HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE Motion (above), the follow-up to Ronan Marra’s sold-out
2010 play, Aftermath, premieres at Signal Ensemble Theatre.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 1.25.12 through Tue 1.31.12:
film 2 Days in New York
WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND
Up next in our series of weekend plans from people we like: Claire Chase, flutist and executive director of the supercool dual-residency (Chicago, Brooklyn) new-music group International Contemporary Ensemble. You can catch Chase performing at the Art Institute 1/27 at 6.
“Friday night I’m playing a world premiere called Descent from Parnassus by Chicago composer Marcos Balter. The piece takes its inspiration from Cy Twombly’s painting The First Part of the Return from Parnassus. Marcos and I were both drawn to this piece, and we spent hours standing in front of it on various visits to the Art Institute, imagining ways that it could come alive sonically in space. This performance involves me speaking, whispering, sometimes screaming at the top of my lungs, and hyperventilating. It’s going to be very dramatic and hopefully hysterical. This will take the cake for the craziest thing I’ve done in public.
“Saturday morning I’m rehearsing with a friend of mine—Katinka Kleijn, left-hand cellist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra—for a private concert we’re putting on at a friend’s house. We’re recreating Bach’s Two-Part Keyboard Inventions, Numbers 1 through 15, which was originally created for the keyboard, for the flute and cello. It’ll be interspersed with improvisations and new compositions inspired by the original.
“Sunday morning I’m flying to New York to rehearse for a world premiere that’s back here in Chicago February 5 at the MCA. It’s a concert in honor of the trombonist and composer George Lewis. It takes his work and puts it into context with three astonishingly experimental young ICE composers.
“Hopefully I’ll make time before I leave for my three favorite places in Chicago: Big Chicks, a bar in Uptown; this amazing Greek restaurant in Wicker Park, Taxim, that tastes like authentic home cooking; and Lao Sze Chuan in Chinatown. Lao Sze Chuan has the best Szechuan food in this city—better yet, in the country. It’s really spicy, so you suffer for a couple days after, but it’s totally worth it and keeps you craving.” —As told to Heather Youkhana
FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
galleries Morbid Curiosity: The Richard Harris Collection
The title says it all: The retired antique prints dealer Harris amassed an eclectic set of some 1,000 ancient artifacts, decorative and fine-art objects, and oddities connected not by era or genre, as most collections are, but by their shared subject—death. Hear Harris discuss the exhibit 1/29 at 3.
GO: 1/28–7/8. Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington. chicagoculturalcenter.org
Photography: (MOTION) Johnny Knight; (CHASE) David Michalek