HOMER RUN Timothy Edward Kane stars in the one-man play An Iliad, now in
previews at Court Theatre.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 11.09.11 through Tue 11.15.11:
museums Crime in Chicago
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 playwright Seth Bockley (Jon, The Twins Would Like to Say), whose latest, Ask Aunt Susan, is in staged readings at the Goodman 11/10–20 as a part of the theatre’s New Stages Amplified series.
“I really enjoy mid November. I do a lot of bicycling and admire the half-naked trees, and I love sweater-wearing season. I guess another reason I love it is because it’s my birthday. I turn 30 on Sunday. You’d think I would plan a wild weekend, but I’m going to spend most of it working: There will be performances through Sunday as part of New Stages Amplified. I’ll be doing a talkback after each show in the form of a dunk tank. [There’s not actually a dunk tank—but there are talkbacks].
“Friday I want to see the show ADA/AVA at Links Hall, presented by my friends at Manual Cinema, a shadow puppetry company. It combines beautiful illustrations, hand shadows, actors in silhouettes, and moody music. It’ll be badass. And Saturday I want to go to the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago to check out the Wood Type, Evolved exhibit. It’s contemporary letterpress and wood-type printing. A lot of artists do this kind of work at an amazing place in Wisconsin I discovered accidentally: I was on a bike ride along the lake with my girlfriend last summer when we stumbled upon the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin [as seen in the 2009 Kartemquin Films documentary, Typeface.]
“Sunday I’ll be going to the Logan Square Farmers Market, inside the Congress Theater. It’s the Logan Square social event of the season. It feels like going to the prom: If you show up disheveled, you end up really embarrassed. You have to get ready for it. I see everyone I know there. I’ll probably get some radishes from this guy, Dominic, who runs The Gentleman Farmer. And Sunday evening, to celebrate my birthday, I’ll have a very small hootenanny—the smallest hoedown ever. It’ll be really low-key, with tacos from Taqueria Las Brasas and a fire pit going in the front yard. It’ll be BYOB—definitely some apple cider. If it’s raining, The Hideout is my plan B. It’s a good standby when the weather is frightful.” —As told to Heather Youkhana
FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
tours CHIRP Record Crawl
Our favorite indie radio station curates its first-ever record crawl, with stops at Dusty Groove, Logan Hardware, Laurie’s Planet of Sound, and more—plus a sweet Record Crawl badge for those who RSVP in advance.
GO: 11/13 from 11 to 6. Details: chirpradio.org or follow @chirpradio on Twitter for real-time crawl updates
Photography: (KANE) Anna Knott; (BOCKLEY) Joseph Moran