WORKING GIRL Barbara Robertson, fresh off a run in Working at the Broadway
Playhouse, stars in The Detective’s Wife at Writers’ Theatre.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 06.15.11 through Tue 06.21.11:
sports/rec Hooked on Fishing
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: the author, playwright, Nelson Algren Literary Award winner, native South Sider, and Columbia College writing instructor, Joe Meno.
“This is my third active Father’s Day—I have a daughter who’s three and a half and a son who’s eight months—so we’ll be celebrating on Sunday.
“On Saturday, I’m taking my daughter to a kids’ party, the kid of an old friend of mine. Friends from my 20s who are now in their 30s and mid-30s are having kids, so we’re going to a luau. Sunday, we’ll probably have some brunch. Since we have little kids, my wife and I don’t go to movies that often, but later on Sunday, we’re going to go see that movie Beginners, from Mike Mills. It’s supposed to be pretty autobiographical, about the experience of having a dad who comes out of the closet late in life.
“I’m a huge fan of Mike Mills. He’s mostly known for his album covers, but he’s also a fine artist, and we have a monoprint of his. And he did that move Thumbsucker several years ago now, so I’ve been waiting for another. This looks really smart and honest, I think with him drawing directly from his own life. So it’s going to be a very dad-oriented weekend.”
GO: Hear Meno, along with Simone Muench, Bayo Ojikutu, and Kathleen Rooney, at The New Chicago Style, a reading celebrating the 50th issue of the literary journal Another Chicago Magazine, 6/16 at 6. Admission is free, but RSVPs are encouraged. Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E Randolph. chicagopublishes.com
FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
sports/rec Bike to Work Week
A critical mass of events feting Chicago’s 110-plus miles of bike lanes includes a Grant Park screening of the 1979 classic Breaking Away (seriously awesome) and a morning commuter rally (free breakfast).
GO: Breaking Away: 6/16 at dusk. Grant Park, Columbus and Balbo. Bike to Work Rally: 6/17 at 7:30 a.m. Daley Plaza, 50 W Washington. Full schedule: bikechicago.us
Photography: (THE DETECTIVE’S WIFE) Liz Lauren; (MENO) Joe Wigdahl