GOING DUTCH: Toneelgroep Amsterdam's Rouw siert Electra
GOING DUTCH: Toneelgroep Amsterdam’s Rouw siert Electra


Don’t-miss events for Wed 02.25.09 through Tue 03.03.09


theatre  Rouw siert Electra (Mourning
Becomes Electra)

Eugene O’Neill’s take on the Oresteia trilogy (a.k.a. the House of Epic Dysfunction, wherein son loves mother, murders father; wife murders husband, is avenged by children; and so on) is stripped down to its primal essence by the renowned Toneelgroep Amsterdam. Raw, merciless, and pungent with sexuality, this production incorporates TV, video, and plenty of nudity. In Dutch with English supertitles.
GO: Feb 25-28. $18-$25. Goodman Theatre, 170 N Dearborn. goodmantheatre.org


musuems  Real Pirates*
The recent surge of pirate news got us thinking about those buccaneers of yore: What were they like? What’s pure blarney? We asked around. Turns out that whole lost-eyeball thing has more to do with flying splinters than bullets. Learn more about this and other nuggets of bootylicious trivia at a new exhibition dedicated to the Whydah, a pirate ship that sunk off the coast of Cape Cod in 1717.
GO: Feb 25-Oct 25. Open Mon-Sat 10-5; Sun 11-5. $12-$23. Field Museum, 1400 S Lake Shore. fieldmuseum.org


classical  Hilary Hahn*
Prodigies are a dime a dozen these days, but Hahn is the real deal, a Doogie Howser of violin who, at age 29, continues to perfect her sound as a seasoned recording artist.
GO: Mar 1 at 3. $22-$96. Symphony Center, 220 S Michigan. cso.org


farrago  Acme Miniature Flea Circus*
Itching for something a little different? In conjunction with its exhibition on the Chicago outsider artist Joseph Yoakum, who traveled the globe under the big top, Intuit plays host to this Victorian-style spectacle, replete with a grand finale in which the trained pests, Midge and Madge, are shot out of a cannon by their wheeler-dealer wrangler, “Professor” Adam Gertsacov. Just be sure to leave Fido at home: No dogs allowed.
GO: Feb 26, 27 at 6:30; Feb 28 at 2, 4, and 6. $8-$12. Intuit, 756 N Milwaukee. art.org


concerts  Joshua Redman*
Freed from the burden of saving jazz, the now-veteran saxophonist has matured into an assured performer. He still blows like mad if the moment calls for it, but these days he does so without sounding like he’s out for blood.
GO: Mar 1 at 6 and 8:30. $30. Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N Lincoln. oldtownschool.org


concerts  Yoko Noge
Save that soggy sandwich for when you’re back at your desk. A better use of your lunch hour? Hearing local legend/jazz den mother Noge lead her longtime ensemble Jazz Me Blues through a midday sonic stroll.
GO: Feb 26 at noon. Fullerton Hall, Art Institute, 111 S Michigan. 360degreeschicago.org


Learn how to mix your own pirate cocktails … Read Hahn’s tips for things to do with your violin when you’re bored … See Midge and Madge in action … Watch sexy saxman Redman deshirt mid-concert


PHOTOGRAPH: Jan Versweyveld