The Top 5 Things to Do This Week

On your agenda: Patrick Watson fills Lincoln Hall with his seductive falsetto… Gustavo Dudamel returns to symphony center… free Britten and Brahms, plus the weekend plans of the Wait, Wait!…Don’t Tell Me! producer Eva Wolchover

Trey McIntyre
AMERICAN SPLENDOR Trey McIntyre Project, the Boise-based dance troupe makes
their Harris Theater debut

THE FIVE

Don’t-miss picks for Wed 11.28.12 through Tue 12.4.12:

1

dance TREY McINTYRE PROJECT
Over the past few years, Trey McIntyre’s Boise-based dance troupe has been the cream of the contemporary dance crop. McIntyre’s latest production, Ladies and Gentle Men, delves into the quirky human experience.
GO: 11/30 at 7:30; $15–$55. The Harris Theater, 205 E Randolph. harristheater.com

2

rock Patrick Watson
The Montreal-based indie crooner’s signature falsetto and acoustic melodies will fill Lincoln Hall for the second time this year, on the heels of his new album Adventures in Your Own Backyard.
GO: 12/2 at 8; $15, $18 at the door. 2424 N Lincoln. lincolnhallchicago.com

3

classical Chicago Symphony Orchestra
The prodigious Gustavo Dudamel is a boy no more, but the Venezuelan-born conductor is still a wonder. Now in his 13th year leading the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Dudamel brings the ensemble back to Symphony Center for the second time.
GO: 12/2 at 3; $62–$215. Symphony Center, 220 S Michigan. cso.org

4

comedy Spank!
The naughty side of the holidays kicks into gear with Spank!, the satirical musical that takes on the bondage-in-the-bedroom best-selling novel 50 Shades of Grey.
GO: 11/28–12/16; $42.50 and $52.50. Royal George Theatre, 1641 N Halsted. theroyalgeorgetheatre.com

5

theatre The School for Lies
David Ives’s lively, playful tribute to Molière never ceases to amaze. With its comedic finesse, like gents in duress, the play that’s in rhyme is truly sublime.
GO: 12/4–1/20; $48–$78. Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 800 E Grand. chicagoshakes.com

WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND

Eva Wolchover
Eva Wolchover

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Eva Wolchover, a producer at NPR’s weekly quiz show Wait Wait!…Don’t Tell Me! This week, the show features Jake Tapper, the White House correspondent for ABC. Wait Wait!…Don’t Tell Me! airs on Saturdays at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

“We tape Wait Wait!…Don’t Tell Me! on Thursday nights, so by Friday I’m usually too wiped out to do anything that doesn’t involve sitting in a chair for ninety-nine percent of the night. My boyfriend and I will probably go to dinner in our neighborhood, Andersonville. Jin Ju on Clark Street is a favorite. They serve delicious bibimbap and lychee martinis. Their martinis are so good I’m usually willing to overlook the fact lychees look like floating eyeballs. Then we’ll likely head over to the Hopleaf, decide it’s way too crowded, and end up at Simon’s up the street, where their year-round Christmas decorations are finally in season again.

“On Saturday I plan to get crafty and make some holiday gifts and cards for my friends and family. If you’re related to me, and reading this, sorry for all the knitted hats. In order to prepare for crafting, I’ll head to Sifu Design for the wonderful hand-spun yarns in varying degrees of softness and itchiness. Later I’ll most likely head to dinner at Cafe Orchid on Lincoln and Addison for Turkish food. It’s BYOB. In case that’s confusing, that doesn’t mean Bring Your Own Baby. I might also see Lincoln at the Landmark Century in Lakeview. I would love to see Anna Karenina but alas, my boyfriend is a boy.

“Sunday, I’ll take my dog Beau to the Montrose dog beach. I love going in the winter when no one’s around except for really rugged, sporty dogs and their owners. Beau is the opposite of sporty, but I’m hoping he’ll pick up a few tricks. Sunday night I’ll cook dinner and watch Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares on the couch, unless someone wants to go see Anna Karenina, anyone?” —As told to Elly Fishman

FREEBIE OF THE WEEK

classical Britten and Brahms
Class up your weekday lunch with some Britten and Brahms. The violist Rami Solomonow and the pianist Meng-Chieh Liu of Chicago Chamber Musicians perform pieces by the English and German composers for the popular noontime concerts.
GO: 12/3 at 12:15. Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington. explorechicago.org

 

Photography: (McIntyre); Liza Vol (Wolchover) Laura Waleryszak

 

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