Top 5 Things to Do This Week
NEW MOVES Luna Negra Dance Theater, a Chicago-based troupe, premieres new
works including a dance by Mónica Cervantes Rodriguez (pictured) on 6/7 at the
Museum of Contemporary Art.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 6.6.12 through Tue 6.12.12:
art MCA DNA: New York School
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: Lee Crandell, Director of Campaigns for the Active Transportation Alliance, a pro-cycling organization that launches its 2012 Bike Commuter Challenge on 6/9. The bike-friendly competition leads into the city-sponsored Bike To Work Week, which runs 6/11 through 6/15.
Friday, I’ll be biking home from work, and I’ll probably stop by Fish Bar in Lake View. I live a couple blocks from there, and my partner, David, and I go often. They have lots of seafood small plates—fried things, grilled fresh things. We usually get the fried clams and grilled scallops.
Saturday is a busy day. It’s the first day of the Bike Commuter Challenge, and I’ll be celebrating by representing Active Transportation Alliance at a public meeting and presentation of Streets for Cycling Plan 2020. Part of my job is rallying Chicagoans around world-class bike routes, and the plan is a roadmap that aims to make biking safe and easy for everyone, regardless of age. After that, I’m checking out the new exhibit, Bus Rapid Transit: Next Stop Chicago, at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Then depending on the weather, I’d like to ride my bike north and have a picnic on the lakefront.
On Sunday, I’ll be one of the hosts of the Bike Lake View neighborhood ride. It leaves from Waveland Avenue and Seminary Avenue every second Sunday at 10 a.m. It’s a family-friendly, leisurely bicycle ride through side and quiet streets. It’s easy to tag along. We usually end with coffee at a local business, though I don’t know where we’ll go this time. Other than that, my only other plans are later in the day, when I’ll be having friends over for dinner and cocktails.
FREEBIE OF THE WEEK
blues Chicago Blues Festival
You can’t deny the steadily declining state of Chicago’s once-essential blues, which could explain why a gospel singer (albeit the reliably stirring Mavis Staples) closes out the city’s annual fest for the genre at 7:45 on 6/10. Even still, the lineup features plenty of bright spots, including Billy Branch and Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials.
GO: 6/8–6/10; Free. Grant Park, Columbus and Jackson. chicagobluesfestival.us
Photography: (LUNA NEGRA) Cheryl Mann; (CRANDELL) Courtesy of Lee Crandell