5 things to do today: Tuesday, August 6
Shalom Chicago Discover the impact Jews had in shaping Chicago, from German Jewish immigrants in the 1840s to Maxwell Street's Eastern European Jews and beyond. Chicago History Museum. 9:30am–4:30pm. Included with admission.
ART & DESIGN
"Not About Bombs." Five Iraqi women artists offer fresh perspectives on the war on terror. National Veterans Art Museum. 10am–5pm.
The Second City's Improv Extravaganza Explosion! Those folks over at Second City are wise; by shining the spotlight on the little ones at this interactive family-friendly show, they're guaranteeing new generations of improv fans and conservatory students. You'll notice the kids at this ebullient outing are loving every minute of it. UP Comedy Club. 11am. $11.
"The War of 1812: Fighting for Their Homeland." Often overlooked, the War of 1812 was a seminal conflict that resulted in the stifling of Native Americans' attempts to protect their land from roaming Americans. (It also produced "The Star Spangled Banner," but that's neither here nor there.) Informative text panels relay the history of the conflict, and portraits of essential players provide important context. Mitchell Museum of the American Indian. 10am–5pm.
The Book of Mormon The key to this religious experience is its Creators: The show was begat by the holy triumvirate of Avenue Q’s Robert Lopez and South Park architects Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The accomplished score both celebrates and upends the American musical-theater tradition, just as the narrative mocks some strictures of organized religion even as it honors the transformative power of faith and religion’s community organizing. What’s maybe most astonishing about the new Chicago production is that its cast improves upon the original Broadway ensemble. Nic Rouleau finds a comic-dramatic grounding in Elder Price’s crisis of faith, but Ben Platt’s sneak-attack ninja take on the jittery Cunningham is the breakout star turn here. Bank of America Theatre. 7:30pm. $45–$115.