The Other Hawks

Our top five picks for things to do this week: Not those hawks. Ballhawks … Jeanne Gang, Aquawoman … It’s alive! Sue stalks the Field … and more finds for Memorial Day weekend

A Ballhawks member holding a baseball.
FRESH CATCH  See the new documentary Ballhawks, on the diehards who lie in wait for homers outside the Friendly Confines, this week at the Siskel.

THE FIVE

Don’t-miss picks for Wed 05.26.10 through Tue 06.01.10. Find more things to do in the Chicago Guide, inside every issue of Chicago magazine.

1

film Ballhawks
The Blackhawks are on every Chicagoan’s brain this week, but there’s another team of hawks in town, and while these guys aren’t afraid to lose a tooth, they couldn’t care less about the Stanley Cup. Ballhawks, a new documentary by Mike Diedrich with narration by Bill Murray, follows the Cubs fans who haunt the intersection of Waveland and Kenmore, just outside Wrigley, waiting for homeruns and fouls to come flying. With some 4,000 catches, the current record-holder is Moe Mullins; he and fellow hawks host a Q&A with Diedrich following several screenings at the Siskel.
GO: May 28 at 6 (no Q&A following; screening at 8 sold out), May 29 at 8:30, May 30 at 5:30. $7-$10. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State. siskelfilmcenter.org

2

architecture Jeanne Gang
You’ve probably read what others have said about her work: The Trib’s Blair Kamin called Studio Gang Architects’ 82-story mixed-use skyscraper Aqua “a smashing success, a building that takes us in dazzling new aesthetic directions,” while The New Yorker’s Paul Goldberger dubbed the design “even more remarkable than it looks.” But this week you can hear the 46-year-old Gang discuss her projects—which also include Columbia College’s new Media Production Center—in her own words.
GO: May 26 at 6:30. $5-$15. Fullerton Hall, Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan. archdesignsociety.org

3

theatre Low Down Dirty Blues
Six words (plus an initial): Felicia P. Fields and Mississippi Charles Bevel. Performing songs made famous by the likes of Ma Rainey, Mae West, and Howlin’ Wolf, the Tony nominee (Fields, for The Color Purple) and the Jeff winner (Bevel, for It Ain’t Nothin’ but the Blues) are musical must-sees.
GO: Previews May 27-June 4; $25-$54. Regular run continues through July 3; $25-$54. Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie, Skokie. northlight.org

4

museums Happy Birthday, Sue
Hard to believe it’s been ten years since the Field officially unveiled Sue the T. rex, but the dino hits double digits with a trio of monster attractions launching this week: a new 3-D film, Waking the T. rex: The Story of Sue, envisions the dinosaur’s life 67 million years ago; Sue Hendrickson, the human finder of Sue the fossil, visits with museumgoers throughout the weekend; and Robo Sue: The T. rex Experience features animatronic dinosaurs equipped with face-recognition software, allowing the critters to track visitors’ movements. Seriously. Don’t make them angry.
GO: Hendrickson is on-site May 29 from noon to 4 and May 30-31 from 11 to 3. Waking the T. rex and Robo Sue: May 26–Sep 6. $15-$28. Field Museum, 1400 S Lake Shore. sueescapes.com

ALSO THIS WEEK: Or salute the Field as you cruise past the museum on your sweet two-wheeler. There’s still time to register for Sunday’s Bike the Drive, the annual car-free, crack-of-dawn cycle down Lake Shore Drive.

5

film The Wizard of Oz
You took the kids to see the final installment of Shrek and now they—or, heck, maybe you—are hungry for more big green monstrosities on film? See the Emerald City (not to mention Dorothy’s ruby-red slippers) sparkle in a screening of The Wizard of Oz, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra playing the complete score live alongside.
GO: May 28 at 8. $33-$124. Symphony Center, 220 S Michigan. cso.org

FREEBIE OF THE WEEK

concerts Tuesdays on the Terrace
Just one freebie this week, but it’s a goodie. Next to the North and South Side cries of “Play ball,” jazz wafting from the MCA’s back patio has to be one of summer’s most welcome sounds. This year’s season jumpstarts with the hard-blowing Chicago saxophonist and Andy’s regular Scott Burns serenading a happy-hour crowd amidst—fingers crossed—warm weather and blue skies.
GO: June 1 at 5:30. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago. mcachicago.org

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