GENIUS BAR Former MacArthur fellows Jason Moran and Ken Vandermark play
the Green Mill this week.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 02.02.11 through Tue 02.08.11:
concerts Jason Moran, Ken Vandermark, Jeff Parker, Nasheet Waits
ALSO THIS WEEK: Very few seats remain for Wynton Marsalis and Co., 2/4 at Symphony Hall. If you’re feeling lucky, call 312-294-3000. And speaking of lucky, keep those fingers crossed for Muti, take 2, 2/3–19.
theatre The Big Meal
ALSO THIS WEEK: Obie winner John Leguizamo braves Chicago with the “ghetto version”—his words, not ours—of his upcoming Broadway show. Ghetto Klown runs through 2/12 at the Royal George, with Oscar winner Fisher Stevens directing.
concerts Joan of Arc
ALSO THIS WEEK: And also at the Hideout, Mark Bazer presents the next installment of The Interview Show, with guests including the (generally less controversial) local musicians Archer Prewitt and Come Sunday, the author Bethany McLean, the City Provisions owner Cleetus Friedman, and the teen fashion-blogger Tavi Gevinson (whose outfit is way better than yours).
film Louder Than a Bomb
tv The Chicago Code
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): Amy Dickinson, the syndicated Trib columnist, frequent panelist on WBEZ’s Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me!, and half-time local who—lucky dog—is snowed out of town. Consider this What She Would Be Doing This Weekend, If It Weren’t for Snowmageddon 2011.
“I split my time between Freeville, New York, and Chicago, and my apartment in Lincoln Park provides all I want during my weekends in the city. From there I walk to the beach—I especially love it in the winter—and catch the bus downtown, where I always try to visit the Art Institute. While at the museum, I like to pay a call on my great uncle John Steuart Curry’s painting Hogs Killing a Snake, which hangs in a gallery with the work of other Depression-era artists. Then I pop down to see the photography and the Thorne miniatures. My day usually ends with a visit to R.J. Grunts for a burger. I sit at the small bar there, listening in on other people’s conversations.”
NOTE Dickinson’s talk on 2/2 at the Wilmette Theatre, Ask Amy! Relationships 101: A Survival Guide for Parents and Teens, has been postponed due to weather. Check chicagotribune.com/tribnation for updates.
FREEBIE OF THE WEEK
galleries The Peculiar and the Particular: A Conversation Inspired by Ray Yoshida
If you haven’t seen the School of the Art Institute’s exhibition on Yoshida—who, as a professor, provoked the sort of heart-felt gushing rarely heard from students and who, as a Chicago Imagist, straddled the local art scene’s transition from expressionism to pop—now’s the time. Go Thursday, when the gallery owners John Corbett (a longtime SAIC faculty member) and Jim Dempsey (an SAIC grad) lead a discussion on Yoshida, with artists including the Hairy Who member and Yoshida contemporary Art Green sitting in.
GO: Talk: 2/3 at noon. Exhibition continues through 2/12. Sullivan Galleries, 33 S State. saic.edu/exhibitions
Photograph: (VANDERMARK) Mireia Bordonada