Wayne Coyne (left) and Derek Brown of the Flaming Lips performed in Las Vegas last month. The band will be in Chicago on July 7. | Getty Images
Visual artist, poet and playwright Tony Fitzpatrick returns with a new show, “Stations Lost,” which continues his search for America — this time via Istanbul. Performing alongside Fitzpatrick are his business partner Stan Klein, vocalist Lynne Jordan, guitarist John Rice, with multimedia work by Kristin Reeves. The show runs July 7-24 at the Steppenwolf Garage, 1624 N. Halsted.
Tickets, $22. Call (312) 335-1650; steppenwolf.org.
Updated: September 29, 2011 12:38AM
The Flaming Lips perform the full album of the 1999 fan favorite “The Soft Bulletin” along with other career highlights at 7:30 p.m. July 7 at the Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence. Tickets are $35. Call (800) 745-3000; ticketmaster.com.
A SOUTHERN TOUCH
JD Souther, one of the principal architects of the Southern California country-rock sound, headlines SPACE on July 1. He collaborated on many of the Eagles hit songs and worked with Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Warren Zevon, Roy Orbison, the Dixie Chicks and George Strait. His latest solo effort, “Natural History,” features new versions of 11 classic songs he wrote or co-wrote. Jill Andrews opens at 8 p.m. at the venue, 1245 Chicago, Evanston. Tickets, $22 in advance, $25 day of show. Call (847) 492-8860; evanstonspace.com.
Experience the rhythmic sounds and culture of the Caribbean and Latin America during the African-Caribbean International Festival of Life opening at noon July 1 in Washington Park, 5500 S. Cottage Grove. Artisans featuring traditional wares will be on hand along with entertainment that includes: Indika Reggae Band in a concert tribute to Gregory Issacs 9 p.m. July 1; Rafo Int’l Combo at 7:30 p.m. July 2; Freddy McGregor featuring Chino & Friends at 8:30 p.m. July 3; gospel great Leanne Faineat 7 p.m. July 4. Machel Montano closes out the event at 8:30 p.m. July 4. Festival hours are noon to 10 p.m. July 1-4. Admission is $10 before 5 p.m. each day; $15, after; $5, kids, seniors and students. A four-day pass is $30. Call (312) 427-0266; festivaloflife.biz.
The Farmers Airship Covering Communities Tour (the first-ever Zeppelin tour of the U.S. in 70 years) stops in Chicago July 1-4. Passenger flights on the airship, one of only two active Zeppelins flying globally, start at 5 p.m. at the DuPage Airport Flight Center, 2700 International Dr., West Chicago. Packages range from 45 minutes to 2-hour tours. Prices are $375-$950. Call (650) 969-8100, ext. 111; airshipventures.com.
The Chicago Cubs host a street festival from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 1-3 on the west side of Wrigley Field, 1060 W. Addison, along Clark between Addison and Waveland. The Wrigleyville Block Party takes place during the Chicago Cubs/White Sox Crosstown Classic series at Wrigley Field. Activities include food vendors, beer stages, photo booths, live music and video games. Festival admission is free. Call (800) THE-CUBS.
CLASSICAL FIRE WORKS
The Grant Park Orchestra, under the leadership of conductor Christopher Bell, along with artists from the Remy Bumppo Theatre, perform an Independence Day Concert featuring classic American show-stopper tunes at 5:30 p.m. July 3 at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph. The set list includes Francis Scott Key’s “Star-Spangled Banner,” Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” E.E. Bagley’s “National Emblem March,” and John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever” along with Tchaikovsky’s perennial favorite “1812 Overture” among others. Visit grantparkmusicfestival.org.
AND ALL THAT JAZZ
Hop aboard the Our Chicago Sound: Jazz, Blues & Beyond bus tour for the next stop on the city music landmarks tour, at 10 a.m. July 2 at the Jazz Record Mart, 444 N. Wabash. The cost is $50-$70 and includes a harmonica lesson. Call (312) 350-1131; chicagodetours.com.
The Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers celebrate freedom, truth and justice during the CLLAW X: Red, White and Bruised arm bout at 10 p.m. July 2 at Joe’s Weed Bar, 940 W. Weed. Tickets are $10; $25, pre-purchased bar package. Visit cllaw.org.
Catch Chicago’s official Fourth of July fireworks display at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, at 9 p.m. on July 4. The 15-minute display replaces the annual Grant Park extravaganza.