THE BIG 5-0 Wynton Marsalis celebrates his half-century birthday, with the help of
the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, on 4/27 at Symphony Center.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 4.25.12 through Tue 5.1.12:
bars Chicago Zombie Pub Crawl
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: Kevin Elliott, the store manager for Open Books, a bookshop-slash-literacy-nonprofit that holds reading and writing workshops for kids in Chicago. Elliott mans the tables on 4/28 and 4/29 at the Open Books Store Sidewalk Sale (213 W. Institute), where thousands of books are selling at $3 or less to benefit children’s literacy programs.
On Friday, there’s a lot of prep to do at Open Books for the sale. Before I go home, I’m thinking about heading to BadHappy Poutine Shop for dinner. It opened a couple blocks from the store about a month ago, and I’m ashamed to say I’ve been there three times already.
I’ll be at the sale all day Saturday, when Open Books is partnering with Dominican University’s Butler Children’s Literature Center to give away one like-new book to any student who stops by. That night, I’m going to see one of my favorite bands, Tortoise, at The Empty Bottle. They’re a local band, but I don’t get to see them as often as I’d like.
I’ll be back at Open Books bright and early Sunday for the next day of the sale. Then once things cool down that evening, I’m headed to Lake View to either Guthries Tavern or Northdown Cafe and Taproom, one of my favorite neighborhood bars. They’ve got a really good beer list that constantly changes and lots of veggie options, though in that respect, I go both ways.
FREEBIE OF THE WEEK
causes GLOBAL ACTIVISM EXPO
At UIC Forum, Chicago Public Media brings together more than 100 social justice, health, and environmental nonprofits, many of which will be equipped to sign up volunteers or take donations on the spot. By our estimation, charity couldn’t get much easier.
GO: 4/28 from 12–6 p.m. UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd. wbez.org/expo
Photography: (MARSALIS) CLAY MCBRIDE; (Elliott) RICH CHAPMAN