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Publishing ends this week, but the summer fun goes on and on…

July 29,30/ Fillet of Solo

If you are known to have a short attention span or just like to get the most bang for your buck, check out the Live Bait Theater’s 9th Annual Fillet of Solo Festival. The Solo Sampler, held Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m. and continuing for the next two weekends, gives you the chance to see eight veteran and/or fresh-faced performers take ten minutes each to address any of a wide range of topics. The best part is, if you go Thursday to the 9 p.m. preview, you only have to “pay what you can” to get in. The “Bucket” Space, 3914 N. Clark St. $10 (non-preview).

July 30/ Opening of ‘Look Back In Anger’

This play’s title inevitable gets Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back In Anger” stuck in my head. But don’t let that confuse you: This play is more mad than melancholy. This update of John Osborne’s important drama looks to introduce a new generation to the 1956 play that brought the persona of “angry young man” into public awareness. Presented by the Rogue Theater Company in the Breadline Lab Space, 1801 W. Byron. 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday through Sept. 4. $10, $7 for students and seniors.

July 31/ Grant Park’s Venetian Night

I bet you always have wondered what scores from movies such as “The Pink Panther,” “Casablanca,” “Bridge On The River Kwai” and “Star Wars” would sound like played by an orchestra. Well why not? I can think of plenty of things worse than sitting under a clear sky with a view of Chicago’s skyline listening to live music. 6:30 p.m. Free.

Aug. 3/ MCA Farmers Market

Sure you could go to Evanston’s own Farmers Market — but that would require getting up around 8 a.m. on a Saturday. Sound less than appealing? That’s what I thought. So instead why not take a leisurely trip down to the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave., between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. to check out the fresh produce and flowers … and maybe even the museum’s new exhibit on the intersection of fashion and art, “Skin Tight: The Sensibility of the Flesh.” At the plaza in front of the museum. Free.

Aug. 3-5/ Tap Slams

As part of its annual festival honoring tap and percussive dance, the Chicago Human Rhythm Project offers its own version of “American Idol” — Tap Slams. Each night 10 group or individual participants will shuffle, snap and step-ball-change their hearts out for a shot at the evening’s entry fees. And the sound of all those clicking heels has to be less abrasive than Ryan Seacrest’s highlights or Simon Cowell’s comments. The Theater and Interpretation Center. 7 p.m. $5, payable at the door.

–Scene Staff