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

Kendrick Lamar is headlining Summerfest, Buddy Guy is headlining Blues Fest, and Chief Keef has a new video with Andy Milonakis.

Kendrick, seen here eviscerating Pitchfork 2014, will headline this year’s Summerfest.   Photo: Clayton Hauck

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

Kendrick Lamar is headlining Milwaukee Summerfest

As are Lupe Fiasco, Mavis Staples, The Flaming Lips, Weird Al, Jane’s Addiction, Nas, Public Enemy, The New Pornographers, Brand New, Sylvan Esso, Charles Bradley, and about a zillion other droolworthy acts. Deets in our Summer Festival Guide.

Lookingglass Theatre announces its 2015–16 season

On top of the previously announced Treasure Island helmed by Mary Zimmerman, the Michigan Ave. theater company will present Blood Wedding and the world premiere of Kevin Douglas’s Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure.

Buddy Guy is headlining Blues Fest

Along with Taj Mahal, Billy Branch, Eddy Clearwater, Syl Johnson, Zora Young, Clarence Carter, and Toronzo Cannon. This year’s June 12–14 freebie will toast Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon. Again, more details in our summer music guide.

Lollapalooza three-days sell out; lineup and one-days come tomorrow

Three-day passes to music’s foremost shopping mall went on sale this morning and sold out in—surprise!—less than an hour. The lineup goes live tomorrow at the very un-rock ‘n’ roll hour of 6 a.m., and one-day passes go on sale at 10 a.m.—Christmas in March if ever there was one.

The Harris Theater announces a classical-heavy 2015–16 season

The Loop theater’s 2015-16 season will feature performances by Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Gil Shaham, and Joshua Bell, plus the Chicago premiere of Richard Danielpour’s Songs of Love and Longing co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall. Check out the entire season here.

Chief Keef and Andy Milonakis have a new music video

Yes, that Andy Milonakis, and no, there are no words.

Opening

March 26: Balm in Gilead, Lanford Wilson’s 1964 panorama of Manhattan’s seediest diner. The Den Theatre (1329 N. Milwaukee)

March 26: Our Bad Magnet: Three Scottsmen bore into a childhood friend’s knack for tall tales. Angel Island (735 W. Sheridan)

March 26: Song About Himself, Mickle Maher’s take on post-Internet degeneration of language. Theater Oobleck at Storefront Theater, Gallery 37 Center for the Arts (66 E. Randolph)

March 28: Love, Loss, and What I Wore, Nora and Delia Ephron’s ode to women and the clothes that color them. First Folio Theatre at Mayslake Peabody Estate (1717 W. 31st)

March 28: Title and Deed, Pulitzer finalist Will Eno’s one-man travelogue. Lookingglass Theatre (821 N. Michigan)

Open Now: La Bête, a comedy written entirely in couplets. Trap Door Theatre (1655 W. Cortland)

Open Now: End Days, Windy City Playhouse’s Henry Godinez–directed debut. Windy City Playhouse (3014 W. Irving Park)

Open Now: A Midwinter Night’s Tale: A Midsummer Night’s Dream meets The Winter’s Tale in the heart of the Polar Vortex. Duplicity Ensemble at Filament Theatre (4041 N. Milwaukee)

Open Now: Homefront, in which a Tennessee emigre returns home from New York to his rupturing family. Project 891 at Heartland Studio (7016 N. Glenwood)

Open Now: The One and Only Ivan, LifeLine’s kid-friendly take on Katherine Applegate’s bestselling children’s book. LifeLine Theatre (6912 N. Glenwood)

Open Now: Outside Mullingar, the Chicago premiere of John Patrick Shanley’s comedy about two shy lovers in rural Ireland. Northlight at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts (9501 Skokie Blvd.)

Open Now: 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)

Open Now: 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: 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: 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 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: 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)

Closing

March 28: Redletter, in which the Neo-Futurists prod Buzzfeed-era journalism. Neo-Futurarium (5153 N. Ashland)

March 28: Dividing the Estate: A Texas family debates divvying up its matriarch’s waning fortune before she’s even croaked. Raven Theatre (6157 N. Clark)

March 28: The Sweeter Option, the world premiere of John Henry Roberts’s crime-noir spoof. Strawdog Theatre (3829 N. Broadway)

March 28: Four, Christopher Shinn’s lusty summertime drama. Jackalope Theatre at Broadway Armory Park (5917 N. Broadway)

March 28: The Real World: Space Edition—set in 2153 and 2153 times funnier than the actual filmed-in-Chicago Real World. Public House Theatre (3914 N. Clark)

March 29 First Date, which sets set two hopelessly mismatched singles together just in time for Valentine’s Day. Royal George Theatre (1641 N. Halsted)

March 28: Traces, an urban faerie tale charting the travails of 20-something Chicagoan Jenny. Feast Productions at the Frontier (1106 Thorndale)

March 29 The Royale, Marco Ramirez’s cutting portrayal of Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion to rise to prominence circa 1905. American Theater Company (1909 W. Byron)

March 29: 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)

March 29: Richard Hunt: 60 Years of Sculpture, the City of Chicago’s toast to a one-time SAIC student and all-time local legend. Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E. Chicago)

March 29: The Artist as Scientist, an amalgamation of altarpieces by Orie Shafer. South Shore Arts Gallery (1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana)

March 29: Five, a group show celebrating LVL3’s fifth year as an artist-run gallery, featuring work by Sabrina Ott, Lauren Clay, Evan Robarts, Josh Reames, and Ben Sanders. LVL3 Gallery (1542 N. Milwaukee, 3rd Floor)

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