Something fierce this way comes: Hedwig and the Angry Inch rocks American Theater Company.
Something fierce this way comes: Hedwig and the Angry Inch rocks American Theater Company.


Don’t-miss events for Wed 04.08.09 through Tue 04.14.09


farrago  Schadenfreude Rent Parties*
Help this local comedy troupe pay its rent without blowing yours. Schadenfreude brings its spring series back for a five-week run stocked with guest performers, free bar food, and $2.50 Leinies on tap.
GO: 9 p.m. Fri thru May 8. $10. Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N Oakley.


concerts  Dr. Dog
Missed your chance for Andrew Bird’s sold-out shows at the Civic? Give this Philly band a go. On its new album, Fate, Dr. Dog re-envisions late-era Beatles through the prism of low-fi indie rock, adding off-kilter twists and ramshackle turns to Let It Be–indebted piano and Abbey Road–style harmonies.
GO: Apr 10 at 8:30. $15. Double Door, 1572 N Milwaukee Ave.


theatre  Hedwig and the Angry Inch*
As far as transgender superheroes go, Lou Reed only nicked the surface. This musical, the saga of an East Berlin boy–turned–Kansas trailer park pop princess, cuts much deeper. A late-breaker in ATC’s schedule—and one we couldn’t be more jazzed about.
GO: Apr 9–May 17. $35-$40. American Theater Company, 1909 W Byron St.


theatre  A Chorus Line
And on the other end of the production-value spectrum: This doozy of a blockbuster musical, still one singular sensation an astounding 34 years later.
GO: Apr 14–May 3. $18-$85. Oriental Theatre, Ford Center for the Performing Arts, 24 W Randolph St.


musuems  Gettysburg Address*
Way cooler than reading it in a textbook: Pint-size and adult history buffs alike can ooh and ah over one of only five existing handwritten copies of this speech, part of the museum’s year-long Lincoln bicentennial festivities.
GO: Thru May 3. Free-$14. Chicago History Museum, 1601 N Clark St.


farrago  Sandra Cisneros*
Reliving junior high? Painful. Reliving the first time you read The House on Mango Street, the reading-list staple that celebrates its 25th anniversary this year? Sublime. Hear the one-time Chicagoan and much-decorated writer Cisneros discuss her career.
GO: Apr 14 at 6. Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S State St.


Speaking of rent payments, read Schadenfreude’s advice on how not to land a new job … Get schooled in Hedwig’s R-rated theory on the origin of love, from the 2001 film … Abe or Bigfoot? See the only known photo of Lincoln at Gettysburg … In 2007, we named The House on Mango Street one of ten quintessential Chicago novels; read why


PHOTOGRAPH: Michael Brosilow