CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING Go ahead: Indulge in the guiltiest of musical-theatre pleasures. Rock of Ages, starring American Idol’s Constantine Maroulis (right), opens Sep 21.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 09.15.10 through Tue 09.21.10:
concerts Aimee Mann
ALSO THIS WEEK: Peter Stampfel of the 1960s avant-garde acts Holy Modal Rounders and The Fugs makes a rare Chicago appearance Sep 18 at the Hideout.
FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
galleries As If
Although the collaborative duo Carla Arocha and Stéphane Schraenen are based in Antwerp, many Chicagoans are familiar with their work: Arocha lived here in the 1990s; the pair had a delightful show at Meloche in 2007; and their spectacular 2009 installation 24/7 hangs in the Howard CTA station. Combining a strong command of composition and the decorative, their work is consistently pleasing and easy to look at but not so easily forgotten.
GO: Opening reception Sep 16 from 4 to 7; show continues through Nov 6. Monique Meloche Gallery, 2154 W Division. moniquemeloche.com
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): Carlyn Berghoff, the cookbook author, chef, and fourth-generation owner of the Berghoff Restaurant, whose 25th-annual Oktoberfest unleashes lager and gemütlichkeit on the Loop this week.
“After a successful Oktoberfest, I’m definitely going to take a deep breath and steer clear of any bratwurst! As a mother of three, my Saturday will be spent with family and at my kid’s various sporting events: my high-school daughter’s rowing event, my youngest son’s soccer practice. But after that, it’s off to enjoy the city with an evening out with my husband at Mercat a la Planxa, a favorite of ours, followed by a long walk along the lakefront to take in the last remaining signs of the summer.”
• Raise a pint at Berghoff Oktoberfest, Sep 15-17 from 11 to 9 daily at Adams and Dearborn; admission is free
• Read about Carlyn’s The Berghoff Café Cookbook, one of our picks for the best cookbooks of 2009
• Revisit our 2008 story on Mercat a la Planxa from Chicago’s dining archives
Photograph: Joan Marcus