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Here Are The Top Five Things to Do in Chicago This Week

John Mulaney, Vanessa Bayer, Weird Al, and a lot more comedians are in town for the Second Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival.

DEAR JOHN See comedian John Mulaney this week.   Photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune

The Five

Don’t-miss picks for Wednesday, May 20 through May 26, 2015

1 The 2nd Annual 26th Comedy Festival

Comedy: The second edition of this fest from The Onion/The A.V. Club is a real doozy: Comedians John Mulaney, Kyle Kinane, and Eric Andre perform stand-up sets; Weird Al Yankovic presents a screening of his film UHF; and The Simpsons TV writers will be on hand to talk shop with Onion writers. Feast, comedy nerds, feast.
5/26–30. $8–$40. Various locations. 26comedy.com

2 Guts & Glory: Farewell Show

Readings: Catch the last show of this popular, gritty live lit series.
5/20 at 5:30. Free. Schubas Tavern, 3159 N. Southport. facebook.com/gutsandgloryshow

3 Third Coast Percussion

Music: The virtuosic quartet presents a concert of original Glenn Kotche (yep, as in Wilco’s drummer) compositions that rely on unorthodox instruments.
5/21–5/22. $10–$28. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago. mcachicago.org

4 Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Theater: AstonRep sets this Christopher Hampton’s adaptation of Frenchman Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’s twisted story of sex, power, manipulation, and mind games among decadent nobles in 20th century Russia. Charlie Marie McGrath directs.
5/21–6/1. $10–$20. AstonRep Theatre Company at Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark. astonrep.com

5 Intimism

Art: One of today’s most forward-thinking artists, Frances Stark, from Los Angeles, works with video and digital tools. This survey reveals her critical take on culture, leaving everything vulnerable, including herself.
Through 5/21–8/30. $18. Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan. artic.edu

What I’m Doing This Weekend

“What I’m Doing This Weekend” is taking a break, but will return next week. —Tomi Obaro

Freebie of the Week


Grown Folk Stories

Readings: Newbies and vets have five minutes to tell a story at this monthly open mic series, now in Hyde Park.
5/21 at 8. Free. The Silver Room, 1506 E. 53rd. thesilverroom.com/pages/grown-folks-stories

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