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Wearing a suit and black-framed glasses, Justin Hayford may look like a Madison Avenue junior executive circa 1964, but in his heart of hearts he's an astrophysicist. With a romantic streak. Longtime Reader contributor Hayford will be performing his Moon-themed cabaret act at Davenport's through June 28 (Sat 8 PM, 1383 N. Milwaukee, 773-278-1830, $10 plus a two-drink minimum), playing standards and ought-to-be standards that, well, revolve around the Moon. Between songs, he patters amusingly about everything from where the Moon came from to how Lorenz Hart arrived at the right lyrics for the Richard Rodgers tune that became Blue Moon. His discourse on conservation of angular momentum (the reason why the Moon will never leave us) is enchanting--in an astrophysical way.
Reader critic Albert Williams has his enchantments, too, and you can experience them Sunday morning at 10:15, when he'll be interviewed on Dean Richards's WGN radio show (720 AM). The topic: Williams's campaign to start a Chicago Performing Arts Museum, which began on this blog.
Alcyone was enchanted: the Greek gods transformed her into a bird when she tried to kill herself after her husband drowned. Now she's been transformed again. The folks at Halcyon Theatre have turned her into a symbol by naming their Alcyone Festival of plays by women for her. Reader critic Kerry Reid will join in a salon-style discussion as part of the festival, Sat, 6/21, 5-7 PM, Peter Jones Gallery, 1806 W. Cuyler, 312-458-9170.