Don’t-miss picks for Wednesday, March 26 through Tuesday, April 1
1 Tristan and Yseult
Theatre: Think Shakespeare infused with acrobatics, and you have an inkling of the wonders this British ensemble will bring to Navy Pier.
3/30–4/13. $48–$78. Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 800 E. Grand. chicagoshakes.com
2 Amy Schumer
Comedy: With a movie produced by Judd Apatow in the works, the ribald comedienne is on a tear. Catch her standup set before she gets too famous to go on tour.
3/28 at 8 p.m. $59. Auditorium Theatre, 509 E Congress. auditoriumtheatre.org
3 Roomful of Teeth
Classical: This new-music vocal group counts the 31-year-old Pulitzer winner Caroline Shaw as one of its founding members. Its Ravinia debut brings Shaw’s Partita for Eight Voices to the Midwest for the first time.
3/29 at 8 p.m. $10. Lake Cook and Green Bay, Highland Park. ravinia.org
4 Wynton Marsalis
Jazz: Two months after his older brother Branford played the same venue, the famous trumpeter comes to town with his big band, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
3/28 at 8 p.m. $60–$145. Symphony Center, 220 S Michigan. cso.org
5 International Vintage Poster Fair
Festivals: Spruce up your home with one of these original old-time posters on sale at this annual showcase.
3/28–3/30. $15–$20. Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E Randolph. posterfair.com
What I’m Doing This Weekend
Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Jonathan Pitts, the executive producer of the Chicago Improv Festival which starts on Monday, March 31.
“When it’s this close to the festival, I like to do something different from improv. [So] Friday night, I’m going to see a play by Congo Square Theater called King Hedley II. There’s nothing improvised about it and it’s a deep, dark dramatic show, which is the opposite of everything that we’re about to do next week. After that, I am going to get some ice cream from Margie’s Candies. They give you really large portions and they bring it on these clamshells—it’s like the 1950s. I like to order their chocolate coconut.
“On Saturday, I’m going to get brunch at North Side Bar and Grill. They have a really nice brunch and it’s not that far away from where I live. Saturday night, I’m going to see The Lego Movie.
“Sunday, the international improv performers show up. I have three coming in from Brazil, three from New Zealand, and an improviser coming in from Hawaii—and they are all staying at my apartment. Most of Sunday is going to be showing everybody what’s going on. Sunday night, I’m going to take them to the Chicago Improv League, one of the competitive improv programs we produce.” —As told to Tomi Obaro
Freebie of the Week
Noelle Allen: Osmia
Art: With colorful casting material such as wax and resin, Allen uses interesting forms from her garden and her art studio to create skin-like membranes.
3/30–4/26. Free. Rivseride Arts Center, 32 E Quincy. riversideartscenter.com