Where to be and what to see this week
Sept. 24-26: Prince’s latest tour brings him to Chicago for the first time since 2004, and with this three-night visit the ever-inventive artist combines music making with a social slant. He’s thrown his weight behind Rebuild the Dream, an initiative that promotes community-based efforts to address the challenges of a constricted economy. In addition to losing themselves in the Purple One’s artistry, United Center patrons will have the chance to learn about building sustainable communities. For tickets, visit Livenation.com.
Sept.25: The Ryder Cup will see golf stars Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy battle it out on our local links, but this year they will have some major Hollywood competition. Justin Timberlake, Bill Murray, Scottie Pippen and Michael Phelps will be hitting the greens with past Ryder Cup captains like Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite and Corey Pavin during the cup’s Captains & Celebrity Scramble. The scramble is a new addition to the 39th annual Ryder Cup tournament and tees off at 1 p.m. at Medinah Country Club. Visit Rydercup.com for more information.
Sept. 28: This week, the Modern Wing of the Art Institute takes on a distinctly rock vibe as they open the new Allen Ruppersberg exhibit, “No Time Left to Start Again/The B and D of R ‘n’ R.” Be one of the first to view the works at the opening event, presented by the Art Institute’s Auxiliary Board. Enjoy cocktails, appetizers, a musical tour through history and a performance by the cast of “Million Dollar Quartet.” 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets range from $175- $250. Exhibit runs through January 6. 111 S. Michigan. For more info, call (312) 443-3674 or email email@example.com.
Sept. 28: Put aside this month’s bicep-building issue of Vogue and get an in-person look at the season’s best style at one of the most fashionable events of the season: the Joffrey Ballet’s Couture & Cocktails. Co-chairs Kristina McGrath and Sonya Y. Jackson and the rest of the Joffrey Women’s Board have orchestrated an evening not to be missed: a Neiman Marcus runway show with exquisite designs by Pamella Roland, an auction of swank items from Luxury Garage Sale, Food Truck fare and dancing all night long. At McGrath Acura of downtown Chicago, 1301 N. Elston. Visit Joffrey.com/coutureandcocktails for tickets and info.
Sept. 29: One of the most impassioned interpreters of the Great American Songbook, Michael Feinstein takes to the Auditorium Theatre stage with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra to celebrate the standards that have formed a rich soundtrack to American life. Moving from the Gershwins’ “Embraceable You” to numbers Frank Sinatra made his own (like Cy Coleman’s “Witchcraft”), the five-time Grammy and two-time Emmy Award-nominee entertains like nobody else; 50 E. Congress. Visit the box office, call (800) 982-2787 or go to Ticketmaster.com.
Sept. 29-30: Summer may technically be over, but things are still in full swing thanks to the Hyde Park Jazz Festival. Now in its sixth year, the free event features more than 170 musicians performing at 17 venues, from the Midway Plaisance to the Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House. In addition to catching the Bobby Lewis Quintet or Greg Ward Phonic Juggernaut, learn about artists through the “Conversations in Jazz” segments, featuring saxophonist Melvin Butler and vocalist Dee Alexander, among others. Find out more at Hydeparkjazzfestival.org.
Sept. 28: For decades, distinguished historian James McPherson has wowed readers with texts such as his Pulitzer Prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era. This week he joins James Cornelius of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and the Museum for Citizen Soldier at the Pritzker Military Library to discuss the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. He’ll also discuss his latest book, War on the Waters: The Union & Confederate Navies, 1861-1865, reminding us that blood was spilled on more than just battlefields; 104 S. Michigan, Pritzkermilitarylibrary.org.