SQUARE DEAL Twelve neighborhoods (including Logan Square, whose Illinois
Centennial Monument is pictured here, with Theatre Seven cast and crew) take
center stage in the Chicago Landmark Project. For even more affordable options, see
FREEBIES OF THE WEEK, below.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 06.01.11 through Tue 06.07.11:
festivals Do-Division Street Fest & Sidewalk Sale
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: Teatro Vista’s cofounder and artistic director, Eddie Torres, who reteams this month with the playwright and Pulitzer finalist Kristoffer Diaz as part of Collaboraction’s 11th annual Sketchbook Festival.
“Well, I’m definitely going to Sketchbook. I go every year. If I’m not participating, I still go. Those guys are awesome. This year I’m directing a new short piece, Evolution, by Kris Diaz. He and I worked on Chad Deity together [Torres directed the world-premiere of Diaz’s Obie-winning The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity]. It’s a labor of love, working on his pieces—always a lot of fun.
“I’m also planning to hit India House, on Grand Avenue. It’s my favorite spot when I’m in that kind of mode—working, being creative. I get this chicken dish in a cream sauce with spinach.
“And I love going to Moody’s and sitting outside, so I’ll probably end up there for drinks with friends. I’m always there. I love that patio.”
GO: Two Sketchbook programs run in repertory 6/2–25 at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W Division. $15 to $25 per night; $40 fest pass. collaboraction.org/evolution
FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
jazz Tuesdays on the Terrace
The MCA’s back patio won’t be the same without Fred Anderson, who passed away one year ago this month. But the museum’s 2011 summer of Tuesdays kicks off with an unofficial tribute to the tenor-sax giant, featuring players who honed their craft at his venerable South Side institution, the Velvet Lounge: the bassists Junius Paul in week 1 (6/7) and Tatsu Aoki in week 2 (6/14), and the vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz in week 4 (6/28).
GO: 6/7–9/27. All concerts Tue at 5:30. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago. mcachicago.org
Photograph: (Theatre Seven) Amanda Clifford