Top Five Things to Do This Week

On your agenda: The Magic Flute is reimagined… the famed poet Sonja Sanchez gives a reading… free art… plus, the weekend plans of the designer Maria Pinto

A still from 'Mister E'
MISTER E A still from the dark 1960 comedy Mister E by the late amateur
filmmaker Margaret Conneely.

THE FIVE

Don’t-miss picks for Wed 9.12.12 through Tue 9.18.12:

1

film Shorts!
This will add a little bit of weird to your weekend: Chicago Film Archives curates a series of quirky films featuring everything from home videos shot at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair to promotional footage of 1950s women’s wrestling matches.
GO: 9/14 at 6; $10. Catalyst Ranch, 656 W Randolph. chicagofilmarchives.org

2

opera The Magic Flute
Forget the camp and Masonry, there’s a new version of Magic Flute in town. Chicago Opera Theater’s Brian Dickie finishes his final season with a Little Prince–indebted version of Mozart’s Flute. Dickie’s interpretation plays up the Opera’s philosophical-awakening story.
GO: 9/15, 19, 21 at 7:30; 9/23 at 3. $25–$125. Harris Theater, 205 E Randolph. chicagooperatheater.org

3

classical Access Contemporary Music
Curiosity cabinets and cool music? We’re there. ACM inaugurates its new concert space in the atrium of the Ravenswood emporium, Architectural Artifacts, with pieces by living composers, including Pulitzer Prize-winning Lewis Spratlan.
GO: 9/18 at 7. $5–$20. Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N Ravenswood. acmusic.org

4

literature Sonia Sanchez
As a founding member of America’s Black Arts Movement, the poet Sonia Sanchez has been a prominent African American voice for over half a century. The Poetry Foundation hosts Sanchez in a public reading of her work, including the American Book Award-winning Homegirls and Handgrenades.
GO: 9/13 at 7; free. 61 W Superior. poetryfoundation.org

5

theatre Good People
Steppenwolf brings in a wealth of ensemble members for David Lindsay-Abaire’s funny, dark look at race, gender, and class in a story about a down-and-out single mother looking for work.
GO: 9/13–11/11; $20–$86. Steppenwolf, 1650 N Halsted. steppenwolf.org
 

WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND

Maria Pinto
Maria Pinto

Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: Maria Pinto, the Chicago designer (and a favorite of First Lady Michelle Obama). Pinto, along with the Field Museum’s North American Anthropology curator Alaka Wali, curated a new show that pairs museum artifacts with her own contemporary designs. Fashion and the Field Museum Collection: Maria Pinto opens 9/14.

“Friday afternoon we’ll head over to the Field to see the opening. I’m so excited for the show—the Field Museum has really pushed the envelopment in wonderful ways. In the evening, I’ll take some out-of-town friends to Maude’s Liquor Bar for dinner. I like when a business really has a point of view from the furniture to the food. Maude’s has a really good character. They also have great cocktails. Later, we’ll head to Andy’s to see some jazz. It’s one of my favorites because it feels like it could be anywhere in the world.

“Saturday I’ll take my friends on the architecture boat tour. Since it’s one of the last weekends of summer, I want to be outside as much as possible. Afterwards, we’ll probably head to NoMI for lunch. The building is beautiful and chic and the restaurant has a wonderful outdoor deck. We may spend the afternoon renting bikes and riding along the lakefront. I love going around Olive Park, it’s this little tucked away place right off of Grand. Saturday night, I’ll visit my absolute favorite—Sepia. Emmanuel Nony (the owner) is my best friend in the universe and the chef Andrew Zimmerman never ceases to amaze me with his dishes that have a really beautiful lightness and freshness.

“Sunday I want to do brunch at The Publican. I love what’s happening on Fulton Street. It’s become this really cool little area. Afterwards, I’ll check out Publican Quality Meats, I like finding interesting treasures there. It’s always fun to stock the kitchen with unusual ingredients.” –As told to Elly Fishman

FREEBIE OF THE WEEK

art Joel Ross
According to the artist Joel Ross, there’s plenty of beauty in wire fences and empty roads. Ross and the photographer Jason Creps team up to create, and document, a series of public signs, sculptures, and other artistic “interventions.”
GO: 9/15 at 4. Monique Meloche, 2154 W Division. moniquemeloche.com

 

Photography: (MISTER E) Courtesy of the Margaret Conneely Collection; (PINTO) Victor Skrebneski

 

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