CHIC AND CHEAP Keren Ann plays Lincoln Hall on 6/13; tickets are $12–$15.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 06.08.11 through Tue 06.14.11:
film The Wizard of Oz
ALSO THIS WEEK: And also at the Music Box, the comedian, writer, and now filmmaker Harry Shearer hosts a screening of his new documentary on Katrina, The Big Uneasy, with a Q&A following on 6/10.
theatre Performing Tonight: Liza Minnelli’s Daughter
Oh, those nutty Neos. Here, the troupe vet Mary Fons plays a woman obsessively certain she is fated to stardom as the offspring of Liza with a Z. Somewhere, Lorna Luft can sympathize.
GO: Previews 4/28–29. Run continues through 6/4. All tickets $10–$15. Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N Ashland. neofuturists.org
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: the crime-fiction novelist and Roscoe Villager Marcus Sakey.
“My new novel, The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes, was just released, so most of the weekend will be dedicated to pimping it. But I’m hoping to steal a few hours for myself on Saturday afternoon. Fingers crossed for a sunny day—it will be spent lounging in the hammock that takes up most of my back yard, smelling the pulled pork roasting in the smoker, and devouring an advanced copy of George Pelecanos’s new novel.
“Sunday it’s back to work, although my work looks a lot like play. I’m joining the legendary Rick Kogan on WGN radio that morning and stopping by a bunch of bookstores in the afternoon. Sunday evening I’m hosting a book-release party at the Hidden Shamrock.
“Want to join? You’re invited. Festivities start at 7. Guaranteed to be a good time if you’re into beer or books or both. And if you’re not, well, we probably wouldn’t get along anyway.”
FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
lectures The Beat Cop’s Guide to Chicago Eats
Donuts, sure, but also polish sausage, fried chicken, and so on: Learn where Chicago’s finest find their snacks at this reading and signing of a book by the same name, coauthored by Sgt. David J. Haynes, a 15-year CPD vet, and the local blogger Christopher Garlington. Copies of the tell-all tome, which includes $34 in local-dining coupons, will be available for $15.95.
GO: 6/14 at 7. Quimby’s, 1854 W North. quimbys.com
ALSO THIS WEEK: Speaking of discounts, Quimby’s sister shop, Chicago Comics, hosts a dance party featuring DJ Major Taylor on 6/10. Stop by and shimmy for five minutes between 6 and 8, and you’ll get 20 percent off your bill.
Photography: (ANN) Amit Israeli; (SAKEY) Jeff Sciortino