Chicago’s Best Readings, Festivals, Comedy, and Film Events in February

And here’s a bonus: The Chicago Auto Show gets going next weekend.

Lunar New Year 177   Photo: Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune

Comedy


Wayne Brady

2/28 at 8 Although he’s not known for his standup, the genial Whose Line Is It Anyway? performer tries the format on for size in his It’s My Line tour. $38.50–$58.50. Chicago Theatre, 175 N State. thechicagotheatre.com

Greg Fitzsimmons

2/7–8 at 8 and 10:30 Host of the podcast Fitzdog Radio and an Emmy winner for his work on The Ellen Degeneres Show, the friendly Irish American ponders the pros and cons of middle age. $22. UP Comedy Club, 230 W North. upcomedyclub.com

Festivals


FREE!

Lunar New Year Parade

2/2 at 1 Celebrate the Year of the Horse in the heart of Chinatown with dragon dances, a parade, and cheap eats. Wentworth & 24th. chicagochinatown.org

Film


Midwest Independent Film Festival

2/4–12/31 What do the charming dramedy Liberal Artss and the searing documentary Sole Survivors have in common? Both screened at this year-round festival, which shows indie films from the Midwest on the first Tuesday of every month. $10. Landmark Century Centre Cinema, 2828 N Clark. midwestfilm.com

CRITIC’S PICK

Alliance Française de Chicago

2/12 at 6:30 My Favorite French Film: Amour. Every month, the Alliance Française asks a prominent Chicagoan to select his or her favorite French film for the cultural institution to screen. For February, photojournalist Art Shay chooses Michael Haneke’s heartbreaking film Amour, about a long-married couple dealing with a debilitating stroke. $8. Alliance Française de Chicago, 810 N Dearborn. af-chicago.org

Readings & Lectures


Louder Than A Bomb

2/15–3/15 Watch some of the country’s finest young bards verbally spar in the nation’s oldest and largest slam poetry festival. $3–$20. Various times and venues. youngchicagoauthors.org

Seasonal


CHILD FRIENDLY

Disney on Ice: Let’s Celebrate!

Through 2/9 The kids will be eternally grateful for the opportunity to watch Mickey and Minnie do triple axels. $22–$77. United Center, 1901 W Madison. ticketmaster.com

Miscellaneous


Chicago Auto Show

2/8–17 Get your vehicular fix for the year at this sprawling showcase, which includes the most-fuel-efficient cars as well as conceptual models of the future. $12. McCormick Place, 2301 S Lakeshore. chicagoautoshow.com

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