Don’t-miss picks for June 20 through June 26, 2019
1 Digable Planets, Kweku Collins
Hip-Hop:Last summer, the Evanston venue SPACE inaugurated a new series of outdoor concerts called “Out of Space.” This season, the series returns to Temperance Beer Co.’s verdant grounds for four concerts, the most high-caliber one of which, Liz Phair, is already sold out. But you can still catch the philosophical ’90s hip-hop trio Digable Planets. Collins, a just-beyond-up-and-coming MC and an Evanston native, opens.
6/20 at 7 p.m. $28. Temperance Beer Co. eventbrite.com
2 Yo-Yo Ma: The Complete Bach Cello Suites
Classical:These six solo cello suites might hold the title of greatest classical music solo works for a stringed instrument (if they could definitively beat out Bach’s own music for solo violin). Yo-Yo Ma, the world’s best-known cellist, has recorded the set three times, and he’s touring the world with his new interpretations.
FREE 6/20 at 6:30 p.m. Jay Pritzker Pavilion. cso.org
3 Make Music Chicago
Festival:From dawn until well after dusk on the longest day of the year, the local party of the globe-encircling Fête de la Musique fills the city with multigenre performances from both professionals and amateurs — probably more densely than usual, because this year the 21st falls on a Friday.
FREE 6/21. Various locations. makemusicchicago.org
4 New Dances
Dance:Since the 1980s, this incubator, now helmed by DanceWorks and Thodos Dance Chicago, has mentored emerging choreographers. This year, the series moves to one of the Athenaeum’s cozy studio theaters, with works by rising stars like Yariana Baralt Torres and Maria Blanco (collectively known as Loud Bodies) and Hedwig Dance’s Rigoberto Saura.
6/21–23. $30–$35. Athenaeum Theatre. danceworkschicago.org
5 Going Dutch Festival
Festival:What started as a single show at Links Hall nine years ago has blossomed into an annual dance, music, and theater festival in Elgin celebrating women artists. Ensemble Español’s Olivia Serrano, the promising up-and-comers of Hot Crowd, pole dancer Mel Hyde, and a hilarious duo from Detroit called Thank You So Much for Coming are just some of the nearly 35 companies in this three-day extravaganza. This year, performances and exhibitions move from the Elgin Professional Building to more intimate downtown venues: Side Street Studio Arts, Imago Studios, and Martini Room.
6/21–23. $10–$25. Various locations. sidestreetstudioarts.org
6 Gold Coast Greek Festival
Festival:This three-day fest welcomes all Chicagoans to learn and experience Greek culture. Popular dishes like souvlaki and gyros will be served, along with a wide array of desserts, including loukoumades, Nutella-covered fried dough. Lagunitas will partner up with the cathedral for a fun, family-friendly weekend of live music and entertainment.
FREE 6/21–23. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral. annunciationcathedralchicago.org
7 A.A. Bondy
Folk:This songwriter from Birmingham, Alabama, is a fairly enigmatic character. He sings melancholy outlaw folk ballads shirtless in a ski mask, delivering tales of hungry-hearted killers in a voice that’s practically angelic. His latest record, Enderness — released on cult-favorite Mississippi blues label Fat Possum — is his first in eight years. It’s sad and pretty, and Bondy completed it a day before his house was burned down by a wildfire.
6/22 at 9 p.m. $18–$20. Sleeping Village. etix.com
8 Matthew Hilshorst: Cruel Summer
Art:The New York artist’s work often fixates on the enduring power of kitsch (think paintings of Jell-O salad or an AstroTurf welcome mat). For this solo show, he presents a new series of sculptures made, impressively, out of acrylic paint.
FREE 6/22–8/3. Andrew Rafacz Gallery. andrewrafacz.com
Art:This survey show explores how textiles and print production overlap, whether it’s stitching and cross-hatching or tufting and stippling. Among the works on view: a tufted rug by Nicole Del Rio, fabrics both hand-dyed and screenprinted by guest curator Cassie Tompkins, and Meg Roberts Arsenovic’s vibrant collages of synthetic fur informed by the Chesapeake Bay impact crater.
FREE 6/22–8/31. Chicago Printmakers Collaborative. chicagoprintmakers.com
10 Darling Grenadine
Theater:It isn’t often that the Marriott Theatre slates a new musical that doesn’t yet have Broadway’s stamp of approval. So take notice of this under-the-radar production from the young composer, actor, and singer-songwriter Daniel Zaitchik, which promises a contemporary love story with a throwback feel: a portrait of an NYC jingle writer and his relationships. Zaitchik has said he wants the show to suggest the MGM musicals of yore, even as it chronicles modern romance.
6/26–8/18. $50–$60. Marriott Theatre. marriotttheatre.com
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