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Beautiful and Funny Things to Do in Chicago This Week

Theatre, dance, comedy, art—and even a documentary about the legendary graffiti artist Cool “Disco” Dan.

A SINGLE MAN Timothy Edward Kane in An Iliad   Photo: Michael Brosilow/Courtesy of Court Theatre

The Five

Don’t-miss picks for Wednesday, November 13, through Tuesday, November 19

1 An Iliad

Theatre: If you missed Timothy Edward Kane’s virtuosic one-man telling of Homer’s Greek epic when it ran last year, don’t pass it up again.
11/13–12/8. $45–$65. Court Theatre, 5535 S Ellis. courttheatre.org

2 Autumn Passion

Dance: River North Dance Chicago mounts its fall engagement featuring premieres by three hot choreographers: Kevin Iega Jeff, Ashley Roland, and Adam Barruch.
11/14, 16, 17. $30–$75. Harris Theatre, 205 E Randolph. harristheaterchicago.org

3 Rob Delaney

Comedy: The title of the comedian’s latest book—Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage—tells you everything you need to know about Delaney’s brand of comedy. He shares anecdotes from the book at the Music Box.
11/14 at 7. $30. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport. musicboxtheatre.com/events/unabridged-bookstore-presents-rob-delaney-2013-nov-14-thu-0700pm

4 Ten x Ten

Art: Ten members of Access Contemporary Music teamed up with ten local printmakers to make an installation and album called . . . (guess) . . . Ten x Ten. At their release party, musicians perform the tracks and give out booklets with the custom-made prints.
11/16 at 7. $15–$35. Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, 2320 W Chicago. acmusic.org

5 The Legend of Cool “Disco” Dan

Film: Get an inside look at troubled 1980s Washington DC at the Logan Theatre premiere of this documentary about the city told from the perspective of graffiti artist Cool “Disco” Dan.
11/19 at 7. $12. Logan Theatre, 2646 N Milwaukee. thelogantheatre.com
 

What I’m Doing This Weekend

Melody Williams
Melody Williams Photo: Courtesy of Melody Williams

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Project Onward associate director and artist Melody Williams. The Cardboard Show takes place at the Bridgeport Art Center from November 15–27.

“So Friday night is the Cardboard Show, which I’ve been helping out with for the past few years. The tenets of the show are that art should be affordable and fun. It’s a cash-and-carry opening. Then I’m going to hop on my bike and ride over to Co Prosperity Sphere. They have a show called Level Eater 3.5; it’s a fantasy art show. I think there’s lots of Dungeons and Dragons artwork.

“Saturday, we’re having a cardboard portrait slam. It’s an all day event with twelve artists who do on-the-spot portraits on cardboard. Then I’m going to run over to Pilsen to Cobalt Studio. They are having a closing reception for a show I want to see. I might try out the bar Punch House afterwards. The one time I tried to go, they were just packed. I think I’m more prepared for the lines now.

“Sunday, I usually go to Icoseium Kafé; it’s an Algerian creperie. Last time I was there, I had a date and brie crepe with honey. They also have Turkish coffee, which is awesome. Then my boyfriend and I are going to go a movie. He’s a filmmaker but he really wants to see Bad Santa.” —As told to Tomi Obaro
 

Freebie of the Week

Beethoven 3

Classical: Need a classical music fix but don’t feel like shelling out major dough for it? Then go see the CSO’s training orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago perform Four Sea Interludes and Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony for free.
11/19 at 8. Free. Symphony Center, 220 S Michigan. cso.org

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