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

Pitchfork announces set times, Mumford and Sons annoys the North Side, and Chris Rock comes to town for Empire.

Jeff Tweedy and Wilco play Pitchfork at 8:30 on Friday, July 17.   Photo: Esther Kang

Pitchfork announces set times

The 10th annual Pitchfork Music Festival announced its day-by-day schedule last week. Usually the summer’s least egregious double-bookers, the festival this year has Vic Mensa and Sleater-Kinney scheduled for the same time Saturday night, which this reporter will be up in arms about until  at least October. See the whole schedule here and check out our summer festival guide here.

System of a Down is playing Riot Fest

The punk rock carnival announced its second wave of bands this afternoon, which includes the System of a Down, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie, and Chef’Special.

Mumford and Sons draws noise complaints from basically the entire North Side

Marcus Mumford’s soulful man-wail carried from Cricket Hill throughout Chicago Friday night, reportedly drawing noise complaints from neighborhoods as far as Bowmanville, Andersonville, and Wrigelyville. The show was the first major concert at Montrose Beach since Wavefront was canceled after 2013.

Chris Rock is in town filming Empire

Lee Daniels yesterday hinted at Chris Rock’s role in the second season of Empire in the form of an Instagram video of the actor in prison threads. The show reportedly began filming in town today at Cook County Juvenile Detention Center.

The Grateful Dead will stream their farewell shows on YouTube

If you, like most, couldn’t get tickets to the Grateful Dead’s farewell shows at Soldier Field, you can catch the last stand from the comfort of your own microbus. The band will stream its final shows on YouTube for $20 a pop via Live Alliance at youtube.com/dead50.

Opening

June 24: Moby Dick: David Catlin’s mondo take on a mondo book about a mondo, mondo fish. Lookingglass Theatre (821 N. Michigan)

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: 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 25: Feminism (n.): Plural, a group show toasting Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist. Woman Made Gallery (1685 N. Milwaukee)

June 27: Kumate!: A one-man improvised Kung Fu movie. Seriously. The Den Theatre (1333 N. Milwaukee)

June 27: Lost and Found: A retail worker falls in love with a recluse. The Den Theatre (1333 N. Milwaukee)

June 27: Antisocial Media: Brian Dettmer antagonizes social norms in this solo show. Packer Schopf Gallery (942 W. Lake)

June 27: Cul-De-Sac: Diaz Lewis probes the difference between the U.S. and Cuba The Mission (1431 W. Chicago)

June 27: Points in Space: Sculptures by Susan Giles. The Mission (1431 W. Chicago)

June 28: Tartuffe: Organic Theater takes on Moliere’s stranger-comes-to-town comedy. Organic Theater at the Greenhouse Theater Center (2257 N. Lincoln)

June 28: Memoirs of the Minimum Wage: Sketches and watercolors by Hebru Brantley. Vertical Gallery (1016 N. Western)

June 28: Gabriel Sierra: The Bogotán artist’s first show in the US. Renaissance Society (5811 S. Ellis)

June 28: Rescued Moments: Solo show by Pedro Igrez. Jackson Junge Gallery (1389 N. Milwaukee)

June 28: Motel 666: A world premiere theatrical horror anthology. WildClaw Theatre at the Storefront (66 E. Randolph)

June 28: Chalk: A woman survives the end of the world only to find herself surrounded by aliens. Victory Gardens Theater (2433 N. Lincoln)

June 28: The December Man: Colleen Murphy’s Governor General’s Award–winning drama. Mary Arrchie Theatre at Angel Island (731 W. Sheridan)

June 28: Storm: Walkabout Theater takes on The Tempest. Walkabout Theater at Links Hall (3111 N. Western)

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