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A Beautiful Union; Plus, Chris Ware Goes to Target

This Week’s Five: Royal wedding music (at a less ungodly hour) … the latest from Beautiful Person Alejandro Cerrudo … mumblecore filmmaker Joe Swanberg takes the floor … plus, what Chris Ware is doing this weekend

A scene from a performance by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
HOLDING POWER Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and the Chicago Symphony
Orchestra reconvene this week for their eighth-annual rendezvous.

THE FIVE

Don’t-miss picks for Wed 04.27.11 through Tue 05.03.11:

1

dance Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
HSDC’s choreographer-in-residence and one of our model citizens, Alejandro Cerrudo, unveils a new collaboration this week with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. On the bill: a debut set to Martinů’s Toccata e due canzoni and a reprise of Cerrudo’s Blanco, an all-female reflection in dance on the works of Mendelssohn. Talk about making beautiful music together.
GO: 4/27 at 6:30, 4/28–30 at 8, 5/3 at 7:30. $23–$211. Symphony Center, 220 S Michigan. cso.org

2

classical Bach Week Festival
No invite from Kate and Wills? Watch the wedding broadcast (early!) on 4/29, then catch these concerts featuring Renaissance and Baroque pieces—fest organizers’ best guesses as to works that might be played during the royal ceremony. Bach is on the bill both nights: His Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 gets an airing on 4/29, while the CSO’s Katinka Kleijn plays his Cello Suite in E-flat major on 5/1. No rising before the crack of dawn required.
GO: 4/29, 5/1 at 7:30. $10–$35 per night; $20–$60 two-night pass. Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago, Evanston. bachweek.org

3

galleries Art Chicago/NEXT
The established galleries of Art Chicago now share a single floor with the up-and-comers of the fair’s hipper sidekick, Next, but it’s the smart lineup of public programs—meaty panel discussions, exhibitions curated by pros from the Renaissance Society and the MCA—that continue to make our hometown show a worthy, if increasingly compact, alternative to its massive counterparts in New York and Miami. Before you go, read about our three artists to watch.
GO: Preview party 4/28: 6–9. Regular hours 4/29–30: 11–7, 5/1: 11–6, 5/2: 11–4. $15–$25, includes admission to the Merchandise Mart International Antiques Fair, also on-site. Children 12 and under free. Merchandise Mart, Kinzie and Wells. artchicago.com

4

film Uncle Kent
The latest flick from the SIU grad Joe Swanberg, a founding hipster-auteur of the mumblecore movement (Hannah Takes the Stairs, Young American Bodies), Uncle Kent follows the weekend misadventures of an aging slacker and his Chatroulette buddy, Kate. Swanberg sits in on an audience Q&A following the 4/29–30 and 5/3 screenings. (And just a reminder that this isn’t a session of Chatroulette. Come clothed.)
GO: 4/29, 5/3 at 8:45; 4/30 at 6:30; 5/1 at 3; 5/2 at 6; 5/4–5 at 6:15. $7–$10. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State. siskelfilmcenter.org

5

theatre Performing Tonight: Liza Minnelli’s Daughter
Oh, those nutty Neos. Here, the troupe vet Mary Fons plays a woman obsessively certain she is fated to stardom as the offspring of Liza with a Z. Somewhere, Lorna Luft can sympathize.
GO: Previews 4/28–29. Run continues through 6/4. All tickets $10–$15. Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N Ashland. neofuturists.org

WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND

Self-portrait of comic artist and graphic novelist Chris Ware
Self-portrait of Chris Ware

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: the Chicago comic artist and graphic novelist Chris Ware, who, with the cultural historian Tim Samuelson, curated the Chicago Cultural Center exhibition Louis Sullivan’s Idea, which closes 5/2.

“Jake Austen will be doing a taping of Chic-a-go-go. He’s a good friend, and his show is something that makes Chicago truly unique. Plus, I know my six-year-old daughter, Clara, wouldn’t want to miss it. She reviewed a Tiny Tim record for Jake’s new issue of Roctober.

“I’d like to see The Sketchbooks of Alfonso Iannelli at Architech before it closes on the 30th. Iannelli is important to the Prairie and so-called Organic schools of architecture for having designed a great deal of statuary for Frank Lloyd Wright’s and Purcell and Elmslie’s work, amongst others. For years now, Tim Samuelson has been collecting material about Iannelli’s wife, Margaret, also an artist in her own right, which should hopefully see light someday as either an exhibit or a book or both.*

“Also, Jim Nutt, who is one of the greatest Chicago artists ever, has a fantastic show up until the end of May at the MCA. He was one of my advisors at the Art Institute when I was a graduate student in the early 1990s.

“So that’s three things, though I’ll most likely simply be going to Target** for new socks and Dominick’s for groceries, aside from playing with Clara, as I don’t really draw so much on weekends any more. Childhood goes by much too quickly to waste my time at the drawing table every day like I used to.”’

FOOTNOTES FROM WARE:
* “Speaking of books, the catalog that goes along with Louis Sullivan’s Idea and that was due out earlier this year still is in full production but is simply late. Tim and I have greatly expanded it with material that wouldn’t fit in the exhibit, and as it’s supposed to stand on its own as a tour through the shape of Sullivan’s life, we decided to slow down and take the time necessary to make it worth owning rather than rushing it out before the exhibit closed. Like the exhibit, it includes images of the buildings taken only during Sullivan’s lifetime and also reproduces drawings, blueprints and fragments never before seen, even in the show, as well as including every photograph of Sullivan that has survived. Finally, it includes pages of historical anecdotes and details collected from interviews and reminiscences that have never been published, all with the aim of presenting Sullivan in the most vivid light possible, which is really Tim’s forte. I’ve never met anyone who knows better how to bring history to life so unpretentiously and colorfully as Tim. It’s to be published by Rich Cahan and Mike Williams’s CityFiles Press. It should be done by the end of the year. Ideally.”

** “Note also that Target will be occupying—quite appropriately—Sullivan’s Carson Pirie Scott store next year.”

FREEBIES OF THE WEEK

film Lunch Line
Moms, we hear you: You’re mad as heck about the state of school lunches and you’re not going to take it anymore. Get a primer on the history of the issue—plus a look at how six Chicago kids who challenged the system landed in the White House, demanding life, liberty, and leafy greens for all—in this new documentary from the Chicago expats at Uji Films.
GO: 4/30 at 2. Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington, Evanston. lunchlinefilm.com

parks Green and Growing Fair
Shake off lingering winter doldrums with a day of composting demos, live music, and, for budding gardeners, a sale stocked with veggie seedlings that have already survived the worst of spring weather. We hope.
GO: 4/30: 10–2. Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central Park. garfieldconservatory.org

museums National Museum of Mexican Art
Before there was Mexico, there was the Huichol, an indigenous group that spanned the Western Sierra Madre and has shaped the land’s culture for 500 years. The new exhibit La Nación Huichol: From the Sea to the Desert focuses on art and artifacts from the past century and kicks off with a week of events including beadwork and yarn-making demos on 4/29.
GO: 4/29–8/7. Open Tue–Sun 10–5. 1852 W 19th. nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org

ALSO THIS WEEK: A word to Rahm: How brawny is the City of Big Shoulders? As strong as its infrastructure. The Museum of Contemporary Photography’s new exhibit, Public Works, assembles a photographic survey of civic skeletons, including photos by the Chicagoan Bob Thall.

 

Photography: (HUBBARD STREET) Todd Rosenberg; (WARE) Self-portrait by Chris Ware

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