THE MEN, THE MYTHS Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, hosts of the Discovery
Channel series MythBusters, visit the Museum of Science and Industry on 3/15 to
help unveil MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 3.14.12 through Tue 3.20.12:
rock The Black Keys
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: Megan Stielstra, an Uptown resident and the author of Everyone Remain Calm, a collection of short stories published last year. She’s the literary director for 2nd Story, a local organization that promotes live storytelling, and teaches creative writing and writing and performance at Columbia College and The University of Chicago. This weekend, Stielstra hosts a kick-off party for Columbia College’s Story Week Festival of Writers, which runs March 18th through 23rd and is free to the public (see more details below).
My family lives in a condo the size of a closet, and I have a four-year-old son and a really big dog. Now that it’s finally warm, we’re all going to Lincoln Park Zoo on Friday so everyone can run around. After that, we’ll head to Bistro Campagne in Lincoln Square. They have the absolute best garden in the city, and their martinis aren’t bad either.
On Saturday, my kid and I are going to North Park Village Nature Center. After that, we’ll eat at Costello’s, a sandwich shop in Lincoln Square. They show old Bugs Bunny cartoons, and there are always lots of kids running around. In the middle of the afternoon, though, they have live music. I never went there before I had my son, but the atmosphere lets me hold on to some of my old, pre-parenting life. Then we’re heading to Women and Children First in Andersonville, where I’m going to pick up Wild, the new memoir by Cheryl Strayed. Later Saturday, I have a sitter coming so I can run out to Paper Machete, a live weekly magazine show at Horseshoe, where it’s performed and recorded for WBEZ. I’m a staff writer for the show, but I’m not performing this week. It’s just always a raucous, really good time.
Sunday morning, I’m in rehearsal for a show called Listen to Your Mother that I’m performing in May 6th. It’s being staged in multiple cities in honor of Mothers Day, and it funds local charities that support single moms and other mothers in need. Then all Sunday afternoon and night, I’ll be at the 2nd Story kick-off party for Story Week. I’m hosting this year, and we’re at Buddy Guy’s Legends. We’ll have storytellers and the band Seeking Wonderland is playing, too. It’s always a great time.
FREEBIE OF THE WEEK
festivals Story Week Festival of Writers: Surviving the American Dream
Columbia College presents six days of readings, author conversations, panels, performances, book signings, and films about getting by and ahead in America. The lineup of writers includes Audrey Niffenegger, Irvine Welsh, and other local bold-faced names, as well as up-and-comers such as Samuel Park (This Burns My Heart).
GO: 3/18–23. Locations and schedule: colum.edu/storyweek
Photography: (Hyneman and savage) COURTESY OF THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL; (STIELSTRA) JULIE SADOWSKI AT GRAYSCALE STUDIO