Save the Date

On your mark.

The effortlessly cool L.A. band comes to town for an intimate show in support of its much-anticipated self-titled album.
Why: Sexy beats, hypnotic bass lines, and haunting lyrics come to life in person.
When: Mar. 28, 9 p.m.
Where: Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., b/t Grace St. & Waveland Ave. (773-549-4140). Tickets ($20) at etix.com.

Unbound: Contemporary Art After Frida Kahlo
An exhibit featuring outspoken artists who share Kahlo’s rebellious spirit, plus work from the visionary herself.
Why: Back in 1978, the MCA presented Kahlo’s first solo museum exhibition stateside.
When: Opens May 3.
Where: 220 E. Chicago Ave., at Mies van der Rohe Way (312-280-2660). Museum admission is $12.

Alvin Ailey
The powerful dance company presents passionate pieces like the Pas de Duke, originally conceived for Judith Jamison and Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Why: They’ve got happy feet.
When: Opens Feb. 28.
Where: Auditorium Theatre, Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., b/t Wabash & Michigan Aves. (312-902-1500). Tickets ($32-$92) at ticketmaster.com.

Karen Russell
The Chicago Humanities Festival hosts the novelist and recent MacArthur fellow with a gift for magical realism.
Why: HBO plans to turn Russell’s Swamplandia — about a family who lives in an alligator-wrestling theme park — into a TV series.
When: Feb. 13.
Where: First United Methodist Church at The Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington St., at Clark St.
Tickets ($5-$15) at chicagohumanities.org.

Chicago Theatre Week
Pick from more than 100 productions at venues around town, from Second City to the Goodman Theatre.
Why: All the city’s a stage — and a steal at $15-$30 a ticket.
When: Feb. 11-16.
Where: Various locations. Sign up at chicagoplays.com for more.

Tickets will fly fast for the annual event, which corrals swine samples from the hottest restaurants in town. Last year’s participants included La Sirena Clandestina, Bang Bang Pie Shop, Belly Q, and Pleasant House Bakery.
Why: A portion of proceeds benefits Greater Chicago Food Depository. Plus, there are additions to the program, like amateur cook-offs and poetry contests.
When: Apr. 25 & 26.
Where: UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., b/t Union Ave. & Halsted St. Tickets ($106-$206) at eventbrite.com.

Moonlight Snowshoeing Tour
What: Follow a tour guide through the woods beneath January’s full moon; supplies (shoes, poles, headlamps, etc.) are provided.
Why: Peace and serenity — plus warm drinks.
When: Jan. 14.
Where: Palos Forest Preserve, Spears Woods (22 miles from the Loop). Tickets ($95) and directions at rei.com.

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First United Methodist Church at The Chicago Temple
77 W Washington St
@ Clark St
Chicago, IL 60602
UIC Forum
725 W Roosevelt Rd
bt Union Ave & Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60607
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
50 E Congress Pkwy
bt Wabash & Michigan Aves
Chicago, IL 60605
220 E Chicago Ave
@ Mies van der Rohe Way
Chicago, IL 60611
3730 N Clark St
bt Grace St & Waveland Ave
Chicago, IL 60613