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Five Great Things to Do in Chicago This Week

Catch a flick at the Chicago International Film Festival, stroll through Andersonville Arts Weekend, and more things to do this week in the city.

HE’S GOOD Hear jazz singer Gregory Porter at Thalia Hall on Tuesday.   Photo: Courtesy of the artist

The Five

Don’t-miss picks for Wednesday, October 8 through Tuesday, October 14

1 Chicago International Film Festival

Film: Movies to catch at this long-running festival (now in its 50th year) include the Chicago premiere of the period drama Miss Julie, Cloud of Sils Maria by acclaimed French director Olivier Assayas, and the comedy Dear White People.
10/9–10/23. $5–$14 per film. AMC River East, 322 E. Illinois. chicagofilmfestival.com

2 Gregory Porter

Jazz: The soulful baritone nabbed a Grammy for best jazz vocal album in 2013. And now he’s celebrating with an eight-month tour.
10/14 at 7:30. $35–$45. Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport. ticketweb.com

3 Hedwig Dances

Dance: Chicago’s modern troupe teams up with Cuban company DanzAbierta for a shared bill of two separate but connected works: Trade Winds and Aires de Cambio.
10/9–10/11. $24–$30. The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, 1306 S. Michigan. colum.edu

4 Sarah and Joseph Belknap

Art: The wife-and-husband team Sarah and Joseph Belknap continue their artistic exploration of outer space. Using silicone rubber to simulate the moon’s surface, they recreate a pair of meteor crates in the gallery.
10/11–2/24. $12. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago. mcachicago.org

5 Andersonville Arts Weekend

Festivals: Take advantage of the discounts several Andersonville indie stores will be offering and check out the Swedish American Museum for free at this neighborhood bash.
10/10–10/12. Free. Various locations on N. Clark Street. andersonville.org/artsweekend

What I’m Doing This Weekend

Matt Ulery
Matt Ulery Photo: Courtesy of Matt Ulery

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: bassist and composer Matt Ulery. He performs at Constellation on Friday, October 10.

“I made a double CD with the ensemble Eighth Blackbird, so we’re doing a show together at Constellation on Friday. I’m at Constellation a lot; they do a great job getting consistent quality art that’s not all in the same scene. There are a lot of other shows by friends on Friday too. My friend, trumpeter Marquis Hill, will be performing at the Green Mill and another friend, Noah Harris, will be performing at the Hideout. He made a cassette tape of psychedelic rock.

“Saturday, I’m going to the Magritte exhibit at the Art Institute. My wife says it’s a must-see. Then I’ll go to Parachute; it’s Korean-inspired food that I like because it’s in my neighborhood.

“Sunday, my wife and I have a CSA with Radical Root Farm, so we’ll go pick up our vegetables in the morning. Then every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Joel Patterson Trio performs with the organist Chris Foreman, who’s a Chicago treasure.” —As told to Tomi Obaro

Freebie of the Week


Dusek’s & Punch House One Year Customer Appreciation Party

Music: Chicago’s Best Restaurant of 2014 is turning a year old. To celebrate, Thalia Hall throws a free show featuring LA punk rockers No Age and DJs John Mork and Samone spin all night at Punch House.
10/12 at 8. Free. Dusek’s, 1807 S. Allport. thaliahallchicago.com

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