5 things to do today: Wednesday, October 2
ART & DESIGN
"A Study in Midwestern Appropriation" Michelle Grabner, co-curator of the 2014 Whitney Biennial, organized this group show about Midwestern artists' tendency to appropriate other artists' work, often in thoughtful, self-deprecating and humorous ways (instead of just carelessly ignoring notions of copyright). The exhibition features content-borrowing work by a solid lineup of artists from Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee and Minneapolis, in the form of sculptures, drawings, text-based work, photos and more. Hyde Park Art Center. 9am–8pm.
Comedians You Should Know This weekly night of comedy, curated by a group of funny dudes, puts local stand-ups on your radar. Timothy O'Toole's. 9pm. $10, advance $5.
"80 at 80" The Museum of Science and Industry's first opening happened way back during the 1933 Century of Progress World's Fair. Which means it's the beloved institution's 80th birthday, and to celebrate the MSI is displaying 80 rarely seen items from its extensive collection. Museum of Science and Industry. 9:30am–4pm. $15–$18, seniors $14–$17, kids ages 3–11 $10–$11, kids 2 and under free.
Sam Amidon Banjoist, violinist and singer Sam Amidon excels at subtly applying experimental aesthetics to folk-music practices. The warm-voiced singer (and husband of fellow musician Beth Orton) covers Tim McGraw's "My Old Friend" and Mariah Carey's "Shake it Off" on his latest release, Bright Sunny South, imbuing the contemporary songs with a traditional charm. Old Town School of Folk Music, Szold Hall. 9pm. $16–$18.
Best Musical! A Completely Improvised Musical Comedy Conceived by Second City veteran Matthew Loren Cohen, Porchlight Music Theatre's impressive improvised musical uses audience suggestions to create a new show from scratch every night. Following earlier runs at Stage 773, it hits the UP Comedy Club stage for a limited engagement. UP Comedy Club. 8pm. $20.