Lord of the Flies at Steppenwolf Theatre, a fiber art event at Chicago Botanic Garden, and The Rascals reunite for a concert; Chicago Tonight knows what’s going on this weekend.
Those who enjoyed reading William Golding’s novel The Lord of the Flies in high school may want to check out Steppenwolf Theatre’s staging of the classic story this weekend. In a web extra review for our online audience this week, Chicago Sun-Times theater critic Hedy Weiss called the performance “a really great show." Directed by Halena Kays, the play transports audiences to a deserted island inhabited by a group of stranded British school boys. Although the show is part of the Steppenwolf for Young Adults series, it is also open to the public on the weekends. Lord of the Flies runs for 1 hour and 30 minutes, and will be performed through November 15. Tickets cost $20. For more information, click here.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company
1650 N Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60614
This week, Chicago Tonight’s Artbeat blog featured Once Upon a Dream, “the feel-good show of the season,” starring The Rascals. Produced and directed by Steven Van Zandt and Marc Brickman, the show marks the band’s first tour in 40 years. Van Zandt describes the show as “a combination of a Rock Concert and a Broadway show.” In addition to musical performances, the production also consists of storytelling, actors reenacting important moments in the band’s history, and archival footage. This weekend, Once Upon a Dream will be performed at Cadillac Palace on Friday November 8 at 7:30 pm, Saturday November 9 at 8:00 pm, and Sunday November 10 at 2:00 pm. For more information, click here.
Cadillac Palace Theatre
151 W Randolph Street
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Browse a wide collection of handcrafted items this weekend at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s fiber art event. Fine Art of Fiber, which is held in the Garden's Regenstein Center, will have more than 150 items on view and for sale, including quilts, needle art, dolls, wearable art, knitted pieces, holiday gifts, and more. Fine Art of Fiber is open Friday, November 8 through Sunday, November 10, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information, click here.
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022
The mission of the 24th annual Chicago Humanities Festival is “to create opportunities for people of all ages to support, enjoy and explore humanities.” This year, the theme of the event is What Makes Us Human. Program themes during the festival include The Natural, The Cultural, The Fictional, The Factual, The Personal, and The Political. The festival begins on Friday, November 1 and runs through Sunday, November 10.
This weekend, festival events include:
In her most recent book, The Autistic Brain, Temple Grandin “presents the latest physiological research and charts the shift from neurological to genetic approaches to the condition.” As part of the Humanities Festival, Grandin will share her new work on Saturday, November 8 at 12:00 pm at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The event takes place in Main Hall AB. Tickets cost $15. For more information, click here.
UIC Forum - Main Hall AB
725 West Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608
Bear Down with Lester Munson - Saturday, November 8
As part of the Humanities Festival, sports writer Lester Munson will speak about totemic qualities of our athletic culture, America’s sports teams, fans, and their devotion to mascots. The talk will take place on Saturday, November 8 at the University of Illinois at Chicago, in Main Hall C. Tickets cost $10. For more information, click here.
UIC Forum - Main Hall C
725 West Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608
For a full list of festival events, click here.
A new exhibit called The Way of the Shovel: Art as Archaeology opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Saturday. The exhibit “traces the interest in history, archaeology, and archival research that defines some of the most highly regarded art of the last decade.” Consisting almost entirely of work produced after the year 2000, the exhibit is “broad in geographical scope,” but also focuses on the history of its own location, Chicago. This weekend, the museum is open Friday-Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. For more information about the exhibit, click here.
Museum Of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 E Chicago Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60611