HOUSE CALL The House Theatre’s reimagined Nutcracker is chock full of dark twists.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 12.26.12 through Tue 1.1.13:
film GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER
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: Zac Whittenburg, the manager of communications at Hubbard Street Dance Company.
Thursday I’m going to meet up with a friend at Marty’s Martini Bar in Andersonville, which I love. It’s great in the wintertime. They do a classic dirty vodka martini pretty close to perfectly, which is kind of how I roll.
Friday, I got tickets to see Victory Gardens’ Failure: A Love Story. I’ve been trying to go since it opened last month, and this is the closing weekend coming up. Philip Dawkins, the playwright, is a dear friend of mine, but independent of that, I really enjoyed The Homosexuals, which is the last play of his that I saw. After that, I have a few friends still in town that are just as fanatic about karaoke as I am, and Bobby Love’s on Halsted has a pretty decent karaoke night. And it’s in Boystown, so there’s a healthy contingent of people who can really belt something out.
Saturday, I’ve been going to the Paper Machete [a weekly “live” magazine with performances and commentary on current events] since a little after it started in Lincoln Square. Now it’s in the Green Mill, which feels like the ideal location for what they do. It’s really hit its stride; the last couple of episodes I’ve been to have been really packed. A few weeks ago there was a whole tribe of Klingons who were there, performing to promote A Klingon Christmas Carol. I just love that concept of performing a live promo for a theatre production.Sunday, I’ll meet some friends for brunch. It’s one of the great traditions of city life, and you’ve got to do it as much as you can. What I want to do Sunday evening is see The Book of Mormon. I have been working every connection I have to get into that show, but they are just completely booked. I may go and try my hand at the lottery, but if I can’t see it, it’s my resolution for 2013. —As told to Emmet Sullivan
FREEBIE OF THE WEEK
art ONE BY ONE
Painter-cum-sculptor Sam Jaffe’s wildly inventive multicolored installations, produced from items found in thrift stores, provide a welcome respite from the ubiquitous white of December in Chicago, and her new project at 65 Grand is no exception.
GO: Through 1/5. 65 Grand, 1369 W Grand. 65grand.com
Photography: (Nutcracker) The House Theatre; (Whittenburg) Nathan West