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Eighty days of Fall Arts

Something to do every day in the fall arts season



Thu13 "Juvenile-in-Justice"
Visual Art
Guggenheim fellow Richard Ross presents his series of photos on youths going through the American juvenile justice system. He gives a talk at 6 PM at the reception. Reception Thu 9/13, 5-8 PM. Through 12/15: Mon-Fri 9 AM-5 PM, Sat 10 AM-4 PM, Roosevelt University, Gage Gallery, 18 S. Michigan, 312-341-6458, roosevelt.edu/gagegallery, free.

Fri14 We Won't Grow Old Together
This New Wave feature made a big splash when it came out in France in 1972. It's only now being released in the U.S., and in a new print, too. For more, see Reader Recommends in Film.

Sat15Sweet Bird of Youth
Diane Lane stars as a faded actress in David Cromer's revival of the Tennessee Williams play. For more, see Fall Arts Theater: Best Bets.

Imperial Silence: Una Ópera Muerta
  • Imperial Silence: Una Ópera Muerta

Sun16 Imperial Silence: Una Ópera Muerta
Chicago choreographer Joel Valentin-Martinez and his collaborators mix mariachi, blues, hip-hop, and more in this four-part opera about war, death, and Chicago news. For more, see Fall Arts Dance: Best Bets.

Mon17 Nasty, Brutish & Short
A puppet cabaret funded in part by Puppet Slam Network. 7:30 PM, Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield, 773-281-0824, linkshall.org, $5-$8.

Tue18 Exploring Moby-Dick
Lit // Theater
Blair Thomas & Company, Lookingglass Theatre, and the House Theatre of Chicago perform three theatrical adaptions of that book. 6:30 PM, Logan Arts Center, 915 E. 60th, mobydickatlogan.eventbrite.com, free.

Wed19 Richard Thompson
Amy Cook opens for the guitar virtuoso. 8 PM, City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph, 312-733-9463, citywinery.com, $40-$55. Also Thu 9/20, 7 PM, SPACE, 1245 Chicago, Evanston, 847-492-8860, evanstonspace.com, sold out.

Thu20 Bobcat Goldthwait
We really liked this cat's newest movie, God Bless America, when it came out in May. 9/20-9/23: Thu-Sat 8 and 10:30 PM, Sun 8 PM, Up Comedy Club, 230 W. North, 312-663-4562, upcomedyclub.com, $25.

Fri21 Carmina Burana
Riccardo Muti conducts the CSO in Carl Orff's arrangement of medieval poems, including "O Fortuna," which you know as the Latin choral chant from every climactic movie scene ever. For more, see Fall Arts Music: Best Bets. Free.

Sat22 Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements
Music // Comedy
John Cale and Bobby Womack headline this festival, which also packs in comedy (Archer's Jon Benjamin and Reader One to Watch Brian Babylon—see Fall Arts Comedy—perform) and circus. 9/21-9/23: times varyRiverfront Theater, 650 W. Chicago, brilliantcornersofpopularamusements.com, $25-$30 for bands, $10 for El Circo Cheapo, free for comedy shows.

Work from Danh-Vo's "We the People"
  • Work from Danh-Vo's "We the People"

Sun23 "We the People"
Visual Art
Vietnam-born artist Danh Vo exhibits full-scale reproductions of sections of the Statue of Liberty. For more, see Fall Arts Visual Arts: Best Bets.

Mon24 "Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects"
Visual Art
MacArthur fellow Jeanne Gang designed downtown's Aqua Tower; this exhibit looks at the working methods of the group she leads, Studio Gang Architects. For more, see Fall Arts Visual Arts: Best Bets.

Lookingglass Theatre ensemble member Mary Zimmerman won a Tony award in 2002 for directing her own adaptation of Ovid's stories. For more, see Fall Arts Theater: Best Bets.

Wed26 World Music Festival
Between Melody of China, Slavic Soul Party!, and Ecos del Pacifico Afrocolombia, this festival probably has Uptown beat for diversity. 9/21-9/27: various locations and times, worldmusicfestivalchicago.org, free.

Thu27 Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury
Twenty-six writers contributed to Shadow Show, a tribute to Ray Bradbury in short story form. The book's editors and some of its authors attend this reading. For more, see Fall Arts Lit: Best Bets.

A piece from "Solidarity"
  • A piece from "Solidarity"

Fri28 Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall
Conflicted by their dueling sets at Pitchfork? Now's your chance to thrash out to these Bay Area bands without the guilt. Bare Mutants open. For more, see Fall Arts Music: Best Bets.

Sat29 "Solidarity: A Memory of Art and Social Change"
Visual Art
Jimena Acosta curated this exhibit about the way designers have incorporated the spirit of revolution into their pieces. For more, see Fall Arts Visual Arts: Best Bets.

Sun30 Woyzeck on the Highveld
William Kentridge directs Handspring Puppet Company's adaptation of Woyzeck, by Georg Buchner, with the protagonist relocated from provincial Germany to 1950s Johannesburg. For more, see Fall Arts Theater: Best Bets.

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