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The Top 5 Things to Do in Chicago This Week

Marc Maron, Theaster Gates at the Black Harvest Film Festival, some music thing called Lollapalooza, and more fun!

Marc Maron
Photo: Courtesy of Mayne Stage

MARC MARON Watch the comic at Mayne Stage.


Don’t-miss picks for Wed 7.31.13 through Tue 8.6.13:


comedy Marc Maron
The famously neurotic comic teams up with WBEZ for four nights of freewheeling confessions at Mayne Stage.
GO: 8/1–4. $30. 8 p.m. Mayne Stage, 1328 W Morse. maynestage.com


jazz Made in Chicago: Victor Garcia’s Crossing Borders
While the kiddies wait for Lollapalooza, catch the luminous sounds of trumpeter Victor Garcia, who kicks off the second week of Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz at Millennium Park.
GO: 8/1 at 6:30. Free. Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph. millenniumpark.org


dance Paradis
Haven’t made it out to the Conservatory this summer? Now’s your opportunity. Nine dancers perform to a live piano accompaniment of Jean-Luc Godard’s film Notre Musique.
GO: 8/6–8 at 8. Free. Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central Park. garfield-conservatory.org


film Black Harvest Film Festival
Celebrate the last month of summer with this four-week long film festival at the Siskel Center. The whole shebang kicks off this Friday with a reception honoring man-of-the-moment Theaster Gates.
GO: 8/2 at 6:45. $25 general admission, $20 students, $15 members. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State. siskelfilmcenter.org/blackharvest2013


music Lollapalooza
You can still try to snag tickets to the city’s most famous music festival featuring headliners Nine Inch Nails, the Killers, and Mumford & Sons.
GO: 8/2–4. Grant Park, from Monroe to Balbo. lollapalooza.com


Allison Hendrix
Photo: Courtesy of Allison Hendrix

Allison Hendrix

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Allison Hendrix, artistic associate for Kokandy Productions. The Last Five Years opens Thursday, August 1 at 8 p.m.

“Friday, I’ll go to yoga at Yogaview. It really helps me get out of my head before a performance. This show will be the first time in a while I’ll be performing on stage—I’ve been primarily working as a music director and pianist.

“[After the show] there’s an opening night party at Cooper’s—a pretty regular spot for people that perform theater. There’s a salad they have that’s really simple—arugula, blue cheese, and cranberry (it also has apple-balsamic vinaigrette).

“Saturday, I’ll be back at yoga. Then I’ll get brunch at Floriole—I like to go after class. They have an almond croissant that is life-changing. Then I’ll probably meet some friends at Edge Fest.

“After my show, I’m going to Haven Theatre Chicago next door. I have some friends who are musicians in Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

“Sunday is my Rogers Park day. I like to get coffee at The Common Cup. It’s a really great neighborhood place—they have a tip jar that goes to a different local Rogers Park organization every month. Then I’ll walk around the Glenwood Sunday Market—it’s pretty small compared to some of the other markets in the city but I actually like that.

“We have a matinee, so afterwards, I hope to catch the second act of The Comedy of Errors, which is part of Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Shakespeare in The Park.” —As told to Tomi Obaro


classical Poulenc Cello Sonata
Chicago Chamber Musicians play the Poulenc Cello Sonata.
GO: 8/5 at 12:15. Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington. cityofchicago.org



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