Don’t-miss picks for Wednesday, June 3 through June 9, 2015
1 Printers Row Lit Fest
Festivals: Among the many noted bibliophiles scheduled to appear at the Midwest’s largest outdoor book fair: Reading Rainbow’s LeVar Burton, The Devil in the White City’s Erik Larson, and actress Amber Tamblyn. Also, don’t miss Chicago’s tent.
6/6–6/7. Free. Dearborn from Congress to Polk. printersrowlitfest.org
2 Hop Along
Music: Lead singer Frances Quinlan has just recently begun gaining recognition for her incredible voice. Her band’s sophomore LP, Painted Shut, has earned unanimous plaudits, but no critic has found an adequate adjective for her inimitable wail.
6/5 at 8:30. $12. Subterranean, 2011 W. North. ticketfly.com
3 Memoirs of the Minimum Wage
Art: Comic book heroes meld with graffiti art in Hebru Brantley’s new paintings and sculptures.
6/6–6/28. Free. Vertical Gallery, 1016 N. Western. verticalgallery.com
4 Marc Maron
Comedy: Funny people’s resident therapist comes to town just after his IFC show Maron airs for a third season.
6/6 at 10. $35. The Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield. jamusa.com/the-vic
5 Lynsey Addario
Conversations: War photographer Lynsey Addario talks about her experience covering Afghanistan (while pregnant!) and other topics at this Chicago Ideas Week event.
6/3 at 6:30. $15. Edlis Neeson Theater, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago. chicagoideas.com/events/534
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: Rachel Wiseman, managing editor of The Point.
“On Friday night I’ll be working at The Point’s issue 10 release party at the Experimental Station, which is a stellar arts and community space in Woodlawn. There will be Lagunitas beer, cocktails, and music provided by my friend Quinten Rosborough.
“Early Saturday morning, I’ll stop by the 61st Street Farmers Market to stock up on power snacks before heading down to the South Loop for Printers Row Lit Fest. I spend most daylight hours proofreading articles inside, so it’ll be great to get out in the sun with the rest of Chicago’s literary world. After manning the table for a few hours, I’ll probably take a coffee-and-alfajor break at Cafecito around lunchtime. Later that night, I’ll make my way to Beauty Bar for Book Fort’s Printers Row after-party. There will be readings by local authors, and then it will gradually turn into a dance party.
“On Sunday I’ll be back at work at Printers Row, but I’ll try to duck out for a couple of hours to check out the comics and ’zines at CAKE. To cap it all off, I’m going with friends on Sunday evening to the Food Truck Social in Pilsen to eat my weight in empanadas and pomme frites before going home and collapsing on my couch.”
Freebie of the Week
The 606 Opening
Festivals: The highly anticipated trail finally opens this weekend. Opening festivities include two music stages at Humboldt Boulevard, temporary art installations, and a pancake breakfast.
6/6–6/7. Free. Humboldt Boulevard between Wabansia and Cortland. the606.org/events/openingday