CROSSTOWN CLASSIC: Exes Pinchas and Eugenia play dueling concerts on April 3
Don’t-miss events for Wed 04.01.09 through Tue 04.07.09
classical Pinchas Zukerman vs Eugenia Zukerman*
Which Zukerman will it be this week: Pinchas or his ex Eugenia? If you missed the former’s February recital at the Harris, never fear. The violin virtuoso continues his 60th-birthday tour with a week of Bach mania—although this time he leaves most of the solos to the CSO. Meanwhile, the talented flutist Eugenia (who’s also something of a polymath; perhaps you’ve seen her on CBS’s Sunday Morning) translates pieces written for the musical clock by the likes of Bach, Handel, Mozart, and Haydn.
GO: Pinchas: Apr 1 at 6:30; Apr 2-4 at 8; Apr 3 at 1:30; Apr 5 at 3; Apr 7 at 7:30. $17-$152. Symphony Center, 220 S Michigan Ave. cso.org. Eugenia: Apr 3 at 7:30. $6-$14. Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern U, 50 Arts Circle Dr, Evanston. pickstaiger.com
theatre Class Dismissed with Bill Ayers
Sex, drugs, rock ’n’ roll, and the onetime radical Bill Ayers? We’re intrigued. Ayers gives a talk prior to the April 2nd performance of Jeffrey Sweet’s new coming-of-age play about a 1960s rich kid with revolutionary ideals.
GO: Apr 2 at 6; play continues thru Apr 26. $20-$48. Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N Lincoln Ave. victorygardens.org
theatre Nelson Algren Live*
Not actually featuring Algren, of course—but not short on literati, nonetheless: Don DeLillo and others convene for staged readings of previously unpublished Algren stories in honor of the commensurate Chicagoan’s centenary.
GO: Apr 6 at 7. $20. Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N Halsted St. steppenwolf.org
dance Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Good things come in threes this week, when New York’s Alvin Ailey, Mexico’s Delfos Danza Contemporánea, and our own Hubbard Street Dance Chicago present local programs. But if we have to pick one, we’re going with Ailey, the beloved contemporary company currently touring in celebration of its 50th anniversary. The bill includes Ailey’s eternally crowd-pleasing Revelations, as well as dancer Hope Boykin’s Go in Grace, which, on April 1st, gets live accompaniment from the female a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock.
GO: Apr 1-3 at 7:30; Apr 4 at 2 and 8; Apr 5 at 3. $30-$82. Auditorium Theatre, 50 E Congress Pkwy. ticketmaster.com
concerts Aretha Franklin*
Obama’s inauguration demonstrated that the Queen of Soul remains an icon (loved the hat). Although her voice has lost much of the force that turned “Respect” into a self-empowerment anthem, her way with a song is still remarkable—and there are worse gambles you could take at this location.
GO: Apr 3 at 8. $48-$123. The Venue, Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino Center Dr, Hammond, IN. ticketmaster.com
FREEBIE OF THE WEEK
farrago Spring 2009 Flower Show at Garfield Park Conservatory
Elsewhere we have to wait for April showers to bring May flowers, but the conservatory blooms early with an array of azaleas, including descendants of those planted for the 1893 Columbian Exposition.
GO: Thru May 10. Grounds open Thu-Tue 9-5; Wed 9-8. 300 N Central Park Ave. garfieldconservatory.org
Recall Genie and Pinky’s happier times, circa 1976 … Trace Algren’s footsteps in Chicago … Relive Aretha’s awesome inaugural headgear
PHOTOGRAPH: (Pinchas) Paul Labelle; (Eugenia) Vidal