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The Top Five Things to Do in Chicago This Week

Lang Lang, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullalley, and Ernest Dawkins are all set to perform.

BANG BANG The star pianist Lang Lang comes to the Lyric on Saturday.   Photo: Philip Glaser

The Five

Don’t-miss picks for Wednesday, May 6 through May 12, 2015

1 Lang Lang

Classical: The energetic piano virtuoso plays a one-night-only recital of Bach, Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons, and Chopin’s four Scherzos. To compensate for the distances in the cavernous opera house, video screens will show Lang, a live wire whose zest for performance is half the fun.
5/9 at 7:30. $75 and up. Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker. lyricopera.org

2 Doubt: A Parable

Theater: Steve Haggard plays a priest who may be a child molester, and Karen Janes Woditsch plays a nun who condemns as such without definitive proof. William Brown directs John Patrick Shanley’s brilliant drama in an actual church, making the audience a fly on the wall for this taut, troubling drama that’ll prey on your mind for days after the final blackout.
5/5–7/12. $35–$75. Writers Theatre at Glencoe Union Church, 263 Park, Glencoe. writerstheatre.org

3 The Last Supper

Art: Contemporary artist Julie Green paints ceramic plates with the final meal requests of prisoners about to be executed—they range from cakes to apples.
5/9–8/9. Free. Block Museum, 40 Arts Circle, Evanston. blockmuseum.northwestern.edu

4 Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally

Comedy: The real-life couple comes to town on the heels of their Summer of 69: No Apostrophe tour. Expect lots of sex jokes and hijinks from these two former sitcom stars.
5/7 at 8. $39.50. The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. thechicagotheatre.com/events/2015/may/nick-offerman-and-megan-mullally-at-the-chicago-theatre.html

5 Ernest Dawkins

Jazz: The saxophonist premieres ‘Rhythm and Rhyme,’ his latest Frankenstein monster, in which he and Douglas Ewart play nursery-rhyme-inspired sax while Ben Lamar Gaye and Will Faber mix and manipulate live sound.
5/7 at 8:30. $10. Constellation, 3111 N. Western. ticketfly.com

What I’m Doing This Weekend

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Ellen Sandor Photo: Ellen Sandor

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Ellen Sandor, co-chair of The Walk.

“Friday is the School of the Art Institute’s Walk. We’ll be showing over 200 garments all completely designed and executed by students. The money raised from this event goes towards their scholarships. We’ll also be honoring the work of fashion critic Diane Pernet. She’s our Legend of Fashion honoree this year. The opening act will be a performance by artist Claudia Hart, called The Dolls. It’s experimental, technical and visually exciting, and then the students will emerge. After the event, everyone goes to the Harris Theater where we have this fantastic party on the roof.

“Saturday, during the day I’ll be entertaining family members from out of town. If it’s rainy, we might go to the Art Institute.

“Sunday, I am going to have Mother Day’s brunch at the Pump Room. It’s like my second home. I like the egg white sandwich and the smoked salmon. Then at 1 p.m., we’ll go the Gene Siskel Film Center to see A Shaded View on Fashion Film, a look at the work of Diane Pernet.” —As told to Tomi Obaro

Freebie of the Week


Zeus

Art: Dean “Zeus” Colman, from London, debuts his limited-edition Streetopoly board game in which you can play as Banksy or a number of other infamous street artists to tag Park Place. (Jail is still an option.) Also showing: Colman’s grafitti-inspired paintings.
Through 5/30. Free. Vertical Gallery, 1016 N. Western. verticalgallery.com

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