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Night out: Steampunk, vaudeville, Jews and freaks, oh my!

999 Eyes

999 Eyes

Klezmer meets steampunk in a most unusual evening Wednesday, June 22, at the Mayne Stage in Rogers Park.

The show features Mazel Tov Koctail Hour, an Austin, Texas-based group that plays the “Eastern European music of displaced people and rootless cosmopolitans,” learned from Romani and Jewish musicians, and That Damned Band, “a visceral entry into the steampunk world of Goblins, Freaks, Pirates, and the Others from all possible worlds,” with Eastern European, Yiddish and old-time vaudevillian music played on accordion, clarinet, jug, flute, saw, resonator guitar, washtub bass, tuba, drums and washboard, along with highlights from the 999 Eyes Freakshow, vaudevillian circus performances by “living human oddities.” The evening opens with the Chicago Steampunk DJs’ “Fusion-o-Scope.”

Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Find contemporary American comfort food at the Act One pub adjacent to the theater, or head southwest to North Park for What’s Cooking and some Jewish soul food.