5 things to do today: Sunday, September 29
Design Harvest Festival This pop-up-shop-style fair showcases contemporary and sustainable design objects, furniture and home and garden accessories by local vendors and creators. For its third year, the fest features food trucks, hay rides and live music. Grand Ave between Damen Ave and Wood St. 11am–8pm.
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. Noon–5pm.
Jenny Hval + Acteurs Norwegian singer-songwriter Jenny Hval makes sexually-charged art-pop that doesn't shy away from conventionally touchy subjects like masturbation and gender identity. In fact, Hval's latest record—aptly titled Innocence is Kinky—embraces and celebrates taboo subject matter, guided by producer John Parish. She will be making her live debut in Chicago at the Empty Bottle with a performance that will be intimate in every sense of the word. Empty Bottle. 7pm. $10.
OPERA & CLASSICAL
Frequency: Claire Chase In a mixtape world, Claire Chase makes solo flute albums that demand to be experienced top-to-bottom. The MacArthur Fellow's first two records, Aliento and Terrestre, are unassailable and we are greedily awaiting her latest, DENSITY. Descending from highest density (11 multi-tracked flutes) to lowest (solo), the tracklist sees Chase navigating scores by Steve Reich, Edgar Varèse, Alvin Lucier, Marcos Balter and Philip Glass with the help of sound engineer Levy Lorenzo. The boozy confines of Constellation and its excellent Frequency Series provide the setting for this singular Sunday Funday. Constellation. 8:30pm. Free.
Randolph Street Market Festival 2013 More than 200 vendors hawk their antique housewares, furniture, ephemera, clothing and more at this indoor-outdoor festival. Stop in for vintage clothes and jewelry, a vinyl swap meet, a fancy food market and global goods bazaar or bring your own for appraisal. Beaux Arts Plumbers Union Hall Building. 10am–5pm. $10, online $8.