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The Top Five Things to Do in Chicago This Week

Hubbard Street Dance Company, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Moby Dick, and more.

DUELING DANCERS See Hubbard Street Dance this week.   Photo: Todd Rosenberg

The Five

Don’t-miss picks for Wednesday, June 10 through June 16, 2015

1 Hubbard Street Dance

Dance: Since becoming Hubbard’s resident choreographer in 2009, Spanish-born Alejandro Cerrudo has revolutionized the company with pieces showcasing his inventiveness and verve. Now Hubbard pays tribute with an all-Cerrudo program, which includes a world premiere.
6/11–6/14. $25–$99. Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph. hubbardstreetdance.com

2 Riccardo Muti

Classical: The CSO’s music director begins his final 2014–15 residency by ticking off two symphonies in his complete cycles of Scriabin and Tchaikovsky.
6/11–13. $33–$220. Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. cso.org

3 Moby Dick

Theater: The most famous leviathan not living at SeaWorld takes center stage in David Catlin’s adaptation of Herman Melville’s whale of a tale.
6/10–8/9. $40–$65. Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N. Michigan. lookingglasstheatre.org

4 Ithamar Has Nothing to Say

Comedy: Second City alum Ithamar Enriquez’s wordless one-man show sold out when it debuted in Hollywood. Following the lead of earlier greats such as Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and Mr. Bean, Enriquez doesn’t talk, but don’t expect total silence. The show features a mash-up of music from Louis Armstrong and the Who, among others.
6/12–6/20. $10–$20. Donny’s Skybox Studio Theatre, 1608 N. Wells. secondcity.com

5 Chicago Blues Festival

Festivals: This year’s annual blues bash celebrates a hundred years of Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon with commemorative sets by Bob Margolin, Mud Morganfield, John Primer, and Billy Branch with Eddy “the Chief” Clearwater. Buddy Guy and Shemekia Copeland also headline.
6/12–6/14. Free. Grant Park, 337 E. Randolph. cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_blues_festival.html

What I’m Doing This Weekend

Michael Zerang
Michael Zerang Photo: Courtesy of Michael Zerang

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: musician Michael Zerang.

“Friday morning, I might stop by Café Mustache. It’s a café and bar and they play live music. I usually get their double espresso. For dinner, I like to go Sun Wah, a Chinese restaurant. I recommend their roast duck.

“Saturday, if I wasn’t performing at the record release concert of my band Michael Zerang & the Blue Light at Constellation, I’d be going to Elastic Arts to see ‘We’re Still Here,’ the 20th anniversary concert of the electronics music group TV POW.

“Sunday, I plan on going to the Lincoln Park Conservatory to check out the new sound installation Abeyance, hosted by the Experimental Sound Studio. It was created by the experimental group Haptic.” —As told to Tomi Obaro

Freebie of the Week


Lampo

Music: Australian drummer Will Guthrie stops by this long-running experimental-music series. He often incorporates improvisation, electronics, and junk into his music.
6/13 at 8. Free. Graham Foundation, 4 W. Burton. lampo.org

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