Things to do in Chicago April 1-7: The WNDR Museum, Art on theMart and more



Immerse yourself

The WNDR Museum, an immersive artistic and technological experience, has reopened its doors with new exhibitions featuring unique new and ongoing installations created by local and international artists, collectives and studios. New exhibits include the Flux Room, a 360-degree multisensory immersive experience curated by Chicago artist Santiago X, and “I Heard There Was a Secret Chord,” a piece created by Montreal design studio Daily every year. days, which invites participants to participate in a virtual choir hosted by people from all over the world listening to Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” at any time. Among the current exhibitions is the fabulous immersive work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama “Let’s Survive Forever”. In addition, “Untitled (FDR NY) # 23 and # 24” by Keith Haring is now on display outside the museum. Find out all about it at the WNDR Museum, 1130 W. Monroe. Timed tickets, $ 30, must be purchased in advance. Visit

Across the universe

Art on theMart returns with “Astrographics” from the Adler Planetarium.
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Art on theMART is collaborating with the Adler Planetarium to transform the facade of the Merchandise Mart into a blend of art and science. The new projection on the art deco building, entitled “Astrography”, consists of four movements – Earth, other worlds, stars and beyond – which take the viewer from Earth to planets and stars and into the depths of the galaxy. The projections were created using real data showing the scale of the universe as well as images from telescopes of the world and Adler’s paper works. The exhibition will be accompanied by music from the archives of Sun Ra Arkestra at the Experimental Sound Studio. The 30-minute “Astrography” takes place every evening at 8:30 pm and 9 pm from April 1 to July 4. For more information, visit

For Oscar votes

“A love song for Latasha”
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Get a head start in your Oscar pool by projecting the Short films nominated for the 2021 Oscars presented by ShortsTV. Documentaries include “A Love Song for Latasha,” a portrait of a young girl whose gunshot death sparked the 1992 LA riots, and “Do Not Split,” the story of the 2019 Hong Kong protests. . Live-action films include “Feeling Through,” about a teenager’s connection to a deafblind man, and “White Eye,” which follows a man as he tries to retrieve his stolen bicycle. Nominated in the animation category is Disney-Pixar’s “Burrow”, about a young rabbit’s desire to build the burrow of his dreams. The films are available from April 2 in various Chicago and suburban theaters and on their virtual platforms. The 93rd The Oscars take place on April 25. For more information, visit

Young circus artists


Dan Roberts

CircEsteem, the Uptown organization whose mission is to unite young people and promote self-esteem and mutual respect through the circus arts, presents Celebration of the social circus day, an online event featuring social circuses from around the world. In addition to live segments, the lineup includes performances recorded by the performance group Youth Acts of CircEsteem, Circus Harmony (St. Louis), ENC of Puerto Rico, Fern Street Circus (San Diego), Red Nose Foundation (Indonesia), Trenton Circus Squad (New Jersey) and Zip Zap Circus (South Africa). Broadcasts at 5 p.m. on April 3. Tickets: free or pay what you can. Visit

Color your world

“Maybe Something Beautiful” is a collaboration between the Chicago Children's Theater and musicians from CSO.

“Maybe Something Beautiful” is a collaboration between the Chicago Children’s Theater and musicians from CSO.

The Chicago Children’s Theater and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Negaunee Music Institute collaborated on “Maybe something beautiful” a new virtual short film for children and families. Inspired by the award-winning book by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell, illustrated by Rafael López, the film brings together five CSO musicians performing classic works by Latino composers, bilingual English-Spanish narration and colorful puppets to tell a true story about the how art can transform a neighborhood into a world of hope and beauty. The free movie debuts at 10 a.m. on April 1 at an event co-hosted by CCT and CSO and available on demand thereafter. Visit or

biblical inspiration

The Conspirators present the

David Cerda (center) and his friends perform “This Jesus Must Die” from “Jesus Christ Superstar Do-It-Yourself Messiah Complex”.
Candice Conner

The Conspirators present the return of “Jesus Christ Superstar Do-It-Yourself Messiah Complex,” its annual Easter variety and sing-along extravaganza. The vaudeville-style show features performances of songs from the 1970 recording of the classic musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Performances can range from a simple song on a karaoke track to a modern or burlesque dance piece. On the program: Saint Sparklebear, the Cryptid Kid, David Cerda & Friends, Mari DeOleo, Sid Feldman, les Vaudettes, Danielle Levsky, Nathaniel Fishburn, Carey Farrell & the Clamor & Lace Noise Brigade, Sarah Bullion, Gail Gallagher, Jeff Churchwell, Caroline Shaul, Cocktail Jordan & Pearly White, Brian Nemtusak and Rose Freeman, all hosted by Wm. Lingots. Stream for free at 7 p.m. on April 4. Visit

Virtual stage

Julian Parker will play the title role in the Chicago Shakespeare Theater production of I, Cinna, written by Tim Crouch and directed by Tyrone Phillips.  Photo courtesy of the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

Julian Parker stars in the Chicago Shakespeare Theater production of “I, Cinna”, written by Tim Crouch and directed by Tyrone Phillips.
Courtesy of the Chicago Shakespeare Theater

In the filmed setting of the Chicago Shakespeare Theater by Tim Crouch “Me, Cinna (the poet)”, the apolitical poet Cinna from “Julius Caesar” seeks the subject of his new poem in this exploration of words and actions, protests and power. Broadcasts from April 5 to May 2. Tickets: $ 25. Visit … The Remy Bumppo Theater presents “Artist descending a staircase”, a first radio play by Tom Stoppard in which two elderly artists examine their emotional and artistic histories. Free broadcast from April 5 to 18. Visit … Ghostlight Ensemble’s launches its new reading series “For Your (Re) Consideration” with Margaret Cavendish’s “The convent of pleasure”, a play about a group of single women who create their own perfect, self-sustaining society. Broadcast live at 2 p.m. on April 4 and on demand until April 30. Tickets: $ 5 or pay what you can. Visit

Mary Houlihan is a local freelance writer.


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