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Top 5 Things to Do This Week

On your agenda: Chicago Dance Crash take on love’s highs and lows…the artist Matthew Hoffman celebrates his ten-year project…free movie, plus the weekend plans of the owner of Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Andrew Rafacz

The Anubis Quartet
SAXOPHONES GALORE The Chicago-based saxophone quartet hits their season
high with a program featuring the violinist Nadia Sirota.

THE FIVE

Don’t-miss picks for Wed 2.6.13 through Tue 2.12.13:

1

classical Anubis Quartet
As if a saxophone quartet wasn’t unusual enough, this week the woodwind group brings the renowned violinist Nadia Sirota into the mix. Sirota will premiere the composer Georges Aperghis’s Crosswind.
GO: 2/11 at 7:30; Students $5, Regular $10. 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston. anubisquartet.com

2

theatre A Soldier’s Play
The playwright Charles Fuller’s 1982 Pulitzer Prize winner tackles racism in a story of ambition, tensions, and murder on an army base in 1944.
GO: 2/12–3/30; $22–$45. Raven Theatre, 6157 N Clark. raventheatre.com

3

dance Chicago Dance Crash
Like refined sugar, this program (ranging from ballet to hip hop) is a selection of works that hit love’s sweet highs and bittersweet lows.
GO: 2/9 at 8; $14–$25. Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N Southport. duetsformyvalentinechicago.com

4

art Green Exchange
It’s been ten years since the first “You Are Beautiful” stickers popped up around Chicago. Today, you can hardly turn a corner without finding one. This weekend the artist Matthew Hoffman celebrates his decade-long project.
GO: 2/7 at 6; free. Green Exchange, 2545 W Diversey.
you-are-beautiful.com

5

rock Ty Segall
In only 18 months, this homegrown, Bay-area based hippie has released three albums, made the cover of Spin, and appeared on Conan O’Brien.
GO: 2/9 at 7 and 10; $14. Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western. emptybottle.com

WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND

Andrew Rafacz
Andrew Rafacz

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Andrew Rafacz, the owner of Andrew Rafacz Gallery in the West Loop, which opens two new shows on 2/9 at 4.

“Friday, after a long day at the gallery, I will head to Corbett vs. Dempsey to see new work by Diane Simpson and Rodney Quiriconi. John Corbett and Jim Dempsey have done a spectacular job of mixing internationally known blue chip artists with underappreciated talent from Chicago. Afterwards, I may grab a quick bite at La Pasadita on the west side of Ashland.

“Saturday morning, I will get breakfast at Bistrot Zinc and read the weekend papers as I do just about every weekend morning. I live in the Gold Coast, and Bistrot Zinc is the only solid neighborhood spot for me. The food is always great. I will then head into the gallery, where we will be making final preparations for two new solo exhibitions; Jeremy Bolen in Gallery One and Robert Burnier in Gallery Two. Both are Chicago-based artists and these are their first solo exhibitions with the gallery. There will have a reception from 4–7 p.m.

“On Sunday, I plan to take my usual stroll along the lake. I’ll then have brunch at Sable. Their brunch menu is a great mix of traditional dishes and really unexpected ones. And they use a lot of local ingredients. After that, I will stop into the Jazz Record Mart, which is right across the street. I love to browse their enormous inventory. It is therapeutic and always clears the head after a long weekend of work. I usually find something to take home!” —As told to Elly Fishman

FREEBIE OF THE WEEK

film 3-Penny Was Here
It’s love-gone-wrong at Lincoln Hall this week. Nothing like a True Romance and Natural Born Killers double header to shake off the Valentine’s Day blues.
GO: 2/12 at 7. Lincoln Hall, 2424 N Lincoln. lincolnhallchicago.com

 

Photography: (Anubis Quartet) Nelson Fitch; (Rafacz) Caitlin Arnold

 

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