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Art in the city

In the ex­hibit “Artists Run Chicago 2.0,” the Hyde Park Art Cen­ter cel­e­brates the work of 50 artist-run spa­ces and or­ga­ni­za­tions that fuel Chicago’s in­de­pen­dent art scene. Mark­ing the 10th an­niver­sary of the orig­i­nal “Artists Run Chicago” ex­hibit, it ex­am­ines how artist-run gal­leries have con­tin­ued to trans­form store­fronts, apart­ments and ware­houses into spa­ces where art can be ex­pe­ri­enced. The free ex­hibit con­tin­ues through Nov. 1 at Hyde Park Art Cen­ter, 5020 S. Cor­nell. For reser­va­tions and gallery hours, visit hy­de­

Span­ning the globe

Each Sun­day in Septem­ber, World Mu­sic Fes­ti­val Chicago re­turns in vir­tual form with a se­ries of free con­certs fea­tur­ing artists from around the world. High­lights in­clude “Rag­mala: A Cel­e­bra­tion of In­dian Clas­si­cal Mu­sic” (Sept. 6); “Afro-Di­as­pora Folk­lore” with Bom­bazo con Buya, Los Plen­eros de Don

Se­gundo and more (Sept. 13); the Ir­ish su­per­group Anam Mor with Jackie Mo­ran, Lau­rence Nu­gent, Bren­dan Bulger and Jesse Lan­gen (Sept. 20), and the Chicago Im­mi­grant Orches­tra co-con­ducted by Fareed Haque and Wa­nees Zarour (Sept. 27). The stream is avail­able each Sun­day from 1-3 p.m. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit world­mu­sicfes­ti­

Pe­rus­ing the clas­sic

Court The­atre artis­tic di­rec­tor Charles Newell hopes the Hyde Park the­ater will be able to re­turn to live stag­ings in Fe­bru­ary. In the mean­time, the the­ater will of­fer the The­atre & Thought Se­ries: month­long dig­i­tal pro­grams through­out the fall/win­ter, which fea­ture Univer­sity of Chicago fac­ulty dis­cussing the his­tor­i­cal con­text, themes and artis­tic pos­si­bil­i­ties sur­round­ing clas­sic works. First up is “The World of Au­gust Wil­son + The Black Cre­ative Voice” (at 7 p.m. Mon­days in Septem­ber) with English pro­fes­sor Ken­neth War­ren in con­ver­sa­tion with res­i­dent artist Ron OJ Par­son, a lead­ing in­ter­preter of Wil­son’s work. (Par­son is sched­uled to di­rect Wil­son’s “Two Trains Run­ning” in the spring.) Other play­wrights in the se­ries are Euripi­des (Oc­to­ber), Caryl

Churchill (Novem­ber/De­cem­ber) and Lor­raine Hans­berry (Jan­uary). Also a deep dive into Tom Stop­pard’s “Leopold­stadt” is sched­uled for Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber. Tick­ets are $85 per se­ries; $250 for Stop­pard se­ries. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit courtthe­

Lakeshore rap

For his first per­for­mance in nearly a year, rap­per­ac­tivist Vic Mensa uses Lake Michi­gan as a back­drop for a per­for­mance at the newly cre­ated Lakeshore Drive-In. Mensa re­cently re­leased “V Tape,” a seven-track mix­tape that touches on his bat­tles with de­pres­sion and per­sonal growth. It fea­tures col­lab­o­ra­tions with BJ the Chicago Kid, Peter Cot­tonTale, SAINt JHN and Eryn Allen Kane among oth­ers. Mensa per­forms at 7 p.m. Sept. 5 in the Adler Plan­e­tar­ium park­ing lot, 1362 S. Linn White Dr. Tick­ets: $25-$230 per car, up to four peo­ple (ad­don tick­ets avail­able for one or two ad­di­tional peo­ple). Visit uni­

Iconic Latin pop

The Na­tional Mu­seum of Mex­i­can Art cel­e­brates the legacy of the late Mex­i­can singer and song­writer Juan Gabriel at a trib­ute con­cert — “El Noa Noa: JuanGa Canta.” Known for his dra­matic per­for­mance style, he de­fined ro­man­tic Latin pop and re­mains a pop icon to his le­gion of fans. Jose Manuel Duarte, Jose Al­fredo, Je­sus Ramos and Tessa Lopez will per­form clas­sic Gabriel songs. Dance and sing along when the con­cert streams from 8-10 p.m. Sept. 4. Tick­ets: $10-$50. Visit na­tional­mu­se­u­mofmex­i­ca­


A minia­ture ex­hi­bi­tion at the Hyde Park Art Cen­ter is cu­rated by Julius Cae­sar.


Saraswathi Ran­ganathan plays in “Rag­mala” on Sept. 6.

Vic Mensa

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