'David Bowie Is' tickets on sale Thursday

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Album cover shoot for David Bowie's "Aladdin Sane," 1973.

Album cover shoot for David Bowie's "Aladdin Sane," 1973. (HANDOUT / April 2, 2014)

As far as we know David Bowie is still not coming to Chicago anytime soon. But tickets to the Museum of Contemporary Art's "David Bowie Is" exhibit go on sale 10 a.m. Thursday, and the MCA is so geared up for this show -- ah, wham bam thank you ma'am -- it has an "MCA Bowie Hotline" for all Bowie-related concerns (312-397-4068).

However, one question we will not have is: Will there be any events related to "David Bowie Is"?

Yes, there will be. Many events. The MCA has finalized its entire schedule of Bowie events, and if you don't like or know much about Bowie, the MCA will spare no expense to ensure that by November you know everything there is to know about Bowie.

Some highlights:

  • On Sept. 17, Bryan Ferry will discuss his own career, glam rock and, presumably, the influence of Bowie.
  • On Sept. 23, the MCA hosts a screening of "David Bowie Is Happening Now," a documentary on the exhibition.
  • And from Sept. 23 to Nov. 22, several Chicago acts, including White Mystery and Dissapears, are booked to perform evenings of Bowie songs. (Dissapears, one of Chicago's best, will play the album "Low" in its entirety.)
  • On Oct. 5, filmmaker Todd Haynes and costume designer Sandy Powell -- they worked on the 1998 glam-rock  homage "Velvet Goldmine" together -- will talk some more about glam and Bowie.
  • On Nov. 20, Kevin Barnes, the brain behind the band Of Montreal, will talk Bowie and cover Bowie
  • On Oct. 25-27, British choreographer Michael Clark performs "come, been and gone," a piece set to Bowie's music.

Oh, and there's more: Look to mcachicago.org/bowie for updates and the posting of a full schedule. "David Bowie Is" opens Sept. 23 and closes Jan. 4, 2015.

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The Grammys 2011