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Wednesday, August 24
The Interview Show is back once again at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., tonight at 6:30pm. This month host Mark Bazer welcomes author Rebecca Skloot, chef Homaro Cantu, director Henry Wishcamper, and musical guest The Stone Chromatics. $8 at the door. 21+
The 16th annual Fillet of Solo Festival runs Jan. 3-20 at the Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., and the Heartland Studio Theatre, 7016 N. Glenwood Ave. Tonight's performances are 2nd Story at 7pm and Stir Friday Night at 8:30pm at Lifeline, and Sweat Girls at 7pm and the kates at 8:30pm at Heartland Studio. Tickets for each show are $10, or buy a festival pass for $30.
The Gene Siskel Film Center presents Stranger Than Fiction, a month-long series of new documentary screenings. The series begins tonight with the 2012 film Perseverance: The Story of Dr. Billy Taylor, a documentary about the former University of Michigan football star. Dr. Taylor and the film's directors will be in attendance at the screening, so make sure you get advance tickets. A full schedule of the series is available at the Film Center Website. Film Center: 164 North State Street. (312) 846-2800.
The 12th annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, aka Sketchfest, runs Jan. 3-13 at Stage773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Four stages feature four shows apiece at 8, 9, 10 and 11pm tonight; see the full schedule for details. Tickets to each show are $14, or purchase a Friday night pass for $40..
NÜ: The Outer Space Disco Dancing Society of Chicago launches at Neo, 2350 N. Clark St., tonight at 10am. The first edition of this new monthly series features John Mörk, Trancid, Alinka, Ryan Paradise and Chris Gran. $5 cover. 21+
See one of the inspirations for Django Unchained -- Sergio Corbucci's 1966 spaghetti western Django -- tonight and Saturday at midnight at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. Tickets are $9.25.