5 things to do today: Sunday, October 6
Ballet West: The Lottery Literature and dance combine in this Val Caniparoli–choreographed retelling of Shirley Jackson's creepy 1948 short story, "The Lottery," about a fictional American town with a violent secret. Original musical score by Robert Moran. Auditorium Theatre. 3pm. $40–$86.
French Classics Conserved Throughout October, eight films by French auteurs such as Truffaut, Renoir and Melville—ones previously unviewable through legitimate channels—will be shown in either new or archival 35mm prints or digital restorations. Gene Siskel Film Center. 3:15pm, 5pm. $11 general admission, $7 students, $6 members.
Dana Hall's Polyglot Former Chicago Jazz Ensemble artistic director Dana Hall is also a dynamite drummer, as he reveals in his Polyglot performance. Alto saxist Nick Mazzarella and bassist Joshua Abrams fill out the band along with Russ Johnson on trumpet. Hungry Brain. 10pm. $7.
OPERA & CLASSICAL
Pacifica Quartet The Pacifica Quartet knocked out some of our favorite CDs in recent history with their complete Shostakovich quartets on Chicago's Cedille label. In October, the superb ensemble delivers a behemoth of a program with Britten's String Quartet No. 2, Op. 36, and Beethoven's String Quartet Op. 130, including the mighty Große Fuge, Op. 133. For those who haven't yet discovered Britten's seminal chamber work, make sure to nab a seat at the Logan for what promises to be a knock-out show. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. 3pm. $25, students $5.
Books & Beer: Exploring Chicago's Beer Culture Join Michael Kiser, creator of GoodBeerHunting.com, as he recounts Chicago's beer culture history. Sip Brooklyn Brewery beer during the talk. All proceeds will benefit Slow Food Chicago. Archie’s. 7pm. $10.