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The Top Five Things to Do in Chicago This Week

Snow White, Wanda Jackson, Cassandra Wilson, and more.

MEAN GIRLS Go see Snow White at the Harris Theater this weekend.   Photo: JC Carbonne

The Five

Don’t-miss picks for Wednesday, April 30 through Tuesday, May 6

1 Snow White

Dance: Partial nudity, acrobatics, and costumes by Jean Paul Gaultier: French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj spares no dramatic effect in his Snow White, which features a challenging pas de deux between a prince and the protagonist Snow. 
5/2 to 5/4. $10–$75. Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph. harristheaterchicago.org

2 Wanda Jackson

Rock: It doesn’t get much better than a good old-fashioned jamboree with the 76-year-old Queen of Rockabilly.
5/3 at 8. $17–$35. SPACE, 1245 Chicago, Evanston. evanstonspace.com

3 Graham Foundation

Design: “Tip the world over and everything loose will land in Los Angeles,” architect Frank Lloyd Wright once said. Inspired by these words, curators at the Graham Foundation mount this L.A.-themed exhibition that focuses on the city’s architecture boom in the 1970s.
5/1–7/26. Free. 4 W. Burton. grahamfoundation.org

4 The White Snake

Theatre: Tony-winning director Mary Zimmerman brings fantastic visuals and ingenious puppetry to an ancient Chinese fable about a serpent who transforms into a beautiful woman.
5/3–6/8. $25–$86. Goodman Albert Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. goodmantheatre.org

5 Cassandra Wilson

Jazz: Wilson caused a sensation with her 1994 debut, Blue Light ’til Dawn, an unclassifiable hodgepodge of blues, jazz and R&B sung in her signature alto. Wilson performs songs from the album here.
5/4 at 6 and 8:30. $30–$65. SPACE, 1245 Chicago, Evanston. evanstonspace.com

What I’m Doing This Weekend

Julie Rodrigues Widholm
Julie Rodrigues Widholm Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Julie Rodrigues Widholm, curator for the Museum of Contemporary Art.

“Friday we have a preview for the lenders and donors of [Unbound: Contemporary Art After Frida Kahlo]. It opens Saturday, May 3. It’s been amazing for me; it’s a rare opportunity to do Frida Kahlo in a contemporary art exhibition. People have lost sight of the real subversive, powerful effect of her paintings.

“Saturday, in the morning, my children and I will probably walk to Oak Park Bakery. It has amazing fresh donuts. I think it’s been there for fifty years or something. Then there’s this great place in Riverside called Empanadus; they have amazing Argentinean empanadas and alfajores—Argentinian cookies. If the weather’s good, we’ll swing by Brookfield Zoo. If not, we’ll probably do some baking; there’s this blog I love called the Minimalist Baker. She makes vegan gluten-free desserts. Later that night, I’m going to Anthony Pearson’s opening at Shane Campbell Gallery. If I’m not too tired, I’ll see Wanda Jackson at Space.

“Sunday, I want to swing by Terrain Exhibitions; they do exhibitions on the roof and in the front yard.” —As told to Tomi Obaro

Freebie of the Week


Zack Wirsum

Art: Too much is never enough in the canvases of this emerging local painter who leaves no corner untouched and no color unused in his immersive, highly detailed artwork.
5/2 to 6/21. Free. Jean Albano Gallery, 215 W. Superior. jeanalbanogallery.com

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