CHICAGO — Ideas for what to do this weekend in the neighborhood include live theater and plenty of music-themed events, including a pair of fundraisers, a look back at Chicago's musical history and a screening of Cameron Crowe's Pearl Jam documentary.
"Appropriate" at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., 7:30 p.m.
"Appropriate," about a family brought together to duke it out over their dead father's estate and a subsequent dark discovery, starts at Victory Gardens Theater Friday night, with performances running through Dec. 8. The show premiered earlier this year at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville, Ky. Tickets range from $30 to $60.
Art and Soul Fundraiser at Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave., 8 p.m.
The annual fundraiser presented by Art + Science salons includes a runway show, food, open bar, and live musical performances by Chicago indie pop band Purple Apple and a "surprise guest recently headlining at this year’s Lollapalooza," according to organizers. The event also features raffles, auctions and goodie bags. This year, Art + Science says proceeds will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. General admission is $85, while VIP tickets go for $160.
Second Saturdays: Chicago's Musical Past at Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Music teacher Lenny Marsh will lead visitors through various activities while they learn about Chicago's history of music. The event is free with museum admission (admission is free for kids 12 and younger).
25th Annual Rock for Kids Rock and Roll Auction at Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave., 6:30 p.m.
The 25th annual event benefits Rock for Kids, an organization that seeks to provide music education for underserved kids in Chicago. The event, for those 18 and older, includes a reception with food and drinks, a live and silent auction and a Rock for Kids student performance. There's also a $25 raffle that offers a chance to win a Gibson John Lennon 70th Anniversary J-160E Vintage Sunburst guitar. Tickets for the fundraiser are $75.
"Pearl Jam Twenty" at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., 7 p.m.
Catch a screening of Cameron Crowe's 2011 documentary "Pearl Jam Twenty," which was released in the year of the band's 20th anniversary. Tickets for the 18-and-older event are $10.