Hubbard Street dancers
Photo: Todd Rosenberg

HUBBARD STREET The local dance troupe interprets Picasso at the Art Institute.


Don’t-miss picks for Wed 4.17.13 through Tue 4.23.13:


theatre PAL JOEY
Catch this Rodgers and Hart musical, about a nightclub performer scheming to score his own club, from Porchlight Music Theatre.
GO: 4/20–5/26; $32–$41. Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W Belmont.


In honor of the Art Institute of Chicago’s centennial celebration of Picasso’s first local exhibition, the local dancers interpret the famous artist’s masterworks, including his signature cubist compositions.
GO: 4/18 at 6; Free with museum admission. Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan.


It’s only fitting that the bassist and bandleader of Loom return for a strong encore at the Green Mill, the club that inspired his hit double album By a Little Light.
GO: 4/19 at 9; $12. Green Mill Jazz Club, 4802 N Broadway.


Young Jean Lee brings her world-touring provocative performance, featuring six nude women using music and movement to deconstruct female stereotypes, to the Museum of Contemporary Art.
GO: 4/18–21 at 7:30. $22 for members, $28 for nonmembers. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago.


The celebration in honor of the brilliant composer enters its 40th year. The weekend opens with two keyboard concertos, played on the piano by Sergei Babayan.
GO: 4/19–21; $10–$30. Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago in Evanston.


Josh Chicoine
Photo: Michael Monar

Josh Chicoine

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Josh Chicoine, co-director of the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival. The fifth annual CIMMfest kicks off this Thursday.

“On Thursday, CIMMfest opens with Van Dyke Parks, renowned songwriter and collaborator with Brian Wilson at the new Constellation (formerly Viaduct Theater). There's a pre-party at Underbar with food and drink and then I’ll get over to the show. Past that, I'll be heading to the Township for the after show with Mz Diggy Dulce and Legend Haz It.

Friday is hectic, but we'll be going to the Filmmakers Cocktail Hour at CIMMcity (2634 N. Milwaukee Ave.) at 5 and then I'll be flying around to several amazing events: The Elvis Impersonator contest at the Logan Theatre before the Argentine film, The Last Elvis at 8 p.m., then to the Congress for The Funky Meters, Greyboy Allstars, and JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, then to the Private Sessions Showcase at the Double Door, then Pontiak, Rabid Rabbit, and Woodsman at the Burlington, and the Bloodshot Records Showcase at the Hideout with Lydia Loveless and Luke Winslow-King. Whew. Everyone will end up at Moe’s Tavern on Milwaukee, then sleep.

Saturday is another full day with daytime screenings at the Logan and Music Box, panels, and day parties at Cole’s Bar and Township as well. The marquee event of the weekend is Saturday at the Constellation with Melvin Van Peebles, hosted by Richard Steele of WBEZ. CIMMfest is awarding Mr. Van Peebles with our first lifetime achievement award, and then he and his band WidLaxative will treat us to a raunchy set of funk. I'll attempt to get over to Rosa's to see MacArthur Genius, Corey Harris and Guy Davis and then to too many afterparties.

Sunday will be a quieter day with Filmmaker Brunch at CIMMcity and then various panels, films, etc. I'll be heading down to Bronzeville with Mr. Van Peebles for a private dinner with Theaster Gates at the Black Cinema House and then to our closing night film, awards show, keynote from Martin Atkins, and final film: The Source Family.” —As told to Abigail Tracy


The nine-year-old brass quintet plays four world premieres by former students of composer John Corigliano, the first in a series of concerts for the composer’s birthday week celebration.
GO: 4/22 at 7:30; Free. Ganz Hall at Roosevelt University, 430 S Michigan.