5 things to do today: Tuesday, May 14
Tuesday Night Thing The Annoyance assembles an explosive amount of talent for this new weekly improv showcase. Performers include Tom Blandford, Bill Boehler, Chris Day, Nancy Friedrich, Beau Golwitzer, Noah Gregoropoulos, TJ Jagodowski, Jared Larsen, Beth Melewski, Linda Orr, Mark Piebenga, Jim Scheidhauer, Rebecca Sohn and Rich Sohn. Annoyance Theatre. 9:30pm. $8.
Cremaster 1 + Cremaster 2 Dir. Matthew Barney. Barney's five-part, six-and-a-half-hour film cycle is about, among other things, gender, the nature of creativity and the amazing versatility of Vaseline. Shot out of sequence (4, 1, 5, 2, 3) over ten years, the cycle has been compared to everything from Star Wars to Wagner. Barney has called the Cremaster cycle a "narrative sculpture," so watch them in any order and look for visual motifs. In 2 (1999, 79 mins) Barney uses the Columbia Icefields (a glacier in the Canadian Rockies) as a piece of sculpture or character in the film, and its creamy, textured surface resonates with the molten Vaseline that Richard Serra scoops and splatters in 3 (2002, 182 mins). In 5 (1997, 55 mins), the rising white doves tethered with ribbons to Barney's testicles (in one of his many guises) chime with the Y-shape of American football goalposts in 1 (1996, 40 mins). Gene Siskel Film Center. 8pm. $11, $7 students, $6 members, $4 students and faculty of the School of the Art Institute, and staff of the Art Institute.
GAY & LESBIAN
Off Chances If you like your gays in skinny jeans, queer heaven awaits at this offshoot of Chances Dances, with the same inclusive spirit as its sib but a more conversational vibe. Danny's Tavern. 9pm.
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper + Xenia Rubinos Not nearly as batshit as the name would let on, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper brings to mind Andrew Bird (the fiddle-flecked art Americana) and Regina Spektor (the crisp vocal bits). Xenia Rubinos executes breathy vocal acrobatics over electric-jolts keyboard and the monster drums of Marco Buccelli on the new Magic Trix. Quirky and cool women in abundance. Schubas. May 14 at 8pm. $10.
Fight Girl Battle World Qui Nguyen's She Kills Monsters, about a woman working through her younger sister's death by playing the RPG module she wrote, was the breakout hit of this year's Garage Rep at Steppenwolf. Now InFusion Theatre Company stages another of Nguyen's poptastic plays, a sci-fi comedy about the last human woman in the galaxy. Theater Wit. 8pm. $25, students and seniors $15.