The Five

Don’t-miss picks for Wednesday, January 27 through February 2, 2016

  1. Jake Shimabukuro
    WORLD MUSIC More or less the Eddie Van Halen of ukulele, this Hawaiian virtuoso hit it big in 2006 when his rendition of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” became one of YouTube’s first viral videos. He’s since upped the rock-star lifestyle with a litany of awards and collaborations with the likes of Ziggy Marley and Béla Fleck.
    2/1–2/2. $45–$55. City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph.

  2. Spektral Quartet
    CLASSICAL The group unveils its fourth full-length album, Serious Business. The record fuses classical music and comedy, including Josef Haydn’s string quartet “The Joke” and new commissions from New York oboist Sky Macklay and local composers Dave Reminick and Chris Fisher-Lochhead.
    1/29 at 8. $20. Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse.

  3. Chicago Winter Bike Swap
    SPORTS AND REC Join Chicago’s cycling community to find bargains on a variety of new and used bicycles as well as other items to meet every cyclist’s needs.
    1/31 at 9:30 a.m. $5. Harper College, 1200 W. Algonquin, Palatine.

  4. Mothers and Sons
    THEATER The inaugural regional run of a work by playwright Terrence McNally (Master Class, Kiss of the Spider Woman) is always reason for anticipation. With director Steve Scott at the helm, doubly so. Scott takes on the story of a mother who lost a son to AIDS and meets up with her son’s former partner years afterward.
    Through 2/27. $25–$79. Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie, Skokie.

  5. Return of the Exquisite Corpse
    ART To celebrate Printworks gallery’s 35th anniversary, the founders have invited 105 artists to create 35 corpse drawings in the spirit of a great surrealist game, whereby a body’s head, torso, and feet are each drawn by a different person, creating artfully monstrous beings out of chance partnerships.
    Through 2/13. Free. 311 W. Superior.

Freebie of the Week

MoCP at 40

ART A large survey of contemporary international photography is a rare viewing opportunity, despite the medium’s ubiquity. Curated by Laura Letinsky, an artist and academic, for the University of Chicago, the exhibit of 11 photographers includes work by Yamini Nayar, Mickalene Thomas, and more.
Through 4/10, opening reception 1/28 at 5. 600 S. Michigan.