Chicago Calendar for May 4, 2012
By Kathy Russell May 4, 2012 3:58PM
Updated: May 4, 2012 7:02PM
Jump in the car; hop on a train! There’s always something happening on weekends!
Chicago events include Admiral Earth, The Composer is Dead, Rise of the Numberless, the Greenheart Earth Olympics and A Tribute to Drum Gods.
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ADMIRAL EARTH — A WORKING TITLE: In the year 2053, the City of Chicago will find itself in peril due to over-pollution, an extremely evil doctor, and excessive throwbacks to the 1990’s. At least, that’s the plot of the Admiral Earth... The show chronicles the journey of eco-friendly superhero Admiral Earth as he attempts to defeat the evil Dr. Greenhauseffect, save his true love (Mother Earth), and preserve the beauty of the one thing he holds most dear: the Brown Line. Music performed by The Earthtones. 8 p.m. every Thursday, May 10 through June 7 at Stage 773. Tix $12 to $15, available at www.fb.me/admiralearth, www.stage773.com/, 773-327-5252 or www.stage773.com/tickets.
THE COMPOSER IS DEAD: The Chicago Symphony Orchestra presents The Composer is Dead, as part of its Family Matinee Series at 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. May 12 at Symphony Center. Edwin Outwater leads the CSO in the a program featuring original music by Nathaniel Stookey and text by Lemony Snicket. Stookey narrates this wry musical adventure—an orchestral whodunit that introduces children to the instruments of the orchestra. Tix $6 to $57 and available at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave. 312-294-3000. www.cso.org. Free educational preconcert activities begin one hour before each concert in Symphony Center’s Rotunda.
RISE OF THE NUMBERLESS: One Child, One Nation may have saved our great country during the population crisis 50 years ago but The New Colony and Bailiwick Chicago have heard the voices of its victims and found the secret Numberless performance troupe. Let your underground brothers and sisters open your eyes with their glam-rock inspired “Rise of the Numberless.” The 90-minute, head-banging, rage punk fest plays now at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through May 26 at Collaboraction Studio 300 in the Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee. Bailiwick Chicago, 773-969-6201, www.bailiwickchicago.com
GREENHEART EARTH OLYMPICS (GEO): GEO is a fun-filled “field day” of interactive “Olympic games” and educational workshops focusing on increasing awareness of other cultures, the environment and changing our habits for the global good. All activities are at Wicker Park (Damen, Schiller, and Wicker Park Ave.) Registration, community yoga and meditation open the games from 11 a.m. to noon. Food, socializing and fun. Games and workshops from noon to 3 p.m. Musical Performance and Parade: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Closing Ceremony and After-Party: 4 to 6 p.m. at the Greenheart Shop, 1911 W. Division St. Games outdoors. Workshops indoors at the Wicker Park Field House, and games, too, if inclement weather. www.cci-exchange.org/GEO
A TRIBUTE TO DRUM GODS: The students of Chicago’s School of Rock will pay homage to handful of drummers that have laid down timeless tracks. These drummers are the standard, and for that reason, they are Drum Gods. The all-ages shows are at 1 p.m. May 5 and 6 at Reggies’ Rock Club/Music Joint, 2109 S. State St. Tix $10 at the door, and can be purchased at the school of rock or through any student. The school is at 3043 N. Ashland and offers instruction in guitar, bass, keyboards, drums and vocals with open enrollment to all abilities and experience levels, for ages 8-18. 773-857-3804 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAST CHANCE TO SEE MARILYN: “Forever Marilyn,” the 25-foot tall sculpture by American artist Seward Johnson, will be de-installed on May 7, 2012. The sculpture has captured the attention of the tourist, resident and commuter communities during her notable and spirited visit to Chicago, where she was in residence on Zeller Realty Group’s Pioneer Court along the famed Michigan Avenue. The bronze and stainless steel, 40,000 pound sculpture is on loan from The Sculpture Foundation, a not-for-profit entity that encourages the placement and sharing of public art.
GREEN FESTIVAL: The sixth annual Green Festival comes to Navy Pier on May 5 and 6. Speakers, entrepreneurs and activists, an organic beer and wine pavilion, a Green Economy Expo and a sustainable fashion show and a unique marketplace of more than 300 eco-friendly businesses. There will also be interactive programming and hands-on activities for the kids. Go to www.greenfestivals.org for complete details. Navy Pier on Lake Michigan, east of the downtown area, at 600 E. Grand Ave. 312-595-7437 or www.navypier.com.
CINCO DE MAYO—THE PUB CRAWL: Bar 1 Events Inc. hosts Cinco de Mayo—The Pub Crawl from 8 to 11 p.m. May 5 at six of their locations: McGee’s Tavern and Grille, The Wrightwood Tap, Durkin’s Tavern, Duffy’s, Redmond’s and Maeve. Trolley service included between locations. Mexican fare, margaritas and domestic drafts for only $20. Each location has its very own taco bar. Package includes 2 drinks per hour. Guests are free to start and end the night at any of the six locations. More info, including addresses, at www.bar1events.com or call 773-868-8073.
LOS CARRALEJAS—THE STORY OF A KIDNAPPING: Colectivo El Pozo makes a 4-performance stop at Luna Central May 3 through 6. The play explores a complex web of kidnappings within a Mexican family, focusing in on the aftermath when its patriarch goes missing. At Teatro Luna’s new venue, Luna Central, 3914 N Clark St. Tix: $10. Box office opens 30 minutes prior to show start time. email@example.com or Luna Central Box Office at 773-819-5862.
2ND FRIDAYS: 2nd Fridays in the Chicago Arts District, 6 to 10 p.m. May 11. 30 artist run spaces along S. Halsted and 18th St. Chicago Info Center at 1821 S. Halsted St. www.chicagoartsdistrict.org.
METRA’S $7 WEEKEND PASS: Weekend passes are good for unlimited rides on both Saturday and Sunday for all stations. Weekend parking is available at all stations. Note: Boat taxis are available from Union Station to Navy Pier and/or the museum campus, Chinatown and other points along the river or lakefront. Reasonable pricing and fun.