Chicago Agenda: Tuesday, March 11
On today’s agenda: a lunchtime curator talk at the MCA, a compact retelling of the American Revolution, and a set by pop weirdos Cheer-Accident.
MCA curator leads patrons on a lunchtime stroll through the museum’s double retrospective
In MCA DNA: Warhol and Marisol, the Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E. Chicago Ave.) traces the intersecting careers and intertwining personal lives of two of the 20th century’s certified masters. The exhibition is sticking around until June, but make a lunchtime jaunt to the museum today for a special (and free) treat. Curator Lynne Warren will lead a one-hour guided talk of the exhibition, shedding extra academic light on the back-and-forth influence found in Warhol’s silk-screen paintings and Marisol’s sculptures. She’ll also be able to answer deeper questions, like “In what ways did the two artists diverge from or even reject the other’s style?” and “Isn’t it weird how their names rhyme like that?” (Noon to 1 p.m. Free with museum admission; Illinois residents receive free admission every Tuesday)
On a 21-square-foot stage, the seven actors of Theater Unspeakable take audiences on a crowded, quick journey through the American Revolution
Seven actors. 50 minutes. 21 square feet. Tonight at the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.), Theater Unspeakable will attempt the (seemingly) impossible: retelling the epic history of the American Revolution in a space that’s smaller than some walk-in closets. Those cramped quarters make for some inventive staging: company members summon the ghosts of Yorktown, Valley Forge, and the Continental Congress with a cheeky blend of lighthearted writing, improvised sound effects, and the company’s signature physical theater contortions. In the grand tradition of Stan Freberg and 1776, the show breathes a fresh bit of life into a section of American lore known best for its dour solemnity. (7:30 p.m. Admission is free.)
Veteran experimental band blends prog, pop, and whatever else they think up during a set at Bar Deville
Since getting together in 1981, avant-garde prog weirdos Cheer-Accident have settled into a comfortable role as the strange uncles and wild-eyed aunts of the Chicago music scene. In those 30-plus years, they’ve recorded drony impressionistic soundscapes, crunchy pop tunes that wouldn’t be out of place on an open-minded alt-rock station, and even a soundtrack for former Chicago Reader feature (and current beer mascot) Gumballhead the Cat. We’re not sure which version of the band will show up tonight for their set at Bar Deville (701 N. Damen Ave.), but we can guarantee this: when you get this many scene veterans in the same room, something interesting is bound to happen. (10 p.m. Admission is free.)
Andy Warhol, Troy Diptych, 1962. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mrs. Robert B. Mayer.