Day two of the four-day noise/experimental Neon Marshmallow Festival begins tonight at the Viaduct Theater (3111 N. Western Ave.). Shows kick off at 7:00 p.m. Tickets (both single-day and four-day) at www.neonmarshmallowfest.com. Tonight's acts include Ryan Jencks (aka Sixes), The Haters, Astral Social Club, Illusion of Safety, Bhob Rainey, Expo 70, and more. More info at Transmission.
Chicago's favorite sweetheart Michelle L'amour presents the Superstars of Burlesque tonight and Saturday night, at The Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport). The show features an all-star lineup, with every act carrying a winning title. This includes the Chicago Starlets (2010 World's Best Burlesque Group), Hot Toddy (2009 King of Boylesque), and Michelle L'amour herself, Queen of Burlesque 2005. The doors open at 10pm and the fun starts at 10:30pm. Tickets are $20 or two for $35. For more details, a complete line-up of acts, and to buy tickets, visit their website.
Newly-formed dance company Under Construction Dance Project premieres Socio-Analytical Perspectives on Gender Culture Through Dance at Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield Ave. The performance, a collaborative cultural examination of sex and gender roles in society, begins at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for students and seniors. You can purchase them advance at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/117836.
The Gene Siskel Film Center presents Behind The Burly Q, a documentary about the golden age of the burlesque revue. The film's director, Leslie Zemeckis, will be in attendance for tonight's screening at 8:15pm, and tomorrow evening's screening at 7:45pm. The film screens through Sugust 26; see the Film Center Website for a complete schedule and to purchase tickets. Film Center: 164 N. State. (312) 846-2600.
The Silent Film Society of Chicago presents the 1924 film Harold Teen, the fifth of six films to be presented in this year's Silent Summer Film Festival at The Portage Theater (4050 N. Milwaukee). Starring Arthur Lake and Mary Brian, with live organ accompaniment by Jay Warren. Pre-show entertainment with vocalist Jean-Marie Minton, and a film introduction by author and film historian Ken Irwin. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Screening at 8pm. For more info call 773-205-SFSC or visit The Silent Film Society of Chicago.
The Neo-Futurists kick off their 2010-11 series with Daredevils' Hamlet, a combination of the Shakespeare play and the Neos' 2005 show Daredevils, which featured a cast going through a series of physical and emotional stunts & challenges. Daredevils' Hamlet is in previews tonight, and opens on Saturday, August 21. Shows are at 8pm on all nights. Tickets are $15, $10 for students/seniors with ID, or pay-what-you-can on Thursday nights. The show runs at the Neo-Futurarium through September 25. See the Neo-Futurists' Website for full details and to purchase tickets. Neo-Futurarium: 5153 N. Ashland (at Foster). (773) 275-5255.
Lifeline Theater (6912 N. Glenwood) and Live Bait Theater (3914 N. Clark Street) move into the fourth and final week of the Fillet of Solo Festival at The Artistic Home (3914 N. Clark). At 7pm performer, actor, and activist Tekki Lomnicki performs three pieces in The Best of Tekki Lomnicki: Thanksgiving; Clothing Optional; and Mr. Sandman. Tickets are $10, for more information call 773-761-4477 or visit Lifeline Theater.
Barefoot running is apparently a thing: Michael Sandler, author of Barefoot Running: How to Run Light and Free by Getting In Touch with the Earth , speaks at REI Lincoln Park to give tips on how barefoot running can, from the press release, "help you run lighter, faster and more injury-free than you've ever imagined." Register for the event at www.rei.com/lincolnpark. REI Lincoln Park, 1466 N. Halsted St., second floor community room, 7-8pm.
The Sadies were slated to play two shows in Chicago this weekend, but the August 21st show has been canceled (contact Schubas for more information). They will still play Friday, August 20th at Schubas starting at 10pm. Tickets are $12 adv./ $14 door. Amazing Chicago talent Jon Langford and Sally Timms, of Bloodshot Records fame and big Sadies fans, will open, along with Pritchard. Schubas is located at 3159 N. Southport Ave. (at Belmont Ave.). More in Transmission.
Start your Friday with a little education and a little extra step with the CAF's Early Risers: Chicago Skyscrapers tour. Mixing portions of its Historic Skyscrapers tour and Modern Skyscrapers tour into one early-AM package, the CAF will provide up-close looks at the Marquette Building, the Rookery, Mies van der Rohe's Federal Center, the Willis Tower, and the Trump Tower. Meet in the lobby of the Santa Fe building at exactly 7:30am, and watch the commuters commute.
CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave. 7:30AM. $10 for non-CAF members. CAF members FREE.
Tonight the Grant Park Music Festival presents Mahler: Symphony No. 2. This masterpiece is among music's most monumental experiences. This season-ending program is also a special celebration of Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar's 10th Anniversary with the Grant Park Music Festival. 6:30pm. Pritzker Pavilion. Free.
Fractured Lens Video Festival is back! Portage Theater, 1450 N Milwaukee is accepting submissions for their Fractured Lens Video Festival. The are inviting filmmakers of all ranges of expertise to submit their videos, contest will be held for the audience's favorite. Please click here for more information!
Sean Flannery -- voted Best Standup Comedian by readers of The Reader -- debuts his one-man show, "Never Been to Paris," tonight at The Lincoln Lodge. The solo show weaves video, audio and animation to string together stories of the last dozen or so times he has nearly killed himself "by drinking, partying or flat-out, not paying attention." The show opens at 9 pm tonight, and goes up again Aug. 27, Sept. 3 and Sept. 10. Get your $10 tickets here.
UIC's literary journal, Packingtown Review, is hosting a fundraiser at Jak's Tap (901 W. Jackson) tonight, 7-10pm. Stop by for readings from Chicago writers and a book sale, not to mention a drawing. Oh, and take part in a Prose and Poetry Karaoke contest: bring your poem or short prose work to be read by a randomly selected reader, and if the judges select your piece, you win a prize! The suggested donation is $10, and if you want to take part in karaoke, it's $5. All proceeds go to Packingtown Review's third issue.