5 things to do today: Tuesday, August 13
Zoovies If you don't get Chicago's new favorite portmonteau, "Zoovies" is a series of movies presented at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Zoolander plays tonight. Sorry, picnickers: no outside food or beverages permitted. Lincoln Park Zoo. 8pm.
ART & DESIGN
"Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes." The Eightball and Ghost World author's first museum retrospective brings together more than 125 of his drawings and artifacts in an installation reminiscent of a Victorian parlor. Museum of Contemporary Art. 10am–8pm.
GAY & LESBIAN
Off Chances If you like your gays in skinny jeans, queer heaven awaits at this offshoot of Chances Dances, with the same inclusive spirit as its sib but a more conversational vibe. Danny's Tavern. 10pm.
Drowners Drowners immediately brought to mind the Suede song, "The Drowners." Fantastic tune. However, no, these New Yorkers are not glam junkies, although a touch Britpoppy, like the Strokes if they cared way more about Morrissey and Marr than Lou Reed. Every song on the band's debut EP races to the finish in under 2 minutes. Perfect. The skinny, denim-clad boys are now signed to Frenchkiss, the indie label that brought the world Local Native and Passion Pit. Expect to see them in a lot of magazines come fall. Schubas. 8pm. $10.
OPERA & CLASSICAL
Emerson String Quartet The excellent New York quartet returns to Ravinia for a performance of Beethoven's String Quartet No. 7 in F major, Op. 51, No. 1, and Britten's String Quartet No. 3 in G major, Op. 94. Neither work appears on the group's excellent new album, Journeys, but that shouldn't stop you from picking it up. The album was the last to feature David Finckel on cello. Paul Watkins makes his Ravinia debut with the group on the cello in his first season with the foursome. Martin Theatre, Ravinia. 5pm. $40–$60, lawn $10.