5 things to do today: Wednesday, July 24
Printers Row: Philip Caputo Award-winning novelist, journalist and screenwriter P. Caputo discusses his new memoir, "The Longest Road," which he wrote while driving from Florida to Alaska with his wife and two dogs. Tribune Tower. 7am–8:30am. $15.
Twin Peaks Twin Peaks are the next rock hopefuls from Chicago. By which I mean, it's the local act that is suddenly getting more attention in the British press than in the Tribune. The last group to garner such buzz was the Smith Westerns, and there's a lot of similarity there. Both groups veil acute Anglophilic songwriting and arena aspirations with good ol' American fuzz and scuzz. Twin Peaks recorded their debut, Sunken, in a basement. Schubas. 9pm. $10.
OPERA & CLASSICAL
James Conlon Showcase CSO conductor Conlon curates a musical variation of works from Benjamin Britten, Walter Braunfels, Adolf Busch and Samuel Barber performed by CSO soloists. Martin Theatre, Ravinia. 8pm. $40–$60; lawn $10, ticket and dining package $75.
Logan Square Night Market New for 2013, the Logan Square Night Market features produce, arts and crafts, food from area restaurants and live performances. Palmer Square Park. 5pm–9pm. Free.
The Quality of Life Grieving the recent loss of her daughter, Dinah (Jennifer Joan Taylor) decides to reconnect with her cousin Jeanette (Liz Zweifler). Playwright Jane Anderson’s 2007 work skillfully sets two couples at odds, with Dinah and Bill’s born-again Midwestern values chafing against Jeanette and Neil’s practical humanism. Director Lia D. Mortensen has a sharp ear for the precarious balance of politeness and perturbation that distant relations require. Her four actors are uncannily cast, each deftly conveying a recognizable type without descending into caricature. Theater on the Lake. 7:30pm. $18.