DOME HOME: Among Fuller’s contributions, the geodesic dome
Don’t-miss events for Wed 03.11.09 through Tue 03.17.09
classical Accessible Contemporary Music Sound of Silent Film Festival*
Fans of the quirky, critically acclaimed filmmaker Guy Maddin—a.k.a. “the Canadian David Lynch”—are in for a treat: His silent short The Heart of the World gets a new soundtrack from ACM director Seth Boustead in this year’s fest. Bonus: six more silent film scores by contemporary Chicago composers. Double bonus: The fest is BYOB.
GO: Mar 11, 18 at 7:30. $10-$15. Chopin Theatre, 1543 W Divison St. acmusic.org
farrago Bill Maher and Ann Coulter
Watch hell freeze over: The lefty comedian Maher and the right-wing wag Coulter share the stage as part of the Minds That Move the World lecture series. Next up is Al Gore on Apr 1.
GO: Mar 11 at 7:30. $35-$185. Chicago Theatre, 175 N State St. speakerseries2009.com
musuems Buckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe*
The first retrospective of the visionary’s work in decades, this
exhibition reintroduces the man who invented the geodesic dome and coined the term “Spaceship Earth.” While calling Fuller an artist is a bit of a stretch, his dedication to affordable, durable housing took a decidedly design-centric approach, and his circle of artist friends (Isamu Noguchi, Willem and Elaine de Kooning) had a profound impact on his life’s work. Opening day kicks off with a talk by the show’s curators and Fuller’s daughter, Allegra Fuller Snyder.
GO: Mar 14 at 2. $10. Exhibition runs Mar 14–Jun 21. Admission free-$12; free Tue. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago Ave. mcachicago.org
concerts SFJAZZ Collective
A terrific opportunity to hear leading individual jazz talents Miguel Zenón, Joe Lovano, and Dave Douglas together in one of the tightest all-star collectives playing today. Dollar for dollar, the best bargain going this spring.
GO: Mar 11 at 7:30. $12-$16. Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern, 50 Arts Circle Dr, Evanston. pickstaiger.org
Regina Taylor, the playwright who infused Chekhov with hip-hop and transplanted his Seagull to South Carolina (Drowning Crow) revisits her 19th-century Russian muse with Magnolia, a recasting of The Cherry Orchard in 1960s Georgia. Highly recommended.
GO: Previews Mar 14-22. $25-$70. Goodman Theatre, 170 N Dearborn St. goodmantheatre.org
FREEBIE OF THE WEEK
farrago Nelson Algren Tribute
In other bookish news, local lit champs Joe Meno and Bayo Ojikutu host a toast to the commensurate Chicagoan’s centenary as part of Columbia College’s annual Story Week Festival of Writers. Also on tap: Literary Rock & Roll, featuring readings by such boldface names as Richard Price; see the Web site for the full schedule.
GO: Mar 17 at 6. Free. Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S State St. colum.edu/storyweek
Get tips on picking a good (cheap) wine to tote to the Sound of Silent Film Fest … Learn how to build your own geodesic dome… Find out what’s next in Regina Taylor’s ten-year plan
PHOTOGRAPH: Buckminster Fuller, U.S. Pavilion Montreal Expo 67, 1967. Image courtesy the Estate of R. Buckminster Fuller