I’M A REAL BOY! The Neo-Futurists debut The Strange and Terrible True Tale of
Pinocchio (The Wooden Boy) as Told by Frankenstein’s Monster (The Wretched
Creature), a world premiere by Greg Allen, starting 3/9.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 3.7.12 through Tue 3.13.12:
film Talking Pictures Festival
WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND
Alan and Michael Fleming
Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Michael Fleming, an artist who recently moved from Chicago to Brooklyn, and whose longest-running collaborator is his twin brother, Alan Fleming. The brothers combine dance, sculpture, and even yoga in site-specific art where their bodies hang or rest precariously on walls, windowsills, and/or each other. For a year, the Flemings lived in separate cities—Michael, in Chicago; Alan, in New York—but they continued their joint work through the Internet, the phone, and what they describe as “psychic games.” On 3/9, Game On, an exhibition documenting the long-distance project, opens at Threewalls gallery.
[Alan and I] have been stressing out over this exhibition for a while, so before the opening, we’re going to try to go to the Chicago Sweatlodge. It’s a steam room and sauna on the Northwest Side where we go to de-stress and detox. We also want to stop by another exhibition called Sans at Co-Prosperity Sphere in Bridgeport. It’s a group show of a bunch of artists from the ACRE [artists’] residency program, which we participated in last summer. After our opening, we’ll celebrate with cocktails at Weegee’s Lounge.
On Saturday, we’re going to the MCA. Some really good exhibits have opened there recently that we haven’t been able to check out yet. We’re excited about The Language of Less, which is on Donald Judd and other minimalists. We’re also thinking about checking out Chicago Zine Fest, which will be at locations all around the city, likeQuimby’s Bookstore. Then Saturday night we’re hanging out with some of our friends from the painting program at the University of Illinois, where we were both undergrads.
Sunday we’ll be visiting family. We grew up in La Grange Park, right next to Brookfield Zoo. We’ll hang out in the suburbs and eat good food.
FREEBIE OF THE WEEK
film Cinema Q II
This second-annual LGTBQ film festival, staggered through Wednesday evenings in March, kicks off 3/7 with But I’m a Cheerleader, the 1999 cult satire starring Natasha Lyonne as a wholesome cheerleader sent away to a remedial camp for “confused” teenagers.
GO: 3/7, 14, 21, 28 at 6:30. Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington. explorechicago.org
Photography: (NEO-FUTURISTS) NOAH SIMONE; (MICHAEL AND ALAN FLEMING) COURTESY OF THE ARTISTS