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The Top Five Things to Do in Chicago This Week

Malkovich, Odenkirk, and Dylan all make the list.

MALKOVICH AS MUSE See more wacky photos at Catherine Edelman Gallery this Friday.   Photo: Sandro Miller

The Five

Don’t-miss picks for Wednesday, November 5 through November 11, 2014

1 Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters

Art: Chicago photographer Sandro Miller recreates 32 iconic images with the famously chameleonic actor John Malkovich as his subject. Naturally, the results are equal parts brilliant and bizarre.
11/7–1/31. Free. Catherine Edelman Gallery, 300 W. Superior. edelmangallery.com

2 Bob Odenkirk

Comedy: If you only know Bob Odenkirk from Breaking Bad, you’re missing out. The Chicago area native celebrates the release of A Load of Hooey, his collection of humorous essays, with a two-night stint at UP Comedy Club.
11/6–7. $45. UP Comedy Club, 230 W. North. upcomedyclub.com

3 Iphigenia in Aulis

Theater: Nicholas Rudall, the Court’s founding artistic director, translates Euripides’s tragedy for a production directed by Charles Newell and featuring the appropriately brooding Mark Montgomery as Agamemnon and Stephanie Andrea Barron as Iphigenia.
11/6–12/7. $35–$65. Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis. courttheatre.org

4 Bob Dylan

Folk: Though he admittedly spent a chunk of the early aughts repelling audiences with mumbled renditions of his ’60s and ’70s classics, the past few Bob Dylan tours have been unexpectedly energetic and heavy on the hits.
11/8–11/10. $55–$145.50. Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph. axs.com

5 Heidi Latsky Dance

Dance: Latsky, a former Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company dancer started this mixed-ability group in 2001. They perform two works, one set to The Wizard of Oz’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and the other an exploration of a solo performance paired against an ensemble.
11/6–11/8. $24–$30. The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, 1306 S. Michigan. colum.edu

What I’m Doing This Weekend

Donna Davies
Donna Davies Photo: Courtesy of Donna Davies

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Donna Davies, director of SOFA Chicago, which runs from Friday, November 7 through Sunday November 9.

“Friday will be the day after the opening night preview of SOFA Chicago. I’ll come back to the show bright and early to see all the exhibits that I haven’t been able to see. And then we have an after party for VIPs at Rebar at the Trump Tower and hopefully, after that, I’ll get dinner at Longman & Eagle. I love their inventive cocktails; they’re so creative.

“On Saturday, I’ll be at the show to talk to collectors and exhibitors.  I’ll go to dinner at Avec if I can get reservations. I love the cosiness of Avec and the communal tables. It’s a great place to catch up with friends.

“Sunday, I don’t have to be at the fair until noon, so I’ll take a nice walk along Lake Shore and get some fresh air. Then I’ll get brunch at West Egg Café and maybe pop into Pops for Champagne to celebrate the fair’s end in the evening. If I wasn’t working at the fair all weekend, I’d definitely go to Lillstreet Art Center in Ravenswood and see what they have going on there.” —As told to Tomi Obaro

Freebie of the Week


OpenICE at the Hideout

Classical: Two New Yorkers who cut their new-music teeth in Chicago, the saxophonist Ryan Muncy and the flutist Claire Chase, double-team the second of three free monthly concerts ICE is putting on at the Hideout. The duo will premiere a new work by Chicagoan Marcos Balter.
11/9 at 6. The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia. iceorg.org

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