PULSE: Just the cure for your thunderstorm blues

Miki Johnson

July 11–13: A mile of art

The Chicago Tribune Magnificent Mile Art Festival brings more than 200 award-winning painters, sculptors, potters, jewelry-makers and photographers to your doorstep (if you live next to Pioneer Court, 435 N. Michigan Ave., that is) for free. And as if that weren’t enough, there’s daily live music as well.

July 12: Color shmolor

If you want to see some interesting, macabre black and white photos from the 1950s and 1960s (because I’m sure that was exactly how you were planning on spending your Saturday night), check out the free opening of the Ralph Eugene Meatyard exhibit at the Michigan Avenue Galleries of the Chicago Cultural Center at 78 E. Washington St.

July 12: Summer school

Anchor Graphics is a non-profit center dedicated to advancing the printmaking tradition. They offer classes for all ages, including high school students who are exhibiting their prints in the gallery at 119 W. Hubbard St. The open house and reception run from 1-3 p.m., but the art is up until Aug. 23. So stop by and feel good about America’s youth for once — for free.

July 12, 13: Roots, rock and play

The Chicago Folk and Roots Festival at Welles Park in the heart of Lincoln Park boasts music, dance, food and more. And for a mere $5 ($1 for seniors and children) you can get back to your “roots” too.

July 13: Book ’em, boys

Just as Evanston’s streets are eerily quiet in the summer, there is something equally disconcerting about a concert in a library — but that is exactly what the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., is bringing your way. Steve Edwards and Philip Simmons will present classical guitar music at 2 p.m. Hey, it’s free and it’s probably the only time you won’t be shushed for humming in the library.

July 16: Hook-ed on a harmonica

Blues Traveler is gracing the Ravinia Festival at Highland Park with its bluesy, jamming guitar and harmonica riffs. So don’t just “stand” there, “run around” and get yourself some tickets already. $12 to $45.