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10 Of Our Favorite Events In Chicago This Week

By Michelle Meywes Kopeny in Arts & Entertainment on May 8, 2017 5:13PM

Image courtesy of the Museum of Science and Industry.

Films and music top our Favorite Events this week.


THE OWL + DOUBLE DOOR: Double Door may be gone for now, but not forgotten. The folks behind the legendary music venue have teamed up with The Owl for a free monthly concert series beginning this Monday. The very first Double Door Presents will feature Dark Circle Records punk and indie artists including Luke Henry and Engine Summer. Members from the bands will also DJ between and after their live sets. 9 p.m.


CINEMA SCIENCE: Just how realistic are some of your favorite blockbuster films? Find out with Field Trips: Cinema Science, a collaboration between Music Box Theatre and The Field Museum. Tuesday’s edition looks at The Martian, starring Matt Damon. After the screening, stick around for a discussion with Philipp R. Heck, the Robert A. Pritzker Associate Curator of Meteoritics and Polar Studies. Tickets are $11.


Photo by Quinn B Wharton via Hubbard Street's Facebook page.

DANC(E)VOLVE: Chicago’s top contemporary company Hubbard Street Dance Chicago returns to the Museum of Contemporary Art for danc(e)volve: New Works Festival. The program will feature the latest creations from four Chicago-based choreographers including company member Robyn Mineko Williams and Lucky Plush founder Julia Rhoads. The run continues through May 14. Check website for showtimes. Tickets are $65.

WAYNE’S WORLD TURNS 25: Party on! It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 25 years since Wayne and Garth’s Aurora basement show hit the big screen. Celebrate the anniversary of Wayne’s World with Sound Opinions at the Movies as they pay tribute to the characters that Mike Myers and Dana Carvey made classic. Sound Opinions hosts Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis will introduce the film at Music Box Theatre at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12.


Chicago Farmers Markets. Image courtesy of DCASE.

CITY MARKETS: Farmers Markets are back! Chicago’s City Markets open this week across the city and that includes Farmers Markets and other outdoor community markets like Maxwell Street Market. Shop produce, flowers, baked goods and more from regional farmers and growers. The season kicks off on Thursday at Daley Plaza Market where they’ll announce the winners of the 10th Annual Reusable Bag Design Contest and pass out free, reusable bags. City Markets run through October.

ROBOT REVOLUTION: The Robot Revolution has arrived. The touring exhibit opens at the Museum of Science and Industry on Thursday and they’ll be showing off how robots can play soccer, make faces and even help in search and rescue efforts. Robots can even fix and repair their own kind in the "RoboGarage." Meet more than 40 robots, including a few new guys like RoboThespian, a life-sized humanoid robot who will greets guests at the entrance, and The Cube Solver, who puts all of us mere humans to shame as he solves a Rubik’s Cube with lightning fast ability. Robot Revolution will be open through February 4, 2018. Tickets $12 for adults and $9 for kids in addition to Museum Entry.

LINCOLN PARK UNCORKED: Stroll the shops and sip the vino at the inaugural wine stroll on Armitage and Halsted at 6 p.m. Lincoln Park Uncorked will stroll through J9 Wine Bar, Art Effect, All She Wrote and many more participating businesses. Check in at Bridgeview Bank. Tickets are $40 ($50 door).


CHICAGO CRITICS FILM FESTIVAL: Music Box Theatre plays host to the 5th annual Chicago Critics Film Festival beginning on Friday. The week-long event presents unreleased works from a wide variety of filmmakers. Director Jeff Baena and co-stars Aubrey Plaza and Kate Micucci will be in attendance for the Opening Night film, The Little Hours. Tickets range from $12 for individual screenings to $150 full festival pass.

THINGS TO RUIN: Words I never thought I’d say: There’s going to be a theatrical rock production playing at “Chicago’s original punk bar,” Exit. Things to Ruin: The Songs of Joe Iconis comes to us from the same company that presented High Fidelity: The Musical in unexpected pop-up locations. Things to Ruin features 19 songs from musical theater songwriter Iconis, and garnered a review in The New York Times. Performances will run on weekends through February 28. Tickets are $20.

VOICES FOR CHOICES: Metro has partnered with Planned Parenthood for Voices For Choices: A Benefit Concert for Planned Parenthood at 7 p.m. Psychedelic indie pop duo Wild Belle will headline the the event. There will also be local slam poets, plus performances from Chicago production duo Burns Twins X Kaina, singer-songwriter Kopano and neo-soul groove hunter Yadda Yadda. Tickets are $40 for GA.