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The Both
Is The Both—the name given to the new collaboration between Aimee Mann and Ted Leo—a duo or a band? This seems like a critical philosophical question, and the answer is: Can’t it be both? Although these once-and-future solo artists are the only mainstays of the project and do more than their share of harmonizing, there is an overwhelming sense that the rock is strong with these two, which makes it difficult to relegate their galvanizing joint music to a terminology historically reserved for gentler guy/girl verse swappers.
The Both
part of the Tomorrow Never Knows Festival
The Both
Is The Both—the name given to the new collaboration between Aimee Mann and Ted Leo—a duo or a band? This seems like a critical philosophical question, and the answer is: Can’t it be both? Although these once-and-future solo artists are the only mainstays of the project and do more than their share of harmonizing, there is an overwhelming sense that the rock is strong with these two, which makes it difficult to relegate their galvanizing joint music to a terminology historically reserved for gentler guy/girl verse swappers.
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Kishi Bashi String Quartet
Kishi Bashi is the pseudonym for violin virtuoso K Ishibashi. Having recorded, toured, and collaborated with diverse artists such as Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche, and of Montreal, Kishi Bashi released his first full-length album “151a” via Joyful Noise. Receiving high praise from Spin, Huffington Post, Stereogum, Paste, and many others – Kishi Bashi was also named NPR’s “Best New Artist Of The Year” in 2012.

http://www.kishibashi.com/
Kishi Bashi String Quartet
part of the Tomorrow Never Knows Festival
Kishi Bashi String Quartet
Kishi Bashi is the pseudonym for violin virtuoso K Ishibashi. Having recorded, toured, and collaborated with diverse artists such as Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche, and of Montreal, Kishi Bashi released his first full-length album “151a” via Joyful Noise. Receiving high praise from Spin, Huffington Post, Stereogum, Paste, and many others – Kishi Bashi was also named NPR’s “Best New Artist Of The Year” in 2012.

http://www.kishibashi.com/
TICKETS ON SALE THIS FRIDAY 12 NOON CST
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Main Stage
January 15th 2015
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Zola Jesus
For her 5th studio album, TAIGA, Nika relocated from central Los Angeles to Vashon Island in the Puget Sound, in effort to immerse herself in the natural world. Vashon is a densely-wooded enclave with no bridges connecting it to the mainland. The taiga is the world’s largest terrestrial biome; a wild boreal forest covering large portions of Russia, Canada, Eurasia, referred to as the Northwoods where it connects in North America. Nika grew up on several acres of land in the northwoods of Wisconsin. Her Russian ancestors extend the taiga’s bloodline throughout several generations and to some extent this land has genetically imprinted on her. She has always felt its pull. To Nika, the taiga represents boundlessness: no law, just survival – at once innocent and raw, embodying naivety from its purity, yet at its core unforgiving and savage.
Zola Jesus
part of the Tomorrow Never Knows Festival
Zola Jesus
For her 5th studio album, TAIGA, Nika relocated from central Los Angeles to Vashon Island in the Puget Sound, in effort to immerse herself in the natural world. Vashon is a densely-wooded enclave with no bridges connecting it to the mainland. The taiga is the world’s largest terrestrial biome; a wild boreal forest covering large portions of Russia, Canada, Eurasia, referred to as the Northwoods where it connects in North America. Nika grew up on several acres of land in the northwoods of Wisconsin. Her Russian ancestors extend the taiga’s bloodline throughout several generations and to some extent this land has genetically imprinted on her. She has always felt its pull. To Nika, the taiga represents boundlessness: no law, just survival – at once innocent and raw, embodying naivety from its purity, yet at its core unforgiving and savage.
TICKETS ON SALE THIS FRIDAY 12 NOON CST
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PHOX
PHOX is from Baraboo, WI, which is a place where kids often drink poisoned groundwater and become endowed mutants. The six best friends who make up the ensemble happen to be blessed with madness, illusions of grandeur, and the inability to do the same thing twice. They also play music.
PHOX
PART OF TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS FESTIVAL
PHOX
PHOX is from Baraboo, WI, which is a place where kids often drink poisoned groundwater and become endowed mutants. The six best friends who make up the ensemble happen to be blessed with madness, illusions of grandeur, and the inability to do the same thing twice. They also play music.
Tickets on Sale at noon on 12/5/2014
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01/17/2015
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Demetri Martin
Demetri Martin has had to reschedule his shows at the Athenaeum. All tickets will be honored for the new date January 24th and we will be sending new ticket confirmation emails by the first week of December! Please call the Box Office at 773.935.6875 with any questions or concerns.
AEG Live presents
Demetri Martin
Demetri Martin
Demetri Martin has had to reschedule his shows at the Athenaeum. All tickets will be honored for the new date January 24th and we will be sending new ticket confirmation emails by the first week of December! Please call the Box Office at 773.935.6875 with any questions or concerns.
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NEW DATE: January 24th 2015
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Inaside Youth Summit for the Arts
The Youth Summit for the Arts is an opportunity for youth to come together in a non-competitive setting to showcase their talent, heart, and passion in all arts areas.. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to GiGi’s Playhouse — an awareness and educational centers providing resources, specialized teaching, and support to individuals with Down Syndrome, their families, and the community.
Inaside Youth Summit for the Arts
Inaside Youth Summit for the Arts
The Youth Summit for the Arts is an opportunity for youth to come together in a non-competitive setting to showcase their talent, heart, and passion in all arts areas.. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to GiGi’s Playhouse — an awareness and educational centers providing resources, specialized teaching, and support to individuals with Down Syndrome, their families, and the community.
This all-ages performance lasts 2 hours with one 15-minute intermission.
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January 25, 2015
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Chuck Bartell’s DER HUMOR
Chuck Bartell performs his top-selling album “Der Humor”, an alphabetical accumulation of 150 very short jokes at his only scheduled North American show. Don’t miss Bartell, described as dark, wide-ranging, odd, varied, visual, clever, different, and very funny!
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Chuck Bartell’s DER HUMOR
Chuck Bartell’s DER HUMOR
Chuck Bartell performs his top-selling album “Der Humor”, an alphabetical accumulation of 150 very short jokes at his only scheduled North American show. Don’t miss Bartell, described as dark, wide-ranging, odd, varied, visual, clever, different, and very funny!
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Main Stage
January 31
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My 2nd Act: Survivor Stories from the Stage
My 2nd Act: Survivor Stories from the Stage
provides proof that a life-changing event like a cancer diagnosis doesn’t have to mean life no longer has value. Quite the contrary! <br><br>

The courageous Chicagoland women survivors featured in this inspiring production have taken their lives back after their life-changing diagnosis. While cancer may have drawn a line in the sand of their lives, they’re using their gifts of time and experience to give back to society for the greater good and changing the lives of others.

Be amused. Be moved. Just be there.<br><br>

Learn more at SurvivorsSecondAct.org.
My 2nd Act: Survivor Stories from the Stage
My 2nd Act: Survivor Stories from the Stage
My 2nd Act: Survivor Stories from the Stage
provides proof that a life-changing event like a cancer diagnosis doesn’t have to mean life no longer has value. Quite the contrary! <br><br>

The courageous Chicagoland women survivors featured in this inspiring production have taken their lives back after their life-changing diagnosis. While cancer may have drawn a line in the sand of their lives, they’re using their gifts of time and experience to give back to society for the greater good and changing the lives of others.

Be amused. Be moved. Just be there.<br><br>

Learn more at SurvivorsSecondAct.org.
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February 8, 2015
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DANCES FROM THE HEART 2015
A special Valentine’s Day performance featuring 13 dynamic acts including the best of Dance Chicago 2014 and newly curated acts, presenting an amazing array dance styles such as: aerial, tap, urban fusion, jazz, contemporary, stepping, Irish, Mexican folkloric, hip-hop, urban/performance art and more! Curated by John L. Schmitz
DANCE CHICAGO presents
DANCES FROM THE HEART 2015
DANCES FROM THE HEART 2015
A special Valentine’s Day performance featuring 13 dynamic acts including the best of Dance Chicago 2014 and newly curated acts, presenting an amazing array dance styles such as: aerial, tap, urban fusion, jazz, contemporary, stepping, Irish, Mexican folkloric, hip-hop, urban/performance art and more! Curated by John L. Schmitz
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Main Stage
February 14, 2015
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Chris Hardwick
Chris Hardwick –  stand-up comedian, chart-topping podcaster, television personality, contributor for
Wired magazine, and creative head of the multi-platform media behemoth Nerdist Industries.
including the Nerdist.com website. a premium YouTube channel (youtube.com/nerdist) with over 900K subscribers; 2.3M Twitter fans; and a podcast  network including the flagship Nerdist Podcast that averages 5M monthly downloads. Chris is also the face of AMC’s live after show Talking Dead, which discussed the highly-rated The Walking Dead. His top rated late-night show, @Midnight airs four nights a week on Comedy Central. Now see him LIVE right here at the Athenaeum!
Chris Hardwick
THE FUNCOMFORTABLE TOUR
Chris Hardwick
Chris Hardwick –  stand-up comedian, chart-topping podcaster, television personality, contributor for
Wired magazine, and creative head of the multi-platform media behemoth Nerdist Industries.
including the Nerdist.com website. a premium YouTube channel (youtube.com/nerdist) with over 900K subscribers; 2.3M Twitter fans; and a podcast  network including the flagship Nerdist Podcast that averages 5M monthly downloads. Chris is also the face of AMC’s live after show Talking Dead, which discussed the highly-rated The Walking Dead. His top rated late-night show, @Midnight airs four nights a week on Comedy Central. Now see him LIVE right here at the Athenaeum!
SECOND SHOW ADDED ON 2/27/14
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Friday February 27th 2015
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The Infinite Monkey Cage

The Infinite Monkey Cage is the award-winning BBC Radio comedy and science series recorded in front of a live theatre audience and hosted by physicist Professor Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince.

“Do you think you’re funny? Do you think you’re smart? Do you eat quantum physics with your Cheerios? Or reflect on the Space/Time/Continuum on the tread mill? Then this is the show for you! I know, I was a guest and these guys are beyond cool – and hysterical!”  — Sir Patrick Stewart.

Physicist Brian Cox and award comedian Robin Ince are the naughty but clever monkeys, guiding the discussion with guest scientists and comedians, but often going off in very unexpected directions — you never know where their exploration of the universe will end up, but wherever you land, it’s always somewhere interesting and thought provoking and very, very funny.


The Infinite Monkey Cage
The Infinite Monkey Cage

The Infinite Monkey Cage is the award-winning BBC Radio comedy and science series recorded in front of a live theatre audience and hosted by physicist Professor Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince.

“Do you think you’re funny? Do you think you’re smart? Do you eat quantum physics with your Cheerios? Or reflect on the Space/Time/Continuum on the tread mill? Then this is the show for you! I know, I was a guest and these guys are beyond cool – and hysterical!”  — Sir Patrick Stewart.

Physicist Brian Cox and award comedian Robin Ince are the naughty but clever monkeys, guiding the discussion with guest scientists and comedians, but often going off in very unexpected directions — you never know where their exploration of the universe will end up, but wherever you land, it’s always somewhere interesting and thought provoking and very, very funny.


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March 7th 2015
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Studio One
The Adventures of Tapman
Follow Tapman, Chicago’s premiere tap dancing superhero, through various episodes as he battles The MADD Tapper, The Invisible Tapman, and a host of other villains. Accompanying Tapman is the MADD Rhythms Jr. Squad under the direction of Bril Barrett. Directing The Adventures of Tapman is Lauren Girard of Bread and Roses Productions. The Adventures of Tapman features light-hearted, 60s-era comic book humor, elaborate projected special effects, and phenomenal tap dancing including the unique tap dance fighting style, Tap-Fu!
The Adventures of Tapman
The Adventures of Tapman
Follow Tapman, Chicago’s premiere tap dancing superhero, through various episodes as he battles The MADD Tapper, The Invisible Tapman, and a host of other villains. Accompanying Tapman is the MADD Rhythms Jr. Squad under the direction of Bril Barrett. Directing The Adventures of Tapman is Lauren Girard of Bread and Roses Productions. The Adventures of Tapman features light-hearted, 60s-era comic book humor, elaborate projected special effects, and phenomenal tap dancing including the unique tap dance fighting style, Tap-Fu!
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January 28th - February 8th
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Studio Two
Spinning Into Butter
When one of the few African American students at liberal Belmont College begins receiving hate mail, the campus erupts, first with shock, then with mutual recrimination as faculty and students alike try to prove their own tolerance by condemning one another.  At the center of this maelstrom is Sarah Daniels, the dean of students.  As the administration sponsors public “race forums” and the students start activist groups, Sarah is forced to explore her own feelings on racism.  Her self-examination leads to some surprising discoveries and painful insights, the consequences of which even she can’t predict. Due to strong language, this show is recommended for ages 13+.
Spinning Into Butter
Spinning Into Butter
When one of the few African American students at liberal Belmont College begins receiving hate mail, the campus erupts, first with shock, then with mutual recrimination as faculty and students alike try to prove their own tolerance by condemning one another.  At the center of this maelstrom is Sarah Daniels, the dean of students.  As the administration sponsors public “race forums” and the students start activist groups, Sarah is forced to explore her own feelings on racism.  Her self-examination leads to some surprising discoveries and painful insights, the consequences of which even she can’t predict. Due to strong language, this show is recommended for ages 13+.
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Jan. 9th - Feb. 8th 2015
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Really Really
In the hazy aftermath of a wild campus party, dawn breaks on what appears to be just another day in the undergrad carnival that revolves around a circle of friends.  But when morning-after gossip about privileged Davis and ambitious Leigh turns ugly, the veneer of loyalty and friendship is peeled back to reveal a vicious jungle of sexual politics, raw ambition, and class warfare where only the strong could possibly survive.
Interrobang Theatre Project presents the Midwest Premiere of
Really Really
Really Really
In the hazy aftermath of a wild campus party, dawn breaks on what appears to be just another day in the undergrad carnival that revolves around a circle of friends.  But when morning-after gossip about privileged Davis and ambitious Leigh turns ugly, the veneer of loyalty and friendship is peeled back to reveal a vicious jungle of sexual politics, raw ambition, and class warfare where only the strong could possibly survive.
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Studio Two
Feb. 13th - March 15th 2015
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Studio Three
The Revenants
During an uprising of the undead, two couples take refuge in the abandoned basement. Gary and Karen must decide what to do next as their spouses have already been infected and are starting to turn. As they complete their transformation, the question of whether or not they are still themselves becomes impossible to answer. As Gary and Karen come face to face with the true meaning of commitment, they must ask of each other: When does love die?
The Revenants
The Revenants
During an uprising of the undead, two couples take refuge in the abandoned basement. Gary and Karen must decide what to do next as their spouses have already been infected and are starting to turn. As they complete their transformation, the question of whether or not they are still themselves becomes impossible to answer. As Gary and Karen come face to face with the true meaning of commitment, they must ask of each other: When does love die?
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Studio Three
January 8 - February 22 2015
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Picture Imperfect
The story of a single mother, Mary and the impossibly conflicted decisions she must make. Abandoned, impoverished, and tormented by past mistakes, Mary battles an unforgiving system as it moves in painful, inexorable steps to take her beloved autistic son.



Picture Imperfect
Picture Imperfect
The story of a single mother, Mary and the impossibly conflicted decisions she must make. Abandoned, impoverished, and tormented by past mistakes, Mary battles an unforgiving system as it moves in painful, inexorable steps to take her beloved autistic son.



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Studio Three
Feb 26th - April 4th 2015
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