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By Justin Sondak in Arts & Entertainment on Dec 15, 2006 4:25PM

We can’t turn our backs for a minute without those creatives making all sorts of trouble. Good for them. Let’s catch up and find more excuses to get out of the house this winter:


scottsmith_1215.jpgrichiemarx_1215.jpgSchadenfreude holds their December Rent Party tonight, where Chicagoist editor Scott Smith will read his correspondence with Richard Marx. Will the mulleted 80s rocker show up? No, but he’ll be played by a special guest. The monthly showcase of local comic talent and new Schad material goes on hiatus after tonight; we’ll try not to get all sentimental.

Once again, the Chicago Sketchfest brings some much needed post-holiday laughter to the Theatre Building next month. This year’s lineup and a “Mini-mentary” about the comedy smorgasbord are up on the site.

This summer we introduced you to Chicago comedy blog The Bastion when they were but a wee glimpse in their founders’ eyes. Now they’re a trusted source of interviews and reportage, serving up a steady diet of funny YouTubes vying to demolish your afternoon productivity.

The 365 Chicago project continues this weekend at Bailiwick Rep. Next week, Serendipity Theatre Co. brings another 7 Suzan Lori-Parks short plays to life at Webster Wine Bar. Again, the full schedule is here.


spareroom_1215.jpgThe Spareroom arts collective raised their funds, moved to Grand Avenue, and changed their name to Locus. This weekend, they present new works by two modern dance companies: RTG Dance and Thread Meddle Outfit.

Chicago Tap Theatre presents a holiday favorite—Tidings of Tap. It’s a barrage of holiday favorites (and those overplayed hits you endure at the mall) set to fancy footwork. Hear and see the tappity-tap at UIC Theater this weekend.


Last week’s Artists at Work forum on artist residencies was fun. We know most of you missed it, but it’ll be rebroadcast on the Chicago Artists Resource website next week.

Massive Change has turned heads and provoked everything from our fervent praise to other critics’ disdain to audiences cocking their heads to the side and crying “meh???” Decide for yourself, the exhibit continues at the MCA through December 31.

The Bad At Sports Basecamp is over, but most of the big events were recorded and squished into BAS podcasts. Stream or download episodes 61, 63, & 65 to hear artists, curators and gallery owners poke holes in art world pretension.