Photo: Courtesy of The Carolina Chocolate Drops
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 6.19.13 through Tue 6.25.13:
theatre A Clown Car Named Desire
WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND
Photo: Courtesy of Aurelien Pederzoli
Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Aurelien Pederzoli, Spektral Quartet violinist. Spektral Quartet performs at Make Music Chicago on Friday, June 21.
“Thursday evening, I have two meetings for the Beethoven Festival. [I’m the vice president for the International Beethoven Project. It’s an umbrella corporation that produces the Beethoven festival, happening September 7.] Generally after we have a meeting, we go to The Violet Hour and have some drinks. At any other bar in Chicago, it’s really loud, crowded, or very bright, so you can’t have a conversation. Here, you feel like you walked into the Victorian era. They also make the best old-fashioneds.
“We have a quartet rehearsal from 10 to 2 on Friday, then a soundcheck at 2:30 at the St. James Cathredral. Then we have a break and during that break, right next to St. James Cathredral is the Driehaus Museum—it’s really beautiful there. They’ll also have concerts for Make Music Chicago.
“After [our performance at 5], we’re going to go back to Granville where everybody lives. My favorite place to go after a concert is Sovereign, the best dive bar in Chicago.
“On Saturday, there’s a show at Constellation hosted by Peter Margasak. It’s weird, progressive jazz.
“Sunday morning, I have to go to a brunch at Union— it’s a pizzeria three blocks away from my place. It’s tough to find alcohol in the morning in Evanston, since it used to be a dry town but [Union] has great Bloody Marys.
“Generally on Sunday nights when I don’t have an early rehearsal on Monday, I go to the Green Mill. From 3 to 5, it’s generally modern music; ICE has played there. But I also go there at night to see the Kimberly Gordon Organ Trio. The organist [Chris Foreman] is amazing—he’s a small blind guy, and he puts Ray Charles to shame!” —As told to Tomi Obaro
FREEBIE OF THE WEEK
art Divina Natura at the Field Museum
Artist Marco Nereo Rotelli installs a light and sound display on the walls of the Field Museum in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute. It’s part of Year of Italian Culture, a national initiative celebrating Italian tastemakers.
GO: 6/24 at 9:30. Field Museum, 1400 S Lake Shore Dr. fieldmuseum.org