STAR REPORT Helmet? Check. Water? Check. Getting in at least one meaty bike
ride before summer wraps? Check, thanks to this weekend’s Four-Star Bike Tour.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 08.24.11 through Tue 08.30.11: We don’t want to alarm you, but summer is dwindling. Here’s what to do before it’s too late.
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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: Morlen Sinoway, the artist, furniture designer, Guerilla Truck Show founder, and proprietor of Morlen Sinoway Atelier in the West Loop.
“I’m a spontaneous combustion type of guy. I rarely plan. It kind of keeps things open and interesting. My birthday is coming up: September 1. I’m going to a new decade, a new stratosphere. My brother, daughter, son-in-law, and three-year-old granddaughter, Gwen Violet, are coming into town next week. I’m going to keep it very low-key. People think I like a big ballyhoo of a thing.
“I’ll probably go to Michigan. My wife and I have a little two-bedroom loft on Wabansia, and a house in Lakeside, Michigan, that’s even smaller; my garage is bigger than both. It’s a flat-roof contemporary house built in the 1950s. We have these great gardens, full of perennials. I grill. I’m a two-pan-or-less type of guy. My brother loves to cook using 37 pans. I do meat: chicken, fish, stuffed tenderloin tied together with dental floss. I grill anything, any vegetable. I don’t go to recipes. We eat, drink wine, build a fire in the fire pit. It’s not camping by any means.
“I keep a bike there. I’ll probably put together a ride with a couple of people. We average 40 to 50 miles in a weekend. Wine country is hillier, and right now the grapes are coming in, and they’re very aromatic. When we get hungry, we can stop and eat grapes. Sometimes we go to Indiana. I’m down to three bikes. I had a beautiful one stolen last week: my Public bike, a white one with a brown Brooks leather seat and an orange rack. An eight-speed. I was having breakfast with Rob Forbes, the founder of Public, who was in town for a Moving Design panel on transportation. He was staying at The James. I chained my bike at Rush and Ontario, went in, came out, 11 o’clock, cable was cut, bike was gone. It’s been 30 years since I had a bike stolen. I listed it with Chicago Stolen Bike Registry.” –As told to Jenna Marotta
FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
dance Chicago Dancing Festival
Seats for CDF’s free-but-ticketed programs went faster than you can say, “pas de bourrée.” But two events—an eight-hour marathon of dance films, including 1948’s The Red Shoes, and the fest’s grand finale, Celebration of Dance, featuring the New York City Ballet’s Gonzalo Garcia and Tiler Peck dancing Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux—are first come, first serve. As in, line up now.
GO: Movies: 8/26 at 10. Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington. Celebration of Dance: 8/27 at 7:30. Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Michigan and Washington. chicagodancingfestival.com
Photograph: (BIKE TOUR) Greg Borzo; (SINOWAY) Bjorn Kavanaugh