The Five Things You Should Do This Week

Hubbard Street Dance, a vaudeville version of Hamlet, the Ebony Fashion Fair, and Veronica Falls at the Empty Bottle.


Photograph: Courtesy of Hubbard Street

SPRING, SPRANG, SPRUNG For the first time in 35 years, Hubbard Street share the stage with another company showcasing new and celebrated work.

THE FIVE

Don’t-miss picks for Wed 3.13.13 through Tue 3.19.13:

1

dance Hubbard Street
The ambassadors of “Chicago-style dance” join forces with the Alonzo King LINES Ballet for their Spring series, dancing AZIMUTH, a new piece choreographed by Alonzo King himself.
GO: 3/14–3/17; $25–$99. Harris Theater, 205 E Randolph. hubbardstreetdance.com

2

classical Access Contemporary Music
When else will you hear an original score, written by four local composers, for Hiroshi Teshigahara’s 1985 documentary Antonio Gaudi? Don’t miss the new-music collective’s annual Sound of Silent Film Festival.
GO: 3/19 at 7; $5–$20. Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N Ravenswood. acmusic.org

3

theatre Red Hamlet
This isn’t your grandpa’s Hamlet. With a beefed-up Ophelia and a vaudevillian vibe, Red Theater’s genre-bending show brings an entirely new perspective to Shakespeare’s troubled Dane.
GO: 3/14–4/21; $28. Stage 773, 1225 W Belmont. stage773.com

4

museums Ebony Fashion Fair
The Chicago History Museum plucked dazzling designer garments from the 50-year archives of the Ebony Fashion Fair, the trailblazing show started by Chicago’s Johnson Publishing Company.
GO: 3/16–1/5/14; $12–$14. Chicago History Museum, 1601 N Clark. chicagohs.org

5

rock Veronica Falls
The ramshackle young Brits have an analog noir that is a throwback to 1980s English rock music—in a good way.
GO: 3/14 at 9; $12–$14. Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western. emptybottle.com

WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND

Victor Garcia
Photograph: Courtesy of Victor Garcia

Victor Garcia

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Victor Garcia, a local jazz trumpeter who is on the Music Institute of Chicago Jazz Studies faculty and will participate in this Saturday’s Family Day of Music at Nichols Concert Hall at 2 p.m.

“My weekend begins early Friday morning. I am meeting with Ian Torres to make plans for our concert this August in Millennium Park. We will be brainstorming ideas, writing music, and figuring out the technical details for the show. Later, I’ll head over to Andy’s Jazz Club for my show with Scott Burns from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

“Saturday will be a big day. After I teach my normal jazz group I will be performing at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Family Day with my fellow faculty member Audrey Morrison at the Nichols Concert Hall. We are celebrating Evanston’s 150th anniversary. It should be a great time. Afterward I plan on hitting up my favorite restaurant in Evanston, Joy Yee’s Noodles, and maybe bring Audrey along if she wants to join. I always get the Beef Cubes in tomato sauce—it’s amazing.

“Sunday I am really excited to spend time with my son. I want to take him and my nephew to Pump It Up on Eastman. It’s this giant indoor jumping play land. While I let him get worn out I might even pick up my instrument for some undisturbed daddy time. Then we will head to another one of my favorite spots—Pompei, where my son and I always split a calzone with the works. I would also love for us to go to Starfruit Café on Division. They have great, healthy Kefir ice cream and tons of toppings. By that point I will have to head home. I am leaving for New York and will need to start packing!” —As told to Abigail Tracy

FREEBIE OF THE WEEK

art Guy Ben-Ner
Israeli-born video artist Guy Ben-Ner has attracted international audiences with his funny take on family life. Now he takes on Hollywood culture.
GO: 3/15–4/26. 119 N Peoria. aspectratioprojects.com

 

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