A SIMPLE PLAN: A new pavilion (shown here in a rendering) designed by the Pritzker Prize winner Zaha Hadid fetes the centennial of Daniel Burnham’s Plan of Chicago.
Don’t-miss free events for Wed 06.17.09 through Tue 06.23.09
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NON-FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
And a few options that deserve your dollars. First: A restaging of Jon, based on The New Yorker short story by George Saunders. Collaboraction is unrivaled when it comes to merging multimedia with old-fashioned actors, and this play—wherein futuristic technology is slowly but surely trumping humanity—provides material worthy of the troupe’s postmodern, gut-punching might. $17.50 at Theater on the Lake. … Ample West Loop grazing (De Cero, Veerasway) and music by indie darlings Dr. Dog and The Hold Steady makes this weekend’s Taste of Randolph a two-fer winner at $10. … And finally: three nights of concerts from the legendary band X, which both defined and transcended the L.A. punk scene of the early 1980s. The group will play songs chosen online by fans at xtheband.com. $25 at Double Door.
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From the shameless self-promotion division: Summer Lovin’—our annual mixer cosponsored by the Auxiliary Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, this year benefiting brain tumor research—takes over the MCA on Friday. While we’re not above tooting our own horn, this is one party that deserves the fanfare: It’s a chance to meet our top 20 singles of 2009—an impressive bunch, if we do say so ourselves.
GO: June 19 at 7. $75-$95. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago. summerlovin.net.
PHOTOGRAPH: Zaha Hadid Architects