Video games, dance shows, a parody of high school movies like Heathers—there are plenty of events this week. Here’s some of what we recommend:
Mon 3/26: Lesser-known women like Charlene Mitchell or Kittie Smith (alias “Armless Dynamo”) receive the spotlight at Badass Women of Chicago History at Den Theatre (1331 N. Milwaukee). Comedians, storytellers, and historians share tales of unsung Windy City heroines. A portion of ticket sales go to the Chicago Women’s Health Center. 7-8:15 PM, $10 in advance, $15 at the door
Mon 3/26 and Thu 3/29: Finally! The classic film Heathers receives a Roman retelling. Hot Pink, or Ready to Blow combines the campy fun of 80s high school comedies and the joy of copious amounts of lava. The show, at Den Theatre (1331 N. Milwaukee), is set in the town of New Pompeii, where each year a virgin girl is sacrificed to a volcano to prevent it from erupting. But when this year’s offering proves inadequate (turns out she couldn’t resist her “hunger for sweet, sweet peen”), three friends devise a plan to avoid getting sacrificed. 7:30 PM, $25
Tue 3/27: Throughout April, Chicago Dance Month hosts 60 to 80 dance events throughout the city, beginning with the Kickoff Celebration in Preston Bradley Hall at Chicago Cultural Center (77 E. Randolph). Enjoy performances by companies like Natya Dance Theatre, Deeply Rooted, Cerque Rivera, and more. 4:30-5:30 PM, free
Wed 3/28: VGA Gallery’s (2418 W. Bloomingdale) Gun Ballet exhibition examines violence in video games through an artistic lens, showing how game designers use different aesthetic styles of violence to tell a story. Wed 5-8 PM, free
Thu 3/29: Join the International Museum of Surgical Science for its Candlelit Historic Mansion Tour of the Countiss Residence (1524 N. Lake Shore) mansion. Equal parts elegant and morbid, the tour shows off the space’s architecture, the lives of its original occupants, and highlights from the IMSS’s permanent collection. A complimentary reception follows. 5:30-8 PM, $25
For more things to do this week—and every day—visit our Agenda page.