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The Top Five Things to Do in Chicago This Week

Jessica Lang Dance, Kendrick Lamar, Agamemnon, David Mitchell and Lana Wachowski, and SOFA

KING KENDRICK The rapper plays an intimate show on Thursday.   Photo: Scott Strazzante/Chicago Tribune

The Five

Don’t-miss picks for Wednesday, November 4 through November 10, 2015

1 Jessica Lang Dance

Dance Collaborating with inventive architect Steven Holl, Lang, a master of combining movement with design aesthetic, takes a sculptural approach in a piece commissioned by the Harris Theater and the first Chicago Architecture Biennial.
11/6 at 7:30. $35–$125. Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph. jessicalangdance.com

2 Kendrick Lamar

Music When the cerebral rapper announced a string of intimate shows billed as the First Annual Kunta’s Groove Sessions, demand was so great, he had to move from cozy Concord Music Hall to the (relatively) more spacious Riviera Theatre. VIP tickets are the only tickets still available, so act fast.
11/5 at 9. $350. Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine. etix.com

3 Agamemnon

Theater Court launches part two of its multiyear Greek Cycle, with adapter Nicholas Rudall picking up where he left off last year in bringing the tragic House of Atreus to the stage.
11/5–12/6. $38–$48. Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis. courttheatre.org

4 David Mitchell and Lana Wachowski

Readings Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks author David Mitchell chats with The Matrix director about his latest book Slade House.
11/8 at 7:30. $30. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport. musicboxtheatre.com

5 SOFA

Art Now entering its 21st year, the Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design Fair adds a handful of fine art exhibitors to the mix of glass, ceramics, and jewelry displays.
11/5–11/8. $20. Festival Hall, 600 E. Grand. sofaexpo.com

What I’m Doing This Weekend

Alisa Rosenthal
Alisa Rosenthal Photo: Courtesy of Alisa Rosenthal

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals: performer and teacher Alisa Rosenthal.

“Friday, I’m seeing a show called No Beast So Fierce, which is run by Oracle Theatre. All of their shows are free but are such high quality.

“Saturday, I’ll probably get brunch at Marmalade, which is right in my ’hood in Lincoln Square. If I want to go savory, I get their vegan chilaquiles. If I’m going sweet, I get their really fluffy French toast piled with fresh fruit. Saturday night, I’m going to a magazine release party for a literary food journal called Graze. It’s their final issue so they’re doing a big party at Fizz Bar and Grill. They always have really good food and they’ll have booze from Aquanut Brewing and Leatherbee Gin.

“Sunday, I teach children improv at the Old Town School of Folk Music. I’ll run over to the Grind Café in between classes. I always get Sue’s bagel, which is a bagel with pesto and goat cheese. It’s perfect. Then Sunday night, I’m going to see Wild Earp and Babe-Alon 5 at the California Clipper. They do old-school Americana and look like they’re straight out of the ’40s. They’re one of my favorites to go see.” —As told to Tomi Obaro

Freebie of the Week


Arno Rafael Minkkinen

Art The prolific Finnish photographer photographs nude models in dramatic natural terrain—their bodies dangling off cliffs and emerging from snowpacks in eerily beautiful black-and-white.
11/6–1/2. Free. Catherine Edelman Gallery, 300 W. Superior. edelmangallery.com

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