Here’s What to Do in Chicago This Week

Outdoor jazz debuts at the MCA, the South Loop gets into fashion frenzy, and Second City writer and performer Tim Sniffen shares his weekend plans.

Corey Wilkes
Photo: Ingrid Moreta

BLOW YOUR HORN Corey Wilkes will perform at the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Tuesdays on the Terrace

THE FIVE

Don’t-miss picks for Wed 5.29.13 through Tue 6.4.13:

1

jazz Tuesdays on the Terrace
If you’re due for a good people-watching session, you’ll have plenty of opportunity at this popular outdoor summertime jazz series. Veteran trumpeter Corey Wilkes kicks off the program.
GO: 6/4 at 5:30; free. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago. mcachicago.org

2

festivals FASHION in the Street
More than a thousand people are expected to descend upon Dearborn Station for this second annual salute to Chicago’s sartorially-savvy. Twenty local designers show off their creations on a 100-foot long runway and various local music acts perform.
GO: 6/1–2; free. Noon–10. S Dearborn and Polk. fitschicago.com

3

classical International Contemporary Ensemble
Catch the world premiere of The Whisper Opera, the brainchild of Pulitzer Prize–winning composer David Lang. Contemporary specialist Tony Arnold sings soprano.
GO: 6/1 at 7:30, 6/1–2 at 3. $10–$28. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago. iceorg.org

4

art Linda Kramer
Don’t miss this second Chicago-area retrospective showcasing the diversity of Kramer’s paintings—at turns colorful, naughty, metaphysical, carnal, and ephemeral.
GO: 6/2–7/21, Mon–Thu 10–9, Fri–Sat 10–4, Sun 1–4. 2603 Sheridan, Evanston. evanstonartcenter.org

5

festivals Do Division
Hopefully the weather cooperates at this West Town bacchanal, featuring live music curated by Empty Bottle and Subterranean. New this year: a fashion show showcasing neighborhood stores.
GO: 5/31–6/1; $5 suggested donation. Division St from Damen to Leavitt. do-divisionstreetfest.com

WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND

Tim Sniffen
Photo: Courtesy of Tim Sniffen

Tim Sniffen

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Tim Sniffen, writer and performer at Second City. The Second City Guide to Opera runs Friday May 31 through June 30.

“Thursday evening, we will be rehearsing The Second City Guide to the Opera, which we’ll preview on Friday night. It’s been fun bringing the adolescent, improv world to the [Lyric Opera], this stately, time-honored institution. Second City began with University of Chicago students taking on the higher brow and this show is a return to that.

“After rehearsal, there’s a place near the Lyric that I love going to for snacks and cocktails called Embeya. They’ve been so gracious to us. One time we arrived when they were trying to close and they made us a bunch of appetizers and drinks. They also helped me come around to brussel sprouts.

“I’m a baked goods freak, so Saturday morning I’ll go to this café called Bake. They have this chocolate pretzel cookie that’s almost the size of a pancake. We’re rehearsing the show until 7:30 p.m., so after the show, we’ll probably go to J. Parker, the rooftop bar at Hotel Lincoln. The view of the lake is gorgeous; it’s a view I didn’t know you could get from that area of the city.

“On Sunday morning I’ll head to Star Lounge Coffee Bar. I’ve been going there a ton. It’s magical—I went there while I was writing the show and I definitely believe that the right café can make you write better. It’s never too crowded and they play the right music. They also have a muffin with a hardboiled egg in it.

“Later that day—if I have time—I’ll go see the new Neo-Futurists play The Miss Neo Pageant. After the show, the theater will be putting on something for the cast and crew at the Old Town Social. They have these great charcuterie platters. It’ll be a good way to unwind.” —As told to Tomi Obaro

FREEBIE OF THE WEEK

electronica Daft Punk: A Multimedia Mixdown
Fête one of the summer’s most anticipated releases from the French duo at this raging dance party featuring DJs Greg Haus and Chess.
GO: 5/31 at 10. Free before 11 p.m., Berlin, 954 W Belmont. berlinchicago.com

 

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