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The three things you need to know today: Mon, Apr 30

The three things you need to know today: Mon, Apr 30
Photograph: courtesy Carol Fox and Associates

1. One of Chicago’s finest youth-theater ensembles, Albany Park Theater Project, debuts its first new piece since 2016’s Learning Curve. Ofrenda, developed with playwright Isaac Gomez, uses real-life stories of people creating “home” where they can find it; it’s performed by a cast of 33 teens, primarily first- and second-generation immigrants. Tonight’s performance is at 7:30pm at the Laura Wiley Theater at Eugene Field Park; tickets are $18–$35.

2. This is the last week to experience the Dragon Lights Festival, a collection of enormous, colorful Chinese lanterns on display at Soldier Field. The exhibit opens at 5:30pm, and admission is $20.

3. See one of Chicago’s longest-running improv shows, The Armando Diaz Experience. It starts with a monologue inspired by an audience suggestion; then, the rest of the improv ensemble, made up of some of iO’s most accomplished players, engages in a series of scenes inspired by their story. The Armando takes place every Monday at 8pm at iO, and tickets are $12.

For more events, check in with Time Out throughout the day.

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