5 things to do today: Tuesday, May 7
ART & DESIGN
"2013 M.F.A. Show." Glimpse the future of art in Chicago as 108 SAIC graduate students present their final projects. Sullivan Galleries. 11am–6pm.
Ian Svenonius With Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock 'n' Roll Group, Svenonius, music’s most manifesto-friendly frontman, has ostensibly crafted a how-to guide for would-be bands. The book offers advice on practical matters like naming your band, recruiting personnel and sex, but the answers range from the absurd to the sublime (never name bands after mammals; balance membership by Zodiac sign; practice abstinence). Tonight, the Chain and the Gang frontman reads from his hilarious guide, followed by a DJ set with Calvin Johnson at the Owl (2521 N Milwaukee Ave). Quimby's. 7pm.
"Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair." For 50 years, the Ebony Fashion Fair brought high fashion to black folks across America, raising $50 million for various charities in the process. More than 60 outfits on custom-made mannequins are now on display. The costumes are divided into three themes: vision, innovation and power. At 7,000 square feet, it's one of the largest special exhibits the Chicago History Museum has ever mounted. Chicago History Museum. 9:30am–4:30pm.
James McCartney We're certain you've heard of his dad, but you've likely heard James McCartney, too. He's been backing up Paul live on guitar and vocals for years. After a couple EPs, the 35-year-old is working on his first full-length album. The apple didn't fall far from the tree (no pun intended). He looks to spread his wings on this tour (okay, that one we're sorry for). Schubas. 8pm. $15.
The Book of Mormon The key to this religious experience is its Creators: The show was begat by the holy triumvirate of Avenue Q’s Robert Lopez and South Park architects Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The accomplished score both celebrates and upends the American musical-theater tradition, just as the narrative mocks some strictures of organized religion even as it honors the transformative power of faith and religion’s community organizing. What’s maybe most astonishing about the new Chicago production is that its cast improves upon the original Broadway ensemble. Nic Rouleau finds a comic-dramatic grounding in Elder Price’s crisis of faith, but Ben Platt’s sneak-attack ninja take on the jittery Cunningham is the breakout star turn here. Bank of America Theatre. 7:30pm. There is a daily lottery for $25 tickets.