MOOR DRAMA Rosie O’Donnell hosts a talkback following a screening of Anthony
Baxter’s documentary You’ve Been Trumped! at the Gene Siskel Film Center.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 1.18.12 through Tue 1.24.12:
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: the two-time National Poetry Slam champion and Logan Square resident Roger Bonair-Agard, who offers a sneak peak of his book in progress at WBEZ’s Winter Block Party for Chicago’s Hip-Hop Arts, 1/21 at the Metro. Bonair-Agard’s talk is at 3, and admission is free.
“Friday at 8 I’m cohosting Real Talk Live at Elastic Arts Foundation in Logan Square. It’s a monthly variety arts show that has an open mic, as well as two featured performers in two genres. This month we have Boston poet Simone Beaubien and a hip-hop act by Tha Steinmenautz, a group of five rappers who recently graduated high school from Steinmetz [and who appear in the award-winning documentary Louder Than a Bomb]. With this show, we try to bridge as many populations in Chicago as we can. We encourage people to come and perform whatever art form they want.
“I’m taking part in a collective discussion, Word: Across Generations, at the Metro on Saturday for WBEZ’s Block Party. We will be discussing the influence music has on people’s writing—the idea that the music you grow up listening to is huge in terms of the choices you make as a writer, what you write about, and rhythmically how you write. I’ll be talking about how calypso and hip-hop both influence my works. We each will be performing a few pieces. I’m choosing to share some works from a manuscript I’m working on that will release in spring 2013, The Gospel According to Saint Moses the Black.
“I’ll be sticking around and checking out the dance competition at 4. Also, there’s a street art and graffiti gallery exhibit with a couple local artists whose works I find really refreshing: Angela Davis Fegan and Krista Franklin. They’re both collagists that do eclectic work.
“After the block party, Saturday night will be quiet for me. I’ll head back home, pack, and get ready for my flight to New York on Sunday. I have to prep for a creative writing class I teach on Tuesdays at Fordham University.” —As told to Heather Youkhana
FREEBIE OF THE WEEK
galleries The Renaissance Society
Not many artists can conjure searing emotional scenarios out two half-nude mannequins, a stove, and weird bric-a-brac, but the Irish artist and 2008 Turner Prize nominee Cathy Wilkes nails it. At times bordering on the absurd, her best works cut close to the bone.
GO: Opening reception 1/22 from 4 to 7; artist talk at 5. Exhibit continues through 3/4. The Renaissance Society, U of C, 5811 S Ellis. renaissancesociety.org
Photograph: (BONAIR-AGARD) Jerry Schulman