Take a Shine to It

Our top five picks for things to do this week: Conan’s other sidekick moves on . . . everything that glitters at the Field . . . free rock ’n’ roll from one-half of Local H . . . the local author Adam Levin’s weekend-ish plans . . . and more

An 18K gold brooch designed by Paloma Picasso
HEAVY METAL The Field breaks out the karats—including this 18K brooch
designed by Paloma Picasso in 1988 for Tiffany—in its new exhibition, Gold.

THE FIVE

Don’t-miss picks for Wed 10.20.10 through Tue 10.26.10:

1

concerts Max Weinberg Big Band
Max, Max. We miss your deadpan humor, your hangdog demeanor, your blank stares. Since we won’t be able to catch you on Conan come November, we’ll be sure to make your concert this week at the Old Town School. We hear, in addition to your comedy career, you occasionally play drums for some guy named Bruce.
GO: Oct 24 at 7. $34­–$38. Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N Lincoln. oldtownschool.org

2

museums Gold
That’s it. Pick your jaw up off the floor. Because while this exhibition on one of the world’s earliest and most enduring status symbols includes plenty of eye candy (doubloons salvaged from sunken Spanish galleons, 13th-century Persian jewelry, Shani Davis’s Olympic speed-skating medals), there are also historical and geological lessons to absorb, and you might want to ask a question. Like how, exactly, did museum preparators cover a 300-square-foot room with one measly three-ounce hunk of metal?
GO: Oct 20–Mar 6. $15–$29 ($8 on Oct 20, when general admission is free). Field Museum, 1400 S Lake Shore. fieldmuseum.org

3

theatre 26 Miles
Quiara Alegría Hudes’s book for In the Heights revealed a writer with an ear for urban poetry. Here she plumbs a different kind of street: the family road trip. With an ensemble that includes the reliably excellent Eddie Torres (The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity), this one should be worth the drive.
GO: Previews through Oct 21. Regular run continues through Nov 21. All tickets $25. Teatro Vista and Rivendell Theatre at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W Chicago. teatrovista.org

4

theatre Traces
Merge The Road’s apocalyptic ambiance with Cirque du Soleil’s acrobatic wonders and you get an idea of the harsh beauty that defines Traces, a play that is as philosophical as it is physical in mulling whether creation can triumph over destruction. You might not leave with the answer, but the visuals will stay with you a long time.
GO: Opens Oct 26. $50–$71.50. Broadway Playhouse, 175 E Chestnut. broadwayinchicago.com

5

film Tony & Janina’s American Wedding
When Janina was deported to Poland after 18 years in the U.S., her husband, Tony, launched a campaign for her, and their six-year-old son’s, safe return to Chicago—a labor of love that brought him into contact with immigration activists and opponents, as well as then-senator Barack Obama. This documentary follows his efforts, with the director, Ruth Leitman, and coproducer Steve Dixon participating in a Q&A along with the film’s subject, Tony Wasilewski, following the Oct 22 screening; Leitman sits in again Oct 27.
GO: Oct 22, 27 at 8. $7–$10. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State. siskelfilmcenter.org

ALSO THIS WEEK: Chicago Short Film Brigade returns for two shows, Oct 21 and 24, at the Hideout, brought to you in part by one of our stunning 2010 singles, the filmmaker extraordinaire Xan Aranda. And at Northwestern, WBEZ’s Gabriel Spitzer recruits a few NU scientists to weigh in on the Oct 20 program Mutants, Androids, and Cyborgs: The Science of Pop Culture Films.

FREEBIES OF THE WEEK

kid friendly Chic-A-Go-Go Punkin’ Prom
Fans of all ages can boogie their hearts out at a pre-Halloween taping of CAN-TV’s long-running public-access dance party. Aside from doing the monster mash on camera, activities include a pumpkin-carving contest, and costumes are encouraged—although, dads, your dance moves might be scary enough. Seriously. You’re embarrassing us.
GO: Oct 24 at noon. Lincoln Hall, 2424 N Lincoln. lincolnhallchicago.com

museums Projecting Modern
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House in Hyde Park gets its own Halloween costume of sorts when the artist collaborative Luftwerk presents a free multimedia installation of lights, images, and sound on the home’s third floor. But check that impulse to bust a move at the door: This is no Chic-A-Go-Go, and dancing is not recommended (dads or otherwise).
GO: Oct 23 from 6 to 10. Registration encouraged: photo@gowright.org. Robie House, 5757 S Woodlawn. gowright.org

concerts Scott Lucas & the Married Men
Lucas, one-half of the hard-rock duo Local H, has been busy. In addition to releasing a new H album, Awesome Mix Tape #1, he’s debuting a new EP, Absolute Beginners, with his side project, the Married Men (only 85.7 percent of whom are actually men). Hear Beginners played live in its entirety at the Empty Bottle this week; an email to rsvp@emptybottle.com by Oct 25 with “Lucas” in the subject line gets you in for free. Awesome, indeed.
GO: Oct 26 at 10. Free with RSVP; $8 at the door. Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western. emptybottle.com

WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND-ISH

Adam Levin, author of the upcoming novel, The Instructions
Adam Levin

Up next in our series of plans from notable, in-the-know locals (a.k.a. people we like): Adam Levin, the author of the ambitious new 1,030-page novel The Instructions, out now from McSweeney’s:

“I’m going to be in St. Louis this weekend for a reading, but the first thing I’ll do when I get back Sunday evening is grade papers at Atomix cafe [Levin teaches creative writing at the School of the Art Institute]. If I were here, I’d be trying to relax. I would reread this book I love called The Avian Gospels, by Adam Novy, another Chicagoan who’s in California right now. And I’d be getting food. Corn fritters at Old Oak Tap. Sometime soon I want to see Let Me In. A bunch of my students who saw the first one and loved it claim this one is really good. There’s this scene in the original where cats attack and kill a woman. I was really freaked out by that moment, and I feel like that’s going to be the thing—how they handle that moment—that determines whether I like the remake.”

• Hear Levin read from and discuss The Instructions Oct 21 at 7 at Quimby’s then follow him over to 826CHI for a free afterparty at 8:30 with drinks and snacks (RSVP requested)

• Or catch him Oct 27 at 7 at the Oak Park Public Library

 

Photography: (Brooch) © Tiffany & Co. Archives; (Levin) Taylor Castle

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