GRIMES TIME The Montreal-based singer Grimes (above) takes the electro-pop
world by storm.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 8.1.12 through Tue 8.7.12:
folk Merle Haggard
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: Xan Aranda, an associate at Kartemquin Films and director of the Andrew Bird concert documentary Fever Year. The film, which will not be released on DVD, screens for the last time in Chicago at the Music Box on 8/1.
“Friday, I like to eat a slow dinner with friends at Rootstock Bar. They keep things really seasonal and there’s always a beautiful fish dish there. I’ve never had a bad meal there. If I’m feeling more adventurous, I’ll go up to Argyle Street. I like to get a big bowl of fresh noodles at Tank Noodle. Since it’s the first weekend of the month, I’ll try and get to some galleries. I like seeing what’s going on with the design collective the Post Family and Corbett vs Dempsey.
“On Saturdays, I love hitting a yoga class at Yoga View on Division. My favorite teacher there is Sarah Strother, I follow her around the city. I often meet up with friends at teashops and bookshops where we can stroll. Ravenswood Used Books on Lincoln Avenue is one place we usually end up. Saturday nights I like to see movies at Century Theatre or the Gene Siskel Center because by the weekend I’m ready to see something someone else made. I also love going to The Hideout. It’s been my home since I moved here 10 years ago. I’ve met some of my favorite people in the universe there.
“There are two things in this world that relax me—grocery shopping and flying. On Sunday mornings I check out the Wicker Park farmers market and I also spend a lot time at the Amish Healthy Foods on Western. Their organic duck eggs are the perfect hostess gifts.” –As told to Elly Fishman
FREEBIE OF THE WEEK
theatre Shakespeare in the Parks
The venerable Chicago theatre company brings its talents to eleven city parks with an alfresco production of The Taming of the Shrew. Adapted and staged by Rachel Rockwell, our pick for best director two years ago.
GO: Through 8/19. Locations, times: chicagoshakes.com
Photography: (GRIMES) Ray Whitehouse; (ARANDA) Ryan Gleeson