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The Top Five Things to Do in Chicago This Week

Do Division is on the street, Patton Oswalt is on stage, then there’s opera, jazz, a theatrical take on Stephen King, and more.

FUN IN THE SUN Go to Do Division this weekend.   Photo: Courtesy of Do Division

The Five

Don’t-miss picks for Wednesday, May 28 through Tuesday, June 3

1 Do Division

Festival: One of the first street festivals of the season, this weekend bash boasts a sidewalk art sale, local eats, live music acts, and a fashion show.
5/30–6/1. $5. Division and Hoyne. do-divisionstreetfest.com

2 Carrie

Theatre: Go for ingénue Callie Johnson, a Jeff Award winner. In this musical adaptation of Stephen King’s notorious novel, the actress plays the misunderstood telekinetic teenager at the center of the frightening coming-of-age classic.
5/29–7/12. $15–$40. Bailiwick Chicago at the Victory Gardens 2433 N. Lincoln. bailiwickchicago.com

3 Patton Oswalt

Comedy: The affable Everyman comes to town for a one-night-only experience.
5/31 at 8. $35.75–$39.75. Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. thechicagotheatre.com

4 Chicago Opera Theater

Classical: The thrifty company leaves its usual home at the Harris Theater for a double bill of operas composed in 1943 in the shadow of Nazi Germany.
5/31–6/8. $23–$125. Merle Reskin Theatre, 60 E. Balbo. chicagooperatheater.org

5 Adam Larson Quintet

Jazz: The young saxophonist teams up with assured veterans such as Dana Hall for this three-day residency.
5/29–31. $20–$35. Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth. jazzshowcase.com

What I’m Doing This Weekend

Max Morris
Max Morris Photo: Courtesy of Max Morris

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Chicago Alternative Comics Expo co-organizer Max Morris. The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo runs from Saturday, May 31 through Sunday, June 1.

“Friday, I’ll be at the Tony Millionaire signing. People might know him for his comics series, Maakies which runs in alternative newspapers. He also did the popular comic books series, Sock Monkey. I will also be heading to the Cartoon Network show Adventure Time panel. Three storyboard artists from the show will be talking about their work. I also plan on going to the Co-Prosperity Sphere in Bridgeport for a Lumpen comics issue release party.

“Saturday, doors open at 11 and at that point the show is on. We have 200 exhibitors from as far away as the UK and Mexico. A highlight: local comics artist Edie Fake will be on a panel about queer cartoonists. Our exhibitors will be burnt out, so we’ll be having an after party for them.

“Sunday, we open again at 11 a.m. and close out at 6 p.m. Liz Prince is going to be discussing the launch of her first YA book Tomboy in addition to so many other panels. I’m excited about all of it. It’s a great time to have an encounter with both local artists and international ones.” —As told to Tomi Obaro

Freebie of the Week


Celebration of Authors

Readings: The creative writing workshop Barrel of Monkeys collaborates with the University of Chicago to present an evening of CPS student work as acted by Barrel of Monkeys performers.
6/3 at 7:30. Free. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. barrelofmonkeys.org

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