It’s the first day of the rest of your summer. Make sure your calendar stays full. This week: a concert by Vampire Weekend, an immersive take on Shakespeare at Redmoon, festivals celebrating barbecue and books, and the 50th anniversary of Dr. Strangelove.
Near West Side | UIC Pavilion, 525 S. Racine Ave.
Thursday, June 5, 7:30 p.m.
Vampire Weekend’s brand of breezy, globe-trotting pop always lent itself well to summer idling, but 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City explored considerably weightier themes. This Thursday, they bring their road show to the UIC Pavilion, aided by openers (and breakup documentarians) Cults. ($39.50; buy tickets here)
“Spring Spectacle: Bellboys, Bears, and Baggage”
East Pilsen | Redmoon, 2120 S. Jefferson St.
Through Saturday, June 7
“Exit, pursued by a bear.” One of Shakespeare’s most debated stage directions, it’s also the jumping-off point for Redmoon’s latest immersive production. Audience members wind their own paths through the company’s 17,000-square-foot space, where they’ll encounter characters and dreamlike scenes inspired by A Winter’s Tale. ($15–$30; buy tickets here)
Northcenter | Intersection of Damen Ave., Lincoln Ave., and Irving Park Rd.
All weekend, June 6–8
Now in its 16th summer, the annual festival will fill Northcenter with the aromas of local barbecue stalwarts such as Smoke Daddy, Robinson’s #1 Ribs, and Rub’s Backcountry Smokehouse. As the name suggests, ribs are the main event; vote on your favorite in the People’s Choice contest. ($5 suggested donation)
Printers Row Lit Fest
Printers Row | Dearborn St., between Congress Pkwy. and Polk St.
Saturday and Sunday, June 7–8
Held at the one-time headquarters of Chicago publishing, the Printers Row Lit Fest stacks the sidewalks with paperbacks and rare reads from dozens of Midwestern publishers. Presentations include readings of student work from 826CHI and a conversation with music critic Greg Kot and the legendary Mavis Staples. (free; tickets required for some presentations)
Wrigleyville | Music Box, 3733 N. Southport Ave.
Through Wednesday, June 11
It’s been 50 years since the release of Stanley Kubrick’s classic Cold War farce, and the Music Box is in the mood to celebrate—with a new 35mm print of the film. After contemplating the comic futility of war, shake off your existential dread with a restorative pint at Cullen’s a couple of doors north. ($7–$10)
Vampire Weekend photo courtesy of XL Recordings. Ribfest Chicago photo courtesy of Ribfest Chicago.
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