The Top 5 Things to Do This Week
SLEEPWALK WITH ME A still from the comedian Mike Birbiglia’s new dramedy
Sleepwalk With Me.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 8.29.12 through Tue 9.4.12:
theatre Chicago Fringe Festival
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: Edmund Chia, the founder and curator of the gallery, Peregrine Program. The Garfield Park gallery opens its first show of the fall, Did You See Heaven: WYSIWYG, 9/2 at 4 p.m.
“I just returned to Chicago from my summer vacation, so the first thing I intend to do on Thursday is go to Bite Café with my friend Dave Salkin. My favorite menu item is the breakfast taco, but the pulled pork sandwich comes a close second. I teach my first painting class of the semester at the Art Institute later that evening and will take my students to visit the Lichtenstein retrospective before it closes next Monday.
“Friday I’ll head to Chinatown to shop for mooncakes. This month is Mid-Autumn Festival, and the shops and bakeries have just brought in all their best cakes. I'm always on the lookout for the Green Tea flavored ones. After my search, I’ll probably end up at MingHin for dim sum. I love their shrimp and beef crepes, taro puffs, and egg tarts. All are to die for!
“If all goes to plan, I'll probably get my Saturday evening noodle fix at PingPong. Their spicy seafood noodles are quite simply the best in town. If I sit outside, I’ll order the cold peanut noodles and pair them with summer rolls and a sashimi tuna dip.
“Before I open the show on Sunday afternoon, I intend to do brunch at my new favorite restaurant in Garfield Park, Inspiration Kitchens. They serve regional cuisine with soul food flavors. There's a lot to choose from: pancakes, mushroom omelette, or pecan french toast. And I always order their basil lemonade!” –As told to Elly Fishman
FREEBIE OF THE WEEK
jazz Chicago Jazz Festival
There are plenty of acts to catch at the 34th annual Chicago Jazz Festival, but the multifarious musician Ken Vandermark is a must-see. He begins his three-day run as the fest’s resident artist in a joint performance with the music legend Joe McPhee.
GO: 8/31 at 5; free. Ganz Hall at Roosevelt University, 430 S Michigan. chicagojazzfestival.us
Photography: (BIRBIGLIA) Courtesy of IFC Films; (CHIA) Courtesy of Edmund Chia