Four Plays and a Concert, Plus Lara Miller’s Plans
NORMAL, ILLINOIS The 2010 Pulitzer winner Next to Normal makes its Chicago
premiere at Bank of America Theatre.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 04.20.11 through Tue 04.26.11:
WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND
Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: the eco-forward fashion designer Lara Miller. Read more about the 2011 Chicago magazine Green Award recipient in our April profile.
“Friday: While I try to live as responsibly as possible every day, Earth Day is a chance to take an extra step. I'll be walking to and from work, and then at noon I’ll take an extra long lunch break to join the Shedd Aquarium’s adopt-a-beach cleanup at 12th Street Beach. On my walk home, I may detour to see the end of the month-long exhibit Project Cabrini Green. Having grown up in Chicago, I still have a hard time imagining the neighborhood's transition.
“Saturday: I'll start the day at the Green City Market; that’s the market’s last day indoors at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum before it moves outside to Lincoln Park on 5/4. Cool spring temps make for the perfect crisp, sweet spinach. Yum! Next I'll jump on the bus and head to the 900 North Michigan Shops. I’m the executive director of the Chicago Fashion Incubator, and Saturday is the final day for CFI’s pop-up shop, Launch, located on the 900 Shops’ fifth floor. If I'm not wearing my own designs, then I'm wearing a local designer, and I've had my eye on a dress by Alidade made from repurposed and certified organic cotton, plus another by Agga B., and more (the Made in Chicago iPhone case, the limited edition CFI T-shirt for everyone in my family).
“I might get a polish change downstairs at Mario Tricoci before walking over to the MCA to see Jim Nutt's paintings up close [editor’s note: There’s a free curator tour of the Nutt companion show, Seeing Is a Kind of Thinking, 4/26 at noon]. While there, I'll hopefully get to check out Sara Black's live interaction, Object Recovery. I’ll spend Saturday night with family in from out of town. We'll cook dinner with my Green City Market finds and, despite being Jewish, we’ll prep for an Easter egg hunt, because who doesn't love searching for candy?
“Sunday: I'll wake up early to get my ten miler in. No better way to celebrate Chicago race season than a long run by the lake. Then the candy hunt in the morning and down to Orland Park to celebrate Easter and more candy with my husband’s family. Should be a great weekend!”
FREEBIE OF THE WEEK
galleries The Arts Club of Chicago
Andy Warhol once likened his immersive 102-section silk-screen Shadows to “disco décor.” Sure. We’ll buy that—but it’s also a surprisingly contemplative monument to abstraction. The work has been on permanent display at New York’s Dia: Beacon for eight years, making this Chicago appearance an extremely rare chance to see 54 sections of it without hopping a plane. Don’t miss it.
GO: 4/21–7/29: Mon–Fri 11–6. 201 E Ontario. artsclubchicago.org
Photography: (NEXT TO NORMAL) Craig Schwartz; (MILLER) Taylor Castle