5 things to do today: Thursday, May 30
ART & DESIGN
"Welcome Home." The NVAM unveils its new Portage Park location with this exhibition of works by Vietnam veteran Dr. Charles Smith and Iraq War veteran Ash Kyrie, who examine the disconnect between American civilians and the wars fought in their name. National Veterans Art Museum. 10am–7pm.
Harriet Reading Series: Catherine Wagner and Dana Ward Featuring presentations by poets who have appeared on Harriet, the Poetry Foundation blog, this reading series highlights innovative approaches to poetry. Wagner is the author of Nervous Device, My New Job, Macular Hole (and others). Ward wrote This Can't Be Life, The Crisis of Infinite Worlds and Some Other Deaths of Bas Jan Ader. The Poetry Foundation. 7pm.
Azari & III (DJ set) Straight out of the gritty west side of Toronto (not that Toronto gets Detroit gritty), Anzari & III have been filling dancefloors with deep, soulful house and techno—the early '90s revisited with a dreamy gauze. Look, it's just dance pop and it's wonderful. The group has remixed Robyn and Cut Copy and its killer self-titled debut from 2012 sounded like Technotronic stuck in a K-hole. If a throbbing, heavy number like "Manhooker" can't get you going, you should probably just stick to eating chips on the couch. Here the core duo shows its DJ chops. Primary. 10pm. $10–$15.
Gunplay + Save Money + Tink + Lil Herb + Lil Bibby Tastemaking local hip-hop blog Fake Shore Drive presents the latest controversy magnet, Gunplay. Signed to Def Jam and Maybach Music, the Florida rapper has a swastika tattoo, an arrest record and, well, the name Gunplay. Suburban moms, your kids are gonna love him! His debut album, originally called Medellin but now dubbed Living Legend (who says he doesn't have a hubristic sensitive side?), is due soon. It's a shame all this predictable controversy will overshadow the fact that Gunplay is a breath of fresh air in a scene dominated by trap and bounce. Tracks like "Guillotine Swords," a nice if obvious homage to Wu-Tang, and the Ice Cube–like "Take This" (heck, it could have come right off a Da Lench Mob LP) are cool throwbacks to the fantastically dark, funky, sample-based rap of the early '90s. Double Door. 8pm. $5.
Clever Alice pop-up shop This summer sample sale pop-up, held on three floors in a Gold Coast greystone, includes merch from designers such as Anna Hovet, Knitted Dove, 81 Poppies and more at up to 75% off. 17 E Pearson St. 10am–7pm.