Five Things to Do in Chicago This Week

On your agenda: Three rock legends converge at the Americanarama Festival of Music, a modern take on a Greek classic comes to Victory Gardens, and theater director Jonathan Berry dishes on his weekend plans.

A scene from ‘Mojada’
Photo: Courtesy of Victory Gardens
 

MOMMIE DEAREST Sandra Delgado stars in Mojada, which opens on Friday, July 12.

THE FIVE

Don’t-miss picks for Wed 7.10.13 through Tue 7.16.13:

1

rock Americanarama Festival of Music
Wilco, Bob Dylan, and My Morning Jacket on the same stage. Reread our Jeff Tweedy profile and get pumped.
GO: 7/12 at 5:30. $65.50. Toyota Park, 7000 S Harlem Ave, Bridgeview. americanaramachicago.com

2

theatre Mojada
Moving the action from ancient Greece to Pilsen, the playwright Luis Alfaro updates Euripides’s drama of a scorned woman and her doomed children.
GO: 7/12–8/11. $30–$60. Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N Lincoln. victorygardens.org

3

comedy W. Kamau Bell
The politically astute, wise-cracking Totally Biased host makes a pitstop in Chi-Town.
GO: 7/13 at 8:30. $25. Park West, 322 W Armitage Ave. jamusa.com

4

art The Chicago Project V.
Admire the work of emerging local photographers culled from the gallery’s online database.
GO: 7/12–8/31. 300 W Superior. edelmangallery.com

5

festivals Square Roots
Back for a second year, the Lincoln Square festival distinguishes itself from its peers with its stellar alt country and world music lineup.
GO: 7/12–14. $10 suggested donation. Lincoln between Montrose and Wilson. squareroots.org

WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND

Jonathan Berry
Photo: Courtesy of Jonathan Berry
 

Jonathan Berry

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Jonathan Berry, associate artistic director of the Griffin Theatre, artistic associate with Steep Theatre and director of The Casuals. The Casuals opens Thursday, July 11 at 7:30.

“Thursday is [the opening night of The Casuals]. I never actually watch the play on opening, mostly because I know my nervous energy is not helpful to the cast. So I’ll probably go to Miller’s Pub and grab a burger and a beer. Afterwards, I’ll meet the cast for the afterparty.

“I teach at the School at Steppenwolf on Fridays but Friday night I have a really good friend who’s leaving, so we’ll get drinks at Scofflaw. I’m not a really big mixed cocktail person but I like how [Scofflaw] is so casual.

“Saturday morning, I’ll go to the Green Flea Market on Saturday morning. It’s such a great atmosphere and the produce is fresh.

“Sunday, if I wake up early enough, I’ll go to brunch at the Publican. And then I’m going out to see Mine at The Gift Theatre on Sunday afternoon. There are only 25 seats in the entire place so it’s a more intimate place to see a play. I really love the quality of the work that they bring.” —As told to Tomi Obaro

FREEBIE OF THE WEEK

sports/rec Race to Mackinac
You won’t be able to watch the start of the race because it begins offshore, but competitors will be showing off their stunning boats in a parade at Navy Pier, complete with plenty of family-friendly fun.
GO: 7/13 from 10–2. Navy Pier, 600 E Grand. cycracetomackinac.com. 201 E Randolph St. cityofchicago.org

 

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