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thumb_12faghag.jpg1, 2, 3...Fag! performs at IO Theater tonight.

Chicago Improv Festival
You've got several funny options to choose from tonight. The sentimentalist in us recommends "1 World on 1 Stage" (8 p.m. at ComedySportz Theatre; $12); though there's a good chance some of the international acts scheduled for this special event won't actually make it to the stage due to travel delays caused by that pesky Icelandic volcano, the ones that do deserve to perform to a packed house. If you prefer to support local acts, 1, 2, 3...Fag! brings together strong character work and a wacky, campy sense of humor at IO Theater (8 p.m.; $12). Visit Centerstage for the top picks of the week.

9 p.m. at Wild Hare; $25-$65
On his 1995 solo debut, "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx," the rapper continued a strong series of Wu-Tang Clan-related projects that essentially flipped hip-hop inside-out with blunted street philosophies, obscure martial arts references and bugged-out narratives. After a few less than impressive follow-ups, last year's long-awaited sequel was just what Raekwon needed. He'll be celebrating 420, a major contributor to his career -- and you can celebrate with him backstage while noshing on some chicken wings if you pay the $65 VIP price.

Whisky Throwdown
7 p.m. at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro; $10
If you didn't know, this week is Whisky Week in Chicago, culminating in Friday's Whiskyfest at the Hyatt Regency. Can't wait 'til then? Head to this North Center bar for this party filled with events like "Name That Dram" and "Whisky Bingo." Prizes include tickets to Whiskyfest and more.

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Thank you so much for this article. I'm one of the executive producers of the Windy City Burlesque festival, and one of the people bugging you with listings for it. You've hit spot-on what one of our big missions for this festival was... to let the good people of Chicago know what a vibrant, diverse community we have here with our burlesque performers. Vaudezilla, The Flaming Dames, Varitease, Michelle L'Amour and the group I co-produce, The Belmont Burlesque Revue have been putting on amazing shows for a lot of years, often without the general public know what we really do. You've seen it for yourself now... sure, there's some bad burlesque, but there's bad stand-up and bad theater and bad improv... that doesn't mean that Chicago doesn't have AMAZING stand-up, theater, improv, and, yes, burlesque.

We'd love to have you out to see our regular shows anytime you want.


Jack Midnight
Co-Executive Producer,
The Windy City Burlesque Fest
The Belmont Burlesque Revue

So happy you came to the show Sarah! I was the host to the show you came to and it makes me happy your burlesque dreams are reborn, your welcome to shake it ANYTIME on our stages! Aly Bockler

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