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Expo Chicago Septem­ber 13-17 · Navy Pier Fes­ti­val Hall · ex­pochicago.com 135 gal­leries from 25 dif­fer­ent coun­tries will de­scend upon Navy Pier, at­tract­ing tens of thou­sands of vis­i­tors over the course of this five-day event. Stop by to see what’s new and note­wor­thy in the art world.

Riot Fest Septem­ber 15-17 · Dou­glas Park · ri­ot­fest.org Af­ter en­dur­ing youth­ful crowds at fes­ti­vals like Eaux Claires and Lol­la­palooza all sum­mer long, Gen X-ers fi­nally get their re­ward: for one glo­ri­ous week­end, they can pre­tend it’s the 90s again. Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age and Jaw­breaker head­line. All that and carnival rides too. Bring it on.

Chicago Ar­chi­tec­ture Bi­en­nial Septem­ber 16, 2017Jan­uary 7, 2018 · Chicago Cul­tural Cen­ter · chicago ar­chi­tec­ture­bi­en­nial.org The finest minds in ar­chi­tec­ture pon­der the in­flu­ence of the past and look to­ward the fu­ture while en­joy­ing spir­ited dis­cus­sions and ex­hi­bi­tions, in­clud­ing a pop-up show cu­rated by Katell Jaf­frès, of the Palais de Tokyo. John­ston Marklee, the ar­chi­tec­tural firm cel­e­brated for its de­sign of the Me­nil Draw­ing In­sti­tute, over­sees the event this year.

Bill Vogler Mur­ray,and Friend­sJan Oc­to­ber 10 · Chicago Sym­phony Or­ches­tra · cso.org Is this an early sign that the Cubs won’t make it to the post-sea­son? Why else would Mur­ray, their most ar­dent fan, tour the coun­try read­ing selections of prose and po­etry to the ac­com­pa­ni­ment of Vogler’s cello?

Chicago In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val Oc­to­ber 12-26 · Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions · chicagofilm­fes­ti­val.com At the long­est-run­ning in­ter­na­tional com­pet­i­tive film fes­ti­val in North Amer­ica, you’ll find both low- and high-bud­get films and many world pre­mieres. One of the most an­tic­i­pated is Tea Time, a poignant Chilean doc­u­men­tary that has won sev­eral awards since its 2014 re­lease.

Chicago Hu­man­i­ties Fes­ti­val Oc­to­ber 28-Novem­ber 12 · Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions · chicago­hu­man­i­ties.org It’s time for Chicago’s an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of ideas. Al Gore, Sa­man­tha Power and Jill Soloway ("I Love Dick" and "Trans­par­ent") are among this year’s crop of speak­ers, who will con­sider be­lief, a theme that leads "into the am­bi­gu­ity of our mod­ern world,” says artis­tic di­rec­tor Jonathan Elmer.

The Min­utes Novem­ber 9-De­cem­ber 31 · Step­pen­wolf Theatre · step­pen­wolf.org This new com­edy about small-town pol­i­tics by Pulitzer Prize-win­ning play­wright Tracy Letts (Au­gust: Osage County) opens on Broad­way af­ter it closes in Chicago in De­cem­ber. See it here now for max­i­mum brag­ging rights.

Twyla Tharp: Min­i­mal­ism and Me De­cem­ber 7-10 · Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art · mcachicago.org The MCA turns 50 this year and is cel­e­brat­ing by putting the spot­light on bold, re­bel­lious artists in its ex­hi­bi­tions and pro­gram­ming. So the mu­seum has com­mis­sioned MacArthur fel­low Twyla Tharp to cre­ate a per­for­mance in­spired by the many artists she col­lab­o­rated with and the more than 160 dances she chore­ographed over the course of her long career.

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