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Top 5 Things to Do This Week

On your agenda: Everything is Terrible reinvent Total Recall with puppets and found video footage… artist Matt Maddan crosses comics and poetry… free Shakespeare… plus, the weekend plans of the filmmaker Xan Aranda.

Grimes
GRIMES TIME The Montreal-based singer Grimes (above) takes the electro-pop
world by storm.

THE FIVE

Don’t-miss picks for Wed 8.1.12 through Tue 8.7.12:

1

pop Grimes
After winning us over at Pitchfork, the Canadian, electro-pop/internet princess Grimes (Claire Boucher) returns to Chicago as the headliner for the Lollapalooza after party. Big Pink and thenewno2 also perform.
GO: 8/2 at 9. Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N Kedzie. rsvp: soterik.com/events

2

literature Verse, Stripped: Talk by Matt Madden
Poetry and comics are unlikely bedfellows, but the comic artist and illustrator Matt Madden thinks otherwise and with Verse, Stripped he explains the intersection of the two genres over the past 50 years.
GO: 8/1 at 7. Poetry Foundation, 61 W Superior. poetryfoundation.org

3

jazz Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz
The Thursday night jazz series presents a great program Roots of Routes: Makaya McCraven’s Global Unit. The drummer leads an all-star collective including the trumpeter Corey Wilkes, the saxophonist Marcus Strickland and the guitarist Nathaniel Braddock.
GO: 8/2 at 6:30. Free. Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Michigan and Washington. millenniumpark.org

4

theatre Totally Recalled
Colin Farrell may be starring in this month’s Hollywood remake of the 1990 film Total Recall, but the wacky team behind Everything is Terrible, a found-footage website, is staging its own vaudeville retelling of the sci-fi thriller with live music, experimental video, and an enormous Arnold Schwarzenegger puppet.
GO: 8/6 at 9. Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont. everythingisterrible.com

5

folk Merle Haggard
His iconic, laconic drawl is the definition of classic country music and his poetic songs have become the standard to which many aspire. It doesn’t hurt that he’s a phenomenal guitarist and fiddler too.
GO: 8/1 at 7:45; $30–50. Congress Theater, 2135 N Milwaukee. venue.congresschicago.com

WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND

Xan Aranda
Xan Aranda

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

 

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