Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street
See Bert and Ernie in Jim Henson’s Fantastic World this month at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Ranked from highest profile to biggest surprise

RICCARDO MUTI 9/19–28 The leonine new king of the CSO ascends his throne for a Berlioz bill with live narration by Gérard Depardieu, but it’s the free concert for the masses that has us yelling, “Bravo!”

DETROIT 9/9–11/7 When it comes to gauging sizzle in Lisa D’Amour’s blistering new comedy at Steppenwolf about backyard barbecues, our bets are on the spitfire Laurie Metcalf.

CANDIDE 9/17–10/24 A little song, a little dance, a little cannibalism. With Mary Zimmerman directing this musical take on Voltaire’s catalog of pain, the only torture should come in the plot.

PAVEMENT 9/13 Talk about pounding it: The Pitchfork headliner and reunited indie-rock darling returns for a second gig in as many months.

JIM HENSON’S FANTASTIC WORLD 9/24–1/23 The letter of the day? M, as in “Muppetastic.” Bert, Ernie, and other polyfoam pals cameo in this exhibition about the peerless puppet master at the MSI.

RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR 9/11–12 Like craft fairs of old—on steroids, with tattoos. Hundreds of hipsters hawk handmade goods (including the bracelets above) in this ever-growing fest’s eighth annual outing.

JAZZ CLUB TOUR 9/1 A note of hope when we need it most. In a bleak year for local jazz, this lively precursor to Jazz Fest reminds us of Chicago’s bebop bounty.

SEEING IN THE DARK 9/10–10/16 In between multimillion-dollar bestsellers, Audrey Niffenegger still finds time to doodle. See her recent output in a new show at Printworks.

THE OTHER DANCE FESTIVAL 9/16–10/1 While last month’s Chicago Dancing Festival was heavy on out-of-town talent, this under-the-radar lineup is rife with promising locals.

ACCESSIBLE CONTEMPORARY MUSIC 9/18 Music to move to: Six emerging composers debut commissions inspired by—and played on-site at—five Loop landmarks. Wear your walking shoes.


Photograph: John E. Barrett. TM & © 2007 Sesame Workshop