PRESENTED BY John McCombs
February 20, 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 Humbug Media
February 23, 2018
2A
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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!

PRESENTED BY Julie Merica
February 23, 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 Vance Cooley
February 24, 2018
Heath
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Kaiju Attack Wrestling descends on Wicker Park at the Den Theatre on February 24th with a stacked rock and wrestling show!
Snow Leopard Love Affair and Big Sky Hunters will be rocking in between 7 thrilling matches, including a match for the Kaiju Attack Wrestling Championship presented by Burger Antics and a Kaiju Monster Battle Royale!
Tickets on sale now! Advanced tickets are $15 for ringside seating and $12 for general admission!

PRESENTED BY Keith Evans
February 24, 2018
Cabaret
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A comedian’s journey is never-ending, much like any quest for knowledge and understanding. Keith Evans‘ 8 year long journey, thus far, is a culmination of life lessons learned through his race, realizations about being a comic/father/future husband, and an existential fart joke here and there. These jewels are what makes up WORD VERBUM SCIENCE.
Along with his comedic friends; Michael Robinson, Alydar Skyy and Brad Rickert, come join Keith on this special night as he celebrates his 8th year anniversary in comedy and publicly documents the tales from his travels, both physical and emotional, via LIVE ALBUM RECORDING!

PRESENTED BY Joe Pindelski
February 24, 2018
Upstairs Mainstage
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Chicago’s triple salchow of comedy – ROXY BELLOWS – brings her funny business to the Den on Feb. 24! An improv powerhouse with more spunk than Brian Boitano, she’ll win gold and your laughs. So carry a torch for Chicago’s legendary comedy chanteuse, and GET ROXIFIED!

PRESENTED BY John McCombs
February 24, 2018
Rigby's
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Another hot night of killer comedy lined up at The Den Theatre. Stop through the absolute best comedy show in Wicker Park for a night of fun and laughs. Tickets are $8. Show will be in Rigby’s Lounge on the 2nd floor!

PRESENTED BY Winter Davis
February 27, 2018
Cabaret
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“In honor of Black History Month, The Junk Drawer will spotlight an all-POC show on Tuesday, February 27th. Tickets are $5, and all profits will be donated to Black Lives Matter. The Junk Drawer showcases any kind of performance! With music, improv, stand up, poetry, sketch comedy, magic, and more, every show features a different set of acts. Join us on the 27th, for this never-to-be-matched display of voices and talent!

The show starts at 8pm, in the Cabaret Theatre (just steps away from one of The Den’s gorgeous and fully stocked bars!). We hope to see you there!

Interested in performing? E-mail junkdrawershow@gmail.com”

PRESENTED BY Monica Benson
March 2, 2018
Cabaret
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This show features live music from all female led bands and artists. Bands include: Laura Burke, Alysha Monique and Carlile. Audience members are encouraged to bring new bras and feminine hygiene products to donate to Deborah’s Place, a local Chicago Women’s Shelter. Along with live music there will also be a raffle with all proceeds going straight to Deborah’s Place and tables set up selling products from all female run businesses. Bring your bras and your dancing shoes! This is a show you don’t want to miss!” Check the Facebook event page for details.

Laura Burke has been writing songs since the age of eleven and started recording herself at the age of thirteen. Since then, she has greatly developed her production skills and collaborates with musicians and artists from all over the world. You can find her performing around the city as the lead singer of the band ‘Funktastic’ as well as with her own group ‘The Laura Burke Band.’ Her debut EP “Lost” is available and streaming on all platforms.
Carlile is Nu pop from Chicago. Lyrically inquisitive. Sonically evocative.
Alysha Monique mesmerizes audiences with the sultry vocal stylings of jazz and soul music. Surrounded by incredible musicians, Alysha’s creativity and originality continues to bewitch listeners into the essence of love, individuality and self-actualization. An experience with Alysha is striking, genuine and poignant.

PRESENTED BY Mat LaVore
March 9, 2018
3A
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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

PRESENTED BY John McCombs
March 10, 2018
Cabaret
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Another hot night of killer comedy lined up at The Den Theatre. Stop through the absolute best comedy show in Wicker Park for a night of fun and laughs. Tickets are $8. Show will be in Rigby’s Lounge on the 2nd floor!

PRESENTED BY Hot Kitchen
March 10, 2018
Heath
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Join Hot Kitchen this March, as 13 of the collective’s favorite artists and groups in the city each create an original piece in response to a classic or not-so-classic love song. Year 3 of our Chicago run features:
 
Glitter Moneyyy
Focus Group LLC
Sonal Aggarwal
Leah Urzendowski and Anthony Courser
Parlour Tapes+
Bindu Poroori
Sydney Bauer
Carly Wicks
Andy Slavin
AND MORE

PRESENTED BY Rebecca Baruc
March 16, 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 Rebecca Baruc
March 20, 2018
Heath
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In the spring of 2001 BUDDY WAKEFIELD left his position as the executive assistant at a biomedical firm in Gig Harbor, WA, sold or gave away everything he owned, moved to the small town of Honda Civic and set out to live for a living, touring North American poetry venues through 2003. He has not yet stopped.

Buddy is a three-time world champion spoken word artist featured on the BBC, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, ABC Radio National and signed to Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records. In 2004 he won the Individual World Poetry Slam Finals thanks to the support of anthropologist and producer Norman Lear then went on to share the stage with nearly every notable performance poet in the world in over 1500 venues internationally from The Great Lawn of Central Park, Zimbabwe’s Shoko Festival and Scotland’s Oran Mor to San Quentin State Penitentiary, House of Blues New Orleans and The Basement in Sydney, Australia.

Opening the night is GROWING CONCERNS POETRY COLLECTIVE. Growing Concerns fuses lyrical narrative + hip-hop poetry with original music + soundscape to create spoken word performance that is greater than the sum of its parts. Growing Concerns Poetry Collective is poet and actor McKenzie China, poet and rapper Mykele Deville and visual artist and musician Jeffrey Michael Austin. 

Doors: 7:00pm

Show: 8:00pm

Tickets: $17

PRESENTED BY Jay Davis
March 24, 2018
Heath
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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.