5 things to do today: Tuesday, August 27
A Magnificent Taste Sample bites from such renowned chefs Art Smith and Rick Bayless at this fund-raiser for Common Threads, a Chicago nonprofit that teaches children from low-income families about nutrition. The culinary event, also featuring Heather Terhune of Sable Kitchen & Bar, Ryan Poli of Tavernita and Rick Gresh of David Burke's Primehouse, is part of the Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival, Aug 22–Sept 2. A VIP meet-and-greet before the event costs an additional $75. Pioneer Court. 6:30pm–9:30pm. $125, VIP $200.
Dummy Real-life couple Colleen Doyle and Jason Shotts inject their personal lives into this night of unscripted comedy. iO Cabaret. 8pm. $12.
Black Harvest Film Festival Chicago’s annual, monthlong festival of films about black history and culture runs August 2–29 at the Gene Siskel Film Center. See siskelfilmcenter.org for the full schedule. Gene Siskel Film Center, 6:15pm; 8:30pm. $11 per film, $7 students.
The Cult The Cult's most recent comeback record (there have been a few reboots), Choice of Weapon, thumps and growls like the best in its catalog. Ian Astbury's timbres rarely soar as high as they once did, but that hardly matters. The 50-year-old now considers Boris and Sunn O))) fellow travelers, and his wild-eyed spiritualism has settled him comfortably in L.A., where he kicks soccer balls with Steve Jones. His questing nature means Cult reunions have had little of a cashing-in air, but definitely a searching one. House of Blues. 8pm. $35.
OPERA & CLASSICAL
Rush Hour Concerts: Spektral Quartet In a concert sponsored by the Consulate General of France in Chicago, the ace Spektral Quartet dig into Ernest Chausson's Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet, Op. 21. Making the foursome a sixsome are MingHuan Xu (violin) and Winston Choi (piano). St. James Cathedral. 5:45pm. Free.