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Chicago magazine June 2015

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the takeaway

“Bring the outdoors in! Switch out heavier, darker flower arrangements for fresh tulips, peonies, or hyacinth. Visit a nursery for larger green plants like fig trees and palms. And prep the terrace for dining alfresco by adding vases of flowering branches and lighted lanterns.” BUY GUIDE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PRODUCTS IN THESE PAGES CLEAN LIVING page 10 Designer: Lukas Machnik, Lukas Machnik Design, lukasmachnik.com. Architects: Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture. Kitchen: Cabinets, Bulthaup, 313 W. Superior St., bulthaup.com. Table and stools, designed by Lukas Machnik. Sofa, Knoll, Merchandise Mart, knoll.com. Living room: Sofa, Luminaire, 301 W. Superior St., luminaire.com. Vintage French steel coffee table by Maria Pergay from Pavilion, 2055 N. Damen Ave. Mezzo Oracle white bowl shade lamp by Gae Auenti for Artemide, 351 W. Hubbard St., artemide.us. Bedroom: Vintage chair by Harry Bertois…

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design dish

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best of the rest

COMEDY CRISTELA ALONZO 6/25 at 8 The star of the ABC show Cristela comes to town to joke about her immigrant Catholic upbringing, among other familial topics. $30. Zanies, 1548 N. Wells. chicago.zanies.com CHICAGO WOMEN’S FUNNY FESTIVAL 6/18–21 The city’s wittiest ladies are back for the fourth annual CWFF. From sketch and standup to burlesque and musical comedy, these women do it all. $15–$100. Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. chicagowomensfunnyfestival.com WEIRD AL YANKOVIC 6/27 at 7:30 Yankovic performs songs from his charttopping, Grammy-winning comedy album Mandatory Fun. $34–$54. Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. thechicagotheatre.com FESTIVALS, PARADES & PARTIES FREE! CHICAGO PRIDE 6/20–21 Chicago’s world-famous festival and parade in celebration of the LGBT community is on for a 46th time. Belmont between Addison and Grace. chicagopride. gopride.com MIDSOMMARFEST 6/12–14 Two dozen food vendors and 80 local artists descend upon the historically Swedish…

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the not-so-great white whale

How do you re-create a whale onstage? And not just any whale, but the über-whale Moby-Dick? Short answer: You don’t. In his new adaptation of Herman Melville’s 19th-century novel, David Catlin, the artistic director at Lookingglass, takes an abstract, movementbased approach to the problem of depicting a 90-foot beast on a 60-foot stage. Three actresses dressed in white represent the Fates—or the great white whale—that come together to drag the monomaniacal Ahab to his death. Meanwhile, a whale-like skeleton surrounds the stage and audience. “You will have an image of the whale in your brain that no amount of stagecraft could literally construct,” Catlin says. At the play’s end, a massive sheet of white fabric wholly envelops the audience— like a whale swallowing its prey.…

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the evolution of “chiraq”

Early 2009 South Side MC King Louie coins the term “Chiraq” (pronounced shy-RACK) as a riff on the idea of Chicago as a war zone. February 13, 2012 Urban Dictionary adds the term, defining it as a “word to describe Chicago because of its violent history and crime rates.” April 7, 2014 The moniker goes mainstream with Nicki Minaj and Lil Herb’s single “Chi-Raq.” It has been streamed more than 8 million times on SoundCloud. Mid-April 2014 The anti-“Chiraq” movement gains traction. Designer Alonzo Jackson sells hundreds of T-shirts emblazoned with “Chiraq” crossed out in favor of “Chitown.” April 9, 2015 Spike Lee confirms his plans for a movie set in Englewood called Chiraq. Local bloggers and the mayor bristle at how the title could reflect on the city. PHOTOGRAPHY (KRAFT/HEINZ PHOTO ILLUSTRATION): GLEN GLYSSER (KING LOUIE) LENNY GILMORE…

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ART & DESIGN See “Art & Design: Museums & Institutions.” CULTURE, HISTORY & SCIENCE CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM Through 8/16Chicago Styled: Fashioning the Magnificent Mile. Twenty-six designer ensembles from the museum’s costume collection tell the story of Michigan Avenue’s fashion evolution from the late 1950s to the late 1990s. Through 2018The Secret Lives of Objects. Get a glimpse of Ann Landers’s typewriter, Charlie Chaplin’s bamboo cane, and more historical paraphernalia in this new exhibition culled from the museum’s vaults. $12–$14. 1601 N. Clark. chicagohistory.org DUSABLE MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY Through 9/6Free at First: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Jazz musicians Jodie Christian, Steve McCall, Phil Cohran, and Muhal Richard Abrams formed the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians to promote avant-garde music on the South Side. This exhibit…