5 things to do today: Wednesday, May 22
ART & DESIGN
Lecture: Time Griffin The former editor of Artforum and executive director and chief curator of NYC's the Kitchen delivers a lecture as part of the Elizabeth and Todd Warnock Lecture Series. Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art. 5pm–6:30pm.
Kastle + XXXY Barrett Richards has dabbled in dead ends like happy hardcore and breaks. Now, as Kastle, he's mining gems of every genre. An eponymous new album, released in April, drifts through shadowy mist of R&B, trap, dubstep (of the preferred U.K. sort), bass, house and garage. Sirens Ayah Marar and Reva DeVito and bedroom crooner JMSN lure you into soulful, crushing grooves. In other words, it's what Burial might sound like if he hung out in strip clubs. Manchester's XXXY is both nostalgic for '90s divas and looking to push house into the future. Lincoln Hall. 9pm. $20, advance $15.
Michael Palascak Michael Palascak finally moved out of his parents' house in the suburbs—formerly the source of much of his comedy—and all the way to Los Angeles, scoring his first Comedy Central special last year. Head out to Rosemont to find out what he jokes about these days. Zanies Rosemont. 8pm. $20.
"The War of 1812: Fighting for Their Homeland" Often overlooked, the War of 1812 was a seminal conflict that resulted in the stifling of Native Americans' attempts to protect their land from roaming Americans. (It also produced "The Star Spangled Banner," but that's neither here nor there.) Informative text panels relay the history of the conflict, and portraits of essential players provide important context. Mitchell Museum of the American Indian. 10am-5pm.
OPERA & CLASSICAL
Ludovico Einaudi and Ensemble There's something cinematic about Einaudi's work, a melange of chamber music, new-age and electronics. Perhaps it's simply because it's a formula common to thoughtful drama film scores. The Italian pianist's new album, In a Time Lapse, from which this performance draws, is a pretty and melancholy work, perfect for rain scenes and goodbyes. Fans of Alexandre Desplat and Brian Eno will find something to savor and blissfully sulk with here. Harris Theater. 8pm. $55–$79.