Saturday 6/22 @ Stage 773
Under the musical direction of Brian Posen, the Cupid Players are now in their tenth year of performing their critically acclaimed open run, Cupid Has a Heart On. If you've never seen this musical sketch-comedy troupe, it's time to take a trip over to their new locale at Stage 773, stat. The seasoned ensemble hits the mark on satirical songs with cunning lyrics focused mostly on relationships, love, and sex. Some of the best moments are silly-fun while bordering on silly-gross: a young lady's erotic love for obscure presidents as well as a closing candlelight vigil with plenty of playful sight gags. And, of course, the funny and maddening differences between the genders are cleverly executed across many scenes. The overall result is love at first sight for any perverse comedy junkie.
Today @ The Art Institute of Chicago
Over the last 20 years, Kara Walker has produced a powerful and provocative body of work, securing her place among the major artists of our day — though not without a certain amount of controversy. Her signature pieces are mural-like installations of black paper silhouettes, which depict stereotyped figures in the antebellum South caught up in whirlwinds of tragicomic violence, sex, and abjection. While providing visceral dissections of slavery and racism, her works don't deliver emotional release or easy answers; instead, they emerge as incitements to confront complex moral questions and a sordid history that's far from settled. Her new installation at the Art Institute of Chicago features a series of large and small mixed-media drawings, along with her trademark silhouettes.