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The three best things to do today in Chicago

Written by
Sara Freund

1. Rock out with a reunited indie band

To celebrate the release of a book honoring Empty Bottle’s history as a music venue, the Ponys reunite for the first time since 2010. The '90s garage rockers the Goblins and local duo Earring will open the show. (Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave, 9pm. $20)

2. See a play inspired by the classics

This parody mash-up of several great pieces of 20th-century American drama is not to be missed. Those who know the classics will indeed be entertained. (Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct, 7:30pm. $35–$80)

3. Get physical

The third annual festival of physical theater features performances from groups from all over the world. Get ready for a night of new forms of theater that focus on contemporary, visual and physical techniques. (Stage 773, 1225 W Belmont Ave, 7pm. $45–$60 festival pass, $12–$18)

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