Your perfect weekend | "Whales," beaches open, Bike the Drive
Six activities for Memorial Day weekend
Wed May 25 2011
Friday, May 27
We Stand Sideways, a dance group that specializes in illusion (yes, that specialization exists), presents “Ta Da! The Assistant’s Revenge” (The Underground Lounge, 952 W Newport Ave; 773-327-2739; 10pm; $12). The performance “dismantles the stereotypical role of women in a male dominated world” by satirizing the hapless, objectified magician’s assistant. Solid local dancers, like artistic director Amanda Timm, should make the weirdness palatable.
Chicago might be far from an ocean, but for a few months, whale watching will become a local activity. The Field Museum opens “Whales: Giants of the Deep” (Field Museum, 1400 S Lake Shore Dr; 312-665-7100; 9am–5pm; $22, seniors $18, kids ages 3–11 $15), an exhibit organized by the Museum of New Zealand. In addition to whale skeletons and facts, you can see South Pacific artifacts made from whale bones and teeth. Historically a key part of the Field’s permanent collection, items from the area can be seen in the old-school galleries Pacific Spirits and Traveling the Pacific.