Don’t-miss picks for September 6 through September 12, 2018
1 Interview Show Festival
Festival:The Interview Show, which airs on WTTW, is occupying its usual perch at the Hideout for two consecutive evenings; the occasion is the “first-and-last-ever” Interview Show Festival, featuring Laura Jane Grace, Rex Huppke, Makaya McCraven, and others. Erling Wu-Bower of Pacific Standard Time, apart from serving as an interviewee, will serve up an after-show barbecue on Thursday.
9/6–7. $15/day, $25 for both days. West Town. The Hideout. hideoutchicago.com
2 Martine Syms
Art:This 30-year-old Los Angeles–based, Chicago-trained video artist is a rising star: Last year the New Yorker published an article about her online under the headline “How to Be a Successful Black Woman.” She returns to Chicago with Incense, Sweaters & Ice, a film, partially shot on location here, exploring Syms’s proposition that fashion, race, and the internet combine into a kind of everyday performance.
FREE 9/6–12/15. Graham Foundation. grahamfoundation.org
3 Yasuhiro Ishimoto: Someday, Chicago
Art:Though Ishimoto, who died in 2012, is one of Japan’s most famous photographers, he’s not as well known to Chicagoans. This is odd, since he worked here for several decades. His socially aware, documentary-style photos of the city’s diverse communities are saturated with mood and grace.
FREE 9/6–12/16. DePaul Art Museum. museums.depaul.edu
4 Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park
Opera:For one night, cheapskates don’t have to look down from vertiginous heights to see Lyric singers. The company’s annual freebie offers excerpts from its season opener, La Bohème, this time around, with dreamboat Venezuelan conductor Domingo Hindoyan making his Lyric debut.
FREE 9/7 at 7:30 p.m. Jay Pritzker Pavilion. lyricopera.org
5 Windy City Wine Festival
Festival:Cap off your summer at this oenophilic gathering, where you can taste more than 300 types of vines from around the world. VIP ticket holders ($120) get to enjoy early admission and can pair their booze with special hors d’oeuvres.
9/7–8. $15–$120. Buckingham Fountain. windycitywinefestival.com
6 World Music Festival Chicago
Festival:Of all the free musical events the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events presents each year, this might be both the most rewarding and overlooked. It kicks off with a celebration of Indian classical music and dance that commences at 6 p.m. and ends at 8 a.m. the next day. On the last day, the fest hosts the scorching Congolese funk group Jupiter & Okwess and the Zhou Family Band, which plays traditional Chinese music with the energy of a New Orleans parade.
FREE 9/7–23. Various locations. worldmusicfestivalchicago.org
7 Minding the Gap
Film:Steve James, director of new, critically acclaimed TV show America to Me, will be in conversation with Bing Liu, director of Minding the Gap, a new, critically acclaimed documentary about a trio of skateboarders in Rockford. New City film critic Ray Pride will moderate.
9/8 at 8 p.m. $6–$11. Gene Siskel Film Center. siskelfilmcenter.org
8 Treasures from the White City: Chicago World’s Fair of 1893
Art:This exhibit examines some of the more refined memorabilia from the legendary World’s Columbian Exposition — including silver pieces and leaded glass windows perfected by the prestigious Tiffany Glass Company — all displayed in an actual Gilded Age mansion.
9/8–1/6. $10–$20. Driehaus Museum. driehausmuseum.org
9 Gang Gang Dance
Electronic:This New York–based trio has been around for nearly 17 years, and throughout that time, they’ve never been afraid to push the boundaries of their sound, veering from the eeriest corners of avant-garde, downtown-Manhattan music to the “easy listening” spectrum of house and pop. Lead singer Lizzi Bougatsos’s wails sound downright charming, and for all of Gang Gang Dance’s worldbeat tendencies, the tracks could easily fit on the dance floor of your favorite local club.
9/10 at 8:30 p.m. $14–$16. Empty Bottle. eventbrite.com
10 Jon Hopkins
Electronic:Anyone who tells you that dance music can’t approximate the grandeur and scale of the symphony should pay attention to this British electronic artist, who’s contributed his distinct digital patches to bands as mainstream as Coldplay and figures as highbrow and esoteric as singer-songwriter King Creosote and art-pop producer Brian Eno. On his albums, Hopkins constructs elaborate, ominous, and interfused tracks that could light up a dance floor or your brain.
9/12 at 7:30 p.m. $22. Thalia Hall. eventbrite.com