5 things to do today: Sunday, September 15
Pilobolus This Connecticut-based modern dance company is renowned for its creative, collaborative choreographic works. Named after a phototropic fungus that thrives in farmyards (as you probably guessed), Pilobolus has performed in 64 countries and appeared on everything from Sesame Street to Conan O'Brien. Poised to wow audiences once again, the company provides you with a great reason to get to Ravinia before the outdoor concert season ends. Ravinia Pavilion. 7pm. $10 lawn, $45 reserved.
World Music Festival 2013: Chéjere Mexican band Chéjere plays at the National Museum of Mexican Art—a fitting venue for a group that celebrates its heritage. National Museum of Mexican Art. 7:30pm–10pm.
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International Contemporary Ensemble If you don't know the name George Lewis, add A Power Stronger than Itself to your Amazon cart immediately. That he is one of the world's most erudite writers on music and issues of race is only half of the equation. Lewis is a vanguard of improvisation and composition, and following a successful collaboration with the International Contemporary Ensemble at the Museum of Contemporary Art in 2012, the team regroups for a new Lewis work entitled Born Obbligato. Written as a musical interaction with Beethoven's Septet, Op. 20 (also featured on the program), Born Obbligato will undoubtedly call on the improvisation acumen of the exceptional ICE performers. Chicago Cultural Center. 3pm. Free.
Growing Home Dinner at Bang Bang Pie Shop Escape the city with the first annual Growing Home Dinner at Bang Bang Pie Shop. The dinner will feature organic produce from urban farms prepared by chefs from local restaurants. Enjoy the open-air, family-style dinner made with local, fresh-made ingredients. Bang Bang Coffee & Pie Show. 5pm–8pm. $65.
The Wheel Ensemble member Joan Allen returns to the Steppenwolf stage for the first time since 1991 in the American premiere of Zinnie Harris's historical drama in which the history is amorphous. Tina Landau directs the action as it impossibly sweeps across a century's worth of wars. Steppenwolf Theatre Company. 3pm; 7:30pm. $20–$82.