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The Moth GrandSlam storytelling show and more of the best things to do in Chicago this week

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A performer at The Moth's 2017 event in Chicago. The special GrandSlam storytelling competition takes place 2/28. - KEVIN PENCZAK
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  • A performer at The Moth's 2017 event in Chicago. The special GrandSlam storytelling competition takes place 2/28.

Hear from some pretty accomplished women (including one from the 1800s) at this week's events. Here's some of what we recommend:


Mon 2/26-Thu 3/1:
Don't let Tehran Taboo's animated style fool you—the gritty Ali Soozandeh film explores Iran's sexual underground, the hypocrisy of Islamic fundamentalism, and, as the Reader's J.R. Jones writes, "excels as social realism." In Persian with subtitles at Gene Siskel Film Center (164 N. State). Mon and Wed 6 PM, Tue 8 PM, Thu 8:15 PM, $6-$11

The animated Iranian drama Tehran Taboo screens at Gene Siskel Film Center 2/26-3/1.
  • The animated Iranian drama Tehran Taboo screens at Gene Siskel Film Center 2/26-3/1.
Mon 2/26: University of Chicago's Department of Visual Arts presents a talk at Logan Center for the Arts (915 E. 60th) with award-winning contemporary artist Bharti Kher, whose work involves painting, sculpture, and installation pieces. 6 PM, free

Tue 2/27: During The Hideout's (1354 W. Wabansia) show The Girl Talk: Women at Work Edition, three women—working for the hospitality industry, for the CTA, and at airports, respectively—share stories of their fight for equal treatment at work. 6:30 PM, $5

Wed 2/28: The Moth is the famous outlet where storytellers present personal tales that are funny, heartbreaking, or both. Competitors battle it out during The Chicago Moth GrandSlam XVII at The Athenaeum Theatre (2936 N. Southport) for the title of "GrandSlam champion." 8-10 PM, $27

Megan Wells performs at An Evening with Florence Nightingale on 3/1. - FACEBOOK
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  • Megan Wells performs at An Evening with Florence Nightingale on 3/1.

Thu 3/1:
Hear from one of the most famous social reformers of the 19th century, as actress Megan Wells performs An Evening with Florence Nightingale at the International Museum of Surgical Science (1524 North Lake Shore). Learn about the founder of modern nursing, with chances for photo ops and to read letters written by Nightingale herself. 6:30-8:30 PM, $15-$25

For more things to do this week—and every day—visit our Agenda page.



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