Fourth of July events: Things to do on July 4 in Chicago
Fourth of July at the Chicago History Museum The CHM's Independence Day celebration includes “patriotic musical performances,” a reading of the Declaration of Independence and a parade for the kiddies featuring the world's tallest Uncle Sam. Chicago History Museum. Jul 4, 10am–noon. Free admission to the outdoor event on Uihlein Plaza, free museum admission for Illinois residents.
Steve Lawler Brighton, England–based Lawler is known for sleazy sets and dirty drums punctuated by tribal-style percussion workouts. Lawler rose to stardom as a resident at Cream, Liverpool's famed institution of higher clubbing, which converted many a rocker to dance freak over the years. The DJ-producer now takes his cues from the evolved underground, specifically the minimal techno and house that's been flooding the scene in recent years. To hell with the old-school; the new Lawler has an ear to the ground. He kicks off Wavefront weekend with fireworks (not literally). Spy Bar. July 4, 10pm. $8–$15.
Loops and Variations: ICE + Nosaj Thing Oddball electro mastermind Nosaj Thing opens this Loops and Variations concert at Pritzker. The innovative producer makes sinister, glitchy, instrumental hip-hop that's as indebted to Warren G as it is to Flying Lotus, and seems to have remixed everyone from Drake to Radiohead to Daedelus. It's a fascinating pairing with new-music classical troupe International Contemporary Ensemble. Millennium Park, Pritzker Pavillion. Jul 4, 6:30pm. Free
Matchbox Twenty + Goo Goo Dolls + Kate Earl Hey, remember the '90s? Matchbox Twenty and the Goo Goo Dolls hope so. Both bands promote new records, but the picnic crowd is coming to "Push" and "Slide" on the lawn. Honestly, North and Magnetic, the groups' latest releases, are solid additions to the band's adult-alternative catalogs. Ravinia Pavillion. Jul 4, 6:30pm. $105–$125; lawn $43, advance lawn $38.
The Right Stuff Dir. Philip Kaufman. 1983. 193mins. From the opening moments it is clear that we have the modern equivalent to a Western: men of quiet virtue going skyward, leaving the tawdry world of log-rolling politicians behind. John Ford might have made it, and director Kaufman matches up to the master of this kind of poetic hero worship. Beginning with Chuck Yeager's breaking of the sound barrier in the late '40s, he uses the great test pilot as a counterpoint to the training and eventual missions of the seven astronauts chosen for America's first space program. Kaufman (like Tom Wolfe, whose book, of course, this is taken from) is well enough aware of the media circus surrounding the whole project, but still celebrates his magnificent seven's heroism with a rhetoric that is respectful and irresistible. Gene Siskel Film Center. Jul 4 3:30pm. $11, students $7, members $6, School of the Art Institute students and faculty $4.
United States of Bass: Ana Sia + Jeekoos + Tornado + Sushi Pledge allegiance to the subwoofer with a night of low-end fireworks. Ana Sia of Los Angeles brings her deep, deep bass-heavy shuffle. Local fans of deep house and footwork should will find it easy to get busy to her thick boogie. A clutch of Chicago dubstep artists open. Smart Bar. Jul 4, 10pm. $15, before midnight $12, advance $10, before 11pm with Facebook R.S.V.P. or student I.D. $7.
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