The Black Lips performing surrounded by the crowd
STICKING THEIR NECKS OUT The Atlanta band Black Lips has a history of audience interaction. See whether the guys continue the trend Thursday at the Logan Square Auditorium.


Don’t-miss picks for Wed 03.31.10 through Tue 04.06.10:


concerts Black Lips
With a bucketful of Southern-fried twang and a side of woozy three-chord rave-ups, these Atlanta garage rockers make the most of their decidedly primitive, and sometimes kitschy, live shows (things get feisty around the 1-minute-40 mark).
GO: Concert: Apr 1 at 8:30. $15. Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N Kedzie.

ALSO THIS WEEK: Or, for whiskey-soaked Americana in a room known for its cocktails, catch the local band Ceiling Stars’ album-release gig Apr 6 at The Whistler, no cover.


comedy The Interview Show
The RedEye columnist, all-around humorist, and—full disclosure—Chicago Guide’s Trib Tower mate Mark Bazer hosts another installment of his live talk show Friday at the Hideout. It’s just like those amateur Tonight Shows you used to stage in your basement as a kid, except in place of stuffed animals, Bazer gets local A Listers (this week: the comedian Hannibal Buress, our favorite local rap star Kid Sister, and Chicago Opera Theater bigwig Brian Dickie, among others)—and he’s actually funny.
GO: Apr 2 at 6:30. $5. Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia.


concerts Gilberto Gil
The father of tropicalismo makes it a family night with his son Bem on guitar, plus a fellow Brazilian—and go-to player of choice for Grammy winners from Caetano Veloso to Tom Jobim—Jaques Morelenbaum on cello. The gig is a seated show, but what better chance to get Symphony Center on its buttoned-up feet than a Friday-night show of hot tropical sounds?
GO:  Apr 2 at 8. $15-$60. Symphony Center, 220 S Michigan.


parties New Beer’s Eve
This bash officially serves as a boozy kickoff to the Chicago History Museum’s month-long calendar of Prohibition-themed events, but it also acts as a mighty fine aperitif to the World Beer Cup and roster of related craft-brew to-dos rolling into town shortly thereafter.
GO: Apr 6 at 7. $55. Sheffield’s, 3258 N Sheffield.


theatre Endgame
Samuel Beckett can be immensely difficult if you try to make sense of his uncompromising absurdism. It’s best simply to surrender—precisely what we intend to do when Frank Galati directs a varsity lineup featuring William Petersen and Francis Guinan. Bonus: Hear cast member Ian Barford talk about the production.
GO: Previews Apr 1-10; $20-$53. Regular run continues through June 6; $20-$77. Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N Halsted.

ALSO THIS WEEK: Go see The Lost Boys of Sudan, a play about refugee children in North Dakota, at Victory Gardens on Apr 1, and you’ll score a sneak peek of 22 Years from Home, the new documentary on a Lost Boy turned Chicagoan, weeks before its official local premiere.


lectures Frank Gehry
It’s Pritzker Twister: The Pritzker Prize–winning architect Frank Gehry, designer of Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion, sits down with the CEO of the Pritzker Organization, Tom Pritzker, for a chat in the Harold Washington Library Center’s Pritzker Auditorium.
GO: Apr 6 at 6. HWLC, 400 S State.

ALSO THIS WEEK: While we’re on the subject of prizes, catch the Nobel-winning poet, playwright, and author Derek Walcott at a free reading and book-signing, Apr 1 at the Art Institute.

galleries Design Revolution Road Show
You may not have heard of Emily Pilloton yet, but, according to The New York Times, you will. The Times dubbed the SAIC alum an up-and-coming household name for her humanitarian design. Get acquainted when Pilloton and her touring gallery, a sweet Airstream trailer, roll into town this week.
GO: Road Show: Apr 5-6 from 10 to 4. South Promenade, Millennium Park, Michigan and Monroe. Artist talk: Apr 5 at 4:15. School of the Art Institute Ballroom, 112 S Michigan. 312-629-6650 or

film The Street Stops Here
You don’t even have to TiVo it: This new hoops documentary from Chicago’s own Teamworks Media makes its TV debut on an NCAA off-night. The film follows Bob Hurley Sr., the life-changing basketball coach at St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, New Jersey, but has a local backstory; read about it in our March issue, then watch the trailer.
GO: Mar 31 at 9 on WTTW Channel 11. or

Photography: Paul Slattery