FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
Combating censorship is a worthy pursuit, but it’s the juicy tales of in-crowd in-fighting (over boys, bags, broken fingernails—whatevs), direct from the lips of Cecily von Ziegesar, the best-selling author of the Gossip Girl series, that has us lining up for this Banned Books Week event.
GO: Sep 26 at noon. Washington Square Park, 901 N Clark (across from the Newberry Library). ala.org/bbooks
farrago Richard Russo
Less embattled, equally ballyhooed (albeit by a different demo): The Pulitzer-winning author of Empire Falls chats about his new book, That Old Cape Magic.
GO: Sep 23 at 6. Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S State. chipublib.org
concerts Hyde Park Jazz Festival
With all of the doom and gloom surrounding the recording industry—and jazz in particular—here’s a feel-good story any music lover can get behind: A full day of jazz in venues of all shapes and sizes throughout one of the city’s most storied neighborhoods. Dee Alexander, Von Freeman, Willie Pickens, Corey Wilkes, and Ed Wilkerson’s 8 Bold Souls highlight the who’s who.
GO: Sep 26 from 11am-2am. Schedule, venues: hydeparkjazzfestival.org
museums Robert Motherwell
Beginning with his early-career christening of the New York School—a group that included Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko as well as himself—Motherwell was an artist’s artist, an abstract expressionist with a fondness for the color black. This retrospective comes from Minneapolis’s Walker Art Center, ground zero for Motherwell fans.
GO: Sep 25–Dec 6. Block Museum of Art, Northwestern U, 40 Arts Circle Dr, Evanston. blockmuseum.northwestern.edu
Photograph: (Yeast Nation) Michael Newberry, (Animal Crackers) Eric Y. Exit