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

Riot Fest is moving to Douglas Park, Lolla announces its schedule, and Hideout Block Party is taking a break.

Humboldt Park dons its final crop of Riot Festers.   Photo: Travas Machel

Welcome back to Chicago’s weekly 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

Riot Fest is moving to Douglas Park

After an outcry from residents and 26th Ward Alderman Roberto Maldonado (mostly for failing to repair last year’s rain-ravaged Humboldt Park), Riot Fest announced its new home in Douglas Park this morning. Watch out for a lineup next week.

Lolla announces its schedule

The mothership of music fests announced its daily schedule yesterday, and—surprise!—there are a bunch of horrible time conflicts. Particularly irritating are The War on Drugs vs. Alabama Shakes, TV on the Radio vs. FKA Twigs, and Sylvan Esso/Flying Lotus vs. the Weeknd vs. Sir Paul. See the whole mess here.

Spike Lee tells everybody to chill about Chiraq

Ahead of his controversial new film, Spike Lee held a press conference last week where he urged critics to face the reality of gun violence and withhold judgment on Chiraq until, well, they’ve seen it. Everything we know about the film, here.

Hideout Block Party/AV Fest isn’t happening this year

AV Club editor Josh Modell told Chicago last week that its unanimously beloved block party will take a year off in 2015. He assured us it wasn’t gone for good.

Hyde Park Jazz Fest announces headliners

This year’s festival boasts sets by Regina Carter with Xavier Davis, Henry Threadgill with David Virelles, Mary Stallings, and world premieres by Tomeka Reid and Mikel Patrick Avery. The free festival runs September 26–27 at various venues in Hyde Park. Deets.

Opening

May 21: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Christopher Hampton’s adaptation of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’s 18th century epistolary novel. Raven Theatre (6157 N. Clark)

Open Now: Lunacy!: Jackalope asks if America really landed on the moon. Jackalope at Broadway Armory Park (5917 N.Broadway)

Open Now: The December Man: Colleen Murphy’s Governor General’s Award–winning drama. Mary Archie Theatre at Angel Island (731 W. Sheridan)

Open Now: Another Kind of Love: An ex-punker comes home to honor her former-rockstar mother and connect with her soon-to-be rockstar niece. Chopin Theatre (1543 W. Division)

Open Now: The White Road, in which Ernest Shackleton’s quest across the Antarctic leaves his crew marooned. Irish Theatre of Chicago at the Den Theatre (1333 N. Milwaukee)

Open Now: Inana: An Iraqi museum curator and his bride salvage relics on the eve of the U.S.’s invasion of Baghdad. Kimberly Senior directs. TimeLine Theatre (615 W. Wellington)

Open Now: Three Sisters: The Hypocrites’ Geoff Button takes on Chekhov. The Hypocrites at the Den Theatre (1333 N. Milwaukee)

Open Now: Between You, Me & the Lampshade, in which a single mother houses an undocumented immigrant in her South-Texas trailer. Teatro Vista at Victory Gardens (2433 N. Lincoln)

Open Now: Lady Windermere’s Fan: Oscar Wilde’s high-society satire. Dead Writers Theatre at Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont)

Open Now: Spring Awakening, Fearless Theatre’s boozed-up reimagination of Frank Wedekind’s 1910 youth drama. Fearless Theatre at the Charnell House (3421 W. Fullerton)

Open Now: Original Voices, a third-annual group show featuring artists working in new and underexposed media. Ken Saudners Gallery (230 W. Superior)

Open Now: The Diary of Anne Frank, directed by the unerring Kimberly Senior. Writers Theatre at Books on Vernon (664 Vernon, Glencoe)

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

Closing

May 23: The Grown-Up: Jordan Harrison follows a man from boyhood to starving artistry to West-Coast hasbeenhood. Shattered Globe at Theatre Wit (1229 W. Belmont)

May 23: The Devilish Children (And The Civilizing Process): Based on fables by a German psychologist, an unruly three-year-old is sent to learn proper manners from a ghastly lot. Shattered Globe at Theatre Wit (1229 W. Belmont)

May 24: Wonderland, Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure: Chicago Children’s Theatre cranks Alice’s adventure to 11. Ruth Page Center for the Arts (1016 N. Dearborn)

May 24: Doris Salcedo: The Bogotan sculptor gets her first career retrospective. Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E. Chicago)

May 24: All’s Well That Ends Well: Shakespeare meets 1950s mafiosos. Stage Left Theatre at Theater Wit (1229 W. Belmont)

May 24: The Bloodhound Law, a world premiere and the final installment of City Lit’s Civil War Sesquicentennial anne set in Chicago at the time of the Fugitive Slave Act. City Lit Theater (1020 W. Bryn Mawr)

May 24: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum: Porchlight wraps their yearlong toast to Stephen Sondheim. Porchlight at Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont)

May 24: Anna in the Afterlife, in which a novelist, unconscious on an operating table, is visited by various deceased friends in pseudo-purgatory. Polarity Ensemble at the Greenhouse Theater Center (2257 N. Lincoln)

May 24: Side Man: The son of a jazz trumpeter and an alcoholic recounts his family’s thirty-year decline into dysfunction. American Blues Theatre Company at the Greenhouse Theater Center (2257 N. Lincoln)

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