The best events in Chicago for the weekend of June 22. – 10 Things To Do News

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21 June 2017 | 1:00 pm

To draw in Tahiti-seeking groupies (or maybe tourists looking for air conditioning), the Art Institute devotes its big summery exhibition to a summary of the work of Paul Gauguin, most famous for his primitivist paintings of Tahiti. “Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist” shows the tiny island circumscribes only a tiny portion of the artist’s output, of not just paintings but also sculpture, ceramics, furniture and even works from wood and wax. Sprawling enough to reward those who go again, the 240-work exhibition illuminates a restless, idealist experimenter, and, incidentally, enough of a loose cannon to support the speculation that he, not Van Gogh, actually cut off Van Gogh’s ear. June 25-Sep. 10. $7-$15 special exhibition ticket plus free-$25 general admission. Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave.

In the 48 years of Chicago’s Pride Parade, LGBTQ society has come a long way. The first Chicago parade, a year after Stonewall, drew about 150 participants. Nowadays, the crowd is about a million, and has as many floats as the first parade had attendees, including such paragons of normal as the Cubs, Walgreens and ComEd. This year’s parade may lack a big Supreme Court victory to celebrate, but good feeling will out. Let us be gay. June 25. 12-3 p.m. Free. Montrose and Broadway to Diversey and Cannon.

Third Coast Baroque, a very young old-music group, has educated seven months of listeners with concerts musicologically connecting baroque dances such as the sarabande and chaconne to lesser-known African and Latin American precursors. The Rush Hour Concert Series, short-program pregame, traffics in high-quality chamber music. The baroquialists rush to fill this week’s scheduling slot, performing works by composers with renown ranging from father of opera Monteverdi to Gaspar Fernandes, who made music in what is now Guatemala. June 27. 5:45 p.m. Free. St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron St.

The two elderly, sniping cardplayers in the original Broadway cocktail and the TV movie of “The Gin Game” were played by Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn, a real-life married couple. In Drury Lane Theatre’s revival, ginned up for this week, real-life married couple Paula Scrofano and John Reeger, mainstays of main stages around the Chicago area for decades, play the roles and the cards in the tragicomedy, itself now middle-aged. The play, the winner of the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, feels ripe for a remount, re-dealing locally in a noteworthy production about once every decade to show a new generation that the cards can’t always (or in Reeger’s character’s case, can’t ever) fall your way. June 22-Aug. 13. $30-$57. Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace.

The folks at Chicago Folks Operetta have spent more than a decade mining a genre rarely touched by any other ensemble locally, or nationally, for that matter: operetta. Hugely popular in the late 19th and early 20th century, operetta these days operates mostly through a few trotted-out examples like “Die Fledermaus” and “The Merry Widow,” despite what CFO has proven to be a wealth of material. The company dusts off the shows, often supplying a vital new translation, and provides pros to play and sing, often touting a national or local premiere or at least the first production in a healthy shank of a century. This summer, they put on “Johnny Johnson,” a 1936 show by no less than Kurt Weill (composer of “The Threepenny Opera” and its most famous song, “Mack the Knife”), in its Chicago premiere. June 24-July 9. $20-$40. Chicago Folks Operetta at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave.

More enjoyably than the winter-dance of jumping up and down to stay warm, SummerDance tours types of toe-tapping all season, teaching a group lesson for the first hour (usually 6-7 p.m.) and then playing live music to put the newfound knowledge into practice for the remainder (usually 7-9 or 9:30 p.m.). Most often held at Grant Park’s Spirit of Music Garden at 601 S. Michigan Ave., SummerDance makes single-week forays into genres such as bhangra, kizomba and zydeco and return trips to categories such as swing and house. Riddle: Its most frequent type is named identically with the condiment often cited as the country’s most popular. Answer below.* June 23-Sep. 10. Free. Various locations.

The dragon boats in this Saturday’s Dragon Boat Race for Literacy, a paddle-to-the-metal competition in the south branch of the river, hold 20 team members. Eighteen of them sit in two, er, rows, wielding the paddles and the power. One plays coxswain by playing a drum. Lying out over the bow on a carved dragon head, one—a kind of scull cap—snatches a flag at the finish line. Thirty of these twenties will compete in an elimination tournament, getting a grueling workout, while spectators spectate or watch dance, attend storytelling or arts and crafts at the branch library, or take a free trolley to the rest of Chinatown. June 24. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Ping Tom Memorial Park, 1700 S. Wentworth Ave.

Although the bebop-beluga Wednesday evenings at the aquarium take the title Jazzin’ at the Shedd, the music lays a backbeat backdrop to a sea of other activities, including wandering the exhibits (the “Amphibians” special exhibit among them), eating and drinking, listening to a scientist (today’s topic is microbiomes) or sitting on the terrace and enjoying the view of the skyline across what I’ll dub Museum Bay. Because the Jazzins happen on Wednesdays, the waning moments of the event coincide with the Navy Pier fireworks, which you can see from a boat if you buy a combo ticket to both boat and jazz. The several stages spread around the event touch on different categories of jazz, but always jazz. I personally thought it should be a series of coral concerts. June 21-Sep. 13. 5-10 p.m. $20. Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive.

The Hawks laid an egg in the NHL playoffs, but Chicago still hosts a national hockey event this month: the NHL draft, at the United Center on Friday and Saturday. Outside the arena, the Blackhawks host a Fan Fest (free tickets required) with a mobile museum of Blackhawks memorabilia, a pop-up ball-hockey rink, a virtual-reality Zamboni and, at 5 p.m. on Friday, a live performance from the band Neon Trees. Most notably, the Stanley Cup will make a June Chicago appearance, not in a Blackhawks victory parade but on loan from the Pittsburgh Penguins. June 23-24. Fan Fest: Free. Parking Lot C, north of the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St. NHL Draft: $10. United Center.

Summer, for families who struggle with hunger, often means the loss of school lunches and breakfasts. (Not in Chicago, however, where the Summer Food Service Program keeps cafeterias humming, thankfully.) This Monday, the charity No Kid Hungry throws a multicourse, multichef meal to raise funds for its initiatives, including summer food. The chef lineup includes “Top Chef” finalist Sarah Grueneberg and pastry chef Sara Lamb of host restaurant Monteverde, Stephanie Izard of her herd of Goat restaurants, Lee Wolen of Boka and Jason Vincent of Giant. All proceeds go to the charity. June 26. 6-9:30 p.m. $200. Monteverde Restaurant and Pastificio, 1020 W. Madison St.

*It’s salsa.

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