Larger Than Life
THE BLONDE LEADING THE BLONDE The CSO previews a movement from a new
opera devoted to Anna Nicole Smith, then turns its attention to Janet Leigh in
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 11.17.10 through Tue 11.23.10:
theatre A Civil War Christmas
ALSO THIS WEEK: When the House Theatre cracks open its version of The Nutcracker, adults will pick up on the psychological drama; kids will love the dancing toys; and everyone should leave enchanted by Kevin O’Donnell’s fantastical take on Tchaikovsky’s score.
FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
galleries Yvonne Domenge
What artwork will be Chicago’s next Spit Bath (er, Crown Fountain) or Bean (i.e., Cloud Gate)? It might be a sculpture by Domenge, whose public art will be installed next April in Millennium Park. In the meantime, you can eyeball sketches and models at the Chicago Cultural Center; go this week, when Domenge gives a chat on her artistic output.
GO: Talk: Nov 19 at 6. Exhibition continues through Jan 2. Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington. chicagoculturalcenter.org. Domenge also gives a free talk Nov 18 at 4 at the National Museum of Mexican Art
WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND
Up next in our series of plans from notable, in-the-know locals (a.k.a. people we like): Deb Sokolow, one of our favorite Chicago artists, who has a show opening this weekend at Western Exhibitions:
“Actually, I have another opening, too. It’s a crazy weekend. The other project is at Hyde Park Art Center; it’s a collaboration between me and a collector [part of HPAC’s annual Not Just Another Pretty Face, which pairs artists with patrons in an attempt to push the boundaries of traditional portraiture]. He sent me some random things in the mail—drumsticks, a Notre Dame Fighting Irish T-shirt, an I-bolt—and I had to write a mystery story based on him. The culmination of this is I made an accordion-fold book: It’s a story about him that’s completely fabricated but based on some truths.
“And there’s Western Exhibitions. Coming off so many hours of work in the studio, I’m probably going to go to my neighborhood bar, Gold Star, on Division. My friends Susan and Ian run the bar. I’ll be there at some point over the weekend with a beer, looking for ghosts. The place is haunted. I’ve put it in some of my work. It’s got a lot of history: an old Polish dancehall, a brothel upstairs. It changes a little bit—Ian and Susan had to learn to make some new drinks for the new clientele: a shot that tastes like chocolate cake, another that tastes like an apple, and they’ve used me as a guinea pig in the past—but it’s still fantastic. I usually drink a Three Floyds Gumballhead or a vodka tonic.”
Photography: (SMITH) AP Photo/Reed Saxon; (CSO) Todd Rosenberg; (SOKOLOW) Lisa Predko