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Puppets can do more than teach kids the alphabet and sing songs about sunshine. Nasty, Brutish, and Short reveals their darker side in a cabaret-style performance geared toward adults tonight at Links Hall. The innovative puppeteers behind the show are gearing up the city for January’s Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival.

Water Tower Place is honoring Ted “Dr. Seuss” Geisel with “Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!” The exhibit showcases rare work from the iconic author and illustrator as well as his own personal hat collection.

Drone-metal band Earth brings their slow, distorted jams to the Empty Bottle tonight. Monica Kendrick calls their recent album Primitive and Deadly the “most social record they’ve ever made” and writes, “it’s also their first album in 18 years to use vocals; Rabia Shaheen Qazi (Rose Windows) adds folk-rock glamour to ‘From the Zodiacal Light’ with her clear, high croon, and Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age) anchors ‘There Is a Serpent Coming’ and ‘Rooks Across the Gates’ with his leathery declamations.”

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