5 things to do today: Monday, August 26
Pedway Tour Margaret Hicks, comedian and former Chicago Architecture Foundation docent, leads Chicagoans and tourists on a morning trek through skyscrapers, retail businesses and residences on the city’s underground trail. Meet inside the "Gallery of Shops", 40 W Lake St. 10:30am.
Quickies It's baaaack! Mary Hamilton and Lindsay Hunter's popular reading series, once held at the Inner Town Pub, comes to the Hideout for one night only. Short attention span? Then you'll dig the format: Quickies demands brevity of its participants (each reader is allotted four minutes) and adherence to the rules (violators are whistled/heckled off stage). NO POETRY! NO EXCERPTS! NO CHEATING! In addition to the fearless hosts, tonight's readers include Kyle Beachy, Tobias Bengelsdorf, Aaron Burch, Zach Dodson, Natalie Edwards, Mary Hamilton, Jac Jemc, Jonathan Messinger, Jill Summers, Chris Terry and Matt Trupia. Hideout. 8pm. $5.
Ira Sullivan Quartet During a long stretch of midcentury Chicago jazz, multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan (who is especially good on sax and trumpet) made up part of the house band at the Showcase, and his feisty bebop set the standard for any artist who walked through the doors. Jazz Showcase. 4pm; 8pm, 10pm. $20–$35.
OPERA & CLASSICAL
David Lang's "The Little Match Girl Passion" Top vocalists from around the world gather together for the Ravinia premiere of David Lang’s moving masterpiece. The NYC-based composer’s reimagining of the classic children’s fairytale as a Passion parable won him the much-deserved Pulitzer for music in 2008. Local new music trailblazers eighth blackbird will also perform a selection of contemporary works to mark the ensemble’s Ravinia debut. Martin Theatre, Ravinia. 8pm. $35; lawn $10.
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. Neo-Futurarium. 8pm. $10, kids $5.