Chicago Events for Tuesday, April 20 in Art, Music, Theater, Improv and nearby dining.

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Staircase inside the MCA

Calling all contemporary art aficionados.
 It's free admission day at the Museum of Contemporary Art.  Stop by anytime between 10a.m. and 8p.m. to view the exhibits.  If you get hungry, the MCA offers two dining options in their Puck's eateries created by chef Wolfgang Puck.  One restaurant is a full-service dining destination with a seasonal luncheon menu that draws on Mediterranean and Asian influences.  When the weather is right, this Puck's  also offers an exceptional outdoor dining experience.  If you're in a hurry, there is an express Puck's counter where you can grab a quick bite and get back to the exhibits or work.  This evening the MCA is offering a special program--what they call their un-lecture series--"Cabinet of Curiosities," where you won't know what you get until you get it.  Caution: Tonight's presentation "Bad at Sports" is recommended for mature audiences. 6p.m. Inside Puck's.  220 E. Chicago Avenue. 

LET THE FESTS'  BEGIN.
Chicago Early Music Festival.
The Chicago Early Music Festival kicks off today with six days of musical performances from artists around the globe.
This Fest celebrates music of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras. Today's events include:  British recorder virtuoso Piers performing in a free event on the  Pritzker Pavilion stage in Millennium Park. 12:15p.m. www.ChicagoEarlyMusicFest.org. Special note:  Volcanic ash from Eyjafjalllajokull could keep some of the International acts grounded.

Chicago Improv Fest 2010.
Chicago's Improv Fest 2010 continues tonight with "One World on One Stage" and "International Jam"  featuring improvisers from eight countries at ComedySportz. Tickets, $10, 8p.m., 929 W. Belmont.  Please note:  Due to the Iceland volcano ash, some performers listed may not be able to attend. www.chicagoimprovfestival.org.

THEATER.
Hurry...One night only.
Tickets are still available for Remy Bumppo and LookingglassTheatre Company's one night only presentation of Speak Truth to Power: Voices From Beyond the Dark by Ariel Dorfman, based on the book by Kerry Kennedy, to benefit Human Rights Watch. This 70-minute play by the author of Death and the Maiden, was originally performed at the Kennedy Center in 2000 and subsequently aired on PBS as part of its "Great Performances" series. 7:30p.m.,  tonight, Lookingglass Theatre, Water Tower Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave., pay what you can to benefit the Human Rights Watch, at the door.  www.lookingglasstheatre.org, 312 337 0665.

Nearby Dining...you won't go hungry.
From the inexpensive food court at Water Tower Place (835 N. Michigan Avenue) to the endless dining establishments on and off of the Mag Mile--all within walking distance of Water Tower Works--there is pretty much something for everyone.  There's the Cheesecake Factory chain, just east of Lookingglass in the John Hancock building (875 N. Michigan Ave.) that features more than 200 menu selections made fresh from scratch daily and at very reasonable prices. Hop on the elevator and ride up 95 floors to the Signature Room on the 95th with a great view of the city, an excellent menu and prices less then you might expect.  Reservations; Phone: 312.787.9596.  Other nearby "Show Me Chicago" favs include: RL, 115 E. Chicago Ave. 312 475 1100; Bistro 110, 110 E. Pearson St., 312 266 3110; and Nomi, 800 N. Michigan, 312 239 4030--all fine dining establishments.

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