Top Five Things to Do This Week
Phylicia Rashad directs Paul Oakley Stovall’s Immediate Family, which opens 6/2 at
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 5.30.12 through Tue 6.5.12:
festivals Hop Juice 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: Sara Chapman, the executive director for Media Burn, a Chicago-based independent film and video archive, which also happens to hold the world’s largest collection of Studs Terkel-related moving pictures. On 6/2 at the Chicago History Museum, Media Burn presents part one of its Studs Terkel Film & Video Festival, with footage ranging from segments of the Studs’s Place series to clips of the legendary interviewer as an interviewee.
I typically spend my weekend seeing as many movies as possible. This Friday, Doc Films at the University of Chicago is showing Inglourious Basterds, which is the last screening of its [spring 2012] Quentin Tarantino series. I hadn’t seen a lot of his movies since high school, and it’s been a great opportunity to revisit a director who really is as good as his great reputation.
Most of the day Saturday, I’ll be working at the Studs Terkel Film & Video Festival. The first screening, At Home With Studs, is at 10 a.m., and it’s original footage of him with the director [and Media Burn’s founder] Tom Weinberg. Studs is chatting, drinking, and talking about baseball, so it’s an opportunity to feel like you’re really hanging out with him.
On Sunday, I’ll head to the Chicago Underground Film Festival. It’s hard to anticipate what will be good there—most of the directors aren’t famous. But it’s worth checking out whatever movies they’re showing because there won’t be another chance to see a lot of them.
FREEBIE OF THE WEEK
gardens World Environment Day
WGN’s sky-watcher Tom Skilling predicts morning clouds will give way to pleasant skies this Saturday, when he’ll be a guest of honor at this eco-themed bash, hosted by Chicago Botanic Garden. The festivities include sustainable gardening demos, the dedication of the new Grunsfeld Children’s Growing Garden, and a talk during which a panel of experts—Skilling included—discuss the relationship of Chicago’s weather with its environment.
GO: 6/2. Open 7 am–9 pm. Parking $7–$20. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe. chicagobotanic.org
Photography: (STOVALL) STEFAN BLOMQUIST; (RASHAD) CHARLES NORFLEET/PR PHOTOS; (CHAPMAN) ERIC KRAMER