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Friday, January 26, 2018

‘Endless Summer’ at the MCA, and more of the best things to do in Chicago this weekend

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click to enlarge Judy Chicago, Pasadena Lifesavers Blue Series #1, 1969-70, part of "Endless Summer" at the Museum of Contemporary Art - COURTESY OF THE CARL & MARILYNN THOMA ART FOUNDATION; PHOTO: CLARE BRITT
  • Courtesy of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation; photo: Clare Britt
  • Judy Chicago, Pasadena Lifesavers Blue Series #1, 1969-70, part of "Endless Summer" at the Museum of Contemporary Art

There's plenty to do this weekend. Here's some of what we recommend:

Fri 1/26: Canyon Cinema 50: Decodings screens indie films including Duo Concertantes, Chronicles of a Lying Spirit, and more at University of Chicago Logan Center for the Arts (915 E. 60th). Reader film editor J.R. Jones says don't miss Love It/Leave It (1973), "Tom Palazzolo's 15-minute satire of knee-jerk patriotism and a choice example of good old Chicago lefty troublemaking." 7 PM, free

Fri 1/26:
Kathleen Cahill's searing play Harbur Gate at 16th Street Theater (6420 16th, Berwyn) presents, in three interconnected one acts, five lives ripped apart by a roadside IED explosion in Iraq in 2004. The Reader's Jack Helbig writes, "Cahill displays considerable skill, telling compelling stories filled with rich, believable, sympathetic multi-dimensional characters." 7:30 PM, $18-$22

click to enlarge The sketch show She the People plays at Up Comedy Club 1/27. - TODD ROSENBERG PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Todd Rosenberg Photography
  • The sketch show She the People plays at Up Comedy Club 1/27.

Sat 1/27: Up Comedy Club (230 W. North) hosts She the People: Girlfriends' Guide to Sisters Doing It for Themselves. The Reader's Marissa Oberlander calls it, "90 minutes of eviscerating the patriarchy and a laugh-out-loud wake-up call that's necessary viewing for women and men alike." 8 PM, $26-$36

Sat 1/27:
Lloyd Suh reimagines Benjamin Franklin as a self-aggrandizing gasbag in his play Franklinland at the Frontier (1106 W. Thorndale). The Reader's Justin Hayford writes, "[the] quick-witted, poker-faced cast add an unlikely layer of emotional poignancy." 8 PM, $20-$30

click to enlarge Ed Ruscha, News, 1970, part of "Endless Summer" at the MCA beginning Sat 1/27 - NATHAN KEAY
  • Nathan Keay
  • Ed Ruscha, News, 1970, part of "Endless Summer" at the MCA beginning Sat 1/27

Sat 1/27:
Named after the 1966 Bruce Brown surf movie, the Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E. Chicago) exhibit "Endless Summer" displays minimalist art influenced by the surf culture of 1960s southern California. 10 AM-5 PM, $15

Sun 1/28: In the opening reception for their joint exhibit "Beyond Measure," Daniel Cerrejón and Carolyn Lazard present their interpretation of personal health via rope, voicemails from doctors' offices, and other unexpected mediums at Tiger Strikes Asteroid (319 N. Albany). 2 PM-4 PM, free

click to enlarge Brett Morgen's documentary Jane screens at the Gene Siskel Film Center Sun 1/28.
  • Brett Morgen's documentary Jane screens at the Gene Siskel Film Center Sun 1/28.
Sun 1/28: Gene Siskel Film Center (164 N. State) revives Brett Morgen's 2017 documentary Jane, which draws from 100 hours of never-before-seen footage of primatologist Jane Goodall as a young woman in the early 1960s, first observing Tanzania's chimpanzees. The Reader's J.R. Jones says "Goodall is a luminous presence in the archival footage, as fine featured as the exotic birds all around her." 3 PM, $6-$11

For more things to do this weekend—and every day—visit our Agenda page.

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