Photo: Fernando Galeane
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 7.24.13 through Tue 7.30.13:
festivals Fiesta del Sol
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: Beckie Stochetti, program director for Chicago Filmmakers. CAT Film Festival takes place on Friday, July 26 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 27 at 7 p.m.
“Thursday evening, I’m probably going to do a test run of all the films for our Cat Film Festival, co-curated by South Side Projections’ Mike Phillips. [The festival] started as a joke when we heard that there was a cat film festival at the Milwaukee Art Museum. But then we started doing some research. [Milwaukee] did stuff that you would see on YouTube, but [our festival] is a series of 16mm films. Most of the films are pretty established—we got them from the Chicago Film Archives and the New York Filmmakers Co-Op. After that, I’ll go to Hopleaf in Andersonville. They have great microbrews.
“The film festival starts at 8 p.m. on Friday so after that, I am going to an event run by Underground Multiplex, a [a community-based arts organization]. My friend Joe Lewis is premiering SCI FI SOL, what he calls a music video adventure series.
“Saturday, I always try to get up early and go to the Green City Market. Then the Museum of Contemporary Art has an all-day comic book event in conjunction with the Daniel Clowes exhibit. Manual Cinema, a group that reinterprets films with video projections, puppets, and shadows will be there. Then we’re doing the cat festival again on the South Side at Gallery 53 in Hyde Park on the outdoor patio. I’ll go to Z&H—I really like their Down on the Farm sandwich.
“Hopefully if I can get back up to Noble Square, I’ll watch Der Riese, an experimental German film that’s part of the Nightingale/White Light Cinema series run by Patrick Friel, the foremost leader of experimental film in Chicago.
FREEBIE OF THE WEEK
dance A ¼” Below the Surface of Earth
Duo Lucy Riner and artistic director Michael Estanich use wind chimes to explore the motions of the body.
GO: 7/26–27 at 6:30, 7/28 at 6:30. Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington. cityofchicago.org