5 things to do today: Saturday, June 1
Twin Shadow + Elliphant As Twin Shadow, George Lewis crafts husky, romantic synth-pop deeply indebted to '80s radio waves. Though he lives in New York, this has to act as some sort of spiritual homecoming for him to play the setting of so many John Hughes movies. Metro. 9pm. $19, advance $17.
OPERA & CLASSICAL
International Contemporary Ensemble and David Lang: The Whisper Opera The final collaborative concert in a three-year series between ICE and the MCA promises to be a haunting doozy. An intimate 60-person audience sits onstage amidst white-shroud-covered scenery for David Lang's commissioned The Whisper Opera. With no narrative, the libretto is instead culled from "scraps of secrets found on the internet," according to Bang on a Can cofounder Lang. Progressive soprano Tony Arnold takes the lead. A must see for connoisseurs of new music. MCA Stage, Edlis Neeson Theater. 3pm; 7:30pm. $28, students $10.
Vintage Heaven Fair Skip the traipsing from one neighborhood to the next in search of amazing vintage pieces. Instead, dedicate a few hours this weekend to shopping the recurring vintage sale at Heaven Gallery, featuring a dozen local vendors. Proceeds benefit the art gallery. Heaven Gallery. Noon–6pm.
SIGHTS & TOURS
From Cuts to Cult: Chicago Meat Past and Present Literally learn how the sausage is made in the place Carl Sandburg once called the Hog Butcher for the World. Saveur magazine editor-at-large David McAninch and Chicago Detours director Amanda Scotese lead a group of only 20 to a Fulton Market meatpacking plant. This is no Upton Sinclair Jungle show—the tour starts and ends a Publican Quality Meats. Publican Quality Meats. 1:30pm–4:30pm. $125.
SPORTS & FITNESS
SELF Workout in the Park SELF returns to Chicago to offer exercise classes, beauty and fashion consultations, nutritional knowledge, and lots of freebies and giveaways. Meet Dolvett Quince, trainer from the Biggest Loser, and receive a subscription to SELF with the purchase of your ticket. Proceeds benefit Cancer and Careers and the Conservation Fund. Purchase your ticket at selfworkoutinthepark.com. Butler Field, Grant Park. 11am–3pm. $20 in advance.