5 things to do today: Tuesday, August 20
Architecture River Cruise This Chicago Architecture Foundation boat tour moves along swimmingly. Enjoy sightseeing without bumping into pedestrians or sitting in traffic. A docent gives the lowdown on more than 50 city sites. Cruises depart from the lower level and southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge at Wacker Drive. Tour departs Monday-Sunday 10am-3pm; Sunday 5pm.
ART & DESIGN
"Abelardo Morell: The Universe Next Door" This retrospective includes more than 100 works by the well-known Cuban-born American photographer, including many newer color photographs never before exhibited. Art Institute of Chicago. 10:30am–5pm. Included in admission.
Printers Row: James McBride McBride, the bestselling author of Miracle at St. Anna and The Color of Water, discusses his new novel, The Good Lord Bird. Tribune Tower. 7pm. $15.
Survival + Heavy Times + Vamos At the head of Liturgy, guitarist Hunter Hunt-Hendrix turned his amps to 11, creating rhythmic black metal that was every bit as viceral as it was loud. With Survival—a quartet with that has been playing together for more than a decade—Hunt-Hendrix turns his focus towards the heavy but comparatively melodic sound of groups like Sabbath, Kyuss and Sleep. Empty Bottle. 9pm. $10.
OPERA & CLASSICAL
Rush Hour Concerts: Third Coast Percussion The banging boys tackle pieces by Steve Reich, Arvo Pärt and Owen Clay Condon. What the work, 3CP is always a thrill. St. James Cathedral. 5:45pm. Free.