FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
lit/lectures Arianna Huffington
The HuffPo honcho chats as part of Columbia College’s Media Arts series. Go early; you’ll be competing with the impassioned masses (ie, undergrads) for seats.
GO: Jan 27 at 7. Film Row Cinema, 1104 S Wabash, 8th floor. colum.edu/conversations
film Radical Disciple: The Story of Father Pfleger
From filmmaker Bob Hercules (Senator Obama Goes to Africa): a documentary on Chicago’s indomitable pulpit activist and the longtime priest at St. Sabina, Father Michael Pfleger. Again, get there early (the theatre holds 250, and reservations aren’t available); then stick around for a postfilm Q&A with Hercules and Pfleger.
GO: Jan 28 at 7. Film Row Cinema, 1104 S Wabash, 8th floor. colum.edu/criticalencounters
galleries Maya Lin
Lin instantly became one of the best-known artists in the world when, in 1981, she won a competition to design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. Only an undergrad at the time, she has proven to be anything but a one-hit wunderkind. This new exhibition includes a work created specifically for Chicago.
GO: Feb 1–Apr 23. The Arts Club of Chicago, 201 E Ontario. 312-787-3997.
lit/lectures T. C. Boyle
His last book, The Women, helped fan the eternal flame of Frank Lloyd Wright fever; now the novelist reads from his new tome, Wild Child and Other Stories.
GO: Feb 1 at 6. Pritzker Auditorium, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S State. chipublib.org
classical Fifth House Ensemble
In the second installment of Black Violet, FHE’s three-act collaboration with the local graphic novelist Ezra Claytan Daniels, a wily housecat navigates a plague-ridden London circa 1665. (Think projected illustrations set to a soundtrack of Shostakovich, Queen, and more.)
GO: Feb 1 at 7. Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington. Also Feb 4 at 8, $12-$25, at SPACE, 1245 Chicago, Evanston. fifth-house.com
Photography: Robert J. Saferstein