Know first that the title “Fun Home” is sardonic, both shortening the phrase “funeral home,” the business owned and operated by the father of the musical’s main character, Alison, and a not-quite-accurate description of the domicile where Alison comes of age, arriving at an understanding of both her own sexuality and that of her secretive father. The bones of “Fun Home” come from the autobiographical graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, the writer who invented the Bechdel Test about female characters in fiction. The show’s successful Broadway run and tour, and now worming its way into regional production, suggest the show still has a long life ahead of it. Copley Theatre. Aug. 3-Sep. 18.
Fiesta del Sol
The 50th anniversary of Latino street festival Fiesta del Sol dawns with carnival rides; arts and crafts; youth-soccer clinics and a tournament; and live music spanning several Spanish-speaking sectors, such as son, cumbia and mariachi. Sol food, drawn largely from the fest’s Pilsen neighbors, is famous for its affordability by any standard, not just that of street-fest markups (although the days of the $1 taco are likely over). Sol’s gravitational pull, like its eponym, is massive—as in seven figures’ worth of people over the long weekend—so taking a cab or the Pink Line to 18th Street can keep festival goers’ moods sunny. Cermak Road from Ashland Avenue to Morgan Street. July 28-31.
• The singers of the Soul Children of Chicago mark 30 years of inspirational music with the Grant Park Orchestra at A Gospel Jubilee, a sampling from some of the greatest works of the art form, including Thomas A. Dorsey’s “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.” Millennium Park. 6:30 p.m., July 27.
• All-male chamber choir Chanticleer sings works not only for tenors and basses alone, but for high voices as well, with male sopranos and altos singing in ethereal falsettos. Ravinia. 7:30 p.m., July 28.
• The kind of event whose informational materials quote Heraclitus, the three-day Newberry Book Fair has 40,000 books for sale, most for $3 or less. Newberry donors at the $100 level can get in on Day 0; everything goes half-price on Day 3. A storytelling event unspools on Day 2. Newberry Library. July 29-31.
• At the Andersonville Summer Sidewalk Sale, 40 or so businesses ignore their front walls and spill out onto the public way. The busyness outside makes for a cool souk atmosphere, but jog elsewhere this weekend. Clark Street from Thorndale to Lawrence avenues. July 29-31.
• Randolph Street Market Festival returns with vintage and antique flea-market items for sale, along with live music. Plumbers Union Hall. July 30-31.
• In addition to ethnic vendors and victuals, the Chinatown Summer Fair supplies Chinese folk performance, K-pop dancing and an in-the-wild sighting of the new name for the Asian carp, at a copi fishball eating contest. Wentworth Avenue from Cermak Road to 24th Place. July 30-31.
Opening soon in Chicago
• “All That Glows in the Dark of Democracy,” an exhibit positioning itself as us-versus-them political factionalism, in partnership with the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. Weinberg/Newton Gallery. July 29-Oct. 1.
• “Campaigns, Inc.,” a ripped-from-the-(90-year-old) headlines play about the political consultants whose fabricated smear campaign torpedoed the candidacy of “The Jungle” writer Upton Sinclair for governor of California. TimeLine Theatre. Aug. 3-Sep. 18.
• “A Fine Feathered Murder: A Miss Marbled Mystery.” Hell in a Handbag Productions at the Chopin Theatre. Now through Aug. 13.
• The show at cabaret/circus/dinner theater Teatro ZinZanni wraps this week. A new spectacular starts up after Labor Day. Cambria Hotel. Through July 31.
• “Lookingglass Alice,” the physical-theater calling card for the namesake company, dematerializes like the Cheshire Cat, leaving smiles behind. Lookingglass Theatre. Through July 31.
• “Immersive Frida Kahlo.” Monet and Van Gogh shows are still running; King Tut is coming in the fall. Lighthouse ArtSpace. Through July 30.
• The spring/summer exhibits at Wrightwood 659. Through July 30.