A scene from ‘The Glass Menagerie’
Photo: Emily Schwartz

GLASS ACT Hans Fleischmann as Tom in Mary Arrchie’s The Glass Menagerie


Don’t-miss picks for Wed 5.22.13 through Tue 5.28.13:


theatre The Glass Menagerie
It’s not every day that Tennessee Williams’ Tom is a homeless, mentally unstable narrator. Don’t miss the remount of Mary Arrchie’s stunning, revelatory take on this’ classic.
GO: 5/22 at 8 p.m.; $32–$37. Mary Arrchie Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W Belmont. maryarrchie.com


folk Laura Marling
Proving that not all millennials are shallow, the preternaturally gifted songwriter performs in support of her upcoming album Once I Was an Eagle. Liam Hayes opens.
GO: 5/23 at 8 p.m. Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N Southport. athenaeumtheatre.org


theatre The Onion Live!
Area funny people attempt improv. Catch an exclusive preview of the irreverent media org’s live improv act, slated to hit the road this fall.
GO: 5/22 at 8 p.m.; $15. UP Comedy Club, 230 W North. upcomedyclub.com


rock The Rolling Stones
The indefatigable Brits grace Chicago. Looks like age directly correlates with ticket price.
GO: 5/28 at 8 p.m.; $622.95 and up. United Center, 1901 W Madison. unitedcenter.com


festivals Randolph Street Market
Outdoor market season is upon us. New this year at one of the city’s most popular markets: a vinyl swap meet.
GO: 5/25–26 at 10 a.m.; $8–$10. Plumbers Hall, 1340 W Washington. randolphstreetmarket.com


Jacob Padrón
Photo: David Johnson

Jacob Padrón

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Jacob Padrón, associate producer at Steppenwolf Theatre. The Steppenwolf’s Next UP series runs Tuesday, May 28 through June 16.

“Thursday night, I’m in rehearsal as we get ready for Next UP, our partnership program with Northwestern. Three students in Northwestern’s MFA program get to mount their thesis productions in the Garage. After that, I’ll go to The Black Duck, it’s one of those bars where they know your name and your drink—mine’s an Old-Fashioned. I love to go there with my colleagues after a long rehearsal.

“On Friday, I’m seeing a show by Michael Rohd, a friend at Northwestern. It’s called How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes. It’s described as ‘an experiment in dialogue, in collective decision-making, in shared responsibility and in the potential for art to help us make our world a better place.’ ”

“If there’s time in Wicker Park, I’ll go to the Southern. I used to live in North Carolina and it’s nice to have a restaurant with food I really miss. The executive chef, Cary Taylor comes out and talks to the tables. I like that kind of service. They also have a fantastic whiskey selection.

“Saturday, I’m seeing a show at the Albany Park Theater Project called I Will Kiss These Walls. What’s incredible about this company is that they create meaningful theater pieces with a multiethnic youth ensemble—the stories they create speak to urban youth, immigrants, and middle-class Americans. Then, I’ll be going to this martini bar in Andersonville called Marty’s.

“Sunday, I’ll have brunch at this place called Hearty Boys. They have really fantastic strawberry butter.” —As told to Tomi Obaro


rock Downtown Sound
New Music Mondays returns for a fifth year with alt-rockers Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog and Lee Ranaldo kicking things off.
GO: 5/27 at 6:30. Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E Randolph. cityofchicago.org