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Chicago Community Jail Support, the volunteer mutual aid network that supports people recently released from Cook County Jail, hosts two teach-ins and volunteer training sessions on Zoom this month to guide people in how to lend a hand in meeting the needs of those who are recently incarcerated. Learn skills like setting up and breaking down a support campaign outside a prison and securing rides or housing for prisoners upon their release. This is information you can teach others, and it’s applicable to all jails, not just Cook County ones. The first teach-in is today at 6 PM, and the next opportunity to learn is Sat 8/6 at noon. Register here to receive the Zoom link. (MC)

If you’re not already thoroughly benumbed by political ads—or if you really want to know more about who is to blame for those ads—TimeLine Theatre has got a show for you! While they’re building their new space in Uptown, TimeLine returns to their longtime home in Lakeview (615 W. Wellington) for the world premiere of Campaigns, Inc., company member Will Allan’s political/historical dark comedy about Leone Baxter and Clem Whitaker, the married couple who pioneered much of what we now take for granted in political consulting and marketing. They harnessed their dark arts for the purpose of defeating Upton Sinclair (author of The Jungle) in his bid to become the first Democratic governor of California—a race the socialist Sinclair seemed certain to win until Baxter and Whitaker unleashed a smear campaign that included taking quotes out of context from his novels. And of course those smears found a warm welcome in the pages of Harry Chandler’s Los Angeles Times and various publications owned by tycoon William Randolph Hearst. (Thank GOD such chicanery and right-wing media propaganda is behind us, right?) The show opens in previews tonight at 7:30 PM and runs Wed-Sun through 9/18; Nick Bowling directs. Tickets are $25 for previews; after the official opening on 8/10, the price range is $42-$57, with various discounts available for students as well as military personnel, veterans, first responders, and their families. Call 773-281-8463 ext. 6 or visit for more information and reservations. (KR)

Comfort Station (2579 N. Milwaukee) presents an outdoor screening (weather permitting) tonight as part of their Silent Films and Loud Music series. The 1926 film The Bat (directed by Roland West) presents an array of stars of the time dealing with a giant bat (who is actually a masked criminal in costume) terrorizing their rental house–sounds like someone’s getting a terrible rating on Airbnb. The silent mystery/comedy will be accompanied live by Ryan Norris and his musical ensemble Coupler. The free event starts at 8 PM. (SCJ)

Music recommendations for those looking to hear good sounds tonight: contributor Shannon Nico Shreibak wrote about indie chanteuse Cat Power, who visits Thalia Hall (1807 S. Allport) tonight. Arsun opens, and the show starts at 8:30 PM. Advance tickets are available at Eventbrite for those 17 and older. And Reader contributor Monica Kendrick makes a case for you to check out Lilac, which she deems “essentially a Chicago supergroup of musicians who’ve done time in underrated bands.” Postpunk from Wailin Storms and rockers the Poison Arrows are also on the bill for this 8:30 PM Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western) show. Advance tickets are also available at Eventbrite. (SCJ)