A scene from ‘The Wheel’
Photo: Courtesy of Steppenwolf Theatre

NATIVE DAUGHTER Hometown favorite Joan Allen stars in The Wheel


Don’t-miss picks for Wed 9.4.13 through Tue 9.10.13:


theatre The Wheel
Don’t miss Joan Allen’s first local performance in more than twenty years. She stars in this 19th-century-set Spanish epic.
GO: 9/12–10/10. $20–$82. 1650 N Halsted. steppenwolf.org


punk Riot Fest
The Pixies! The Replacements! And um, Fall Out Boy…
GO: 9/13–15, gates open Friday at 2:30 and Saturday at 11 a.m. $59.98–$124.98. Humboldt Park, Augusta to Division, Sacramento to Kedzie. riotfest.org


art Paul D’Amato: We Shall
For 25 years, the photographer has taken iconic summer shots of people cooling off in Chicago, Maine, and other places. See his work about Chicago’s West Side here.
GO: 9/12–11/24. 935 W Fullerton. museums.depaul.edu


classical Collaborative Works Festival: Closing Concert
Catch the acclaimed new-music chamber ensemble Eighth Blackbird performing Britten’s French folk song arrangements, Luciano Berio’s terrific collection Folk Songs, and Beethoven’s Welsh folk song settings at this Collaborative Works Festival performance.
GO: 9/11–15 at 2. $20–$40. Logan Center, U of C, 915 E 60th. caichicago.org


dance Chicago SummerDance
Haven’t made it to the Spirit Garden yet this summer? Here’s your last chance. Work on that bachata.
GO: 9/13–15. Spirit Garden, 601 S Michigan. cityofchicago.org


Joyce Owens
Photo: Courtesy of Joyce Owens

Joyce Owens

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Joyce Owens, artist and associate professor of drawing at Chicago State University. She curates Cesar Conde: Figures and Faces which opens on Thursday, September 12.

“Thursday is the opening of the Cesar Conde exhibition. He’s an artist whose work that I’ve followed for a while. He’s an incredible draftsman, and I want my students to see somebody who does portraits beautifully.

“Friday, there’s an exhibition at the South Side Community Art Center called From Maleness to Manhood; it’s about the issues of troubled males everywhere. A lot of stuff sprang up from the Trayvon Martin case. It includes 45 male artists—everyone from Dawoud Bey to some more emerging artists. It’s brave.

“I was influenced by the AFRICOBRA movement , and I’m in the show at DuSable. There’s another artist, Charly Palmer, whose work is dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington upstairs. I want to see that.

“Saturday, I wanted to go to the DePaul Art Museum. It’s a new, beautiful museum. I’ll stop by Sal’s Deli, they have Philadelphia style sandwiches, which I like because I’m from Philly.

“One of my neighbors is photographer Chuck Shotwell. I missed his opening so I’ll have to check out his exhibition on Sunday.” —As told to Tomi Obaro


music World Music Festival
Last year’s fest was sadly truncated, but this year’s extravaganza—more than 75 events spread out over a luxurious 11 days—really delivers. The must-see: Malian singer-songwriter Sidi Toure. He performs on Saturday, September 14 at 8:30 p.m. at Old Town School of Folk Music.
GO: 9/12–22. Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N Lincoln Ave. oldtownschool.org