5 things to do today: Tuesday, October 22
ART & DESIGN
"State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970" An extensive survey of avant-garde and conceptual art that emerged in California during the late 1960s and early '70s, this thematically organized exhibition features work by 60 artists and collectives, including Ant Farm, Bas Jan Ader, John Baldessari, Chris Burden, Lynn Hershman, Bruce Nauman, Martha Rosler and Ed Ruscha. Originally part of the Pacific Standard Time series, the show features more than 150 socially charged, experimental and pioneering works, including installations, video, films, photographs, artists' books and more. Smart Museum of Art. 10am–5pm.
StoryCorps@ Your Library StoryCorps teams up with the Chicago Public Library and One Book, One Chicago to further explore OBOC's year-long theme of migration. Know someone with a great migration story to tell? Chicagoans can stop by 14 library locations from May through October and interview a friend, family member or neighbor. The interview will be recorded by StoryCorps and archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Chicago Public Library, West Town Branch. 4:30pm–7:30pm.
Mount Kimbie If you must, call it post-dubstep, but like fellow genre defiers Darkstar and James Blake, Mount Kimbie is on quite a divergent path from the gnarly club phenomenon. Introspective, spacey, glitchy and awash in atmospherics and ambiance, the U.K. duo moved out of the bedroom and into a studio for its mesmerizing sophomore album, Cold Spring Fault Less Youth, out on Warp. This is Mount Kimbie's second stop at Lincoln Hall in four months. Lincoln Hall. 8pm. $20, advance $17.
Fitz & The Tantrums + Beat Club L.A.'s Fitz & The Tantrums have been a buzzed about force in the retro-soul resurgence. The group's second record and major label debut, More than Just a Dream, is where we see how big the domestic retro-soul resurgence can get. Pretty huge, apparently: the group's last few shows in Chicago have sold out, and we expect this one will as well. Aragon. 7pm.
OPERA & CLASSICAL
Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Debussy La Mer Just this August, Baltimore Symph conductor Marin Alsop became the first woman to lead Last Night of the Proms, the British classical institution. There are far too few female conductors in the classical world, and they do not get enough of the spotlight. So, when visiting Finn Susanna Mälkki take the baton and leads the CSO in Dubussy’s classic ode to the sea, La mer, be there. She also offers up some Sibellius, naturally—his Suite No. 1 from The Tempest. Rounding out the intriguing bill are Thomas Adès’s sparkling tone poem …but all shall be well and Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto, featuring the always jaw-dropping Leila Josefowicz. Symphony Center. 7:30pm–10:30pm. $27–$214.