"To Perform, To Conceal" at Crowded House Gallery Today's the last day to see an exhibit curated by Paul-David Young that features photographs he discovered in a Humboldt Park Dumpster. Digital artist Molly Soda was identified as the photographer after word got out about the exhibit, and she said she was perplexed by the whole thing. Read Aimee Levitt's write-up about the show, and her follow-up story on Soda.
"Pigeon Hill: Then and Now" at Catherine Edelman Gallery Your last chance to see Jeffrey Wolin's presentation of photographic portraits featuring low-income residents of Bloomington, Indiana.
"Promiscuous Code" at Julius Caeser The closing day of an exhibition by the Anatomical Theatres of Mixed Reality (ATOM-r) collective.
"This Was Supposed to Help" at Beauty & Brawn Art Gallery and Think Space Cartoonist and illustrator Rachel Foss depicts life's joys and frustrations in a collection of works. Read Sarah Nardi's write-up here. Exhibit runs through 3/30.
"Renoir's True Colors: Science Solves a Mystery" at Art Institute of Chicago The conservation team tasked with maintaining Renoir's Madame Léon Clapisson in all its glory discovered there's more to the impressionist painting than meets the eye. This exhibition shows the scientific and technologic processes used to uncover the painting's secrets and restore its original bright hues. On display through 4/27.
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I was told it's not going to be on the menu forever—just as long as it's cold like this—but it's a very good sign of what these fellows are capable of, working with all-local ingredients in this former Guatemalan bakery. Right now that means a smoked beet salad, celery root soup with apples and brown butter, a couple of tartines, a quiche with roasted Vidalia onions, and house-made sausage with poached eggs and mustard.
• 12 Monkeys, Terry Gilliam's SF mind bender.
• Walking and Talking, Nicole Holofcener's first film.
• The Witnesses, Andre Techine's drama about the AIDS epidemic.
• Manhattan, "Woody Allen's great leap forward into character development and dramatic integrity," according to Dave Kehr.
• Eyes Without a Face, Georges Franju's horror classic.
• Orphans of the Storm, D.W. Griffith's late silent epic.
• The Life of Oharu, the Kenji Mizoguchi masterpiece.
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With his trademark sweet and soft delivery, comedian Ron Funches riffs about the differences between Chicago and Oregon and what it's like raising a child with autism. The former Chicagoan and his infectious schoolgirl giggle will be at Zanies through 3/1.
Before The Grand Budapest Hotel hits local theaters, the Music Box presents the Wes Anderson Anthology, an overview that features screenings of all of his films to date. Expect all the dysfunctional families, charming pastels, and Futura typeface you can handle. Tonight it kicks off with films from Anderson's early days, Bottle Rocket and Rushmore.
Alvin Ailey's Revelations set out in 1958 to explore the different conditions of the African-American soul in the throes of slavery and newfound freedom, and according to Jena Cutie, "it had a backbone that moved with the fluid pulp of sorrow and jubilation and everything in between." Tonight's program at Auditorium Theatre features an adaptation of the work, along with Wayne McGregor's Chroma (2006) and Ronald K. Brown's Four Corners (2013). Read Cutie's write-up here.
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