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

Serial wins a Peabody Award, Tracy Letts picks a director, and Sasha Go Hard drops a mixtape.

The podcast the world fell in love with is the first of its medium to win a Peabody.   Photo: cfiesler via flickr/cc 2.0

Welcome back to Chicago’s Tuesday culture roundup, a quick and dirty guide to what’s opening, closing, and buzzing in local arts each week. Note that this isn’t a curated event list like Chicago’s in-print Go Listings or weekly Chicago Guide—just a roundup of what’s coming, going, and breaking throughout the city. Got a tip, quibble, or sweet nothing? Let us know in the comment section.

News

Serial wins first-ever Peabody Award for podcasting

The WBEZ-produced crime show will be the first-ever podcast to take home a Peabody Award in 74 years of the annual media honors. Catch a telecast of the May 31 ceremony on June 21 on Pivot.

Anna Shapiro will direct Tracy Letts’s new play

As expected, Steppenwolf Theatre yesterday announced that soon-to-be artistic director and longtime Letts collaborator Anna Shapiro will direct the playwright’s new show, Mary Page Marlowe, running March 31–May 29, 2016.

Lili K releases Ruby

After three EPs and months of anticipation, local jazz singer Lili K (whose voice you might recognize from Acid Rap and Innanetape) is streaming her debut LP Ruby on Spotify, Tidal, iTunes, and the like. Catch a free performance and Q&A session with the singer at the Apple store on Michigan Avenue tonight at 7 p.m.

Sasha Go Hard releases free tape Nutty World 2

Download the Drill Queen’s vicious follow-up to 2014’s Feels So Good via DatPiff and promptly crank it with the windows down.

Opening

April 23: All’s Well That Ends Well: Shakespeare meets 1950s mafiosos. Stage Left Theatre at Theater Wit (1229 W. Belmont)

April 24: The Bloodhound Law, a world premiere and the final installment of City Lit’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Project set in Chicago during the Fugitive Slave Act. City Lit Theater (1020 W. Bryn Mawr)

April 24: The Impossible Adventures of Supernova Jones, in which a space explorer searches for the center of the universe after Earth’s destruction. Forget Me Not at the Den Theatre (1333 N. Milwaukee)

April 24: Three Sisters: The Hypocrites’ Geoff Button takes on Chekhov. The Hypocrites at the Den Theatre (1333 N. Milwaukee)

April 25: Anna in the Afterlife, in which a novelist, unconscious on an operating table, is visited by various deceased friends in pseudo-purgatory. Polarity Ensemble at the Greenhouse Theater Center (2257 N. Lincoln)

Open Now: 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)

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

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

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 23: 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 25: Consequence, in which Theatre Momentum pairs improv with serialized drama. Theatre Momentum at Pendulum Space (1803 W. Byron)

April 25: 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)

April 25: Figures of Speech: An/other version of Be-longing, in which local artist Matthew Metzger observes AC/DC’s 12-inch single For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) from every possible angle. Regards Gallery (2216 W. Chicago)

April 25: Kal Pani, a site-specific multimedia show in which Maya Mackrandilal reinvents a recent trip to Guyana. The Mission (1431 W. Chicago)

April 25: Mental Landscape, drawing by Argentine artist Mariana Sissia. The Mission (1431 W. Chicago)

April 26: 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)

April 26: The One and Only Ivan, LifeLine’s kid-friendly take on Katherine Applegate’s bestselling children’s book. LifeLine Theatre (6912 N. Glenwood)

April 26: Macbeth, The Artistic Home’s near-unanimously beloved run of Shakespeare’s Scottish Play. The Artistic Home (1376 W. Grand)

April 26: Re<new>al: Amie Sell, Aga Furtak, Attitude 7, Fernando Espinosa Herrera, and Peaceflowartistry explore gentrification in Logan Square. The Hairpin Arts Center (2810 N. Milwauke)

April 26: Our Bad Magnet: Three Scottsmen bore into a childhood friend’s knack for tall tales. Angel Island (735 W. Sheridan)

April 26: The Upstairs Concierge: Kristoffer Diaz probes celebrity worship from the lens of a ritzy hotel. The Goodman Theatre (170 N. Dearborn)

April 26: The Notion of Motion, a group show reacting to motion in abstract expressionism and op art. Jackson Junge Gallery (1389 N. Milwaukee)

April 26: Garage Rep: Steppenwolf lends its infra to three fringier companies for the sixth year in a row. Steppenwolf Theatre (1650 N. Halsted)

April 26: Rooted in Soil: More than a dozen artists put their ears to the ground for an exhibition toasting, well, dirt. DePaul Art Museum (935 W. Fullerton)

May 2: La Bête, a comedy written entirely in couplets. Trap Door Theatre (1655 W. Cortland)

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