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

Hannibal is getting his own show, Steppenwolf is doing a Tracy Letts script, and Alex Wiley released a slick new EP.

This handsome devil is getting his own Comedy Central series.   PHOTO: EVAN AGOSTINI/INVISION/AP

Welcome back to Chicago’s Tuesday culture roundup, a quick and dirty guide to what’s opening, closing, and buzzing in local arts each week. Note that this isn’t a curated event list like Chicago’s in-print Go Listings or weekly Chicago Guide—just a roundup of what’s coming, going, and breaking throughout the city. Got a tip, quibble, or sweet nothing? Let us know in the comment section.

News

Hannibal Buress is getting his own Comedy Central Show

The Chicago comic’s half-hour pilot Why was greenlit for an eight-episode run this July, and will feature Buress addressing broad cultural topics through standup and filmed segments. [The Wrap]

Hannibal also wants to take you to the Bieber Roast

In other Hannibal news, he’s auctioning off two tickets to the Justin Bieber roast, which he’ll perform at this Saturday in L.A. The package includes a meet-and-greet with Buress and tickets to the afterparty. Proceeds go to Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, and bidding was at $4,000 as of this posting. Check out the auction here; it ends at 8 p.m. Thursday. [DNAInfo]

Steppenwolf is doing a new Tracy Letts script…

…as well as Annie Baker’s The Flick, Frank Galati’s take on East of Eden, Stephen Adly Guirgis’s Between Riverside and Crazy, and Bruce Norris’s Domesticated, all as part of its 2015–16 season. [Tribune]

Ravinia has a lineup

Highland Park’s summer-long music festival will run June 13–September12 and feature Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Bobby McFerrin, and about a zillion other talented musicians. Check out the lineup here and see all of Chicago’s festival coverage here. [Tribune]

Alex Wiley just released a really good new EP

As promised, Hyde Park rapper Alex Wiley today dropped a nine-song EP One Singular Flame Emoji. Stream it below. Repeat until your ears bleed.

Zac Brown Band is playing Wrigley Field

Another week, another Wrigley Field concert announcement. Zac Brown and his band of bearded country dudes will play the third of four summer concerts at the ballpark this summer, on September 11. Tickets go on sale March 20. Yeehaw. [DNAInfo]

Skrillex is the secret Spring Awakening headliner

He’ll join Diplo, who was already scheduled to play the festival, for the Midwestern premiere of their side project Jack Ü.

Chicagoans at the Venice Biennale

The Venice Biennale last week announced its 136-artist lineup, including Chicagoans Theaster Gates and Kerry James Marshall. The show, called All the World’s Futures, runs May 9 through November 22. [Art News]

Lookingglass is doing Treasure Island

The Michigan Avenue theater company yesterday announced the first show of its 2015–16 season, Treasure Island, adapted and directed by Mary Zimmerman of Metamorphoses and The Arabian Nights fame. The show runs October 18, 2015 to January 17, 2016. Yo ho.

Opening

March 10: The Full Monty, a musical based on the 1997 film in which a group of pink-slipped steelworkers turn to stripping to support their families. Kokandy at Theater Wit (1229 W. Belmont)

March 13: Today We Escape, a series of 12 short plays inspired by Radiohead’s eternally freaky OK Computer. Tympanic Theatre at the Den Theatre (1329 N. Milwaukee)

Open Now: Scenes from an Execution, in which a 16th-century Venetian artist is commissioned to commemorate a war victory and goes rogue with the project. Royal George Theatre (1641 N. Halsted)

Open Now: Traces, an urban faerie tale charting the travails of 20-something Chicagoan Jenny. Feast Productions at the Frontier (1106 Thorndale)

Open Now: The Hammer Trinity, Nathan Allen and Chris Mathews’s six-hour BYO marathon play. The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre (1543 W. Division)

Open Now: Antigonick, Anne Carson’s modern-day, free translation of Antigone. Sideshow Theatre 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: Dunsinane, David Greig’s imagined Macbeth sequel featuring members of the National Theatre of Scotland and Royal Shakespeare Company. Chicago Shakespeare Theater (800 E. Grand)

Open Now: Four, Christopher Shinn’s lusty summertime drama. Jackalope Theatre at Broadway Armory Park (5917 N. Broadway)

Open Now: Marie Antoinette, David Adjmi’s hyper-modern take on the young French queen’s tale. Steppenwolf Theatre (1650 N. Halsted)

Open Now Endgame: Beckett’s classic through the eyes of Halena Kays, who served as the Hypocrites’ artistic director during founder Sean Graney’s recently ended three-year hiatus. The Hypocrites at Den Theatre (1329–1333 N. Milwaukee)

Open Now: The Real World: Space Edition—set in 2153 and likely 2153 times funnier than the actual filmed-in-Chicago Real World. Public House Theatre (3914 N. Clark)

Open Now: The Trial of Moses “Fleetwood” Walker, a look at the first-ever black baseball player’s 1891 murder trial. Black Ensemble Theater (4450 N. Clark)

Open Now: First Date, which sets two hopelessly mismatched singles together just in time for Valentine’s Day. Royal George Theatre (1641 N. Halsted)

Open Now: Game of Thongs: A Game of Thrones Burlesque. Breasteros. Yep. Gorilla Tango Theatre (1919 N. Milwaukee)

Open Now: Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, the Other Theatre Company’s inaugural show, which focuses on the 1992 LA race riots. The Other Theatre Company at Chopin Theatre (1543 W. Division)

Open Now: Fur Elites, a parlor musical about a boy surrounded by nutters in the fur shop where he works. Annoyance Theatre & Bar (851 W. Belmont)

Closing

March 12: Space Between, in which four painters toy with the air between viewer and artwork. Addington Gallery (704 N. Wells)

March 13: Redlined, an interdisciplinary show in which Chicago Slam Works uses the Red Line to riff on violence, wealth disparity, and gentrification. Chicago Slam Works at Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont)

March 14: Finding Gräfenberg, Graham Brown’s one-act take on workplace sexual politics. Trip. at Hairpin Arts Center (2810 N. Milwaukee)

March 14: Edgar and Annabel, in which a DC couple plots against an unnamed omnipotent regime. The Side Project (1439 W. Jarvis)

March 14: This Is Modern Art, Steppenwolf for Young Adults’s Idris Goodwin/Kevin Coval-penned recreation of the 2010 Art Institute tagging. Steppenwolf Theatre (1650 N. Halsted)

March 14: Circle-Machine, a fable set during the fall of the Berlin Wall based on Charles Mee’s Full CircleOracle Theatre (3809 N. Broadway)

March 14: Paintings and Drawings by Frank Spidale. Firecat Projects (2124 N. Damen)

March 14: Visibility Machines, in which Harun Farocki and Trevor Paglen scrutinize the military industrial complex. Gallery 400 (400 S. Peoria)

March 15: Blue Planet, based on Andri Snaer Magnason’s children’s book in which youth learns to want more than it needs. Akvavit Theatre at DCASE Storefront Theater (66 E. Randolph)

March 15: Really Really, which features a group of jaded undergrads reconstructing a party turned violent. Interrobang at the Athenaeum (1936 N. Southport)

March 15: The Passenger, Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s long-suppressed opera about an ex-Auschwitz SS officer who meets her former prisoner on an ocean liner. Lyric Opera (20 N. Upper Wacker)

March 15: Dear John Hughes, a musical mash-up of iconic scenes from Hughes flicks. Broadway Playhouse (175 E. Chestnut)

March 15: Softly Blue, a drama in which two separately housebound people spark an online relationship. Greenhouse Theater Center (2257 N. Lincoln)

March 15: Sondheim on Sondheim, a musical revue of the maestro’s best work. Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont)

March 15: The Trial of Moses “Fleetwood” Walker, a look at the first-ever black baseball player’s 1891 murder trial. Black Ensemble Theater (4450 N. Clark)

March 15: A Kid Like Jake, which follows two parents’ quest to land their gender-nonconforming son into a top Manhattan school. Greenhouse Theater Center (2257 N. Lincoln)

March 15: Ordinary Days: New Yorkers prod their neuroses in song. Heartland Studio Theatre (7016 N. Glenwood)

March 15: Barbecue Apocalypse, in which a group of thirty-somethings, well, go to a barbecue. The Ruckus at the Athenaeum (2936 N. Southport)

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