Things to do in Chicago from April 28 to May 4
The Lookingglass Theater performs “Lookingglass Alice,” the stunning circus-soaked adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland.” Adapted and directed by David Catlin and starring Molly Hernandez, Lindsey Noel Whiting, Kareem Bandealy, Adeoye, Michel Rodriguez Cintra and Samuel Taylor. From 5 years. April 30-July 31 at the Lookingglass Theater, 821 N. Michigan. Tickets: $45 to $65. Visit lookingglasstheatre.org.
- The Steppenwolf Theater inaugurates its new theater in the round with Yasen Peyankov’s funny and lyrical adaptation of Anton Chekhov “Seagull.” On a long summer weekend at a Russian country estate, three generations collide as they consider questions that haunt the intellectual artist class. The cast includes ensemble members Jeff Perry, Sandra Marquez, Caroline Neff, Karen Rodriguez, Eric Simonson and Namir Smallwood, alongside Keith Kupferer, Elijah Newman, Jon Hudson Odom, Joey Slotnick and Lusia Strus. (Scott Jaeck replaces Jeff Perry for performances May 24-June 5.) April 28-June 12 at the Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted. Tickets: $20 to $88. Visit steppenwolf.org.
- Comedian and storyteller Mike Birbiglia comes to town with his one-man show “The Old Man and the Pool” a coming-of-age story of life, death, and a highly chlorinated YMCA pool. Birbiglia has been working on the show for three years, and Chicago audiences will be one of the first to see it turn into a single evening of theater. Seth Barrish directs. April 28-May 22 at the Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted. Tickets: $55 to $75. Visit steppenwolf.org.
- Raven Theater concludes its season with Melissa Ross’ “The most fortunate,” a comedy-drama that explores how we choose to own our lives. When Lissette (Cassidy Slaughter-Mason) is diagnosed with a serious illness, she finds herself at odds with her best friend Peter (Christopher Wayland) and her mother Cheryl (Tara Mallen). Cody Estle directs. May 4 through June 19 at the Raven Theater, 6157 N. Clark. Tickets: $40. Visit raventheatre.com.
- The Gift Theater presents Naomi Iizuka “At the Vanishing Point” which weaves together historical fact, myth and memory to ask the question: how to remember a part of our history when it fades away? Directed by Lavina Jadhwani. April 28-May 22 at the Filament Theater, 4041 N. Milwaukee. Tickets: $40 to $50. Visit thegifttheatre.org.
- The Neo-Futurists return to live performances with “Wildcats” a multimedia drag show exploring themes of loneliness and isolation through the true story of Lucille Ball’s disastrous 1960 Broadway debut. Created by ensemble members Ida Cuttler and Nick Hart. Halena Kays directs. May 2-28 at the Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland. Tickets: $10. Visit neofuturists.org.
- Tony Award Winner “Jersey Boys” is the musical behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. May 3-8 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph. Tickets: $31+. Visit broadwayinchicago.com.
- The Artistic House presents ” Pavilion “, Craig Wright’s drama about two former high school sweethearts who reunite when they attend a school reunion. Kristin Collins, John Mossman and Todd Wojcik star; Julian Hester conducts. April 30-June 5 at the Den Theater, 1331 N. Milwaukee. Tickets: $35. Visit thedentheatre.com.
- Buffalo Theater Ensemble features Mat Smart’s “Naperville” a drama, set in a cafe, about how community can add to your life. Directed by Kurt Naebig. From April 28 to May 29 at the McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell, Glen Ellyn. Tickets: $42. Visit atthemac.org.
- “Collected Stories” is Donald Margulies’ drama about a prominent author who mentors a student until the young writer finds success with a story that’s all too familiar. Directed by Ted Hoerl. April 28-June 5 at the Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr. Tickets: $35. Visit redtwisttheatre.org.
- “Scream! The Musical Mod” is a tribute to the dynamic singers of the 60s, including Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, Cilla Black and many more. April 28-June 11 at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center, 111 W. Campbell, Arlington Heights. Tickets: $40. Visit metropolisarts.com.
- “Emancipation” is the second part of a trilogy composed by Adrian Dunn exploring black life in America through genres created by black Americans. “My inspiration for this piece includes black scriptures from Maya Angelou, Kanye West, Tupac, Marlon Riggs, James Baldwin and Audre Lorde, to name a few,” Dunn explains. The program is performed by The Adrian Dunn Singers and Rize Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. on April 29 at the Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph. Tickets: $20 to $140. At 2 p.m. on April 30, there is a 60-minute performance ($10, $15) for children and families with excerpts from the play. Visit harristheaterchicago.org.
- With her distinctive singing style — stripped down, folky yet powerful and cerebral —Aimee Mann has long explored psychological themes with a dark spirit. She began developing the music for her new album, ‘Queens of the Summer Hotel,’ in 2018 when she agreed to write songs for a stage adaptation of ‘Girl Interrupted,’ Susannah Kaysen’s memoir of her stay there. in a mental hospital in the 1960s. Online music site Holler states, “Three decades into her solo career, Aimee Mann still manages to surprise and delight.” At 8 p.m. April 29 and 30 at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. Tickets: $75. Visit oldtownschool.org.
- Celebrate the Chicago bluesman’s birthday Wayne Baker Brooks with a musical evening at Buddy Guy’s Legends, 700 S. Wabash, April 30. The lineup includes a free acoustic set starting at 5:30 p.m., followed by Big Lew & The Crew openings at 9 p.m., and 10:30 p.m. (tickets required for opener/Brooks performances). Tickets, $25. Go to etix.com.
- While the Australian indie-rock band‘s new “angel in real time” album Youth gang is eclectic in its influences, ranging from American minimalism to Britpop, it is also rooted in frontman David Le’aupepe’s Samoan heritage with samples of indigenous music from the Polynesian islands and the wider South Pacific. Casual Male opens at 8 p.m. May 3 at Metro, 3730 N. Clark. Tickets: $27.50, $30. Visit metrochicago.com.
- “The Sandra Delgado Experience” is the actor-singer’s big band event with song, dance and storytelling. The performance is inspired by the Colombian music that shaped Delgado and the songs that have helped her through the pandemic, ranging from Colombian cumbias to English-language indie sounds. At 7 p.m., May 1, at Joe’s on Weed Street, 940 W. Weed. Tickets: $35. Visit sandradelgado.net.
- “Haskell Wexler Centenary: Impact, Influence and Iconography” features eight films from the groundbreaking cinematographer. A film pioneer, he worked with directors such as Norman Jewison, Hal Ashby, John Sayles, Milos Forman and John Cassavetes, and pioneered new techniques such as Steadicam. The films screened are “Flight Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, “The Thomas Crown Affair”, “Medium Cool”, “Bound for Glory”, “In the Heat of the Night”, “Faces”, ” Matewan” and “The Conversation.” “Medium Cool,” on which Wexler served as director and cinematographer, is set during the real-life upheaval of the 1968 Democratic National Convention and remains an iconic Chicago film. May 4-28 at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State. Tickets: $12. Visit siskelfilmcenter.org.
Museums & Galleries
- “Key change” is a new exhibition that addresses the current housing crisis and offers alternative solutions to urban living. Artists Gabrielle Garland, Tonika Lewis Johnson, Maymay Jumsai, Riff Studio and South Side Home Movie Project present their interpretation of the subject through painting, collage, sculpture, video and large-scale installation. April 29 through July 16 at Weinberg/Newton Gallery, 688 N. Milwaukee. Free entry. Visit weinbergnewtongallery.com.
- the One-of-a-kind show returns for its annual spring market with over 300 vendors from across the country selling everything from fine art to jewelry, clothing, photography, furniture and more. There’s also live music, hands-on workshops, and gourmet cafes. April 29 through May 1 at The Mart, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza. Admission: $10. Visit oneofakindshowchicago.com.
- Discover four of the most famous and valuable coins in the United States, including a $7.5 million nickel and a $2 million penny, at Central States Numismatic Society Convention. Hundreds of dealers will buy and sell with the public, along with dozens of educational exhibits of rare coins and paper money. From April 28 to 30 at the Renaissance Hotel, 1551 Thoreau, Schaumburg. Admission: $5. Visit centralstatesnumismaticsociety.org/convention.
- annual elmhurst arts festival, Art in Wilder Park, will take place from April 30 to May 1 at 175 S. Cottage Hill. Featured are artists selling jewelry, paintings, ceramics, prints, textile arts and more. Plus, musical performances, food vendors, and an activity area for kids. Free entry. Visit elmhurstartmuseum.org/events.
- Buy treats for mom at Ravenswood Mothers Day Market, which offers a variety of handmade jewelry, artwork, baked goods, skin care products and more. Plus, create something original during kid-friendly craft activities led by the Lillstreet Art Center. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 30 at Ainslie Arts Plaza, 4836 N. Lincoln. Free. Visit ravenswoodchicago.org.