The 5 Most Fantastic Things You Should Do in Chicago This Week

Watch a cast of sisters clash in director Anna Bahow’s new play. Scan the subtitles of the 16th annual European Union Film Festival. See Jeffrey Forsythe’s art. Hear James Hunter’s blues. And catch the Branford Marsalis Quartet playin’ tunes.

The Branford Marsalis Quartet
CITY SOUNDS The Branford Marsalis Quartet pays a visit to Naperville this weekend

THE FIVE

Don’t-miss picks for Wed 2.27.13 through Tue 3.5.13

1

jazz Branford Marsalis Quartet
Naperville gets some Grammy-winning tunes when Branford Marsalis Quartet rolls through the western suburb. The jazz group recently celebrated the addition of wunderkind drummer Justin Faulkner with a new album, Four MFs Playin’ Tunes.
GO: 3/1 at 8; $50–$60. Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College, 171 E Chicago, Naperville. finearts.northcentralcollege.edu

2

theatre Brewed
Director Anna Bahow tells the story of six sisters, grown apart, who converge over familial obligations. Will the reunion pull the estranged sisters further apart or back together?
GO: 3/1–3/24; $12–$17. The Ruckus Theater in association with Tympanic Theatre at Theatre Wit, 1229 W Belmont. ruckustheater.org

3

art Jeffrey Forsythe
Sorry Ryan Lochte. New sculptures from local artist Jeffrey Forsythe critique competitive culture with awards for the common man.
GO: 3/1–4/13; free. Perimeter Gallery, 210 W Superior. perimetergallery.com

4

film European Union Film Festival
Here’s a quick way to get cultured: visit the 16th annual European film festival, which brings some of the most innovative, weird, and brilliant films and directors to Chicago.
GO: 3/1–3/28; $6–$11. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State. Details: siskelfilmcenter.org

5

blues James Hunter Six
Who says the English don’t know the blues? This Brit draws on Sam Cooke and ’50s R&B with his husky voice, bouncing grooves, and horn fanfares.
GO: 3/2 at 9; $20. Lincoln Hall, 2424 N Lincoln. lincolnhallchicago.com

WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND

Kurt Chiang
Kurt Chiang

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Kurt Chiang, a local performer and writer of the new experimental piece, Analog, performed by the Neo-Futurists. Analog opens on Monday 3/4 at 7:30 p.m.

“Friday, after our first preview, it is likely we’ll go to the friendliest Turkish bar in Andersonville, Konak, with its calming blue lighting aesthetic. This place is the Neo-Futurists’ second home. Try the chicken chops. Either that, or Simon’s, just down the street. Great jukebox there.

“Saturday, it’d be nice to spend some money on music. Laurie’s Planet of Sound in Lincoln Square carries a wide selection of used vinyl, and they dedicate a section to the unique Chicago-based “archival record label,” Numero Group. Then there’s Permanent Records on the West Side, with their super-nice, super-unpretentious staff. Permanent’s website is telling me if I buy the album of a selection of artists playing at the Empty Bottle, they’ll add my name to the guest list of those upcoming shows. Good news, considering I’m already planning to attend three of those—Talk Normal, Pissed Jeans, and White Lung.

“Let’s imagine I wake up before 1 o’clock on Sunday for a leisurely brunch at Svea. Try the limpa. Then, comic books! Alley Cat Comics is a few blocks north, and I pass it every time because it’s hidden. That night, it’ll be nice to see our very own Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. This isn’t so much a shameless self-promotion as much as a desire to see more of our brand new Neo-ensemble members we just cast. Both Lily Mooney and Malic White are in the show right now. And I’d like to see their work, and steal all their ideas for my own plays.” —As told to Abigail Tracy

FREEBIE OF THE WEEK

new music BLAIR McMILLEN
Pianist Blair McMillen spends the afternoon playing a piano recital of three Debussy preludes and works by living composers.
GO: 3/1 at 12:15. Sherwood Community Music School, 1312 S Michigan. pianofortefoundation.org

 

Photography: (Branford Marsalis Quartet) Eric Ryan Anderson; (Chiang) Courtesy of Kurt Chiang

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