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

Common wins an Oscar, the MCA cashes in, and Humboldt Park gets an arts building.

Common, seen here at Aahh! Fest, won an Oscar for “Glory” from Selma this weekend.   Photo: Travas Machel

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

Iron and Wine and Damien Rice to play Millennium Park

The transatlantic kings of sad acoustic folk will join forces in Millennium Park this summer for what’s sure to be a night of colossal feels. Tickets for the June 21 concert go on sale this Friday, February 27, at 10 a.m. for $25–$75 via etix.

Common wins Best Original Song…

…at the 87th Academy Awards, for “Glory” from Selma

The MCA gets $10 million from Ken Griffin, plans makeover

After a record-breaking sales season fueled by David Bowie Is, the Museum of Contemporary Art last week announced a $10 million donation from Citadel boss Ken Griffin. The gift will go toward the museum’s concurrently announced $64 million "Vision Campaign.” The first orders of business are a renovated first-floor restaurant and a renamed fourth-floor gallery (after Griffin). [Tribune]

Humboldt Park is getting an arts building

The Paseo Boricua Arts Building, set to open in 2016, will feature 15 live/work apartments, a theater, a piano lounge, retail space, and a 3,000-square-foot gallery. [DNAInfo]

Uptown Underground is now open

Uptown’s new speakeasy venue opened Friday with a performance by Kiss Kiss Cabaret. The 7,000-square-foot venue can accomate 200 between its two lounges, and will traffic predominantly in cabaret, vaudeville, burlesque, and variety shows. Check out their website for a full list of performances. [DNAInfo]

The Hypocrites are doing American Idiot

The Wicker Park-based theater company will give Billie Joe’s punk-rock opera its Chicago premiere this fall, featuring direction by Steve Wilson, musical direction by Andra Velis Simon, and choreography by Katie Spelman.

Vince Vaughn to take the Polar Plunge

The Lake Forest native will join hundreds of adrenaline junkies for this Sunday’s jaunt into Lake Michigan benefiting the Special Olympics. It’s going to be 32 degrees outside, and Vaughn will don his Blackhawks jersey. [Tribune]

Kanye and Rihanna might just tour this summer

Thanks to a clerical bumble by Live Nation, we’re one step closer to confirming this summer’s previously rumored Kanye/Rihanna tour. The concert promoter’s Finnish arm yesterday posted details for a July 25 show in Estonia, which has since been removed. Tickets were set to have gone on sale next Thursday, so if the tour is indeed real, we should know by then. Fingers crossed as for what that means for Lolla. [XXL]

Shuga is officially open

Chicago’s largest online record store has finally opened IRL at 1272 N. Milwaukee. The 2,800-square-foot shop in Wicker Park’s 826CHI building boasts more than 100,000 stocked records, the majority of which customers can find using on-site iPads (about 20,000 LPs will live up front for traditional crate-diggers). Om nom, as they say.

Opening

February 24: The Diary of Anne Frank, directed by the unerring Kimberly Senior. Writers Theatre at Books on Vernon (664 Vernon, Glencoe)

February 26: Dunsinane, David Greig’s imagined Macbeth sequel featuring members of the National Theatre of Scotland and Royal Shakespeare Company. Chicago Shakespeare Theater (800 E. Grand)

February 26: Four, Christopher Shinn’s lusty summertime drama. Jackalope Theatre at Broadway Armory Park (5917 N. Broadway)

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

Open Now: Really Really, which features a group of jaded undergrads reconstructing a party turned violent. Interrobang at the Athenaeum (1936 N. Southport)

Open Now: Boeing Boeing, in which a man’s three fiancees—all flight attendants—end up in the same place at the same time. Mary’s Attic (Hamburger Mary’s, 5400 N. Clark)

Open Now Endgame: Beckett’s classic through the eyes of Halena Kays, who served as the Hypocrites’ artistic director during founder Sean Graney’s recently ended three-year hiatus. The Hypocrites at Den Theatre (1329–1333 N. Milwaukee)

Open Now: The Real World: Space Edition—set in 2153 and likely 2153 times funnier than the actual filmed-in-Chicago Real World currently airing. Public House Theatre (3914 N. Clark)

Open Now: The Trial of Moses “Fleetwood” Walker, a look at the first-ever black baseball player’s 1891 murder trial. Black Ensemble Theater (4450 N. Clark)

Open Now: A Kid Like Jake, which follows two parents’ quest to land their gender-nonconforming son into a top Manhattan school. Greenhouse Theater Center (2257 N. Lincoln)

Open Now: First Date, which sets two hopelessly mismatched singles together just in time for Valentine’s Day. Royal George Theatre (1641 N. Halsted)

Open Now: Ordinary Days: New Yorkers prod their neuroses in song. Heartland Studio Theatre (7016 N. Glenwood)

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

Open Now: Cold, in which two near-shut-ins fumble their way into a relationship. Dream Theater Company (5026 N. Lincoln)

Open Now: Samsara, a snapshot of modern parenthood through the lens of surrogacy. Victory Gardens Theater (2433 N. Lincoln)

Open Now: Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, the Other Theatre Company’s inaugural show, which focuses on the 1992 LA race riots. Chopin Theatre (1543 W. Division)

Open Now: Fur Elites, a parlor musical about a boy surrounded by nutters in the fur shop where he works. Annoyance Theatre & Bar (851 W. Belmont)

Open Now: Barely Committed to Three Dimensions, abstract paintings by Rebecca Shore. Corbett vs. Dempsey (1120 N. Ashland, 3rd Floor)

Open Now: Expressionist Portraits, historic works by 1940s printmaker Eleanor Coen. Corbett vs. Dempsey, West Wing (1120 N. Ashland, 3rd Floor)

Open Now: Sondheim on Sondheim, a musical revue of the maestro’s best work. Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont)

Open Now: Redlined, an interdisciplinary show in which Chicago Slam Works uses the Red Line to riff on violence, wealth disparity, and gentrification. Chicago Slam Works at Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont)

Closing

February 24: BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works, interdisciplinary art by Sarah and Joseph Belknap. Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E. Chicago)

February 26: Bawdy Bedtime Stories, Plan 9 Burlesque’s R-rated take on your favorite fairy tales. Public House Theatre (3914 N. Clark)

February 26: Women, Gender Roles, and Work, photos by Jacqueline Battalora and Diana Vallera of women working jobs in male-dominated industries. Women Made Gallery (685 N. Milwaukee)

February 27: Bike Winter Art Show, Critical Mass’s 18th toast to all things two-wheeled. Genesis Art Supply (2525 N. Elston)

February 28: Red Bud, a cringeworthy dramedy about a group of 40-somethings trying to salvage their friendship on a motocross getaway. Signal Ensemble Theatre (1802 W. Berenice)

February 28: The Rose Tattoo, Tennessee Williams’s love play to the world. Shattered Globe at Theater Wit (1229 W. Belmont)

February 28: The Art of Disappearing, in which a long-estranged daughter reconnects with her North Shore mother. 16th Street Theater (6420 16th, Berwyn)

February 28: Bates, a send-up of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho set to 80s tunes. Public House Theatre (3914 N. Clark)

February 28: Magnificence of the 3, 6 and 9, solo work by multimedia artist Christopher Ottinger, who’ll give an art talk at 4 p.m. February 28. Bert Green Fine Art (8 S. Michigan)

February 28: New Paintings by New York-based artist Stephanie Serpick. Bert Green Fine Art (8 S. Michigan)

February 28: Outliers, experimental work by Johanna Bock, Erica Bohm, Natalia Cacchiarelli, Gustavo Díaz, Susan Giles, Adam Gondek, Larassa Kabel, Jeroen Nelemans, Michelle Prazak, and Missy Weimer. The Mission (1431 W. Chicago)

February 28: The Story of Art, colored pencil and ink on paper by Ellen Roth Deutsch. Arc Gallery (2156 N. Damen)

February 28: Hidden City, Meredith Dytch’s paintings of abandoned buildings, vacant lots, rusted viaducts, and other signposts of urban decay. Arc Gallery (2156 N. Damen)

February 28: Enterprising Machines, 3D models by Jessica Gondek that explore the relationship between hand and machine. Arc Gallery (2156 N. Damen)

February 28: This Is a Present From a Small, Distant World, black and white photos soundtracked by Judd Greenstein, Nadia Sirota, and Son Lux. Rhona Hoffman Gallery (118 N. Peoria)

March 1: White Guy on the Bus, Bruce Graham’s brutally honest look at American race relations. Northlight Theatre (9501 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie)

March 1: Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Neil Simon’s take on his days writing for the Sid Caesar Show. First Folio Theatre at Mayslake Peabody Estate Forest Preserve (1717 W 31st, Oak Brook)

March 1: Accidentally Like a Martyr, in which a divey gay bar’s regulars debate loss and love from their corner of Manhattan. A Red Orchid Theatre (1531 N. Wells)

March 1: Rhinofest, the 26th annual fringe festival. See a full schedule here. Prop Thtr (3502 N. Elston)

March 1: Naked and Not Afraid, a group toast to the human figure. Jackson Junge Gallery (1389 N. Milwaukee)

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