Weekend Events Around Town: 7/29 – 7/31

Need some ideas for what to do this weekend? Chicago Tonight knows what is going on!

“West Side Story” at the Cadillac Palace Theatre
Broadway’s “West Side Story” is on tour in Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. Enjoy this classic musical based on William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Complete with Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s original score and Jerome Robbins’ Tony-winning choreography, “West Side Story” tells the tale of requited love amidst gang life in New York City more than 50 years ago. The tour will be in Chicago July 27th through August 14th. Tickets range from $32 to $95.

Cadillac Palace Theatre
151 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60602
Friday, July 29: 7:00 pm
Saturday, July 30: 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm
Sunday, July 31: 2:00 pm

“1001” at the Flat Iron Arts Building
Collaboraction, a Chicago-based interdisciplinary arts organization, presents opening weekend of “1001.” Jason Grote’s play is a post-modern adaptation of “The Arabian Nights” that asks, “Can passion conquer history?” A mixture of modern media and traditional storytelling sets the stage for a story that includes characters ranging from Gustave Flaubert and Scheherazade to a Palestinian business man and an American Jew named Alan. Previews are this Friday and Saturday, and the play officially opens Sunday. Tickets range from $15 to $25.

Flat Iron Arts Building
1579 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622-2452
Friday, July 29, Saturday July 30, & Sunday, July 31: 8:00 pm

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival
Art and music combine in the third annual Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival. The festival features two stages of live music, art galleries, performance art and more. Stay all day and dine at the festival with vendors such as Pierre’s Bakery, Taquero Fusion, and the Boiler Room. See and listen to local Chicago artists while taking art workshops for all ages—make everything from puppets to tote bags out of recycled materials. And, once the festival finishes, stay for the after parties at the Boiler Room and Cole’s Bar. The festival runs this Friday through Sunday, and a $5 donation is requested.

Milwaukee Ave. & Logan Blvd.
2600 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
Friday, July 29: 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday, July 30 & Sunday, July 31: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm

2011 Bughouse Square Debates
Listen to and participate in the 2011 Bughouse Square Debates. The Bughouse Square Committee has announced that this year’s debate will be open mic, so anyone and everyone can compete for the prestigious Dil Pickle Award. The debate focuses on First Amendment rights, and is held in honor of former Gov. John Peter Altgeld for pardoning the surviving Haymarket anarchists. This year, the Bughouse Square Debates Planning Committee will grant Leslie F. Orear the 2011 John Peter Altgeld Freedom of Speech award for his advocacy of free speech and work on labor history. The debate is part of the annual Newberry Library Book Fair, so afterwards browse over 120,000 used books in almost every imaginable category. The debate is this Saturday, and admission is free.

Washington Square Park
901 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60610
Saturday, July 30: 1:00 pm

Taste of Lincoln Avenue
Attend the Taste of Lincoln Avenue festival for its 28th year of music and more. Five stages will host nearly 40 musical acts, ranging from local bands to blues musician Johnny Winter, alt-rockers Sister Hazel and Carbon Leaf, and kids’ music icon Tom Chapin. Kids will also enjoy the petting zoo and pony rides at the free kids’ carnival, held both days. The Lill Street Craft Fair will feature handmade and do-it-yourself art, a new addition to the festival. The festival is this Saturday and Sunday, and donations go to the Wrightwood Neighbors Association.

North Lincoln Avenue
Between Fullerton & Wrightwood
Chicago, IL
Saturday, July 30: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sunday, July 31: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Transfer at Corbett vs. Dempsey
See Dominick Di Meo’s second solo exhibition at Corbett vs. Dempsey, Transfer. Enjoy this original Monster Roster artist, who worked in the same tenor as Leo Golub, Nancy Spero, June Leaf, and Ted Halkin. The exhibit’s title refers to Di Meo’s method of transferring ink from magazines into transparent polymer paint in order to appropriate popular images for his own works. The exhibit also includes a series of smaller canvases covered with cropped and re-arranged nude body parts. Considered pornographic when they first appeared, these canvases are now on display at Corbett vs. Dempsey for the first time. The gallery is open Friday and Saturday, and also by special appointment.

Corbett vs. Dempsey
1120 N. Ashland
Chicago, IL 60622
Friday, July 29 & Saturday, July 30: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Windows on the War at the Art Institute of Chicago
View posters handmade by a group of artists and writers after the German invasion of the Soviet Union, on display in the U.S. for the first time since World War II. Windows on the War focuses on the work of a group under the TASS News Agency that sought to create a new propaganda poster almost every day of the war. Each poster praises the Soviet Union and attempts to reassure viewers about the country’s victory. Although Joseph Stalin’s rule determined the message of the posters, the group nevertheless maintained some creative control over how that message was expressed, allowing for a diverse but cohesive collection. The exhibit opens this Sunday. General admission for adults is $18.

Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603-6404
Sunday, July 31: 10:30 am – 5:00 pm

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