BLOOD BATH If you thought you saw red when the Hypocrites staged Oedipus in
2009 (above), wait until the troupe brings the mayhem in Sophocles: Seven
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 09.07.11 through Tue 09.13.11:
gardens/parks Honeybee Weekend
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: Kevin Coval, the poet, teacher, author, and cofounder and artistic director of Louder Than a Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival. Coval will read from his new book, L-vis Lives! Racemusic Poems, out this month from Haymarket Books, at a release party and concert 9/14 at Metro.
“I’m finishing this book I’m loving, by Martín Espada, called The Lover of a Subversive Is Also a Subversive: Essays and Commentaries. Martín, he’s one of the people whose work taught me that the poet is an advocate—that the poet is political and that poetry can be political. I’m really feeling it right now. A book of his poems, probably his most well known, Imagine the Angels of Bread, taught me how to write books of poems. Prior to that, whenever I read poetry collections, I felt like I was reading random bits of work written over five years or ten years and then assembled by a poet or an editor into a book. Martín’s book felt more like a novel, like it had a discernible narrative arc. That book allowed me to think about why poems make sense together, in one collection.
“And then I have a whole calendar of events . . . Is it a cliché to say I’m going to the Renegade Craft Fair?”
Read Kevin’s unabridged weekend agenda in The 312.
FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
theatre Free Night of Theater
September 9 marks the first day you can sign up to win free tickets for as many as five different local productions on stage in October. How it works: Go to freenightchicago.com, peruse the list of participating theatres, and pick the top five plays you’d most like to see next month. The only stipulation: Since the point of the promotion is to get new bodies in seats, you’re asked to choose theatres where you haven’t previously attended a play. The ticket distribution will take place at the end of September, and voilà: If you’re lucky, you and a friend could see a handful of new plays.
GO: Submit your top five picks between 9/9 and 9/23. More details: freenightchicago.com
Photography: (HYPOCRITES) Paul Metreyeon; (COVAL) Rebekah Raleigh