Summer events | June
From Radiohead to Channing Tatum as a stripper, your best bets for June.
How much more Wes Anderson could Wes Anderson’s new movie, about 12-year-old lovebirds who run away from summer camp in 1965, possibly be? Judging from the brightly colored trailer, in which actors like Bruce Willis and Edward Norton trade witticisms, the answer is none. None more Wes Anderson.
“Posters of Paris: Toulouse-Lautrec and his Contemporaries”
Whether they advertised cancan dancers, bicycles or Champagne, these posters from 1890s Paris were so popular that collectors stole them off the streets. Milwaukee Art Museum. $12, seniors and students $10, kids under 12 free. Through Sept 9.
It’s been nearly two years since Drizzy’s last Chicago show. For his triumphant return, the mopey Take Care singer-rapper brings a care package of opening MCs, including Dirty South spitter Waka Flocka Flame. First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre. 7pm; $35.75–$109.75 (livenation.com).
Jessica Stockholder’s public artwork envelops a downtown intersection’s buildings and sidewalk in swaths of color and geometric shapes, all made out of vinyl. It’s the third piece in the Art Loop series commissioned by the Chicago Loop Alliance, and we suspect it will be our favorite to date. State Street at Adams Street. Free. Through Sept 30.
Chicago Women’s Funny Festival
This first-of-its-kind sketch, improv and stand-up fest—from the folks behind the knee-slapping Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival—shines the spotlight on funny women, including visiting comedians and troupes (Naked in a Fish Bowl, Ladystache), and local favorites (improviser Susan Messing, goofball vaudevillian twins the Puterbaugh Sisters). Stage 773. $12–$14 per show. Through Jun 10.
Loops and Variations
The newest weekly series at Millennium Park pits cutting-edge indie and electro against new-music classical. It kicks off with Warp Records beatmaker Clark, German techno minimalist Jan Jelinek and glitchy Wisconsinite Casino Versus Japan. Millennium Park, Pritzker Pavilion. 6:30pm; free. Thursdays through Jul 12.
One of the many mysteries surrounding director Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel is whether the acid-bleeding, two-mouthed extraterrestrial will even make an appearance. Rumor has it the monster is MIA. In space, no one can hear us sigh with disappointment.
Brad Paisley + Miranda Lambert + the Band Perry
The two-step replaces the “Go Cubs Go” jig when a bullish cowboy bill invades the ballpark. Wrigley Field. 5pm; $69–$106 (tickets.com).
Iron & Wine + Dr. John
The warm, R&B-imbued folk-rock of Iron & Wine shares billing with another beardo, New Orleans treasure Dr. John, who adds simmering Afrofunk to his already potent psychedelic gumbo. Ravinia Pavilion. 7pm; $27–$55.
With a second drummer, the Oxford icons have become a bit of a white groove band, and Thom Yorke has the ponytail to prove it. This tour focuses heavily on the ’00s output. First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre. 7:30pm; $49–$249 (livenation.com).
TBS Just for Laughs Chicago
Our favorite week of comedy (in the world!) rounds up headliners such as Conan O’Brien, Aziz Ansari, Kevin Smith, Mike Birbiglia and Amy Schumer. Venues, times and prices vary; justforlaughschicago.com. Through Jun 17.
Steamwerkz the Musical
Grab a clean white towel and settle in for a musical journey through the slings, glory holes and labyrinthine hallways of Boystown’s ebullient gay bathhouse. Annoyance Theatre. 10pm; $20 (annoyanceproductions.com). Fridays through Aug 3.
We should be excited for round two of the Cubs vs. Sox rivalry, but we’ll be too busy having fun with marketing shenanigans, including getting our photo taken with the BP Crosstown Cup. U.S. Cellular Field. 7:10pm; $42– $115 (whitesox.com). Through Jun 20.
Aspiring comic-book artist Hero Batowski is stuck—28 years old and still living at home—until a chance meeting with an old girlfriend sets him on a new path. The world-premiere musical has music and lyrics by young Chicago composer Michael Mahler. Marriott Theatre; $41–$49. Through Aug 19.
Foster the People
The dorky-hunky dudes continue to milk the goodwill before they have to prove themselves with a sophomore album. Congress Theater. 7pm; sold out.
Make Music Chicago
The folks behind classical-music mainstay Rush Hour Concerts emulate Paris’s Fête de la Musique with a day of free citywide outdoor performances at more than 70 venues (double last year’s fest). makemusicchicago.com.
Chicago 43rd Annual Pride Parade
Yes, the organizers are lengthening the route while shrinking the number of contingents to ease congestion, but you can bet your rainbow-colored feather boa this will still be a spirited afternoon. Montrose Ave and Broadway to Diversey Pkwy and Lakeview Ave. Noon; free.
Paris Opéra Ballet
This 350-year-old ballet company’s last American tour was more than a decade ago. The dancers—inarguably among the finest in the world—perform three shows of a two-act classic, Giselle, and four of a mixed bill as French as a chain-smoking Brie wheel on strike. On June 27, watch a live simulcast for free in Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park. Harris Theater. 6pm; $55–$125. Through Jul 1.
This Steven Soderbergh–directed comedy, loosely based on star Channing Tatum’s real-life experiences as a male stripper, promises to offer the actor’s most, uh, revealing performance yet.
“Skyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravity”
Yin Xiuzhen’s Portable City: Hangzhou, which she constructed in a suitcase out of clothes discarded by the Chinese city’s inhabitants,
and Vito Acconci’s moving sculpture High Rise—which has a phallic surprise for viewers once it’s erect—are among this sprawling show’s imaginative artworks inspired by tall buildings. Museum of Contemporary Art. $12 suggested admission, seniors and students $7, kids under 12 free. Through Sept 23.