Don’t-miss picks for Wed 9.18.13 through Tue 9.24.13:
ballet RUSSIAN MASTERS
Catch two iconic Russian works, Nijinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, as well as rising star Yuri Possokhov’s 2011 piece Bells at the Joffrey.
GO:9/19–22 at 7:30, 9/22 at 2. $31–$152. Auditorium Theatre, 50 E Congress. Auditoriumtheatre.org
The highly anticipated new exhibit by Roxy Paine fills the 8,000 square-foot gallery with realistic dioramas of a nuclear plant’s control center and a fast-food restaurant circa 1990.
GO:9/20–12/20. Kavi Gupta Gallery, 219 N Elizabeth. Kavigupta.com.
music ARCTIC MONKEYS
These British rockers still look good on the dance floor.
GO: 9/23 at 7:30. $35.00. Riviera Theatre, 4746 N Racine. amusa.com/riviera-theatre.
books HOT DOUGS: THE BOOK AND HOOSIER MAMA OF PIE
Two Chicago food institutions have new books out. Nab some copies and nosh on free samples
GO: 9/19 at 7. The Book Cellar, 4736 N Lincoln. bookcellarinc.com.
festival APPLE FEST
Usher in the unofficial start of fall at this Lincoln Square salute to the fruit, with lots of activities for kids including story time from the Book Cellar and music courtesy of Old Town School of Folk Music.
GO: 9/21 9–5. 4700 N Lincoln. Lincolnsquare.org.
WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND
Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Tony Karmin, president and director of Expo Chicago. Expo Chicago runs from Thursday, September 19 to Sunday September 22.
“Friday morning begins with a breakfast at the Arts Club for our VIP attendees. I’ll leave for several different events in the evening, including the Roxy Paine opening at Kavi Gupta. [Paine] has been working for a long time on this installation, it’s going to be important to experience and to have one of our leading art dealers [there].
Saturday, we have what’s called Cocktails & Curators, we partner contemporary curators with VIP guests. The cocktail portion is a glass of Ruinart. I'll close it out with Late Night at Wright, in partnership with Gallery Weekend Chicago. [We will] celebrate a great weekend of art and activities.
Sunday, is the close of Expo Chicago. We’ll have tours throughout the South Side going to the Smart Museum and the Renaissance Society. I probably will not go down to those; I will be spending my time at the Pier, with the exhibitors for the final day.” —As told to Tomi Obaro
FREEBIE OF THE WEEK
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: Indian L. Subramaniam. He performs on Friday, September 20 at 6pm at Pritzker Pavilion.
GO:Through 9/22. Various times and locations: cityofchicago.org.