There’s plenty to do both inside and out on this Earth Day weekend. Here’s some of what we recommend:
Fri 4/21: Chicago sound artist Olivia Block premieres a new site-specific work at Rockefeller Chapel (5850S. Woodlawn) tonight. Peter Margasak writes, “She paid five visits to the venue and worked with house organist Thomas Weisflog to get a handle on the instrument and the complex acoustic properties of the space, and she’ll share her research in a piece called 132 Ranks, named for the groupings of pipes in the cathedral.” 8 PM
4/21-4/23: C2E2, the weekend celebration of comics, television, cosplay, and more at McCormick Place (2301 S. Lake Shore), is for more than just comic-book geeks. The massive convention features panels, screenings, exhibitors, and plenty of famous faces including Vincent D’Onofrio, Clare Kramer, Stan Lee, and the kids from Stranger Things. Fri-Sat 10 AM-9 PM, Sun 10 AM-5 PM
4/21-4/29: Hedwig Dances presents Of Time and Tide, three works inspired by the concepts of time and place, at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts (1016 N. Dearborn). Fri-Sat 7:30 PM
Sat 4/22: Abra Johnson of Honey Pot Performance moderates the Party Politic, a discussion at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington) about how celebratory environments foster empowerment, resistance, and inclusion. Panelists include Jane Beachy (Salonathon), Rae Chardonnay (Party Noire), Ciera McKissick (AMFM), Aay Preston-Myint (Chances Dances), and Eric Williams (the Silver Room). Noon
Sat 4/22: The Earth Day party Not a Hoax features music from Air Credits and Sidewalk Chalk, bites from chef Abra Berens, drinks, plus presentations on how to fight threats to the environment by the Natural Resources Defense Council, all at the Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park). 7-10 PM
Sat 4/22: Charlie Vergos hosts the musical stand-up showcase Jokebox at North Bar (1637 W. North), featuring Becca Brown, Mike Bobrinskoy, Natalie Carneal, Chris Condren, and Nicky Martin as Ghouldini. 9 PM
4/22-5/27: Sideshow Gallery (2219 N. Western) hosts “Tarot Art Show,” a group exhibit featuring contemporary interpretations of the tarot. Opening reception on Sat 4/22, 7-11 PM, features tarot readings.
Sun 4/23: Vendors from across the midwest gather at the monthly Vintage Garage Chicago (5051 N. Broadway) featuring all things vintage. Today things kick-off with more than 100 vendors. (You might even see Chad the Bird there.) 10 AM-5 PM
Sun 4/23: The Latino Union of Chicago (4811 N. Central Park) hosts Build the Movement, Not a Wall, an open house that includes food from Cardona’s Restaurant, live music by Jarochicanos, an interactive art project, and the destruction of a wall-size piñata. 2-5 PM
Sun 4/23: The live-lit show Fictilicious presents a collection of songs and short fiction based on the theme “animals” tonight at the Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia). The lineup includes Diana Slickman, Siobhan Roca Thompson, and Nicholas Barron. 7 PM
For more stuff to do this weekend—and every day—check out our Agenda page.