MORE CABELL The soprano Nicole Cabell onstage at Lyric (left) and as featured in
our 2010 class of Chicago’s most eligible singles. Find out how to nominate someone
for this year’s crew below.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 03.09.11 through Tue 03.15.11:
classical Fanfare for an Uncommon Woman
ALSO THIS WEEK: The International Tchaikovsky Competition winner Barry Douglas lead his ensemble of enthusiastic musicians, Camerata Ireland, in a Mozart-heavy bill 3/12 at Dominican U.
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): Dennis Scott, the longtime house organist for the Music Box.
“Most weekends, I play intermission music between shows, but I love accompanying silent films. That’s when the organ really is featured. This week, for Broken Blossoms [D.W. Griffith’s 1919 film starring Lillian Gish], I’ll be doing my own score. The themes I come up with can be played in any number of ways, depending on what’s going on onscreen at the time. That’s part of what the theatre organ was designed to do—play all different styles. That’s probably why a lot of musicians hated organs in the 1930s. Organs were designed to replace orchestras.
“So, on Friday, I’ll be working at home, going over the movie. I have a screening room in my basement with an organ, a projection system, and a seven-foot screen. It’s like being in a theatre. On Saturday, after Broken Blossoms, I’m going to lunch with a group of friends at Cullen’s, which is a couple of doors from the theatre. I usually eat one meal there on weekends, in between intermissions. I’ll stick around to play Saturday evening. I’ll also play Sunday afternoon, but I’m leaving Sunday evening open. Sometimes, for fun, I’ll go see a movie at another theatre.”
GO: Broken Blossoms screens 3/12 at noon as part of Saturday Silent Cinema 2011 at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport. Tickets run $8 to $10. Scott also plays Saturday night and Sunday afternoon; see musicboxtheatre.com for showtimes.
FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
galleries Steve Schapiro at Catherine Edelman
The documentary photographer Steve Schapiro was on the ground in Selma with MLK, traveled with a campaigning Robert Kennedy, and captured the highs and lows of Haight-Ashbury. As the still photographer for Taxi Driver and The Godfather, his unforgettable images of a young De Niro and an aging Brando, on view here, defined the following decade in very different ways. Don’t miss this chance to see the original photos. And yeah. We’re talkin’ to you.
GO: Opening reception with Schapiro: 3/11 from 5 to 7; artist talk in the gallery: 3/12 at noon. Exhibition continues through 4/30. Catherine Edelman Gallery, 300 W Superior. edelmangallery.com
Photograph: (LEFT) Dan Rest/Lyric Opera of Chicago; (RIGHT) Erika Dufour