That's Weird Grandma: Attack of the Phantom of the BBQ and more of the best things to do in Chicago this week | Bleader

That's Weird Grandma: Attack of the Phantom of the BBQ and more of the best things to do in Chicago this week

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The cast of That's Weird Grandma: Attack of the Phantom of the BBQ performs sketches inspired by the writing of students in area schools. The show ends Monday 7/17. - EVAN HANOVER
  • Evan Hanover
  • The cast of That's Weird Grandma: Attack of the Phantom of the BBQ performs sketches inspired by the writing of students in area schools. The show ends Monday 7/17.

With the Pitchfork Music Festival behind us (see all our coverage from the weekend), set your sights on the week ahead. Here's some of what we recommend:

Mon 7/17: It's your last chance to see That's Weird Grandma: Attack of the Phantom of the BBQ at the Neo-Futurarium (5153 N. Ashland), where stories written by Chicago Public School students are used to create a humorous, surreal, and often heartfelt variety show. 8 PM, $6-$12

Mon 7/17-Thu 7/20:
Feel the beat as talented performers take the stage for Chicago Human Rhythm Project, an annual celebration of expressive movement. Paired with a jazz trio, dancers perform tap, rhythm, and percussive styles at Jazz Showcase (806 S. Plymouth). Various times, $15-$30

Micki LeMieux's Idea of an Apple is on display as part of Art on Clark. - COURTESY OF THE LINCOLN PARK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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  • Micki LeMieux's Idea of an Apple is on display as part of Art on Clark.

Tue 7/18: The Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce kicks off Art on Clark, another entry in Chicago's "Year of Public Art" initiative. Tonight's party at Gaslight Bar (2450 N. Clark) unveils the ten sculptures that'll be displayed on Clark between Fullerton and Diversey. 6 PM

Wed 7/19: Women Employed, a Chicago-based nonprofit seeking economic equality for working women, details active steps we can all take to get everyone, regardless of gender, on the same playing field. The event is part of a new activism series at Women & Children First (5233 N. Clark). 7 PM

Singer/songwriter Katie Cruthfield plays under the moniker Waxahatchee at Thalia Hall Wednesday 7/19. - MICHAEL RUBENSTEIN
  • Michael Rubenstein
  • Singer/songwriter Katie Cruthfield plays under the moniker Waxahatchee at Thalia Hall Wednesday 7/19.


Wed 7/19: "Katie Crutchfield remains sincere, trusting her stark vocal melodies to do the heavy lifting as opposed to relying on crescendo after crescendo," the Reader's Kevin Warwick writes of Waxahatchee, who plays Thalia Hall (1807 S. Allport). "And when left alone out on an island, she's at her absolute best, working the open space with a simultaneous swagger and vulnerability that feels as real as anything happening in indie rock today." 9:30 PM, $20-$25

Thu 7/20: "Remnants of a Dream," a program curated by the Cinema Culture at Gallery 400 (400 S. Peoria) that includes films and a 35-millimeter slide performance, attempts to provide visibility for the rich history of the black experience. Topics covered include self-preservation, the relationship between black people and water, and spirituality. Participating artists include Amir George, AJ McClenon, Reginald O'Neal, Terence Price, Vonnie Quest, and Shelby Stone. 6-8 PM

Thu 7/20: Inspired by the concept of a tarot deck, A Fool's Journey: A Misfit Circus Cabaret! at Chopin Theatre (1543 W. Division) explores unconscious desires through acrobatics, juggling, and other circus-based movement. 8 PM, $27-$36

For more things to do this week—and every day—check out our Agenda page.



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