Feb. 1 Pop Cashmere Cat Uptown This Norwegian producer and DJ counts Malia Obama among his fans (many spotted the former first daughter at his 2016 Lollapalooza set). Born Magnus Høiberg, he made his name spinning breakbeat-heavy mixes on the mid-aughts underground circuit. Since then, he’s collaborated with the likes of Ariana Grande and Selena … Read more
The artistic director of American Theater Company and the We’re Gonna Be Okay playwright discuss bomb shelters, handsome drifters, and more.
Jan. 1 Recreation New Year’s Day 5K Lincoln Park Consider this rain-or-shine jaunt through Lincoln Park a down payment on your lofty New Year’s resolutions. The breakfast buffet at the finish line should take the edge off. Details:Lincoln Park at La Salle and Stockton. 11 a.m. $40–$50. eventbrite.com Jan. 5–Feb. 25 Theater Traitor Old Town … Read more
Flight director Andrea Gentry gives the Goodman’s Christmas Carol wings.
Chicago Elite Classic Photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune Dec. 1 Rock Bitchin Bajas Lake View After an extended stint working on collaborative albums (one with Joshua Abrams’s Natural Information Society and another with indie legend Bonnie “Prince” Billy), this local electronic outfit returned to their own act in November with Bajas Fresh. The seven-song album, their … Read more
How do you fake an intimate massage? An on-stage orgasm? We spoke with the woman behind In the Next Room: The Vibrator Play.
Faith Wilding’s Tree of Life Photo: Courtesy of artist and Western Exhibitions Nov. 1–19 Theater School of Rock Loop Can a struggling-musician-turned-substitute-teacher transform a group of nerdy overachievers into a bona fide rock band? Andrew Lloyd Webber amps up the power ballads in this take on the 2003 Jack Black film. Details:Broadway in Chicago at … Read more
In the theater company’s rendition of a classic (misogynist) tale, a patriarchal bloodsucker meets his match.
Fleet Foxes Photo: Shawn Brackbill Oct. 1 New Music Crowd Out Loop The Pulitzer-winning composer David Lang, known for his particular brand of minimalism, also has a maximalist side, at least with regard to ensemble size. His 2014 work Crowd Out calls for 1,000 singers. Here, volunteers from all 50 of the city’s wards, recruited … Read more
United Flight 232 Photo: Michael Brosilow Sept. 1 Rock Kevin Morby Lincoln Park This Texas-born singer has never made straight country music, but there’s always been a twang to his sound. Last year’s Singing Saw—his third release, named for and featuring the distinctly rural musical instrument—was a work of evocative songwriting, rooted in the tradition … Read more