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Five Things to Do in Chicago This Week

David Lang, Depeche Mode, Quickies with 12 writers, and the weekend plans of a guy behind the Music Box Theatre.

Hubbard Street dancers
Photo: Peter Serling

BOY WONDER Hear David Lang’s award-winning piece at Ravinia

THE FIVE

Don’t-miss picks for Wed 8.21.13 through Tue 8.27.13:

1

classical The Little Match Girl Passion
Don’t miss David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize–winning retelling of the Passion story with Hans Christian Andersen’s pitiful match seller as the Christ figure.
GO: 8/26 at 8. $10–$35. Ravinia, Lake Cook and Green Bay, Highland Park. ravinia.org

2

dance Chicago Dancing Festival
Catch more free performances from the Joffrey, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, and Giordano Dance Chicago. The grand finale is at Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Saturday.
GO: 8/21–8/24. Free. Various locations. chicagodancingfestival.com

3

rock Depeche Mode
Hear the pioneering ’80s synth-rock band.
GO: 8/24 at 7:30. $38.50–$176. First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, 19100 Ridgeland, Tinley Park. ticketmaster.com

4

readings Quickies
Twelve local writers read some short works.
GO: 8/26 at 8. $5. The Hideout, 1354 W Wabanasia Ave. hideoutchicago.com

5

festivals Lillstreet & Ravenswood Celebration
Art gallery Lillstreet celebrates its 10 year anniversary in Ravenswood with this free festival featuring a weekend-long series of events, including a block party, an open house, and a mixer for people interested in the business side of the arts.
GO: 8/23–8/25. Free. Lillstreet Art Center, 4401 N Ravenswood. lillstreet.com

WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND

Douglas McLaren
Photo: Courtesy of Douglas McLaren

Douglas McLaren

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Douglas McLaren, head projectionist and the repertory programmer at Music Box Theatre. Sing-a-Long Trapped in the Closet takes place Friday and Saturday August 23 and 24 at 11:59 p.m.

“Friday is the opening night for the Noir City festival, so I’m definitely going to be at the theatre all day. We’re doing a tribute to Cy Endfield—he was an American filmmaker who was blacklisted in the ’50s. We’ll be showing two of his films, one recently preserved by UCLA called Try and Get Me and Helldrivers.

“Then I’ll probably have a nightcap over at Cullen’s. Generally I get a beer or one of their Scotches.

“I’m going to be at the theatre all day Saturday, but if I wasn’t there, I would at the Dusty Groove Garage Sale. The garage sale promises to have some really great stuff and it’s very cheap. Saturday is also Trapped in the Closet; this is our second time screening it. The last time we did it was in the fall of last year—we sold out two midnight screenings. A lot of people seem to make light of it, but I think it’s a pretty smart work and I’m thrilled that people can have so much fun with it.

“Sunday I’m going to the Logan Square Farmer’s Market. I go there every Sunday; I really like them, it’s a great opportunity to support local agriculture. It’ll be a family day for me.” —As told to Tomi Obaro

FREEBIE OF THE WEEK

jazz Tale of the Tiger
The penultimate day of the summer jazz series, Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz features The Green Mill’s late-night foursome, the Sabertooth Organ Quartet.
GO: 8/22 at 6:30. Free. Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph. millenniumpark.org

 

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