IN THE HOT SEAT Two Chekhov adaptations begin previews this week: The Seagull,
directed by Robert Falls (left) at the Goodman, and Three Sisters, adapted by Sarah
Ruhl (right) at Piven.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed10.13.10 through Tue 10.19.10:
FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
lit/lectures Toni Morrison
You could spend $1,000-plus to rub elbows with her and Oprah, or you could hear her read from her One Book, One Chicago selection, A Mercy, for free the previous night. Your choice.
GO: Oct 19 at 7. Reservations are officially full, but seats could open up—i.e., get there early and cross your fingers. Symphony Center, 220 S Michigan. cso.org
WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND
DeRogatis’s diorama of British troops storming the Spanish fortress of Badajoz during the Napoleonic wars won a gold medal at the 2009 MMSI show.
Up next in our series of weekend plans from notable, in-the-know locals (a.k.a. people we like): Jim DeRogatis. The longtime Chicago rock critic, Vocalo music blogger, cohost of the rock ’n’ roll radio talk show Sound Opinions, and coauthor of the new book The Beatles vs. the Rolling Stones: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock ’n’ Roll Rivalry (read our survey polling local tastemakers on the topic then weigh in yourself) shares his zeal for another subject entirely:
“One does not live by rock ’n’ roll alone. Sometimes you’ve just got to give your ears a rest, get away from the damn computer screen, use your hands instead of your head, and do something completely different.
“To that end, about eight years ago, I resumed a hobby I’d fallen away from around college: sculpting and painting military miniatures. I’ve always been fascinated by military history, more for the human drama than the politics, and like a lot of kids, I built plastic model tanks and planes when I was growing up. But Chicago is home to some of the best miniature artists in the world—I wrote a book cataloging the work of one of them, Sheperd Paine—and [what they produce] is light years beyond what you could call models or toy soldiers.
“Every year, the Military Miniature Society of Illinois hosts a show that draws hobbyists and enthusiasts from across the country and around the world. This juried exhibition features miniature historical and fantasy figures, vignettes, and dioramas that will blow your mind, and I’m thrilled to say I’ll be there for every minute of it.”
GO: Oct 15 from 5 to 8 and Oct 16 from 9 to 5. $7 weekend pass. Chicago Marriott Schaumburg, 50 N Martingale, Schaumburg. mmsichicago.com
Photography: (Falls) Andreas E. G. Larsson; (Ruhl) Susan Johann; (diorama) Bob Sarnowski