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Chicago Agenda: Thursday, March 13

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On today’s agenda: Thurston Moore and more at the Art Institute, the music of Chicago soul at the Black Ensemble Theater, and a chat with poet Kevin Young.

“Loose Booty”

The Art Institute hosts a night of performance by jazz legends Milford Grave and Joe McPhee and New York post-punks Thurston Moore and Richard Hell

Before he won over festival crowds with his eye-rolling, mop-topped slacker charms, former Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore was a regular in the avant-garde art scene of early-’80s New York. Thus, his appearance at the Rubloff Auditorium at the Art Institute of Chicago (111 S. Michigan Ave.) doesn’t seem as surprising as it otherwise might. During Loose Booty, he’ll be laying down a live soundtrack to the John Nares film Street, but he’s not the only notable artist on the bill. Jazz titans Milford Graves and Joe McPhee will combine their powers during a first-ever collaboration, and Moore’s fellow post-punk legend Richard Hell will read from his written works. The show runs in conjunction with the Art Institute’s Christopher Wool retrospective. (7 p.m.–10 p.m. $10–$30; buy tickets here)

“Chicago’s Golden Soul”

The songs of Curtis Mayfield, Jerry Butler, the Chi-Lites, and more come to life in this lively musical revue

Uptown’s Black Ensemble Theater (4450 N. Clark St.) grabbed the attention of music lovers across the city with the September opening of It’s Alright to Have a Good Time: The Story of Curtis Mayfield. Now, as that production nears its sixth month of shows, the theater is expanding its scope. Its remount of Chicago’s Golden Soul returns audiences to the early '70s, when musical acts like Jerry Butler and the Chi-Lites were spreading the Chicago sound to radios all over America. Those same songs anchor this musical revue, which memorializes bygone performers and labels while simultaneously reminding everyone of the long shadow of influence still being cast by the music. In addition to entertaining, the shows offers up what the Chicago Tribune’s Chris Jones calls “a great civic history.” (7:30 p.m. $55–$65; buy tickets here)

Kevin Young

Poet Kevin Young talks grief, hope, and the many facets of fatherhood during a talk and reading at Tribune Tower 

“If you read no other book of poetry this year, this should be the one.” Clearly, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Gina Webb found resonance within Book of Hours, the new collection of poems by Kevin Young. The works within find Young at the crossroads of fatherhood, continuing to process the unexpected death of his own father while welcoming his first-born child to the world. Freely mixing grief and ecstasy, the poems grapple with a central question asked by poets throughout the ages: what do the dead leave behind? Tonight, Young will consider that question with the help of the Tribune’s Rick Kogan during a chat and reading at Tribune Tower (435 N. Michigan Ave.). Copies of Book of Hours will be available for sale before the post-event signing. (7 p.m. $15, $40 with book; buy tickets here

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Guide Staff Writer
BY: Tyler Clark