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The Top 5 Things to Do This Week

You can see Sigur Rós live in Chicago. There are other great things to do too. But did you hear that part about Sigur Rós?

Sigur Ros
Photograph: Brian Kersey

LUSH LULLABY Sigur Rós, the Icelandic band, will fill UIC pavilion with its quiet brilliance.

THE FIVE

Don’t-miss picks for Wed 3.27.13 through Tue 4.2.13:

1

rock Sigur RÓs
But don’t be fooled by the Icelandic group’s rock reputation, Sigur Rós’s hypnotic sound is more ambient lullaby than heavy head-banging stadium music.
GO: 4/2 at 8; $44. UIC Pavilion, 525 S Racine. jamusa.com

2

theatre Barnum
When else is traditional theatre colored by acrobats, trapeze artists, and jugglers? Mercury Theater remounts Cy Coleman’s story of the infamous Phineas Taylor Barnum.
GO: 3/27–6/16; $25–$59. Mercury Theater, 3745 N Southport. mercurytheaterchicago.com

3

poetry Kevin Coval
Kevin Coval, the founder of Louder Than A Bomb, reads from his new book Schtick, a collection of poems that tell stories of immigrant Jews and their assimilation into American culture.
GO: 3/27 at 7:30; free. UP Comedy Club, 230 W North. upcomedyclub.com

4

theatre Catch Me If You Can
If Leonardo DiCaprio’s smooth talking Frank Abagnale Jr. was a convincing charmer in Steven Spielberg’s 2002 film, imagine how the con man’s swoon-worthy swagger will proliferate with song and dance.
GO: 4/2–4/14; $18–$85. Broadway in Chicago at Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W Randolph. broadwayinchicago.com

5

new music Spektral Quartet
It’s a tall order to adapt an orchestral masterpiece like Haydn’s Seven Last Words for a string quartet, but if any group can pull it off, it’s Spektral Quartet.
GO: 3/28 at 7; free. Rockerfeller Chapel, 5850 S Woodlawn. spektralquartet.com

WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND

Alex Monroe
Photograph: Jordan Worcester

Alex Monroe

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Alex Monroe, a percussionist in the Civic Orchestra and a graduate of Northwestern University. This weekend, Monroe joins his Civic colleagues in a chamber percussion performance in Kosciuszko Park at 11 a.m.

“Friday, I’ll go to this place Taco Diablo. It’s a great new place that has really great tortas. They don’t have chorizo on the menu, but if you ask for it, they’ll make it for you—and it’s definitely the best option for tortas. Afterwards, I’m heading to Milwaukee for the first time to see this English indie band Alt-J at The Riverside Theater. They’re kind of eclectic, not what you’d normally hear on the radio.

“Saturday morning, I’ll head to The Globe Pub in North Center. They play all the English soccer games, so I go there a lot. They do serve breakfast for the games, but I never really order food. Although if I end up staying for lunch, they have great burgers. Later, I’m playing a concert with other percussionists from Civic Orchestra in Kosciuszko Park. The concert is part of our ongoing In the Park with Civic program. We’ll be doing music by various composers and playing some rudimental style drumming, which is basically military-style drumming. Afterwards, I might go to one of my favorite places: Piece in Wicker Park. I love the sausage and pepperoni pizza and order the biggest one I can get. Then, my friends and I will probably end the night at The Violet Hour. It’s very private, so it’s a great place to go with a few friends.

“Since I live in Evanston, I’ll probably get my Sunday breakfast at Walker Bros. Pancake House. I love their Santa Fe omelette. Much of my day will be spent out in the suburbs where I’m playing an Easter gig. When I come back, though, I’ll end the weekend at Chicago Futsal Academy where I’ll play a game of pick-up indoor soccer.” —As told to Elly Fishman

FREEBIE OF THE WEEK

art Mary Ellen Croteau
Croteau’s self portraits are like Chuck Close paintings, but instead of paint she uses prescription drug bottles and colored caps to depict a visage. In her new show Plastic World, Croteau riffs on the popular aesthetic.
GO: 4/1–5/5. 1999 Campus, Northwestern University. norris.northwestern.edu

 

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