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Wednesday, January 18
The Chicago Improv Festival runs April 1-7 at a variety of venues throughout the city. See the schedule for a list of tonight's shows, workshops and other events, or view a list of everything. Each show is ticketed separately.
Level-Up magazine celebrates the release of its sixth issue with a party at the Chicago Art Department, 1932 S. Halsted St., tonight from 5 to 10pm. Catch a fashion show and listen to music by a dozen DJs and emcees. $6 in advance, $10 at the door.
Mark Bazer's Internet Show returns to the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., tonight from 6:30 to 8pm. This month the guests are author Irvine Welch, improv team TJ Jagodowski and David Pasquesi, Tasting Table editor Heather Sperling, and musical guest Derek Fawcett. Admission is $8; doors open at 6pm. 21+
Inkling, 2917-1/2 N. Broadway, celebrates the opening of "The Dog Show," an exhibition of canine portraiture by Britton Walters, tonight from 6 to 10pm. Walters will also be selling dog-themed items from his Nerfect product line. Proceeds from the evening's sales will benefit One Tail at a Time.
The Music Box Theatre presents the documentary Room 237, which presents several unusual theories and interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's film The Shining. The film begins screening tonight; see the Music Box Website for a complete schedule. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.
It's a multi-course evening of cheese at Jam (3057 West Logan Blvd.) when they team up with downstate Greenville's Marcoot Creamery for tonight's dinner ($50 per person, $15 extra for drink pairings).