ART & DESIGN
"Color Rush: 75 Years of Color Photography in America" Ansel Adams, William Eggleston, Nan Goldin, Cindy Sherman and Edward Steichen are among the artists whose works trace the evolution of color photography from advertising and photojournalism to its comparatively recent validation as fine art. Milwaukee Art Museum. 10am–5pm.
The Trial Dir. Orson Welles. 1962. 120mins. The blackest of Welles' comedies, an apocalyptic version of Kafka that renders the grisly farce of K's labyrinthine entrapment in the mechanisms of guilt and responsibility as the most fragmented of expressionist films noirs. Perkins' twitchy "defendant" shifts haplessly through the discrete dark spaces of Welles' ad hoc locations (Zagreb and Paris, including the deserted Gare d'Orsay), taking no comfort from Welles' fable-spinning Advocate, before contriving the most damning of all responses to the chaos around him. The remarkable prologue was commissioned from pioneer pinscreen animators Alexandre Alexeieff and Claire Parker. Music Box. 11:30am. $7.25.
Jurassic Park in Wicker Park; The Birds at Belmont Harbor; The Wiz at Oz Park; In the Heat of the Night in the warmth of an August evening in Calumet Park: These are just a few of the highlights of this year's Movies in the Parks schedule, released yesterday by the Chicago Park District. The alfresco cinema series, heading to some 150 parks citywide June 13 through September 14, also includes Dr. No, Thunderball and Skyfall as part of a 60th anniversary James Bond celebration; a Bollywood program with live dance performances; The Curators of the Dixon School, a doc by Chicago filmmaker Pamela Sherrod Anderson about the turnaround of a South Side grade school; and a Latino Film Festival selection. Of the 195 Movies in the Parks screenings, mark your calendars for the following films, which begin at dusk.
Dan Ghenacia + Dino G + Garrett B With Daft Punk the inarguable pop culture phenomenon of the moment, all eyes and ears are focused back on Paris. The man holding down the house in Paris is Dan Ghenacia. Founder of both the Freak N'Chic and Appollonia labels, Ghenacia released early works by deep house gurus Shonky and Jamie Jones. His work is heavy, simple and funky. In other words, while Daft Punk may have gone organic disco, somebody is still doing their Homework. Spy Bar. 10pm. $20, advance $15.
Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble: "Touch and Mirrors" Chicago Danztheatre’s been whetting appetites over the winter months with short previews and workshop-type glimpses of its new project, inspired the poetry of mystical man Rumi. Finally, we get the world premiere of Touch, plus a remount of the contemporary company’s evocative Mirrors. It all happens at DEFIBRILLATOR gallery, which happens to be one of, if not the most underrated performance venue in the city. May 25 is benefit night, and tickets include the performance and an after-party with food and drink. DEFIBRILLATOR. 8pm. $20, advance $15, benefit night $30.
Kanye West knows how to get attention. To announce his upcoming summer album, reportedly due on June 18, the Chicago-born rapper will project the video to his new single "New Slaves" on the sides of buildings in ten cities around the world. Already the black and white film of his Big Brother–like face delivering the song has appeared in New York City, as reported by Pitchfork.
Here's where you can check it out tonight in Chicago:
Wrigley Field; 9:50–10:05pm
Chicago History Museum; 10:35–10:45pm
North and Milwaukee Aves, Wicker Park; 11:15–11:25pm
University of Chicago Music Department; 12:15–12:30am
Field Museum; 12:55–1:05am
The Art Institute of Chicago; 1:30–1:40am
505 N Michigan Ave; 1:50–1:55am
Hurry. It's starting soon.
UPDATE: Watch a recording of the video. West sings, "I'd rather be a dick than a swallower." Bring the kids! Also, he sings falsetto?
The 2013 lineup for the Chicago Park District's Theater on the Lake was revealed this week, to include encore presentations of works by the New Colony, MPAACT, Manual Cinema, Theater Oobleck, Barrel of Monkeys, the Den Theatre, Jackalope Theatre Company and the Chi-Town Clown Revue. Find the full schedule, including special events, at our Theater on the Lake hub page.
Yesterday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a plan to spruce up Chicago's downtown lakefront. The $1.1 billion project includes a new arena for DePaul University across from McCormick Place, a boutique hotel, flyover bike paths and a $278 million face-lift for Navy Pier.
It remains up for debate how much a 10,000-seat basketball arena for a team that hasn't won in years—soon to be playing schools like Creighton and Butler in a crumbling Big East Conference—will do to boost the economy of the South Loop. At least Fall Out Boy will have a new place to play.
The rehabilitation of Navy Pier is far more intriguing and overdue. The new construction, expected to begin in fall, includes a fountain, an expanded Children's Museum and more restaurants (whether those will be themed after Tom Hanks movies has not been disclosed).
Potential Navy Pier upgrades were initiated two years ago. We put together a feature about it, and envisioned 15 fantastical fixes for the tourist magnet. Compare our vision (pictured above) to the city's concept. We hoped for a water park, soul club, doughnut factory, microbrewery, floating car silo, storefront theater, skate park and more. But, you know, a fountain that transforms into a skating rink is cool, I guess.
ART & DESIGN
Manifest Urban Arts Festival Columbia College's annual showcase for its graduating students takes over the South Loop. The 12-hour schedule includes art and photography exhibitions, dance performances, lectures, film screenings and the opportunity to test out some newly developed video games. Various Columbia College venues in the South Loop. See colum.edu/manifest-2013/schedule for the full schedule. 8am–8pm.
Vito & Druzzi (The Rapture DJs) Drummer Vito Roccoforte and keyboardist/bassist Gabriel Andruzzi of the Rapture explore the deeper ends of the punk and disco influences on their disco-punk. Beauty Bar. 9pm. $5.
"They Seek a City: Chicago and the Art of Migration, 1910–50" | Art Institute of Chicago
Rarely seen works by artists such as Elizabeth Catlett reflect the experiences of the hundreds of thousands of people who moved to Chicago to escape persecution or poverty in the South, Eastern Europe and elsewhere during the first half of the 20th century. Through May 23.
"Amalia Pica" | Museum of Contemporary Art
In her first major solo museum exhibition (co-organized by the MCA and the MIT List Visual Arts Center), the London-based Argentine artist examines communication—in particular, the act of listening—and civic participation through drawings, sculptures, installations, projections, large-scale photographic prints and live performances. Incorporating simple materials such as flags, banners, confetti and brightly colored drinking glasses, her works are not only thoughtful but beautiful to behold. Through Aug 11.