Keb’ Mo,’ Kim Gordon, and ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’: There’s a Lot to Do This Week

You don’t even have to pay anything to see Edra Soto wrap an Oak Park porch in ironwork.

Blues artist Keb’ Mo’
Photograph: John Mazlish

BLUES HUES Keb’ Mo’ brings a modern swagger to the blues

THE FIVE

Don’t-miss picks for Wed 3.20.13 through Tue 3.26.13:

1

blues Keb’ Mo’
The stylish singer busts through the traditional blues boundaries, bringing a fresh sleekness to one of Chicago’s beloved music genres.
GO: 3/21 at 7 and 10; $40. Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N Lincoln. oldtownschool.org

2

theatre Priscilla Queen of The Desert
To paraphrase RuPaul: The ladyboys of Priscilla have enough charisma, nerve, and talent to turn the entire Australian outback into a disco extravaganza.
GO: 3/19–3/30; $28–$85. Broadway in Chicago at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E Congress. broadwayinchicago.com

3

dance Chicago Moving Company
From The Egyptian Book of the Dead to the music of Magnetic Fields, the Chicago Moving Company draws on all kinds of inspiration for its 40th anniversary program.
GO: 3/21–23; $21–$24. The Dance Center at Columbia College, 1306 S Michigan. colum.edu/dancecenter

4

classical Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Some favorite Eastern European composers emerge from the woodwork for this all-Russian program featuring Tchaikovsky and Aram Khachaturian.
GO: 3/21 at 8, 3/22 at 1:30, 3/23 at 8, 3/24 at 3; $28–$220. Symphony Center, 220 S Michigan. cso.org

5

rock Kim Gordon
This one isn’t for the fair-weather new-music fan. The MCA series comes to a screeching halt with Sonic Youth frontwoman Kim Gordon.
GO: 3/26 at 6; Free. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago. mcachicago.org

WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND

Yolonda Cursach
Photograph: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
 

Yolanda Cursach

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Yolanda Cursach, the Hyde Park resident and associate director of performance programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

“On Friday, I’m going to see the world premiere of Pedro Páramo at the Goodman Theatre. The MCA was a co-comissioner of this project and I’m really looking forward it it. Teatro Buendia is an amazing company from Cuba led by a really formidable woman, Flora Lauten. Afterwards I might get a drink at Pippin’s Tavern. They have a great selection of drawn beer.

“Saturday, I’m going to see Marie Chouinard perform in the MCA galleries. I’m really excited about that because she very rarely does solo work in galleries anymore. Later that night her company is performing a program of two one-act ballets. The one I’m really excited about is based on a poem by the Belgian poet and artist Henri Michaux. It’s an experiment and it looks amazing on our stage.

“Sunday I’m actually going to head over to Victory Gardens. Theater Oobleck is doing There Is A Happiness that Morning Is. It’s a piece about two lovers of an unsexy middle age who are both undergraduate lecturers of poetry. I love that it’s written for rhyme to verse. Right after, I’m going to jog over to Theater 773 where Teatro Luna is opening a play Your Problem With Men. They are just some of my favorite female rebels. Their work is really fresh and original. Later, I’ll get back to Hyde Park to hit Hyde Park Records and browse for some new vinyl. I’ll end the weekend at Rajun Cajun. It’s this hole in the wall but they have the most amazing food. They have amazing greens and Gobi Mutter.” —As told to Elly Fishman

FREEBIE OF THE WEEK

art Edra Soto
The Puerto Rican artist wraps an Oak Park home’s front porch with an ironwork design. Busy bees are in luck, the new show is open 24/7.
GO: 3/24 at 1. 704 Highland Ave, Oak Park. terrainexhibitions.tumblr.com

 

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