Odds N Friends, A History of Everything, and other arty stuff to do this weekend

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A History of Everything
Today marks my last blog post on the Bleader. I'll still be working in Chicago and writing about the art scene; you can find me on Twitter.

In the meantime, here are some arty things to do this weekend. Thanks for reading.

"The Tipping Point of Me and We"

The Contemporary Arts Council asks artists and writers to consider "what they are seeing, living and experiencing in the tumultuous moments of the present human experience" in "The Tipping Point of Me and We," which opens tonight. The show is curated by Tempestt Hazel—founder of the website Sixty Inches From Center—and participating artists are Michael Dinges, EJ Hill, Honey Pot Performance, Peter Kepha, Nicolas Lampert and Paul Kjelland, Kenrick Mcfarlane, Mark Moleski, Sarah Ross, South Side Projections, and Jabari Zuberi.

Fri 6/1, 5-8 PM, Little Black Pearl, 1060 E. 47th

A History of Everything

A History of Everything is an entire play of exposition. And amazingly, it works. A History is a 100-minute play by the Belgian experimental theater company Ontroerend Goed that compresses millions of years into a one-act play. The play moves backward through time beginning with today (literally, the play begins with a smattering of daily news events) and ending with the Big Bang. Although it begins in a gimmicky style, the show falls into a wonderful rhythm and presents a beautiful and poignant interpretation of human history. Tony Adler reviews it here.

Through 6/3: Tue-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 3 and 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM, $35-$45

Odds N Friends variety show

On the first Monday of every month, the team behind the website Everything is Terrible and Chicago puppeteer Davey K. bring an hour-long vaudeville act to the Hungry Brain. The multimedia performances are a mix of puppets, videos, art, and dance. Odds N Friends is a completely weird endeavor and a wonderful celebration of the obscure—who better to man the ship than the guys who gifted the Internet with the cat massage video? Oh, and they’ve been known to bring giant alligator puppets. Need I say more?

Mon 6/4, 10 PM, Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont, $5 suggested donation

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