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The Top 5 Things to Do This Week

On your agenda: Celebrate Mother’s Day in flamboyant fashion; catch a classic rocker; and check out the weekend plans of general manager of Obama’s favorite local bookstore, Jack Cella

A scene from ‘Mommie Dearest’
Photo: Courtesy of Music Box Theatre
 

MOMMIE DEAREST Watch Faye Dunaway in full-camp mode at the Music Box Theatre this Mother’s Day.

THE FIVE

Don’t-miss picks for Wed 5.8.13 through Tue 5.14.13:

1

film Mother’s Day with Mommie Dearest
This screening of the 1981 camp classic features a matching mother-and-daughter contest and brunch at Mystic Celt for an extra $30. Camp Midnight’s Dick O’Day emcees.
GO: 5/12 at 11:30 p.m., show at 2 p.m.; $12, brunch is $30. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport Ave. musicboxtheatre.com

2

rock Chuck Prophet
The former guitarist for country rockers Green on Red mixes garage and classic rock in his sly Dylan-indebted songs.
GO: 5/10; $15. SPACE, 1245 Chicago, Evanston. evanstonspace.com

3

art Bert Green Fine Art
Robb Stone paints with bleach on canvases made of silk satin. They’re fittingly caustic materials for the violent/erotic images that get burned in your brain: scenes of torture from news media, professional wrestling, and self-portraits from gay cruising websites.
GO: 5/11–6/29. 8 S Michigan. bgfa.us

4

classical Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
This exquisite chamber ensemble performs six Britten pieces, including his Sonata in C for Cello and Piano.
GO: 5/8 at 7:30 p.m.; $16–$30. Harris Theater, 205 E Randolph. harristheaterchicago.org

5

dance Tarim Uygur Song and Dance
It’s a rare opportunity to experience Uygur music and dance; indeed, this is the troupe’s first tour through the Midwest, reviving the ancient and traditional works of Kazak, Kirkiz, Hui, Uzbek and Tatar origin.
GO: 5/14; free. Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington. cityofchicago.org

WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND


Photo: Jasmine KWong

Jack Cella

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Jack Cella, general manager of the Seminary Co-Op. The bookstore celebrates its official grand opening at its new space on Saturday, May 11.

“Thursday evening, we’re going to be selling books on campus for Jeffrey Eugenides, who’s reading at the Logan Center. It starts at 5. The event is sponsored by the University of Chicago Committee on Creative Writing Program. My evening will be taken with that.

“On Friday, there’s an event with Jasmine Kwong and Megan Doherty. For the last year or so, they’ve been doing a project on the history of the Co-op from 1961. They’re going to be [giving] a free 45-minute presentation starting at 6 p.m.

“[Saturday] is the grand opening celebration. We’ve been open [at our new location] since October, but we’re essentially celebrating the customers who supported us over the years. We’ll begin with a program of children’s authors. From noon until 2 or so, a Co-op employee, Kate McIntyre, is going to physically make books; she’s very talented.

“At 3 p.m., Aleksandar Hemon is going to give a keynote address. I’m not sure what he’s going to talk about but whatever he says is going to be very interesting. There will be light refreshments until 6 p.m.

“On Sunday I’m usually [at the Co-op] by 8 a.m. or so. I might go over to the Z&H Market Café for coffee and a sandwich on 57th street. It’s a great spot and great addition to the neighborhood. I usually try to go home before we open since Sunday is my only free day. I leave before noon.” —As told to Tomi Obaro

FREEBIE OF THE WEEK

jazz Nextgenjazz in the Park
The young trombonist Kendall Moore leads a group called New Frontline, which features up-and-comers including trumpeter Marquis Hill and saxophonist Christopher McBride, in the latest JazzCity offering from the Jazz Institute of Chicago.
GO: 5/10 at 7. Sherman Park, 1301 W 52nd. jazzinchicago.org

 

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