5 things to do today: Thursday, July 18
Green City Market Chef's BBQ Dozens of Chicago chefs parter with local farmers to serve up a quality selection of meat, cheese, beer, wine, craft cocktails at Lincoln Park's Green City Market. Lincoln Park Market parking lot. 5:30pm–8:30pm. $125.
Stardust Scott Cramer's freaky party goes late and features nightlife superstars from the past and present. It's a bit like Warhol's Factory resurrected. Cheap drinks abound, and the regulars come to dance and schmooze with host Trannika Rex. The last Thursday of every month, Total Therapy takes you into a world of tropical neon graphics, new-age kitch and deep trance, juke, bass and rave sounds. Berlin. 10pm. $10, R.S.V.P. at do312.com for free admission.
Savages + Parquet Courts Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis, the Siskel and Ebert of rock & roll, bring two of the hottest new bands of 2013 to Lincoln Hall for a broadcast of their Sound Opinions radio show. The all-female quartet Savages fuse Siouxsie & The Banshees arc gothicness with modern pop-punk fury. Parquet Courts land somewhere between Pavement and the Minutemen. Both acts' proper debut LPs are shockingly fully-formed debuts—and just a blast. The hip and hyped groups are in town to play Pitchfork, natch. Tickets will be made available July 1 at soundopinions.org. Lincoln Hall. 5:30pm.
OPERA & CLASSICAL
Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Schubart's "Unfinished" Symphony James Conlon conducts piano soloist Jorge Federico Osorio and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra through Schubert's "Unfinished" Symphony (Symphony No. 8 in B. Minor, D. 759), in addition to Beethoven's "Overture to Fidelio," Schumann's "Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54 and Brahms's "Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a." Ravinia Pavilion. 8pm. $25–$50, lawn $10, dining package $60.
That's Weird, Grandma Want to look cool to your favorite pipsqueak (and adult friends, too)? Introduce them to Barrel of Monkeys’ joyously long-running public show. The troupe conducts writing workshops with CPS grade school students by day, then transforms the kids’ stories into hilarious or heartfelt skits and songs, performed with abandon by a spirited ensemble. Theater on the Lake. 7:30pm. $10, kids $5.