By Kyle MacMillan/For Sun-Times Media
The piano will be in the spotlight this week at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, as it presents a recital by a group of up-and-coming keyboard talents nearly every day at 6 p.m. in Bennett Gordon Hall. The plethora of pianists begins Monday with Alexandra Silocea and continues Tuesday with Alexey Zuev, Wednesday with Zhang Zuo and Saturday with Anna Fedorova. Programming ranges from chestnuts like Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” to lesser-known works like György Ligeti’s “Musica ricercata.” Reserved seats are $10; no lawn sales. (847) 266-5100; ravinia.org.
Although works by Richard Koppe (1916-1973) were included in such important exhibitions as “American Painting Today” in 1950 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the longtime Chicago artist never developed a lasting national profile. But a new exhibition at the Elmhurst Art Museum,150 S. Cottage Hill Ave. — his first museum show in more than 40 years — could help change that. The presentation, simply titled “Richard Koppe,” will feature 70 of the cubist-influenced artist’s paintings, prints and drawings. Most are drawn from Koppe’s estate, which was bequeathed to the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he taught from 1963 through 1970. The exhibition opens with a public reception at 6:30 p.m. Friday and runs through Jan. 11. Admission, $5. (630) 834-0202; elmhurstartmuseum.org.
The Chicago International Film Festival marks its 50th anniversary with “Because Everybody Loves Movies,” a free exhibition that runs Thursday through Oct. 30 at Expo 72, 72 E. Randolph. Included will be posters, videos and other memorabilia from the festival’s rich history. A particular highlight will be photographs by Victor Skrebneski of some of the directors and actors who have taken part in the event including Bette Davis, Dennis Hopper, Francois Truffaut, Orson Welles and Robin Williams. (312) 744-6630; cityofchicago.org/dcase.
Few Chicago artists are more imaginative or original than Lilli Carre, who was recently featured in a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Drawing inspiration from comics and animation, Carre returns to Western Exhibitions, 845 W. Washington, for her second show, which will open with a public reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and run through Oct. 18. The work in this offering, titled “The Pleasure of Getting Lost,” draws its inspiration from mazes. Free. (312) 480-8390; westernexhibitions.com.
Chicago-based jazz pianist and vocalist Judy Roberts, a Grammy Award nominee who has released more than 20 albums, brings her quartet to the Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Ct., this week. Joining her will be Chicago saxophonist Greg Fishman. Performances are set for 8 and 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 4, 8 and 10 p.m. Sunday. Cover, $20 and $35. (312) 360-0234; jazzshowcase.com.