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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Haunted dolls, navigating narcissism, Cristela Alonzo, and more by Micco Caporale, Kerry Reid and Salem Collo-Julin

Spooky season is upon us, and what a more uncomfortable way to celebrate than with dolls. Through November 6, the Chicago History Museum (1601 N. Clark) presents “Haunted Dolls & […]…

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Feast of feats by Kerry Reid

Picking up where Teatro ZinZanni left off, the newest attraction under the medium top (that is, the classic circus-meets-Victorian-bordello spiegeltent in the Hotel Cambria), Cabaret ZaZou…

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Saturday, September 24, 2022

Little Village farming, Kyiv City Ballet, Tone Deaf anniversary, and more by Micco Caporale and Kerry Reid

All hands on deck! Little Village Environmental Justice Organization is hosting a volunteer day at their farm site (31st and Albany). From 8 AM-noon, they’re inviting people to spend some …

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Friday, September 23, 2022

Harvest Chicago dance festival, Idle Muse, Necropolis by Kerry Reid and Salem Collo-Julin

Always a staple of the fall dance season, Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival opens tonight at 8 PM at Ruth Page Center for the Arts (1016 N. Dearborn), and continues […] The post …

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Marissa Lynn Ford takes the wheel at the League of Chicago Theatres by Kerry Reid

Amid the tidal wave of turnovers at theaters large and small in Chicago the last two years, we also learned this past February that Deb Clapp, the longtime executive director […] The post …

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Clyde’s shows off the sunnier side of Sweat by Kerry Reid

Let’s get this out of the way immediately: any similarities between Lynn Nottage’s Clyde’s, now in its local premiere at the Goodman, and the Hulu series The Bear are purely […] The …

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Handmaids’ tales by Kerry Reid

Factory Theater takes a stab at stories like The Handmaid’s Tale and The Stepford Wives (that suburban dystopia envisioned originally by novelist Ira Levin in 1972, and then translated to …

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Saturday, September 17, 2022

People’s Music Fest, Queen! at Ravinia, Podlasie reopening, and more by Micco Caporale and Kerry Reid

If you’re a fan of music and Reader staff writer Kelly Garcia’s Riot Fest coverage, this event is for you! From 2-8 PM, the all-ages People’s Music Fest, which calls […] The post Peo…

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Friday, September 16, 2022

Some best bets for the fall harvest of performance by Kerry Reid, Irene Hsiao and Deanna Isaacs

It’s impossible to summarize everything that’s happening onstage this season. (It’s also hard to tell you exactly what COVID-19 precautions are required at venues now; we suggest check…

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Navigating the After, Red Summer, JB, and more by Kerry Reid, Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

Seattle-born choreographer Mariah D. Eastman has called Chicago home for the past few years, and describes her philosophy as a desire to “play with creating unusual sequences of movement w…

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Season of the witch by Kerry Reid

Karla Galván fell in love with performing when she was five, appearing in a public celebration of a Mother’s Day performance her mother had put together. “She’s like, ‘OK, mija, […

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Cookies, dancing, Louder Than a Mom by Salem Collo-Julin and Kerry Reid

No war but Cookie War! This afternoon’s Garfield Ridge Farmer’s Market includes a special competition by neighborhood bakeries, including Weber’s, Pticek’s, Talerico-Martin, and Bori…

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Trash talk by Kerry Reid

Lindsay Joelle’s The Garbologists, now in a local premiere at Northlight under Cody Estle’s direction, is a slice-of-life two-hander about an odd-couple pair of New York sanitation worke…

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First Lady fantasia by Kerry Reid

Right before the pandemic shutdown in 2020, TimeLine Theatre presented James Ijames’s sorrowful and powerful Kill Move Paradise, in which a group of Black men murdered by the police gather…

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Monday, September 12, 2022

Soul food, International Voices Project, Perturbator, Glassing by Salem Collo-Julin and Kerry Reid

Jordan Wimby, aka The Melanin Martha, returns to Monday Night Foodball tonight with a prix fixe plate of “classic and reimagined” soul food, including crispy fatback and microgreens and…

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Friday, September 9, 2022

Farming, bike tour, Moon festival, and more by Micco Caporale, Kerry Reid and Salem Collo-Julin

From 9 AM-1 PM, Catatumbo, a worker-owned cooperative farm in Englewood, is inviting volunteers to grow (pun intended) their land knowledge by helping the farm build out their space. During …

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Dreary North, Selena tribute, All That Light, Code of the Freaks, and Stew by Salem Collo-Julin and Kerry Reid

If you’re looking for music that pulls no punches, head over to Subterranean (2011 W. North) this weekend for Dreary North Fest, three nights of extreme music running the gamut […] The p…

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Thursday, September 8, 2022

Mom, meatballs, and ‘fun monsters’ by Kerry Reid

Back in 2016, I climbed up the narrow stairs at the Den Theatre in Wicker Park to see a young solo performer embody the residents of a memory care center […] The post Mom, meatballs, and …

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#1 Victorian ladies detective agency by Kerry Reid

Six years ago, Lifeline Theatre unveiled the world premiere of Christopher M. Walsh’s Miss Holmes—a cunning gender-bent take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s Baker Street polymath that predated…

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Victory Gardens dismisses remainder of staff by Kerry Reid

The tangled recent history of Victory Gardens Theater became even more complicated this week with the mass dismissal of the remaining staff members in the wake of an attempt to […] The pos…

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Ableton demos, Sweeney Todd, and more by Micco Caporale, Salem Collo-Julin and Kerry Reid

Hey electronic artists, wanna level up your Ableton game? Join Penthouse Audio Group at Hush (311 W. Chicago), where you can get track feedback from professionals. Ableton-certified program …

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Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Ballet, salsa, and trivia by Kerry Reid and Salem Collo-Julin

If you’re downtown and want a little lunchtime terpsichore, head over to the Daley Center Plaza (50 W. Washington) today at noon for a free hour-long performance by Ballet 5:8, […] The p…

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Friday, September 2, 2022

La Esquina, Creepshow, Miss Continental, and Miss Holmes by Kerry Reid, Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

At the corners of Cullerton and Carpenter sits La Esquina, a community center that opened this spring to provide free art classes and provide safer space for neighborhood youth to […] The …

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Thursday, September 1, 2022

Otro Ritmo, Jazz Fest, and more by Micco Caporale and Kerry Reid

Thursday night punk music at One City Tap (3115 S. Archer)? Must be Otro Ritmo! Rejoice in the frenzied guitars of Poison Boys, Liquids (a favorite of Reader senior writer […] The post Otr…

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Sunday, August 28, 2022

Sapphire and Crystals, Funeral Potatoes, and more by Kerry Reid and Salem Collo-Julin

Sapphire and Crystals, the 36-year-old collective of African American women artists in Chicago, celebrates their legacy of exhibiting and supporting the work of women artists of African desc…

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Friday, August 26, 2022

Chalk Howard Street, Reclamation, school supplies, and more by Micco Caporale and Kerry Reid

Rogers Park hosts Chalk Howard Street today, the annual chalk art festival where the neighborhood is the canvas. Renowned 2D and 3D chalk artists will share the streets with kids, […] The …

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Chinatown hip-hop, Summer Skate, Dracula, and dance by Micco Caporale and Kerry Reid

Have you hit a summer festival in Chinatown yet? Starting today through Sunday, Hip Hop in Chinatown is happening at Chinatown Square (2133 S. China Pl.), a three-day festival celebrating […

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Laugh Factory prepares to go All In with accessibility in comedy by Kerry Reid

The very phrase “stand-up comedy” is arguably ableist: even though there are many working comedians who use wheelchairs or who have other disabilities, comedy clubs (like a lot of entert…

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Thursday, August 25, 2022

Night market, music, Destroy Your Art, and more by Salem Collo-Julin and Kerry Reid

The final Argyle Night Market for the season happens tonight from 5-9 PM, filling Argyle Street between Kenmore and Sheridan with food vendors, community booths, local business, activities f…

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Friday, August 19, 2022

Las Comadres, tenants rights, Call Me Elizabeth, and more by Micco Caporale and Kerry Reid

Wanna learn more about community groups organizing around issues like tenants rights and the cop academy? The Humboldt Park Housing Project (HPHP), a group fighting for affordable housing fo…

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Festivals, park performances, and more by Kerry Reid and Salem Collo-Julin

Collaboraction’s youth artist-activist ensemble, The Light, concludes its summer tour with Night Out in the Parks this weekend, with a show tonight at 5 PM at Austin’s LaFollette Park (1…

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