Top 5 Things to Do This Week
VIVIAN MAIER An untitled photograph taken by the late vérité photographer Vivian
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 9.5.12 through Tue 9.11.12:
crafts Renegade Craft Fair
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: Cauleen Smith, the Chicago filmmaker and artist who’s spent the past two years researching the life and beliefs of the Afro-futurist musician Sun Ra. Her new show The Journeyman opens at Threewalls 9/7 at 6.
“Friday, I’ll probably get a sandwich at J.P. Graziano in the afternoon. I really love the Italian sandwich and I always splurge on the Marcona almonds. I like that the cashier is behind glass and the butchers are very no-nonsense. If I have time after the show opens at Threewalls, I want to head to the Robert Lostutter opening at Corbett vs. Dempsey. Afterward, I’ll probably get a snack at Rodan. The best night to go is Tuesday because of the free jazz with Jeff Parker and Josh Abrams. But, I always like it there.
“Saturday mornings, I usually get up and go to the farmers market at the Experimental Station. Then I volunteer at the Blackstone bike shop. I also really want to bike to Three Floyds Brewery. I really like their IPAs and their milk stout is one of the weird things you can get there.
“Sunday, I really like the antique bookstore O’Gara & Wilson on 57th Street. They have a great occult books section and these really early Jet magazines that I buy for my parents. After I might visit the animatronic Harold Washington at the DuSable Museum. No one knows that it’s there! It’s an amazing secret. I’ll just hang and listen to Harold talk. Then, I’ll probably get a coffee at the Z & H on 47th Street and pop into Little Black Pearl to see what they have going on. If I can, I’ll end the weekend at SHoP (South Side Hub of Production), they generally have great films and live events—not to mention Red Flag, the bar created by artist John Preus.” –As told to Elly Fishman
FREEBIE OF THE WEEK
art Chris Ware: Building Stories
Chris Ware, the comic writer and Chicagoan, has spent over ten years working on his comic about residents living within a three-story apartment building in Chicago. This month, he publishes the series in its entirety. Carl Hammer Gallery opens an exhibit of Ware’s work in conjunction with the book’s release.
GO: 9/7 at 6. Carl Hammer Gallery, 740 N Wells. hammergallery.com
Photography: (MAIER) Courtesy of the Jeffrey Goldstein Collection; (SMITH) Courtesy of Cauleen Smith