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Monday, January 23
Caitlin Bergh hosts this Chicago spin-off of TJ Miller's LA show at The Pleasure Chest (3436 N Lincoln Ave). In a sex-positive atmosphere, Performance Anxiety provides a room for the city's top comics and hardworking up-and-comers. This month's lineup includes Natalie Jose, Saurin Choksi, Andrew Smreker, The Puterbaugh Sisters and show co-producer Goodrich Gevaart. The show starts at 8pm. It is free, 18+ and BYOB. Audience members receive a 15% discount on store merchandise after the show.
Tonight at 7:30pm at SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave. in Evanston, Nate Herman directs a staged reading of the classic Stanley Kubrick film Dr. Strangelove, featuring Randy Craig, Gary Houston, Tim Kazurinsky, Warren Lemming, David Pasquesi and others. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door; reserved tables are $25. All ages.
The Gene Siskel Film Center presents a screening of the 2012 film Holy Motors, which confounded and excited audiences last year. The film screens tonight at 6:00pm; see the Film Center Website for details and advance tickets. Film Center: 164 North State Street. (312) 846-2085.
This month's Essay Fiesta lineup includes: Paul Luikart, Liz Granger, Ken Krimstein, Denis Underwood, and Samantha Irby.The show includes a raffle with all proceeds going to the youth literacy organization 826 Chicago. Starts at 7pm at the Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln), and is free, but get there early - this show goes from plenty of seating to standing room only in a jiffy. For more information visit Essay Fiesta.
The Northwest Chicago Film Society presents a 35mm screening of Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, Sam Peckinpah's 1974 classic, at 7:30pm tonight at the Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave. Peckinpah historian Steven Lloyd, introduces the film. Tickets are $5.
This comedy showcase from the local and elite cast of 100 Proof Comedy, is designed to not only raise money, but awareness for those affected by domestic violence. Chicago based Family Rescue, will be the featured benefactor of the nights' chuckles and cash. The show start time is 8pm, and the venue is Comedy Sportz Theater, 929 W. Belmont Ave., get your $10 tickets here or at the box office.