5 things to do today: Friday, July 19
Chromatics + Classixx Glass Candy is playing the Pitchfork Music Festival, so this pleasant surprise bill is not really that much of a surprise. Johnny Jewel essentially needs only to swap singers and, voila, he has his hit cinematic new-wave band the Chromatics. The seductive group has scored Nicolas Winding Refn flicks and Karl Lagerfeld runway shows. Its sprawling, minimal and erotic pop has drifted over scenes in Parenthood, Gossip Girl and Bates Motel, to name a few TV sync appearances. Opening is Los Angeles neo-disco duo Classixx, who recently dropped the slick Hanging Gardens album on the unfailingly cool label Innovative Leisure. This is an Urban Outfitters sponsored show. The Mid. 10pm. FREE with R.S.V.P. or Pitchfork Festival wristband.
Thodos Dance Chicago: "New Dances 2013" One of the best in-house choreographic showcases happens annually at Ruth Page when Thodos churns out new pieces from its company members. There’s generally an eclectic range to enjoy here—contemporary, ballet, modern, hip-hop—making for a full and varied program. Ruth Page Center for the Arts. 7:30pm. $35, students and seniors $28.
Pitchfork Music Festival: Björk and more In its eighth year, the 'Fork Fest has cast its net wider, for bigger fish. What other event would book soppy bookworms Belle & Sebastian, arty earth mother Björk and controversial panty wetter R. Kelly to headline a baseball field? Sunday is sold out, but the first day is fascinating, too. Before Björk and her sea urchin masks, you get harp kook Joanna Newsom, local songstress Angel Olsen, power-popper Mikal Cronin, loveable Canadian Mac DeMarco, spooky cowboy Daughn Gibson, Wire and more. Union Park. 4pm. $50; 3-day passes sold out.
OPERA & CLASSICAL
Grant Park Music Festival 2013: Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony Swiss baton wielder Thierry Fischer makes his Festival debut, conducting a Francophilic bill loaded with a Berlioz overture and Saint-Saëns's Third. Millennium Park, Pritzker Pavilion. 6:30pm.
The Magic Parlour Illusionist Dennis Watkins dips into his trunk of wondrous effects, including a "Card Stab" involving a human-sized balloon. The ticket price for this up-close magic show includes a selection of wine and beer. Palmer House Hilton. 10:30pm. $75.