5 things to do today: Tuesday, September 17
“The Reason Why the Colored American Is Not in the World’s Columbian Exposition” In conjunction with the 120th anniversary of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, UIC looks at black contributions to Chicago's famous fair. Its title taken from a pamphlet co-written by Civil Rights activist activist Ida B. Wells, the show highlights the exclusion of African Americans from planning the exhibits and, yup, that gleaming White City. African-American Cultural Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 9am–4pm.
ART & DESIGN
"Shomei Tomatsu: Island Life" Photographer Tomatsu (1930–2012) captured Japan's southern islands over the course of his career, and his first solo show in the U.S. in nearly 10 years features politically charged, black-and-white images from the 1960s—such as American bombers taking off from Okinawa for Vietnam—as well as bright blue seascapes. Art Institute of Chicago. 10:30am–Wed 5pm.
Dummy Real-life couple Colleen Doyle and Jason Shotts inject their personal lives into this night of unscripted comedy. iO Cabaret. 8pm. $12.
"Cosmic Wonder" The Adler's new show running through April 2014 in the high-tech Grainger Theatre revolves around man's ongoing fascination with the cosmos. The theater's "immersive space environment" lets viewers experience the Crab Nebula, get up close to Orion the Hunter and witness a flurry of active star formations. Visitors can also get a look at a Hubble Extreme Deep Field image containing more than 5,500 galaxies. Adler Planetarium. 9:30am–4pm. $28; seniors, students $26; children $22.
STRFKR The fun and experimental band STRFKF drips with youthful exuberance. Tonight the Portland crew plays behind a brand-new, third LP, Miracle Mile—expect bouncy electropop galore. Metro. 9pm. $20, advance $18.