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30 Bands, 60 Minutes

By Rachelle Bowden in Arts & Entertainment on May 27, 2004 11:51AM

30 Bands, 60 MinutesOne of the best weekend activities in Chicago is watching experimental theatre troupe the Neo-Futurists perform their weekly, ever-evolving show Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. With the help of some raucous (read: drunken) audience participation, they miraculously put on 30 plays – comedic, political, and dramatic sketches of varying lengths – in 60 minutes. These crazy geniuses even determine your admission price based on the roll of a die and order pizza for audiences at sold-out shows. For good reason, it’s Chicago’s longest running theatre tradition. (Late Night Catechism be damned.)

The group celebrates their 16th anniversary tonight at Metro with a musical equivalent of their stage show, somehow squeezing 30 musical acts into a one-hour set. And though Chicagoist can only vouch a few of the bands appearing – art-rockers El Guapo among them – the event promises a night of manic fun. The Neo-Futurists themselves will be on hand to perform before the musical insanity begins. Get your tickets – with a price unfortunately determined by Ticketmaster and not a die – and help these local mainstays raise some much-deserved money.