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Pictures for an Exhibition

6/6-9/26

A tricked-out Fiat is suspended from a wall in the Museum of Contemporary Art's atrium. "It's kind of a gravitational mindfuck," senior curator Dieter Roelstraete says of the piece, the entry point into "Metamorphology," the first major museum survey in the U.S. of the British conceptual artist Simon Starling, opening June 7. A stone's throw away at the Arts Club of Chicago, an associated Starling show, "Pictures for an Exhibition," debuts June 6. Starling's attention-grabbing auto is bound to appeal to any visitor whose appreciation for an artwork directly corresponds to how Instagrammable it is. But Flaga, 1972-2002 isn't merely a spectacle. As Magritte might say, "Ceci n'est pas une ordinary car." In 2002, Starling bought a ruby-red Fiat 126—that emblem of Italian industry—and drove it from Turin, where it was originally manufactured, to Cieszyn, Poland, where production is now based. There he replaced the hood, doors, and trunk with Polish-manufactured white parts, so that the red-and-white car he drove back to Turin resembled the Polish flag. Displayed like a painting in the museum, the custom ride is a statement on corporate globalization, commercialization, and how modes of production determine meaning. Continue reading >>

Arts Club of Chicago (map)
201 E. Ontario St.
Gold Coast/Mag Mile/Streeterville
phone 312-787-3997
Pictures for an Exhibition

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Evil Dead: The Musical

9/23-10/12: Tue-Thu 7:30 PM, Fri-Sat 7 and 10:30 PM, Sun 3 PM
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All Sam Raimi's horror-film series really needed to shine a little bit brighter was some song and dance. Luckily for us, someone jazzed up the cult horror classic (with blessings from Raimi and Bruce Campbell). $29.99-$67.99

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Broadway Playhouse (map)
175 E. Chestnut St.
Gold Coast/Mag Mile/Streeterville
phone 800-775-2000
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Dee Snider's Rock and Roll Christmas Tale

11/4-1/4: Tue-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 2 and 8 PM, Sun 2 and 7:30 PM
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The Twisted Sister front man narrates his rendition of the classic holiday story. It's probably chock-full of stuff that he's just not gonna take anymore this Christmas. $38-$91

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Broadway Playhouse (map)
175 E. Chestnut St.
Gold Coast/Mag Mile/Streeterville
phone 800-775-2000

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Drake Hotel (map)
140 E. Walton Pl.
Gold Coast/Mag Mile/Streeterville
phone 312-787-2200

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Death Tax

9/12-10/12: Tue-Wed and Fri 7:30 PM, Thu and Sat-Sun 3 and 7:30 PM,

Lucas Hnath's dark comedy about a woman with deteriorating health who thinks her daughter's out to kill her. $40-$65

Lookingglass Theatre Company (map)
Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave.
Gold Coast/Mag Mile/Streeterville
phone 312-337-0665

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Gilded Glory: European Treasures from the Martin D’Arcy Collection

Ongoing

French Gothic ivories, Renaissance paintings, an enamel and ivory casket reputed to have once contained relics of Saint Teresa of Avila, and other European works.

Loyola University Museum of Art (map)
Lewis Towers, 820 N. Michigan Ave.
Gold Coast/Mag Mile/Streeterville
phone 312-915-7600

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Crossings and Dwellings

Through Oct. 19

Original texts, objects, textiles, and maps associated with the Jesuits.

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Zachary Cahill

4/29-9/16

The third installment of the Chicago artist's ongoing USSA 2012 project.

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MCA Talk: Bryan Ferry and Michael Bracewell

Wed 9/17, 6 PM

In conjunction with the exhibit "David Bowie Is . . .," British writer Michael Bracewell talks to Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry about glam rock and his experiences with David Bowie. The event is sold out but you can stream it online. $5 live-feed stream

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ArtEdge David Bowie Is . . . Gala

Sat 9/20, 6:30 PM

If you just can't wait to see the Bowie exhibit, you can throw down some serious coin to attend this preview event hosted by ArtEdge. $3,000, $30,000-$60,000 group tickets

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