Hyde Park Dance ballet dancers
Photo: Shohei Koide

FANCY FOOTWORK Eriko Koide and Hyde Park School of Dance perform.


Don’t-miss picks for Wed 6.12.13 through Tue 6.18.13:


dance En Avant!
With performers from the Joffrey Ballet and Deeply Rooted Dance Theater slated to perform at Hyde Park School of Dance’s 20-year anniversary celebration, expect a toe-tapping good time.
GO: 6/14 at 7, 6/15 at 2. $35–$100. Logan Center, U of C, 915 E 60th. hydeparkschoolofballet.org


film The Source Family
Music Box debuts this trippy documentary about Father Yod, an outsized, ’70s cult leader and his flock of faithful followers. A Q&A with one of the filmmakers, co-director Maria Demopoulos, follows the screening.
GO: 6/14 at 4:30 and 9:45. $9.25. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport. musicboxtheatre.com


classical Grant Park Music Festival
The summer music fest kicks off with a contemporary piece by native Midwesterner Andrew Norman, followed by Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony and Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5, with the young virtuoso Stefan Jackiw.
GO: 6/12 at 6:30. Free. Pritzker Pavilion, Michigan and Washington. grantparkmusicfestival.com


art Thomas Robertello Gallery
Don’t miss Samantha Bittman’s geometric handwoven textiles, which recall abstract mordernist paintings in their balance of austerity and playfulness. Her work pairs excellently with Madison-based textile artist Gabriel Pionkowski.
GO: 6/14–8/3. 27 N Morgan. thomasrobertello.com


festivals Chicago Alternative Comics Expo
Chat with new and beloved comic artists as they take a break from drawing to mingle with fans and air their oddities in lectures, workshops and a marketplace.
GO: 6/15–16. Free. Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted. cakechicago.com


Susan Messing
Photo: Brian McConkey

Susan Messing

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Susan Messing, improv comedian. A special, Just for Laughs version of Messing with a Friend with Scott Adsit and Tim Meadows happens Wednesday, June 12 at 9:30.

“Thursday evening, I’m doing an interview for WTTW with Scott Adsit about comedy in Chicago. It’ll probably be about why Chicago is such an epicenter for comedy. Then I’ll teach the first of an 8-week improv session at the Annoyance Studio Space. At 10:30, I’m doing my weekly show Messing with a Friend. I call it a joyful, uncensored, and improvised romp through hell. It’s 45 minutes of longform improv. Jimmy Carrane is the guest star this week.

“Friday morning, I will go to HpI Gym, around the corner from where I live in North Center. It’s awesome, practically abandoned and it’s not expensive. Then I’m meeting up with a friend. We might have brunch at the Lincoln Lodge, which is somewhere between a dive and good food. I’ll probably have an omelet. If not Lincoln Lodge, then Danny’s Egghead Diner—it’s comfort food with a Mexican twist. Everything is covered with chorizo. Then I’ll teach at the School at the Steppenwolf. If I’m able to, I’d love to see Bobby Newhart. He’s the epitome of a gracious, sophisticated comedian. If that doesn’t work out, then I’ll go catch a documentary at the Music Box with my husband.

“Sunday, my daughter has a piano recital. I don’t usually reward children with sugar but we might go to Margie’s afterwards. It’s a classic, solid Chicago landmark. I also have a show with Rachael Mason called The Boys at de Maat Theatre. We do it the third Sunday of every month. Michael Gellman is our special guest. We describe the show as ‘unfettered dumb.’ ” —As told to Tomi Obaro


jazz East-West Collective
The cellist and vocalist Didier Petit leads the Chicago debut of this transcontinental quintet which employs everything from bass clarinet to koto to bridge the gap between improvisational jazz and traditional Eastern folk music.
GO: 6/17 at 6:30. Preston Bradley Hall at Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington. cityofchicago.org/en/depts/dca/supp_info/east-west_collective.html