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 curated monthly series showcasing musical artists who’s sounds cut through the din of our daily lives with clarity and focus. On June 20th, we tune into the soothing and thoughtful sounds of Takénobu. Takénobu is the moniker for cellist and composer Nick Ogawa, joined by violinist Kathryn Koch for live performance. Nick grew up in rural Vermont and began taking cello lessons at the age of 6. He participated in state and regional youth orchestras through high school, and decided to move away from traditional classical music at the age of 18. In 2006 he won the Williamsburg Live Singer Songwriter contest in Brooklyn New York and put the grand prize money towards the independent release of his first album, “Introduction” in 2007. To date Takénobu has released 4 full length albums, all featuring original music.
Doors open 7pm // Show 8pm // Tickets $18 // All ages welcome
Curves and Edges, an original play written and directed by Maeli Goren, tells the truly imagined story of the legendary Surya Bonaly’s infamous figure skating career. Steered by a demanding mother and a domineering coach on her path to Olympic immortality, our hero struggles to hold onto her authentic self through scandal, an impossible backflip, and definitely no m&ms ever. An athlete, a warrior of puberty, an accidental activist, a rebel icon, and a too-often-forgotten chapter in the history of a white-dominated sport, meet Surya: human girl. This is a workshop of a new play-in-progress! Changes will be made to the script right up until closing, and talkbacks will take place after each performance to seek audience feedback. Thank you for supporting new work in Chicago!
Appropriate for all ages!
Runtime: 2 hours with intermission
This is a Pay-What-You-Can show! The suggested donation is $10, but you should pay what you can!
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.
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.
The One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) is America’s largest and longest running grass roots theatre company, founded by Producing Artistic Director Dominic D’Andrea. #1MPF is a social barometer project, which investigates the zeitgeist of different communities through dialogue, consensus building and a performance of 50-100 short moments generated by each community. #1MPF works in partnership with theaters and/or social organizations sharing playwright, educational or community-specific missions across the country. The aim is to create locally sourced playwright-focused community events, with the goal of promoting the spirit of radical inclusion. #1MPF represents playwrights of different age, gender, race, cultures, and points of career. The work attempts to reflect the theatrical landscape of local artistic communities by creating a dialogue between the collective conscious and the individual voice.
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
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.
This is a Stage Play/Narrative written about a young girl named Jada Rose who was born on the Southside of Chicago. By the time young Jada Rose turned nine years old she was a parentless child. Instead of allowing her childhood pains and trauma to keep her in the pit of darkness, young Jada Rose gained the strength and courage to Breakthrough and rise above Her Darkness.
This Stage Play/Narrative incorporates many tools of the arts to tell Young Jada Rose’s story including singing, live music, dancing, acting, storytelling, poetry, and spoken word.
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.
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.
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.
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.