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

Billy Corgan takes a wrestling job, D’Angelo headlines North Coast, and the Art Institute gets a $400 million gift.

As senior producer of Impact Wrestling, Billy Corgan hopes to bring new faces to an old sport.   Photo: Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune

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

Billy Corgan gets a production gig on Discovery Channel’s pro-wrestling show

As senior producer of creative and talent development for Impact Wrestling, which airs on Discovery Channel’s Destination network, Corgan hopes to push the boundaries of race, class, and gender in wrestling. His work will appear on the show as early as next month, according to Variety.

Vic Mensa signs to Jay Z’s record label

After a recent spike in famous-person status thanks to multiple collaborations with Kanye, Vic Mensa last week signed to Jay Z’s Roc Nation record label. Stream “U Mad” from his forthcoming LP Traffic below.

D’Angelo is headlining North Coast…

…along with The Roots, The Chemical Brothers, Chromeo, Atmosphere, Tycho, and others. See the full lineup here and Chicago’s festival guide here.

The Art Institute gets its largest gift ever

Thanks to art collectors Stefan T. Edlis and Gael Neeson, the Art Institute of Chicago now owns a $400 million, 42-piece pop-art collection featuring work by Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and more. The gift will be on display for 50 years starting in 2016. See some highlights here.

Non-Equity Jeff nominees announced, Hypocrites disqualified

After the Hypocrites nabbed 15 Jeff nominations for excellence in non-union Chicago theater last week, the awards committee backpedaled and disqualified the company Saturday (apparently at the behest of artistic director Sean Graney) for operating under what the Tribune calls a “low-level ‘Tier N’ agreement” with actors’ union Actors’ Equity. The Hypocrites will now be judged in the Jeff’s Equity awards this fall, making room for non-Equity nods to Lifeline’s Monstrous Regiment, Kokandy’s Assassins, and others. See the updated nominees here via the Tribune.

Kacey Musgraves is headlining Windy City Smokeout

The three-day barbecue/country music festival from Joe’s Bar and Bub City will host Kacey Musgraves on July 10 along with previously announced headliners Pat Green, Chris Young, and Lee Brice. Yeehaw.

The Grateful Dead will stream their farewell shows for $30 each

If you, like basically everybody, couldn’t get a ticket to the Dead’s Soldier Field farewell shows, rejoice: Live Alliance streaming has announced that fans will be able to stream the shows for $29.95 on a pay-per-view broadcast, online, and in various theaters around the country. Dead50 will also offer a stream of all three Chicago shows plus two upcoming California dates for $79.95.

Opening

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

Open Now: 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)

Open Now: 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)

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

Open Now: 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: 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 29: Daniel Cleary, the Irish artist’s eponymous multimedia retrospective. Uptown Arts Center (941 W. Lawrence)

April 30: 50 Shots: Humanizing America’s Most Hunted: 50 photos of black men positively influencing Chicago by Imani Amos. Beauty & Brawn Gallery (3501 W. Fullerton)

May 1: 100 Faces of War Experience: Portraits and Words of Americans Who Served in Iraq and Afghanistan: Painted portraits of 21st century war vets by Matt Mitchell. National Veterans Art Museum (4041 N. Milwaukee)

May 1: Unfinished Business: The Right to Play: a multimedia exhibit toasting the social movements that birthed playgrounds, the eight-hour workday, and other beacons of work/life balance. Jane Addams Hull-House Museum (800 S. Halsted)

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

May 1: Unfinished Business: The Right to Play: A multimedia exhibit toasting the social movements that birthed playgrounds, the eight-hour workday, and other beacons of work/life balance. Jane Addams Hull-House Museum (800 S. Halsted)

May 2: Down the Moonlit Path, in which you, the viewer, follow nine transglobal folktales through the towering Preston Bradley Center. Preston Bradley Center (941 W. Lawrence)

May 2: Hobohemia: A toast to Chicago’s founding freaks, weirdos, artists, and vagabonds. Odradek at Bughouse Theater (1920 W. Irving Park)

May 2: Artists as Visionaries: Water Street Studio’s open call for artists’ solutions to climate change. Water Street Studios (160 S. Water)

May 3: Travesties: Tom Stoppard’s latest sets James Joyce at the table with Vladimir Lenin and Tristan Tzara. Remy Bumppo at Greenhouse Theatre Center (2257 N. Lincoln)

May 3: Title and Deed, Pulitzer finalist Will Eno’s one-man travelogue. Lookingglass Theatre (821 N. Michigan)

May 3: A Doll’s House: Writers Theatre boss Michael Halberstam directs Definition Theatre’s take on Ibsen’s opus. Definition Theatre at Chopin Theatre (1543 W. Division)

May 3: 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)

May 3: Genius: The prospect of a MacArthur grant thoroughly derails four New York intellectuals. The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre (1543 W. Division)

May 3: An Issue of Blood: Marcus Gardley tracks an interracial love triangle in 1676 Virginia. Victory Gardens Biograph Theater (2433 N. Lincoln)

May 3: End Days, Windy City Playhouse’s Henry Godinez–directed debut. Windy City Playhouse (3014 W. Irving Park)

May 3: Shatter Rupture Break: A group show exploring fragmentation. Art Institute of Chicago (111 S. Michigan)

May 3: Three Routines: This “retrospective in a room” examines John Gossage’s three methods of photography. Art Institute of Chicago (111 S. Michigan)

May 3: View With a Room: New work by painters Mika Horibuchi and Dan Rizzo-Orr. Heaven Gallery (1550 N. Milwaukee)

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