FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
farrago Dybek, Kotlowitz, Shay
If you missed Monday’s chat, featuring Audrey Niffenegger and Aleksandar Hemon, feting the London-based Granta magazine’s Chicago-themed-issue launch, there’s time to atone. Local lit titans Stuart Dybek and Alex Kotlowitz read at the Harold Washington on Sep 17 (an earlier version of “Seiche,” Dybek’s story from the issue, first ran in Chicago mag in 2008); then on Sep 20, the photographer Art Shay hosts a chat in a pub straight out of a novel by his pal Nelson Algren.
GO: Dybek, Kotlowitz: Sep 17 at 6. Harold Washington Library, 400 S State. chicagopubliclibrary.org. Shay: Sep 20 at 6. Rainbo Club, 1150 N Damen. 773-489-5999
dance Joffrey Ballet
On this Millennium Park bill: Edwaard Liang’s Age of Innocence, a wry look at courtship set in a Jane Austen–era ballroom after the party is over. But take note: In Liang’s vision, the women are no shrinking violets, and the men—including the 2009 Chicago single and the lead in Joffrey’s upcoming Othello, Fabrice Calmels—do more than bow politely. If the program inspires you to practice a few moves of your own, head back for the final free fitness class of the season on the park’s lush lawn, Sep 19 at 7.
GO: Sep 17 at 6:30. Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Michigan and Randolph. millenniumpark.org
farrago Mikhail Baryshnikov Book Signing
For dance fans, shutterbugs, and wannabe Carrie Bradshaws alike: a chance to ogle the 61-year-old’s fine physique—er, photos—up close. In advance of his run next week at the Harris, Misha signs copies of Merce My Way, his new book of photographs documenting recent works by the late, great choreographer Merce Cunningham.
GO: Sep 22 at 1. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago. mcachicago.org
Photograph: Russell Jenkins/Ravinia Festival