PRESENTED BY John McCombs
May 22, 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 Julie Merica
May 25, 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 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!

Diesel World Productions and Jay Davis Films presents the Red Carpet Screening of the much anticipated sketch comedy series Choke On That: tThe Series. The screening will be held at the historic Den Theatre located in Chicago at 1331 N Milwaukee Ave on Saturday, May 26th. Join us inside the Heath Mainstage, a room with intimate appeal and a giant screen that will bring this hysterical comedy to you in a larger than life presentation. Featuring stand up performances by Tanisha Rice (HBO’S All Def Comedy & Kevin Hart Presents: The Next Level) and Brian “Da Wildcat” Smith (Shaq All-Star Comedy Jam). Red Carpet begins at 5:30 pm. 

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, a 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; 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.

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 Grease Fire
May 30, 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 Emily Esperanza and Eve Rydberg
June 5, 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 Ready Freddy Films
June 8, 2018
3A
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Chicago production house Ready Freddy Films hosts their very first micro-festival! Come see some of the best independent and original content circulating RIGHT NOW and network for the price of a couple candy bars (or whatever you spend your money on). Submissions are open until May 25th. Get your tickets online to save $5!

Please send submissions/inquiries to readyfreddyfilms@gmail.com SUBJECT: RFF Festival.

 

PRESENTED BY Rebecca Baruc
June 20, 2018
Heath
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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

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.

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.

Narrative and play written, produced and directed by Mercedes Johnson, author of HerStory Breaking Through Darkness.

 

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 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.