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Sunday, May 1
A Red Orchid Theatre celebrates its 20th anniversary with a party at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., tonight at 6:30pm. Hosted by founding ensemble member Michael Shannon (General Zod in Man of Steel), the evening features performances by Ben Nichols of Lucero; Shannon's band, Corporal; The Blind Staggers; and special guest Steely Danish. $15 in advance, $20 at the door; VIP seats are $100. 18+
Homestead, 1924 W. Chicago Ave. (above Roots Pizza), hosts a fundraiser dinner for UN86'd, a nonprofit raising money to help hospitality workers in need, tonight from 7 to 10pm. Admission is $40 at the door, and includes an all-you-can eat pig roast and a buffet of sides prepared by Homestead executive chef Chris Curren and chef de cuisine Chris "Chip" Davies; one specialty cocktail featuring Templeton Rye created by Homestead beverage director Benjamin Schiller; one specialty cocktail featuring Ford's Gin created by Homestead beverage director Benjamin Schiller; one Goose Island Matilda beer; and one ticket for a raffle featuring gift certificates and git baskets from area restaurants and bars. Additional raffle tickets are $1 each.
No frills. No judgment. No pressure. This is the city's rawest open mic dedicated solely to the art of storytelling. Do Not Submit meets at Powell's Book Store, 2850 N. Lincoln Ave., the last Monday of every month from 8pm to 11pm (signup begins at 7:30pm). Bring that piece you are absolutely sure doesn't work, that rough draft that has no ending yet, or that anecdote you are hoping to flesh out. If you have been wanting to dip a toe into storytelling without facing a sold-out Moth Slam audience, this is the place to experiment. If you are an experienced writer/performer looking to hone your live lit skills, this is the place to put the work in. Not interested in telling? Come experience the process, and see how the polished stories on stage tomorrow are being shaped, tested and reworked today. Please -- no poetry or prose fiction. Hosted by Shannon Cason and Scott Whitehair.
Barrel of Monkeys is an ensemble of actors/educators who hold creative writing workshops with Chicago Public School students and perform their pupils' imaginative stories. The result is That's Weird, Grandma, their weekly show presented every Monday at 8pm at the Neofuturarium in Andersonville, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. The show is wackily witty, fast-paced, laugh-a-minute, and truly a thrill for all ages, and has been hailed by chicagotheater.com as "part pep rally, part musical theater extravaganza -- and one of the most real, uplifting and engaging theatrical experiences in town." $10 for adults, $5 for children, tickets available at the box office or on the BOM website.