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Princes of Waco: Signal Ensemble Theatre presents Robert Askins’ “Princes of Waco,” through Sept. 22. After his father dies, a young man finds himself under the wing of Fritz, a cowboy, criminal and all-around bad man. But when the love of a girl enters the picture, motives are questioned, weapons are drawn and all of their lives are changed forever. Tix $15/$20 at Signal Ensemble Theatre is at 1802 W. Berenice Ave. Irving Park Brown Line El Stop. Legal and free street parking available. 773-698-7389.

The Boulevard Festival: Logan Square’s The Boulevard Festival runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 24, noon to 10 p.m. Aug. 25 and noon to 9 p.m. Aug. 26 between Albany Ave. and Sacramento Ave. Music includes Grammy-nominated group Liquid Soul at 6 p.m. Friday and continues throughout the weekend with Indie-folk duo Stolen Silver, award-winning Anna Fermin, Windy City Soul Club, DJ/Producer Treasure Fingers and Chicago natives Hood Smoke, to name a few. Over 100 restaurants, cafes, bakeries and bistros, serving just about every kind of cuisine, Suggested entrance donation is $5. A portion benefits the mission and outreach of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square. Learn more at

pool (no water): Vitalist Theatre celebrates its 15th Anniversary with the Chicago premiere of Mark Ravenhill’s “pool (no water).” We are willing to suffer for our art, but are we willing to make art out of suffering? When four artists witness a horrific accident, they edge toward the darker side of art as they risk moral annihilation. Aug. 25 through Sept. 30 at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets available at or 773-404-7336.

Strange Science Film Series: The Adler Planetarium presents amazing science-themed films at the Adler Planetarium. The first is “Convento,” from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 31. Dutch kinetic artist Christiaan Zwanikken resurrects the deceased local wildlife by reanimating the skeletal remains with servomotors and robotic engineering. He breeds these new species in a 400-year-old monastery in a village in Portugal. Tickets are $10. Learn more at Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive. 312-922-STAR.

Cymbeline: The RIFF Collective presents Cymbeline, by Will Shakespeare, adapted by Henry Woronicz. It will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, Aug. 31 through Sept. 16 at Northcenter Town Square, 4100 N. Damen. Princess Imogen has everything, but when her father banishes her love far from home, she leaves everything behind for the adventure of a lifetime. The RIFF Collective explores a bold re-imagining of an often overlooked classic in this outdoor production running Aug. 31 through Sept. 16. $15 tix reserves a chair and a drink at Audiences can pay-what-they-can and bring their own chair or blanket. 312-380-5753.


Quick Notes

In-Fashion—The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival: The shopping festival runs Aug. 24 through Sept. 6 on the Mag Mile. It’s two weeks of in-store offers and events, celebrity appearances, hotel packages, perks for MasterCard® cardholders, outdoor concerts, sweepstakes, culinary events and more. More info at

Party with the Animals: Enjoy bears and beers, lions and lagers, aardvarks and ales—all at Brookfield Zoo’s first annual Zoo Brew, held in collaboration with Burke Beverage, Inc., from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 26. A 21-and-over beer-tasting event. A complete list of beers are at Menu items such as hot dogs, brats, nachos, jumbo soft pretzels and chips available for purchase. Brookfield Zoo is at First Ave. between Ogden Ave. and 31st St., Brookfield. Metra stop is Hollywood. 866-GoToZoo or 800-201-0784.

Genghis Khan: Genghis Khan ends Sept. 3 at the Field Museum. Discover the essence of his extensive empire and the lasting influence of his legacy. All-Access Pass:$29 adults, $24 seniors and students with ID, and $20 children. Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, 312-922-9410,

Wynton Marsalis Special Concert: 8 p.m. Aug. 28 at Symphony Center in anticipation of the 34th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival. Tix are $25 to $80. In Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave. 312-294-3000.

2012 Jazz Club Tour: Chicago Trolley Company presents the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s 29th Annual Jazz Club Tour 6 p.m. to midnight Aug. 29. The Tour kicks off the Chicago Jazz Festival festivities by giving visitors and hometown folks an opportunity to sample a wide range of music and venues before the free festival feast to come. Jazz Club Tour participants buy a promotional button that gives access to all participating clubs as well as trolley transportation between clubs. Tix are $25/advance, $35/door. Jazz Institute members get the discounted rate of $20/advance and $30/door. Tix available online and at participating clubs. $2 shipping and handling fee.

George Wallace at Laugh Factory: Wallace takes the stage Aug. 30 through Sept. 2. He is on Comedy Central’s list of the top 100 stand-up comedians of all time. Tickets are $25 in advance or $29 at the door and can be purchased at 773-327-3175 or Laugh Factory is at 3175 N. Broadway.


Metra’s $7 Weekend Pass: Weekend passes are good for unlimited rides on both Saturday and Sunday for all stations. Weekend parking is available at all stations. Note: Boat taxis are available from Union Station to Navy Pier and/or the museum campus, Chinatown and other points along the river or lakefront. Reasonable pricing and fun.

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