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Wednesday, February 26

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The Room @ Music Box Theatre

The Music Box presents another midnight screening of the new cult classic The Room (review this AV Club appreciation if you're not familiar with the flick). Tickets are available in advance at Brown Paper Tickets. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.

Chicago Improv Festival @ Chemically Imbalanced Theater

As part of the Chicago Improv Festival, Chemically Imbalanced Theater (1420 W. Irving Park Rd.) presents Michael Pizza and 96D. Tickets are $10, show starts at 10:30pm. For info and tickets call (773) 865-7731 or visit Brown Paper Tickets.

Chicago Improv Festival @ The Annoyance Theater

As part of the Chicago Improv Festival, The Annoyance Theater (4830 N. Broadway) presents the troupes Swear Jar and Skinprov. Tickets are $8, show starts at 11:30pm. For info and tickets call (773) 561-4665, tickets will be available at the box office on the day of the show.

Two-Hour Comedy Hour @ Gallery Cabaret

This week's Two-Hour Comedy Hour, a weekly standup comedy showcase hosted by Trey Mowder, features standup comedians Joe Kilgallon, C.J. Toledano, Ricky Gonzalez, Kevin Lee, Lane Pieschel and Nate Simmons. This free show features a different lineup each week. There's no cover for the 21+ show -though a $5 donation is accepted - and it runs from 7-9 pm at Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley (near Western and Milwaukee, just off the Blue Line stop). Guests are encouraged to arrive early.

Anthony Bourdain @ Chicago Theater

Mr. Personality hits up the Chicago Theater (175 N. State Street) tonight at 8pm for some storytelling and humor (no food samples, sorry).

826CHI Prom Hanks @ Pulaski Park Fieldhouse

826 Chicago invites you to their annual prom, held tonight at 8pm at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse (1419 W. Blackhawk). The prom theme: "Prom Hanks". You are invited to dress as a person, place or thing from a Tom Hanks movie. Tickets are $35 in advance ($50 at the door), and include food & drink, a silent auction and plenty o' dancing. See the 826 Chicago Website for for details and to purchase tickets.

Chicago Improv Festival @ The Playground

As part of the Chicago Improv Festival, The Playground (3209 N. Halsted) presents three shows in a row: Jen and Steve and Rattlesnake High School perform at 7:30pm, followed by Computer Improv and The DK and Morgan Show at 9pm. The 10:30pm show opens with Gus and closes with KISSprov. Tickets are $15 for the first two shows, and $10 for the third. For info and tickets call 773-871-3793.

Chicago Improv Festival @ Laugh Out Loud

As part of the Chicago Improv Festival, Laugh Out Loud (601 N. Martingale Rd, Schaumburg) presents two shows. At 7:30pm the troupe Sheila's Sister takes the stage, followed by Laugh Out Loud. A 9:30pm show opens with pH Productions, followed again by Laugh Out Loud. Tickets are $18, $12 with student I.D. For information and tickets, call 847-240-0380.

Chicago Improv Festival @ Second City DeMaat Theater

As part of the Chicago Improv Festival, The Second City DeMaat Theater (1608 N. Wells, 3rd Floor) presents an evening of comedy starting at 7:30pm with the troupes Incredulity and Hello Laser, followed at 9:00pm with Those One Guys and Middle Aged Comeback. At 10:30pm Jessica and B.S. take to the stage. Tickets to all shows are $15, except the 11:30 show, which costs $10. For information and tickets call 312-337-3992, tickets will be available at the box office on the day of the show.

Chicago Improv Festival @ The Second City Skybox

As part of the Chicago Improv Festival, The Second City Skybox (1608 N. Wells, 4th Floor) presents an evening of comedy starting at 7pm with the troupes Dirty Laundry and Boom Chicago All-Stars followed at 8:30 with Impro Top and SCRAM. At 10pm M & M and Pimprov take to the stage, and at 11:30pm KISSprov rounds out the evening. Tickets to all shows are $15, except the 11:30 show, which costs $10. For information and tickets call 312-337-3992, tickets will be available at the box office on the day of the show.

StoryStudio Chicago: Author Talk

Join local authors Claire Zulkey, James Kennedy (author of Gapers Block May Book Club selection The Order of Odd-Fish, and Johanna Stein for a panel discussion on life as a writer in Chicago. Tickets are $8 for StoryStudio members and $10 for non-members. Registration is recommended.

Earth Day Dollar Day Sale @ Buffalo Exchange

Celebrate Earth Day and help out all those cute furry creatures by shopping at any Buffalo Exchange location (2875 N. Broadway; 1478 N. Milwaukee Avenue) this Saturday April 24th. All proceeds from the Buffalo Exchange's Dollar Day Sale will benefit the Humane Society of the United States, the nation's largest animal protection organization. Visit their website for a complete list of locations and more information.

Chicago Improv Festival @ The Athenaeum Theatre

As part of the Chicago Improv Festival, the Athenaeum Theatre (2936 N. Southport Ave, 2nd Floor) presents two shows. At 7pm the troupe Dummy opens for Os Improvaveis, with Dominzuelan closing the set. At 9pm Now? takes the stage, followed by Bearded Men and Extra Shelves. Tickets for each show are $15. For info and tickets call 773-935-6860, tickets will be available at the box office on the day of the show.

Green and Growing Fair @ Garfield Park Conservatory

Celebrate Earth Day and the return of spring at the Annual Green & Growing Fair at the Garfield Park Conservatory, today from 10am-3pm (300 North Central Park). At this free event you'll learn more about gardening through demonstrations and workshops, and go home with a packet of the winner of the One Seed Chicago "Seed of the Year," which will be announced at noon. A silent auction, live music, and a book sale await you and your green thumb!

Poetry Fest

The Chicago Public Library and Poetry magazine team up for the 11th annual Poetry Fest, a day-long celebration of the poem at the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St. Festivities begin at 10:30am; see the schedule for full details. Free.

Kanikapila with Uke Nation @ Grafton Pub

Ke Ali`i Victoria Ka`iulani Hawaiian Civic Club and 'Uke Nation present a kanikapila (Hawaiian jam session) at the Grafton Pub (4530 N. Lincoln) this afternoon from 3pm to 5pm. Musicians, dancers and singers are invited to join in a two-hour get-together to celebrate the music of the Pacific Islands. Admission is a suggested contribution of $5, which goes to the local branch of the Hawaiian Civic Club, a nonprofit community-based organization. Full information available at the Facebook event page.

World Kitchen Learning Series: Springtime Desserts

Make some spring-themed desserts at this class. which is part of the World Kitchen learning series offered by the City of Chicago. Class runs 11am-2pm at Gallery 37 for the Arts, 55 East Randolph. Pre-registration required; admission is $30.

Build Your Own Treasure Workshop @ Intuit

Start out by exploring Intuit's exhibition, The Treasure of Ulysses Davis, where you will find inspiration to carve and chisel your very own treasure. The workshop will be led by Chicago artist and sculptor, Dan Galemb. Over the past several decades, Galemb has taught 3-D design, welding and figure sculpture and drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College and Wilbur Wright College. Supplies and lunch will be provided. Space is limited, purchase your spot today! Admission is $30 for Intuit members/students and $40 non-members. Visit Intuit's website for details. Intuit is located at 756 N Milwaukee Ave.

Arm Wrestle the Windy City Rollers

Here's your chance to arm-wrestle a roller girl: The Windy City Rollers are hosting an arm-wrestling competition tonight at Reggie's (2105 South State Street). Also featuring sets by the Muddy Udders and Born to Love Volcanos (a Dead Milkmen tribute band). Sign-up starts at 7 p.m., and there's a $5 cover after 8PM. 21+

Chicago Outfit Double-Header Bout

The Chicago Outfit roller derby league opens their 2010 season with a double header vs. the Paper Valley All Stars and the Flyin Squirrels tonight at 7 p.m. at the Windy City Fieldhouse (2367 West Logan Blvd.). Tickets are $15 presale, $20 at the door.



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