March 6, 2009

STD (Stuff to Do)—March 6 to March 12

Friday / March 6

Kicking off its second three-year residency at the University of Chicago, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra will be performing a program that includes Mozart’s “Concertone in C Major” and Schoenberg’s “Chamber Symphony No. 1.” The 35-member group will also debut the works of two graduate composition students. (Mandel Hall, 7:30 p.m., $5)

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early this year at the 10th annual Chicago Irish Film Festival. Friday night’s screening will be a series of short Irish films. The weeklong event will be held at the Beverly Arts Center. (2407 West 111th Street, 8:30 p.m., $10)

Saturday / March 7

El Circo Cheapo Cabaret promises an evening of eclectic circus acts ranging from belly dancers to a 6-year-old trapeze artist to juggling superstars. If you can do five pull-ups, you get a $5 discount. (2041 West Carroll Avenue, 7 p.m., $10)

Indie duo Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips will provide accompaniment to Andy Warhol’s “Screen Tests” at the Museum of Contemporary Art tonight. The silent films feature celebrities of the 1960s art scene like Edie Sedgwick and Lou Reed. (220 East Chicago Avenue, 10 p.m., $25)

Sunday / March 8

The new season of American Idol is well underway, but that doesn’t mean that former contestants have been forgotten by the public. Season seven finalist David Archuleta will be appearing at the House of Blues. Undoubtedly, scores of fan girls will be on hand as Archuleta promotes his eponymous album. (329 North Dearborn Street, 7 p.m., $23)

Monday / March 9

Although punk rock band Dillinger Four was founded in 1994, it has maintained a constant presence in the punk rock scene ever since. The band has managed to stay current with tracks such as “Parishiltonisametaphor” on its latest album, Civil War. Dillinger Four will appear with The Brokedowns and Psyched to Die. (2109 South State Street, 8 p.m., $10)

Tuesday / March 10

See the “World Beyond the Headlines” with Middle East expert and Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi as he explores current hot topics in the Middle East. Khalidi will be speaking on his book Sowing Crisis: The Cold War and American Dominance in the Middle East. (International House, 6 p.m., free)

While a restorative yoga session may be more effective during finals week, students will nonetheless enjoy the free session led by former SCC movement specialist Meredith Haggerty this evening. Don’t forget to bring a mat or a blanket. (Rockefeller Chapel, 6:45 p.m., free)

Wednesday / March 11

Self proclaimed psychedelic hip-hop punk rock group the Kottonmouth Kings will be visiting Chicago as part of its “Bring Tha Noize” tour. Other featured performers include La Coka Nostra (featuring former House of Pain members), Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Big B with the Dirtball, Potluck, and Short Dawg tha Native. (329 North Dearborn Street, 8 p.m., $25.50)

Thursday / March 12

Former member of ’80s group Tony! Toni! Toné! and current R&B singer and producer Raphael Saadiq will be performing at Park West. The Oakland protégé is on a winter tour to promote his album The Way I See It, which was selected as iTunes’ best album of 2008. (322 West Armitage Avenue, 8 p.m., $28)