The Most Funny and Beautiful Things to Do in Chicago This Week

Artists mix cocktails, the ladies of Off Off Broadzway perform, and an elaborately mustachioed gent plays the organ.

Off Off Broadzway
Photo: Courtesy of Chicago Women’s Funny Festival

LOVELY LADIES Burlesque troupe Off Off Broadzway will perform at the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival.

THE FIVE

Don’t-miss picks for Wed 6.5.13 through Tue 6.11.13:

1

festivals Chicago Women’s Funny Festival
The female-centric chuckle bonanza returns for a second year with 80 shows and more than 400 performers, including burlesque parody sketch comedy troupe, “Off Off Broadzway.”
GO: 6/6–9. Visit chicagowomensfunnyfestival.com for details.

2

theatre The Pride
With the Illinois gay marriage bill officially off the table, it’s easy to get discouraged. But this time-traveling Olivier Award–winning play by Alexi Kaye Campbell shows just how far the gay rights movement has come.
GO: 6/6–7/13. $20–$30. Richard Christiansen Theater at the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N Lincoln. aboutfacetheatre.com

3

parties Artist-Run Artbar: Artists Ain’t Unicorns
Hyde Park Art Center’s monthly soiree puts the artists to work for a change. They’ll mix cocktails, run ceramic and printmaking workshops and deejay.
GO: 6/7 at 6. Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S Cornell. hydeparkart.org

4

electropop Chvrches
Likely to be 2013’s water-cooler band, don’t miss the Scottish synth pop trio. Expect hot-ironed versions of “Lies” and “The Mother We Share” from the band’s first EP Recover.
GO: 6/10 at 8; $17. Lincoln Hall, 2424 N Lincoln. lincolnhallchicago.com

5

jazz Wayne Shorter Quartet
Celebrate the legendary composer and saxophonist’s 80th birthday at this Symphony Center shindig. He’ll play with pianist Danilo Pérez, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade.
GO: 6/7 at 8. $37–$71. Symphony Center, 220 S Michigan. cso.org

WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND

Jeneene Brown-Mosley
Photo: Courtesy of the City of Chicago

Jeneene Brown-Mosley

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Jeneene Brown-Mosley, program director of the Chicago Blues Festival, which runs Friday June 7 through Sunday June 9.

“This weekend, I’ll be at the Chicago Blues Festival making sure everything runs smoothly. The theme for the festival this year is ‘rolling up the river.’ We’ll go from New Orleans and Mississippi to Memphis to Chicago over the weekend.

“Thursday evening, I’ll be in Millennium Park at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion for an evening blues concert with our next generation of blues artists including Fernando Jones, Blues Kids of America, Shemekia Copeland, and her special guest Quinn Sullivan.

“Friday, I would definitely not miss Kevin Purcell and the Nightburners at 4:15 and Mississippi Heat at 2:30. I’ll also have lunch at some point; I love the mustard-fried catfish from one of our vendors, BJ’s Market and Bakery. It’s delicious.

“On Saturday, I would recommend Bobby ‘Slim’ James. He is a blues artist that is well recognized here in the city of Chicago. At 11:30, close friends of Pinetop Perkins will be part of a panel discussion about his legacy. It would have been his 100th birthday this year. He was part of the Mississippi Delta scene.

“Sunday, we’re going to be celebrating Delmark Records’ 60th birthday from 11:15 to 5:30. Miss Nellie ‘Tiger’ Travis will be performing—she’s one of our blues divas and she is a dynamo. We’ll end with a combination of our old school and new school performers including Demetria Taylor and James Cotton.” —As told to Tomi Obaro

FREEBIE OF THE WEEK

classical Rush Hour Concerts
The trumpeter Stephen Burns and the extravagantly mustachioed David Schrader perform works for trumpet and organ.
GO: 6/11 at 5:45. St James Cathedral, 65 E Huron. rushhour.org

 

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