Things to do in Chicago this weekend
Thu Oct 24 2013
Photograph: Cheryl Mann Photography
Garfunkel & Oates Beneath the sugary goodness of comedic songwriting duo Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci are sly, hilarious songs that point out the awkward and uncomfortable in life. The pair's IFC pilot was recently picked up to series, bowing in 2014. Abbey Pub. 7:30pm. $25–$35, VIP $100–$150.
Giordano Dance Chicago: Fall Home Season The jazz dance company founded in 1963 by Gus Giordano celebrates its 2013–2014 season, "Escape Ordinary," with electrifying world premieres from Roni Koresh, artistic director of Koresh Dance Company, and resident choreographer Autumn Eckman. Expect some audience favorites, too. Harris Theater. 7:30pm. $15–$60.
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Bill T. Jones & Arnie Zane Dance Company: Story/Time Jones is a familiar name at the Dance Center, having performed there in all four decades of its history. His piece Story/Time is performed in collaboration with the Arnie Zane Dance Company and revolves around a series of random one-minute autobiographies. The structure is inspired by the 1959 composition Indeterminacy, by John Cage, and Columbia College wants you to know, all-caps–style, that it CONTAINS NUDITY AND MATURE CONTENT. Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago. 3pm; 8pm. $35, seniors $28.
Meals on Wheels Celebrity Chef Ball Sample a plethora of different chefs' and mixologists' creations at this year's Celebrity Chef Ball. The tasting party will include tastings, full bar, a photobooth and a silent auction. VIP guests will enjoy dinner with chefs like Ryan Poli of Tavernita and Little Market Brasserie and Chris Pandel of Bristol and Balena. Proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels. Zhou B Art Center. 6:30pm. $150, VIP $350.
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Fright Fest at Six Flags Great America As if its Verticle Velocity coaster wasn't enough of a scream, Six Flags transforms to its Halloween alter ego with hair-raising shows, haunted houses and a trick-or-treat trail for kids. "In response to guests’ requests for a scarier 'Fright by Night,' ghoul repellent whistles are no longer available," the park's site says. In other words: No wimps allowed. Six Flags Great America. 6pm–10pm.
MiND GAMeS This New York–based jazz quartet takes a spin in Chicago. Saxophonist Angelika Niescier, pianist Denman Maroney and drummer Andrew Drury are led by bassist James Ilgenfritz. The foursome squeezes unexpected, minimalist sounds from a rather trad arrangement, with Drury scraping and fingering the skins of his snare. The result is modernism wrapped in the warm skin of Monk's time. Hungry Brain. 10pm. $7.