FOOD FOR THOUGHT Urban Theater Company’s Brainpeople opens this week.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 11.10.10 through Tue 11.16.10:
classical Fifth House Ensemble
FREEBIE OF THE WEEK
galleries Touch and Go: Ray Yoshida and His Spheres of Influence
Few teachers provoke the sort of heartfelt responses you’ll hear from former students of Yoshida (1930–2009). Not only is this exhibition a retrospective of the SAIC prof, whose output straddled the Chicago art scene’s transition from expressionism to pop, it also includes works by his colleagues and students, demonstrating the remarkable reach of one memorable artist.
GO: Nov 13–Feb 12. Sullivan Galleries, 33 S State, 7th floor. 312-629-6635
WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND
Up next in our series of plans from notable, in-the-know locals (a.k.a. people we like): Mike O’Brien, the Chicago actor and show-dog trainer who’ll play Scrooge for the third year running in the Goodman Theatre’s Pooch on Scrooge event this Saturday (think photos with Santa—replacing Santa with Scrooge and kids with dogs).
“Since I’m not doing another play until Rhino Fest in January [O’Brien’s past work includes playing Police Commissioner James Conlisk for 401 performances in Hizzoner, Neil Giuntoli’s biodrama on Mayor Richard J. Daley: “When we performed at the Beverly Arts Center, they thought it was the second coming. They were ready to re-elect him”], it’s a good weekend to catch up on seeing other people’s work. On Friday, I’m going to see The Hypocrites’ performance of K, a takeoff on Kafka. On Saturday, I’ll spend the morning with dogs and the afternoon trying to quit smiling. The hardest part is keeping a stern face. My feeling is that Dickens could have rewritten [A Christmas Carol] and, instead of sending three ghosts to convert [Scrooge], he could have sent 100 dogs onstage, wagging their tails. Then on Sunday, there’s a benefit for a pretty well known actor-writer-director in town, Beau O’Reilly, to give him a little help with some medical bills. I definitely want to support him.”
GO: Pooch on Scrooge runs Nov 13 from 9 to noon at Goodman Theatre, 170 N Dearborn; a recommended donation of $15 benefits Season of Concern. The Goodman’s annual production of A Christmas Carol previews Nov 19–28 ($25–$61) and continues through Dec 31 ($25–$76).
Photography: (Brainpeople) Anthony Aicardi, (O’Brien) David Sutton