Don’t-miss picks for Wed 10.9.13 through Tue 10.15.13:
film Chicago International Film Festival
WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND
Photo: L. Brian Stauffer
Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Matti Bunzl, artistic director of the Chicago Humanities Festival, which begins on Sunday, October 13.
“Friday is going to be very relaxed. We’re probably going to have dinner somewhere in our Lake View neighborhood. My favorite restaurant is Ping Pong. It’s pan-Asian and has a nice setting and décor. Whenever I want to feel cool, that’s where I go.
“On Saturday, I’m hoping to go to Rhona Hoffman Gallery—they have a show of Judy Ledgerwood. She’s an amazing artist, I love her work.
“Sunday is the first day of the Chicago Humanities Festival. This year’s theme is ‘Animal: What Makes Us Human.’ It really came out of a sense that there’s all kinds of new work being done that sees what it means to be human by looking at animals. I’m going to be in the presence of Julia Kristeva, probably France’s most famous thinker. She uses psychoanalysis as an attempt to understand humans in a new way. Junot Diaz is going to close that day for us. It’ll be morning until night for me.” —As told to Tomi Obaro
FREEBIE OF THE WEEK
jazz Remembering Jodie Christian
The pianist Miguel de la Cerna pays homage to the late Chicago keyboard man.
GO: 10/11 at 7. Free. West Pullman Park, 401 W 123rd St. jazzinchicago.org