Five Things to Do This Week
NOWHERE Johalla Projects presents new work by the photographer Ian J. Whitmore
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 10.31.12 through Tue 11.6.12:
festivals Chicago Humanities Festival
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: Seth Reiss, the Head Writer at The Onion. The Old Town resident also contributed to the new book, The Onion Book of Knowledge.
“I’m a recent transplant from New York to Chicago, so I don’t have a lot of friends. Friday night, I’ll go to Nookie’s in Old Town and work. I’ll probably stuff my face with this pasta and chicken dish that I always order. I like having Nookie’s in my neighborhood and I’m drawn to the diner feel. They also have good coffee.
“For Saturday morning brunch I might go to the Bongo Room. My girlfriend and I have gone in the past and it was delicious. The best part is the pancakes—they’re always decorated with crazy ingredients like chocolate, but they also stand on their own as great pancakes. Afterwards, I’ll hunker down at Filter Café in Wicker Park. Whenever I write, I like activity around me. And I also like to know that I can walk to the counter and get a treat. I treat myself and then get to work. Later, if I’m feeling fancy, I’ll likely eat at The Publican. Everything is just so good. I never thought I’d eat a piece of a pig’s face until I had dinner at The Publican.
“Sunday I’ll try to find a Steelers game somewhere. But I haven’t found a place that I like yet. Onion folks aren’t really the people inside the party. They’re the ones on the outside making fun. Later, I’ll most likely end up at Thai Aroma, it’s right off the train and super easy. The night will end at the cool Chicago hang, my apartment, where I’ll watch Homeland.” —As told to Elly Fishman
FREEBIE OF THE WEEK
literature Cedar Sigo
As a student of the poets Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, and Joanne Kyger, Cedar Sigo’s writing is reminiscent of the Beats at the height of the San Francisco Renaissance—his poems include elegant insights into queer identity and politics.
GO: 11/1 at 6:30; Free. Poetry Foundation, 61 W Superior. poetryfoundation.org
Photography: (NOWHERE) Courtesy of the artist; (REISS) Courtesy of The Onion