Puffy Coat Weather

Top Events This Week: The choreographer Faustin Linyekula bundles up for a performance at the MCA … free art, free film … plus what Northwestern’s Chicago-lit guy, Bill Savage, is doing this weekend

A scene from Faustin Linyekula's 'More More More...Future'
WRAPPED ATTENTION See the Congolese choreographer Faustin Linyekula’s More
More More . . . Future
this weekend at the MCA.

THE FIVE

Don’t-miss picks for Wed 10.19.11 through Tue 10.25.11:

1

dance Faustin Linyekula
The Congolese choreographer Linyekula’s More More More . . . Future features costumes that are half soundsuits, half puffy coats—armor, effectively, for the dancers who bring to life the troubled history and the present-day struggles of the Democratic Republic of Congo as they move to poems by Antoine Vumilia Muhindo, a political prisoner in Kinshasa and a childhood friend of Linyekula, and live music by the guitarist Flamme Kapaya and his five-member band.
GO: 10/21–23 at 7:30. $10–$28. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago. mcachicago.org

2

galleries Eccentric Roadside Art Bike Tour
By definition, outsider art is outside the art-world mainstream, but the art you’ll see on this cycle through the alleys and parks and underpasses of Chicago’s North Side is also, literally, outside. The 12-mile guided meander passes murals, memorials, yard art, and oddities before ending with a tour of the Roger Brown Study Collection.
GO: 10/23 from 1 to 6. $20. Tour departs from Intuit, 756 N Milwaukee. art.org

3

jazz KEITH JARRETT, GARY PEACOCK, JACK DeJOHNETTE
Tickets to Trombone Shorty, that talented New Orleans player of breathtaking technique (not to mention physique), are sold out, but listeners ready to matriculate to pure jazz mastery are in luck. The Jarrett-Peacock-DeJohnette trio remains the high-water mark for improvisational interplay in modern jazz: three vets who can stretch a four-minute standard to half an hour or longer without any prearranged plan as to where they’re headed—then turn around and do it completely differently the next night.
GO: 10/21 at 8. $41–$152. Symphony Center, 220 S Michigan. cso.org

4

film Chicago 8: A Small-gauge Film Festival
For those who love super 8 but didn’t love Super 8: This film fest—made up wholly of works shot in 8mm—is analog all the way. Entries are experimental and wide-ranging and not for those expecting J.J. Abrams–style special effects. But if you like the sound of the closing-night program Bride of Super 8—a lineup of shorts shot specifically for the fest by locals, including Xan Aranda of Andrew Bird: Fever Year fame—this one’s for you.
GO: 10/21–23 at various locations. Bride of Super 8: 10/23 at 8. $8. Chicago Filmmakers, 5243 N Clark. chicago8fest.org

5

theatre Beauty of the Father
Five o’clock in the evening is the hour when bullfighters die: So begins this magical-realism-steeped story of a painter, his daughter, and the man they both fall for—a love triangle shrouded by the shadow of Lorca, whose ghost hangs around the fringes of Pulitzer winner Nilo Cruz’s play. Madrid St. Angelo, a UTC cofounder who ate up the stage in 2009’s Cuba and His Teddy Bear, stars.
GO: Through 11/19. $10–$20. Urban Theater Company at Wicker Park Art Center (inside St. Paul’s), 2215 W North. urbantheaterchicago.org

WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND

Northwestern University's lit expert, Bill Savage
Bill Savage

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Bill Savage, the nearly lifelong Rogers Park resident (“My mother went into labor with me in Rogers Park, but I was born in Evanston—but maybe this gets into too-much-information territory”) and Northwestern University’s hometown lit expert who, it turns out, also knows a thing or two about encased meats.

“On Friday, I’m going to the Hopleaf around happy hour to help celebrate my friend Brian Azzarello’s book 100 Bullets. A deluxe edition is being published by DC Comics’ Vertigo, so we’ll have a couple beers to celebrate that. And I’m going to see Seven Sicknesses, The Hypocrites’ take on Sophocles, at the Chopin Theatre. In my opinion, four hours of anything Sean Graney does is a great way to start the weekend.

“Saturday morning, I’ll ride my bike from Rogers Park to the Art Institute to see Windows on the War: Soviet TASS Posters at Home and Abroad before it closes. I’ve been meaning to go since the exhibit opened in July. That’s one of the things that people who live in Chicago always do: We say, ‘Oh, I’ll get to it, I’ll get to it,’ and then—bang—it’s closed. I’m interested in Soviet art and architecture from an urban studies angle, but I’m also a fan of posters as propaganda. It’s fascinating: We’re used to seeing the other side of this—Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms and that kind of stuff we put out—but when it comes to propaganda posters, the Soviets really did win that war.

“I’m house sitting for my girlfriend on the South Side, so I’m going to spend Saturday night rereading Aleksandar Hemon’s The Lazarus Project, pen in hand. It won’t be the first time I’ve read it, but it will be the first time I’ve taught it—this winter, for my first-year seminar Mysteries of Chicago and Los Angeles. That’s my wild Saturday night. We’ll leave out the part about playing with the cats.

“Sunday morning, rain or shine, I’ll ride the Major Taylor Trail from 83rd and Western down to the Cook County Forest Preserve, south of the river at Eggleston. I’ll cut over to Blue Island for breakfast—there are so many diners there—and then I’ll watch the Bears game at Bleeker’s Bowling Lanes, in Evergreen Park at 95th and Trumbull. It’s the perfect place to watch because it’s two-third Sox fans, one-third Cubs fans, and all Bears fans.

“After the game, I’ll go back to the girlfriend’s house and rake the leaves, read whatever’s left of papers, maybe do the New York Times crossword. When the girlfriend gets in from out of town, we’ll grill some sausages from AJ Meats, a butcher at 3541 West 99th Street. They’ve got the best Lithuanian sausage I’ve ever had. It’s sort of like Polish sausage, but more fennel and less garlic. We’ll have Lithuanian and Italian, maybe some Polish. All the sausages are housemade. My secret is to precook the sausage in beer—good beer. For Polish sausage, I use Zywiec: Use the beer that goes with the ethnicity. The key is to not cook the sausage all the way through before you put it on the grill.”

Bonus: Read more about Savage in a recent post by Chicagomag.com’s current writer-in-residence, Dmitry Samarov.

FREEBIES OF THE WEEK

galleries MDW Fair Fall Showcase
Its inaugural outing last spring earned our nod for best new art fair; now MDW returns with a fall edition featuring a bevy of solo and duo exhibits, curated by nonprofits and artist-run galleries from across the country and collected under one Bridgeport roof. The minds behind MDW include the Public Media Institute, Roots & Culture, and Threewalls, so you can triple-check that mental box labeled “indie cred.”
GO: 10/21 from 8 to 11, 10/22–23 from noon to 6. $5. Geolofts, 3636 S Iron. mdwfair.org

ALSO THIS WEEK: Michael Darling, the newish chief curator of the MCA, leads a tour of the museum’s newish minimalism exhibit, The Language of Less (Then and Now), that conveniently falls on a free day: 10/25 at noon. If you can kill a few hours, stick around for a free concert from The Eternals that evening at 6.

film The Interrupters
If you missed its August run at the Siskel, we’ll forgive you. All 26 screenings of the Kartemquin Films documentary on antiviolence activism in Chicago—directed by Hoop Dreams’ Steve James and produced by There Are No Children Here’s Alex Kotlowitz (also Chicagomag.com’s recent writer-in-residence)—sold out. But skipping this free screening, with Kotlowitz in attendance? No excuse.
GO: 10/19 at 6. Block Cinema, Block Museum of Art, Northwestern U, 40 Arts Circle, Evanston. blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/block-cinema

 

Photography: (FAUSTIN LINYEKULA) Agathe Poupeney; (SAVAGE) Kathleen Kelly

 

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