STUFFED With a week this flush, we hardly miss summer. Freebies include a video installation of eye-popping designs by the School of the Art Institute’s fashion chair, Nick Cave, whose Soundsuits (above) also appear in the September issue of Vogue.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 09.08.10 through Tue 09.14.10:
theatre Louis Slotin Sonata
ALSO THIS WEEK: Hot on the heels of its Joyous Outdoor Event at Belmont Harbor, Redmoon Theater debuts yet another eye-popper, this time at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The Astronaut’s Birthday, featuring gigantic illustrations by the Marvel Comics regular Chris Burnham and narration by the artist-about-town Tony Fitzpatrick, runs Sep 9-26.
history Logan Square Preservation House and Garden Walk
ALSO THIS WEEK: A short jaunt up Milwaukee, the Irving Park Historical Society Housewalk and Garden Tour, also on Sep 11, includes peeks inside six grand Victorian-era homes, exemplars of the onetime suburb’s ambitious past.
dance The Seldoms
ALSO THIS WEEK: Another local dance troupe spins through another local attraction: See The Dance Colective perform free at the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum, Sep 10-11 at noon.
FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
festivals Renegade Craft Fair
Like craft fairs of old on steroids, with tattoos. Hundreds of hipsters hawk handmade goods—think jewelry, T-shirts, and shadow puppets—at this ever-growing behemoth’s eighth-annual outing.
GO: Sep 11-12 from 11 to 7. Division from Paulina to Damen. renegadecraft.com
ALSO THIS WEEK: Polka! Pilsner! Authentic German accents! Find them all at the German American Fest, featuring the 45th annual Von Steuben German Day Parade.
We won’t butter coat it: Summer is over—but you can still squeeze in one more popcorn-friendly flick alfresco when this Oscar winner, the penultimate film in the Movies in the Parks lineup, screens in Irving Park.
GO: Sep 10 at dusk. Independence Park, 3945 N Springfield. Full schedule: chicagoparkdistrict.com
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a flock of life-size plushies! OK, really, it’s a video installation featuring the furry, fuzzy, candy-colored costumes of Nick Cave, the chair of the School of the Art Institute’s Fashion Design Department, whose Soundsuits, spotlighted here, also appear in the September pages of Vogue. Accompanying the installation is a pop-up shop featuring all kinds of goodies—gift wrap, T-shirts—emblazoned with Cave’s art, which means you can wear your own Soundsuit of sorts without sweltering beneath yards of plumage.
GO: Installation: Sep 10-17 nightly beginning at 8. Pop-up shop hours: Sep 10 from 8 to 10, Sep 11-17 from 6 to 9. 23rd and Michigan. soundsuitshop.com
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): Mike Diedrich, director of the Bill Murray–narrated documentary Ballhawks, about Cubs fans who haunt the intersection of Waveland and Kenmore, waiting for homeruns to come flying . . .
“This time of year, I’m usually scrambling to get in a few last sessions on my paddle board, so I’m hoping to squeeze in a few hours early Sunday morning on Lake Michigan. It’s a great way to relax at the end of a busy weekend like the one coming up: Saturday I have a screening of my film, Ballhawks, at the Music Box as part of the Chicago United Film Festival. Before the film, we’re meeting up with friends at Mia Francesca on Clark for dinner, and, after, I’m sure we’ll end up at Murphy’s Bleachers to properly honor the Ballhawks.”
• See Ballhawks Sep 11 at 7 at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport; tickets are $9.25
• Watch a trailer for the film
• Read our story on the documentary from Chicago’s September issue
• Try paddle boarding for yourself with the aid of a local outfitter
Photograph: James Prinz