Thursday's best bets: Adler After Dark, Yelawolf, more
ART & DESIGN
Deborah Stratman: Forces and Gazes
Chicago artist-filmmaker Stratman explains how she addresses landscape, systems and framing lines of sight, finding resonances between her practice and that of Nancy Holt, the subject of the Graham’s “Sightlines” show. Graham Foundation, 4 W Burton Pl (312-787-4071, grahamfoundation.org). 6pm. FREE.
Adler After Dark
Sip cocktails, take in a space show and get an eyeful of the skyline at the museum's 21-and-over event. Entry includes unlimited theater shows and access to Adler exhibitions without having to fight off the kiddies. A DJ brings the tunes and astronomers answer questions… Adler Planetarium. 6pm.
Creatives at Work Forum: Curating Across Disciplines
With all of the interdisciplinary festivals, variety hours and grab-bag cabarets in town, this gathering of curators couldn't be better-timed. The inimitable Susan Manning, a Northwestern University professor and scholar, moderates a wide-ranging panel of the pro choosers behind Collaboraction, collision_theory, Dance Films Kino, Food & Performance, the Open Space Project, Out Of Site and To Art & Profit. Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St (312-744-9350, explorechicago.org). 6–8pm; FREE.
Drop Shift Dance: “PUSH: new and revisited works”
About last September's debut of new pickup group Drop Shift, "In Between Ourselves," we wrote that Andrea Cerniglia "doesn’t throw a whole lot of ideas at us, unusual for a choreographer’s first time out." Her Chuck Close–inspired premiere, Becoming, is even more spare and builds upon the smart restraint of returning floor-bound duet Mine, Yours. Anne Kasdorf, Kaitlin Lang, Rachel Ratto and Colleen Welch perform with Cerniglia. Holstein Park Fieldhouse (2200 N Oakley Ave, 773-263-5882, chicagoparkdistrict.com). 7:30pm; $15, students and seniors $12.
Das Racist + Danny Brown
All rappers traffic in references; Das Racist rush-hours in them, peppering its songs with obscure, popular and hilarious nods. And though the new Relax is a darker, edgier move, the Brooklyn trio’s live show is still as rambunctious as ever, more house party than concert. Warming up the mic is Detroit MC Danny Brown, whom you might recognize from his cameo during Das Racist's set at this summer's Pitchfork Music Festival. Reggie's Rock Club, 8pm, $18, 17 and older.
With his unmistakable voice, unique narrative (wannabe pro skater turned Alaskan fisherman turned hard-grinding Southern rapper) and unbeatable ear for trunk-rattling beats, Yelawolf is a white rapper like few others. And, with a nod of approval from Eminem, who signed the rapper to his Shady Records label, the Alabama rapper may soon see even brighter spotlights. Bottom Lounge, 9pm, $20, 17 and older.