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Five Fun Things To Do in Chicago This Week

Christopher Wool, Soweto Gospel Choir, and where comedian Kellye Howard will (probably) get pancakes this weekend.

Catch Compagnie Käfig at Columbia Dance Center this Thursday.   Photo: Agathe Poupeney

The Five

Don’t-miss picks for Wednesday, February 19, through Tuesday, February 25

1 CCN Créteil et Val-de-Marne/Compagnie Käfig

Dance: The acclaimed French troupe Compagnie Käfig takes on the lively dancing of Brazilian favelas with Correria Agwa, an acrobatic and rhythmic production celebrating correria (running) and agwa (water).
2/20–2/22. $21–$30. Columbia Dance Center, 1306 S Michigan. colum.edu

2 Christopher Wool

Art: Don’t miss this overdue career retrospective of the Chicago-born artist who made his name on the 1980s NYC art scene with clever stencil paintings of slogans like “Sell the House Sell the Car Sell the Kids.”
2/23–5/11. $12–$23. Art Institute, 111 S Michigan. artic.edu

3 Sting and Paul Simon

Rock: Watch The Throne: two graying ’80s icons edition.
2/25 at 8. $45–$250. United Center, 1901 W Madison. ticketmaster.com

4 Soweto Gospel Choir

Gospel: With rapturous voices and perfect pitch, this South African choir makes even the most maudlin pop songs listenable.
2/19 at 8. $20–$62. Symphony Center, 220 S Michigan. cso.org

5 The Radio Show

Dance: The loss of an iconic black radio station and the deterioration of a grandfather succumbing to Alzheimer’s form the crux of this haunting 2010 contemporary piece by MacArthur Foundation fellow Kyle Abraham.
2/20–2/23. $10–$22. Musuem of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago. mcachicago.org

What I’m Doing This Weekend

Kellye Howard
Kellye Howard Photo: Courtesy of Kellye Howard

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Kellye Howard, comedian. She performs her one-woman show This Sh*t Ain’t Funny on Sunday, February 23.

“I’m hosting Jokes and Notes on Friday so I’m going to get my eyelashes done. There’s a particular lady who works at Med Spa and she’s amazing. [At the show] I’m excited to see Kevin White who is performing, because he doesn’t live here anymore. He was a comedian that I started out with, but he moved to Texas, so I’m really excited to see how he has grown. Shawn Monroe is also performing. They are completely different comics; one is more aggressive and the other is laid-back. They’re co-headlining, so you get the best of both worlds, kind of like R. Kelly and Jay-Z.

“Saturday, I’ll probably have brunch with my hubby and kids. One of my favorite breakfast spots is Yolk. They have a lot of different healthy options and I love the ambiance there. I also love Bongo Room. That’s one of my favorite breakfast places ever; I try to limit my Bongo Room pancakes intake though. I like the pretzel white chocolate pancakes.”

“Sunday is my one woman show. I’m really excited. I’ll probably get my makeup done around 3-ish by AJ Moore, a local Chicago makeup artist, and then I’ll just be prepping my mind mentally because it’s such an emotionally draining performance. There’s a lot of darkness to it—because I’m talking about loss and trauma—I lost my 15-month-old daughter, but then you see so much light in how I deal with it. It’s like that light at the end of the tunnel.” —As told to Tomi Obaro

Freebie of the Week

Twin Peaks

Television: Lincoln Park watering hole Delilah’s hosts a marathon of the cult TV series.
2/23 at 3. Free. Delilah’s Chicago. 2771 N Lincoln. delilahschicago.com


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