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The Top 5 Things to Do This Week

On your agenda: The Chicago jazz stalwart Patricia Barber releases a new album…The artist Renee Robbins’s vibrant art combats winter chills…free art, plus the weekend plans of the Vocalo host and Winter Block Party program director and emcee Jesse Menendez

Patricia Barber
SHE’S A SMASH The jazz singer Patricia Barber, a local favorite, takes the stage to
celebrate the release of her new album Smash

THE FIVE

Don’t-miss picks for Wed 1.23.13 through Tue 1.29.13:

1

jazz Patricia Barber Quartet
A homegrown singer and pianist, Barber trades her regular Monday gig for a turn in the weekend spotlight to celebrate the release of her new album Smash.
GO: 1/25 at 9, 1/26 at 8; $15. Green Mill, 4802 N Broadway.  greenmilljazz.com

2

theatre Sweet Charity
While Shirley McLaine’s kooky Charity will always have a place in our hearts, we might have to make room for the bubbly new-comer Tiffany Topol, who takes on the role over four decades later.
GO: Through 3/31; $65–$75. Writers’ Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. writerstheatre.org

3

film B-Fest
For those who love to revel in the terrors of low budget sets, bad dialogue, and even worse acting, it doesn’t get much better this 24-hour camp marathon.
GO: 1/25–26; $35, $25 for Northwestern students. Norris University Center, McCormick Auditorium at Northwestern University, 1999 S Campus, Evanston. b-fest.com

4

blues Marcia Ball
The Louisiana boogie pianist’s sheer exuberance and sparkling stage presence make Ball one hard-hitting bluesy delight.
GO: 1/24–2/17; $15. Chopin Theatre, 1543 W Division. screendoor.org

5

film Music-About-Film & Film-About-Music
Sound and film enthusiasts unite! Hosted by Hopscotch Cinema, the event is curated to highlight where the two disciplines overlap.
GO: 1/27 at 7; $10. Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia. hideoutchicago.com

WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND

Jesse Menendez
Jesse Menendez

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Jesse Menendez, who hosts several shows for Chicago Public Media: “The Music Vox,” “Live From Studio 10” and “Vocalo on WBEZ.” Menendez is also the program organizer of the day-long hip hop and arts festival Winter Block Party this Saturday, 1/26, at the Metro.

“Friday I’ll probably go to Flat Top Grill after work. I like the Asian stirfry with chicken and I try to pile on as many things as I can. After, I’ll head to this pretty cool show at Schubas. The electronic duo, Eight Bit Tiger, open for this London group, Palma Violets, who have this punk, clash sound to them.

“Since Saturday is going to be such a long day, I’m going to start off at the Hollywood Grill on Ashland and North. I usually get the New York strip steak and eggs with hash browns. My mom used to take me there when I was younger so going there reminds me of being there with her. After I’ll be at the Metro for Winter Block Party which kicks off at noon. I’m really excited to see breakdance battles at 12:15. I used to breakdance so it’s fun to see how far the art has developed. Later, Sidewalk Chalk is headlining the show that starts at 8. And of course I’ll end my night at the after party at Smart Bar where there will be some great DJs.

“Sunday I’ll need to relax. I’m going to take my little munchkin to the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen. But before we get there, we’ll have to stop at Nuevo Leon. We’ll go there for a brunch. Their carne asada is pretty fantastic. Plus I love that it’s been there since 1962. We’ll end the day at home taking the time to unwind.” —As told to Elly Fishman

FREEBIE OF THE WEEK

art Firecat Projects
Beat the season affective pallor by bathing your eyes in Renee Robbins’s psychedelic paintings. Life seeps from her flashy, floral works. Winter is for art lovers.
GO: 1/25 at 7. 2124 N Damen. firecatprojects.org

 

Photography: (Barber) Jammi York; (Menendez) Kyle Lamere

 

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