GOLDEN OPPORTUNITIES Mavis Staples sings Saturday at Park West; Gold Motel
plays Subterranean the same night. Tickets are available for both.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 11.24.10 through Tue 11.30.10:
film Eyes Without a Face: Films Curated by Luc Tuymans
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): Gary Griffin, the Rockford-born Broadway director (The Color Purple), who returns to the Lyric to helm Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado in the wake of last year’s The Merry Widow.
“Since I’ve been in rehearsal for two shows [The Mikado and As You Like It, at Chicago Shakespeare Theater], this weekend is my first two days off in ages. I’ll be hibernating: having some friends over, having a conversation not about work, just being with my animals. Two cats and a dog: Adeline, Victor, and Jack. Adeline is the dog. No, I won’t be cooking. God, no. I’m not a huge sports fan, so to get away from that wall-to-wall game thing, I like to find some movie I haven’t seen and watch it. I haven’t picked one yet. Things come and go so quickly."
GO: The Mikado runs Dec 6–Jan 21. $33–$207. Civic Opera House, Madison and Wacker. lyricopera.org
FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
kid friendly Brookfield Zoo
A llama’s gotta eat, holiday or no. On Thanksgiving Day, families are invited to help feed the children’s zoo brood—including goats, cows, and horses—a feast of Turkey Day items both traditional (sweet corn, carrots) and non (alfalfa, duck chow).
GO: Nov 25 at noon. Parking $9. Brookfield Zoo, 8400 W 31st, Brookfield. brookfieldzoo.org
Photograph: (STAPLES) Steven E. Gross