March 5, 2010

STD (Stuff to Do)—March 5 through March 11

Friday | March 5

Spanish musician Pedro Carboné will be playing a solo concert as part of the Beyond Flamenco: Finding Spain in Music festival, which explores Spanish identity beyond the stereotypes. Antonio Muñoz Molina will provide commentary as Carboné performs books one through four of Isaac Albéniz’s Iberia. (Mandel Hall, 7:30 p.m., $5)

Saturday | March 6

Regain faith in the future at the finals for the 10th annual Louder Than a Bomb teen poetry contest. The competition is the largest of its kind in the world and features teams of teenagers reciting poetry, storytelling, and performing spoken-word hip-hop. This year’s theme is “The Real Chicago Renaissance.” (3145 North Sheffield Avenue, 6 p.m., $20)

The self-proclaimed “poor man’s Cirque du Soleil” is back for the latest installment of the El Circo Cheapo Cabaret. The show at Aloft Loft showcases emerging jugglers, acrobats, clowns, and other circus performers looking for their big break. (2041 West Carroll, 10 p.m., $10)

Sunday | March 7

Learn more about the strange case of spirit photographer William Mumler and the objectivity of photographers at a lecture given by University of Toronto professor Louis Kaplan. In the 19th century, Mumler left his job as a jeweler after he developed a self-portrait that happened to include the apparition of his dead cousin. (Swift 106, 2 p.m., free)

Get your arts and culture passport stamped at the Passport to Jazz concert with Reginald Robinson. The concert will tell the tale of those featured in the Oriental Institute’s special exhibit “Pioneers to the Past: American Archeologists in the Middle East, 1919-1920” along with the founding of the museum. (Oriental Institute, 2 p.m., free)

Monday | March 8

After the release of “Icky Thump” in the summer of 2007, the White Stripes decided to tour Canada by playing a show in each Canadian province. The end result is the film The White Stripes' Under Great White Northern Lights, directed by Emmett Malloy, who followed the band as they played small shows across Canada. The film will be making its debut at the Music Box Theatre. (3733 North Southport Avenue, 7:30 p.m., $9.25)

Tuesday | March 9

Chicago-based band Califone will be performing a live soundtrack to its film All My Friends are Funeral Singers. The experimental, post-rock band’s latest film and album is about a psychic woman who lives alone in the woods. (2424 North Lincoln Avenue, 9 p.m., 21+, $18)

Wednesday | March 10

The premise behind the New Colony’s production of 11:11 is quite straightforward: A group of Christian summer camp counselors decide to take ecstasy the night before camp starts. However, aside from its more obvious effects, the drug prompts the counselors to question their roles as young leaders and their identities as Christians. (2433 North Lincoln Avenue, 8 p.m., $15)

Thursday | March 11

If you thought cheesy ’80s movies starring Emilio Estevez couldn’t get any better, pH Productions is out to prove you wrong. The company dedicated to exposing nontraditional audiences to live theater will be performing the musical version of John Hughes’s classic coming of age film The Breakfast Club, which will feature original songs and choreography. (3110 North Sheffield Avenue, 8 p.m., $7)