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Five Things to Do This Week

On your agenda: The Finnish composer Esa-Pekka Salonen visits Chicago…the playwright Evan Linder pens a story of WWII soldiers in drag…free music, plus the chief curator at the Elmhurst Art Museum, Staci Boris

‘Still Life’ by Pablo Picasso
100 YEARS OLD AND STILL KICKING The Art Institute celebrates the 100th
anniversary of Picasso’s first show in Chicago.

THE FIVE

Don’t-miss picks for Wed 2.20.13 through Tue 2.26.13:

1

art Picasso and Chicago
The Art Institute celebrates the centennial anniversary of the artist’s work by opening a new exhibition of more than 250 Picassos from collections throughout the city.
GO: 2/20–5/12; Free­–$23. 111 S. Michigan. artic.edu

2

classical Chicago Chamber Musicians
CCM has caught the bluefin tuna of contemporary music with Esa-Pekka Salonen. The famed Finnish composer presents a program of Ravel, Stravinsky, and his own compositions.
GO: 2/25 at 7:30; $10–$35. Venue SIX10, Spertus Institute, 610 S. Michigan. chicagochambermusic.org

3

theatre The Bear Suit of Happiness
After hitting it big with Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche, the playwright Evan Linder pens the story of Woody, a young army enlistee who dresses in drag to entertain his comrades in arms in 1943.
GO: 2/28–3/30; $15. New Colony at Dank Haus, 4740 N. Western. thenewcolony.org

4

new music Music Now
The CSO’s new-music series premieres As Sudden Shut, for voices and a chamber ensemble, by the composer in resident Anna Clyne.
GO: 2/25 at 7; $10–$25. Harris Theater, 205 E Randolph. cso.org/musicnow

5

art Autumn Space
She was recently named a co-curator of the 2014 Whitney Biennial, but before she sets her sights on New York, Michelle Grabner showcases her signature hypnotic 80-inch round canvases.
GO: 2/23–3/9; free. Autumn Space, 1700 W. Irving Park, #207. autumnspace.com

WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND

Staci Boris
Staci Boris

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Staci Boris, the chief curator at the Elmhurst Art Museum, where the artist Ann Toebbe will give a lecture on her work Friday 2/22 at 6:30 p.m.

“Friday nights the gallery is open until 8 p.m. for our weekly Artist Talks. I am really looking forward to this week’s—Ann Toebbe. I’ll probably grab a drink with Ann afterward at this great place Flight 112 Wine House. They have great organic wines, an excellent selection of craft beers, and just a solid atmosphere in general.

“Saturday I will spend time between different galleries. I really want to go to the Ebersmoore gallery to see Ann Toebbe’s newest work, The Inheritance, especially after hearing her talk on Friday. I have also been dying to see the MCA exhibition Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, so I will head there after Ebersmoore. Finally, I will stop in Wicker Park to see Diane Simpson’s exhibit at Corbett vs. Dempsey. After a day full of galleries, my husband and I will head to our favorite place for dinner—Revolution Brewing in Logan Square. It has a great old pub feel and tasty vegetarian options—fresh and innovative—which is something I am always looking for.

“Sunday I will spend time with my family in North Park, stay around the neighborhood. We will head to Tre Kronor for an iconic breakfast of Swedish pancakes, quiche, and fresh squeezed orange juice and then go to the North Park Village Nature Center. I try to get my kids out every day and the center has an awesome outdoor trail. You almost forget you are in the middle of the city. Later, we’ll go over to the Sulzer Regional Library in Lincoln Square, which is one of the few libraries open in the city on Sundays. Then we will end up at one of our other favorite places—Opart Thai House. I myself am partial to the Musaman Curry with Tofu, but everything is great. After dinner I plan on just falling into bed.” —As told to Abigail Tracy

FREEBIE OF THE WEEK

rock Lucky Dragons
The L.A. duo fall somewhere between a band and performance artists. The group seems like a logical choice in the experimental series in collaboration with Matt Hale Clark and Jeremy Lemos.
GO: 2/26 at 6. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago. mcachicago.org

 

Photography: (Picasso) Still Life, February 4, 1922. AIC. Ada Turnbull Hertle Endowment © 2012 Estate of Pablo Picasso/ARS, NY; (Boris) Courtesy of the Elmhurst Art Museum

 

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