5 things to do today: Monday, October 21
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.
The Second City's Improv All-Stars It's the same old improv games we've seen a hundred times before, but played to perfection by a whip-smart team of pros who manage to create laughs out of thin air and aren't afraid to go off-color when appropriate. The legendary Mick Napier directs (and it shows). UP Comedy Club. 8pm. $16.
French Classics Conserved Throughout October, eight films by French auteurs such as Truffaut, Renoir and Melville—ones previously unviewable through legitimate channels—will be shown in either new or archival 35mm prints or digital restorations. Gene Siskel Film Center. 6pm. $11 general admission, $7 students, $6 members.
GAY & LESBIAN
Chances Dances Accept no substitutes. This mega-inclusive party kicked off a renaissance in indie queer nightlife and is still thriving eight years later. Always free, always fun. Subterranean. 10pm.
Janelle Monae Space-soul diva Janelle Monáe returns to planet Earth with a new record, The Electric Lady. The LP features collaborations with R&B heavyweights like Prince, Erykah Badu, Solange and Miguel. The odds of the Purple One making an appearance are slim, but stranger things have happened (like that City Winery show he played this summer). Vic Theatre. 8pm. $30.