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Thursday, March 23
The Peterson Garden Project holds a plant sale today through Sunday, May 10-12, at 4642 N. Francisco Ave. from 10am to 4pm. Pick up organic heirloom vegetable and herb seedlings, gardening supplies and baked goods from local pastry chefs. See a list of what plants will be available here. Proceeds go to Peterson Garden Project classes.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra explores Sheherazade in the latest installment of its Beyond the Score multimedia series today at 1:30pm at Symphony Hall, 220 S. Mighigan Ave. Creative Director Gerard McBurney holds a free Q&A after the performance. Tickets are $30-95.
Cornelia Arts Building, 1800 W. Cornelia Ave., holds its monthly open studio night tonight from 6 to 10pm. See work by more than 40 artists, plus live music by Live Music by Belle Street Trio. The Taquero Fusion food truck will be parked outside if you get hungry. Admission is free.
On the second Friday of every month, the 30-or-so galleries and creative spaces in the Chicago Arts District at Halsted and 18th streets open their doors to showcase art and artists from Chicago and the world. The opening receptions begin at 6pm and last officially until 10pm, letting viewers get up close with the art and artists for free. Maps are available at the information center at 1821 S. Halsted St.
The powerful black and white landscapes of world-reknowned photographer Michael Kenna are returning to the Catherine Edelman Gallery, 300 W. Superior St. Kenna's fine-art prints use line and blur to capture the emotion and essence of cities and countries around the world. The images will be on display until July 6.
Women & Children First presents a reading by author and playwright Eve Ensler tonight at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St., at 7pm. Ensler will read from her latest book, In the Body of the World. You must buy a copy of the book ($25) from Women & Children First either online or by calling 773-769-9299 to attend.
Chuck Prophet performs with his band the Mission Express tonight at SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave. in Evanston. Steve and Diane from Dolly Varden open. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door; reserved tables are $28. Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm.
Cracker plays the Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison Ave., tonight. Cracker frontman David Lowery's old band Camper van Beethoven and Jaik Willis open. See our preview in Transmission. Doors open at 8pm, show is at 9pm. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 at the door. 21+.