SONGBIRD Björk will perform at Pitchfork Music Festival.


Don’t-miss picks for Wed 7.17.13 through Tue 7.23.13:


music Pitchfork Music Festival
Weekend passes for the ur-hipster fest are long gone, but you can still snatch up single day tickets to see Björk, MIA, and Solange among others.
GO: 7/19–21. $50. Union Park.


theatre Slowgirl
Up-and-coming local actress Rae Gray does some heavy lifting in Greg Pierce’s family drama about an uncle and niece avoiding their troubled pasts in this Steppenwolf production.
GO: 7/18–8/25. $40–$78. Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N Halsted.


jazz Latin Jazz Festival
Check out danceable performances from the likes of 92-year-old conga master Candido Camero, saxophonist and flutist Jane Bunnett and New York drummer Bobby Sanabria.
GO: 7/19–22 at 1 p.m. Free. 1359 N. Sacramento.


shopping Vintage Garage Chicago
Get all the old-school attire your heart desires at this Uptown rockabilly and tiki-themed flea market.
GO: 7/21 from 9–5. $3. 5051 N Broadway.


art The Character and Shape of Illuminated Things
Don’t miss the Museum of Contemporary Art plaza’s newest exhibit by Amanda Ross-Ho. It replaces Martin Creed’s gigantic rotating MOTHERS sign.
GO: 7/23–11/TK. Free. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago.


Joshua Manculich
Photo: Courtesy of Thodos Dance

Joshua Manculich

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Joshua Manculich, ensemble member with Thodos Dance. New Dances 2013 runs Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 21.

“Thursday evening, we have a dress rehearsal for New Dances 2013, which has ten pieces by 13 choreographers. My piece is a contemporary work for seven women. I’m also dancing in another piece. We’re talking about going to Blue Agave afterwards. It’s right next to our studio and they have good margaritas.

“Friday night will be low-key because it’s opening night. If I could, I would go to Jackie Stewart and Wade Shaaf’s dance performance at the University of Chicago. Jackie is an alum of Thodos Dance and now she has her own dance company, Jaxon Movement Arts. She and Schaaf are presenting work called CollabLab on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. It’s more intimate than New Dances.

“Saturday morning, I’ll go to The Coffee Studio up in Andersonville. They’re busy but they don’t feel busy. I’ll get my favorite Americano there. I [also] teach at Steps Dance Center, so do two other company members. We’re all going to teach there and then come back and do our show at 7:30.

“Sunday is our last day of the show. I have family in town so they’ll probably take me out to Tre Kronor; it’s a Swedish restaurant. I always get a Stockholm Omelet. Then after the show, my boss is taking a bunch of us to Chicago Q. I’m really excited, I’ve been told that they have bourbon milkshakes.” —As told to Tomi Obaro


fairs Chinatown Summer Fair
A dragon and lion dance procession kicks off this annual fest featuring food, live music and dance.
GO: 7/21 from 10–8. Free. Wentworth from Cermak and 24th Pl.