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The Top 5 Things to Do This Week

On your agenda: The CSO takes on an obscure Beethoven piece… Giordano Dance celebrates 50 years… free Shakespeare, plus the weekend plans of the gallerist John Corbett

‘Glass House’ by Melanie Schiff
QUIET LANDSCAPES Kavi Gupta Gallery launches a show of new work by the
photographer Melanie Schiff

THE FIVE

Don’t-miss picks for Wed 10.24.12 through Tue 10.30.12:

1

art Melanie Schiff
This Los Angeles-based photographer, a former Chicagoan, snaps quiet and ethereal photos that depict stark, light-drenched landscapes. She landed two fall shows: A retrospective at Illinois State University and an exhibition at Kavi Gupta.
GO: 10/26 at 6; free. Kavi Gupta Gallery, 835 W Washington. kavigupta.com. 10/27 at 5; free. University Galleries, 110 Center for the Visual Arts on Beaufort (between University and School Streets). finearts.illinoisstate.edu/galleries

2

classical Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Some folks—dare we say the smart ones—think Missa Solemnis is Beethoven’s greatest work. But its difficulty prevents it from being performed very often. Seeing the CSO play the piece is rarer still.
GO: 10/25–27 at 8; $45–$225. Symphony Center, 220 S Michigan. cso.org

3

dance Giordano Dance Chicago
Few dance troupes achieve their 50th anniversary. This jazz company plans to blow out its candles in style with a new work by the Ailey-trained choreographer Christopher Huggins.
GO: 10/26 and 27; $15–$60. Harris Theater, 205 E Randolph. harristheaterchicago.org

4

pop Cat Power
She sounds stronger than ever on Sun, a mix of soulful melody and rock, her first release in six years. Cat Power (née Chan Marshall) has a reputation for concert behavior, so it could be a train wreck or a triumph. We’re hoping for the latter.
GO: 10/28 at 8; $34. The Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield. jamusa.com/venues/vic/concerts.aspx

5

dance The Seldoms
Carrie Hanson, founder of this contemporary ensemble, spins her restless creations out of our agita. This time, it’s the climate change debate.
GO: 10/25–27; $26–$30. The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, 1306 S Michigan. colum.edu/dancecenter

WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND

John Corbett
John Corbett

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: John Corbett, half of the team behind the beloved Chicago gallery Corbett vs. Dempsey.The West Town gallery opens a new show, Joyce Pensato: You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do, on 10/26.

“Friday, of course, I’ll be coming to Corbett vs. Dempsey for the opening of Joyce Pensato. She’s a Brooklyn artist and this show is her Chicago solo debut. Afterwards, we’ll probably go for drinks at Maude’s Liquor Bar for Old Fashioneds. I like the atmosphere, it’s kind got a French bistro vibe without being too in your face. It also has this mixology thing going on, but without being too annoyingly self-righteous. They just make good drinks and they use good liquor.

“Saturday, I’m heading out to Elmhurst College to see a new show by the artist Susan Frankel. While there, I’ll visit the tucked-away art collection in the school’s library that is one of the best institutional collections of Chicago Imagists work. And it’s curated by one of the original Hairy Who artists, Suellen Rocca. Later, I’m going to pop over to the opening of Lily Ludlow at Shane Campbell Gallery in the city. For dinner, I’ll head to one of my favorites, Rub in Rogers Park. They have brisket with the most unreal bark—it’s spectacular. It’s all Texas style, really dry, really good.

“Sunday afternoon, I’m going to go to the other Shane Campbell Gallery in Oak Park for an opening of Philip Hanson. I will then have lunch at Gene & Jude’s, a hot dog joint in River Grove. In my fairly exhaustive survey, it’s the best hot dog joint in the area. The French fries are all hand cut and they’re incredible. I’ll probably finish the night out seeing the weekly series of improvised music at the Hungry Brain.” —As told to Elly Fishman

FREEBIE OF THE WEEK

theatre Black Magic: An Evening of Shakespeare
A corps of ghosts, murderers, and black magic practitioners make for a Halloween treat in this revue of Shakespeare’s spookier scenes. Double, double, toil and trouble.
GO: 10/30–11/1 at 7 and 9; suggested $15 donation. Promethean Theatre Ensemble at The Red Lion Lincoln Square, 4749 N Rockwell. prometheantheatre.com

 

Photography: (SCHIFF) Courtesy of Kavi Gupta Gallery; (CORBETT) Jim Dempsey

 

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