S-R-Oh, Boy Will Steppenwolf be standing room only for The Hot L Baltimore,
Lanford Wilson’s drama about a Baltimore single room occupancy, featuring Allison
Torem and Jon Michael Hill?
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new music Sound of Silent Film Festival
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): Ivan Brunetti, the comic artist, Columbia College prof, illustrator of numerous New Yorker covers, and author of a masterful new guide to cartooning.
“This is something of an atypical weekend, in that I’ll be doing a signing at Chicago Comics on Friday night. Usually my Fridays are pretty low-key affairs. On Saturday, I’ll probably hit the post office and finally send out the replies to the snail mail that has slowly been accumulating for the last two years. I may also try to catch the Jim Nutt exhibit at the MCA. That evening, my wife and I will likely watch the Netflix DVD that has been sitting on our dining room table for the last three weeks, Godard’s Vivre Sa Vie, which I’ve never seen. If I’m totally honest with myself, I’ll admit that I’ll probably end up watching Saturday Night Live, out of habit and, as usual, not laugh.
“Sunday I’ll try to catch up on some drawing, as I owe my friend John Kuramoto a small piece for his generously agreeing to create an Internet trailer for my new book, Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice. I also wanted to finish my comic strip Mr. Peach, the first half of which was recently published in the New Yorker. At some point I’ll probably get bogged down by my own demons and begin cataloguing all my life’s mistakes, moral transgressions, bad decisions, and minor humiliations. I’ll then walk around aimlessly around my neighborhood to ‘get out of my head,’ all the while trying to decipher some of the Polish signage. Come 8 p.m., my friend Chris Ware and I will be having our traditional ‘old man dinner’ at a restaurant I cannot disclose.
“Before bed, I’ll spend time preparing for my classes next week and also checking some of the submissions to a comics anthology (Linework #2) that I am helping the students edit and publish, which will be available at ShopColumbia.”
GO: Brunetti signs copies of Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice on 4/1 from 5 to 7 at Chicago Comics, 3244 N Clark. Admission is free.
FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
film Drinking & Writing’s The Western Avenue Project
D&W’s Sean Benjamin and Steve Mosqueda spent Memorial Day weekend 2010 walking the length of Chicago’s longest continuous street, stopping at every watering hole (total count: 64) along the route (total mileage: 24.7) and filming the results. Even if this documentary of their exploits doesn’t make you want to spend your own Memorial Day racking up tabs in seedy dives, it will make you thirsty. Good thing the screening takes place in a brewery.
GO: Screening 3/31 at 7. Haymarket Brewery, 737 W Randolph. drinkingandwriting.com
Photography: (The Hot L Baltimore) Michael Brosilow; (Brunetti) Kurt Lauer Photography