FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Despite drawing our resident humorist’s ire for being one of many movies set in Chicago but rife with geographic inaccuracies, this John Hughes classic still makes us smile. Read Jeff Ruby’s musings on the injustices of cinematic laziness, then count the blunders when a young Matthew Broderick fills the screen on the Chicago History Museum’s back plaza.
GO: July 13 at dusk. Chicago History Museum, 1601 N Clark. chicagohistory.org
concerts Rachel Barton Pine
Who would have thought the violin virtuosa could shred such a sick metal solo? The newly named Great Performer of Illinois plays a free concert that doubles as summer’s most eclectic set: a Baroque ditty with her period-chamber ensemble; a virtuosic solo turn in Tchaikovsky’s mind-blowing Violin Concerto; and a righteous jam session with her thrash-metal band, Earthen Grave. Rock on, Rachel.
GO: July 11 at 7. Pritzker Pavilion, Michigan and Randolph. greatperformersofillinois.com
ALSO THIS WEEK: Dobet Gnahoré seamlessly sews the ancient sounds of the Ivory Coast into sophisticated Afro pop, while Victor Démé’s intimate songs reveal the blues’ roots in Burkina Faso; both play as part of Music Without Borders, July 8 in Millennium Park.
galleries Open Studio @ HPAC
Solving Chicago’s traffic conundrum, one art project at a time: The Paris-based artist Philippe Durand is spending his summer in residence at the Hyde Park Art Center, investigating Chicago’s suburban commuter culture for future artistic endeavors. Hear his thoughts thus far when he opens his studio for a public discussion.
GO: July 8 at 5. Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S Cornell. hydeparkart.org
ALSO THIS WEEK: The boldface-name architects and designers Frank Christopher Lee, Dirk Lohan, Avram Lothan, and Eva Maddox discuss Chicago’s architectural heritage in a chat moderated by Lee Bey, July 13 at the Harold Washington Library Center.
Photograph: Saverio Truglia