Older and Wider at Second City E.T.C. and more of the best things to do in Chicago this weekend | Bleader

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Older and Wider at Second City E.T.C. and more of the best things to do in Chicago this weekend

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click to enlarge This is a badass shot from Mod Fuck Explosion.
  • This is a badass shot from Mod Fuck Explosion.

There are plenty of shows, films, and concerts this weekend to alleviate our stir-craziness. Here's some of what we recommend:


Fri 5/11: Seattle hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces create their own norms on their two Quazarz albums. They play the Empty Bottle tonight. The Reader's Leor Galil shares what he finds so endearing about the group: "Their ability to create a space of their own where their hazy, funk-inflected soundscapes, metallic-overdubbed vocals, and interstellar lyrics are the only sounds that matter." 9 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, $20, $18 in advance.

Fri 5/11-Sun 5/13: Tully, written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman, struck the Reader's J.R. Jones as a grown-up version of Cody and Reitman's past collaboration, Juno. "Tully has just as many laughs or more, but they tend to grow out of the action, particularly the physical punishment Marlo (Charlize Theron) endures in bearing a child and caring for it afterward. The story has a philosophical dimension, but fewer things need to be spoken out loud. This stylistic maturity is typical of writers, who tend to improve well into old age and long after most rock stars and strippers." Various times, various locations.

Fri 5/11-Sat 5/12: Mod Fuck Explosion screens at midnight at the Music Box. The film, released in 1994, is as relevant as it is today, says the Reader's J.R. Jones. He describes the film thus: "A retro plot about warring gangs of mods and rockers collides with Moritsugu's more timely exasperation with Asian stereotypes in U.S. media; obnoxious punk conceits such as a garden of raw meat are undercut by a tender romance between two virgins deeply concerned about their sexual adequacy." Midnight, Music Box, 3733 N. Southport, musicboxtheatre.com, $9.

Sat 5/12: Pianist and composer Vijay Iyer demonstrates his elasticity and imagination within his agile sextet. The group's debut album, Far From Over, is praised by Reader critic Peter Margasak. "For every bit of explosive, tightly coiled energy within tracks such as 'Down to the Wire,' there’s an opposing loose, expansive vibe, such as that on the soulful trio performance of 'For Amiri Baraka,'” he writes. For tonight’s performance Marcus Gilmore, the "spectacular" percussionist in Iyer’s working trio, subs for Sorey. 8:30 and 10 PM, Constellation, 3111 N. Western, $35, $30 in advance. 18+

Sun 5/13:
Julia Sweeney's charming new solo show, Older and Wider, was praised by the Reader's Steve Heisler for its gleeful embrace of suburban life as a stay-at-home mom in Wilmette: "Her conversational tone and self-effacing humor welcome audience members into her friendship circle. By the end, Sweeney's comfortable enough to share secrets. One of them: It's Pat: The Movie, she says, 'is a terrible movie. It's taken me 27 years to admit.'" 4 PM, Second City E.T.C., 1608 N. Wells, 312-337-3992, secondcity.com, $26.

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