Burning Bluebeard, an offbeat holiday hit for the Neo-Futurists in 2011, will be remounted in November under the auspices of the Ruffians, a new enterprise established for the purpose. Director Halena Kays and the full original cast—Anthony Courser , Jay Torrence, Dean Evans, Leah Urzendowski Courser, Ryan Walters and Molly Plunk—will return for the production.
Jay Torrence's fanciful play, inspired by the devastating fire at the Iroquois Theatre that killed 600 audience members at a matinee of the panto Mr. Bluebeard in 1903, imagines surviving members of that show's cast trying to reverse the tragedy. In my original, four-star Burning Bluebeard review, I described the show as "alternately wistful, sidesplitting and chill-inducing." The remount is set to run November 21–January 5 at Theater Wit; tickets go on sale Friday, September 20 at theaterwit.org.
Chef Cleetus Friedman's Beer Collaborations at Fountainhead Fountainhead executive chef Cleetus Friedman releases his most recent brewery collaboration. Scary Jesus Rockstar is an apricot and chamomile pale ale that Friedman made with Dark Horse Brewing. Friedman will pair the beer with Fountainhead menu items. The chef and the brewery are releasing an additional beer, Flat Sammich, a malt liquor with roasted rye. Fountainhead. Sept 17 at 7pm.
Allium Kegger Get special prices on Goose Island and Begyle Brewery kegged beers and FEW spirits at Allium's first keg party. Sip on brews and spirits, and peruse pop-up shops such as Mac, Trunk Club and Robin Richman. Complimentary snacks will be offered as well as the bar menu. Allium. Sept 18. 7–8pm. $5–$8.
There was a legitimate nip in the air over the weekend. First thought: We need new jackets.
Whether you want something stylish to wear under your parka or a good layer for warmer fall days, we've got you covered. The ever-popular blazer is still going strong, with more patterns and prints becoming popular for young women. Zara even came out with some winter coats that look like oversized blazers.
Trench coats are an easy go-to option. It's best to stick to neutrals when shopping for a trench coat, ensuring a classic look.
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“The Reason Why the Colored American Is Not in the World’s Columbian Exposition” In conjunction with the 120th anniversary of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, UIC looks at black contributions to Chicago's famous fair. Its title taken from a pamphlet co-written by Civil Rights activist activist Ida B. Wells, the show highlights the exclusion of African Americans from planning the exhibits and, yup, that gleaming White City. African-American Cultural Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 9am–4pm.
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"Shomei Tomatsu: Island Life" Photographer Tomatsu (1930–2012) captured Japan's southern islands over the course of his career, and his first solo show in the U.S. in nearly 10 years features politically charged, black-and-white images from the 1960s—such as American bombers taking off from Okinawa for Vietnam—as well as bright blue seascapes. Art Institute of Chicago. 10:30am–Wed 5pm.
If you've ever wanted to learn how to make Ina Pinkney's heavenly hots or Paul Fehribach's fried chicken, now's your chance. The chefs behind Ina's and Big Jones, as well as Hoosier Mama and Hot Doug's, have assembled their favorite recipes and they're coming to a bookstore near you. Read our story.
1) Shigeto + Beacon Zach Saginaw is better known as Ghostly International recording whiz Shigeto. On his latest album, No Better Time Than Now, the producer continues to flesh out his boom-clack beats with layers of sonic filigree and twisting rhythms. Bottom Lounge. Sept 18 at 8:30pm. $13.
2) Lapalux A recent signee to Brainfeeder (the label owned and operated by Flying Lotus), British producer Lapalux makes hypnotic sound collages that integrate droning synths and modulated soul samples. The 25-year-old artist will be debuting tracks from his recent Nostalchic LP. Schubas. Sept 18 at 9pm. $18.
3) Netsky Belgian drum and bass producer Netsky hits the recently launched Concord Music Hall for a DJ set that will put the venue's dance floor to the test. He'll be joined by Richie August, Stunna and Dakota. Concord Music Hall. Sept 19 at 8pm. $17.
4) The Hugo Ball One Year Anniversary Party Named after the Dadaist luminary and Cabaret Voltaire founder, Hugo Ball is the reenergized party endeavor of 12-year Smart Bar resident Justin Long and his fellow house-music revolutionary Nathan Drew Larsen. The pair is joined by Samone, Sevron and Marlon Montez to celebrate the first anniversary of the monthly dance residency. Smart Bar. Sept 21 at 10pm. $13, before midnight $10.
5) Walker & Royce NYC seems awash with new, upstart DJ duos. Brookyn's Sam Walker & Gavin Royce are leading the pack with a blend of techy house in DJ sets, releases on the top underground house labels and off-the-wall, sweat-soaked parties. They're poised to slay us downtown with help from Derek Specs and Steve Gerard. Primary. Sept 20. $10, day of show $15.
Davy Rothbart FOUND Magazine's Davy Rothbart finds himself back in town on the Unfinished Business Tour, celebrating the paperback release of his 2012 essay collection, My Heart Is an Idiot, and a new album of his work on NPR's This American Life. He's accompanied by sword swallower Brett Loudermilk (he literally swallows swords and puts mousetraps on his tongue and stuff—yikes!) and DJ Mikah Tha Vipah. Schubas. Sept 18 at 9pm. $10, advance $5.
Reviving the Rust Belt The Society of Midland Authors hosts three local writers—two of whom are named Edward—in a discussion about the future of the industrial Midwest and Chicago: Edward McClelland (Nothin’ But Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times, and Hopes of America’s Industrial Heartland), Larry Bennett (The Third City: Chicago and American Urbanism) and Edward E. Gordon (Future Jobs: Solving the Employment and Skills). Call it an EDucation. Harold Washington Library. Sept 19 at 6pm. Free.
In a nail-biter of a game yesterday the Chicago Bears beat the Minnesota Vikings 31-30 at Soldier Field. But before the Midwest smackdown even started, fans gathered in the parking lot to tailgate and show off their sweet blue and orange gear. Check out photos of the drinking, grilling, drumming, rainy fan fun.
Fall TV season is finally getting into full swing. On Tuesday, September 17, Fox premieres a full night of new comedy. At 7pm, the new Seth MacFarlane-produced series Dads, starring Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi premieres. At 7:30pm, Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher star in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, a new sitcom from Parks and Recreation writers Dan Goor and Michael Schur. The third season of New Girl premieres at 8pm and we talked with Chicago-native Lamorne Morris about what to expect. Then, at 8:30pm, The Mindy Project begins its second season.
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The Replacements were only a few songs into their headlining set last night at Riot Fest when I glanced at the middle-aged man standing next to me and noticed a few tears of joy trickling down his face. I can't begin to understand the elation that comes from seeing one of your favorite bands reunite after 22 years. I was three years old when the Replacements took their final bow at 1991's Taste of Chicago in Grant Park. What quickly became apparent was that the show was more than a long-awaited reunion—it was a homecoming of sorts. I spoke to a couple that flew in from New York to see the band and another that drove eight hours from Pittsburgh. Paul Westerberg's decision to take the stage with Tommy Stinson was a major coup for Riot Fest, an improbable occassion that drew impassioned fans from across the nation.
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Mother Nature was as angsty as a sky full of AFI fans on the final day of Riot Fest as Sunday afternoon rains turned Humboldt Park into a muddy mess. Drenched festgoers trudged through the muck and hopped deep puddles to check out bands on five stages. Dyed mohawks drooped under their own soggy weight. Eyeliner bled down pale faces. Band tees and tattoos were obscured under jackets and umbrellas. Ponchos, maybe for the first time ever, were punk.
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Put away the hair-buzzer—you don't need a mohawk to rock this fall's punk trend. Between the Met Ball and designers like Jeremy Scott, the punk theme has almost been as popular as, well, the era itself. If you were at Riot Fest this past weekend, you wouldn't never have believed it went away.
Even usually coiffed Chanel featured edgier looks with chains on boots and colored wigs for their Ready to Wear line. Plaid, leather, spikes and skulls are being sold from Forever 21 and the like to anyone looking to get in on this fad.
Check out our slideshow for more punk looks and accessories.
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Join the Chicago House on September 18 for the annual Speaker Series Luncheon featuring keynote speaker Hillary Rodham Clinton. Former Secretary of State Clinton will serve as the keynote speaker for the event, giving a lunch presentation while guests enjoy a three-course meal in the International Ballroom. The annual luncheon celebrates the work that Chicago House does to provide permanent, community-based housing and support services to more than 1,500 individuals and families struggling with HIV and AIDS. The event also brings awareness to HIV and AIDS activism both in the city and globally. Tickets are available at chicagohouse.org.
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1) World Music Festival 2013 Spanning venues all across the city, the annual World Music Festival began last week and runs through Saturday, September 22. The lineup is a bit overwhelming, but we managed to narrow down the five must-see acts who will be playing this week. From the retro-Ethiopian grooves of Debo Band to the David Byrne-approved dance beats of Janka Naby & the Bubu Gang, this year's installment of the festival offers a world of (free) music right in your backyard. Various venues. Sept 16–22. Free.
2) Savages All-female foursome Savages play mildly angry and gothic '80s post-punk with a modern polish. After wowing crowds in Union Park this summer, the group returns to Chicago, this time taking over the spacious confines of the Metro. Bros of Wrigleyville be warned: these ladies will probably beat you up if you make fun of their haircuts. Metro. Sept 16 at 8pm. $19.
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"Zarina: Paper Like Skin." One of Zarina's deceptively simple works on paper—the Indian-born artist's primary medium—was the best thing we saw at Expo Chicago last summer. Her first retrospective traces her career from 1961 to the present and features approximately 60 of her woodcuts, etchings, drawings, rubbings and casts made from paper pulp. Art Institute of Chicago. 10:30am–5pm.
The Second City's Improv All-Stars It's the same old improv games we've seen a hundred times before, but played to perfection by a whip-smart team of pros who manage to create laughs out of thin air and aren't afraid to go off-color when appropriate. The legendary Mick Napier directs (and it shows). UP Comedy Club. 8pm. $16.
Jean jacket vests. Colorful mohawks. Safety pinned patches. The punks were out in force this weekend at Riot Fest, and they were looking good. We applaud the gravity defying hairdos, but we have to wonder: how long does it take to wash all of the styling products out of a bright orange, 12-inch mohawk?
You have to hand it to the Riot Fest organizers—Saturday's eclectic lineup may have looked incongruous on paper, but in practice, it was a well-balanced combination. Early afternoon sets from graying rockers Dinosaur Jr. and Guided By Voice appeased longtime devotees, with each group digging deep into its respective catalog. Over on the festival's main stage, a raucous performance by hardcore punk band Flag ("We are Flag, not Black Flag," Keith Morris reminded the crowd) resulted in one of the day's most formidable mosh pits, set to the tune of tracks like "Rise Above" and "Six Pack."
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Pilobolus This Connecticut-based modern dance company is renowned for its creative, collaborative choreographic works. Named after a phototropic fungus that thrives in farmyards (as you probably guessed), Pilobolus has performed in 64 countries and appeared on everything from Sesame Street to Conan O'Brien. Poised to wow audiences once again, the company provides you with a great reason to get to Ravinia before the outdoor concert season ends. Ravinia Pavilion. 7pm. $10 lawn, $45 reserved.
World Music Festival 2013: Chéjere Mexican band Chéjere plays at the National Museum of Mexican Art—a fitting venue for a group that celebrates its heritage. National Museum of Mexican Art. 7:30pm–10pm.
Unlike summer music festivals that attract brightly dressed fans and costumed attendees, Riot Fest is a less elaborate affair—though not any less spirited. Beards, black t-shirts and way too many strollers filled Humboldt Park on Friday night for the punk festival’s opening day.
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Like many of his contemporaries who rode the chillwave to blogosphere fame, Ernest Greene's (better known as Washed Out) more recent work is far cry from the dreamy, laptop electronica that characterized his early output. At the Metro on Friday night, he brought a band with him to recreate the lush psychedelia which populates his latest release, Paracosm.