BEHIND THE FROG Jim Henson’s Fantastic World opens Friday at the MSI.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 09.22.10 through Tue 09.28.10:
film Catherine Deneuve Retrospective
FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
lit/lecture David Rohde
And for a chilling true-life tale: The Pulitzer-winning New York Times reporter Rohde recounts his 2008 kidnapping by the Taliban and subsequent seven months of captivity in a lecture at Northwestern sure to put the fear of God into the school’s first-year journalism students (and everyone else).
GO: Sep 22 at 5. McCormick Tribune Center Forum, 1870 Campus, Evanston. medill.northwestern.edu
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): Nicole Mitchell, the top-shelf flutist, composer, bandleader, and artist-in-residence at this year’s recently wrapped Chicago Jazz Festival, who has a marathon Saturday ahead of her at the fourth-annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival. Her full itinerary:
“It’s going to be an exciting weekend for jazz. First, on Friday, I want to check out the legendary Fred Anderson’s Velvet Lounge. Saxophonist Ernest Dawkins will be there with some special guests from Italy.
“Saturday will be an all-day affair, with fantastic artists all over Hyde Park—and the whole thing is free! I’ll be speaking at 2 p.m. with [the Chicago Tribune jazz critic] Howard Reich, who is presenting his new book, Let Freedom Swing, at International House. Then, at 4 p.m., I’m excited to present "Songs for the People" with my group Black Earth Ensemble at the Experimental Station. In addition to the local favorites Rob Mazurek [cornet], David Boykin [sax], and Tomeka Reid [cello], BEE will include Joel and Josh Ross, Chicago’s most exciting new jazz lions from the Chicago High School for the Arts, on vibes and drums. (If I didn’t have to go to my sound check, I would definitely go see Bethany Pickens Trio at the Robie House.)
“After that, I’m dying to run over and catch ragtime genius Reginald Robinson, but I’m playing with Mwata Bowden and the AACM Great Black Music Ensemble from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Experimental Station. Then I’ll get a breather and I’ll sit down to enjoy the Orbert Davis Quintet at 7 p.m. at Hyde Park Union Church. It will be a busy day!”
GO: Hyde Park Jazz Festival runs from 1 p.m. Sep 25 to 2 a.m. Sep 26 at venues across Hyde Park; all events are free and open to the public.
Photo courtesy of The Jim Henson Company. Kermit the Frog © The Muppets Studio, LLC.