The best events in Chicago over Fourth of July weekend – Consumer News

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28 June 2017 | 1:00 pm

Chicago theater, taken collectively, has a cast of thousands, with dozens of companies mounting hundreds of shows, such a stage barrage that even people who see theater for a living miss good stuff. Back at the table, now clutching four Joseph Jefferson Awards for non-union shows, including best play, is “At the Table,” a lakehouse-conversation play about eight 30-somethings discussing our cultural moment with levels of heat catalyzed by intoxicants. Broken Nose Theatre, named after Chicago in Nelson Algren’s “never a lovely so real” formulation, sold out its initial run at the 40-seat Berger Park Coach House, and the new house ups the capacity only to 65, so it ought to be hot, especially at pay-what-you-can prices. (The recommended range is $1-$30.) June 29-July 28. Broken Nose Theatre at the Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Chicago Tap Theatre, tapping into elements of visual and musical storytelling, expands the dance form beyond ball changes and shuffling off to Buffalo to pioneer a genre they call “tap opera,” theatrical productions with characters, plot and an overlay of tap. On tap for the company’s next show, “Changes” tells a tale of aliens alienated by despotism, set to the music of David Bowie, including, predictably, “Space Oddity,” which lends Major Tom as a character to the show. Having produced the show twice before, in 2006 and 2011, Chicago Tap Theatre promises “Changes” will have some, er, alterations from previous versions. The choreographer and director Harrison McEldowney leads, new arrangements string in violin and cello, and the set includes a rocket. Also, there will be lasers. June 30-July 16. $23-$37. Chicago Tap Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave.

Pride goeth, but even with the parade past, trans issues encapsulate the current battleground of the culture wars to a T. Here stands “Hir,” a queer play at Steppenwolf Theatre Company whose title you’d hear as “here,” written by the performance artist and creative cyclone Taylor Mac, last seen in town whirling through three decades of a 24-decade, 24-hour show on American popular music dating back to the American Revolution. “Hir” gawks at and empathizes with a put-the-fun-in-dysfunctional family of a PTSD-stricken vet, his transitioning sister-becoming-brother, their aphasic father and vindictive mother. The title refers to the trans brother’s preferred possessive pronoun; the red-squiggle-inducing “judy” is the preferred pronoun of Mac judyself. June 29-Aug. 20. $20-$89. Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted St.

The Old Town School of Folk Music this summer traverses musical genres that Chicago has historically influenced, traversing the city as they do it, in the free concert series Soundtrack of the City. On Friday, the series alights on jazz, banding the cool-as-cucumber-ice singer Dee Alexander and her quartet with the throwback ragtime pianist Reginald Robinson in Bronzeville, a historic jazz hub. Speaking of history, the Chicago Blues Museum (not the same institution as the forthcoming Chicago Jazz Experience in the Loop) exhibits Chicago jazz artifacts in the same space. June 30. 6 p.m. Free. Ellis Park Arts & Recreation Center, 3520 S. Cottage Grove Ave.

Independently of the rest of the fest, the Grant Park Music Festival’s Independence Day program always explodes into the calendar on whatever weekday brings fireworks. On Tuesday, Christopher Bell, who helms the chorus in his festival forte, brings loud music and outfits to a star-spangled and stripe-ribboned program that covers Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” and Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” which pedantically speaking celebrates Russian patriotism but does also have cannons. Navy Pier fireworks follow, a shortish stroll away. Also in concerts-for-countries news, the festival celebrates the 150th birthday of our maple-scented brethren to the north on July 1 with the Canadian Brass. July 4. 6:30 p.m. Free. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Randolph Street and Michigan Avenue.

These days, when you see a film, usually there isn’t really any film in the projector, because it’s digital. (“Movie,” as in moving picture, falls terminologically short, too, because it’s actually a rapid sequence of still pictures, but who’s counting.) During the Music Box Theatre’s 70mm Film Festival, the big deal isn’t just films filmed on film but the big format, 40 pounds a reel, unspooling 112 feet per minute, projected on a huge temporary screen, bearing four times the detail of already-sought-after 35mm. Occupying the center space, a new print of “2001: A Space Odyssey” runs for a week, and a few retronymic film-based films from the digital era pay homage to the old technology, such as “Interstellar,” “Kong: Skull Island” (whose director does the As in a Q&A on July 15) and “Dunkirk,” opening in 70mm—still on the screenzilla—on July 21, after the festival officially ends. June 30-July 15. $9-$14 per film, $60-$75 fest pass. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave.

Playwright David Ives thrives in the climes of rhyme, with plenty of wordplay under his belt, including below-the-belt cracks. His “The School for Lies” realchemizes Moliere’s “The Misanthrope” into modern-English verses (with curses), but still immerses the linguistic pyrotechnics in the original’s 17th-century French setting. Ives contrives to make the comedy—of suitors and lawsuits, flattery flattened by brutal honesty—derive from the kinetic verbosity, both in pomposity and scabrosity. June 28-Aug. 13. $20-$32. The Artistic Home Theatre, 1376 W. Grand Ave.

Lisle becomes the city of hot air this weekend, as the Eyes to the Skies Festival sees a balloon-centered event inflate. Mass balloon launches happen twice daily, along with a glow at twilight, and in between, attendees can take a three- to five-minute tethered ride for $20. Post-glow, each night features fireworks, and each day skydiving shows. After festivalish tribute and cover bands open, headline musical acts with name recognition rise: The Reverend Horton Heat, Foghat and Cassadee Pope of “The Voice.” June 30-July 2. 12-11 p.m. Free-$10. Community Park, 1825 Short St., Lisle.

Boatwrights who also fancy origami can pool their skills and build a junk from recycling-bin junk for the Lake Ellyn Cardboard Regatta, a nautical race/boat-beauty contest this weekend. Entrants, who may register until June 30 at noon, receive 20 sheets of corrugated cardboard and strict instructions about allowed and disallowed adhesives and sealants, and then bedeck their boats for heats of about 200 yards, paddled by crews of up to eight. Thousands of spectators throng to see how the boats fare. Spoiler alert: Cardboard is not waterproof. July 1. 12 p.m. $50 per boat, free to watch. Lake Ellyn Park, 645 Lenox Rd., Glen Ellyn.

The Alphawood Gallery, the exhibition-space arm of a similarly named grantmaking foundation, reaches B in its alphabet of exhibits, following its inaugural “Art AIDS America” with “Then They Came for Me,” a photography-focused examination of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Among the photographers excerpted rank eminences such as Dorothea Lange, whose Depression-era work epitomizes documentary photography, and Ansel Adams, known for his naturalist shots. Scads of tie-in events dot the gallery’s schedule, with more in development—beta to accompany the exhibit’s alpha. June 29-Nov. 19. Free. Alphawood Gallery, 2401 N. Halsted St.

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