The conservation team tasked with maintaining Renoir's Madame Léon Clapisson in all its glory discovered there's more to the impressionist painting than meets the eye. "Renoir's True Colors: Science Solves a Mystery" shows the scientific and technological processes used to uncover the painting's secrets and restore its original bright hues. On display at the Art Institute of Chicago through 4/27.
After more than four decades of music from garage band the Sonics, the Reader's Leor Galil still can't quite get over how crazy they sound: "With their unhinged howling, cannonlike drumming, ragged sax blasts, spooky keyboards, and demented guitar riffs, the Sonics sound nuts even today—when one of their tunes is bearing down on me, I still sometimes freeze like a deer in headlights." See the veteran band at Double Door tonight. The Cynics open; Todd Novak of HoZac Records spins.
Enjoy an evening of heroic-themed music and film topped off with loads of beer at Oak & Iron III: A Bounty of Barrel-Aged Beer. Performers DJ Grimsbørg, ZUUL, and Bible of the Devil will be on hand for the event at Jerry's in Wicker Park.
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