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July 27

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stepped in front of a column of military tanks heading toward Beijing's Tiananmen Square to help crush the insurrection taking place there. 


Today's picks

1004 Portraits @ Millennium Park

Whenever the Spanish artist Jaume Plensa is in Chicago, the first place he stops is the northeast corner of Michigan and Monroe. 

Alunageorge, Jahkoy @ Lincoln Hall

America After the Fall: Painting in the 1930s @ Art Institute of Chicago

Behold 50 works by major American artists—including Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Grant Wood—who were creating work considering America's identity during and after the Great Depression. 

American Moments: The Legacy of Greek Immigration @ National Hellenic Museum

The National Hellenic Museum celebrates its one-year anniversary with the opening of an exhibit chronicling the history of Greeks in America. 

The Ancient Americas @ Field Museum

Artifacts from North and South America highlighting 13,000 years of survivor skills utilized by the early Pueblo communities of the American southwest, the Incas of South America, and other New World cultures. 

Apes of Wrath @ Second City E.T.C.

The six spritely, mercurial, wholly engaging performers behind Second City E.T.C.'s Apes of Wrath work overtime to make their show appear to be about something. 

Appellation Market Dinners @ Appellation

Pastoral Artisan presents a three-course meal crafted by chef Jesse Williams with ingredients from the Andersonville Farmers Market. 

The Art of Dr. Seuss Gallery @ Water Tower Place

Like many of us, Ted Geisel felt unfulfilled by his day job. 

The Awake @ Berger Park

Playwright Ken Urban's The Awake is a cutthroat psychological thriller that crams an action-movie’s worth of torture cells, helicopter rescues, and tearful hospital scenes into a play less than two hours long. 

Bastille @ The Vic

Between Riverside and Crazy @ Steppenwolf Theatre

Eight years before the pivotal summer depicted in Between Riverside and Crazy, Walter "Pops" Washington, a 30-year veteran of the New York City Police Department, sat drinking in a bar at 6 AM. 

Beyond Broken Bones: The Story of Orthopedics and Prosthetics @ International Museum of Surgical Science

The Blind Bet Show @ The Pony

A weekly stand-up show with a secret headliner. 

The Book of Mormon @ PrivateBank Theatre

Written by South Park co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone (along with Robert Lopez, who went on to co-compose tunes for Disney's Frozen), this musical satire about Mormon missionaries was the Hamilton of 2011, inspiring frenzied adulation and overheated ticket sales. 

Brick by Brick @ Museum of Science and Industry

Brick by Brick: Find Your Inner Builder is a new yearlong exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry

Broken Journey @ Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

When you walk into the second-floor gallery space of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum you might be surprised to see Art Fox's photographs of birds literally hovering off the wall. 

Bus, boat, train, and walking tours @ Chicago History Museum

See chicagohistory.org for schedule and details. 

Cagematch @ iO Theater

An improv battle between two teams. 

Called to the Challenge: The Legacy of Harold Washington @ Harold Washington Library Center

An overview of Washington's life and projects as mayor. 

Carl and the Passions @ iO Theater

Though it's only been a few weeks since the grand opening of iO's new location, the performers have already made themselves at home. 

Cascade Drive-In @ Cascade Drive-In, West Chicago

When you go to a movie theater, there's a decent chance someone will sneeze and you'll contract a horrifying airborne monkey disease (or at least that's what I learned from Outbreak). 

Chef Driven Food Tours @ various locations

You get on a bus with a Chicago restaurant professional, you drive around, you eat a bunch of stuff—really, it's the ideal summer activity. 

Cole's Comedy Open Mike @ Cole's

Hosted by Sonia Denis and Rebecca O'Neal, this scrappy showcase boasts about 50 comics a week. 

Colleen Moore's Fairy Castle @ Museum of Science and Industry

After a brief hiatus to undergo restoration and conservation, the silent film star’s elaborate miniature house—which includes a painting by Walt Disney and an 1840 Bible that’s the tiniest ever to be printed—returns. 

Company @ Writers Theatre, Glencoe

It's smooth, entertaining, great looking (thanks to Todd Rosenthal's witty set), and features 14 talented actor/singer/dancers doing delightful work. 

David W. Cook @ Morpho Gallery

A exhibition of paintings and sculptures by the artist known as the "flower bomber." 

Crossing the Line: The Movement for a United Cyprus @ National Hellenic Museum

Exhibit curated by Daniela C. Bono that examines the art, objects, documents, and first-hand accounts of life on Cyprus since the 1974 Turkish invasion. 

C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert @ Mercury Theater

Playwright, actor, and codirector Max McLean’s one-hander about the amiable, mildly witty English writer C. S. Lewis looks wonderful. 

Cuts: An Exhibition of Relief Printmaking @ Chicago Printmakers Collaborative

Works from Chicago Printmakers Collaborative featuring relief prints from Peeter Allik, Susanna Crum, Nicolette Ross, and Rafael E. Vera. 

The Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice DNA Discovery Center @ Field Museum

A permanent exhibition that allows visitors to watch scientists doing genetic research at the museum's Pritzker Laboratory. 

Dating and Dragons @ The Factory Theater

There are strategies involved in the games of life, romance, and play, whether it's conquering dragons or being vulnerable enough to fall in love, and there’s a reason people don’t play these games alone. 

Daughter, Lucy Dacus @ Thalia Hall

Though she’s only 21, Richmond singer Lucy Dacus proves an exceptionally sharp observer on her impressive debut album, No Burden (released in February by the tiny EggHunt label but due for rerelease in September by Matador). 

Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody @ Writers Theatre, Glencoe

Now I know why I've spent night after night going to show after show. 

Deathtrap @ Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace, Oakbrook Terrace

Sidney Bruhl was once a big-time writer of slick theatrical thrillers. 

Destination Solar System @ Adler Planetarium

Take a tour of the Milky Way and beyond in this live show. 

Disco Art Exhibit @ Pilsen Outpost

Ricardo "Naco" Gonzalez uses vinyl records (discos in Spanish) as the canvases for his portraiture. 

Douglass: An American Drama @ Theater Wit

The American Vicarious theater company presents a world premiere by Thomas Klingenstein. 

Drake, Future @ United Center

Drake has become a superstar by selling his emotions. 

Drunk Science @ The Comedy Bar

Sean Flannery is distinctly qualified to host a show like Drunk Science, a multimedia stand-up revue dedicated to the science behind getting wasted. 

Eroica @ Redtwist Theatre

Set in 1966 against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, David Alex's new 75-minute one-act concerns a small-town high school basketball coach, Victor (Felipe Carrasco), who spouts patriotic platitudes to denounce antiwar protestors, though he himself has received a medical deferment from the draft. 

Evolving Planet @ Field Museum

On the development of life on earth. 

Exile Inside Out @ Heaven Gallery

An exhibition from artists Soheila Azadi, Grace Cross, Sherwin Ovid, Soo Hyun Kim and Roni Packer that combines painting, mixed-media and performance to showcase immigrants' perspectives on the domestic sphere and immigration. 

"Express" talks @ Art Institute of Chicago

The Extreme Green House @ Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Butterfly habitat  

Facing Freedom @ Chicago History Museum

Permanent exhibit examining historical fights for freedom under the premise that "the United States has been shaped by conflicts over what it means to be free." 

Fast Forward . . . Inventing the Future @ Museum of Science and Industry

An exhibit showcasing new technology and innovations in agriculture, transportation, entertainment, energy, and more, presented through videos, models, and prototypes of inventions. 

Felt @ iO Theater

This adult-oriented improvised puppet show by the Atticus Finch ensemble suggests bitter, rejected prototypes of Elmo, Chewbacca, McGruff the Crime Dog, and Crank Yankers/Muppets characters ganging up in a dark alley off Sesame Street. 

Fight Quest, Module One: The Bandits of Hollow Hill @ ComedySportz Theatre

A barbarian (Justin Verstraete), a monk (Brendan Stallings), a rogue assassin (Grace Gimpel), and a ranger (Moira Begale) with a wolf (Kai Young) walk into a room. 

A Fine Line @ Chicago Artists Coalition

A group exhibition featuring work by Austen Brown, Alex Calhoun, and Angela Davis Fegan. 

Fool Me Twice, Deja Vu @ Second City

It's the time of year when theater critics gird themselves for their nth annual Nutcracker/Christmas Carol/Wonderful Life cycle. 

Foot Soldiers of Fashion @ Art Institute of Chicago

An exhibit inspired by the Landsknechte, 16th-century German mercenaries famous for their elaborate attire as much as their formidable pikes and halberds. 

The Forced Transfer @ National Cambodian Heritage Museum

As a young Buddhist monk in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, during the 1960s, Kompha Seth studied the Brahmi alphabet and Magadhi—a root language of modern Khmer—which had been preserved and passed down for generations. 

Gallery talks @ Art Institute of Chicago

Gemini Spacecraft @ Morpho Gallery

An exhibit of vibrant paintings by local artists Randal Stringer and Peter Steeves. 

Get on Up! @ ComedySportz Theatre

A night of challenges and improv games built around audience participation. 

Gilded Glory: European Treasures From the Martin D’Arcy Collection @ Loyola University Museum of Art

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. 

Gods, Myths, and Mortals @ National Hellenic Museum

an interactive exhibit aimed at reproducing life in ancient Greece and parts from Homer's epics, including a life-size Trojan Horse. 

Grainger Hall of Gems @ Field Museum

This permanent exhibition reopens with displays of gemstones as they're found in nature, after they're cut and polished, and in jewelry by top designers. 

Grant Park Orchestra with Annie Rosen, Jesse Donner, Emmet O'Hanlon, Alec Carlson, and Bradley Smoak @ Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park

Edwin Outwater, conductor (Of Mice and Men). 

Great Wall to the Great Lakes @ Chinese-American Museum

Materials documenting the history of Chinese immigration in Chicago. 

Green City Market @ Green City Market

The Harold @ iO Theater

Improv teams use an audience suggestion to create interweaving story lines that result in a connected long-form narrative. 

Homolatte @ Tweet Let's Eat

With Scott Free, featuring gay and lesbian spoken-word artists. 

Hope & Spirit @ Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture

an exhibit of letters written by Siberian deportees to their loved ones. 

House Party @ ComedySportz Theatre

Game-based improv from ComedySportz's house teams. 

Darius Hurley @ Empty Bottle

The local artist's boxing paintings are on display at the rock club throughout the month of July. 

I Saw You @ Town Hall Pub

Bruised Orange Theater Company's I Saw You is a charming theatrical interpretation of "I Saw You," "Matches," and "X-Matches" listings from the Reader

In One Ear @ Heartland Cafe

Open night for poetry and music. 

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem @ Art Institute of Chicago

The 1943 Harlem riots broke out on August 1, just a few days after the photographer Gordon Parks moved to the neighborhood. 

A Jewish Joke @ Victory Gardens Theater

In this one-man show, a successful Jewish screenwriter named Bernie Lutz (Phil Johnson, who cowrote the play) confronts the anti-Communist fervor of 1950s Hollywood. 

JOA20 @ Elastic

For better or worse, the American indie-rock touring circuit is clogged with fabled acts celebrating some kind of anniversary. 

Jokes & Notes Open Mic @ Jokes & Notes

Marlon Mitchell hosts. 

Known Unknowns: Painting in Chicago @ McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn

Work by eight local experimental painters. 

LaFollette Park Farmers Market @ 1333 N. Laramie

Deborah Levy @ Women & Children First

The novelist reads from her newest book, Hot Milk

Jasmine Lin & Anthony Devroye @ Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center

Violin and viola. 

Lincoln's Undying Words @ Chicago History Museum

The Chicago History Museum presents an exclusive look at some of Abraham Lincoln's most famous speeches and the cultural impact they have today. 

The Lost Artists Show @ Art Colony Studio Building

Monthly second Saturday show featuring open studios, poetry readings, and live music. 

The Magic Cabaret @ Greenhouse Theater Center

Once upon a time, Chicago was a magic town. 

The Making of a Fugitive @ Museum of Contemporary Art

Work by Dennis Adams, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Bruce Nauman, Carrie Schneider, and more focused on Patty Hearst and other fugitives in pop culture, as well as the media's construction of criminality. 

Man of La Mancha @ Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, Lincolnshire

If ever a revival truly revived anything, this is it. 

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry @ Museum of Contemporary Art

An exhibition of the artist's paintings from the last 35 years. 

A Midsummer Night's Dream @ First Folio Theatre, Oak Brook

Last summer Hayley Rice codirected a wonderful production of The Winter's Tale with her mother, First Folio cofounder Alison C. Vesely. 

MINT: Musical Improv Night @ MCL Chicago

Three groups with mentholated names develop themes into musicals—"Do you want to tell me about it in song?" 

Mission Moon @ Adler Planetarium

Featuring the restored Gemini 12 spacecraft and artifacts commemorating the 40th anniversary of its mission and other lunar adventures  

More like an ocean: windshowers @ Saki

A series of works that explore space and time. 

Museum tours @ Field Museum

Museum tours @ Museum of Contemporary Art

Natalie's Wood @ California Clipper

The National: A Lot of Sorrow @ Art Institute of Chicago

Icelandic performance artist Ragnar Kjartansson’s video installation documents six hours of Brooklyn-based band the National performing one song, “A Lot of Sorrow.” 

Natural Gas @ Gift Theatre Company

The quality of an improv show is directly proportional to the quality of the improvisers who create it. 

Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936 @ Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, Skokie

An exhibition featuring historical photographs, film, and the testimonies of athletes who participated in the Berlin Olympics. 

Nordic Community Welcome Reception for Tall Ship Draken Harald Hårfagre @ Navy Pier

Embark on your own Nordic nautical adventure at the Navy Pier. 

Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze @ Museum of Science and Industry

In this exhibit about the mathematical patterns that exist in the natural world, the centerpiece is a 1,800-square-foot mirror maze featuring unique patterns and imagery. 

Oceanarium @ Shedd Aquarium

Northeast Pacific flora and fauna. 

Ongoing exhibits @ Shedd Aquarium

Displays about the Amazon basin, Caribbean reefs, waters of the world, and the wild reef of the Indo-Pacific. 

Ongoing exhibits @ Chicago History Museum

The first el train car, Abraham Lincoln's deathbed, dioramas of the Great Chicago Fire and the Sauganash Tavern, and a kids' exhibit focusing on the body's five senses as tools for learning about the city. 

Ongoing exhibits @ Museum of Science and Industry

On genetics, agriculture, AIDS, computer imaging, powered flight, and other topics. 

Our Body: The Universe Within @ International Museum of Surgical Science

Exhibit chronicling the evolution of modern medicine, featuring historical surgical tools, paintings, prints, and sculptures, and including more than 200 preserved human specimens. 

Out in Chicago @ Chicago History Museum

An exploration of the history of 150 years of LGBTQ Chicagoans. 

Panic on Cloud 9 @ Second City

The opening sequence of the Second City's new main-stage revue had me worried. 

PDF-OBJECTS @ Mana Contemporary Chicago

An exhibition featuring a collection of text-object pairs. 

The Pellizzi Family Collections @ Mana Contemporary Chicago

The private collection features the work of Mexican painters Julio Galán and Daniel Lezama. 

Perception @ KM Fine Arts

New York-based hyperrealist sculptor Carole A. Feuerman showcases new miniature, life-sized, and monumental art pieces alongside a selection of her new diamond-dust silkscreens. 

Petcoke: Tracing Dirty Energy @ Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College

The Museum of Contemporary Photography presents an exhibit of photographs and other artworks exploring Chicago's petcoke industry and its associated environmental and social impacts. 

Planet Explorers @ Adler Planetarium

Interactive and all-ages exhibit on space flight, including simulated rides and extra-terrestrial exploration. 

Playboy Architecture, 1953-1979 @ Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst

A collection of photographs, films, architectural models, and more from Playboy magazine's early days. 

The Portrait @ Greenhouse Theater Center

Gustav Klimt, the revered and reviled Austrian Secessionist, welcomes a wealthy bride-to-be into his studio, where she’s auditioning him for her marriage portrait. 

Powered by Nature @ Kohl Children's Museum, Glenview

hand-on exhibit exploring sustainable energy. 

Precarity: Contingency in Artmaking and Academia @ Gallery 400

Artists explore contemporary economic issues—from poor compensation to rising tuition costs for higher education—in this group exhibition. 

The Propeller Group @ Museum of Contemporary Art

The first U.S. exhibition of the Vietnam-based artist collective includes the ambitious: AK-47 vs. M16, The Film, a comment on the history of the two guns in pop culture that’s cobbled together from movies, promotional videos, documentaries, news reportage, and YouTube clips. 

Ravenswood Farmers’ Market @ Ravenswood Evangelical Covenant Church

Red, White, Blue, and Black @ DuSable Museum of African American History

Artifacts and objects from the Revolutionary War through the Vietnam War documenting the history of African-Americans in the armed forces. 

Restoring Earth @ Field Museum

exhibit explaining Field Museum conservation efforts in Peruvian rain forests, island ecosystems, and some habitats in Chicago. 

The Rise, Phenom @ The Promontory

Diana Ross, Rhonda Ross @ Ravinia Festival, Highland Park

Rudzienko @ Arts Club of Chicago

Photography and film installations by Sharon Lockhart. 

Sake 101 @ Arami

Arami's owner Ty Fujimura doubles as a sake sage for this evening, inviting guests to sample from Japan's finest breweries. 

Saved by the Max @ 1941 W. North

Nineties nostalgia reaches its apotheosis with this Saved by the Bell pop-up dinner featuring a Bayside-themed menu (macaroni and Screech, anyone?), daily costume contests, memorabilia giveaways, and even a Zach Attack cover band. 

Science + You @ Kohl Children's Museum, Glenview

An exhibit designed with scientists at Abbott. 

Science Storms @ Museum of Science and Industry

New permanent exhibit that re-creates tornadoes, lightning, tsunamis, avalanches, and other natural phenomena to explore the science of storms. 

Search Engine @ iO Theater

Craig Uhlir and Ryan Archibald's two-man improv show. 

Seaway Bank Farmers’ Market @ 87th and Langley

Second City's Game Night @ Up Comedy Club

Improvisers engage in classic game shows. 

The Secret Birds @ DePaul Art Museum

Tony Fitzpatrick's new collage series. 

The Sharold @ iO Theater

A mix of improvisors who don't usually perform together take the stage. 

Shoretime Spaceline @ Hyde Park Art Center

Artist Karen Reimer presents her large-scale installation inspired by the Chicago Beach Hotel, which was demolished in 1927. 

Slow Painting @ Richard Gray Gallery

Chicago artist John Santoro showcases recent landscape paintings, ranging from Hong Kong rainstorms and lakeside beaches to Southwestern mesas and urban backyards. 

So Pretty, Hawley @ Whistler

The Social Takeover @ Laugh Factory

For the Social Takeover, willing audience members log in to their Facebook pages and hand them over to a revolving door of comedians certainly out to humiliate them. 

Space Junk 3D @ Adler Planetarium

Adler Planetarium offers a 3D visual experience through orbits in space. 

Spoken Rhythm

Open mike with Frank Pete. 

Stand-Up Throw Down @ Township

A weekly stand-up showcase. 

Strata+Sphere @ Arc Gallery

Rochelle Weiner's multimedia exhibition is inspired by Milwaukee's East Side neighborhood. 

Street Level @ Galerie F

Works from BUNNY!XLV, Penny Pinch, and more local street artists deck the walls in celebration of Galerie F's fourth year. 

Sue @ Field Museum

Reconstructed tyrannosaurus skeleton. 

Surprise Party @ Lilly's

As we took a couple of bar seats near the stage at Lilly's, on Lincoln, my friend whispered to me, "This isn't going to be an open-mike thing, is it?" 

The Tales of Bucket Town @ Rotofugi Gallery

works by collaborative design company Harley & Boss 

Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure @ Lookingglass Theatre Company

Lookingglass Theatre's Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure certainly gets the vaudeville aspects right. 

Therapy Sessions @ Hungry Brain

The fundamentals of Therapy Sessions, a show at the newly reopened Hungry Brain are simple: a live musical act, a stand-up or spoken-word block, and a DJ set, all focused on a monthly theme. 

Thirteen Laughing at Each Other @ Art Institute of Chicago

An immersive exhibition by the late Spanish sculptor Juan Muñoz (1953-2001). 

This @ Windy City Playhouse

Four college buddies simultaneously endure near middle-age crises in Melissa James Gibson's dramedy about life during the diaper-bag years. 

Thunderdome @ MCL Chicago

Carmen Christopher hosts the comedy variety show. 

TJ & Dave @ iO Theater, The Mission Theater

Veteran comedians TJ Jagodowski and Dave Pasquesi perform a long-form improv show each week. 

Twelfth Night @ various locations

I've been to Shakespeare's Globe in London, which purports to give its patrons the experience they'd have had at the original Globe Theatre in, say, 1600, when the Bard himself worked there. 

Underground Adventure @ Field Museum

Vanishing Beauty @ Art Institute of Chicago

More than 300 pieces of jewelry and ritual objects from a variety of Asian cultures. 

Virgin Daiquiri @ iO Theater

Improv by an all-female ensemble. 

Visible From Space @ Chicago Cultural Center

Local artist Paul Catanese presents a multimedia exhibit exploring what the earth looks like from space. 

War Paint @ Goodman Theatre

Cosmetics pioneers Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden were formidable women who battled long, long odds to reach the top of their profession. 

We the People . . . @ Arc Gallery

A group exhibition examining the current election season. 

White Sox vs. Cubs @ various locations

Watch these two Windy City teams face off, first on the south side's home field, then on the north side's. 

Women of Vision @ Field Museum

Inspiring works by female photojournalists for National Geographic

Wood Street Farm Stand @ Wood Street Urban Farm

Works by Ed Paschke, 1969-2004 @ Ed Paschke Art Center

Ed Paschke almost never took a vacation. 

Andrew Yang @ Museum of Contemporary Art

The artist and trained biologist's first solo exhibition, inspired by the human body's connection to the Milky Way. 

Yeasayer, Day Wave @ Concord Music Hall

Yoga at the Zoo @ Lincoln Park Zoo

Stretch, breathe, and meditate to the soundtrack of wildlife at the Lincoln Park Zoo's Nature Boardwalk. 

You! The Experience @ Museum of Science and Industry

This permanent exhibit explores health, well-being, and the workings of the human body. 

Younghye Han: My Mother’s First Exhibition @ Chicago Artists Coalition

Aram Han Sifuentes presents drawings and paintings that his mother created in Korea before immigrating to the United States in 1992. 

Zoso @ City Winery

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