18 free events this week | June 23-29

Photograph: Erica McKeehen

Photograph: Erica McKeehen

Saturday 23

Deborah Stratman: The Name Is Not the Thing Named
6:30-9:30pm, Iceberg Projects (7714 N. Sheridan)
At the exhibit's gallery opening, filmmaker-artist Stratman presents a new video and photographs that point to the relationships between physical environments and how human power struggles shape the land.

Dyke March Afterparty and Ice Cream Social
7pm, Parlour
Have a few more sweet and tasty licks of this year's Dyke March as the ladies head to Parlour for an all-night celebration featuring an ice-cream bar and Chances DJs, live performances and your host Vajequeque Brown.

Grant Park Music Festival: An American in Paris
7:30pm, Pritzker Pavilion
Ravel's Bolero and Gershwin's An American in Paris kick off a weeklong collaboration between the Paris Opéra Ballet and the Harris Theater.

Sunday 24

Montrose Rocks Pride
11am, Montrose Harbor
Unbeknownst to most North Siders, another celebration will be happening Pride Sunday just a stone's throw from where this year's parade begins. Thousands of LGBT people and their families (mostly African-American and Latino) will gather for an afternoon barbecue, party and advocacy event. Bring a tent, some victuals and a cooler and settle in for this all-day affair.

Chicago 43rd Annual Pride Parade
12pm, starting at Montrose and Broadway
Take 450,000 hungover paradegoers, stir in 200 over-the-top floats, mix in several dozen vote-hungry politicians, add throngs of scantily clad men and women, sprinkle generously with glitter and condoms, and you get this 43rd annual shot of queer goodness. Sure it's ritual that's equally thrilling and tired, but changes are afoot this year including a new parade route starting at the corner of Montrose and Broadway. Let the ga(y)mes begin.

Chicago Gospel Music Festival
12pm-8:30pm, Ellis Park
Quit singing along to your VHS of Sister Act 2 and come out to this 27th annual inspirational fest. Headliners include Mary Mary, Fred Hammond, Blind Boys of Alabama and Take 6.

Monday 25

Morbid Curiosity: The Richard Harris Collection
10am-7pm, Chicago Cultural Center
Riverwoods art dealer Harris’s passion for death bridges centuries, cultures and the divide be tween fine art and popular culture. Colorful Day of the Dead artifacts, contemporary sculptures both beautiful and perverse, historic antiwar prints and hundreds of other works drive home the universality of death as a subject in art in this unique exhibition. Through Jul 8.

10th Annual Salute to LGBT Veterans
12pm, Daley Plaza
Join the City of Chicago as it pays tribute to our LGBT men and women in uniform both past and present.

Extraordinary Popular Delusions
8:30pm, Beat Kitchen
Enigmatic pianist Jim Baker helms this free-bop weekly, usually joined by Liquid Soul sax man Mars Williams and his NRG Ensemble bandmates Brian Sandstrom (bass) and Steve Hunt (drums).

Tuesday 26

Doug Fogelson: Exit Eden
10am-6:30pm, City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower
Fogelson's altered landscape photographs consider how climate change affects the natural world.

Rush Hour Concert Series
5:45pm, St. James Cathedral
Third Coast Percussion performs music by John Cage, makes them surprisingly groovy.

Wednesday 27

Alberto Aguilar: Object Reservation
11am-9pm, SHoP (Southside Hub of Production)
Aguilar's installation in the SHoP library includes white objects collected from the homes of Hyde Park residents as well as audio interviews with these anonymous contributors, who share their opinions about the neighborhood.

Garden Party
12-6pm, Hinge Gallery
Artist Karolina Gnatowski curated this backyard show featuring sculptures and other works by Christalena Hughmanick, Heather Youngdahl Mullins, Vanessa Smith and Kaylee Rae Wyant.

Diggin' Dusties
8pm, Maria's Packaged Goods and Community Bar
Esteemed local music aficionado Joe Bryl's expertise runs far and wide. As music director of much-missed lounge Sonotheque, he helped introduce Chicago to innumerable talents across dance, world and retro music. Now he's doing a similarly bang-up job at Maria's Packaged Goods in Bridgeport monthly, showcasing new arrivals to the prodigious record bins of Dusty Groove record shop. Expect everything from jazz to Latin to soul with Bryl in charge.

Thursday 28

Summer Vibe
5pm, Union Park
Millennium Park's Summer Dance series may be on permanent hiatus, but Union Park is picking up the slack with weekly Thursday evening sessions featuring ample DJs spinning house, techno, dubstep and drum 'n' bass under the setting sun.

Movies in the Park
Dusk, various CPD locations
Grant Park movies are long gone, but the Chicago Park District has since picked up the slack with its neighborhood outdoor movie series. More than 100 local parks get their own big screen for a night or two. This Thursday evening, Armour Square Park shows Dolphin Tale, Dvorak Park offers the explosive (literally!) Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Wentworth Park goes back to classics with The Wizard of Oz. All movies begin at dusk.

Friday 29

Grant Park Music Festival: Golden Anniversary Choral Spectacular
6:30pm, Pritzker Pavilion
Pack a picnic and stretch out on the Great Lawn or grab a chair in the Seating Bowl as you listen to the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus serenade packs of Chicagoans. Food and drink, including alcohol, are permitted. (Yes!)

DJ LA*Jesus
9pm, 694 Wine & Spirits
Never one to half-ass it, 694 Wine Co. (formerly Juicy Wine Co.) pays a weekly homage to the '80s with holier-than-thou DJ LA*Jesus, mixing up everything from forgotten and legitimately fantastic gems to, well, Jem. Yes, guilty pleasures will abound.

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