Little Village farming, Kyiv City Ballet, Tone Deaf anniversary, and more - Chicago Reader
Chicago events to enjoy including in-store concerts for Tone Deaf Records anniversary, Kyiv City Ballet at the Auditorium Theatre, and more.

All hands on deck! Little Village Environmental Justice Organization is hosting a volunteer day at their farm site (31st and Albany). From 8 AM-noon, they’re inviting people to spend some time getting to know them and the land. What a great way to soak up the last of the season’s sunshine, right? Be sure to wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, and bring a water bottle. (MC)

Translation is a tricky thing. There’s getting the words right, but then there’s communicating the context and nuance that might get lost between languages. In today’s free panel Infiltrating Language Itself: Memory, Justice, and Poetry in Translation, three multilingual writers and translators tackle the question: “How can poetic translation inform our notions of remembrance, justice, and public space?” At 1:30 PM, join poets and translators Daniel Borzutzky, Lucina Schell, and Jose-Luis Moctezuma at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore (5751 S. Woodlawn) for their discussion. They’ll be responding to this question by considering how capitalism has shaped contemporary Chicago, but they will also be looking to post-dictatorship Argentina and Chile. Register for the event through Eventbrite. (MC)

Have you ever felt unsure how to interrupt a tense situation? Whether it’s sexual harassment on the train or a budding conflict at a bar, I think a lot of us want to intervene but fear making the situation worse. If you want to grow your conflict de-escalation tool kit, this workshop is for you. At 2 PM, the PO Box Collective (6900 N. Glenwood) is hosting a seminar led by two organizers with experience de-escalating conflict in both professional and community settings. Using an abolitionist framework focused on collective safety, they will share their methods for interrupting conflict to imagine better, healthier futures for all. The workshop is entirely free, but RSVPing ( is encouraged. (MC)

If you caught Gossip Wolf this week, then you know today is Tone Deaf’s three-year anniversary (4356 N. Milwaukee). As Reader music writer Leor Galil and contributor J.R. Nelson wrote: “Even after Illinois lifted most of its COVID mitigations in June 2020, Tone Deaf proprietor Tony Assimos continued to monitor infection levels across the city so that he could shut down in-store browsing when they spiked. Well into 2021, he delivered vinyl orders by hand whenever he closed his doors to shoppers, keeping in touch with the community the shop had created.” From 3-9 PM today, the store will be filled with free (yes, free) fun including performances by Lifeguard, Sick Day, and Salisman, as well as tables from local labels such as the Numero Group, Trouble in Mind, Drag City, HoZac, and Sooper. Starting and sustaining a record store isn’t easy, especially during a pandemic. Way to go, Tony! (MC)

On February 27, the company of the Kyiv City Ballet boarded one of the last flights out of Ukraine for a tour of France. Russia invaded the next day. Though they haven’t been able to return to their country, the company has been performing in Europe all year. They now make their Chicago debut tonight at 7:30 PM and tomorrow at 3 PM at the Auditorium Theatre (50 E. Ida B. Wells). Led by artistic director Ivan Kozlov, the ensemble performs a mixed repertory, including Thoughts, a contemporary work “examining the meaning of human thought,” choreographed by company member Vladyslav Dobshynskyi to a score by Nils Frahm, Burkhard Dallwitz, Max Richter, and Lisa Gerrard and Patrick Cassidy; Tribute to Peace, created by Kozlov and the company’s deputy director, Ekaterina Kozlova, especially for the U.S. 2022 tour, to a score by Edward Elgar, exploring “what life should be without conflict, anger, or despair”; and Classical Suite, featuring the wedding pas de deux from three pieces (Paquita, La Bayadere, and Don Quixote), also choreographed by Kozlov (after Marius Petipa). Operation White Stork, a disaster relief organization founded by Chicagoan Will McNulty, will be on hand in the lobby collecting donations for their efforts in Ukraine. Tickets are $48-$102 at 312-341-2300 or (KR)

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