It’s Labor Day Weekend (unless you are AND and already celebrated workers on May 1st – not that you can not honor working people every day). For the traditional summer end, we have walks, markets, music, exhibitions and more.
Daily, at 11-16: That Chicago Cultural Center has several exhibits to see at the moment, which is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown. This week is the last chance to check out “what flies but never lands?, ”A group show curated by Minh Nguyen and featuring works by Ana Garcia Jacome, Cathy Hsiao, SaraNoa Mark, Jacobo Zambrano-Rangel, Huong Ngo, Max Guy, Imani Elizabeth Jackson and S * an D. Henry-Smith. The exhibition closes on Sunday 5 September. And as you wander around the center, you can also see a separate exhibition of sculpture by Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford as well as the immersive ”Chicago: Where Comics Came to Life (1880-1960)Curated by artist Chris Ware and historian Tim Samuelson. Both can be seen until January 2022. And don’t forget to check out Buddy, the new store in the Cultural Center featuring items from Chicago artists and organizations.
Fri 9/3, 19:30: Before there was Mean Girls, Heathers was about to dig out the violent world of high school clicks and backstabbing for Gen X. So what could be better for the twisted back-to-school energy than watching it on stage? Film and theater in progress continues to run the live musical version (by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy) of the 1989 film that made Winona Ryder an alt-darling. It runs through 9/12 at the Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway, with performances Thurs-Sun and tickets starting at $ 40.
Sat 9/4, 11 AM: That Evanston History Center offers a lakeside walk ($ 20, EHC members $ 15) that explores the role of Evanston’s public parks in its development as a city. The EHC offers a variety of other civic tours along with the lecture series “Under the Buffalo” and exhibits at the historic Dawes House year-round; check the website for a schedule and to make reservations.
Sat 9/4, 13.00-19.00: The Beverly Area Arts Alliance is sponsoring an outdoor concert at Morgan Park Academy featuring music from local bands Melkbelly, Flips and Feeders, a DJ set by Ruta Spencer and food trucks serving craft cocktails, ice cream and more. This free event is open to all ages and hosts the school grounds at 2153 W 111th. More information can be found at Alliance website.
Sat 9/4, at 11-15: Plant Chicago, agriculture, society and food-focused nonprofit based in the Back of the Yards have a busy day planned, starting with its regular Saturday Farmers Market from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Davis Square Park (45th and Marshfield). Local vendors include Back of the Yards Coffee, Bee-utiful Honey, Cedillo’s Fresh Produce, Soap Junkii and Chunky Scone. After shopping, walk across the street to Plant Chicago’s headquarters (4459 S. Marshfield), where a workshop in visible repair (it’s like embroidery) is offered by donation to those who drop by between 6 p.m. 13 and 16; more information can be found here. Plant Chicago also has one Plant Swap planned from kl. 11 to 15; take the fern you are tired of and exchange it for and other spider plants. Information about Plant Chicago and its activities is available at the organization’s website.
Sat 9/4, 19:30: Dreamers YOLO Studio opened at 5419 N. Lincoln in 2020, just before the world broke down. They are open again with the world premiere on Meta data by Chicago playwright Amy Crider. A psychologist and his new assistant study unsuspecting topics on social media. When their boss pushes them into a task with political implications, things take a darker turn. It runs Thursdays to Saturdays until September 18th; tickets are $ 20 and must be reserved in advance on the website.
Sun 9/5, 20:30: Drum machine driven duo Austerity program open to Ryan Patterson’s darkwave project photocrime by the empty bottle. Check out Reader contributor Luca Cimarusti’s preview here. $ 10, 21+.
Mon 9/6, 18.00: Millennium Park’s Summer music series continues at the Pritzker Pavilion with Modern native voices, with Leonard Sumner, Lyla June and Tall Paul in a concert celebrating different nations from the United States and Canada. It’s free and all ages.
Wednesday 9/8 at 14.30-19.00: Get a tour of Bronzeville from Bronzeville Historical Society founder Sherry Williams, with highlights in the area’s history, culture and art space. It starts at 14:30 from the communal garden at 51st and Calumet. Then stick to Boxville’s Market Wednesdays summer series for one African-Caribbean market with West African and Bahamian food, music and dancers. Boxville is at 330 E. 51st. Both events are free to attend and more information can be found at Build Bronzeville’s website.
Thu 9/9, 20 PM: The dreaded new abortion laws in Texas are depressing as hell for women and people with uteruses, but if you want to get back into fighting spirit while enjoying some laughs, She the people at Second City is here to help. The all-five, patriarchy-smashing comedy revue, which has played multiple engagements in Chicago, Toronto and Washington DC, returns for the last time at the UP Comedy Club in Pipers Alley in an open race, Thu-Sun. Tickets are $ 39- $ 61 and available online.
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