BOUNCE RATE Put a little spring in your step: Wander through the Luminarium (above) at Redmoon’s Festival J.O.E.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 09.01.10 through Tue 09.07.10:
concerts Jazz Club Tour
theatre Festival J.O.E.: A Joyous Outdoor Event
ALSO THIS WEEK: Part avant-garde theatre happening, part excuse to wander Pilsen wide eyed while chomping on ribs from official food sponsor Honky Tonk BBQ, the inaugural Chicago Fringe Festival aims to foster a local environment for the international fringe movement.
museums Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age
concerts Nelly Furtado
FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
concerts Chicago Jazz Festival
Despite a new sponsor (the suddenly ubiquitous jazz benefactor CareFusion) and a newly reconfigured schedule, this 32-year Labor Day mainstay forges ahead without cutting corners on talent. In addition to Nicole Mitchell (Fri at 7:10) and a 75th-birthday bash for our 2009 Chicagoan of the Year Ramsey Lewis (Fri at 8:30), highlights include afternoon sets from a pair of dynamic drummers/bandleaders—the Chicagoan Dana Hall with the trumpeter Nicholas Payton (Sat at 3:30) and Brian Blade (Sun at 3:30)—as well as a powerhouse lineup in the Petrillo Music Shell: the virtuosic pianist Brad Mehldau (Sun at 5); the hard-driving Chicago drummer Ted Sirota and his band, Rebel Souls (at 6:15); the resurgent saxophonist and flautist Henry Threadgill (at 7:20); and the Grammy-winning singer and former Chicagoan (not to mention Obama condo inheritor) Kurt Elling (at 8:30).
GO: Sep 2 from noon to 6:30; Sep 3-5 from noon to 9:30. Full schedule and locations: chicagojazzfestival.us
lit/lectures Bill Ayers
What, you don’t understand what’s wrong with the American education system? You need him to draw a picture? Fine. Bill Ayers, the UIC professor and education activist reads from his latest book, the graphic novel (yes, graphic novel) with illustrator Ryan Alexander-Tanner To Teach: The Journey, in Comics—just in time for back to school.
GO: Sep 2 at 7. Barbara’s Bookstore, 1218 S Halsted. barbarasbookstore.com
WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND
Up next in our new series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals (a.k.a. people we like): Lilli Carré, the illustrator, animator, and graphic novelist . . .
“Right now I’m reading The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler, so I’ve been in hard-boiled detective mode lately. On Friday The Big Sleep, which is based on another of Chandler’s Philip Marlowe novels, is playing at the Gene Siskel Film Center. I really love the film, but I’ve never seen it in a theatre, so I’m excited about catching that. Also, I work at Bookworks bookstore on the weekends, but before I head in to work on Saturday I’m going to try to see Ben Russell’s 12 x 12 show at the MCA. He’s showing his new film Trypps #7 as a site-specific installation. I like his work, and I’m curious to see how he installs the piece in the space as opposed to how it would be viewed in a theatre. The opening for the show is on Friday, but since those MCA First Friday events are so packed and sweaty, I like to visit on a day when there are fewer people and I can really look at the work.”
• See The Big Sleep at the Siskel
• Take in Ben Russell’s 12 x 12 exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art
• Read Carré’s charming illustrated history of the 1855 raising of Chicago from our August issue
• See one of Carré’s short films, Head Garden, as part of the opening lineup for Lincoln Hall’s monthly movie night, The 3 Penny Was Here, with Chicagoan Chris Hefner’s The Pink Hotel as the night’s feature presentation. The program begins Sep 1 at 7; admission is free
Photograph: Todd Crawford