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April Arts Preview

March 26, 2012 6:00 AM

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Rashid Johnson, How ya like me now, 2010 Persian rug, gold embroidery, shea butter, 7 x 102 1/2 x 143 1/2 in. (18 x 280.5 x 364.5 cm) Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin. Image courtesy of the artist(credit: mcachicago.org)

Rashid Johnson, How ya like me now, 2010 Persian rug, gold embroidery, shea butter, 7 x 102 1/2 x 143 1/2 in. (18 x 280.5 x 364.5 cm) Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin. Image courtesy of the artist(credit: mcachicago.org)

By Amy Cavanaugh

There aren’t enough hours in the day to check out every noteworthy event in Chicago. Check out our quick guide to five can’t-miss picks for April.

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Rashid Johnson, How ya like me now, 2010 Persian rug, gold embroidery, shea butter, 7 x 102 1/2 x 143 1/2 in. (18 x 280.5 x 364.5 cm) Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin. Image courtesy of the artist(credit: mcachicago.org)

Museum of Contemporary Art

220 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, Il

What: Rashid Johnson: Message to Our Folks

When: April 14-August 5

Why: The former Chicago artist explores black identity through photographs, installations, and video.

feast smartmuseum April Arts Preview

(credit: smartmuseum.uchicago.edu)

Smart Museum of Art

5550 South Greenwood Ave.
Chicago, Il

What: The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art

When: April 5

Why: Participate in a work of art by drinking free beer in the Smart’s galleries as part of Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art.

beingshakespeare April Arts Preview

(credit: chicagoshakes.com)

Broadway Playhouse

175 E. Chestnut St.
Chicago, Il

What: Being Shakespeare

When: April 18-29

Why: British actor Simon Callow performs a one-man show with excerpts from Shakespeare’s plays and poems.

wyntonmarsalis April Arts Preview

(credit: Fernando Leon/Getty Images)

Symphony Center

220 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Il

What: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra: Wynton Marsalis at 50

When: April 27

Why: The jazz orchestra celebrates the legendary musician with a retrospective of his musical compositions for big band.

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Jindřich Heisler. Untitled, 1944. Private collection. (credit: artic.edu)

Art Institute of Chicago

111 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Il

What: Jindřich Heisler: Surrealism Under Pressure

When: Through July 2

Why: The Czech poet and artist created work while in hiding during World War II.

Amy Cavanaugh, CBS Chicago
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