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

Lolla announces its afterparties, Chiraq begins filming, and Riot Fest gets a lineup.

Charli XCX will play a Lolla after-show July 31 at Lincoln Hall.   Photo: Bella Howard

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Lolla announces official afterparties

Highlights of this year’s 50-plus after-shows include Charli XCX at Lincoln Hall, alt-J at the Aragon, Sylvan Esso at Empty Bottle, Brand New at House of Blues, and Mick Jenkins at Reggie’s. Tickets go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. See the full list of shows.

Chiraq begins filming in Englewood and Wicker Park

Spike Lee and crew were seen filming in Englewood yesterday and will reportedly be in Wicker Park and Bucktown through tonight (in and around Double Door, specifically). Stars-wise, Nick Cannon has been spotted palling around town with Spike. No sign of Common yet, but Terence Blanchard recently confirmed that the rapper is involved.

Riot Fest announces its lineup

The 11th annual punk/metal/emo carnival will feature No Doubt, Modest Mouse, Snoop Dogg, Faith No More, Billy Idol, Motörhead, Rancid, Iggy Pop, and many more. The festival runs September 11–13 in Douglas Park, where it relocated last month after Humboldt Park residents gave it the heave-ho. Find more info on all this year’s outdoor music in our summer festival guide.

Chance the Rapper, Donnie Trumpet, and the Social Experiment’s new LP is finally here

After months of singles, teasers, and hype-machining, The Social Experiment’s debut LP Surf—helmed by Donnie Trumpet and heavily featuring Chance the Rapper—is available for free on iTunes.

Rapper Young Pappy slain in Uptown

Local rapper Shaquon Thomas (a.k.a. Young Pappy) was shot to death in the 4800 block of N. Kenmore this weekend, reportedly after posting a video in which he mocks a rival gang. Thomas was previously the target of two shootings in Rogers Park, which left bystanders Will Lewis and Markeyo Carr dead.

Kartemquin’s new documentary premieres at the Music Box tonight

Saving Mes Aynak, about an Afghan archaeologist trying to save an artifact-rich dig from Taliban fighters and a Chinese mining corporation, kicks off the Music Box’s month-long Tuesday-night documentary series tonight at 7:30. Tickets are $10.

Opening

June 2: 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: 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)

Open Now: 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)

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 3: Earth Spirit, a premiere solo exhibit by Hua Tunan focusing on animal forms. Galerie F (2381 N. Milwaukee)

June 4: In Fraud We Trust!, a live-action sitcom about a corrupt City Hall accountant. Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont)

June 5: Have a Great Summer: Chicago Slam Works presents a live-action yearbook. Chicago Slam Works at Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont)

June 6: Beast on the Moon: A refugee of the Armenian genocide starts a life with his mail-order bride. Raven Theatre (6157 N. Clark)

June 6: Immunity: A Tale of Ordinary Vulnerability: Humans and their bacteria get the drama treatment. The School for Theatre Creators at Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont)

June 6: Three Sisters: The Hypocrites’ Geoff Button takes on Chekhov. The Hypocrites at the Den Theatre (1333 N. Milwaukee)

June 6: The Drowning Girls: Three late brides rise from the tubs they were drowned in to wreak havoc on their husband. Signal Ensemble Theatre (1802 W. Berenice)

June 6: Why Not?: Paintings by Charline von Heyl. Corbett vs. Dempsey (1120 N. Ashland)

June 6: Collages by Keiichi Tanaami. Corbett vs. Dempsey (1120 N. Ashland)

June 6: Inland Atlantic: New paintings by Josh Dihle. Valerie Carberry Gallery (875 N. Michigan, Suite 3860)

June 7: Cowboy Versus Samurai: Cyrano de Bergerac set in small-town Wyoming. A-Squared Theatre at the Den (1333 N. Milwaukee)

June 7: Sense and Sensibility: Lillian Hellman tears a family to shreds in the face of a big business scheme. The Goodman Theatre (170 N. Dearborn)

June 7: Bob: A Life In Five Acts: Somewhere, a baby is born in a White Castle bathroom. By adulthood, he’s rich and famous. LiveWire Chicago at the Flat Iron Arts Building (1579 N. Milwaukee)

June 7: The Divine Order of Becoming: MPAACT tracks the ups and downs of mother-daughter relationship. MPAACT at the Greenhouse Theater Center (2257 N. Lincoln)

Open Now: Lady Windermere’s Fan: Oscar Wilde’s high-society satire. Dead Writers Theatre at Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont)

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

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