Julie Delpy and Ethan hawke in Before Midnight. courtesy of sony classics.
“I’m going to see Before Midnight, and I cannot wait! Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy changed the romantic drama game permanently with Before Sunrise, and then did it again nine years later with Before Sunset. Before Midnight is the third movie in this series and it ditches the real-time conceit of the first two and tackles arguably the most difficult aspect of romance—what happens after the happy ending. My expectations are high. It’s gotten rave reviews so far, so I trust that it will be all I expect and more. I’ll also probably hit up Fashion in the Street, an outdoor fashion festival in the South Loop this weekend too. –Tomi Obaro, assistant editor
“I’m working at Joe’s Wine Cellar during Do Division, a Wicker Park street fest that spans 10 blocks on Division Street. The fest is happening right outside the store, so I’ll be able to catch some of the seven must-see shows from the patio when I’m not slinging wine or PBR to customers. —Trupti Rami, editorial intern
“I’m going to the Whisper Opera at the Museum of Contemporary Art. I’m a big fan of both ICE (international contemporary ensemble) and David Lang. Plus, the concept for this premiere sounds super cool. It’s not like a typical opera. There’s no narrative and the audience is up on the stage with the performers. Afterwards, I might grab a drink at NoMi because they have this amazing cocktail with tequila and jalapeno that I can’t resist.”—Elly Fishman, associate editor
“Tonight, I’m seeing Mary-Arrchie Theatre’s revisionist take on The Glass Menagerie, which is a remount at Theater Wit of the company’s successful production from late last year. It was the hot ticket when it first came out. My husband (my source for everything I know about theatre) tells me that the production leans heavily on the memory aspect of the play in its portrayal of Tom, the narrator, as a homeless man remembering his downfall. The show also apparently taps into Tennessee Williams’ expressionistic side. It should be a treat to see this radical revival, from one of America’s foremost stage poets.” — executive editor, Jennifer Tanaka
“On Saturday, I’ll be heading over to Northwestern’s annual Dillo Day in Evanston, an all-day music festival that is open to the public for the first time this year. Acts include psycho rapper Danny Brown, Lunice from the trap act TNGHT, and everyone’s favorite irrelevant ’90s band: Smash Mouth.” —Andrew Cho, editorial intern
For more weekend events, check out our Chicago Guide.