5 things to do today: Thursday, August 29
ART & DESIGN
"HATCH: pARTicipatory" As the name suggests, this group exhibition by HATCH Projects Residents—Chaz Evans, Amber Ginsburg, Mothergirl, Jake Myers, Hoyun Son, and Latham Zearfoss—emphasizes audience participation as a means to activate the artworks. Think: word games, performance and rewired electronic singing fish. This participatory group show was curated by HATCH Curatorial Residents Meredith Weber and Anna Trier (Happy Collaborationists) and—hokey exhibition title notwithstanding—further highlights the important work being done by the Chicago Artists Coalition to support and showcase local artists. Chicago Artists Coalition. 9am–5pm.
Laydeez Do Comics Chicago This installment of the monthly women-run comics salon features Joy Rice and Kat Leyh of Symbolia, a digital magazine of illustrated journalism pairing reporting with thoughtful illustration and comics. Quimby's. 7pm.
Adana Twins Hamburg's wonder Twins (they're not actually twins) slow house to seductive speeds, sinking beats deep into soulful gulfs. "Strange" pitch-shift's the Doors' "People Are Strange" down into a mood of postcoital exhaustion. But this is not merely music for tucking into dark booths. The thick boogie of "Heliumcowboy" and "Juicy Fruit" will get you dancing in a drunken buzz, alcohol or no alcohol. Primary. 10pm. $12–$15.
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. 6:30pm. $11 per film, $7 students.
Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz: Jack DeJohnette The Made in Chicago series is fantastic not just for being free and showcasing top local jazz talent. The programmers have also done a smashing job in exploring different avenues of the art, spotlighting singers, guitarists, drummers, sax men. The free weekly closes with a bang, as percussion god Jack DeJohnette celebrates his 70th birthday with a return to his birthplace. The Miles Davis and Keith Jarrett time keeper (to name a couple he's backed) gathers buddies Muhal Richard Abrams, Larry Gray, Roscoe Mitchell and Henry Threadgill for a throwback jam. It's a must for jazz fans. Millennium Park, Pritzker Pavilion. 6:30pm. FREE.