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Friday, June 23, 2017

Chicago Zombie March, Logan Square Arts Festival, and more things to do in Chicago this weekend

Posted By on 06.23.17 at 04:11 PM

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  • Join the search for braaaaaaaaains at the Chicago Zombie March on Saturday 6/24.

Whether you're in the mood for an original musical comedy about William Henry Harrison or have an affinity for mariachi music, there are great events to try this weekend:

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Steppenwolf releases ‘official statement’ on Hedy Weiss review uproar

Posted By on 06.23.17 at 04:01 PM

Hedy Weiss - RICH HEIN / SUN-TIMES
  • Rich Hein / Sun-Times
  • Hedy Weiss

[UPDATE: Friday, the Chicago Sun-Times issued it own statement in support of longtime critic Hedy Weiss: read it here.]

Last week, after Chicago Sun-Times critic Hedy Weiss's review of Antoinette Nwandu's Pass Over sparked an Internet uproar and drew thousands of signatures on an online petition, Steppenwolf Theatre artistic director Anna D. Shapiro and executive director David Schmitz issued a statement on behalf of the company accusing Weiss of "deep-seated bigotry." They also promised that "an official institutional response" would follow.


Today, that official response arrived, notably more nuanced.  Steppenwolf is now calling for "ongoing community-wide dialogue," and says it will be "eager to participate."

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

It’s the end of the world at the Museum of Science and Industry and we feel fine

Posted By on 06.22.17 at 03:42 PM

The original cover design that started it all. - MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • The original cover design that started it all.

It seems slightly unbelievable now, but the scientists who developed the nuclear bomb didn't want it to be used in an actual war. After the first test bomb exploded in New Mexico in July, 1945, J. Robert Oppenheimer, the head of the Los Alamos lab, said he was reminded of a quote from the Bhagavad Gita: "Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds." Later that month, 70 scientists who'd worked on the Manhattan Project, which led to the development of the bomb, signed a petition begging President Truman not to use it against the Japanese.

Well, we all know how that went.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Body/Head goes neon on the gig poster of the week

Posted By on 06.21.17 at 07:00 AM

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ARTIST: Bill Connors
SHOW: Body/Head, Diamond Terrifier Cipher, and Facs at Bohemian National Cemetery on Sat 6/24
MORE INFO: billconnors.tumblr.com

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A new book from 826CHI shows how friendships develop through letter writing

Posted By on 06.20.17 at 01:49 PM

Students take their first look through the new book P.S. You Sound Like Someone I Can Trust. - WIL HUGHES PHOTOGRAPHY
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  • Students take their first look through the new book P.S. You Sound Like Someone I Can Trust.

When Eliza Ramirez's eighth-grade students at Emiliano Zapata Academy in Little Village learned that they'd be spending the fall and winter corresponding with a class of tenth graders at Amundsen High School in Ravenswood and that the letters would be collected into a book published by 826CHI, a nonprofit writing center, they were skeptical. What was the point of writing letters, they wondered, in this marvelous age of text messages and Snapchat? How could ink on paper possibly compare to the magic of cat filters?

The tenth graders weren't really into it, either. It took a little while for the charms of letter writing to become apparent. The first exchanges, initiated by the eighth graders, were collections of facts (ages, neighborhoods, numbers of siblings, favorite foods and activities) and awkward questions (what were the tenth graders' favorite foods and activities?). But, gradually, with some prompting from their teachers and 826 volunteers, things began to change.

"They realized that to get their partner to open up, they had to open up first," explained Maria Villarreal, 826's director of programs, at the book's release party on Monday, June 12. The book's title reflects that shift: P.S. You Sound Like Someone I Can Trust, a line taken verbatim from a letter from eighth grader Vanessa Cruz to her letter-writing partner, Jazmine Rodriguez.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

A Garfield-themed Essay Fiesta, Slushies and Science, and more things to do in Chicago this week

Posted By on 06.19.17 at 01:05 PM

Try for a bullseye during Axe Throw on Thu 6/22. - COURTESY THUNDERBOLT CHICAGO AXE
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  • Try for a bullseye during Axe Throw on Thu 6/22.

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

Mon 6/19:
The Black Lives Matter Witness Quilt Presentation, the work of Melissa Blount, MEET (Making Evanston Equitable Together), and countless volunteers, can be found at the Evanston Art Center (2603 N. Sheridan Rd., Evanston), showcasing the lives of black women and girls that have been taken by violence. 6 PM, free

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Pride Fest, Father's Day, and more things to do in Chicago this weekend

Posted By and on 06.16.17 at 01:24 PM

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Both Boystown and Dadville will be hopping this weekend. Pride Fest kicks off on Saturday, and Sunday is Father's Day. So welcome, allies of LGBTQ rights and, um, dad's right to strut naked in the racquet ball locker room, to a gorgeous Chicago weekend of celebratory things to do. (We've compiled a complete list of this month's Pride events as well.)

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Esoteric Dance Project’s Perspective keeps things simple, funny, and relatable

Posted By on 06.15.17 at 08:00 AM

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  • Brenna Pierson-Tucker and Christopher Tucker

Describing Esoteric Dance Project's new program, Perspective, company coartistic director Brenna Pierson-Tucker points to a conference she attended a couple years ago: "One of the discussions was about what makes people come to one show versus another," she says. "A lot of it boiled down to, people are afraid of not understanding [what's onstage]."

So this weekend's world premieres from Pierson-Tucker, coartistic director Christopher Tucker, and a third from Kelleigh Harman McIntosh, who's in the company's choreographer mentoring program, attempt to keep things simple, funny, and relatable. Pierson-Tucker's Infinite Silhouettes works with "unseen lines"—the arc of an arm or leg and the imaginary boundary that exists from one point to the next. The dancers use what Pierson-Tucker describes as a stretchy material to make the connection. "We like to call [the cloth bands] their boyfriends," she jokes. "Sometimes they're working with them, and sometimes they're fighting."

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Infinite Hold Steady shows on the gig poster of the week

Posted By on 06.14.17 at 07:00 AM

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ARTIST: Nick Hollomon
SHOWS: The Hold Steady at Thalia Hall on Thu 6/15 and Fri 6/16 and Empty Bottle on Sat 6/17
MORE INFO: dribbble.com/andconick

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Evaluating the humor of Caddyshack, fire dancing at SheFest, and other things to do in Chicago this week

Posted By on 06.12.17 at 01:52 PM

Prolific performer Tamale Sepp fire dances wiith ease at SheFest Mon 12
  • Prolific performer Tamale Sepp fire dances wiith ease at SheFest Mon 12
It is hot. And after Blues Fest and Midsommarfest last weekend, our tan lines are rather unfortunate due to a haphazard sunscreen application. Let's have a week indoors surrounded by cucumber-cool air conditioning at these prime events:

Mon 6/12: Formerly known as LezFest, the semiannual SheFest variety show celebrates queer women with stories, clowning, and a special fire dancing performance by multifaceted artist and comedian Tamale Sepp. (Extinguishers not included.) Stand-up Shannon Noll hosts the event at Pride Arts Center (4147 N. Broadway). 7:30 PM, $10

Mon 6/12: Andrew Tavin and Mary Jordan host the stand-up showcase Are You Smarter Than a Comedian?, featuring trivia and audience games, at North Bar (1637 W. North). 9 PM, free

Tue 6/13: During The Seven Deadly Sins at Cafe Mustache (2313 N. Milwaukee), seven writers educate audience members on each of the actions on the no-no list during this monthly storytelling night. 8 PM, free

Bill Murray says hello to his furry friend in Caddyshack on Tue 6/13 at Music Box.
  • Bill Murray says hello to his furry friend in Caddyshack on Tue 6/13 at Music Box.
Tue 6/13: Does Harold Ramis's beloved film Caddyshack stand the test of time? Decide for yourself—with the help of host and cultural journalist Mark Caro—during the Is It Still Funny? film series at Music Box (3733 N. Southport). 7:30 PM, $12

Wed 6/14: At the top of their two-man sketch show Four Man Show at iO Theater (1501 N. Kingsbury), white guy Jeremy Sender describes himself as straight, while Corey Caldwell, who's black, says he's "omnisexual" but will one day identify as gay. What follows is more than a dozen short bits in which the two play people of many persuasions, addressing hot-button topics like Black Lives Matter, sexual harassment, and interracial adoption. 10 PM, $5

Thu 6/15: Reading Under the Influence at Sheffield's (3258 N. Sheffield) features original short stories and literary work, as well as trivia contests and prizes. Oh, and the "influence" part is booze. In case that wasn't clear. This month's hosts are Michael Meyer, Frankie Migacz, Jon Natzke and Daniel Story. 7-9 PM, $3

Thu 6/15: Group exhibit "Spaces Without Drama," at Graham Foundation (4 W. Burton), examines how sets in theatrical performances resemble architecture scale models. 6 PM, free

  • For more stuff to do this week—and every day—check out our Agenda page.

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