Metropolitan Opera: Cavalleria Rusticana/Paliacci Encore
Yeah, it's that good, there's an encore. Like a three and half hour encore! Amazingly, this opera—although now roundly considered a classic—was the equivalent of a 19th century open-mic, as a music publisher and pimp invited a bunch of young Italian composers (who had yet to produce anything) to submit a one-act play, to be judged by the biggest meatballs in Italian opera of the time. Adopted from a short story (yeah, now it's three-plus hours long; hate to see what he would have done with a novel), Mascagni submitted just in time for consideration—and the rest is, well, history.
6:30 pm. Thursday, April 30. Regal Cinemas, Old Mill.
Grateful Dead, 7/19/89
So much better than a cassette bootleg, this rare concert footage captures everything but the patchouli and skunk smells of the actual event. Can't make it to Chicago for this summer's final Grateful Dead concert? Experience the real event—and magic—with Jerry present (on screen and in spirit).
7 pm. Monday, May 4. Regal Cinemas, Old Mill.
Royal Ballet: La Fille Mal Gardee
Elegant and comedic, La Fille Mal Gardee is a wonderfully approachable ballet, and even better with popcorn!
7 pm. Tuesday, May 5. Regal Cinemas, Old Mill.