LETTS THE GAMES BEGIN Amy Morton and Tracy Letts star in Who’s Afraid of
Virginia Woolf? at Steppenwolf.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 12.08.10 through Tue 12.14.10:
comedy The Second City That Never Sleeps: Letters to Santa
WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND
Up next in our series of plans from notable, in-the-know locals (a.k.a. people we like): Mason Bates, one half of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s pair of new composers-in-residence.
“The holidays present way too many options for the curious listener. A good place to start is the CSO’s Friday afternoon concert, which will be a nice way to get some Tchaikovsky without enduring another Nutcracker. On Saturday night, I'll be checking out Philter at Darkroom [Bates moonlights as the DJ Masonic], and on Sunday, assuming I'm not too wiped out from the night before, I’ll hit the Civic Orchestra's performance of Bartók at Symphony Center.”
GO: If you missed the Music Now season opener in October, let Bates and his fellow CSO composer-in-residence, Anna Clyne, win you over with pizza, beer, and cutting-edge tunes at the series’ next installment, Dec 13 at 7 at the Harris Theater; tickets are $20.
FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
galleries The Daley Show
As in Richard M., not Stewart, Jon. This exhibition, a coproduction with Johalla Projects at Chicago Urban Art Society, fills some 3,800 square feet of gallery space with portraits and other works dedicated to the outgoing mayor by more than 20 local artists. The man himself has been invited, and while there’s no word yet on whether he’ll attend, we always say the more, the mayorier. Bonus: The opening is sponsored by Old Style, which equals free beer.
GO: Opening reception Dec 10 from 6 to 11; exhibition continues through Jan 8. Chicago Urban Art Society, 2229 S Halsted. chicagourbanartsociety.org
Photograph: Michael Brosilow