FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
concerts Tortoise 2.0
Chicago’s seminal postrock instrumentalists recruit an equally glowing lineup of local jazz players—Nicole Mitchell, Fred Lonberg-Holm—for a genre-hopping commission that should jumpstart the annual series Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz with a bang.
GO: July 29 at 6:30. Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Michigan and Randolph. millenniumpark.org
lit Newberry Library Book Fair and Bughouse Square Debates
The Newberry’s biggest sale yet offers up some 120,000 books for browsing in 70 categories (for insider tips on noteworthy titles, read the book fair manager Dan Crawford’s excellent blog). Those who’d rather pontificate than peruse should head across the street to Washington Park for the annual Bughouse Square Debates. Dueling oratorios sure to provoke heated free speech include “Logical Reasons Why Jesus Is the Only Way to God” and “Why Illinois Should Cancel Millions of Dollars in State Grants to Religious Organizations.”
GO: Book Fair: July 29–30 from noon to 8, July 31–Aug 1 from 10 to 6. Bughouse: July 31 from 1 to 4. Newberry Library, 60 W Walton. go.newberry.org
ALSO THIS WEEK: Stock up on smart beach reads when some truckloads of zines, literary journals, and indie mags cart stacks of free publications to the sixth annual Printers’ Ball at Columbia College—also featuring live music, beverages, and printmaking demos.
classical Portland Cello Project
Almost every indie-rock band has a token cellist these days, but this label-defying group is composed solely of strings. The classically trained ensemble plays pop covers (think Outkast’s “Hey Ya!”), original compositions, and, for the traditionalists, Bach. What’s cooler than cool, Johann? Ice cold.
GO: Aug 2 at 6:30; part of the series Dusk Variations. Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Michigan and Randolph. millenniumpark.org
Photography: (Local H) Wickedmindstudios.com; (SYGC) Casey Black