DEE-LIGHTFUL: Our pick for the best singer in Chicago, Dee Alexander,
plays the Green Mill this weekend.
Don’t-miss picks for the week of Wed 07.29.09 through Tue 08.04.09:
farrago Joe Meno
FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
The free summer jazz series Made in Chicago gets an auspicious start when the Chicago Improvisers Orchestra—featuring guests Maggie Brown and Orbert Davis—performs Lincolniana and Sounds of Hope Suite, a duet of odes to Illinois’s two presidents. … Evanston gets in on the alfresco action with a free outdoor screening of The Third Man, a classic Cold War thriller turning 60 this year. … And then there’s opera for a song: Acis and Galatea, featuring music by Handel and a pastoral plotline from a time before fairy tales went all Shrek, runs for four free performances. … Logan Square gets into the street-fest spirit with the inaugural Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival, a strollable 1.5-mile neighborhood to-do, with live music (Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, Nicole Mitchell) and loads of civic pride. … Or stay home, save gas, and ponder moving off the grid with a pair of documentaries—written and produced by the occasional Chicago contributor Terry Spencer Hesser—on two far-away islands where residents have given cars the boot. The Siren Song of Hydra premieres Aug 4 at 10:30 on WTTW; Exploring the Island of Sark with Kira debuts the following night at the same time.
PHOTOGRAPH: Nathan Kirkman