schenay and Jordanna. Their work is permeated with kindness, love, and self-care within R&B, pop, soul, and blues.

Schenay shares personal love stories to inspire healing. Seemingly shy, her command of the keyboard, her intricate vocal patterns, and her own beat production quiets the listener to consider her feelings. Jordanna embraces sensual femininity, and warmly invites everyone to love themselves as sweetly as possible. Schenay’s sound is like the leaves of a firmly rooted tree rustling in a gust of wind, and Jordanna’s is incense smoke rising, condensing, then dripping juice. They emanate the power of vulnerability and softness.

Doors open 7pm // Show 8pm // Tickets $11

PRESENTED BY Silent Theatre
July 19, 2018
Upstairs Mainstage
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An uproarious knee-slapper, hour-long physical storytelling comedy that is too funny for words. A silent play inspired by the great slapstick comedies of the 1920s with a modern sensibility that is fun for the whole family! From maintaining the guard booth and lift gates to pratfalls, avoiding bees and redirecting traffic this play has a bit of everything that can conceivably go wrong on the job of a solitary booth operator. Come see what all the noise is about as hilarity ensues when lift gate operator, Smitty Harbinger, attempts to deal with and overcome every challenging situation in this sidesplitting comedy.

PRESENTED BY Julie Merica
July 20, 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 Justin Golak
July 20, 2018
Flexible
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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 Bach + Beethoven Experience
July 21, 2018
Cabaret
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Are you ready for a gumbo-chuggin’, throwback boozin’, Mardi-gras dancin’ good time? The BBE brings a bit of the bayou to Chicago this summer in A Cajun Summer. French and French-American tunes, dueling violins, thumpin’ bass, and bangin’ banjos bring the backstory of Cajun music to life.

PRESENTED BY Grease Fire
July 25, 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 Lauren Paris
July 30, 2018
Cabaret
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Award-winning performers Robert Deason ( and Lauren Paris (most recently starring in a critically acclaimed performance as Percy in THE SPITFIRE GRILL, Refuge Theatre Project) present BETWEEN THE LINES: CHI-TOWN SINGS SARA BAREILLES, on July 30th at The Den Theatre. This collaborative evening of song will feature classic and innovative interpretations of Bareilles’ beloved tunes, backed by a 4 piece band.

Performers include Jeff Award winners Jonathan Butler-Duplessis, Ryan Lanning, and Jacquelyne Jones, and Chicago favorites Neala Barron (Merrily We Roll Along, Porchlight Music Theatre), Vasily Deris (The Buddy Holly Story, American Blues), Max DeTogne (3 time Jeff Award nominee), Kathleen Gibson (Second City Chicago), Emily Goldberg (3 time Jeff Award nominee), Teressa LaGamba (A Little Night Music, BohoTheatre), Hillary Marren (The Who’s Tommy, Paramount Theatre), James Nedrud (Xanadu, American Theater Company), Khaki Pixley (Jeff Award nominee), Andrew Sickel (Heathers, Kokandy Productions), Will Skrip (West Side Story, Paramount Theatre) and Aja Wiltshire (Merrily We Roll Along, Porchlight Music Theatre).

PRESENTED BY Emily Esperanza and Eve Rydberg
August 7, 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 – https://slotty.se/nyheter/10-filmer-om-du-alskar-spelautomater/

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 Chicago Summer Opera
August 18, 2018
2A
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Goffredo, the Captain General of the Christian army, is leading his men in attacking Jerusalem. He has also promised the hand of his daughter, Almirena, to the Christian hero, Rinaldo. Argante, the Saracen King of Jerusalem, seeks a truce and works with the sorceress, Arminda, to abduct Almirena. Rinaldo now is resolved to save Almirena but is intercepted by Armida who disguises herself as Alimirena. However, Rinaldo rejects her. Armida’s anger is further aroused when Argante, thinking he is addressing Almirena, protests his love for her. Later, with the help of a magic want, Goffredo reaches Armida’s magic mountain. Already, Rinaldo has arrived in Armida’s garden and saved Almirena. With the help of Goffredo and his magic wand, the garden is turned into a desert. Argante and Armida, now reconciled, review their troops and the Christian forces prepare for battle in which they are victorious, thanks to the heroism of Rinaldo. Argante and Armida are taken prisoner. But after they convert to Christianity, they are pardoned.

PRESENTED BY Thomas Alaan
October 7, 2018
Cabaret
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In a city of more than ten million people, every individual, every community, and every neighborhood makes a unique contribution to the life of the city. Chicago Stories honors the experiences of our neighbors – of living, breathing Chicagoans – by setting their stories to music. We’re back in this second installment of this annual show with three new Chicago stories, set by three new Chicago composers, and performed by Chicago artists. It’s music about, by, and for Chicagoans.