FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
theatre Yamaha 300
As an actor, Ricardo Gutierrez has dazzled crowds at some of Chicago’s biggest houses (Goodman, Steppenwolf, Victory Gardens), but as a director his work has been largely out of town. That changes when he helms Cutberto López Reyes’s harrowing play about a young drug smuggler desperate to get out of the business, part of the Goodman’s Latino Theatre Festival.
GO: July 25 at 8. Goodman Theatre, 170 N Dearborn. goodmantheatre.org
classical A Child of Our Time
Sir Michael Tippett’s World War II oratorio, inspired by the real-life assassination of a German diplomat at the hands of a Jewish teenager, is inherently gripping, but this hour-long performance features an especially talented cast of international opera stars, including the bass-baritone John Relyea, who wowed audiences earlier this year as the devil in the Lyric’s Damnation of Faust.
GO: July 23 at 6:30, July 24 at 7:30 as part of the Grant Park Music Festival. Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Michigan and Randolph. grantparkmusicfestival.com
festivals Pierogi Fest
Sort of like Chicago’s street fests—except with better food, less self-consciousness (the pierogi toss and polka contests are deliciously irony-free), and no admission. Follow the aroma of fried beef to Victor’s, a favorite vendor of the fest’s director.
GO: July 23-24 from 11 to 11, July 25 from 11 to 5. Indianapolis and 119th, Whiting, Ind. pierogifest.net
Photograph: Chris Tzoubris