The Top Five Things to Do in Chicago This Week

Bonus: The excellent weekend plans of the woman in charge of the Chicago Underground Film Festival.

LEAN IN Catch Markings this Friday at Links Hall.   Photo: William Frederking

The Five

Don’t-miss picks for Wednesday, April 2 through Tuesday, April 8

1 Chick Corea and Béla Fleck

Jazz: In 2007, the veteran jazz pianist (Corea) teamed up with innovative banjoist (Fleck) to release The Enchantment, an 11-song album of intricate back-and-forth. They hit it off so well they decided to take the collab on tour seven years later.
4/5 at 8. $25–$68. Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress. auditoriumtheatre.org

2 Peter and the Starcatcher

Theatre: The adventures of Peter Pan before he became Peter Pan, this charming vaudeville romp features pirates, lost boys, and cross-dressing mermaids.
4/2 to 4/13. $15–$82. Broadway in Chicago at the Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe. broadwayinchicago.com

3 Jeff Garlin

Comedy: The Curb Your Enthusiasm star has been slumming it lately on the lackluster sitcom The Goldbergs, but live, he’s the consummate improviser.
4/1–4/6. $25. Zanies, 1548 N. Wells, chicago.zanies.com

4 Hedwig Dances

Dance: The trending Chicago choreographer Jan Bartoszek blurs the lines between contemporary movement and the visual arts in Hedwig’s spring showcase, Markings.
4/5–4/12. $15–$20. Links Hall at Constellation. 3111 N Western. hedwigdances.com

5 The Great God Pan

Theatre: Ubiquitous director Kimberly Senior directs this Amy Herzog–penned drama (a Chicago premiere) about childhood sex abuse, memory, and identity.
4/3 to 5/11. $30–$40. Next Theatre, 927 Noyes, Evanston. nexttheatre.org

What I’m Doing This Weekend

Heather Nichols
Heather Nichols Photo: Courtesy of Heather Nichols

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Heather Nichols, the festival coordinator for the Chicago Underground Film Festival which starts on Wednesday, April 2.

“Friday afternoon, we’ll be having all our filmmakers for brunch at Lula. I’ve been to Lula a couple of times; it’s casual fine dining, and everyone that works there is really nice. The program I’m looking most forward to is our featurette combo, East of Hell/Psychic TV’s Dreams Less Sweet. Dreams Less Sweet is a longform music video; it’s playing with East of Hell, which is a documentary about Indonesian death metal. Our after party is going to be at Township. Kwaidan, an experimental noise band, will be playing.

“Saturday, I’ll go to Matchbox Café. They’re supplied by Metropolis so their coffee is great no matter what. Then, I’ll be at the Logan Theatre by 1 p.m. to get everything set up. One of the highlights for Saturday is a narrative feature called Shadow Zombie by Jorge Torres-Toress. It’s a really beautifully shot character study on people who would be considered dirtbags. It’s being preceded by short films from former Chicagoan Jake Barningham; he’s a really good experimental filmmaker. After the programming is finished, we’re going to The Burlington for the after party. It doesn’t get supercrowded, so it’s perfect for the parties. There’ll be music by Ono, a noise gospel group.

“Sunday, programming starts again at 2. The one place we always go to is Half Italian Grocer, across from the Logan Theatre. The woman who owns it is super nice. Sunday evening is our closing night party and award ceremony at the Hairpin Arts Center. We’ll be premiering the Kartemquin documentary, American Arab.” —As told to Tomi Obaro

Freebie of the Week

Roger McVey

Classical: The pianist plays sonatas by Mozart and Rachmaninoff and contemporary works by Marc Mellitis and John Psathas.
4/4 at 12. Free. PianoForte Studios, 1335 S Michigan. pianofortefoundation.org

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