Best events in Chicago week of Sept. 6. – 10 Things To Do News

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6 September 2017 | 1:00 pm

Just a few days in advance of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, in a Modern Wing gallery adjoining the second-floor cafe, the Art Institute of Chicago opens “Past Forward,” a new, permanent, ever-changing exhibit about 20th- and 21st-century architecture and design. This architecture and design focus for the exhibit, which the Art Institute calls the first of its kind in the United States, allows for display of items in the museum’s collection that don’t often emerge from storage, and for recognition of an artistic field where Chicago excels. The opening collection shows works by Stanley Tigerman and Bertrand Goldberg, and the description of the vision for the exhibit mentions Daniel Burnham, Studio Gang and Mies. Opens Sep. 12. Free-$25 museum admission. Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave.

The artist Hebru Brantley, who lent his aesthetic to Chance the Rapper’s video “Angels,” debuts new work starting this weekend in the solo show “Hebru Brantley: Forced Field” at the Elmhurst Art Museum. Brantley’s street-art-inspired style, following Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, often depicts the goggle-wearing Flyboy and Flygirl. Chicago-based museumgoers can get a ride on shuttle from the city to the suburban museum with the price of admission this Saturday, pegged to an opportunity to meet Brantley at 2:30 p.m. The esteemed outgoing EAM executive director Jenny Gibbs curated the exhibition, her last hurrah before heading to Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York. Sep. 9-Nov. 26. Free-$9 museum admission. Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst.

Museum guards and a museumgoer artist contemplate “Aristotle Contemplating a Bust of Homer” in the play “The Rembrandt,” and when one of them touches it, it sparks a history-crossing drama, and also the 2017-18 season at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. In the play, known as “The Guard” in its previous productions, the audience jumps from the present to the times of Rembrandt and Homer as the actors jump between roles. The cast includes John Mahoney, best known as the dad on “Frasier,” and Steppenwolf eminence Francis Guinan. Sep. 7-Nov. 5. $15-$104. Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted St.

“The Heavens Are Hung in Black,” a fantasia that presents a biography of Abraham Lincoln through a series of encounters with the president in 1862, premiered to honor Lincoln’s 200th birthday at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., the site of his assassination. The play imagines Lincoln meeting people he might have spoken to at the time (his wife, members of his cabinet), people he probably wouldn’t (Jefferson Davis) and people he couldn’t (Dred Scott and John Brown, both dead by 1862; Uncle Tom of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” fictional), set at the time of the death of his son Willie and his internal debate about the Emancipation Proclamation. By getting produced first at Ford’s Theatre and now in Illinois, productions of the play are re-creating the tour of Lincoln’s life that the play itself stages. It’s surely bound for a one-room log cabin in Kentucky next. Sep. 7-Oct. 21. $10-$35. Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave.

Belgian director Ivo van Hove has a reputation for a kind of purifying minimalism, stripping away the onstage indicators of particular times and places so the text can declaim itself with the eternal force of Greek tragedy. His biggest hit in a distinguished career, a production of Arthur Miller’s drama “A View from the Bridge,” has played in New York, London, Paris, D.C., Los Angeles and now here, at the Goodman Theatre, scooping up Tony and Olivier Awards along the way. The plot centers on Eddie Carbone, a Brooklyn longshoreman jealously protective of his wife’s niece when a recent immigrant romances her. Sep. 9-Oct. 15. Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St.

The Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, an homage to World War II concerts to comfort war-torn London, happen every Wednesday at 12:15 at the Chicago Cultural Center. Except for this coming Wednesday, when the series decamps for Millennium Park for the first time, presenting, appropriately for the outdoors, instruments renowned for their loudness: two local brass quintets, Gaudete Brass and Red Star Brass. The horns play works by the underrated Paul Hindemith, the local Stacy Garrop and the 16th-century composer Giovanni Gabrieli, as well as a contemporary work for both quintets called “Antiphonies.” Sep. 13. 12:15 p.m. Free. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Randolph Street and Michigan Avenue.

Stars of Lyric Opera brings its annual sampler of opera excerpts to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion Friday. In addition to some evergreen greatest hits, Lyric draws from its 2017-18 mainstage repertoire, creating a sort of season brochure in live form. The most recent program pledges selections from season opener “Orphee et Eurydice,” Ring cycle continuation “Die Walkure,” operatic staples “Rigoletto” and “Turandot” and several others, and appearances by tenor Matthew Polenzani, bass-baritone Eric Owens, soprano Janai Brugger and other friends of the house. Sep. 8. 7:30 p.m. Free. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Randolph Street and Michigan Avenue.

In a preamble to the big art and architecture events of the season—the Architecture Biennial and Expo Chicago—the River North Design District of interior-design showrooms holds its third annual fall gallery walk this Friday, whetting visual-arts appetites for the big events starting next week. The kickoff party, 5 p.m. at Lightology (215 W. Chicago Ave.) with champagne, and the afterparty, 8 p.m. at the Golden Triangle (330 N. Clark St.) with live music and Vosges chocolate, cost $25 each or $40 for two. The other 15 locations, featuring live artists, music, hors d’oeuvres and, at Toto, a raffle for a fancy toilet, are free. Shuttles and pedicabs can carry gallery-walkers over longer distances between showrooms. Sep. 8. 4-9 p.m. Free; $25 each for kickoff party and afterparty, $40 for both. Various locations around River North.

If you’re in denial about the end of summer, you’ll really be in denial that it’s time for Oktoberfest. Lincoln Square, a traditional landing spot for German immigrants where some shop windows still say “wir sprechen Deutsch,” hosts three days of dirndls, oompah, very large beers and German food, capped at 2 p.m. Saturday by the Von Steuben Parade, the event people know better as the one Ferris Bueller crashed to lip-sync “Twist and Shout.” Sep. 8-10. Free. Lincoln and Leland Avenues.

Alice Waters, the doyenne of local food behind the acclaimed restaurant Chez Panisse and the California cuisine it serves, eats instead of cooks at an event marking the launch of her memoir and raising money for her school-food program, the Edible Schoolyard. Attendees at the least expensive level get a copy of “Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook” and a four-course meal with wine pairings from chef Danny Grant, who earned two Michelin stars at the now-closed Ria. Middle-level patrons add an hourlong cocktail reception with Waters before dinner. The top-level buyers sit at dinner with her. Sep. 18. 5:30 p.m. $250-$1,000. Maple & Ash, 8 W. Maple St.

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