COLD AS ICE Just to look at her, you wouldn’t know she was a vampire reindeer.
See The White Reindeer Sunday at Cinema Borealis.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 12.14.11 through Tue 12.20.11:
theatre A Christmas Story, the Musical!
ALSO THIS WEEK: The usually R-rated deviants at The Annoyance Theatre deck the halls with bowls of folly in a rare kid-friendly presentation, The Annoyance Christmas Pageant, through 12/27.
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: Tim Munro, the Uptown resident and flutist for the Chicago-based sextet Eighth Blackbird, a group busy blazing new-music trails and racking up Grammy noms in the process.
“I try to keep my Chicago Symphony experiences to really special things. This Thursday, they’re playing Mahler’s Sixth Symphony. It’s a hulking roar of jangling nerves—like peering inside someone’s nervous system for an hour, which sounds awful, but for Mahler, that’s his best stuff. It’s hard to resist.
“Friday, I want to see the new David Cronenberg movie, A Dangerous Method, while it’s still in theatres. It’s about the relationship between Freud and Jung. I’ve loved Cronenberg since his early ridiculous horror movies. The first movie of his I ever saw was Crash, when I was 18 years old and looking for movies like that, so it was just perfect.
“I really want to get to the MCA to see a couple things: Andrew Bird has this—I don’t know what to call it. An installation? We were there last week, and I got to stick my head in, and Andrew was there, recording stuff for it. They had all of the gramophone horns set up, and it looked too cool. There’s also an exhibit called The Language of Less (Then and Now). We’re playing a couple of concerts in March related to that, so I need to go and see it. I have a really love-hate relationship with minimalist art.
“I got an email last week from my old high-school band director, from Brisbane, Australia, and my high-school band is going to be in Chicago this week, playing the Midwest Clinic, which is like the biggest band extravaganza in the world. To me now, it sounds a little bit like hell, but it’s actually a very big deal. On Sunday, I’m going to get to meet the kids. It will be very surreal. When I was playing The Phantom of the Opera at age 12, it never occurred to me that I might be a professional musician—never mind living in Chicago. Chicago would have seemed really exotic.
“And Sunday night we’re playing at Wentz Concert Hall. We’re trying to get out to the suburbs more, and that level of beauty at Wentz, of the venue and of the sound, doesn’t exist elsewhere in Chicago.”
FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
sports/rec Winter Solstice Festival
Just plain pretty: Walk the North Park Village Nature Preserve’s luminary-lit trails, hum along to seasonal music, and roast chestnuts over—you guessed it. Need we say more?
GO: 12/17 from 6 to 9. North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N Pulaski. chicagoparkdistrict.com
Photography: (THE WHITE REINDEER) Courtesy of Northwest Chicago Film Society; (MUNRO) Luke Ratray