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

Chance the Rapper curates a new music festival, The Art Institute wants to raise admission prices, and Yoko Ono is putting some art in Jackson Park.

Chance the Rapper will hand-pick artists for a free teen festival at Northerly Island this month.   Photo: Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune

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Chance the Rapper curates a festival at Northerly Island

Chance the Rapper has hand-picked the lineup for a new music festival at Northerly Island on June 24 called Teens in the Park, which targets fans ages 13–24. Among the talent are Chance’s Social Experiment bandmate Donnie Trumpet and rappers Logan and DLow. The festival is free. Adults are welcome, but everybody must register with Live Nation in advance. Check out the whole lineup here.

The Art Institute might get more expensive

For the second time since 2013, the Art Institute of Chicago wants to raise admission prices. The proposed increase, submitted to the Park District to cover inflationary wage hikes and obtained by the Tribune, would up admission by $2 across the board to $20 for Chicago residents, $22 for Illinois residents, $25 for tourists, $14 for Chicago students and seniors, and $16 for Illinois students and seniors. The hike will be considered at the Park District’s board meeting tomorrow, and could go into effect June 15.

See a new Hebru Brantley mural in South Loop

Graffiti writer and artist Hebru Brantley unveiled a new four-story mural, “Chi Boy,” at 1132 South Wabash yesterday. The work is the first in a series of murals by street artists commissioned by Chicago Loop Alliance and Wabash Arts Corridor. Next up is work by Never 2501 on July 6 at 59 East Van Buren.

The Field Museum is doing a Grateful Dead mini-exhibit

From June 28 to July 5, as Deadheads descend on Soldier Field, the Field Museum will host a Grateful Dead mini-exhib in Stanley Field Hall (where Sue is), including live music by 10 local jazz ensembles on July 4 and outdoor pre-show parties ($49–$99) on July 3–5. $18 general admission gets you into the air-conditioned main exhibit.

Yoko Ono is putting an art installation in Jackson Park

After visiting Jackson Park’s Garden of the Phoenix in 2013, Yoko Ono announced last week that she’ll install a piece of art there next summer. Deets are scant on the work, which is called Sky Landing and reportedly intends to bridge the ground and the sky.

Austin Vesely shares aerial footage of “Sunday Candy”

The single-shot music video that enamored the Internet in April is now available from a behind-the-scenes angle, courtesy of director Austin Vesely. See the cinematic voodooism below.

Opening

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 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)

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

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

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: The Project(s), a documentary play about Chicago’s history of public housing. American Theatre Company (1909 W. Byron)

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

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 13: The White Road, in which Ernest Shackleton’s quest across the Antarctic leaves his crew marooned. Irish Theatre of Chicago at the Den Theatre (1333 N. Milwaukee)

June 13: The Woman Before: A soon-to-be married man’s ex-lover shows up to claim the eternal love she was promised two decades earlier. Trap Door Theatre (1655 W. Cortland)

June 13: Quiz Show, in which contestants on a train-wreck game show exorcise personal demons on stage. Strawdog Theatre (3829 N. Broadway)

June 13: Blind Man’s Bluff, paintings by Tom Torluemke. Linda Warren Gallery (327 N. Aberdeen)

June 13: En Suite, paintings by Kristen Van Deventer. Regards Gallery (2216 W. Chicago)

June 13: Richard Hull’s crayon-on-paper abstract portraits. Western Exhibitions (845 W. Washington)

June 14: The Herd: Three generations of a fragile London family gather for their mentally disabled relative Andy’s 21st birthday. Steppenwolf Theatre (1650 N. Halsted)

June 14: Another Kind of Love: An ex-punker comes home to honor her former-rockstar mother and connect with her soon-to-be rockstar niece. Chopin Theatre (1543 W. Division)

June 14: La Casa De Bernarda Alba: A heartbroken matriarch places an eight-year mourning period on her household and five daughters. Aguijon Theater (2707 N. Laramie)

June 14: Sense and Sensibility: Jane Austen gets musicaled. Chicago Shakespeare Theatre (800 E. Grand)

June 14: Pivot Arts Fest: See a full schedule and locations for the Far North Side alt-arts company’s annual festival here. Various Locations

June 14: Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles: A history of LGBTQ life at the University of Chicago. Special Collections Research Center at Regenstein Library (1100 E. 57th)

June 14: Twisted Melodies, a fictionalized portrayal of schizophrenic Chicago musician Donny Hathaway. Congo Square Theatre at the Athenaeum (1936 N. Southport)

June 14: The Belfast Girls: Five women try to escape Ireland during the Potato Famine. Artemisia Theatre at the Den Theatre (1333 N. Milwaukee)

June 14: Crimes of the Heart: Beth Henley’s Tony- and Pulitzer-winner. Step Up Productions at the Athenaeum (1936 N. Southport)

June 14: Xtigone: Nambi E. Kelly’s reimagining of Antigone. Chicago Danztheatre at Ebenezer Lutheran Church (1650 W. Foster)

June 14: Scotland Road, in which an aristocrat tries getting to the bottom of a woman found on an iceberg and rendered mute after uttering only the word “Titanic." Heartland Studio Theatre (7016 N. Glenwood)

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