Whoopi’s ‘White Noise,’ Sarah Vowell
NOISES OFF White Noise, inspired by the white-supremacist pop duo Prussian Blue,
opens this week at the Royal George.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 04.06.11 through Tue 04.12.11:
museums Chornobyl +25
WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEDNESDAY
Up next in our series of plans from notable, in-the-know locals (a.k.a. people we like): the former Chicagoan Sarah Vowell—author, This American Life alumna, and recipient of an M.A. in art history from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago—who’s in town for one night only to read from her new book on the history of Hawaii, Unfamiliar Fishes.
“I’m pretty excited about the fact that I’ll be reading at the Unity Temple because I’m such a big Frank Lloyd Wright head in general. I love his work in concrete, and that church is a landmark in the use of reinforced concrete. There’s something magical about how he can make a concrete building have so much warmth, especially a public space. Concrete architecture, in general, is sort of the bane of the American aesthetic, but I feel like any form of architecture can be used for good or ill. It might be difficult to pay attention to what I’m supposed to be doing and not just gawk around the room.”
FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
galleries He Said She Said
The spouses behind this intimate living-room gallery—she’s an artist; he’s a maritime chef—consistently lure a roster of bold-face names who revel in the chance to kick off their shoes and relax. Here the New Yorker Sheila Pape crafts a large-scale web from rope, shoelaces, and crocheted yarn, inviting visitors to unravel and reweave the environment for themselves.
GO: Opening reception 4/9 from 6 to 8. Exhibition continues through 5/14; open by appointment. He Said She Said, 216 N Harvey, Oak Park. hesaid-shesaid.us
Photography: (White Noise) Carol Rosegg; (Vowell) Bennett Miller