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ELECTRONICA SHOWCASE
Are you a former jam-fan who's found life beyond Phish? Do you think music made with only guitars and drums is soooo last century? If so, this showcase of top electronic artists is for you. Headliners the Disco Biscuits have been creating their electro-jam fusions for years, and recently have begun to add elements of hip-hop to their serious grooves. RJD2 and Prefuse 73 know a thing or two about that genre; RJ's 2002 album, "Deadringer," is considered a modern classic for beatheads, and Prefuse's glitchy soundscapes have been rapped over by MCs like local standout Diverse. Show time is 8 p.m Saturday at the Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee. Tickets, $25. Call (773) 276-1235; www.congresschicago.com.

POLITICAL HUMOR
"Flock Around Barack" and "Monster Crash" are two of the songs the musical satirists the Capitol Steps will sing to usher in the new Obama administration through Sunday at the Centre East at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. The Capitol Steps, with topical skits featuring the likes of the Supreme Court singers (pictured), was formed in 1981 when three staffers of former Sen. Charles Percy (R-Ill.) got bit by the performing bug. Tickets are $46-$48. Call (847) 673-6300; www.centreeast.org.

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CAR CRAZY
Famous cars -- like the Batmobile from the 1960s "Batman" TV series and the original K.I.T.T. from "Knight Rider" -- will be a major draw at the 47th annual World of Wheels, today through Sunday at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore. Celebrities like George Barris, the "King of the Kustomizers," former Monkee Micky Dolenz and race-car driver Helio Castroneves also will be on hand, and 400 cool cars and motorcycles will be on display. A live auction will offer auto and music treasures. Admission is $16, $5 for children age 12 and younger. Call (248) 373-1700; www.autorama.com.

'PRISON' TIME ALMOST UP
All good things must end, and the revival of Co-Ed Prison Sluts, which was the campy inaugural production at the Annoyance Theater, 4830 N. Uptown, will only run through Feb. 27. The hilarious premise centers on men and women incarcerated for sex offenses. Shows are at 10 p.m. Fridays. Tickets for the show intended for mature audiences are $15. Call (773) 561-4665; www.annoyanceproductions.com.

HOT MAMAS
The Varietease Cabaret will feature more than 20 comedy and burlesque acts at 10:30 tonight at the Lakeshore Theater, 3175 N. Broadway. Red Hot Annie, the Honey Buns, Miss Tamale, Mae the Bellydancer and many more acts are on the bill. The Lusties will provide live music. Tickets are $15. Call (773) 472-3492; www.lakeshoretheater.com.

DEEP DISCOUNTING
Under the cover of darkness, for one night only, the Andersonville shopping district will offer incredible deals. From 6 to 10 tonight during Andersonville on Sale, the stores and restaurants of this trendy area, centered at Foster and Clark, will be discounting merchandise by as much as 70 percent. Call (773) 728-2995; www.andersonville.org.

SMITH ON THE ARTS
Playwright and actor Anna Deavere Smith (above) will speak about the artist's role in society at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Film Row Cinema at Columbia College, 1104 S. Wabash. Smith, who is perhaps best known for her innovative one-person shows, teaches theater at New York University. This event, part of the "Conversations in the Arts" series, is free and open to the public, but space is limited. For reservations, call (312) 369-6600; www.colum.edu/events.

WILLIAM CONGER
The abstract painter William Conger, a leading figure in Chicago's art scene, is enjoying his first major retrospective show at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. William Conger: Paintings 1958-2008, which brings together more than 60 of Conger's works, including the 1980 oil on canvas painting "Electra II" (above), opens Saturday and will run through March 29. A gala opening is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 30. The exhibit is free. Call (312) 744-6630; www.chicagoculturalcenter.org.

DON'T MISS IT:
The Spring Flower Show at the Lincoln Park Conservatory, 2391 N. Stockton, will begin Saturday and continue through May 10, with a changing selection of seasonal plants, both annuals and perennials. Some of the azaleas you'll see are reportedly descended directly from ones that bloomed at the 1893 Columbian Exposition. Free. Call (312) 742-7736; www.chicagoparkdistrict.com.

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