DRAWN AND QUARTERED A show of works by four Chicago comic artists,
including Lilli Carré (above), opens Jan 8 at the MCA.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 01.05.10 through Tue 01.11.11:
comedy Nora Dunn Presents: Mythical Proportions
museums New Chicago Comics
theatre Neil LaBute
theatre As You Like It
classical Prokofiev 5
ALSO THIS WEEK: The performance artist extraordinaire Laurie Anderson unleashes her latest multimedia extravaganza, Delusion, featuring funky screen projections and lilting narration Jan 11 at the Harris.
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): Nan Warshaw, the co-owner of Chicago’s Bloodshot Records.
“My weekend will be uncommonly chill—not at all like a typical weekend. We’ll untrim our tree and take it to be recycled. I’ll likely have time to cook up a big ol’ pot of hearty organic potato-leek soup and make an eggplant–tomato–red wine pasta sauce with a touch of toasted sesame oil. Saturday night a friend is having a late holiday party at Delilah’s, then we might make it out to the Friendly Tap in Berwyn to see Dollar Store. On Sunday we may go computer shopping to replace my so-very-slow old computer at Bloodshot. Could even have time for a full game of Scrabble with my kid.
“Tonight, Wednesday, I’ll be DJing at Delilah’s, spinning hard country and roots-inflected indie rock, as I have been doing there for the past 19 years. I treat my long-standing first-Wednesday-of-each-month DJ night as my whiskey-tasting night, sampling from their 350-plus whiskeys.”
GO: Warshaw DJs from 9 until 2 on Jan 5 at Delilah’s. Her set doubles as a viewing party for the Bloodshot artist Justin Townes Earle’s Wednesday appearance on David Letterman; in addition to spinning songs from Earle’s new album, Harlem River Blues, Warshaw will give away Bloodshot swag.
FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
galleries Finding Vivian Maier: Chicago Street Photographer
The tale of the photos’ unearthing sounds like an episode of American Pickers, but the pictures themselves tell an even more compelling story of Chicago from the 1950s through the ’70s. Don’t miss this chance to see the work of the late Vivian Maier—a North Shore nanny with a secret talent for street photography—in her first known Chicago show.
GO: Opening reception Jan 7 from 5:30 to 7:30. Exhibition continues through Apr 3. Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington. 312-744-6630
galleries The Collective
David Weinberg Gallery ends its nearly five-year run on a high note with this salon-style show of works by 21 gallery artists. A roomy floor plan, eclectic range, and eagerness to exhibit young up-and-comers alongside established pros made the space a regular Friday-night-crawl stop. Don’t miss this opportunity to say farewell.
GO: Opening reception Jan 7 from 5 to 8. Exhibition continues through Feb 18. 300 W Superior, Ste 203. davidweinberggallery.com
Photography: (COMIC) Lilli CarrÉ. Excerpt from The Lagoon, 2008. Courtesy of the artist. (WARSHAW) Kentaro Murai