THINK ON IT Your five-day plan: Esperanza Spalding, Stephen Malkmus, and, as
part of the inaugural Chicago Ideas Week, Jeanne Gang.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 10.05.11 through Tue 10.11.11:
film Susan Orlean on Rin Tin Tin
ALSO THIS WEEK: The 47th annual Chicago International Film Festival opens with the Chicago-shot Last Rites of Joe May, with director Joe Maggio and Chicago native and star Dennis Farina in attendance, 10/6 at the Harris.
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: Tim Kinsella, front man for the local experimental band Joan of Arc and, now, author. Kinsella hosts a book-release party for his debut novel, The Karaoke Singer’s Guide to Self-Defense, 10/11 at The Hideout. Admission is $1.
“Friday I’ll be joining the Occupy Chicago protest over at Jackson and LaSalle. It seems like a nice carnival atmosphere to immerse myself in. A minor hobby of mine is thinking about slogans to put on posters for instances like this, but I’m keeping this one to myself because not everyone thinks my slogans are clever. The last protest I went to three years ago, I had a bag of posters with self-made slogans, and none of my friends offered to hold one.
“If that falls through, a buddy of mine, Matt Clark of White/Light, is playing at The Hideout. It’s his first solo performance, and I’m a fan, to say the least.
“I just finished a draft of my second novel, which I began five years ago but set aside to write The Karaoke Singer’s Guide to Self-Defense. This second novel is divided into sections narrated by Laurie Bird, the actress who committed suicide in her apartment shared with her boyfriend, Art Garfunkel. Each section reiterates the plot of one of the three movies she appeared in—a sort of fake biography of Bird, as if the events in the movies were true. The last section I wrote [is based on] Monte Hellman’s 1971 Two-Lane Blacktop, which is playing at the Music Box. I’ve seen it at least 24 times but never on the big screen. I’ll probably go to both the Saturday and Sunday screenings to take really good notes.
“Also Saturday I’d like to stop by the Rainbo Club [1150 N. Damen Ave.; 773-489-5999] to see my friend Dmitry Samarov’s paintings. He’s the author of Hack: Stories from a Chicago Cab, a book dedicated to his encounters as a cab driver [he’s also Chicagomag.com’s current writer-in-residence], and although the book has illustrations of the cab-driving scene, those at the Rainbo Club are of bookshelves.
“I’ll probably be going to these places alone, which I prefer, because then I can leave without saying goodbye. I find it so embarrassing and sentimental when people say goodbye.” —As told to Heather Youkhana
FREEBIE OF THE WEEK
galleries Hornswaggler Exhibition
For the past couple of years, the local operation Hornswaggler Arts has been setting up its bar at various art openings, crafting mouthwatering themed cocktails, then using part of the drink proceeds to purchase art from each show. For one night only, the group will exhibit its resulting collection of 40-plus works by the likes of Juan Angel Chávez, Doug Fogelson, and Pamela Fraser. The party also marks the launch of the collection’s lending library program—plus cocktails, of course.
GO: 10/7 from 6 to 10. Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S Morgan. coprosperity.org
ALSO THIS WEEK: Since the 1990s, traditional letterpress and relief printing methods have seen an enthusiastic revival among smaller presses, print shops, and artists. A new show at Columbia College’s Center for Book & Paper Arts, Wood Type, Evolved, surveys new approaches to the old technology. Go 10/6 for the curator tour. Or hear the Pulitzer winner and current U.S. poet laureate, W.S. Merwin, at the Harold Washington Library Center the same night.
Photography: (SPALDING) Sandrine Lee; (GANG) Chris Kitahara; (KINSELLA) Chris Strong