The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs will present four free, fully costumed and staged performances of Handel’s Acis and Galatea as part of its eleventh annual Summer Opera program. The performances will be held at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington) at 7:30 PM on Tue 7/28 and Thu 7/30, and at 3 PM […]
Tag: Vol. 38 No. 43
Issue of Jul. 16 – 22, 2009
Free screening of Freedom on the Fence Tuesday
At 6 PM Tuesday, the DePaul University Art Museum (2350 N. Kenmore) will host the Chicago premiere of Freedom on the Fence, a 40-minute documentary following Polish poster design from WWII through the fall of Communism. A 5 PM reception will have a selection of Polish posters from the museum’s collection on view and will […]
Free Lincoln-centric tour of Graceland Cemetery tomorrow
Local historian Dick Bjorklund will give a guided tour of Graceland Cemetery Saturday, focusing the graves of men who helped Abraham Lincoln rise to the presidency and win the Civil War, along with other notable Chicagoans. The tour will meet at 1 PM at the front gate of the cemetery, at Clark and Irving Park.
Free Eternals show in Evanston tonight
The Eternals, the Reader‘s pick for best Chicago rock/pop band of 2008—Miles Raymer praises their “stylish melange of burn-down-Babylon reggae, hardcore punk, and a globe-spanning collection of regional groove styles”—bring their agit-funk to Evanston’s James Park (300 Dodge Avenue) this Thursday at 7:30 PM.
Summer trunk show at Maison de Couture
From 6 to 10 PM Thursday, Maison de Couture will throw its summer trunk show in Ukrainian Village (2032 W. Rice). The event includes hair color consultations and makeup touch-ups by Ulta Beauty, complimentary cocktails, and swag bags with any purchase (while supplies last). It’s all free if you RSVP here by Thursday.
Freedom of sex taping?
I was hoping to be able to pretend that the Erin Andrews voyeur tape didn’t exist after the Sun-Times alerted me to its fetid existence this morning–can’t find the link, but the gist was that if you try to download the video you’ll get whatever horrible computer virus you deserve–but this post by Creative Loafing […]
Audrey Niffenegger’s “Best Books Ever”
Author-artist Audrey Niffenegger lists her picks for “Best Books Ever” in the current issue of Newsweek.
Dave McDonnell bids Chicago adieu
Dave McDonnell’s name may not ring a bell, but he’s one of the more ubiquitous and multifaceted figures on Chicago’s sprawling musical map. Last week he played the Pitchfork Music Festival with his band Michael Columbia. A week earlier he was at the Hungry Brain with the superb postbop sextet Herculaneum. The DePaul grad was […]
Family Day at the Eli’s Cheesecake/Wright Farmers Market
Thursday is Family Day at the Eli’s Cheesecake/Wright Farmers’ Market (6701 W. Forest Preserve) and to celebrate, there will be free dance lessons and face painting for kids from 11 AM to noon, a free performance by Redmoon Theater’s Momentary Opera at noon, and a continental breakfast with a $5 purchase at the farmers’ market. […]
7/23 — Free Novalima and Issa Bagayogo Concert
Globe trotting Afro-Peruvian group Novalima and Malian singer Issa Bagayogo play Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion this Thursday at 6:30.
The No-Pander Zone
You gotta love Fourth Ward alderman Toni Preckwinkle. True, I think she’s wasting her intellect and integrity on supporting Chicago’s Olympic bid, thus giving Mayor Daley perhaps his only shred of credibility on the subject. But she really is one of Chicago’s great political characters.
The unforgivable apology
Rick Morrissey expressed my thoughts exactly in the Wednesday Tribune. His subject was Michael Vick and the hoops he still must jump through before the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback can return to the NFL. “Eighteen months in prison and two more under home confinement for running a dog-fighting operation apparently is not enough,” Morrissey wrote. […]
Origin of the jibarito?
Today’s $25 and Under column in the New York Times focuses on a Venezuelan fried green plantain sandwich that looks and sounds suspiciously like the jibaro, which as most everyone knows was kinda, sorta, maybe invented here in 1993 by Juan C. Figueroa, the owner of Humboldt Park’s Borinquen Restaurant. According to reporter Dave Cook […]
The new alchemy: turn gold into a new bag
The first piece of jewelry I ever got from a guy was from my high school boyfriend—a slim gold chain bracelet that’s been sitting in one of my jewelry boxes for a couple decades, as I gravitate toward bolder pieces now. Perhaps it would be put to better use as cold, hard, cash. Tonight from […]
Onstage nudity provokes heated response
Justin Hayford’s review of the Naked July fest at National Pastime Theater—rating asses and daring to bring up feminism—has sparked a vigorous discussion.