HAVE MERCE On the program for Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s final swing
through Chicago: Antic Meet (above).
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 11.16.11 through Tue 11.22.11:
sports/rec McCormick Tribune Ice Rink
ALSO THIS WEEK: Whether you find it a festive excuse to start your shopping early or a reason to stay home and avoid the traffic, the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival winds its way down Michigan Avenue 11/19 beginning at 5:30.
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: Natalie Moore, the reporter for WBEZ’s South Side bureau; an author whose books include Almighty Black P Stone Nation: The Rise, Fall and Resurgence of an American Gang; and, this weekend at least, a fierce trivia competitor.
“Friday I want to go to my new favorite restaurant, GT Fish & Oyster. It’s a great place to go with a group because it’s shared plates. I had Chef Giuseppe Tentori’s food at a Food & Wine magazine event back in September and loved it so much that it led me to the restaurant soon after. The fish tacos and lobster bisque, which has really good chunks of lobster, are among my favorites.
“Saturday morning I’ll be stopping by the 61st Street Farmers Market, which moved indoors for the winter to the Experimental Station. I’ll be placing my order for an organic chicken for Thanksgiving. I typically stop by this woman from Brown Sugar Bakery who has this great peach cobbler. I’ve been a regular since the summer.
“Saturday afternoon I’ll be joining a team at WBEZ to participate in the Asian American Journalists Association’s annual Trivia Bowl, a fundraiser helping to raise money for scholarships. It’s sort of a bigger version of Trivial Pursuit, with categories ranging anywhere from Chicago history to arts and entertainment to politics. There will be over a dozen different media groups competing against each other. The ultimate prize: bragging rights. And Saturday evening there’s a closing art reception at Gallery Guichard. It features emerging and established contemporary artists representing the African diaspora. One of my favorites is Floyd Atkins. I like his use of color.
“Sunday I want to stop by the Crocodile Lounge in Wicker Park for a brunch series they have every weekend with the in-house DJ, DJ Jaytoo, [who plays] hip-hop and classic soul. He’s one of my favorites in the city because I often find myself learning about obscure soul music. [Some artists] sample these old songs in their music, but this DJ plays those originals. Plus, they have bottomless mimosas for only $10.” —As told to Heather Youkhana
FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
galleries Co-Prosperity Sphere
Nerds’ night out (and we mean that with the greatest affection): For the second year, Bridgeport’s Co-Prosperity Sphere hosts Level Eater, a show of art inspired by all things sci-fi/fantasy. Browse work by locals including Caroline Carlsmith and Jesse Avina, then stick around for live music at 9 and play-along (what else?) Dungeons & Dragons at midnight.
GO: 11/18 from 6 to 9; $5 cover after 9. 11/19 from noon to 6, with a second D&D session at noon. 3219–21 S Morgan. coprosperity.org
Photography: (MERCE CUNNINGHAM DANCE COMPANY) Yi-Chun Wu; (MOORE) Courtesy of WBEZ