• Courtesy Hyde Park Art Center
  • Artist Rendering of The Beast by John Preus

Looking for something to do today? Agenda‘s got you covered.

Happy 450th birthday, Shakespeare! In honor of the bard’s milestone birthday, Barbara Gaines and Gail Kern Paster host an installment of “Conversations at the Newberry” in which they discuss Shakespeare as both literature and performance. Gaines and Paster certainly know their stuff when it comes to Shakespeare: they serve as Chicago Shakespeare Theater Founder and Artistic Director, respectively. Join the celebration tonight at the Newberry Library.

Artist John Preus used two-by-fours and repurposed furniture taken from shuttered Chicago public schools to create a massive structure that resembles a sleeping steer. Dubbed The Beast, it’s also a makeshift performance space. According to the Reader‘s Aimee Levitt, “Preus has scheduled a lineup of musicians, dancers, and storytellers to perform and organized a weekly potluck.” The installation is part of Hyde Park Art Center’s 75th birthday celebration.

The legendary Neil Young plays Chicago Theatre tonight and tomorrow night. In Soundboard Luca Cimarusti recalls his experience at the 68-year-old rock god’s show last fall, calling it “without a doubt the best big-arena rock show I’ve ever seen.” That’s a pretty solid stamp of approval.

For more on these events and others, check out the Reader‘s daily Agenda page.