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Music, meth & more offbeat shows hit Chicagoland this summer through September

The legendary Sam Cooke comes alive via Darrian Ford in The Cooke Book – The Music of Sam Cooke at City Winery at 8 p.m. tonight, August 4, on 1200 W. Randolph Street and again at Lincoln Hall on 2424 N. Lincoln Avenue (August 29-30). For tickets and more information, visit and

The Cab’s cabaret and talk-show Option Up! returns to Stage 773 on 1225 W. Belmont Avenue in Chicago on August 10. Tickets for the show featuring Aaron Benham and Christopher Pazdernik are available at 773-327-5252. For details, visit

LePercolateur will blend pop with gypsy jazz at 8 p.m. on August 15 at the Skokie Theatre on 7924 Lincoln Avenue in Skokie. “We are beyond excited to play such a great venue,” says bassist Stacy McMichael. “ The acoustics are superb, the setting is grand and you know lePercolateur will bring it!” For tickets ($25) visit For more information on the performers, visit

In honor of the second anniversary of Gorilla Tango Burlesque’s Batman parody, 18-and-over patrons will receive 10% off all tickets to the show in August, which performs every Saturday at midnight at Gorilla Tango Theatre Bucktown on 1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago. To take advantage of this deal, use the special code: batman2014 at or call 773-598-4549.

“Virtuosic and soul-baringly honest, Methtacular! is a play that audiences won’t soon forget,” says About Face Theatre Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff of the company’s new show produced in association with Justin Brill. Written and performed by Steven Strafford, the Chicago premiere of Methtacular! runs from August 21 to September 28 at Theater Wit on 1229 W. Belmont Avenue. “After playing to sold-out crowds and rave reviews in New York, Cincinnati and Portland, this unique piece of theater is finally coming home to Chicago where it was born and bred,” adds Volkoff. For tickets, visit or call 773-975-8150.

The Neo-Futurists and Salonathon are collaborating on Infiltration which connects Chicago’s fringe performance artists on Friday nights in August and September at the Neo-Futurarium on 5153 N. Ashland. For more information, visit

In conjunction with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago’s upcoming exhibition David Bowie Is, MCA Stage presents the 90-minute David Bowie Variety Hour featuring Chicago performers, dancers, and musicians (September 26-27) at 7:30 p.m. in the Edlis Neeson Theater, 220 East Chicago Avenue. Tickets ($10-$25) include museum access and are available at

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