- The Steppenwolf Theater opens its 47th season with James Ijames’ “Miz Martha Washington’s Most Spectacularly Dismal Trial.” Directed by Whitney White, the drama is a fever dream that takes us into the uncomfortable and gruesome ramifications of this country’s original sin as an ailing Martha Washington is cared for by the slaves who will be free when she dies. From Sept. 1 to Oct. 1, 9 to Steppenwolf Theater, 1650 N. Halsted. Tickets: $20+. Visit steppenwolf.org.
- Ingrid Michaelson and Bekah Brunstetter’s first musical “Notebook” is based on Nicholas Sparks’ novel about a couple, Allie and Noah, who share a life of love despite the forces that threaten to tear them apart. The moving portrait of the enduring power of love is co-directed by Michael Greif and Schele Williams. Sept. 6-Oct. 16 to Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand. Tickets: $45 to $125. Visit chicagoshakes.com.
- Lindsay Joelle’s quirky buddy comedy “The Garbologists” pairs an old-school blue-collar sanitation worker with an Ivy League-educated black rookie in the cab of a New York City garbage truck as they discover there’s more to their job than their job. binds them. Tiffany Renee Johnson and Luigi Sottile star; Cody Estle directs. Sept. 1 to Oct. 1 2 to Northlight Theater at the North Shore Center, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Tickets: $30 to $89. Visit northlight.org.
- In Joseph Kesselring’s classic “Arsenic and old lace”, a hilarious chain of events ensues when a nephew (Eric Gerard) discovers that his first aunts (TayLar, Celeste Williams) have some very gruesome secrets. Ron OJ Parson conducts. From Sept. 2 to Oct. 2 2 to Court Theater, 5535 S.Ellis. Tickets: $37.50 to $84. Visit courttheatre.org.
- Congo Square Theater presents the second season of its old-school radio melodrama “The Clinic,” following the continued escapades of Dr. Latisha Bradley, whose groundbreaking medical discovery will change the world. Starts streaming September 1. Tickets: $15 suggested. Visit congosquaretheatre.org.
- The Chicago Jazz Festival returns with a full lineup of artists including Bill Frisell, William Parker Quintet, Donald Harrison, Kris Davis, Carmen Lundy, Jazzmeia Horn, Henry Threadgill Zooid, Low Down Brass Band, Adam O’Farrill’s Stranger Days and more. The festival also includes film screenings and panel discussions. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 1, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 2 and 3, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 4 at Pritzker Pavilion, Michigan and Randolph; Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington; Maxwell Street Market, 800 S. Desplaines (Sunday mornings only). Free entry. For the festival schedule, visit chicagojazzfestival.us.
- North Coast Music Festival takes over SeatGeek Stadium, 7000 S. Harlem, in Bridgeview from September 2-4. Diplo, Madeon, Gryffin and Jai Wolf are part of the lineup for the three-day event featuring EDM, hip-hop, electronica and more. Tickets $73+; visit northcoastfestival.com.
- ARC Music Festival returns with an expanded three-day event featuring electronic music’s biggest artists on four stages. Artists include Carl Cox, Adam Beyer, Cirez D, Charlotte de Witte, Honey Dijon, Fatboy Slim, Ricardo Villalobos and many more. From 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. from September 2 to 4 at Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph. Tickets: $139+. Visit arcmusicfestival.com.
- Tuareg guitarist Mdou Moctar has been dubbed the “Jimi Hendrix of the Sahara”. His songs, a mix of folk, rock and blues, feature guitar pyrotechnics and lyrics about the plight of his native Niger. His recent album, “Afrique Victime”, was hailed as one of the best of 2021 by Pitchfork, NPR, Rolling Stone and many others. At 8:30 p.m. on September 6 at Thalia room, 1807 S. Allport. Tickets: $25, $32.50. Visit thaliahallchicago.com.
- Delmark Records presents Rockwell Blues and Jazz Walk with Bob Stroger & the Headcutters, Frank Catalano, The Delmark All-Star Band, Dave Weld, Dee Alexander, Donna Herula and Harlan Terson, Lynne Jordan, Milwaukee Slim and more. Noon to 9 p.m. September 3 on Rockwell between Irving Park and Berteau. Free entry. Visit delmark.com.
Museums & Galleries
The new exhibition “My Old Town: Growing Up in Chicago 1959-1986” features new, colorful and intricately detailed works by William Horberg, inspired by the artist’s Chicago past and the maps that interested him. “I used to spend a lot of time thinking about one map in particular, a mental picture that I was trying to conjure up of every place of business that existed on Broadway between Oakdale in the south and Buckingham in the north circa 1966 “, says Horberg. “That was pretty much my whole universe back then. I guess it’s even now, because that’s the genesis of these drawings. Sept. 3 to Oct. 3, 30 to Firecat Projects, 2019 N. Damen. Free entry. Visit firecatprojects.org.
- The Losers’ Club podcast features The Creepshow: A Stephen King Film Festival with screenings of “The Shining”, “Doctor Sleep”, “Creepshow”, “Christine”, “Misery”, “Stand by Me” and more. Plus, “The Losers’ Club” lays out his take on King’s cinematic universe in a live-action show that unpacks the author’s multiverse of books and film adaptations. From September 2 to 4 at music box theater, 3733 N. Southport. Tickets: $8 to $12. Visit musicboxtheatre.com.
- The Chicago Film Society kicks off a new season with a new restoration of Erich von Stroheim’s 1922 silent film “Foolish Wives” (11:30 a.m. September 3, Music Box Theater). Upcoming movies include George Cukor’s ‘What Price Hollywood’, Oscar Micheaux’s ‘Within Our Gates’, Jonathan Kaplan’s ‘White Line Fever’, Roger Corman’s ‘The Masque of the Red Death’ and many more. The season runs until December 21 at music box theater3733 N. Southport, and Northeastern Illinois University, Building E, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr. Tickets: $10 to $12. Visit chicagofilmsociety.org.
- Bullfight 2022 features music, photo ops (Benny the Bull and more), youth skills clinics and family activities. Performers include G Herbo, Da Brat, DJ Chosen Few Wayne Williams and Terry Hunter, and more. 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. September 3 and 4 at the United Center, 1902 W. Madison. Free entry. Visit nba.com/bulls/bullsfest.
- African Arts Festival celebrates black culture with music, food, an African village and family activities. Artists include Terisa Griffin, P-Square, REMA, Erica Campbell and more. Noon-10 p.m. Sept. 2, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 3-5 at Washington Park, 5100 S. Cottage Grove. Admission: $10 to $75. Visit aihusa.org.
- The Polish party Taste of Polonia features dozens of music and dance performances, vendors, kid-friendly art events and more. 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sept. 2, noon-10:30 p.m. Sept. 3-4, noon-9:30 p.m. Sept. 5 to Copernic Center, 5216 O.Lawrence. Admission: $15, free for children under 12, festival pass $40. Visit topchicago.org.
- Lobster and Seafood Festival returns with a range of seafood selections, food vendors, vegetarian options, music, craft vendors and more. Noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 2 and 3, noon to 9 p.m. Sept. 4 at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand. Tickets: $69, $129. Visit americanlobsterfest.com.
- Long Grove Irish Days Festival salutes Irish culture, music and cuisine. Among the artists are the Larkin & Moran Brothers, Dooley Bros & Jimmy Moore, Chancey Brothers, Shannon Rovers Pipers, Joe Cullen & Kathleen Keane as well as many Irish dancers. 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 5. Admission is free. Visit longgrove.org.
- West Loop Art Festival, one of the last art showcases of the summer, offers a diverse range of artworks for sale at all price points. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 3-4 at Fulton Market in Peoria through May. Free entry. Visit starevents.com.