You've hustled and bustled for the past week buying the perfect gift for everyone, decorating the house, signing Christmas cards — it's hard out there for an elf this time of year. Take a break and do something for yourself tonight, but do something that also benefits others. Comic actor Bill Chott stages his Fifth Annual Christmas Jam improv show at 7 p.m. at Mad Art Gallery (2727 South Twelfth Street or www.theimprovtrick.com), an evening of made-up-on-the-spot fun imagineered by Chott and his pals from the Improv Trick, with a little help from friends and family who want to play along. All Chott asks in the way of admission is that you bring a canned good to donate to America's Second Harvest food bank. Of course, you can also bring more than one, and cash donations will also be accepted at the door — 'tis the season, so consider a combination of both options.
Thu., Dec. 23, 2010