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Here’s What’s Happening in Chicago Culture This Week

Mumford & Sons are playing Montrose Beach, Spike Lee’s new film is called Chiraq, and The Social Experiment shares a staggering music video.

Mumford & Sons, who will soothe 30,000 sets of ears at Montrose Beach in June   Photo: James Minchin III

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Mumford & Sons are playing Montrose Beach

Folk-rock’s foremost vest-wearin’ chicken-pickers will play on Cricket Hill at Montrose Beach on June 17 to a capacity of 30,000—about 7,000 more than the United Center’s concert cap. It’s the park’s first-ever major concert (locals have played there before), and tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. via the band’s website.

Todd Glass is headlining Comedy Exposition

The stand-up festival born during last year’s Just For Laughs hiatus will return, featuring Todd Glass as well as previously announced headliners Baron Vaughn, Adam Cayton-Holland, and Kate Berlant. Tickets, venues, and a full lineup for the July 10–12 fest are due in May.

Chicago Gospel Music Festival relocates, announces headliners

The city’s 30th annual gospel fest (May 29–31) will move its outdoor performances to Millennium Park—more than twice the size of previous home Ellis Park—and feature performances by Ricky Dillard, Donald Lawrence, Israel Houghton, and more. See the full line up and check out Chicago’s summer fest guide.

Chance and the Social Experiment share the cutest video ever

Ahead of SoX member Donnie Trumpet’s forthcoming debut, Surf, Chance and the Social Experiment this weekend shared an elaborate video for “Sunday Candy,” filmed in a single shot and with a crew of more than 100 artists. Behold:

Spike Lee making new film called Chiraq

Aside from its hyper-charged name, little is known about Spike Lee’s new project with Amazon Studios. He reportedly hopes to cast Common, Kanye West, Jeremy Piven, and Samuel L. Jackson, but nobody has signed on publicly yet.

Mavis Staples streams new EP

Months after releasing her late father Pops Staples’s final recordings with Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples has shared a new four-track EP Your Good Fortune, out April 21 on Anti-. The EP features two tracks written by Son Little and two covers, all of which are streaming at Consequence of Sound.

Opening

April 15: Between You, Me & the Lampshade, in which a single mother houses an undocumented immigrant in her South-Texas trailer. Teatro Vista at Victory Gardens (2433 N. Lincoln)

April 16: Tiger at the Gates: Promethean Theatre probes the Trojan War’s legacy by imagining its nonexistence. Promethean Theatre at the Athenaeum (2936 N. Southport)

April 17: Lady Windermere’s Fan: Oscar Wilde’s high-society satire. Dead Writers Theatre at Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont)

Open Now: Spring Awakening, Fearless Theatre’s boozed-up reimagination of Frank Wedekind’s 1910 youth drama. Fearless Theatre at the Charnell House (3421 W. Fullerton)

Open Now: The Bird Feeder Doesn’t Know, the world premiere of Todd Bauer’s dramedy about an ailing couple’s crawl toward assisted living an its toll on their palsied son. Raven Theatre (6157 N. Clark)

Open Now: Original Voices, a third annual group show featuring artists working in new and underexposed media. Ken Saudners Gallery (230 W. Superior)

Open Now: Our Bad Magnet: Three Scottsmen bore into a childhood friend’s knack for tall tales. Angel Island (735 W. Sheridan)

Open Now: Song About Himself, Mickle Maher’s take on post-Internet degeneration of language. Theater Oobleck at Storefront Theater, Gallery 37 Center for the Arts (66 E. Randolph)

Open Now: Love, Loss, and What I Wore, Nora and Delia Ephron’s ode to women and the clothes that color them. First Folio Theatre at Mayslake Peabody Estate (1717 W. 31st)

Open Now: Title and Deed, Pulitzer finalist Will Eno’s one-man travelogue. Lookingglass Theatre (821 N. Michigan)

Open Now: La Bête, a comedy written entirely in couplets. Trap Door Theatre (1655 W. Cortland)

Open Now: End Days, Windy City Playhouse’s Henry Godinez–directed debut. Windy City Playhouse (3014 W. Irving Park)

Open Now: The One and Only Ivan, LifeLine’s kid-friendly take on Katherine Applegate’s bestselling children’s book. LifeLine Theatre (6912 N. Glenwood)

Open Now: The Hammer Trinity, Nathan Allen and Chris Mathews’s six-hour BYO marathon play. The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre (1543 W. Division)

Open Now: The Diary of Anne Frank, directed by the unerring Kimberly Senior. Writers Theatre at Books on Vernon (664 Vernon, Glencoe)

Open Now: Marie Antoinette, David Adjmi’s hyper-modern take on the young French queen’s tale. Steppenwolf Theatre (1650 N. Halsted)

Open Now: Game of Thongs: A Game of Thrones Burlesque. Breasteros. Yep. Gorilla Tango Theatre (1919 N. Milwaukee)

Closing

April 16: The Illusion, Tony Kushner’s take on Pierre Corneille’s labyrinthine tragedy L’Illusion Comique. Right Brain Project Rorschach (4001 N. Ravenswood)

April 17: All In the Timing: Five companies present this David Ives comedy, one scene per troupe, as part of Stage 773’s Spring One Act Festival. Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont)

April 17: Like Rats With Wings: Perennially trippy and largely skull-centric tattoo designs by Eric Doyle. Firecat Productions (2124 N. Damen)

April 18: Marco G Ferrari: A solo show featuring films, digital images, and sound/video projections exploring space, time, and identity. Aspect/Ratio (119 N. Peoria #3D)

April 18: Unnamed Road: Landscape photography of Israel and the West Bank by Jungjin Lee. Andrew Bae Gallery (300 W. Superior #101)

April 18: Scratching Raises Hives, alternative sculpture by Noël Morical and Max Byron Garett. Slow (2153 W. 21st)

April 19: Two Trains Running, August Wilson’s seminal look at late-’60s race relations from Pittsburgh’s Hill District. The Goodman Theatre (170 N. Dearborn)

April 19: Outside Mullingar, the Chicago premiere of John Patrick Shanley’s comedy about two shy lovers in rural Ireland. Northlight at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts (9501 Skokie Blvd.)

April 19: The Apple Family Plays: That Hopey Changey Thing and Sorry, two of four short plays by Richard Nelson setting a family’s evolution against the backdrop of the Obama presidency. TimeLine Theatre (615 W. Wellington Ave.)

April 19: Toulouse-Lautrec Prints: Art at the Edges of Modernity: A look at the French artist’s role in 1890s Parisian subculture through the lens of print media. Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art (40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston)

April 19: Balm in Gilead, Lanford Wilson’s 1964 panorama of Manhattan’s seediest diner. The Den Theatre (1329 N. Milwaukee)

April 19: Creation’s Birthday, which revisits the early 20th century struggle between Einstein and Hubble. The Athenaeum (2936 N. Southport)

April 19: The Good Book: A dejected religion scholar and a gay teenager hoping to one day become a priest wage respective spiritual wars with the Bible. Court Theatre (5535 S. Ellis)

April 19: Body Doubles, the MCA’s long-running exhib on the body’s role in identity. Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E. Chicago)

April 19: The Density of the Actions: Paintings about the process of painting, by Varda Caivano. The Renaissance Society (5811 S. Ellis)

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