Chicago Calendar for May 25, 2012
By Kathy Russell May 25, 2012 5:10PM
Updated: May 25, 2012 8:19PM
Fun in the city!
Top entertainment in Chicago includes the Keys to the City Piano Festival, the New York Times College Life Fair, “Exit, Pursued by a Bear,” “Elephant’s Graveyard” and the Wright Plus 2012 Housewalk.
The Featured Five
KEYS TO THE CITY PIANO FESTIVAL: The highlights in the second week, May 30 through June 2 include pianists Stewart Goodyear, Emanuel Ax and Jeremy Denk with special guests Nicholas Phan and Stefan Jackiw. Jason Moran leads a special tribute to Fats Waller. Look for detail and tickets at Symphony Center’s web site, www.cso.org. or at the box office at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., or call 312-294-3000.
NEW YORK TIMES COLLEGE LIFE FAIR: Hundreds of public and private universities from across the country, as well as college lifestyle brands, forums on various aspects of applying to college, paying for college and succeeding once there. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 31 at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. www.nytcollegefair.com/.
EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR: Nan decides it’s finally time to leave her abusive husband Kyle and make a run for it… but not until she’s tied him up, surrounded him with venison meat and invited the neighborhood bear in for a snack. Theatre Seven of Chicago presents this hilarious, yet thoughtful, play. Runs Thursdays through Sundays, June 7 through July 15 at the Greenhouse Theater Center Upstairs Studio, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tix $18 to $30 and available at www.theatreseven.org or 773-404-7336.
ELEPHANT’S GRAVEYARD: The Red Tape Theatre Company premieres Elephant’s Graveyard by George Brant; Directed by James Palmer. When The Sparks World Famous Circus pulls into the quiet town of Erwin, Tennessee, the residents of the sleepy little hamlet can hardly contain their excitement. But when a member of the circus commits a gruesome murder, the townsfolk demand justice. Original music from Jonathan Gullien; adapted and featuring The New Switcheroo. Thursdays through Sundays, through June 16. Tix $15 to $25, at www.redtapetheatre.org, 312-909-4432 or the box office at Red Tape Theatre at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 621 W. Belmont, 2nd Floor.
WRIGHT PLUS 2012 HOUSEWALK: Internationally acclaimed walk, showcasing rare interior tours of private homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and his contemporaries in historic Oak Park. Wright Plus, hosted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 2. Interpretations based on research of the homes’ history and architecture, and occupants’ lifestyles. Tix are $85 for Trust members and $100 for non-membersavailable at www.GoWright.org or 877-848-3559. Check out the web site for other available tours Wright-related in the Chicago area.
RISE OF THE NUMBERLESS: 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. and ends May 26 at Collaboraction Studio 300 in the Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee. Bailiwick Chicago, 773-969-6201, www.bailiwickchicago.com.
THE ICEMAN COMETH: Director Robert Falls’ major revival of Eugene O’Neill’s “The Iceman Cometh” will run has been extended to June 17 in the Goodman’s Albert Theatre. The production features Nathan Lane as Theodore “Hickey” Hickman, and Brian Dennehy as Larry Slade. Tix are now on sale at 312-443-3800 or www.GoodmanTheatre.org. Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St.
FREUD’S LAST SESSION: Dr. Sigmund Freud invites rising academic star C. S. Lewis to his home in London. They are two men who boldly addressed the greatest questions of all time — the existence of God, love, sex and the meaning of life — only two weeks before Freud chooses to take his own. Ages thirteen and up. Wednesdays through Sundays, extended through July 15 at Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport. Tix $59 to $45. Student tix are $22. Available at the Theater, 773-325-1700 or www.mercurytheaterchicago.com. www.FreudsLastSession.com.
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.