THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER Steppenwolf for Young Adults premieres high-
school survival story FML: How Carson McCullers Saved My Life (above) on 2/28.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 2.22.12 through Tue 2.28.12:
tours The Great Migration: African American Heritage
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: Kyle Vegter, a composer and member of the five-person shadow puppetry company Manual Cinema. This week, Vegter’s score for the string quartet Chicago Q Ensemble accompanies FJORDS, a Poetry Foundation performance series 2/23–26. Each show begins with readings by Oregon-based poet Zachary Schomburg, followed by Manual Cinema’s shadow-puppet interpretations of the work. “It’s basically an hour-long movie of Zach’s poems, but with live performers and music,” Vegter says.
This weekend is going to be insane—I’ll pretty much be performing or getting ready for performances. Zach [Schomburg] is staying at my house in Uptown. We’d never met before this week, so I’m looking forward to showing him around the city when we have time. His book, FJORDS, will be available for sale at the Poetry Foundation shows, but it’s officially released during the Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference in Chicago next week. He’s made a lot of changes since I first read the poems, so I’m excited to check it out.
Several friends also are in town for the weekend, and I assume we’ll be at Lula Café at least once or twice. A few Manual Cinema members live in Logan Square, and brunch at Lula is a company ritual. We tend to spend the whole day there and drink way too much coffee. After performances, we almost always head to The Whistler. Their Old Fashioned is the best in the city. We all order it.
After our last show Sunday, I’m going to sleep for 12 hours straight. Then Manual Cinema is taking the show on tour with Zach. It’s our first tour together, so there’ll be quite a bit of prep. I imagine we’ll take a couple days off, and then we’ll hit the road.
—As told to Lena Singer
FREEBIE OF THE WEEK
talks DesirÉe Rogers and Common
Rogers, CEO of Johnson Publishing Company (and number 73 on Chicago’s list of the most powerful people in the city), joins rapper Common for an inspirational chat, aimed at young people, in celebration of Black History Month.
GO: 2/23 at 7. Tickets available at att.com/28days. Park West Theatre, 322 W Armitage.
Photography: (FML: HOW CARSON MCCULLERS SAVED MY LIFE) JOEL MOORMAN; (KYLE VEGTER) Maren Celeste