The Top 5 Things to Do in Chicago This Week

See a ton of tap dancing, hear a rock show in Wicker Park, and browse through 120,000 books.


Photo: Fernando Galeane

AIRLIFT Leonardo Sandoval performs

THE FIVE

Don’t-miss picks for Wed 7.24.13 through Tue 7.30.13:

1

dance Rhythm World 2013
That’s not rain on the roof, it’s the sound of Chicago Human Rhythm Project dancers performing four tap shows around the city. Today’s performance, called “Tap into Night”, features STOMP!’s Lisa LaTouche and jazz pianist Greg Spero.
GO: 7/29 at 8. $10. Jazz Showcase, 806 S Plymouth Ct. chicagotap.org

2

theatre Bedroom Farce
Eclipse continues its all-Alan Ayckbourn season with this mounting of the British playwright’s 1975 sex-fueled comedy featuring four couples, three bedrooms, and one long Saturday night of dysfunction.
GO: 7/25–9/1 at 7:30. $28. $22 students, seniors.  Eclipse Theatre at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N Southport. eclipsetheatre.com

3

literature Newberry Annual Book Fair
More than 120,000 books for bargain prices? Yes, please.
GO: 7/25–28. Thu–Fri 12–8, Sat–Sun 10–6. Free. The Newberry. 60 W Walton St. newberry.org

4

music Wicker Park Festival
Still reeling from Pitchfork? Then this street festival with headliners Ted Leo and the Pharmacists and dream pop duo Cults should give you your second indie music fix.
GO: 7/27–28. 12–10. $5 donation. Milwaukee Ave from North to Paulina. wickerparkfest.com

5

festivals Fiesta del Sol
One of the largest festivals of its kind, get ready for carnival rides, cheap Mexican eats, and live music.
GO: 7/25–28 Thu 5–10, Fri–Sat 11–11, Sun 11–10. Free. 1400 W Cermak. fiestadelsol.org

WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND


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Beckie Stochetti

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Beckie Stochetti, program director for Chicago Filmmakers. CAT Film Festival takes place on Friday, July 26 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 27 at 7 p.m.

“Thursday evening, I’m probably going to do a test run of all the films for our Cat Film Festival, co-curated by South Side Projections’ Mike Phillips. [The festival] started as a joke when we heard that there was a cat film festival at the Milwaukee Art Museum. But then we started doing some research. [Milwaukee] did stuff that you would see on YouTube, but [our festival] is a series of 16mm films. Most of the films are pretty established—we got them from the Chicago Film Archives and the New York Filmmakers Co-Op. After that, I’ll go to Hopleaf in Andersonville. They have great microbrews.

“The film festival starts at 8 p.m. on Friday so after that, I am going to an event run by Underground Multiplex, a [a community-based arts organization]. My friend Joe Lewis is premiering SCI FI SOL, what he calls a music video adventure series.

“Saturday, I always try to get up early and go to the Green City Market. Then the Museum of Contemporary Art has an all-day comic book event in conjunction with the Daniel Clowes exhibit. Manual Cinema, a group that reinterprets films with video projections, puppets, and shadows will be there. Then we’re doing the cat festival again on the South Side at Gallery 53 in Hyde Park on the outdoor patio. I’ll go to Z&H—I really like their Down on the Farm sandwich.

“Hopefully if I can get back up to Noble Square, I’ll watch Der Riese, an experimental German film that’s part of the Nightingale/White Light Cinema series run by Patrick Friel, the foremost leader of experimental film in Chicago.

“Sunday, I usually try to do yoga. My friend runs a yoga group called Ouvre that does classes at Lacuna Artist Lofts.” —As told to Tomi Obaro

FREEBIE OF THE WEEK

dance A ¼” Below the Surface of Earth
Duo Lucy Riner and artistic director Michael Estanich use wind chimes to explore the motions of the body.
GO: 7/26–27 at 6:30, 7/28 at 6:30. Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington. cityofchicago.org

 

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