KNIGHT MOVES: Monty Python’s Terry Jones dishes the dirt on the Holy Grail


Don’t-miss events for Wed 05.06.09 through Tue 05.12.09


farrago Monty Python’s Terry Jones*
Seriously, we don’t care if you can quote the entire movie word-for-word. Save the chitchat for after the flick. Following a screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the former Python and Grail codirector Terry Jones hosts a Q&A, his first in the U.S. since the film premiered stateside in Chicago in 1975.
GO: May 9 at 6 and 9. $39.50. Lakeshore Theater, 3175 N Broadway.


theatre Static: A Headphones Tour
Sure, those rent-a-headset museum audio tours are scary—but only because you don’t know who wore the headphones last. For a real thrill, catch this ghost story in the form of a walk-through theatre installation, about one eccentric couple with a creepy collecting habit.
GO: Thru May 30. $10-$15. Sansculottes Theater at North Lakeside Cultural Center, 6219 N Sheridan Rd.


concerts Dan Deacon*
Too slow to snag Iron and Wine tickets and too hip for Fall Out Boy? Behind concert door number three this week: Dan Deacon, the current darling of the electronic music scene, who is touring with a full band to recreate the jubilant flourishes of his new album, Bromst.
GO: May 7 at 6:30. $10. Metro, 3730 N Clark St.


theatre The Flu Season
Set in a mental hospital and a theatre—insert “What’s the difference?” joke here—playwright Will Eno’s nonlinear philosophizing will be catnip to those who loved his similarly plot-free Thom Pain (Based on Nothing) and anathema to those who found it the worst kind of nonsense. We’re among the former.
GO: Thru May 31. $20. Black Sheep Productions at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N Southport Ave.


theatre Sketchbook*
She put up with your unnecessary drama: The final performance of Collaboraction’s multiweek Sketchbook—featuring a marathon run of all 14 mini plays presented over the course of the wild and wooly theatre/music/visual arts fest—is free for only the most deserving, a.k.a. Mom. Now that’s a Mother’s Day surprise you can afford, recession or no.
GO: May 10 at 3 (see Web site for additional showtimes). Free for moms; $30 for everyone else. Collaboraction at the Building Stage, 412 N Carpenter St.


musuems David Parks on Gordon Parks
The author, photographer, and filmmaker David Parks discusses the work of his late father, Gordon, also an author, photographer, and filmmaker, who was famous for his images of the likes of Muhammed Ali and Malcolm X, and movies including Shaft (which screens at the museum May 8 at 8). David’s talk comes in conjunction with the exhibition Bare Witness: Photographs by Gordon Parks, a collection of photos Gordon selected as his most powerful before his death in 2006.
GO: May 7 at 6; exhibition continues thru Jun 28. Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 40 Arts Circle Dr, Evanston.


Nerd alert: Read the complete Grail script . . . So what if Dan Deacon’s Web site is circa 1994? It’s stocked with free mp3s . . . Find out how to get $3 off Sketchbook tickets


PHOTOGRAPH: Sony Pictures