Jun 24, 2022 - Things to Do

Weekend lineup: Curry, music and river mingling

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Visitors eat curry and watch protest art being made at a new show in the Wrightwood 659 exhibition space. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

Here are three options for a jam-packed weekend in Chicago:

"Rirkrit Tiravanija: (who's afraid of red, yellow, and green)"

Thai American artist Rirkrit Tiravanija first mounted this performance piece — featuring live charcoal drawings and hot curry — during the 2010 protests in Thailand, where the factions adopted yellow, red and green colors.

What's happening: This version of the show at Wrightwood 659 features artists drawing Chicago protest scenes while visitors enjoy bowls of yellow, red or green curry.

What they're saying: The piece is "about trying to get people to pay attention to the details around them: the spiciness of the curry, the heat of the rice, and the charcoal dust on the floor," Tiravanija says.

If you go: The show runs Fridays and Saturdays through July 30. Tickets are $15.

PravdaFest
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Pravda Records founders Kenn Goodman and Rick Mosher hang out with the Ramones in 1982. Photo courtesy of Pravda Records

The folks at Pravda Records, one of Chicago's longest-running independent labels, are celebrating its 38th anniversary with two nights of live music.

If you go: Tonight and Saturday at Sketchbook Brewing in Skokie. Tickets start at $30.

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The first portion of the Wild Mile on the Chicago River. Photo courtesy of Urban Rivers

Nature enthusiasts with Urban Rivers are trying to build the Wild Mile, a mile-long, floating eco-park in the Goose Island area of the Chicago River.

What they're saying: "Almost all of the river has been disrespected and closed off for so many years," Urban Rivers co-founder Zachary Damato tells Axios.

  • "We saw this as an opportunity to be an example of [wildlife restoration and community building] that can be replicated."

If you go: Enjoy food, music, kayaking, live graffiti art and tours of the floating wetland at 935 W. Eastman St. Free!

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