LEAPS AND BOUNDS Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater kicks off a five-day stint
at Auditorium Theatre on 4/11.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 4.11.12 through Tue 4.17.12:
museums FASHIONING THE OBJECT: BLESS, BOUDICCA, SANDRA BACKLUND
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: Brian Dickie, the general director of Chicago Opera Theater, who closes his 13th —and last—season with the company this month. COT sends off Dickie, who has been in the opera business for 50 years, with two April productions at Harris Theater: Moscow, Cheryomushki, a Soviet-inspired satire opening 4/14, and the opera Teseo, set in classical Greece, opening 4/21.
My prime consideration this weekend is making sure our productions get up and running. We have rehearsals [for Teseo] all Friday afternoon and evening. But I’ll be having a dinner party for dear friends that evening. The dinner isn’t for opera people—I had a huge lunch party for them on Easter Sunday with roast lamb. This time, I’ll cook anything that can be put together quickly. There’s a wonderful English cookbook, by Nigel Slater, to knock out something easy in no time at all. The American version is called Real Fast Food: 350 Recipes Ready-to-Eat in 30 Minutes. Jamie Oliver says Nigel is a genius. I say he’s a genius too, so that makes two of us.
[Moscow, Cheryomushki] has its opening night Saturday, and it’s always a time of great excitement. I prepare myself for that by a little relaxation in the morning, like going shopping at Pastoral on Broadway for cheese and the excellent bread they sell. I’ll get to the theatre early and go backstage and kiss the singers—I find they sing much better if they have an opening night kiss wishing them luck. I only kiss the girls, I hasten to add. After the show, of course, there will be a party at the theatre where everybody lets their hair down.
On Sunday morning, if the weather is conducive to it, I’ll go for a walk. I live near the lakeside, and I take full advantage of that. I usually start at Belmont Harbor and go to Diversey Harbor. It takes me a long time because I stop to look at things and take photographs. I normally wander. In the afternoon, we have rehearsals for Teseo. There’s not a lot of time to relax—we don’t have weekends in our business. That’s the nature of the thing.
—As told to Andrea Scott
FREEBIE OF THE WEEK
new music FOURTH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Fourth’s organist, John W.W. Sherer, pulls together an organ concert of music played on the Titanic and other elegies to memorialize the 100th anniversary of when the great ship went down. A serious bummer never sounded so good.
GO: 4/15 at 7. 126 E Chestnut. fourthchurch.org
Photography: (ALVIN AILEY) ANDREW ECCLES; (DICKIE) COURTESY OF CHICAGO OPERA THEATER