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4 October 2017 | 12:00 pm

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In the same year as its big retrospective of the Rio-born midcentury artist Helio Oiticica, the Art Institute waxes Brazilian once again for an exhibition of the modernist Tarsila do Amaral. Tarsila (often referred to by her first name) came of aesthetic age in the early-20th-century era of movements and manifestos, beginning in cubism and then cultivating a uniquely Brazilian style with her countrymen and -women. Her painting “Abaporu,” shown in the exhibit, emblematized the movement of Antropofagia, which those who know their word origins can see refers to cannibalistically devouring European artistic influences in the service of a new style. Oct. 8-Jan. 7. Free-$25 museum admission. Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave.

The Empty Bottle, a music venue loved so fulsomely for its programming and atmosphere that devotees sometimes show up without knowing who’s playing, has a side series called Beyond the Gate in a location with its own unique ambience: beside the mausoleum in Bohemian National Cemetery. For this early-in-the-spooky-month installment, the Bottle booked Circuit des Yeux, the indie-folk project of the contralto chanteuse Haley Fohr. Oct. 7. 7 p.m. $20. Bohemian National Cemetery, Bryn Mawr Avenue and Pulaski Road.

Farm-minded chefs think preservation at this time of year, and so do the film buffs, as the UCLA Festival of Preservation jams up the Gene Siskel Film Center. The biennial traveling exhibition screens films on 35mm that were rarely or never shown until the wizards at the UCLA Film & Television Archive restored them. This round’s treasures include a 1933 Laurel and Hardy comedy called “Sons of the Desert,” the Black Panther documentary “The Murder of Fred Hampton” and the 1957 Argentinean cinematographic masterpiece “Los Tallos Amargos,” thought lost until 2014. Oct. 7-Nov. 1. $6-$11 per film; $10-$18 double bills. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.

Nicolas Carone, an abstract expressionist who rubbed paint-stained elbows on the New York scene with Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko, receives five interrelated exhibitions stippled around the United States in this, his centennial year. (Carone died in 2010.) Carone Centennial Chicago gathers 16 Carones in the Old Irving Park gallery Rare Nest, organized by Carone’s student and friend Megan Williamson, who also gives a gallery talk Oct. 15 (email keith@rarenestgallery.com to make a reservation). Oct. 7-Nov. 5. Free. Rare Nest Gallery, 3433 N. Kedvale Ave.

The Hypocrites, the theater company behind the famous David Cromer “Our Town” and the all-Greek-to-everyone “All Our Tragic,” worrisomely curtailed its previous season, promising to return under a nonstandard, nonsubscription model. The company pops up now to participate in the Mercury Theater’s season, mounting a new adaptation of “Dracula” by Sean Graney, Hypocrite in chief. Graney promises PG-15 suspense, depth of character and “at least a gallon of stage blood.” Oct. 7-Nov. 5. $30-$55. The Hypocrites at the Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport Ave.

For its production of “Rigoletto,” Verdi’s evergreen tragedy, Lyric Opera hired singers familiar to Chicago audiences. Tenor Matthew Polenzani, a North Shore native, portrays the lascivious Duke, who gets the two famous arias “Questa o quella” and “La donna e mobile,” the latter instantly recognizable. Baritone Quinn Kelsey, onstage a year ago in “Lucia di Lammermoor,” sings Rigoletto. Soprano Rosa Feola, playing the ingenuous Gilda, has sung several times in town for Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, but she makes her Lyric debut here. Oct. 7-Nov. 3. $20-$319. Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive.

Violinist Ray Chen, handsome and savvy enough to have a social-media and YouTube presence attracting crossover fans, jet-sets all over the world, from his home country of Australia to his ancestral home of Taiwan to the north suburbs this past summer (playing Mozart and the well-known Mendelssohn violin concerto in July) to the western suburbs now. Chen, known for an energetic playing style admirers call passionate and detractors call hammy, plays a program including violin-recital classics by Beethoven, Saint-Saens and Ysaye and surely has an showmanly encore or two up his sleeve. Oct. 6. 7:30 p.m. $10-$45. Edman Chapel, Wheaton College, 401 E. Franklin St., Wheaton.

The straightforward name of “The Interview Show,” the decade-old live-spoken fixture seeking the art in the art of conversation, obscures the fascinating byways the show travels. Far from the job-seeker or hard-news versions, the interviews, conducted by the writer Mark Bazer, wander to any oddball question that occurs to him or the interviewee. The monthly live version (WTTW also tapes and broadcasts them) this time welcomes comedian Barry Crimmins, stylist Whitney Middleton (her stylees include Chance the Rapper), author Rich Cohen (“The Chicago Cubs: Story of a Curse,” op-ed-promoted this week in the New York Times), rapper Joseph Chilliams and writer Porochista Khakpour. Oct. 6. 6:30 p.m. $15. The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave.

We’re in the sweet spot for oysters, when the weather is still warm but we’ve entered the months containing the letter R, when oysters have stopped spawning and have the best texture, although bivalve-phobes don’t ever like the texture, of course. (Oysters are safe year-round these days.) Shaw’s Crab House’s 11-day Oyster Fest features half-price oysters all the time, 50-cent pop-up specials, live music, a bespoke beer from Haymarket Brewing and ticketed dinners. Unappetizingly named competitive-eating “slurp-offs” take place in heats over the course of the fest, leading up to a final on the final day with a prize of $1,000 in Shaw’s gift certificates, which at normal times can buy you about 333 oysters. Oct. 5-15. Oyster Bar, Shaw’s Chicago, 21 E. Hubbard St.

LATER

Singer Judith Owen and actor Harry Shearer, who voices about half of Springfield on the “Simpsons,” have held variety-show holiday parties for years, a tradition they originally made public as a Hurricane Katrina benefit. Still a charitable endeavor, the annual show, now called “Christmas Without Tears”—invites performers from the worlds of comedy (Christopher Guest guested in the past), music (Richard Thompson) or both (Weird Al). Owen and Shearer involve the audience as well, especially in acting out the “Twelve Days of Christmas” competitively for prizes like a pooping reindeer and a happy-birthday-Jesus coloring book. Tickets sell out fast. Dec. 11. 7 p.m. $20-$70. Space, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston.

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