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When Noah Haidle's Smokefall premiered at the Goodman Theatre last year, Reader critic Tony Adler called the production "ambitious," "goofy," and "very fine," and subsequently he gave it a nod in our Best of Chicago issue, deeming Mike Nussbaum's turn in the drama Best Performance by an 89-year-old (and One of the Better Ones by Anyone of Any Age). Exactly one year later, the show—with Nussbaum, now 90—returns, so you can see what all the fuss is about.
Austin natives Spray Paint's debut album was described by the Reader's Luca Cimarusti as, "equal parts lost in outer space, face down in the dirt, and rolling around in the gutter." The band has returned with their second album, Rodeo Songs, showcasing greater refinement and craftier lyrics that can be heard tonight at the Empty Bottle.
September is National Bourbon Heritage Month—what better way to celebrate than at Bourbon Fest? Over 50 varieties of bourbon from across the country will be available for tastings at Untitled Supper Club. Tasty appetizers will also be provided all night.
For more on these events and others, check out the Reader's daily Agenda page.