Saints Among Us

Don’t-miss events for 06.03.09 through 06.09.09: St. Vincent @ Metro … Levon Helm @ Chicago Theatre … For the Love of Hops! @ Two Brothers Brewing … more!


SUNDAY SCHOOL: St. Vincent plays Epiphany Sunday night.

THE FIVE

Don’t-miss events for Wed 06.03.09 through Tue 06.09.09

1

concerts St. Vincent*
If you missed St. Vincent, a.k.a. Annie Clark, a couple of months back at the Hideout, don’t make the same mistake twice. In Clark’s beguiling art pop, Tin Pan Alley melodies weave among dance beats; ethereal lyrics tell of black holes and rainbows; and flowery keyboards coexist with industrial-rock distortion. A wonder.
GO: Show moved from Epiphany; new location: June 7 at 7:30. $13-$15. Metro, 3730 N Clark. metrochicago.com

2

concerts Levon Helm*
His voice is as salty-sweet as slow-smoked barbecue, and his many hits with The Band helped establish that group’s position at the heart of pop culture. These days Helm mostly plays in his barn/studio in Woodstock, NY, so consider this concert a rare treat.
GO: June 9 at 7:30. $38-$72.50. Chicago Theatre, 175 N State. ticketmaster.com

3

classical MusicNow
The CSO’s daring duo returns: Composers-in-residence Mark-Anthony Turnage and Osvaldo Golijov host the U.S. debut of Turnage’s Out of Black Dust, plus Golijov’s Mariel for cello and—wait for it—marimba, and a premiere by the laptop maverick Jeremy Flower, best known for his collaboration with Golijov on Ainadamar, the gripping, Grammy-winning tribute to Federico García Lorca.
GO: June 8 at 8. $10-$20. Harris Theater, 205 E Randolph. harristheaterchicago.org

4

classical ICE plays Xenakis
More new music, more power pairings: Check out the MCA’s Bucky Fuller exhibition, then stick around for this concert of avant-garde percussion and chamber works by another big thinker, the late architect and computer-music pioneer Iannis Xenakis, performed by the local International Contemporary Ensemble.
GO: June 4 at 7:30. $25. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago. mcachicago.org

5

farrago Chicago Botanic Garden Wine Festival
The epicurean answer to summer’s street fests? A chance to sip some 250 varieties on the garden’s lush grounds. We’ll drink to that.
GO: June 6 noon-7; June 7 noon-6. $25-$30 includes ten tastes; $10 for designated drivers. Parking $20. 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe. chicagobotanic.org

FREEBIES OF THE WEEK

farrago For the Love of Hops!*
Or leave the glasses to the high class and go straight for the suds: Two Brothers Brewing salutes the release of its annual double India pale ale, Hop Juice, with a full day’s lineup of bands and beer—not to mention a chance to douse the brewers in the dunk tank.
GO: June 6 noon-11. Two Brothers Tap House and Brewery, 30w315 Calumet, Warrenville. twobrosbrew.com

 

farrago Festival Update
So many fests, so little time. Our picks for the weekend: the 62nd annual 57th Street Art Fair, which offers an art-buying boot camp for novice collectors, and the 25th annual Printers Row Lit Fest, featuring a library’s worth of authors, from Neil Gaiman to Elmore Leonard.
GO: 57th Street: June 6: 11-6; June 7: 10-5. 57th and Kimbark. 57thstreetartfair.org. Printers Row: June 6, 7: 10-6. Dearborn from Congress to Polk. printersrowlitfest.org

 

concerts Music without Borders
Don’t know much about world music? A free concert is your best investment. Borders, the annual world-music series in Millennium Park, jumpstarts this week with spectacular South Korean kettle drumming from Dulsori.
GO: June 3 at 6:30. Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Michigan and Randolph. millenniumpark.org

*ET CETERA

We dare you not to fall in love with Annie Clark, even when she’s a little grainy and out of focus. … Who knew? Hear Levon Helm narrate the opening sequence of The Right Stuff. … Quench your thirst for Hop Juice with our April 2008 story on Two Brothers and other regional microbreweries.

 

PHOTOGRAPH: Annabel Mehran

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