Don’t-miss picks for November 7 through November 13, 2019
1 Inai — The Connection
Dance:Hema Rajagopalan, an expert on the Indian dance style of bharatanatyam, returns to the stage for the first time since 2015. In a rare performance (she’s primarily known as an instructor and choreographer), she is joined by Astad Deboo, a pioneer of contemporary Indian dance, for a show that layers multiple classical forms from the north and south of India — bharatanatyam and kathak dance, Carnatic and dhrupad music — to make something wholly new.
11/7–9. $10–$30. Dance Center, Columbia College Chicago. dance.colum.edu
2 Oedipus Rex
Theater:Court Theatre knows its way around the Greeks — the long-established theater tied to the University of Chicago was founded on a steady diet of the classics. This new staging of Sophocles’s tragedy, helmed by artistic director Charles Newell, boasts a strong cast led by Kelvin Roston Jr. in the title role, with Kate Collins as Jocasta and Timothy Edward Kane as Creon.
11/7–12/8. $20–$80. Court Theatre. courttheatre.org
R&B:The gender-nonbinary producer and vocalist fits comfortably alongside current artisan R&B greats like Dev Hynes and Solange (in fact, they’ve done production work for both). Their third album, September’s Something Like a War, is a utopia of inclusivity, where funk, disco, and Robyn cameos intermingle and the world softens a little.
11/8 at 10 p.m. $20–$22. Sleeping Village. etix.com
4 Penn & Teller
Magic:For more than 40 years (in a career that has included one of the longest-running residencies in Las Vegas), the duo of famously outgoing Penn and famously silent Teller has been setting off trapdoors, performing sleight-of-hand card tricks, and catching each other’s bullets (literally). If you feel like their popularity means you’ll get to see them again, don’t be so sure: This show marks their first time performing in Chicago in 20 years.
11/8 at 8 p.m. $45–$696. Chicago Theatre. ticketmaster.com
5 Louie Vega
Electronic:The artist formerly known as Little Louie has been DJ’ing since the ’80s, when he played an integral part in the golden era of New York’s club scene; he’s even better known as half of Masters at Work, the duo that helped kick-start the trend of major-label house remixes with its reworks of Madonna and Michael Jackson. No warm-up acts, no nonsense — Vega’s playing open to close.
11/8 at 10 p.m. $15–$25. Smartbar. etix.com
6 Vision String Quartet
Classical:Winning competitions and posing for photo shoots with bed head and two-day stubble, this young Berlin-based quartet has self-announced as the next big thing in chamber music. They play from memory, standing up (except the cellist), and here they’ll energize Haydn, Schumann, and the 20th-century Polish composer Grazyna Bacewicz.
11/8 at 7:30 p.m. Free–$38. Mandel Hall, University of Chicago. chicagopresents.uchicago.edu
7 Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged Beer
Festival:If you can tell the difference between applewood and alderwood, then you’ll fit right in at this niche craft beer festival from the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild — which happens to be the largest barrel-aged fest in the world. After the judged competition, more than 200 beer, cider, and mead breweries will open their coolers for three separate tasting sessions. Hopewell, runner-up for best of show last year, will return to the festival, alongside first-time participants like Bold Dog and Ravinia.
11/8–9. $85. Isadore and Sadie Dorin Forum, University of Illinois at Chicago. fobab.com
8 Children of Metropolis
New Music:The percussion ensemble Scrap Arts Music creates one-of-a-kind instruments from salvaged industrial scrap, then carries out energetic performances on the sculptural musical objects. Its latest touring show derives its aesthetic from Fritz Lang’s 1927 deco-futuristic masterpiece Metropolis, casting a nonverbal narrative and silent-film projections over the banging and clanging.
11/9 at 8 p.m. $18–$35. Fermilab. events.fnal.gov
9 Man Bartlett: End Game
Art:Trip through the afterlife in this New York City artist’s multimedia installation, which merges video, sound, scent, and sculptures of neon rocks to ruminate on the destinies of our spirits once the planet ends. A little bleak, but it’s one of the least alarming ways to address the demise of human civilization.
FREE 11/9–12/21. Bert Green Fine Art. bgfa.us
10 The International Boutique for Middle-Aged Ladies
Art:Chicago painter Mari Eastman guest-curated this tongue-in-cheek exhibition, which transforms a gallery into a fashionable boutique filled with chic collectibles designed for genteel patrons approaching retirement age. Browse works like Caitlin Lonegan’s painted wallpaper and Matt Morris’s perfumes, each scent based on a stage of mourning in 18th-century Paris.
FREE 11/10–12/14. Goldfinch. goldfinchgallery.org