Caroline Chocolate Drops
Photo: Courtesy of The Carolina Chocolate Drops

CRITIC’S PICKS The Carolina Chocolate Drops will perform at Millennium Park on June 24.


Don’t-miss picks for Wed 6.19.13 through Tue 6.25.13:


music Carolina Chocolate Drops
This folk trio updates the sound of old-time Southern string bands with virtuosity and intensity.
GO: 6/24 at 6:30. Free. Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Michigan and Washington.


dance ASCENdance
Imagine a duet for a dancer and giant origami. That’s the idea behind this multidisciplinary performance, which is not to be missed.
GO: 6/21–22 at 7:30. $15–$30. Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N Southport.


theatre Tartuffe
Molière’s farce about a scoundrel and the chaos he causes after winning the trust of a prominent family gets a contemporary spin with an African American cast and a Hyde Park setting.
GO: 6/20–7/14. $45–$65. Court Theatre, 5535 S Ellis.


art Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour
Back for the first time this year, this roving trolley tour makes pit stops at five South Side art institutions including Faie African Art and Blanc Gallery. Best part? Free wine.
GO: 6/21 at 6. Free with suggested donation. Starts at Gallery Guichard, 3521 S King Dr.


theatre A Clown Car Named Desire
The famed comedy institution mounts its 37th revue, which riffs on various types of romantic love.
GO: 6/23. $23–$28. Second City etc Theatre. 1608 N Wells.


Aurelien Pederzoli
Photo: Courtesy of Aurelien Pederzoli

Aurelien Pederzoli

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Aurelien Pederzoli, Spektral Quartet violinist. Spektral Quartet performs at Make Music Chicago on Friday, June 21.

“Thursday evening, I have two meetings for the Beethoven Festival. [I’m the vice president for the International Beethoven Project. It’s an umbrella corporation that produces the Beethoven festival, happening September 7.] Generally after we have a meeting, we go to The Violet Hour and have some drinks. At any other bar in Chicago, it’s really loud, crowded, or very bright, so you can’t have a conversation. Here, you feel like you walked into the Victorian era. They also make the best old-fashioneds.

“We have a quartet rehearsal from 10 to 2 on Friday, then a soundcheck at 2:30 at the St. James Cathredral. Then we have a break and during that break, right next to St. James Cathredral is the Driehaus Museum—it’s really beautiful there. They’ll also have concerts for Make Music Chicago.

“After [our performance at 5], we’re going to go back to Granville where everybody lives. My favorite place to go after a concert is Sovereign, the best dive bar in Chicago.

“On Saturday, there’s a show at Constellation hosted by Peter Margasak. It’s weird, progressive jazz.

“Sunday morning, I have to go to a brunch at Union— it’s a pizzeria three blocks away from my place. It’s tough to find alcohol in the morning in Evanston, since it used to be a dry town but [Union] has great Bloody Marys.

“Then in the evening, a friend of mine, Lou Mallozzi, is playing at Constellation at 8 p.m. He’s the executive director of Experimental Sound Studio.

“Generally on Sunday nights when I don’t have an early rehearsal on Monday, I go to the Green Mill.  From 3 to 5, it’s generally modern music; ICE has played there. But I also go there at night to see the Kimberly Gordon Organ Trio. The organist [Chris Foreman] is amazing—he’s a small blind guy, and he puts Ray Charles to shame!” —As told to Tomi Obaro


art Divina Natura at the Field Museum
Artist Marco Nereo Rotelli installs a light and sound display on the walls of the Field Museum in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute. It’s part of Year of Italian Culture, a national initiative celebrating Italian tastemakers.
GO: 6/24 at 9:30. Field Museum, 1400 S Lake Shore Dr.