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The Top 5 Things to Do This Week

It’s a big week: Nick Offerman and Atoms for Peace are in town, and that’s not all.


Photo: Chris Buck; Prop Stylist: Ward Robinson for WRP;
Hair and Makeup: Barbara Guillaume
 

MAD MAN Nick Offerman performs at Chicago Theatre on Thursday

THE FIVE

Don’t-miss picks for Wed 10.2.13 through Tue 10.8.13:

1

comedy Nick Offerman
Our cover star brings his brand of machismo humor to Chicago Theatre.
GO: 10/3 at 8. $35. Chicago Theatre, 175 N State. thechicagotheatre.com

2

opera Otello
Catch the Lyric’s opening show of the season, Otello, featuring Johan Botha and Ana María Martínez.
GO: 10/5–11/2. $79–$600. Civic Opera House, 20 N Wacker. lyricopera.org

3

theatre Smokefall
Don’t miss this family drama about a pair of in-utero twins dealing with a rocky future.
GO: 10/5–11/3. $10–$40. Goodman Theatre, 170 N Dearborn. goodmantheatre.org

4

dance Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
The contemporary dance company stops by Chicago to perform three show-stopping dances, Over Glow, Beautiful Mistake, and Last.
GO: 10/5 at 7:30. $25–$75. Harris Theater, 205 E Randolph. harristheaterchicago.org

5

music Atoms for Peace
Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and the producer Nigel Godrich join forces. Hopefully there will be some of this.
GO: 10/2 at 8. $38.50–$54.00. UIC Pavilion, 525 S Racine. ticketmaster.com

WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND

Jackie Taylor
Photo: Nathan Keay

Heidi Reitmaier

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Heidi Reitmaier, director of education at the Museum of Contemporary Art. First Fridays takes place at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 4.

“Friday is our First Fridays, which is a program we’ve reinvented. We’re partnering with Magic Chicago so we have nine magicians who are going to be featured, including Dennis Watkins, who is probably one of the most well-known. And then we have Christi LeMaster who’s screening 16 mm experimental films. We also have Girl Group Chicago, a fifteen piece band who recreate the sounds and looks of the ’60s mod look.

“Saturday, I have soccer with my daughter. And then we usually go to my favorite Vietnamese Restaurant, Tank Noodle. Later, my partner and I are going to the Gene Siskel Film Center. We never really decide on a film until we arrive, but the Siskel always has such an eclectic range each evening you can usually wander in and see something incredible. Then we’re going to Chances Dances at The Hideout. They’re programming a queer holiday themed First Fridays for us in December.

“Sunday is definitely chill out family day. We have been talking for ages about checking out the Maxwell Street Market.” —As told to Tomi Obaro

FREEBIE OF THE WEEK

art Pop-Up Art Week Gallery Walk
Take one last look at the Chicago Loop Alliance’s public artwork while sipping on some wine and nosh.
GO: 10/3. 5–8. Free. Various locations in Loop. chicagoloopalliance.com

 

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