GOLDEN HOUR Bask in the glow of Gold Motel, 12/23 at Lincoln Hall.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 12.21.11 through Tue 12.27.11:
film Remember the Night
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: Peter Sagal, the host of WBEZ and NPR’s Peabody Award-winning quiz show, Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me, which makes its television debut 12/23 at 7 on BBC America with panelists Alonzo Bodden, Paula Poundstone, and Nick Hancock, and—wait wait for it—the writer and graphic novelist Neil Gaiman as special guest.
“I’m Jewish. My wife is not, and Christmas is a really big deal for her. I once subjected her to a traditional Jewish Christmas: Chinese food and a Broadway show—about Nazis, no less. She was like, ‘This is the worst Christmas ever.’
“I like to travel for the holidays, but my family likes to be home and do the traditional thing, so we’ve been alternating every other year. This year is a trip. We’ll be in Costa Rica: me, my wife, and my kids, ages 13, 11, and 8. It’s causing them some distress to be away, but I’m promising them monkeys—and no offense to Grandma, but Costa Rica is way better. We’ll hike, we’ll look at volcanoes, we’ll throw people into them to placate the gods. And we’ll go surfing, baby! My littlest hasn’t tried it yet, but the rest of us love to surf, even if we’re not very good at it.
“What’s weird is, my wife is a big Christmas advocate in every way—she’ll even wear the ugly Christmas sweaters, the whole thing, top to bottom—and she’s a huge Santa advocate, and yet there’s never been a minute in which my children openly questioned the existence of Santa. One day, my oldest turned to her younger sister and said, ‘So, are you excited about Santa coming?’ and although she didn’t actually wink at me, that was kind of implied. I know my middle daughter has made the transition. The question is where my youngest daughter is. There has not been a lot of discussion around the house of how Santa will find us in Costa Rica.
“For those who are in town, go see The House’s Nutcracker. Yes, I am a member of the board—a lazy member of the board—but I’m genuinely enthusiastic about the production. We just saw it for the third time.”
FREEBIE OF THE WEEK
galleries Chicago Architecture Foundation
Led by fellow draftsman Stanley Tigerman, a group of local architects—Jeanne Gang and the late Douglas Garofalo among them—redesigned seven Chicago neighborhoods around their el stops for the CAF exhibit Design on the Edge. Stop in and gauge their success before Mayor Emanuel does the same when the plans are presented to him in the coming months.
GO: Through 7/31. Open daily 9–5, including holidays. CAF, 224 S Michigan. caf.architecture.org
Photography: (MAIN) Delaney Teichler; (WIDTW) © BBC