A DIRECTOR NAMED DAVID The Obie winner and Skokie native David Cromer, here in front of costume sketches for A Streetcar Named Desire, returns to Writers’ Theatre.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 04.28.10 through Tue 05.04.10:
theatre A Streetcar Named Desire
ALSO THIS WEEK: Never seen puppet sex? Now’s your chance, as the charmingly foul-mouthed anti-Muppets cavort in a caper that would scare the stuffing out of Bert and Ernie. Avenue Q plays the Bank of America Theatre May 4-9.
concerts Monterey Jazz Festival
ALSO THIS WEEK: Move over, Sun Ra. With Intergalactic Beings, the brilliant Chicago flutist/composer/bandleader Nicole Mitchell unveils the latest chapter of her sci-fi-inspired Xenogenesis Project, Apr 30 at the MCA.
theatre Crisis (A Musical Game Show)
ALSO THIS WEEK: The monologuist supreme Mike Daisey launches a two-show gig at Victory Gardens, beginning with How Theater Failed America and wrapping with The Last Cargo Cult, inspired by an indigenous Pacific Island tribe he encountered worshipping the USA at the base of an erupting volcano. For real.
comedy Craig Ferguson
ALSO THIS WEEK: Ghostbusters’ Harold Ramis, 30 Rock’s Scott Adsit, and other seriously funny folks read excerpts of stars’ not-intentionally-laughable-but-nonetheless-hilarious memoirs (think Tiger Woods and Miley Cyrus) in Celebrity Autobiography, Apr 30-May 1 at the Royal George.
concerts Public Image Ltd.
ALSO THIS WEEK: The thumping new-music bunch Third Coast Percussion is like a way edgier version of the Rice Krispies mascots: Noisy, Creepy, and Funky. Hear them play three commissions May 1 at the U of C.
FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
talks Mira Nair
Go early: You’ll be competing for seats with Nair acolytes (ie, Columbia film students) when the director of flicks including Monsoon Wedding and Salaam Bombay! holds a campus talk open to the public.
GO: Apr 28 at 7. Film Row Cinema, Columbia College, 1104 S Wabash. colum.edu/conversations
galleries The Seductiveness of the Interval
After you see New Insight—works by MFA students from across the country, handpicked by the Renaissance Society’s Susanne Ghez—at Art Chicago ($20 well spent), go see more evidence of why Ghez is such a local gem (free). She’s the one you can thank for bringing The Seductiveness of the Interval, a show by three breakout Romanian artists, installed in its own two-story structure—and a hit at last year’s Venice Biennale—to Chicago.
GO: May 2-June 27. Renaissance Society, Cobb Hall, U of C, 5811 S Ellis. renaissancesociety.org
Photography: Eleanor Berman