Longman’s One-night Stand

Our top five picks for things to do this week: Snag a sneak peek of Longman & Eagle’s second floor … gorge on Beethoven, beer, and Chicago fashion … plus three freebies (She & Him!) for easing the pain of a two-day weekend

Art installation and Longman & Eagles
THE EAGLE HAS LANDED …or, at least, perched briefly: A one-night-only art installation (left) takes up residence in the much buzzed about but yet-to-open inn above Longman & Eagle’s dining rooms (right).

THE FIVE

Don’t-miss picks for Wed 06.02.10 through Tue 06.08.10. Find more things to do in the Chicago Guide, inside every issue of Chicago.

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galleries Six Rooms at Longman & Eagle
We’re guessing you’re familiar with the Logan Square hotspot Longman & Eagle. And you’ve probably heard tell of the six yet-to-open hotel rooms on the gastropub’s second floor. But you haven’t seen them. No one has. Until now. For one night-only, the local organization Harold Arts hosts an art installation spread across the upstairs inn-to-be, with works by a bevy of local artists, plus live music by Joe Adamik and Jim Becker (Califone), Matt Lux (Isotope 217), and Dan Bitney (Tortoise). We respectfully suggest you RSVP now.
GO: June 5 at 9. $15 includes a Belgian ale and snacks. Longman & Eagle, 2657 N Kedzie. RSVP required: rsvp@haroldarts.org

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concerts Tortoise
Speaking of Tortoise, a homework assignment: Hear the band play as their usual post-rock instrumental selves this week, then compare and contrast in late July, when the group gathers some of the city’s young jazz illuminati for a new genre-busting, hyphen-inducing commission—the kickoff to Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz in Millennium Park (July 29).
GO: June 3 at 8. $20. Lincoln Hall, 2424 N Lincoln. lincolnhallchicago.com

ALSO THIS WEEK: Another hometown player, Rhymefest, celebrates the release of his new album, El Che, June 3 at The Shrine, one of our 100 best bars. Cover is a scant $2.

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tours Work Spaces, Chic Places
Sex and the City 2: Hated the movie, loved the clothes? Sign on for another round of wardrobe appraisal, helmed by a guy who could teach even Carrie a thing or two about style. Tim Long, the Chicago History Museum’s überchic costumes curator, leads an insider’s tour of Chicago’s blooming fashion industry.
GO: June 5 at 1. $45. Bus leaves from CHM, 1601 N Clark. chicagohistory.org

ALSO THIS WEEK: More shopping! More people-watching! More everything! Kick off festival season with Do-Division Street Fest and Sidewalk Sale. Or, if you’re looking to dial back the intensity, skip the fest’s musical headliners in favor of the local bands Pelican (Sat at 7) and Ponys (Sun at 7).

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classical Beethoven Festival
Nine symphonies. Three weeks. One dogged conductor. Bernard Haitink leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the complete Beethoven cycle. (Critics pegged his similar endeavor back in 2006 with the London Symphony Orchestra one of the best LVB interpretations ever.) Want more Ludwig? Don’t miss lively readings of beloved concertos and sonatas by the dynamic pianists Jonathan Biss and Ingrid Fliter.
GO: June 2-20; see website for schedule and prices. Biss: June 6 at 3. $22-$52. Fliter: June 13 at 3. $16-$74. Symphony Center, 220 S Michigan. cso.org

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festivals Beer Hoptacular!
Sort of like Beethoven Fest, with suds in place of strings: 30 microbreweries and counting—including World Beer Cup 2010 honorees Dogfish Head and Chicago’s own Goose Island—have signed on for this inaugural ode to beer, featuring talks, how-tos, and, yes, tastings.
GO: June 4: 6:30-10:30, June 5: 1-5 and 6:30-10:30. $45-$55. Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W Lawrence. beerhoptacular.com

FREEBIES OF THE WEEK

concerts She & Him
So many concerts, so little time. Millennium Park plays host to a plethora of summertime series, but perhaps the most anticipated gig of them all is this his-and-hers duo featuring the indie-film ingénue Zooey Deschanel and the alt-folk singer-songwriter M. Ward. You can’t legally camp out on the Pritzker lawn, but we’re just saying: Get there early.
GO: June 7 at 6:30. Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Michigan and Randolph. 312-742-1168

film Cinema Minima
If there’s one word that comes to mind when we think of the director Terry Gilliam’s mind-warping, bizarre-o cult classic Brazil, “minimal” isn’t it. But the pared-down formula—good flicks, no cover, craft brews—of Cinema Minima, a new movie night at the refreshingly unfussy Logan Square bar Cole’s, is simply a hit.
GO: June 6 at 8. Cole’s Bar, 2338 N Milwaukee. cinema-minima.com

festivals Maifest Chicago, 57th Street Art Fair
A couple of winners on this week’s festival schedule. On the North Side: Maifest, home to German music, folk dancing, and a Hofbräu keg-tapping (June 4 at 8). On the South Side: 57th Street, the Midwest’s oldest juried art fair—and your best bet among summer’s many fests for finding a piece of artwork you can actually picture hanging over your couch.
GO: Maifest Chicago: June 3: 5-9:30, June 4: 5-11, June 5: noon-11, June 6: noon-10. Lincoln and Leland. mayfestchicago.com. 57th Street Art Fair: June 5: 11-6, June 6: 10-5. 57th from Kenwood to Kimbark. 57thstreetartfair.org

Photography: (left) 7, by Casey Wasniewski; (right) Nathan Kirkman

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