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

The Rolling Stones are playing Summerfest, Ellen is producing a Chicago show, and Lolla bans selfie sticks.

Mick, seen here on the Stones’s “50 and Counting” tour, will play Summerfest in June.   Photo: Ratko Radojcic

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

The Rolling Stones are playing Summerfest

On top of Summerfest’s previously announced (and grotesquely good) lineup, the Milwaukee festival yesterday announced that the Rolling Stones will open the festival on June 23, the night before gates open. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 13 at 10 a.m.

Ellen to produce awkward TV series in Chicago

NBC’s eight-episode adaptation of British reality series First Dates—which, true to its name, stages and captures first dates between strangers—will film this summer in Chicago with Ellen DeGenerees as executive producer. Singles, cheaters, and masochists can sign up for casting here. [Tribune]

Lollapalooza announces its lineup

The most mega of Chicago’s mega-fests announced its 2015 lineup last week, and with Paul McCartney and Metallica headlining, things are skewing very dad. See the whole thing here.

…and promptly bans selfie sticks

Praise be to the gods of rock.

The Hypocrites announce a versatile 2015–16 season

In addition to the previously announced Chicago premiere of American Idiot, the Wicker Park company’s new season features The Glass Menagerie, Sean Graney’s The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love-Suicide, Adding Machine, a Halena Kays-directed run of Burning Bluebeard, and another run of the company’s pioneering, 12-hour All Our Tragic. Details here.

Aahh! Fest is returning

In a recent Q&A, Common confirmed that Aahh! Fest will return to Chicago this summer. Keep your eyes peeled for a lineup.

Do Division announces headliners

The summer’s first reliably good street fest will run May 29–31 and feature Black Mountain, Tobacco, Nick Waterhouse, Temples, Murder By Death, and Masked Intruder.

Opening

April 3: Original Voices, a third annual group show featuring artists working in new and underexposed media. Ken Saudners Gallery (230 W. Superior)

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

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: A Midwinter Night’s Tale: A Midsummer Night’s Dream meets The Winter’s Tale in the heart of the Polar Vortex. Duplicity Ensemble at Filament Theatre (4041 N. Milwaukee)

Open Now: Homefront, in which a Tennessee emigre returns home from New York to his rupturing family. Project 891 at Heartland Studio (7016 N. Glenwood)

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: 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.)

Open Now: The Full Monty, a musical based on the 1997 film in which a group of pink-slipped steelworkers turn to stripping to support their families. Kokandy at Theater Wit (1229 W. Belmont)

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

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

Closing

April 2: Buffalo, an improvised musical about the wonkiness of relationships. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar (851 W. Belmont)

April 2: Containers for Places, ever-colorful paintings by Michelle Bolinger. Roman Susan (1224 W. Loyola)

April 3: Blast Wave, in which Grace Graupe Pillard turns newsprint images into wildly colorful abstractions. Carl Hammer Gallery (740 N. Wells)

April 4: Titus Andronicus, Shake’s bloodiest revenge drama done by an all-lady cast. City Lit Theater (1020 W. Bryn Mawr)

April 4: Picture Imperfect, in which a set of vile, separated parents fight for agency over their autistic and artistically gifted son. Bread & Roses and Inglis Hall at the Athenaeum (2936 N. Southport)

April 4: Today We Escape, a series of 12 short plays inspired by Radiohead’s eternally freaky OK Computer. Tympanic Theatre at the Den Theatre (1329 N. Milwaukee)

April 4: Fourteen Landscapes, new paintings and sculpture by Philip von Zweck. 65Grand (1369 W. Grand)

April 4: Recent Paintings by Bill Frederick. Printworks (311 W. Superior, Suite 105)

April 4: Identify, in which Tara Bogart, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Jess T. Dugan, and Garth & Pierre explore identity in a group show. Catherine Edelman Gallery (300 W. Superior)

April 4: Love on Paper, a free toast of love documents from letters to valentines to sheet music. Newberry Library (60 W. Walton)

April 5: Macbeth, Artistic Home’s post-apocalyptic take on the Scottish Play. The Artistic Home (1376 W. Grand)

April 5: Antigonick, Anne Carson’s modern-day, free translation of Antigone. Sideshow Theatre at Victory Gardens (2433 N. Lincoln)

April 5: The Other Place, the Chicago premiere of Sharr White’s drama in which an Alzheimer’s researcher endures her own mental storminess. Profiles Theatre (4147 N. Broadway)

April 5: One Came Home, based on Amy Timberlake’s children’s novel in which a 13-year-old girl refuses to reconcile with her sister’s death. Lifeline Theatre (6912 N. Glenwood)

April 5 Endgame: Beckett’s classic meets a profoundly clownish cast. The Hypocrites at Den Theatre (1329–1333 N. Milwaukee)

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