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Here Are the Top Five Things to Do in Chicago This Week

Chicago Critics Film Festival celebrates its third year, plus more great things to do this week in the city.

MAY FLOWERS Attend the Cinco de Mayo Parade this weekend.   PHOTO: CHUCK BERG

The Five

Don’t-miss picks for Wednesday, April 29 through May 5, 2015

1 Chicago Critics Film Festival

Film: The three-year-old festival has a stellar lineup this year, including the much anticipated The End of the Tour starring Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace and the Chicago premieres of Kris and Joe Swanberg’s films (Unexpected and Digging for Fire, respectively).
5/1–5/7. $12–$150. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport. chicagocriticsfilmfestival.com

2 The Little Foxes

Theater: Henry Wishcamper helms an excellent cast (John Judd, Larry Yando, Mary Beth Fisher, and Dexter Zollicoffer among them) in Lillian Hellman’s scathing exploration of scheming and betrayal among the Hubbard family.
5/2–6/7. $25–$81. Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. goodmantheatre.org

3 Heidi Norton

Art: Nature takes over this resting-house-turned-art-center with Norton’s installation of live sod encroaching the gallery’s interior and its visitors.
5/2–5/31. Free. Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee. comfortstationlogansquare.org

4 A Coffin in Egypt

Classical: This is your last weekend to catch the mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade singing the tour de force role of 90-year-old Myrtle Bledsoe, a character written especially for the famous singer.
5/1 at 7:30 and 5/3 at 3. $35–$125. Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph. chicagooperatheater.org

5 The Replacements

Rock: After headlining Riot Fest two years ago, the alt-rock icons (sans two original members) return for another Chi-Town go.
4/29–4/30 at 8. $51. Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine. jamusa.com/riviera-theatre

What I’m Doing This Weekend

“What I’m Doing This Weekend” is taking a break, but will return next week. —Tomi Obaro

Freebie of the Week


Cinco de Mayo

Parades: Though it might be a little rainy, hundreds will still turn out for this annual celebration of Mexico’s defeat of France in 1862.
5/3 at noon. Free. Cermak and Damen. cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/neighborhood_parades.html

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