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60 Things to Do in Chicago in May

Beer Under Glass in the Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago’s finest food trucks at Lincoln Park Zoo, Macbeth at Chicago Shakes, and more.

'American Animals'
American Animals, part of the Chicago Critics Film Festival Photo: Courtesy of Film4 Productions/RAW
Through June 24
Theater

Macbeth

Near North Side

Witches, ghosts, daggers that float in midair, blood that just will not wash off—the supernatural elements of Shakespeare’s Scottish play are uniquely suited to the talents of Teller of Penn and Teller and cohort Aaron Posner. If their track record at Chicago Shakes is any indication (2015’s mind-blowing Tempest), murder in medieval Scotland should be enchanting.

Details:Chicago Shakespeare Theater. $48–$88. chicagoshakes.com

May 2
R&B

Jorja Smith

Pilsen

Smith may be best known for her appearances on Drake songs and the Black Panther soundtrack, but the British R&B singer is formidable enough to stand on her own. Her 2016 EP, Project 11, is a beautiful, sensual release that channels Amy Winehouse’s full-throated singing and Rihanna’s charisma.

Details:Thalia Hall. 7 p.m. Sold out; see resellers.

May 3
Pop

Hayley Kiyoko

Loop

“I will be that person that I was afraid to be,” Kiyoko told BuzzFeed earlier this year. Nicknamed “Lesbian Jesus” by her fervent and devoted fans, the 27-year-old recently released Expectations, her debut album, which largely explores what it means to be a queer young woman. After years of false starts, misguided girl groups, and childhood acting on such channels as Nickelodeon, Kiyoko has finally come into her own as a loud, proud, and one-of-a-kind artist unafraid to challenge our ideas of what a pop star should look and sound like.

Details:House of Blues. 5:30 p.m. $42–$62. livenation.com

May 3
Rock

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Lake View

In the early days of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, the “unknown” part of the name was fitting: It began as the bedroom recording project of New Zealand guitarist Ruban Nielson, who anonymously released funky, psychedelic songs online in 2010. Since then, Nielson has established himself as one of the most distinct guitarists of his generation, crafting kaleidoscopic riffs that move nimbly across genres—something like what Frank Zappa might have produced in a hypothetical R&B phase. Expect danceable jams that don’t skimp on technique.

Details:Vic Theatre. 8 p.m. $28. ticketfly.com

May 3–4
Dance

Winifred Haun & Dancers

Lake View

In 2017, choreographer Haun and Australian circus artist Emma Serjeant developed Trashed, which combined modern dance and circus arts in a piece that used trash as a metaphor for a cluttered and chaotic world. The work was previously performed at Aloft Circus Arts, and Haun now revives it for the cozy Hamlin Park Theater and shares the bill with the New York–based company BodyStories, led by critically acclaimed choreographer Teresa Fellion.

Details:Hamlin Park Theater. $25. brownpapertickets.com

May 3–26
Theater

Columbinus

Lincoln Park

The Yard, a local youth theater project that grew out of a program at Senn High School in Edgewater, makes the leap to Steppenwolf’s stage for a production of Columbinus, the United States Theatre Project’s play that mixes original writing with reported material from people who experienced the Columbine High School shooting firsthand. See “The Yard Tackles High School Shootings on Stage.”

Details:Steppenwolf Theatre. $15–$25. steppenwolf.org

May 4
Design

SAIC Fashion

Loop

The season’s premier fashion show features up-and-coming designers from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. But here the clothes are more like conceptual art statements about the times we live in. If you can’t score an invite to the exclusive evening runway show, featuring senior-year student work, select couture garments in the sophomore- and junior-year programs will be exhibited beforehand.

Details:Venue Six10. 9 a.m. Free. saic.edu

May 4–6
Dance

Emily Stein

Albany Park

A world-class teacher, Stein continues her investigation of ballet imagery, traditions, and technique, remixed for the modern-day dancer. In the fifth installment of her concert series, Secret Experiments in Ballet #5: The Godmothers, she draws specifically from the Fairy Godmother character in the 1890 ballet Sleeping Beauty and radically retools the original choreography.

Details:Dovetail Studios. 7:30 p.m. $15–$20. emilysteindance.com

May 4–10
Film

Chicago Critics Film Festival

Lake View

Entering its sixth year, Chicago’s most underrated film festival has brought tomorrow’s indie darlings to the hallowed halls of the Music Box. The flicks in this fest have yet to see wide release, but most eventually will. The meta–heist thriller American Animals and true-crime docudrama Forever ‘B’ look especially promising.

Details:Music Box Theatre. $12–$150. chicagocriticsfilmfestival.com

Francesco Pergolesi's '21-12'
Francesco Pergolesi’s 21-12 Photo: Courtesy the artist and Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago
May 4–July 7
Art

Francesco Pergolesi

Near North Side

For his Tableaux series, the Italian photographer focuses his lens on the worktables of craftsmen, from a watchmaker to a dollmaker to a framer. Each composition reflects on each profession’s creative labor, a meditation on the textures of hard work.

Details:Catherine Edelman Gallery. Free. edelmangallery.com

May 4–Aug. 15
Art

Ivan Albright

Loop

For “Flesh: Ivan Albright at the Art Institute of Chicago,” the museum unearths its collection of artworks by the Chicago painter, who died in 1983 and was famous for his dark and grotesque portraits. See “Ivan Albright’s ‘Seductive and Repellent’ Art Draws Viewers In.”

Details:Art Institute of Chicago. $25; $20 for Chicago residents. artic.edu

May 5
Dance

Ballet Chicago

Loop

The company’s exceptional preprofessional dancers take on an ambitious mainstage program with three pieces spanning three generations: George Balanchine’s one-act Swan Lake (1951), a condensed revival of founder Daniel Duell’s Hansel and Gretel (1994), and a new work by resident choreographer Ted Seymour.

Details:Harris Theater. 2 and 7:30 p.m. $35–$50. harristheaterchicago.org

Polish Constitution Day Parade
Polish Constitution Day Parade Photo: Anthony Souffle/Chicago Tribune
May 5
Parade

Polish Constitution Day Parade

Loop

On May 3, 1791, Poland became the first European country to forge a constitutional democracy. And naturally, Chicago puts on an annual parade to honor this. Expect more Polish pride—not to mention floats and festivities—than you can shake a kielbasa at.

Details:Columbus from Balbo to Monroe. 11:30 a.m. Free. cityofchicago.org

May 5
New Music

William Ferris Chorale

Lake View

Continuing its legacy as a champion of mellifluous yet utterly modern new choral music, this chamber choir presents a program called A Stiller Day: Songs of War and Peace under guest conductor Carling FitzSimmons (longtime director Paul French left at the end of 2016). Selections include work by local compositional butterfly Stacy Garrop and a new commission by the Minnesota composer Victoria Malawey.

Details:Our Lady of Mount Carmel. 7 p.m. $25–$30. williamferrischorale.org

May 5–June 10
Theater

Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years

Loop

When Sarah Louise Delany (1889–1999) and Annie Elizabeth Delany (1891–1995) died, they left behind a glorious and richly detailed oral history. Having Our Say pulls from their life stories, following the sisters’ remarkable, century-spanning lives. Chuck Smith directs.

Details:Goodman Theatre. $35–$65. goodmantheatre.org

May 7–Aug. 5
Art

Tang Chang

Hyde Park

Little known outside his home country of Thailand, Chang, who died in 1990, was one of his nation’s first modern painters, ditching traditional brushes and easels for explosive abstract compositions, often made directly with his hands. This solo exhibition of his work, the first outside Thailand, brings together many rare objects, including his experimental poems, now translated.

Details:Smart Museum of Art. Free. smartmuseum.uchicago.edu

May 8
Rock

Melkbelly

Lake View

This hard-hitting Chicago group’s critically acclaimed debut album, Nothing Valley, is filled with frantic yelps and frenetic percussion. Catch them now, before their appearance at this summer’s Pitchfork Music Festival, after which tickets for their shows will be harder to come by.

Details:Vic Theatre. 8 p.m. $35–$45. ticketfly.com

May 9
Rock

Alice Glass

Near West Side

“People who put themselves out there, no matter the genre, inspire me,” said Glass, the former lead singer of the synth-rock group Crystal Castles, in a recent story in Interview magazine. In 2017, the musician opened up to fans about her traumatic experiences with her ex-partner and bandmate in response to the growing #MeToo movement. For Glass, her vulnerability and personal growth power the music on her self-titled EP, released last year.

Details:Bottom Lounge. 9 p.m. $20. ticketweb.com

May 10–11
Dance

Chicago Moving Company

Lake View

CMC’s annual Dance Shelter highlights new and reimagined works by this year’s artists in residence, Rachel Bunting and Ayako Kato, and guest choreographer Emma Draves. In Draves’s Transpennie, company members dance in the nooks and crannies of the Hamlin Park field house in a delightful demonstration of the choreographer’s winding, lyrical style.

Details:Hamlin Park Theater. $12-$15. chicagomovingcompany.org

May 10–June 10
Theater

The Originalist

Hyde Park

Can a lesbian law clerk working for an ultraconservative Supreme Court justice manage to keep her job without muting her outspoken beliefs? That’s the setup for John Strand’s judicious dramedy, which pits an ambitious young woman against the staunchly right-leaning Antonin Scalia.

Details:Court Theatre. $41–$71. courttheatre.org

May 11
New Music

Bing & Ruth

North Center

New York composer David Moore’s ambient modern classical ensemble makes music that could fit as comfortably in symphony halls as in art galleries or small venues. Though Bing & Ruth’s material is often described as “droning,” the work is more delicate and approachable than that label implies.

Details:Constellation. 7:30 p.m. $13–$15. eventbrite.com

May 11
Festival

Manifest

South Loop

Columbia College students head out into the streets for live music, dance performances, and DJs. Plus, campus buildings open their doors, with gallery exhibitions highlighting the innovative work of next-generation artists working in film, visual art, fashion, gaming, and more.

Details:Various venues. Free. manifest.colum.edu

May 11–15
Classical

Saint-Saëns’s “Organ” Symphony

Loop

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra fires up its rarely switched-on resident organ for Saint-Saëns’s Symphony No. 3 (“Organ”), a piece last heard here four years ago with the same soloist, the impressive Paul Jacobs. Making it a two-soloist concert, Isabelle Faust plays Schumann’s Violin Concerto.

Details:Symphony Center. $34–$221. cso.org

May 11–June 29
Art

Howard Finster

Near North Side

For decades, art lovers have made a pilgrimage to northern Georgia to visit Finster’s Paradise Garden, a sprawling compound of imaginatively repurposed junk. The folk artist died in 2001, but his work ensures his eccentric spirit perseveres—in this instance, with Man of Visions, a gallery show featuring portraits of people he admired.

Details:Carl Hammer Gallery. Free. carlhammergallery.com

May 12
Classical

Anderson & Roe Piano Duo

Evanston

Pianists Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe aren’t averse to tackling nonclassical music, but don’t call them lowbrow. On this program, for example, they play John Adams’s minimalist Hallelujah Junction but cheekily pair it with their own arrangement of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

Details:Galvin Recital Hall, Northwestern University. 7:30 p.m. $10–$30. events.music.northwestern.edu

May 12
World

Maluma

Rosemont

This Colombian musician is one of the most emotionally powerful singers in reggaeton. His heartfelt songs about romantic love are especially prevalent on the recently released F.A.M.E., his third and most accessible album yet.

Details:Allstate Arena. 8 p.m. $39–$525. ticketmaster.com

May 12–14
Classical

Chicago Sinfonietta

Naperville, Loop

This famously diverse orchestra puts on a concert called Praise + Punk: The Ending of All Endings, costarring the sanctuary choir from the Apostolic Church of God and the marching band Mucca Pazza.

Details:May 12: Wentz Concert Hall, North Central College. May 14: Symphony Center. $10–$99. chicagosinfonietta.org

Emil Olsson’s 'When I Grow Up'
Emil Olsson’s When I Grow Up from 20x20x20 Photo: Courtesy of Vertical Gallery
May 12–26
Art

20x20x20

West Town

For two weeks, Vertical Gallery hosts Galleri Ramfjord, one of the preeminent venues in Oslo, Norway, for showcasing emerging Scandinavian artists. Twenty of them were tasked with sending a 20-square-inch painting, thus the exhibit title. The show ends up being a sampling of Nordic styles and themes—consider it a cultural excursion minus the jet lag.

Details:Vertical Gallery. Free. verticalgallery.com

May 13
Classical

Evgeny Kissin

Loop

One of the few pianists these days who can sell out a recital on name recognition, Kissin presents a flashy collection of core repertoire. He begins with Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier” Sonata, often cited as the composer’s most difficult, and follows up with selections from Rachmaninoff’s Preludes, which most mortals are unable to play.

Details:Symphony Center. 3 p.m. $55–$199. cso.org

May 13
New Music

Paddle to the Sea

Pilsen

Third Coast Percussion composed a new score for the short film Paddle to the Sea (nominated for an Oscar in 1968), based on the children’s book about a wooden doll that an indigenous Canadian boy sends via canoe on the seaway from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. The quartet of virtuoso performers fills the bill with other aquatic music, such as a piece by Philip Glass and music from the Shona culture of Zimbabwe.

Details:Thalia Hall. 7:30 p.m. $23–$40. thaliahallchicago.com

May 13–14
Classical

Three’s a Crowd

Skokie, Loop

Music of the Baroque performs a three-themed program of works by the prodigious J.S. Bach and G.P. Telemann. The trinity of Bach pieces includes his Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and Concerto in B-Flat Major for Flute, Violin, and Harpsichord. The Telemann section schedules the soloist-dense Concerto for Three Violins, Three Oboes, and Continuo.

Details:May 13: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. May 14: Harris Theater. $10–$78. baroque.org

May 13–June 17
Theater

A New Attitude: In Tribute to Patti LaBelle

Ravenswood

Rueben D. Echoles writes and directs the musical biography of the incomparable LaBelle, the woman who brought the world such hits as “On My Own,” “Love Has Finally Come at Last,” and the gotta-dance title tune. Odds are you’ll be on your feet by the finale.

Details:Black Ensemble Theater. $50-$65. blackensembletheater.org

May 14
New Music

Midori Takada

Loop

Takada’s 1983 album Through the Looking Glass, reissued last year by Palto Flats and WRWTFWW Records, made a splash with hip record collectors. The Japanese percussionist and composer makes a rare stateside appearance here, where she’ll be performing her distinct brand of ambient music, combining traditional styles from Africa and Asia with modern minimalism.

Details:Art Institute of Chicago. 7:30 p.m. $20; $10 for members. artic.edu

May 15
Electronic

George FitzGerald

West Town

Electronic music doesn’t have to be solely for the club. Just ask FitzGerald: The popular producer and DJ is famous for his 2013 house single “I Can Tell (By the Way You Move)” but reversed course a few years later with his first two proper solo albums, which feature slower, more sonically challenging songs better suited for a quiet Sunday night alone than a 3 a.m. rave.

Details:Subterranean. 8 p.m. $15–$20. ticketfly.com

May 16
Classical

Jean-Michel Blais

North Center

Blais, an experimental classical composer, broke through to nonclassical audiences thanks in no small part to his accessible collaboration with the electronic music producer CFCF. For his first-ever Chicago tour stop, Blais will likely return to more traditional classical music, but his willingness to push boundaries suggests that his new live show will be filled with quirks and surprises.

Details:Constellation. 8:30 p.m. $12–$15. ticketfly.com

May 17–20
Design

Chicago Antiques + Art + Design Show

Near North Side

The Merchandise Mart turns 50,000 square feet over to 100 booths of high-end new and vintage design objects, from rare handbags to furniture and bronze sculpture.

Details:Merchandise Mart, seventh floor. $20–$200. chicagoantiquesartdesign.com

May 17–26
Classical

Esa-Pekka Salonen

Loop

One of the world’s most sought-after conductors, especially of late-Romantic and later music, Salonen graces the spring with a two-week Chicago Symphony Orchestra residency. In his first program, he leads the CSO in one evening-length work, Mahler’s Symphony No. 9. In the second, the concert centers on Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3, with the sublime Mitsuko Uchida soloing. On what would otherwise be his night off, May 21, Salonen leads the CSO’s new-music series, MusicNow, with premieres from both the CSO’s composers in residence.

Details:Symphony Center. $15–$250. cso.org

May 18
Food

Beer Under Glass

Garfield Park

With a new brewery opening every week nationwide, it makes sense that Chicago Craft Beer Week expands its boundaries to include the whole Land of Lincoln and beyond. This kickoff event, which features more than 100 breweries from Illinois and the rest of the country, is a perfect opportunity to get a preview of the week ahead.

Details:Garfield Park Conservatory. 6 p.m.; 5 p.m. for VIP ticket holders. $60; $80 for VIP tickets. garfieldconservatory.org

May 18–19
Festival

Chicago Zine Fest

West Loop, Uptown

This annual convention celebrates independent writers, illustrators, printers, and publishers of zines—books of comics, criticism, and poetry. For those itching to try their hand at zine craft, panels and readings will provide ample guidance and inspiration.

Details:May 18: Institute of Cultural Affairs. 6 p.m. May 19: Plumbers Union Hall. 11 a.m. Free. chicagozinefest.org

May 18–20
Dance

Ballet Nacional de Cuba

Loop

Cuba’s national ballet company returns after a 15-year absence with director Alicia Alonso’s passionate version of Don Quixote. Alonso brings new life to a timeworn work by better developing the love story between Don and Dulcinea, largely ignored in other versions of the ballet.

Details:Auditorium Theatre. $41–$120. auditoriumtheatre.org

May 18–20
New Music

Spektral Quartet

Avondale, Loop

Chicago’s most fun string quartet plays a program in the presence of art, once at a museum and once when audience members can paint during the performance. The group will run through excerpted portions of godfather of atonality Arnold Schoenberg’s String Quartet No. 4, 20th-century-and-then-some composer Elliott Carter’s two Fragments, and a new commission by David Fulmer (though different passages will be included each night).

Details:May 18: Hairpin Arts Center. $50. May 20: Fullerton Hall, Art Institute of Chicago. $5–$15. spektralquartet.com

May 19
Food

Food Truck Social

Lincoln Park

Rarely can one find Chicago’s finest food trucks all in one place, but this evening event allows attendees the chance to sample many vehicle-made dishes in one sitting. Guests can also visit the Lincoln Park Zoo after hours.

Details:Lincoln Park Zoo. 6:30 p.m. $10; $8 for members. lpzoo.org

Shania Twain
Shania Twain Photo: Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times
May 19
Country

Shania Twain

Near West Side

The most successful female solo performer in country-music history hits town in support of her first studio album in 15 years, Now, which details her tumultuous personal life, the details of which include cheating, a divorce, and a new marriage to a man who experienced a similar situation.

Details:United Center. 7:30 p.m. $54–$199. ticketmaster.com

May 19
Architecture

Wright Plus Housewalk

Oak Park

This tour of Wright’s old stomping grounds offers his fans a rare glimpse into his world, with stops that include his home and studio in Oak Park as well as several of his most notable buildings.

Details:Various venues. $90–$110. flwright.org

May 19–23
Art

Postwar and Contemporary Art Auction

Near West Side

This auction dusts off rarely seen masterpieces and undiscovered treasures for serious collectors and gawkers alike. A trove of classic Chicago Imagist paintings could induce a betting frenzy—like an Ed Paschke oil painting, estimated at $40,000 to $60,000, or a cult classic by Ray Yoshida for considerably less. An exhibition of all the artwork precedes the May 23 sale.

Details:Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. May 23: 10 a.m. Free. lesliehindman.com

May 19–June 23
Art

Elliott Hundley

Near South Side

What appear to be enormous and intricate paintings are actually hundreds of cut-and-collaged images taken from magazines and pinned onto giant canvases. Hundley incorporates small objects like gold leaf and butterfly wings that often reference his Southern heritage. One can get lost in these details for hours.

Details:Shane Campbell Gallery. Free. shanecampbellgallery.com

May 20
Museums

Elmhurst Museum Day

Elmhurst

The western suburb boasts an always-surprising art museum—partially housed in a building designed by Mies van der Rohe—a charming historical society, and the beautiful, bizarre gem and crystal collection at the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art. All of these places, plus the historic Wilder Park Conservatory, open their doors for free on this annual occasion.

Details:Various venues. 1 p.m. Free. elmhurstartmuseum.org

May 21
Rock

Courtney Barnett

Loop

After the breakout success of her debut solo album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, as well as her collaboration with the popular folk-rock musician Kurt Vile, this Australian artist returns with Tell Me How You Really Feel, her second proper solo album. “Nameless, Faceless” and other early singles suggest Barnett maintains her raw, cheeky approach to rock ’n’ roll, full of lyrics about life’s absurdities.

Details:Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center. 8:30 p.m. Sold out; see resellers.

Dirty Projectors
Dirty Projectors Photo: Jason Frank Rothenberg
May 22
Rock

Dirty Projectors

Pilsen

Dave Longstreth, the auteurist frontman of this long-running Brooklyn band, has always embraced contradiction. The Dirty Projectors’ 2007 LP, Rise Above, for example, reimagined a punk opus (Black Flag’s Damaged) as a series of baroque folk tunes. Last year’s self-titled album doubles down on Longstreth’s double-edged tendencies, with some of the group’s most pop-leaning songs to date (one track, “Cool Your Heart,” was cowritten by Solange) buried under a sea of glitches and distortions.

Details:Thalia Hall. 8:30 p.m. $20. eventbrite.com

May 23–June 3
Theater

Waiting for Godot

Near North Side

It’s the end of the world as we know it in Samuel Beckett’s apocalyptic rumination on existence and humanity. The plot? Nothing happens, twice, as Vivian Mercier famously wrote in 1956. The dialogue is profound, funny, and apt to leave you pondering the meaning of life.

Details:Druid Theatre at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. $68–$88. chicagoshakes.com

May 24
Literature

Nick Drnaso

West Town

The graphic novelist Drnaso appears at a celebration for the release of his second book, Sabrina, about people coping with the disappearance of the title character. See “Nick Drnaso’s Sabrina Captures the Anxiety of the Information Age.”

Details:Quimby’s Bookstore. 7 p.m. Free. quimbys.com

May 24–June 30
Theater

Bull in a China Shop

Lake View

Mary Woolley and Jeannette Marks have largely vanished from most mainstream history books—the president and a professor, respectively, at Mount Holyoke College, they advocated for women to receive the same level of education as the less-fair sex.But their legacy burns bright: The firebrand duo takes center stage in Bryna Turner’s stiletto-sharp dramedy of radical feminists shaking up the patriarchal status quo.

Details:About Face Theatre at Theater Wit. $15–$30. aboutfacetheatre.com

May 25–27
Festival

Going Dutch Festival

Elgin

Three jam-packed days dedicated to female-identified dance, theater, music, and visual arts take place in a burgeoning arts mecca on the Fox River.

Details:Professional Building and Side Street Studio Arts. $8–$25. sidestreetstudioarts.org

May 25–27
Festival

Mole de Mayo

Pilsen

Just a few weeks after Cinco de Mayo, Chicago chefs try their best to outdo each other in a much-contested mole cook-off, while local bands and DJs score a day of marathon eating and shopping—and colorful-costumed Mexican wrestling—along 18th Street.

Details:Ashland and 18th. $5 donation. starevents.com

May 25–June 24
Theater

Father Comes Home from the Wars

Loop

Suzan-Lori Parks’s three-hour epic follows the fate of a Texas slave promised freedom … so long as he signs up to fight for the Confederate army. Parks moves the action from slave quarters to war zones, drawing on Greek tragedy and low comedy to spin an intricate, provocative story.

Details:Goodman Theatre. $10–$40. goodmantheatre.org

May 26–27
Dance

Mordine & Co.

North Center

In its 49th year, Mordine & Company Dance Theater continues its Collisions project, exploring cultural differences through a collaborative process that combines modern dance and street dancing.

Details:Links Hall. $15–$20. linkshall.org

May 30
Comedy

A Conversation with The Onion

Lincoln Park

In honor of its 30th anniversary, The Onion kicks off its annual comedy festival with several introspective—and, in all likelihood, hilarious—conversations between past and present contributors, moderated by journeyman comic Tom Scharpling (of The Best Show fame).

Details:Lincoln Hall. 8 p.m. $20. lh-st.com

May 30
Podcast

I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats

Pilsen

Fans of the Mountain Goats—the longtime music project of writer-troubadour John Darnielle—tend to be fanatical. Look no further than Joseph Fink, creator of the groundbreaking Welcome to Night Vale podcast, who pores over Darnielle’s oeuvre, exclusively, on his latest show, I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats.

Details:Thalia Hall. 7 p.m. $26. eventbrite.com

May 31
Performance

Marvin Tate and Avery R. Young

Loop

Two notable spoken-word poets and vocalists perform live at the Art Institute in response to the museum’s photography exhibit Never a Lovely So Real: Photography and Film in Chicago, 1950–1980, a bittersweet love letter to Chicago featuring vintage prints that address the city’s unique culture as well as its lamentable history of segregation. Expect soulful and heady poems that reawaken the feeling of the recent past.

Details:Art Institute of Chicago. 6 p.m. Free with admission. artic.edu

May 31–June 5
Dance

Co-Missions Festival

North Center

If you missed any of Links Hall’s resident artists, here’s a chance to catch up with them all, in a festival highlighting J’Sun Howard, Ayako Kato, AJ McClenon, Courtney Mackedanz, Nora Sharp, and Sojourner Zenobia. This is an ideal way to see raw, unpolished work from key members of the local dance and performance community.

Details:Links Hall. $10–$15. linkshall.org

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