IN THE SPOTLIGHT Collaboraction reprises Jason Grote’s 1001—twice.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 07.20.11 through Tue 07.26.11:
gardens/parks Meet the Bees
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: Katie Rich, cowriter and costar of The Second City’s current main-stage show, South Side of Heaven.
“There’s no way in hell I’ll exercise once the weekend starts, so I’ll do the 5:45 class at The Bar Method in Lake View. It incorporates ballet, yoga, pilates, resistance training, and even cardio. During it, you hate everything. It’s like the worst hour of your life.
“After that, I’ll head up north to the Sifu gallery to see Kelley Deal sign copies of her new knitting book, Bags That Rock. Kelley Deal was one of the singers for the Pixies and The Breeders, and when I was a teenager, I wanted to be her. When I grew up and did Second City, I found out that she does stuff here, like Letters to Santa [a 24-hour improv and music fundraiser held each December]. Then I have two shows on Friday night, at 8 and 11. Afterwards, I go home, look at TV, and go to bed.”
“Breakfast at Nookies on Wells! I live next door. If need be, I’ll sit at the counter. There is carrot cake French toast!
“I usually do The Paper Machete once a month or so, but I try to check it out even if I’m not performing. It’s a live magazine at the Horseshoe. There are musicians, comedians, journalists, critics—everyone from all walks of life. It makes me proud of my city and the people in it. You come and do a piece about something that’s going on. Last week I talked about Chicago’s new slogan, ‘Second to None.’
“Then I’m going to the Sheffield Garden Walk with Holly and Julie from the show. We’re going to see Mike Doughty. He used to be the lead singer of Soul Coughing, a band that kids who were a lot cooler than me in high school told me about. It’s like Schoolhouse Rock on shrooms. My goal is to convince him to come to our show. Doing the main stage [at Second City] gives you a nice artistic bartering system.
“That night we have shows at 8 and 11; then we do a set of improv. Saturday wraps up around 2 or 2:30 a.m., then we usually hang out for a bit as a family and screw around at Second City until they kick us out. I’m drinking either something very fancy—a Ketel One martini—or like I’m on a pontoon boat: Coors Light or Budweiser. A lot of [cast members] will go to the Ale House, the 5 o’clock dive bar. But if you see me there on a Saturday, you should tell me to go home, because I probably shouldn’t be there.” —As told to Jenna Marotta
FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
rock/pop The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir
Or grab a patch of grass in the shadow of the Illinois Centennial Monument and let these twee chamber rockers serenade you in the heart of Logan Square, part of the ongoing Summer Sessions series. The pint-sized Girls Rock! Chicago’s Alex Lund and Matt Ulery’s Loom open.
GO: 7/23 at 5:30; SYGC goes on at 7:30. Intersection of Logan, Kedzie, and Milwaukee. summersessionsonthesquare.org
Photograph: (1001) Saverio Truglia; (RICH) Courtesy of Second City
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