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FROM MUST-SEE DANCE PER­FOR­MANCES TO AVANT-GARDE THE­ATER, THESE ARE THE EIGHT ES­SEN­TIAL HAP­PEN­INGS OF CHICAGO’S NEW CUL­TURAL SEA­SON.

Michigan Avenue - - CONTENTS - BY THOMAS CON­NORS

These are the eight es­sen­tial hap­pen­ings of Chicago’s new cul­tural sea­son.

Say­ing good­bye to sum­mer is a whole lot eas­ier when you con­sider all that’s com­ing in the new cul­tural sea­son—like these eight ab­so­lute must-see and -do hap­pen­ings for fall.

Art and ar­chi­tec­ture afi­ciona­dos have a par­tic­u­larly sweet fall ahead of them. At the Re­nais­sance So­ci­ety, there’s the Jennifer Packer ex­hi­bi­tion “Ten­der­headed” (Septem­ber 9 through Novem­ber 5, 5811 S. El­lis Ave., 773-7028670; re­nais­sance­so­ci­ety.org), fig­u­ra­tive paint­ings that toy with ab­strac­tion and read like fad­ing fres­coes, or the im­prints of shad­ows. On a pop­pier front, graf­fiti and car­toons in­form the free­wheel­ing im­agery of Chicago’s own He­bru Brant­ley, whose trade­mark gog­gled kids sug­gest a mar­riage of Speed Racer and Mar­garet Keane’s wide-eyed waifs of the 1960s, and who gets a solo show, “He­bru Brant­ley: Forced Field,” at the Elmhurst Art Mu­seum (Septem­ber 9 through Novem­ber 26, 150 Cot­tage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, 630-834-0202; elmhurstart mu­seum.org). “Make New His­tory” is the theme of this year’s Chicago Ar­chi­tec­ture Bi­en­nial (chicagoar­chi­tec­ture bi­en­nial.org), which in­cludes

EXPO Chicago’s sixth year fea­tures an im­pres­sive slate of global artists, in­clud­ing Ro­drigo Oliveira (above: Con­domínio, 2015) with Lisbon’s Ga­le­ria Filomena Soares and Do­rian Gaudin with Ber­lin gallery Dit­trich & Sch­lec­triem (left: Good For­tune Land­ing, 2017). here: At the Au­di­to­rium Theatre, the Chicago de­but of Shen Wei Dance Arts adds some daz­zle to the cul­tural sea­son.

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