When was the last time you got excited about the future? Well, OK: Barack’s election. But that was months ago and a special case. Filippo Tommaso Marinetti was hot for the whole thing. The past was a dead letter as far as he was concerned. Whatever was young, fast, and on its way was for him–especially if it had sleek lines and a big engine. In 1909, he published the Futurist Manifesto, and set his movement-in-love-with-movement in motion. The result was an outpouring of Futurist experimentation in design and the arts. 

The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago honors the centenary of Futurism–if that’s not too much of a contradiction–with an evening that includes Massimiliano Finazzer Flory–“playwright, actor, writer, and the current Councillor for Cultural Affairs for the City of Milan”–reading various Futurist texts in the original Italian (printed translations will be provided). Also on the bill: saxophonist Riccardo Bianco playing “original futuristic music improvisations,” and Futurism-inspired dance by Michela Lucenti. Fri 6/26 6 PM, Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, 500 N. Michigan, 312-822-9545 to RSVP, www.iicchicago.esteri.it, free.