Photography: Ben Reed
THIS DOESN’T HAPPEN AT STATE SCHOOL
Just after sunset on May 12th, Manifest, a clamorous campus-wide sendoff for Columbia College seniors, climaxes with . . . a keg party? Campus streaking? Try instead a parade of costumed students led by a 20-foot puppet. The parade runs from the South Loop campus to Grant Park, where students will smash Mexican cascarones-or hand-painted eggshells filled with confetti. For more info, call 312-344-6642.
WHAT’S BETTER THAN A THEATRE WITH A BAR?
Theatre with a bar and an interactive crack-the-code device. Starting May 13th, audiences help solve the mystery in the House Theatre’s new show, The Boy Detective Fails, written by Chicago’s Joe Meno, at The Viaduct (3111 N. Western Ave.; 773-296-6024).
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Bach Week Festival
BACH TO THE FUTURE
“You know, they were born the same year-1685,” says coloratura soprano Elizabeth Norman, of Bach and Handel, whose arias she will perform May 12th as part of the Bach Week Festival at the Music Institute of Chicago (800-595-4849 or bachweek.org). The encyclopedic knowledge stems from the 30-something’s impressive vocal career, which has taken her around the world and back to Chicago’s South Side, where she grew up and now lives. “I started singing in church when I was five.”
When diners sample Alinea’s take on peanut butter and jelly-served in a contraption called the “Squid"-they marvel at the genius of chef Grant Achatz, who is up for a James Beard Award this month. However, a lesser-known name also deserves appreciation: that of Martin Kastner, the Czech-born designer who helped fashion the four-star spot’s odd utensils, soon available via his company, Crucial Detail ( http://www.crucialdetail.com/). Kastner connected with Achatz through Google in 2003: “Grant typed the word ‘designer,’ called 30 people, and only heard back from me.”