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Coffee and comedy come together in Wicker Park

Ready Coffee in Wicker Park not only puts the work of local artists on the walls of its Ornot Gallery, the coffeehouse offers live art as well. On Wednesday, Aug. 21, Ready premieres “Art You Can Laugh At,” a series of biweekly comedy showcases hosted by resident comedian Nathyn Gibson starting at 7 p.m. The […]

Things are shakin’ at Little Italy’s Davanti Enoteca

Davanti Enoteca does the Harlem Shake. After Chef Anthony Martin and Streeterville’s Tru crew released their “Harlem Shake” video, we challenged other Chicago restaurants to do the Shake, too. Here’s Davanti Enoteca’s Little Italy version, an effort of the restaurant’s entire staff. Is that Chef/Owner Scott Harris in the blond wig dancing with the jeroboam […]

They’re shakin’ it up at Tru: Can you?

Chef Anthony Martin and the Tru crew get the shakes in the kitchen at the Michelin-starred restaurant in Streeterville. Martin says he learned his moves from 67-year-old Joel Robuchon, whom Gault-Millau named Chef of the Century in 1989. We’re challenging other Chicago kitchens to continue the meme. Chefs: Post links to your videos here!

Give just $10 and have a great time, too!

’The season of giving can be trying when you’re broke. But if you can afford even just $10, you can have the satisfaction of helping others — and have a fun night out to boot! Ed Swiderski III of TV’s “Bachelorette” fame appears tomorrow at a benefit for StreetWise Magazine sponsored by the Stimulus Social […]

14 places to celebrate Passover 2011 in Chicago

Passover, the Jewish commemoration of the Biblical Exodus, begins at sunset Monday, April 18. While most Jews will gather for ritual meals called seders at family homes, if you don’t have a seder to go to, a variety of local restaurants stand ready to provide you with traditional food, if not always services.

12 things to do on the night before Thanksgiving

“Black Wednesday” in Chicago: It’s the night before Thanksgiving. If you aren’t cooking for Thursday’s dinner, why not go out? Comedian Mike Toomey presents his one-man show, “TV & ME,” a journey back into the land of 1960s and ’70s television at Carlucci in Downers Grove. Tickets are $25 and include a cocktail and an […]

Chicago improv: Have it your way at ComedySportz

Choose your own comedy adventure when Chicago improv troupe Octavarius — Chris Bogue, Matt Castellvi, Matt “LP” Gutierrez, Keith Habersberger, Matt “Tinz” Herzau, Nick Mikula, Marc Muszynski, Lisa Ridarelli and Brian Wohl — presents “Octavarius: So Nefarious” at 7 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 24 at The ComedySportz Theatre in Lakeview. Audience members suggest subject matter […]

‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ to play in River North

It’s a timewarp!

Excalibur in River North begins monthly midnight screenings of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” that 1975 musical classic, on Friday, June 25.

‘Sugar’-coated musical comedy a sweet night out

“Sugar” ran for 505 performances on Broadway in 1972 and garnered four Tony nominations. Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace is currently giving it a vibrant revival with lots of local color.

‘Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps’ a thrilling farce

Much in the same spirit as Charles Ludlam’s gothic spoof “The Mystery of Irma Vep,” this madcap pastiche by Patrick Barlow, based on a concept from Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon, features four actors who reenact all the roles in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1935 film.