Five Things to Do This Weekend: April 19–21
Friday, April 19
Held once a month at the Empty Bottle, this long-running dance party showcases DJs who specialize in rare Northern Soul recordings—regional stompers with a Motown sheen—all played on the original vinyl. Not recommended for anyone lacking a pulse. 9 p.m.
Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20
Broadly speaking, there are two types of standup comics: outrageous rule-breakers (Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor) and sly observers (Bob Newhart, Jerry Seinfeld). The mild-mannered Gaffigan—an unparalleled riffer on domestic life and Hot Pockets—belongs firmly in the latter camp. His White Bread Tour pulls into the Chicago Theatre for a two-night stop. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
The 29th edition of the festival includes screenings of 120 films from Central and South America, Spain, the Caribbean, and the United States. It runs through Thursday, April 25. Various dates and times.
One of the biggest stars in the art world at the moment is a nanny who died in 2009. Maier’s extraordinary photographs—most of which went undeveloped during her lifetime—provide an indelible portrait of street life in New York and Chicago in the 1950s and '60s. The Chicago History Museum’s exhibition of her work is open until summer 2013.
William Shakespeare’s birthday is believed to be April 23. What better way to honor the Bard than by seeing one of his plays? Staged at Underground Wonder Bar, Wayward Productions’ rowdy take on Richard III presents the Plantagenets as a bunch of violent bikers. Thursday–Saturday, 7:30 p.m.