The Bad News Bears, Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, and more things to do in Chicago this week

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That Lovin' Feelin' kicks off the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival on Tue 8/9. - JAMES A. ZIMMERMAN
  • James A. Zimmerman
  • That Lovin' Feelin' kicks off the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival on Tue 8/9.

There's plenty to do this week. Here's some of what we recommend:

Mon 8/8: Movie critic Nick Digilio and sports author Dan Epstein co-host a 40th anniversary screening of The Bad News Bears at the Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport Ave). 7 PM

Tue 8/9: Charlene Carruthers, director of Black Youth Project 100, curates a public literay and political discussion with Mychal Denzel Smith and Marc Lamont Hill at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore (5751 S. Woodlawn). Smith’s book, Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching, assesses the morphing paths for black male youth in America, and journalist Hill's Nobody evaluates current events illustrating national crises of classism and racism. 6 PM
Mychal Denzel Smith discusses his book Invisible Man on Tue 8/9. - DANIELLE A. SCRUGGS
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  • Mychal Denzel Smith discusses his book Invisible Man on Tue 8/9.

8/9-8/28: Sing along and learn the backstories of R&B legends the Righteous Brothers in That Lovin' Feelin', the first performance of this year's Chicago Musical Theatre Festival at Victory Gardens Theater (2433 N. Lincoln). Other shows include Flight, inspired by the story of Icarus, and Daphne's Sunset, which puts modern musical spin on the lustful myth of the nymph-turned-laurel. Tue-Fri 6 and 8:30 PM, Sat-Sun times vary

Wed 8/10: Smoked gouda mac 'n cheese, reuben strudel, foie gras and more line the menu of Taste of Andersonville's Dinner Crawl (N. Clark). Dawdling diners may choose between the "Pepper Route" or the "Salt Route," each offering an eclectic range of neighborhood culinary fare. 6-9 PM


Wed 8/10: Tour DePaul Art Museum's (935 W. Fullerton) exhibitions "Poor Traits" and "Eye Owe You!" with the museum’s director, Julie Rodrigues Widholm, and the artist herself, Barbara Rossi. Stick around for a screening of the documentary Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists, in which Rossi appears. 6 PM
Page by Karl Wirsum from The Portable Hairy Who. - COURTESY OF PENTIMENTI PRODUCTIONS
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  • Page by Karl Wirsum from The Portable Hairy Who.

Thu 8/11: Susan Messing's two-person improv show, Messing with a Friend, commemorates its tenth anniversary with a guest appearance from TJ Jagodowski. 10:30 PM
TJ Jagodowski and Susan Messing in Messing With a Friend. - COURTESY THE ANNOYANCE
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  • TJ Jagodowski and Susan Messing in Messing With a Friend.

Thu 8/11: Get a taste of urban farm-grown foods at the Advocates for Urban Agriculture’s Grown in Chicago. A fresh and sustainable all-you-can-eat dinner is provided by Big Delicious Planet (412 N. Wolcott), who were recently named the Greenest Caterer in America. See the greenery for yourself or speak with the growers who contributed to the dinner at this all-out farm-to-table event. 6-9 PM

For more stuff to do this week—and every day—check out our Agenda page.

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