PURE GENIUS The 2004 MacArthur grantee and ragtime guru Reginald R. Robinson
(that’s him at the piano) is just one of the creative forces behind the Old Town
School of Folk’s Keep a Song in Your Soul.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 11.02.11 through Tue 11.08.11:
pop Lucinda Williams
ALSO THIS WEEK: Speaking of signature voices, you can still snag seats for the breathiest of all, Feist, when she plays the Riviera 11/4. Or catch the storied Blind Boys of Alabama, with Nickel Creek’s Sean and Sara Watkins, 11/5 at FitzGerald’s.
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: Naomi Beckwith, a native Chicagoan who left the Studio Museum in Harlem this past May to join the curatorial team at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Catch her leading a discussion with the multimedia artist Siebren Versteeg at the MCA 11/5 as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival.
“On Friday morning, I’m going by a new project—literally New Projects—at IIT. It’s been put together by a friend of mine, Marshall Brown. He teaches architecture and urban planning at IIT and has been doing all this theory around it for years. Now he finally has his own space where he can show projects and [invite] friends and other thinkers who are working through similar concepts.
“And I’ll probably get dinner with some friends. I would love to get to Vivo on Randolph Street, because they have their 20th anniversary menu. Also, my sister is having a baby soon, so I’m going baby shopping for her. I’m hoping to check out this spot called Psycho Baby, which I haven’t been to yet. I’m really hyped to go there—it’s supposed to be for hip moms.
“Sunday evening I’m participating in this salon conversation called America: Now and Here. It’s a project created by the artist Eric Fischl to engage people around the country in conversations about the status of democracy now—and the stake of artists and cultural workers in these conversations. This one is at a private home, but a few of these salons are happening around the city and nationally this weekend.” –As told to Jennifer Swann
FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
opera Chicago Opera Week
Finally, real life goes the way of the musical, with spontaneous singing breaking out on sidewalks and in parking lots across town. Follow @ChicagoOpera on Twitter for clues as to where Chicago Opera Theater members will pop up next.
GO: Through 11/6. More info: chicagooperatheater.org
Photography: (KEEP A SONG IN YOUR SOUL) Courtesy of Old Town School of Folk Music; (BECKWITH) Paul Mpagi Sepuya
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