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Learn and watch burlesque at Stage 773 with a weekend full of shows and workshops at the Windy City Burlesque Fest. Performers traveled from Sweden, Australia, Italy, France, and Canada to participate. Register for classes ranging from advanced glitter techniques to DIY costuming on a budget, or just come to watch the performances. Tonight things kick off with an opening night party at the Lincoln Tap Room.
Plan for something different if you go see Carrie: The Musical at the Victory Gardens Theater this weekend. Stephen King's horror novel has been adapted into musical form and moved off Broadway. The choice to scale down the play has not reduced the performance, however; the Reader's Jack Helbig calls the show "impressive" and "strong across the board."
Wake up with Alex Wiley's energetic rap songs at Subterranean tonight. Local MC Wiley's latest mixtape Village Party spins out "smart raps with a powerful pop punch" writes the Reader's Leor Galil. The 21-year-old may sound frenzied, but if you stay with his lyrics, you can unpack some powerful thoughts.
For more on these events and others, check out the Reader's daily Agenda page.