5 things to do today: Friday, August 9
Jon Charnis Los Angeles house producer Charnis takes soulful 4/4 to deep, deep, dubby depths—territory explored and staked by Underworld. "Prophecy," his 12" for Innervisions, is a thing of undulating, cycling beauty. Spy Bar. 10pm. $10.
Improvised Shakespeare Company Dare we share the bard's tale of comedy and tragedy? We wouldn't, but the men who make up this group of improvisers do each week, and they do it extremely well. You would be wise to check it out. iO Del Close Theater. 8pm, 10:30pm. $16.
Produce 2013 Lauren Warnecke’s third-year dance Mad Lib prompts participating artists, such as dancers and musicians, to collaborate using respective bits of original works, unpredictable themes and audience recommendations. It often yields many thought-provoking, surprising and oddball medleys of song and dance. At the very least, it’ll be something entirely original, guaranteed. Signal Ensemble Theatre. 7:30pm. $8.
Glamorama 2013 One of Chicago's biggest fashion events of the year always draws a stylish crowd. This year's performers, Sheryl Crow, Cirque du Soleil and the Summer Set, perform as models take to the runway wearing the latest from Maison Jules, Tommy Hilfiger, John Paul Gaultier, Diesel and Max Mara. The event benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. Afterward, teeter in your stilettos to the Rooftop Terrace at Millennium Park for an after-party. Harris Theater. 8pm. $75–$1,000.
The Birds Hell in a Handbag's stage parody of Alfred Hitchcock's film crosses re-enactment with cultural criticism (Camille Paglia appears as a character). First seen in 2001, David Cerda and Pauline Pang's work is staged in this remount by Cerda and Jeffery Shields. Hitchcock's own screen blonde, Tippi Hedren, makes an in-person appearance at a benefit performance September 7 ($150). Berger Park Cultural Center. 7:30pm. $19–$35.