LEWIS BLACK The New York comedian (above) brings his dry humor to Chicago.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 8.15.12 through Tue 8.21.12:
film Stella Dallas
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: Anne Wells, an archivist and the collections manager for the Chicago Film Archives, a non-profit that preserves and catalogues old films including the Chicago Public Library’s collection. The CFA hosts its first media mixer this Friday, 8/17 a 8 p.m. at the Hideout.
“Friday is the fundraiser at the Hideout. I’m really excited about that, mainly because it involves so many different people and a lot of local talents are involved. And of course, I’ll stick around and have a drink afterwards.
“Saturday, I’m going to gather all of my Chicago Public Library books because they’re erasing all the late fees for the first time in 20 years. It’s going to be an apartment super cleanse of CPL books. After that, I’ll head to my favorite Chinatown bakery, Feida Bakery, on Wentworth. I like the red bean paste buns and the sesame cookies. They also have crazy stuff like hot dog [stuffed] buns, but I never venture into that territory. After, I’ll probably wander around the neighborhood and find places to buy fun trinkets and pretend I’m tourist. Lao Sze Shuan is my favorite restaurant, so I might go there for lunch. I like the boring stuff like the hot pot and the three-chili chicken. Drinks will need to happen after, so I’ll slowly move down to the Skylark and eat some of their tater tots with dipping sauce.
“Sunday I’ll dedicate to constructed nature environments. I try and go to Garfield Park Conservatory as much as I can. I love the fern room. I like bringing picnics and sitting outside in the gardens.” –As told to Elly Fishman
FREEBIE OF THE WEEK
classical Grant Park Symphony Orchestra
The Grant Park Symphony closes out their season with Antonin Dvořák’s The Spectre’s Bride a cantata for orchestra and chorus a rarely performed piece. The music is based on the story of a young girl swept away by a horseman, so ladies, hold onto your seats.
GO: Through 8/17 at 6:30 and 8/18 at 7:30. Millennium Park, Michigan and Randolph. millenniumpark.org
Photography: (BLACK) Clay Patrick McBride; (WELLS) Rex McMurry