MASKED AND ANONYMOUS A show featuring the Guerrilla Girls’ banners, videos,
and other feminist art and ephemera opens 3/1 at Columbia College.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 2.29.12 through Tue 3.6.12:
classical Four Score 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: Zach Dodson, Associate Professor of Art and Design at Columbia College, co-host of The Show ‘n Tell Show, and the publisher of local indie press Featherproof Books. This Friday at 8, Dodson co-emcees Literature Party, a book-reading-slash-dance party at Lincoln Hall to benefit Young Chicago Authors.
All day Friday, I’ll be staffing the Featherproof table at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference at Palmer House Hilton. It’s a really fun, really huge literary meeting and book fair, and this year it’s in Chicago. Hundreds of small presses will be there, and we’re sharing a booth with the indie publisher Two Dollar Radio.
Friday night, I’m co-hosting Literary Party with Lindsay Hunter, a Featherproof author. There are tons of readings associated with the conference, but this one is unique in that it’s short on the readings and long on the dance party. Matt Roan is DJing, and [writer] Mary Miller, [poet] Dorothea Lasky, and [writer and musician] Tim Kinsella are doing readings. Jesse Ball [the author of The Way Through Doors] also is doing a reading, with shadow puppets by Jill Summers and Susie Kirkwood. Jesse rarely does public events—he’s sort of a mystery and a recluse—so I’m really looking forward to it.
On Saturday, I’ll be at the book fair, which is open to the public that day. The insider tip is that if you wait until the very last hour, you can get books and literary journals at fire-sale prices from the vendors, who don’t want to ship them home after it’s all over. Then that night, I’m heading to The Hideout for the LGBTQ dance party Chances. Gay or straight, pink or purple, it’s the best dance party in Chicago.
FREEBIE OF THE WEEK
classical Rush Hour Concerts
This popular concert series recently expanded into more family-friendly territory. During Saturday’s installment, members of the wind ensemble Quintet Attacca compete by soloing, and kids vote for the winner.
GO: 3/3 at 10. Driehaus Museum, 40 E Erie. driehausmuseum.org
Photography: (GUERrILLA GIRLS) COURTESY TOM NOWAK KATHE; (DODSON) Jonathan Crawford