Carlin Performs Two Shows at Genesee Theatre

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Byline: Barbara Vitello

A stand-up whose comedy transcends eras, the legendary George Carlin headlines the Genesee Theatre tonight.

Carlin, who began his solo career in Chicago, gained notoriety for his "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television," courted controversy as a counter-culture hero and inspired a generation of comedians.

Carlin performs at 7 and 9:30 p.m. today at 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. Tickets range from $35 to $50. They're available at the box office, by phone at (312) 559-1212 or online at

Block party ends summer: Hideout favorites Devil in a Woodpile, Freakwater, Kelly Hogan, Nora O'Connor and Scott Ligon along with The Autumn Defense and Wilco's John Stirratt and Pat Sansone headline the first night of the popular club's annual block party/fund-raiser today at 1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago.

The party begins at 5 p.m.; music starts at 7 p.m. The $10 donation benefits Literacy Works.

The ninth annual end-of-summer blowout continues Saturday with progressive jazz players Fred Anderson and Nicole Mitchell joined by the afrobeat band NOMO, acclaimed local rockers The Redwalls, The M's, The Pony, the reunited power pop band The dB's, the Sam Roberts Band, Eleventh Dream Day and Kevin O'Donnell's Ensemble General.

The party begins at 2 p.m.; music starts at 3 p.m. The $10 donation benefits children's charities P.L.A.Y. and Tuesday's Child. See for a complete schedule.

Raise a glass for a good cause: Looking for something to do Thursday? Check out Avenue Tavern, Betty's Blue Star Lounge, The Buzz, Celebrity, Cherry Red, The Closet, Iggy's, Nick's Beer Garden, The Note, SmartBar, Spin, Victor Hotel or one of more than two dozen Chicago nightspots participating in a city-wide AIDS fund-raiser. …