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The Top Five Things to Do in Chicago This Week

Stand-up comic Deon Cole performs at Chicago Theatre as part of Chi-Town Takeover this weekend.   Photo: E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune

The Five

Don’t-miss picks for Wednesday, October 7, through October 13, 2015

1 Treasure Island

Theater  Director Mary Zimmerman’s stunning aesthetic and actor Lawrence DiStasi’s shape-shifting prowess ensure that his new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic will be one of the most rip-roaring experiences of the season.
10/7–1/31. $40–$125. Lookingglass Theatre, Water Tower Works, 821 N. Michigan. lookingglasstheatre.org

2 Lisa Williamson

Art  The Los Angeles-based artist turns the tide in the abstract sculpture scene, away from the scattered messes so popular among her peers toward slick, highly crafted objects that hark back to the finish fetish of the minimalists—with a dash of humor.
10/10–11/14. Free. Shane Campbell Gallery, 2021 S. Wabash. shanecampbellgallery.com

3 Chi-Town Takeover

Comedy  Black-ish’s Deon Cole, The Carmichael Show’s Lil Rel, and fellow stand-up comics Earthquake and Bruce Bruce play to hometown crowds at this showcase.
10/9 at 8 p.m. $43–$79. The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. thechicagotheatre.com/events/2015/october/chitown-comedy-takeover-at-the-chicago-theatre.html

4 Girlpool

Rock  The Philly band’s debut album, Before the World Was Big, is equal parts lulling folk melodies and teenage rage (bandmates Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad are barely two years out of high school), which makes for a slightly jarring sound and accompanying live show.
10/13 at 6 p.m. $10–$12. Subterranean, 2011 W. North. ticketfly.com

5 Daniel Bruttig

Art  Combining horror and humor, Bruttig’s abstract cuckoo clocks look like homes for only the most deranged flocks.
10/11–1/10. Free. Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell. hydeparkart.org

What I’m Doing This Weekend

Jason Roebke
Jason Roebke Photo: Peter Gannushkin

Up next in Chicago’s series of weekend plans from in-the-know locals: jazz musician Jason Roebke.

“On Friday night, I am performing with my trio at Constellation, my absolute favorite place to both perform and listen to music in the city. I just released a new recording called Every Sunday. It was recorded live at the Hungry Brain, which was just around the corner from Constellation, and the title is an homage to the Sunday night music series that happened there for many, many years.

“I have a six-year-old daughter and on Saturday, we are going to her favorite park, North Park Village Nature Center (North Park), for its Harvest Festival. We love strolling around the trails here looking for deer and just slowing down for a little while.

“My wife, Ayako Kato, is a choreographer and helps to organize the monthly Dance and Beyond Movie Gathering at the Old Town School of Folk Music, happening Sunday afternoon. Dancers, choreographers, and anyone interested can watch and discuss dance films, this time focusing on improvisation. I love experiencing how non-music people think and talk about their process.” —As told to Hannah Nyhart

Freebie of the Week


No Beast So Fierce

Theater  In a cross-gender twist, the mighty Katherine Keberlein plays Richard III, the legendary humpbacked serial-killer king of 15th century England. Director Max Truax oversees a “dance theater” adaptation of Shakespeare’s bloody tale about Richard’s relentless ambition.
10/9–11/8. Free. Oracle Productions at the Department of Cultural Affairs Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph. publicaccesstheatre.org

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