5 things to do today: Wednesday, May 1
Wed May 1 2013
Eat to the Beat: The Seldoms At this popular series, you can BYOL (lunch) to enjoy during the performance. Choreographed by Carrie Hanson, today's performance is a humorous and insightful dance theater work showcasing the various responses people have to climate change—ranging from indifference to denial to panic. Harris Theater. Noon. Free.
RUI: Reading Under the Influence At this rowdy monthly series, readers take shots before reading their own stories and offer up trivia about the work of famous authors. Tonight, the series celebrates its eighth anniversary, so eight gr8 current and former staff members read under the influence: Julia Borcherts, Rob Duffer, Amy Guth, Carly Huegelmann, Jesse Jordan, Bronwyn Mead, Jon Natzke and Erin Nederbo. Frankie Migacz and Behnam Riahi host. Bottoms up! Sheffield's. 7:30pm. $3.
Sound Opinions at the Movies: Wattstax Dir. Mel Stuart. 1973. 103mins. Documentary. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot, the hosts of NPR's rock talk show Sound Opinions, present this seminal concert film, shot at the titular 1972 music festival in Los Angeles, which mixes performance clips from artists like Isaac Hayes and Albert King with stand-up from Richard Pryor. The legacy of the 1965 Watts riots looms large over the celebratory proceedings. Music Box. 7:30pm. $10, advance $9.
Big Boi + Killer Mike Playing the Pitchfork Music Festival messed with his steez. Big Boi, who has been setting hip-hop trends for ages with Outkast, suddenly got the notion to inject indie flavors-of-the-month into his clever Southern bounce. Last year's Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors stuffed its guest list with middle-tier festival acts like Phantogram, Wavves and Little Dragon to varying degrees of success. Still, he remains one of the great voices in the game and his live show is on point thanks to those big festival stages. Add fellow ATLien "Killer" Mike Render and his Ice Cube–like flow and you have a must-see rap gig. Park West. 8pm. $27.
Ivywild: The True Tall Tales of Bathhouse John Jay Torrence's new show for the Hypocrites whimsically explores the true story of early-20th-century First Ward Ald. "Bathhouse John" Coughlin and "Hinky Dink" Kenna and their graft-fueled quest to build an amusement park in Colorado. Chopin Theatre. Wed–Sat 7:30pm; Sun 3pm. $28.