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Weekly Arts Roundup

By Justin Sondak in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 24, 2007 8:50PM

Batman flew off to Hong Kong. Here's what he'll be missing:

Coming up:

As we’ve mentioned, Kumail Nanjiani is a funny, funny man. Now he’s ditching us for New York. Send him off Thursday night at The Hideout, where he’ll pay tribute to Jonathan Messinger and his new book. It’s your last chance to see Kumail before he gets mega-famous or chewed up by the Gotham comedy scene.

The young performers at Thirteen Pocket Productions present the not-quite-true story of how The Bard wrote all those plays, The Completely Inaccurate And Adventurous Adventures Of Young William Shakespeare. The absolutely free show hits the Victory Gardens stage Wednesday night.

The new pH Training Center is an intimate (class sizes of 12 or less), low-cost ($150) alternative to IO and Second City. Their Level 1 class, pHUNDAMENTALS, begins Thursday night at Gill Park.

Looking back:

parking_2007_09.jpgPerformance art of sorts: Friday’s National Park(ing) Day was the day local urban space activists and volunteers transformed parking spaces into temporary “green spaces,” picnicing on the curb and engaging bewildered passersby in Bucktown, Boystown, and River North. Highlights on the Chicago Cacophony Society Flickr stream.

Hello Beautiful revisited the age-old question: “What’s art worth?” Sunday. Artist and micromentalist movement founder Patrick Welch stopped by to discuss how and why he’d sell work on a wage-based sliding scale.

Image via Alek S. on the Chicago Cacophony Flickr photostream.