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The Harold

Open run: Wed-Thu 8 PM, Fri 8 and 10:30 PM, Sat 10:30 PM, Sun 8 PM, Mon 10:30 PM
iO Theater 1501 N. Kingsbury, Chicago Lincoln Park

Improv teams use an audience suggestion to create interweaving story lines that result in a connected long-form narrative.

The Forced Transfer

Opens Tue 6/7
National Cambodian Heritage Museum 2831 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago Ravenswood

As a young Buddhist monk in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, during the 1960s, Kompha Seth studied the Brahmi alphabet and Magadhi—a root language of modern Khmer—which had been preserved and passed down for generations. Today, he's one of only a few Cambodians in the world who understands these dialects and their links to modern Khmer. Continue reading >> 773-506-1280

Philippe Quint & Marta Aznavoorian

Wed., Jan. 16, 12:15 p.m.
Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center 78 E. Washington St., Chicago Loop

Violin and piano. 312-744-6630


Wed., Jan. 16, 8 p.m.
City Winery 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago Near West Side


Diagonal, Colour Design, Aurora L'Orealis

Wed., Jan. 16, 8 p.m.
The Owl 2521 N. Milwaukee, Chicago Logan Square


Andre Mehmari Trio

Wed., Jan. 16, 8:30 p.m.


John Raymond & Real Feels

Wed., Jan. 16, 8:30 p.m.
Constellation 3111 N. Western Ave., Chicago Roscoe Village

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Ze'ev, Graphics, Plan Quartet

Wed., Jan. 16, 8:30 p.m.
Empty Bottle 1035 N. Western Ave., Chicago Ukrainian Village/East Village


Laura Gibson, Stealth Ulvang

Wed., Jan. 16, 9 p.m.
Hideout 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., Chicago West Town/Noble Square

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Luke Vibert, DJ Warp, Freakeasy DJs

Wed., Jan. 16, 9 p.m.
Sleeping Village 3734 W. Belmont, Chicago Avondale

Bad Bad Hats, Video Age, Con Davison, Pool Holograph

Wed., Jan. 16, 9 p.m.
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview

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part of Tomorrow Never Knows 773-525-2508

Soul Message Band

Wed., Jan. 16, 9:30 p.m.
California Clipper 1002 N. California Ave., Chicago Humboldt Park


Wills McKenna Quintet

Wed., Jan. 16, 9:30 p.m.
Whistler 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago Logan Square


Lyric Opera's La Boheme

Wed., Jan. 16, 2 p.m., Sat., Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m., Tue., Jan. 22, 7 p.m., Fri., Jan. 25, 7 p.m., Tue., Jan. 29, 2 p.m. and Thu., Jan. 31, 7 p.m.
Lyric Opera House 20 N. Wacker Dr., Chicago Loop


Dream Freaks Fall From Space

Open run: Wed-Thu 8 PM, Fri-Sat 8 and 11 PM, Sun 4 PM, Tue 8 PM
Second City 1616 N. Wells St., Chicago Old Town

Buy Tickets$29-$46

Second City is in denial. Donald Trump is our president, and along with that comes a host of issues regarding race, gender equality, LGBTQ rights, and police brutality, among other things. The cast of the brand-new yet already outdated main-stage revue Dream Freaks Fall From Space tackle these loaded topics by mentioning them, then moving right along. And speaking of denial, scenes break one of the most fundamental rules of improvisation—embody the spirit of "yes, and . . . " to complement your partner onstage. Here instead actors deny ideas with "What are you talking about?" Second City is the tentpole of Chicago comedy for the rest of the country, but Dream Freaks feels like it was concocted in an intermediate-level improv class where mere nods get laughs and politics get skewered with Pixy Stix. Continue reading >> 312-337-3992

The Paper Machete

Open run: Wed 6:30 PM, Sat 3 PM
Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago Uptown

The "salon in a saloon." Comedians, writers, and storytellers discuss the week in pop culture and politics. 773-878-5552

Cole's Comedy Open Mike

Wednesdays, 9 p.m.
Cole's 2338 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago Logan Square

Hosted by Sonia Denis and Rebecca O'Neal, this scrappy showcase boasts about 50 comics a week. 773-276-5802