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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: David Polk, host and founding producer of the WFMT program Introductions, featuring performances from young classical musicians. Hear it Saturdays at 11 a.m. on 98.7.
“I like to have my Friday lunch at a Korean diner near the studio called Ban Po Jung [3450 W. Foster Ave.]. It’s delicious and absurdly cheap. If I don’t have my Korean kimchi at least once a week, I start to get the shakes. And I get my weekly fix of this Korean version of American Idol that’s always on [the TV]. It’s so vibrant and intense that I honestly wouldn’t watch it anywhere else.
“I have a rare Saturday off because the performance for this weekend’s show is pretaped—and I’ll take advantage. Friday night I’m going to see a friend perform in a remake of the Pirates of Penzance by The Hypocrites at the Chopin Theatre. I love Gilbert and Sullivan. I typically don’t like to learn too much about a performance before seeing it, but I’ve heard that this one is particularly wacky. Gilbert and Sullivan are already wacky to begin with, so you can only imagine.
“I have about two months’ worth of New Yorker magazines to get through, so I hope to plow through those on Saturday while listening to the radio. My new favorite radio program is on WFMT Saturdays at 6 p.m.: The Piano Matters, with David Dubal. He’s a Juilliard professor and absolutely insane in the best possible way. He plays gorgeous piano music, which is perfect to read to. Radio is also great for doing things like laundry and cleaning—makes them seem much classier. And Sunday mornings at midnight are always a treat, because Blues Before Sunrise is on WDCB. The host, Steve Cushing, is a Chicago treasure, and there’s nothing like old blues and jazz wafting through the apartment late at night.
“Sunday is full of aspiration—anything and everything—but since it’s supposed to be nearly 50 degrees, I may skip everything and just go for a walk.” —As told to Heather Youkhana
Photography: (Sandburg) Dana Steichen; (POLK) Bill Richert
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