THE GREEN ZONE Following two sold-out runs in New York, playwright Gregory
Burke’s Black Watch, based on interviews with Scottish soldiers about their
experiences in Iraq, makes its Chicago premiere.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 03.23.11 through Tue 03.29.11:
rock The Greenhornes, Destroyer
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): Gordon Quinn, who cofounded Kartemquin Films (Hoop Dreams, Stevie) in 1966 fresh out of the U of C and now serves as its artistic director.
“Two things I’m hoping to do this weekend: on Sunday night, go see Ethan Frome at Lookingglass. We had a meeting with [the theatre company] several weeks ago about how our two organizations both try to frame a dialogue with the audience, so I’m interested to see how they stage that.
“And then a documentary at the Siskel Film Center, The Woman with the Five Elephants, which has nothing to do with elephants. It’s about a woman who is the translator of many of Dostoyevsky’s novels. What interests me are the ins and outs of translation. Many years ago, I was involved with the translation of one of our films in Ferrara, Italy. My wife knew a high-school teacher there, and the teacher made it a project for her students to translate this film—about a strike at a factory in the Gary/Hammond area that made chain for the steel companies—into Italian. The students played all of the different parts, and we dubbed the film, all of us in a room together, with me cueing the kids by pointing at them. We showed it in town, and the room was packed, with maybe 400 people there.
“I thought, What a wonderful way to deal with language. It got me very interested in the nuances of language and culture and how the two can’t be separated. Every time I meet a language teacher over here, I mention it. I’ve been pitching this idea as a class project for 25 years, but I haven’t had any takers.”
GO: Quinn and the Trib journalist Howard Reich cohost a screening and discussion of the 2010 Kartemquin film Prisoner of Her Past, about Reich’s effort to understand his mother’s World War II childhood and its lasting trauma, 3/24 at 5. $20–$25. Pritzker Military Library, 104 S Michigan. Other upcoming screenings include a WTTW broadcast of the 1968 documentary Inquiring Nuns, 3/31 at 9. More on these and additional screenings: kartemquin.com/events
FREEBIE OF THE WEEK
galleries Chicago Bike Winter Art Show Closing Party
Less ice on the ground means we’re more likely to cycle our wussy selves to this annual affair’s wrap party, featuring art from the likes of Maria Scileppi, who gave 30 local bike messengers GPS trackers for a day, then turned their paths into a painting; plus puppet and fashion shows, and X-Rays of bikers’ broken bones. On second thought . . .
GO: 3/25 from 7 pm to 1 am. $1 bike valet. Chicago Urban Art Society, 2229 S Halsted. bikewinter.org
Photography: (Black Watch) Manuel Harlan; (Quinn) Courtesy of Kartemquin Films