One of the area’s most underrated art treasures is the Lubeznik Center for the Arts (101 W. Second, Michigan City, Indiana), which is free and open to the public six days a week (closed Tuesdays). On view now is “moniquemeloche presents,” a showcase of artists represented by Monique Meloche Gallery in West Town, which focuses on emerging talent from the international modern art world. The exhibition functions like a survey of the current art landscape with an emphasis on the social practice approach championed by Chicagoans like Theaster Gates. It includes works from Sanford Biggers, Rashid Johnson, Layo Bright, Dan Gunn, Sheree Hovsepian, and more, and it’s on view through October 21. Check Lubeznik’s website to plan your visit. Open hours today are 10 AM-5 PM. (MC)
Monday Night Foodball tonight promises a visit from local royalty, as chef Mike “Ramen Lord” Satinover brings his ramen magic to the Kedzie Inn (4100 N. Kedzie) with a return of his Akahoshi Ramen pop-up. Alas, pre-ordering is sold out as of this writing, but a limited number of walk-in bowls will be available, starting at 5 PM. Reader senior writer Mike Sula has more on Satinover’s special noodles here. (SCJ)
Contributor Noah Berlatsky wrote that Ukrainian folk band DakhaBrakha treats “traditional music like a smorgasbord, not a straitjacket.” You can hear them and possibly see their “towering fuzzy hats” (influenced by the folk costumes of their homeland and also the band’s roots in avant-garde theater) tonight at Jay Pritzker Pavilion (201 E. Randolph), as they play a free show as part of the city of Chicago’s Millennium Park Summer Music Series. Openers Chicago Immigrant Orchestra (a 12-piece ensemble made up of members of the diverse Chicago immigrant community) start the evening at 6:30 PM. (SCJ)
The Chicago Immigrant Orchestra performing for the World Music Festival in 2021.
Evanston’s Mitchell Museum of the American Indian is one of only a few museums nationwide that focuses exclusively on the art, history, and culture of Native American and First Nations peoples across the United States and Canada. Part of the museum’s mission is to “promote public understanding of cultural diversity through first voice perspectives,” which is also a hoped-for outcome from tonight’s event The Sweetest Season: Indigenous Spoken Word and Song, an evening of music, dance, and spoken word from Chicago area Indigenous artists. The program includes musician Mark Jourdan, and was curated by storyteller and poet Vincent Romero, who also happens to be a Navy veteran and a member of the Chicago Native American community. The event starts at 7 PM at the Goodman Theatre (170 N. Dearborn); tickets and more information are available here. (SCJ)