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

Empire returns to Chicago next week, Irving Park is getting a street fest, and Janet Jackson is coming to town.

Empire begins filming in Chicago next Tuesday.   PHOTO: Michael Lavine/FOX

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Mumford & Sons postponed to Friday

Because this week’s rain delayed stage construction, tonight’s Mumford & Sons show at Montrose Harbor has been rescheduled for Friday. Update: Jam Productions released more tickets for Friday’s show, which was previously sold out. General admission tickets are $65 and can be purchased until 6:00 p.m. on Friday. Order them here.

Empire returns to Chicago next week

Burgeoning starlets, smile big: The Tribune’s Luis Gomez reports that Empire begins filming its second season in Chicago next Tuesday. Fox’s ludicrously popular music soap has already posted a number of casting calls, the most recent of which went out Sunday for “upscale club goers.” Keep an eye out for new calls from 4 Star Casting.

Janet Jackson is coming to Chicago

On her first tour in four years (behind her first new album in seven), Janet Jackson will play the Chicago Theatre on Tuesday, November 3 and Wednesday, November 4. Tickets run from $50 to $200 and go on sale June 22 through Ticketmaster.

Will Burns backs off on Chiraq tax credit hearing

Alderman Will Burns (4th) pushed back a hearing Monday on a measure that would ask state lawmakers to withhold $3 million in tax credits from Spike Lee unless he changes the controversial name of his new film, Chiraq. The gist of the resolution, which Burns introduced last month and apparently plans to pursue at a later date, is that Lee shouldn’t receive public funds to make a film that could sully the state’s reputation.

Fan dies after Spring Awakening music festival

The Tribune reports that 19-year-old Steve Vongkoth was found by police in the 1400 block of Museum Campus Drive outside Spring Awakening music festival Saturday night. He was taken to Mercy Hospital, where he was pronounced dead Sunday morning in what police suspect was a drug overdose. His initial autopsy was inconclusive.

Irving Park is getting a new, actually-good street festival

Announced last week by DCASE and the Abbey is what looks an actually-good if unfortunately named bock party, the Elston Avenue Sausage & Music Fest. The festival runs Saturday, June 27 on Elston between St. Louis and Grace. Band highlights include Andrew Jackson Jihad, Heartless Bastards, Filligar, and the Kickback; meat highlights include wild boar and alligator sausage by Frontier. It costs a nonobligatory $5.

Opening

Open Now: The Who and the What: A pair of conservative Muslim parents find a manuscript of their daughter’s book on women and Islam. Victory Gardens Biograph Theater (2433 N. Lincoln)

Open Now: A Marvin Hamlisch Songbook: All the harmless ’70s kitsch its name implies. No Exit Cafe (6970 N. Glenwood)

Open Now: On Your Feet!, a big-box bio-musical about Cuban-American singers Gloria and Emilio Estefan. Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph)

Open Now: Stick Fly: Windy City Playhouse’s second show, in which an acid-tongued family on a weekend getaway duke it out over race, class, and politics. Windy City Playhouse (3014 W. Irving Park)

Open Now: The December Man: Colleen Murphy’s Governor General’s Award–winning drama. Mary Archie Theatre at Angel Island (731 W. Sheridan)

Open Now: Inana: An Iraqi museum curator and his bride salvage relics on the eve of the U.S.’s invasion of Baghdad. Kimberly Senior directs. TimeLine Theatre (615 W. Wellington)

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

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

Closing

June 17: Reference Rot: A group show focused on the “informational, the didactic, and the moralizing.” Chicago Artists Coalition (217 N. Carpenter)

June 17: A Challenge to the Summer Group Show: BOLT Residency alumni showcase current work. Chicago Artists Coalition (217 N. Carpenter)

June 20: Lunacy!: Jackalope asks if America really landed on the moon. Jackalope at Broadway Armory Park (5917 N.Broadway)

June 20: Strata: Multidisciplinary work by Carol Hamilton and Jeffrey Sevener. Morpho Gallery (5216 N. Damen)

June 21: Stop. Reset.: A publisher of African American books faces the rise of e-readers and iPads. The Goodman Theatre (170 N. Dearborn)

June 21: Bad Jews: A Jewish family’s Millennials convene in New York to bury their benevolent patriarch. Theatre Wit (1227 W. Belmont)

June 21: Who Too: Doctor Who gets the live-action parody/toast treatment. Right Brain Project (400 N. Ravenswood)

June 21: Crime Scene: The Next Chapter: Collaboraction holds a mirror to Chicago’s pandemic gun violence. Collaboraction (1579 N. Milwaukee)

June 21: Secret Garden: Artistic Director Charles Newell and Music Director Doug Peck take on Marsha Newman’s Tony-winning book. The Court Theatre (5535 S. Ellis)

June 21: Winter’s Tale: The Park District presents a gratis run of Shakespeare’s seriocomedy. Fury Theater at Indian Boundary Park (2500 W. Lunt)

June 21: The Project(s), a documentary play about Chicago’s history of public housing conceived by the late PJ Paparelli. American Theatre Company (1909 W. Byron)

June 21: Ideal Perfection: A group show by the 2014 ACRE residents. LVL 3 Gallery (1542 N. Milwaukee, third floor)

June 21: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Christopher Hampton’s adaptation of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’s 18th century epistolary novel. Raven Theatre (6157 N. Clark)

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