PRESENTED BY Off-Key Anthem
October 12, 2018
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“Stronger Than a Breakdown” is a play reading festival focused on the topic of mental health. There will be four short plays read that address the complexity of mental health, whether those stories are funny or dark or sad or lighthearted. Off-Key Anthem strives to produce theatre that addresses underrepresented topics. We aim to help de-stigmatize seeking help, whether that be reaching out to a friend or seeing a professional. By telling people’s stories we hope those participating, and those coming to see our shows, feel less alone in their struggles. Purging” By Ann Marley – “Devoted to You” By Anna Kadewska – “Discussing Demons” By Emily Hughes (Resident Playwright / Literary Manager) – “Zombie Thoughts” A Choose Your Own Adventure By Jennifer Kokai & Oliver Grey Kokai-Means – Reading begins at 8pm and it’s free!

PRESENTED BY Lady Jack Entertainment
October 15, 2018
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A Very Official, Most Special, Mandatory Happy Party Prepared by (and in honor of) the leader dearest HINDRANCE AND (to some degree) his general executive liaison HYSTERIA. (You must) join the leader dearest Hindrance on his international exploration “rumspringa,” in a celebration of everything (understandably) not allowed in his home country, (the greatest country there is). Hysteria has lined up a selection of Chicago’s most entertaining, most talented and most not-at-all-held-captive performers to delight and question your senses. Or make your senses question you. There will be dance, music, diplomatic immunity, Burlesque, consensual pat-downs, comedy, and more. All in the spirit of Life, Liberty and TOTAL DOMINATION. Produced by Lady Jack Entertainment and starring Lindsey Marks, Scott Ray Merchant and a new line-up of Chicago’s finest Neo-Vaudevillian performers; Hindrance and Hysteria promises to help keep your Monday nights weirdly sexy and dangerously funny with a new celebratory theme every month.

PRESENTED BY Interrobang Theatre Project
October 15, 2018
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What happens when you put one artist on a stage and hand them a script they’ve never read before? Pure theatrical magic! Interrobang Theatre Project is pleased to present award-winning Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour’s acclaimed solo show WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT, an experimental tour de force you have to see to believe!

PRESENTED BY John McCombs
October 16, 2018
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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 Rebecca Baruc
October 18, 2018
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DIN AT THE DEN is a monthly series showcasing musical artists whose clarity and focus cut through the noise of our daily lives. On October 17th, we appreciate the impeccable arrangements of Alysha Monique and Wanees Zarour & The East Loop. Alysha Monique is a sultry vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist lovingly teaching all ages and levels, and Wanees Zarour, Director of the Middle East Music Ensemble for the last 8 years, is a seasoned composer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist premiering a brand new fusion band The East Loop. They are both masterful educators of their craft, and blend genres to perfect their own elegant sounds. 

ALL AGES WELCOME

DOORS 7PM

SHOW 8PM

PRESENTED BY The Douche Baguettes
October 18, 2018
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The Douche Baguettes are an all-female sketch comedy team, and this our Summer Showcase. Come see the best of what we’ve been baking all year long, and leave your gluten-intolerance at home. What you see, is what you Ba-guette. $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

PRESENTED BY The Brain Trust Collective
October 19, 2018
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Bored of the same comedy? Cats be funny is a stand up show that showcases comedy in different avenues and proves the point that you can find comedy in every art form. Song, dance, poetry, ECT all hosted by comedian The Jarrell Scott Barnes featuring Lance Allen, a comedic  regular on Conan O’Brien. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

PRESENTED BY NON:op Open Opera Works
October 27, 2018
Upstairs Mainstage Lounge
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In THUNDER:GAME, sopranos Harrah Friedlander and Hillary Esqueda, perform selections from the immersive operas Thunder, Perfect Mind and Enigmatic Game by composer Christophe Preissing. Playing the roles of the goddess Sophia and the earthly Eve, Harrah and Hillary take audiences from the heavens to the depths of hell on this fast paced late-night musical tour de force. For more information on NON:op Open Opera Works and this production visit www.nonopera.org.

PRESENTED BY Ready Freddy Films
October 27, 2018
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MouthbreathersTV is a collective that dips into the strange and surreal, with a darkly comedic twist. Join them for their first LIVE show on October 27th at 10:30 pm. The event features live music and a performance with special local short film premieres. Stay for Halloween after party with a costume contest and cash prize. Come play in the murk…

SPECIAL WORLD PREMIERE OF THE ASTRONAUT DIET by Ready Freddy Films, a celestial exploration on transcending the physical, earthly existence of the mundane.

PRESENTED BY Chi-Town Sings
October 29, 2018
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Award-winning performers Robert Deason (dueling pianist extraordinaire) and Lauren Paris (most recently seen in a critically acclaimed performance as Percy in THE SPITFIRE GRILL, Refuge Theatre Project) are back with another round of Chi-Town Sings, after their sold-out performance of BETWEEN THE LINES: CHI-TOWN SINGS SARA BAREILLES. In honor of Demi’s current circumstances, funds will be donated to the Chicago-based Gateway Foundation, a not for profit substance use disorder program with facilities throughout the state of Illinois. The Foundation’s 50th Anniversary celebration coincides with the cabaret.

This collaborative evening of song will feature classic and innovative interpretations of Lovato’s beloved tunes, backed by a 4 piece band, including the likes of T. Duncan Parker and Tyler Core.

PRESENTED BY Erik and Jessie and Everyone You Know (of E&J&EYK)
October 29, 2018
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It’s our favorite show of the year! Eerie songs, spooky stories, amazing guests and unpleasant surprises; spend the Monday before Halloween with Everyone You Know!
Local actor/musicians Erik Hellman and Jessie Fisher present an updated variant of the classic variety hour: Original music, special guests, comedy, magic, improv, and ephemera along with the tightest country, soul band in the land. Fast-paced, fun, funky and fresh.
 

PRESENTED BY Windy City Gay Chorus & Treble Quire
November 2, 2018
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Hey, I don’t know if anyone has told you this lately but You Are Enough. Exactly as you are right now. Come help us celebrate our weird, amazing, beautiful selves in all our unique identity glory. Songs, laughs, and warmth while we explore our multitudes in an intimate cabaret setting. We love you 🙂