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20 September 2017 | 1:30 pm

Time to get the tux out of mothballs, because Chicago’s high-prestige performing arts organizations roll out the literal red carpet this weekend. On Friday, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra puts the downbeat on 2017-18 with its Symphony Ball gala, preceded by a concert with the stupendous Anne-Sophie Mutter, a veteran of Symphony Balls past, playing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 (“Turkish”). Riccardo Muti, the CSO’s charismatic music director, conducts. The orchestra’s first subscription concerts follow on Saturday and Tuesday, also Muti-Mutter, with Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 and the crowd-pleasing Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. Symphony Ball: Sep. 22. 7 p.m. $45-$155 concert only, $1,000-$30,000 concert and gala. Subscription concert: Sep. 23 & 26. $36-$250. Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave.

Then, if you didn’t spill your cabernet on your ruffled shirt, Lyric Opera premieres “Orphee et Eurydice,” its first-ever collaboration with the Joffrey Ballet, before its gala on Saturday. The baroque opera, by the pioneering Christoph Willibald Gluck, tells the familiar myth of Orpheus losing, regaining and losing (and in this version, re-regaining) his lover, Eurydice, in a version with beaucoup ballet. The conductor Harry Bicket, renowned for his baroque dexterity, leads the orchestra, and the multidisciplinary John Neumeier directed, choreographed and created the visual look of the production. Sep. 23-Oct. 15. $20-$319 opera only, $500-$50,000 gala. Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive.

Debris in the oceans has caused concern for decades already, from worries about six-pack rings through the stock-taking of the alarming size of the Pacific trash vortex. The Shedd Aquarium earlier this year started Shedd the Straw, eliminating plastic straws from its food service, and now it aestheticizes the problem, hosting the traveling exhibit “Washed Ashore,” a series of sculptures of marine animals made of flotsam and jetsam salvaged from beaches. The exhibit opens with 10 artworks, including a river otter, an eel and jellies, and over its run, it will increase in size—like the trash patch—to 19. Sep. 23-September 2018. $14.95-$39.95 museum admission. Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive.

Probably the most fun you can have next to a soap factory and near a garbage-truck parking lot, the Hideout Block Party turns 21 this year, celebrating its ditch-the-fake-ID birthday by also marking the 60th birthday of the Soviet satellite Sputnik (really), and the 20th of the recording studio Electrical Audio. Saturday highlights acts with 60-year-old musicians, and, more obviously, Sunday does groups that have recorded at Electrical. Party proceeds go to Foundations of Music, a charity supporting music education for children. Sep. 23-24. $20 suggested donation. The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave.

At first blush, the subjects of “William Blake and the Age of Aquarius,” at Northwestern’s Block Museum, don’t sound closely related. In fact, Blake’s radical-for-his-time revolutionary political and irreligious attitudes influenced counterculture artists as diverse as Jimi Hendrix, photographer Diane Arbus, author Maurice Sendak (“Where the Wild Things Are”), Jackson Pollock and The Doors. The exhibit juxtaposes Blake’s visual-art prints and illuminated poetry with fine-art and pop-culture objects from beat, hippie and rock-and-roll eras to illustrate his influence. And now that they mention it, there really is something psychedelic about “Tyger, tyger, burning bright.” Sep. 23-March 11, 2018. Free. Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s 40th anniversary season steps off with a new hourlong work called “Space, in Perspective,” by the choreographer Peter Chu, who currently has a big footprint in dance. Unlike most dance works, which leave the bodily movement to the people onstage, Chu’s work takes the audience, in small clusters, around the various spaces of the Harris Theater, such as the several stacked lobbies, backstage and the loading dock. (The audience will be guided, which is good, because it’s really confusing back there.) All dancers and audience members will convene together in the normal performance area for the piece’s finale. Sep. 21-24. $65. Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Drive.

Shen Wei Dance Arts, a company of international reputation, is nearly two decades old and has performed in 33 countries and half the U.S. states, as of the time its website’s “About” page was written. Somehow till now the troupe, headed by the MacArthur genius who choreographed the 2008 Olympics opening ceremony in Beijing, hasn’t appeared in Chicago, an omission remedied with a program of two Shen signatures: “Folding,” a meditative work featuring the chantlike music of John Tavener, and Shen’s abstracted “Rite of Spring,” set to the two-piano version of Stravinsky’s riot-causing ballet score. See Chicago Dance has a discount code. Sep. 23-24. $29-$68. Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway.

Q: What do people like better than candy? A: Candy and puppies. The massive sugar emporium in Tribune Tower, Dylan’s Candy Bar, has a pet-rescue sideline where they append an N to their name, and this weekend, the Candy Barn and the no-kill animal shelter PAWS partner for an adoption event and photo opportunity. Anyone who adopts a pet can fill a paint can with candy to take home, and 10 percent of confectionery sales go to PAWS. And not to bury the lead, but there’s also free ice cream. Let’s try this again. Q: What do people like better than candy? A#2: Candy, puppies and free ice cream. Sep. 23. 12-4 p.m. Free. Dylan’s Candy Bar, 445 N. Michigan Ave.

Sort of how there’s the downtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the South Side Irish Parade, there’s the Chicago Jazz Festival, and then later, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival. This weekend, the lineup distributes acts around several Hyde Park venues, including clarinetist Ben Goldberg at the University of Chicago’s Logan Center, the sax-cello duo Nick Mazzarella and Tomeka Reid at the DuSable Museum, the trumpeter Jeremy Pelt’s quintet on the Midway Plaisance and the rare experience of jazz carillon at Rockefeller Chapel. Also, the two-day, 17-hour fest fetes Thelonious Monk’s centenary (as the city’s did also)—here’s hoping the 11 p.m.-to-12 a.m. slot covers “‘Round Midnight.” Sep. 23-24. $5 suggested donation. Various venues.


The box office opens for the two-week-long Chicago International Film Festival this week, today for members of Cinema/Chicago and on Friday to the popcorn hordes. CIFF showings sell out—three-quarters of last year’s did—so the time for Action! is now. The schedule this year includes “The Square,” winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes; “BPM,” Grand Prix winner at Cannes; “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Toronto’s audience choice awardee; and “The Shape of Water,” big winner in Venice. Oct. 12-26. $8-$20 per film, $105-$260 multifilm passes. AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St.

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