Don’t-miss picks for Wednesday, March 18 through March 24, 2015
1 The Good Book
Theater: The team of Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson is a powerful one—as anyone who saw their An Iliad can attest. For this world premiere, the playwrights craft a mosaic of spirituality and skepticism through the story of a 15-year-old boy and a lauded biblical scholar undergoing a crisis of faith. Read more here.
3/19–4/19. $35–$65. Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis. courttheatre.org
2 The Seldoms
Dance: Inspired by Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Robert Caro’s biography of President Lyndon Johnson, The Seldoms’ artistic director Carrie Hanson explores the effects of power in this hotly-anticipated premiere.
3/20–3/22 and 3/26–3/29. $10–$28. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago. mcachicago.org
3 Charles Dutoit and Yo-Yo Ma
Classical: Yo-Yo Ma joins Dutoit’s Francophilic fest for a program consisting of Ravel, Debussy, Saint-Saëns, and Lalo.
3/19–3/21. $38–$280. Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. cso.org
4 Bob’s Burgers Live!
Comedy: The people behind the voices in Fox’s sweet, loopy cartoon put on a variety show. Expect script readings, Q&As, and some standup comedy.
3/20 at 8. $29.75–$49.50. Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. thechicagotheatre.com
5 Soul Summit Party
Parties: Cut a rug or what ever hip lingo young folks used in the 1960s at this popular soul music dance bonanza. Rich Medina guest deejays.
3/21 at 9. Free. Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee. soulsummitchicago.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: Video Games Gallery curator Chaz Evans. Weird Telephone, Only Dials One Number takes place on Saturday, March 21..
“On Friday, there is a DePaul University Play Jam session. DePaul students majoring in video game design will be presenting the newest ideas they have to offer and you’ll get to demo their games.
“On Saturday afternoon, there’s an Indie City Games March Meeting that I plan on attending. Indie City Games organizes these regular events for game creatives to talk about their work, share ideas, and test works in progress. The guest speaker this month is Sarah Sexton of the women’s coding group Voxelles. She’s going to talk about game development and there’s an open mic for people who want to talk about their own game designs.
“Then after that is the Weird Telephone, Only Dials One Number event presented by VGA Gallery and hosted at the Nightingale. We’re featuring a push-button telephone that people can play with. It’s a physical extension of a larger video game project called Kentucky Route Zero. The creators of the game will be there and there will also be a musical performance.
“Then Sunday, I might hit up Logan Arcade. It’s close to me, they have an interesting rotating beer selection, and they have this excellent multiplayer game called Killer Queen. Up to ten people can play.” —As told to Tomi Obaro
Freebie of the Week
Art: Photographer Erin Jane Nelson takes street snaps of the Bay Area’s “social landscape,” from tech-industry workers to Buddhist bros, and then incorporates the images into a digital collage manipulated to evoke quilt patterns.
Through 4/25. Document, 845 W. Washington. documentspace.org