5 things to do today: Thursday, September 12
Berghoff Oktoberfest For three days, Federal Plaza plays the role of Munich, Germany, in Berghoff's version of the world's largest fair. Take in live music, German beer and Bavarian food. Federal Plaza. 11am–9pm. Free.
ART & DESIGN
"A Study in Midwestern Appropriation" Michelle Grabner, co-curator of the 2014 Whitney Biennial, organized this group show about Midwestern artists' tendency to appropriate other artists' work, often in thoughtful, self-deprecating and humorous ways (instead of just carelessly ignoring notions of copyright). The exhibition features content-borrowing work by a solid lineup of artists from Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee and Minneapolis, in the form of sculptures, drawings, text-based work, photos and more. Hyde Park Art Center. 9am–8pm.
Porcelain Raft London bedroom popsmith Porcelain Raft makes dreamy songs that echo like long-forgotten favorites. His latest record, Permanent Signal, doesn't stray far from the formula he's established, presenting another collection of nostalgic anthems filled with hazy synths and crackling drum machines. Schubas. 9pm. $10, day of show $12.
AllSaints Fashion Show AllSaints has had a location on Michigan Avenue for a couple of years now, but tonight marks its first fashion show in the city. Head over to the recently remodeled Underground to check out the latest fall fashions from the British brand. The event features a live musical performance—AllSaints definitely features a lot of rocker looks. And since Thursday is the new Friday, you might as well stay at the River North club past your curfew for a little dancing after the show. The Underground. 10pm.
Alcyone Festival 2013 Halcyon Theatre's sixth annual festival of plays by women features four contemporary working playwrights and a work by the woman widely acknowledged as the first professional woman playwright: Aphra Behn's 1687 farce The Emperor of the Moon. Other pieces include Marisela Treviño Orta's Heart Shaped Nebula, Kristiana Colón's One Week in Spring and a double bill of one-acts, Nambi E. Kelley's The First Woman and Callie Kimball's MAY 39th. See halcyontheatre.org for a detailed schedule. Christ English Evangelical Lutheran Church. 8pm. $20, festival pass $60.