This week's street style profile features Tahler, a guy who likes to look like Julia Child.
What's your favorite thing you're wearing?
My metallic shoes because they're metallic. My friends told me not to wear these today.
What's the nicest or strangest thing anyone's ever said about your style?
That it's ruthless, which I take to mean that I don't care what I look like as long as I feel good or it makes me laugh when I look in the mirror.
How would you describe your style?
Humorous. As long as someone gets a smile from it, it's alright.
What's your favorite thing you own?
My copper, patent leather espadrilles. I love them because I feel like Julia Child in them.
Thanksgiving may still be four weeks away, but now's the time to make very important decisions about dessert. Apple or pumpkin? Sweet potato or pecan? You're already cooking a turkey, so leave dessert to the pros and pre-order a pie—the only hard choice is deciding which one to get.
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First Slice Pie Cafe has three locations (4401 N Ravenswood Ave; 4664 N Manor Ave; 5357 N Ashland Ave) and this year, they're offering more than ten holiday pies in flavors like roasted red wine pear streusel ($25), balsamic raspberry pear ($25) and sweet potato praline ($18). There's also a vegan pumpkin pie ($18). First Slice will be accepting orders until Nov 24, so stop in to one of their locations or order online. Pick-up is available Nov 25–27.
If you're looking for the basics, Bang Bang Pie Shop (2051 N California Ave) has you covered. Visit its website or stop into the storefront to pre-order a roasted pumpkin ($22), apple crumble ($26) or chocolate pecan pie ($26). Bang Bang uses local pumpkins and Michigan apples in its desserts. Order before Nov 24 for pickup between Nov 25 and 27.
ART & DESIGN
"Shomei Tomatsu: Island Life" Photographer Tomatsu (1930–2012) captured Japan's southern islands over the course of his career, and his first solo show in the U.S. in nearly 10 years features politically charged, black-and-white images from the 1960s—such as American bombers taking off from Okinawa for Vietnam—as well as bright blue seascapes. Art Institute of Chicago. 10:30am–5pm.
L-Vis 1990 L-Vis has entered the building. The young British producer works for the Night Slugs label (which he co-found) and his rumbling grooves are appropriately dark and slimy, real Robocop sextape shit. His tracks of nocturnal '80s funk stack trembling Cameo keyboards atop city-leveling bass, Chromeo meets Diplo. His full length, Neon Dreams, was released on Universal. Primary. 10pm. $10–$15.
Here at Time Out Chicago HQ, we work hard to inform you where to go and what to do, as well as what we think of Chicago theater productions, the latest Arcade Fire album or most recent Next menu. But like any office, we need the occasional YouTube diversion. Our most recent obsession? Braco (pronounced Brah-tzo), a Croatian dude who "heals" people just by staring at them. Maybe it was the stars aligning—or just the fact that Braco tours a ton—but last week, after being entertained by videos of his "transformative" gaze (and ability to thoughtfully sip espresso in airports), we discovered Braco was hosting two days of public gazing sessions this week in Evanston. Immediately, we knew we had to take a pilgrimage to the north suburb.
With the box office weighed down by films loaded with blink-quick cuts, the unbroken opening shot of Alfonso Cuarón’s space odyssey Gravity has been blowing the 3D glasses off viewers' faces. The Mexican director has described the 17-minute sequence as "a continuous moment": "It's the idea of trying to create a moment of truthfulness in which the camera happens to be there just to witness, and respecting that moment in real time."
While Gravity's extended opening has justly received a fair share of buzz, its use of the long take pales in comparison to Russian Ark, which is finishing up a weeklong run at the Gene Siskel Film Center tonight at 8:15pm. Director Alexander Sakurov's 2002 opus is composed of one unbroken 96-minute shot. Serving as the perspective of a bewildered, disembodied narrator, the Steadicam traverses 33 rooms of the Winter Palace of Saint Petersburg's Hermitage Museum, which first appears to be hosting a grand ball. The camera glides between a couple thousand actors in various period costumes and focuses in on works of art and scenes playing out that nod to historic events—in effect spanning 300 years of Russia's past in one building.
Alfred Hitchcock attempted to pull off a similar unblinking-eye effect with Rope, his underrated 1948 film based on a play inspired by Chicago's Leopold and Loeb murder case, which is showing at the Siskel on November 1 at 6pm and November 2 at 5:30pm. But unlike Sakurov, whose cinematic stunt benefited from digital technology, Hitch was working with film that had to be changed out about every ten minutes. Many of the film's ten segments, sewn together to create a sense of seamlessness, usually end with a blackout cut on objects or, say, an actor's back.
The long take can have a range of effects. Cuarón employed the technique in approximating the feeling of a zero-gravity space walk; Hitch merely wanted to find an interesting way of putting a play on film.
Oh my god, stores are already setting up Christmas decorations and the holidays are almost here and we have to buy presents and it's almost 2014 and, wow, does that sound like the future and we are getting so old.
Yes, Macy's State Street has built its holiday window displays. We took a peek behind the curtains to see what nostalgic charms will lure kids to press their noses against the glass. Of course, the tradition dates back to Marshall Field's, who pioneered the practice of animated Christmas displays, long before A Christmas Story and long before Macy's took over the department store in 2006.
What you'll see in 2013: a pug, a vintage television, a chocolate factory, a ton of stars…and are those people drinking mimosas?
The holiday windows will stay up from November through December.
Haute Sausage, not to be confused with the Haute and the Dog (seriously, we can do better with the hot dog puns, everyone), has been one of our favorite food trucks for awhile (they're currently off-road until spring), and this week they opened a storefront at 335 S Franklin Street. Besides lunch, they're going to be holding pop-up dinners in the space.
The menu is pretty streamlined with about 10 sausages (and, inexplicably, chicken and biscuits on skewers), all of which are elaborately dressed, plus three sides—curried potato chips, potato chips with Merkt's cheddar, and Parmesan and yucca fries with a shake of chili lime salt.
We tried the bacon guacamole sausage, a smoky link laced with onion and topped with Merkt's cheddar, poblano and grilled corn guacamole and a squiggle of chipotle mayo, and the Elmwood pork, a fennel-heavy Italian pork sausage with roasted peppers, marinara sauce and melted cheese, which is heated in the oven. The rolls are from Gonnella Baking Company, and they're large (a little too large) and soft.
The menu also includes a duck Thai sausage, a truffle cheddar hot link and wild boar fennel sausage. We liked both sausages, but here's the best part—the sausages are $8 for a whole or $4 for half, which means you can order two (or three) different sausages for lunch.
Haute Sausage is open Monday–Friday 11am–3pm.
Here's what Time Out's film critics are saying about this week's new movies:
"The film’s suggestion that violence influences and inspires children is both timely and provocative, but Hollywood, please: Stop blindly pandering to the YA and Comic Con crowds."— on Ender's Game
"Porn seekers be warned, though: This nearly three-hour sprawl of complex sexual awakening, shifting power dynamics and multiyear heartache will bum-rush you with deeper emotions."—Joshua Rothkopf on Blue is the Warmest Color
"Thanks to some nimble editing, the film effectively illustrates that tai chi can be a deadly practice as well as a delicate dance, pitting Chen against countless contenders in Mortal Kombat–style duels, right down to cries of 'Fight!' and 'Finish him!'"— on The Man of Tai Chi
"Implanted into a slide-show version of 1943 that’s populated by historical figures long lost to cliché, any emotional investment gets buried under dress-up games and Bill & Ted’s–worthy rubbernecking."— on Kill Your Darlings
"Tackling a range of popular film titles—everything from John Carpenter’s They Live to Cabaret—Zizek riffs relentlessly on the ideas and ideologies embodied in each; hardly any film, the thinker posits, is about what it claims to be about."— on The Pervert's Guide to Ideology
The album cover to Sky Ferreira's debut full-length is icky. Let's just get that out of the way. The 21-year-old stands naked in a green tile shower. Mascara runs under her downcast eyes. Water plasters her blond hair against her head. A gold cross hangs between her bare breats. She is behind glass. She gazes off to the upper right, halfway between cowering and contempt. A hand has wiped the condensation from the door to better view her. She looks as happy as a cat getting a bath.
The vibe is akin to that seen in Mark Romanek's video for Fiona Apple's "Criminal," updated for the internet porn age. Apple's song was about a sense of guilt for excessive sexuality. Here, the image feels more exploitative—it's a titillating thumbnail to help market Night Time, My Time, a record by a Hedi Slimane model who was recently nabbed along with her model-musician boyfriend by police for possession of smack and MDMA.
Real Kitchen, a carryout spot helmed by chefs who have worked at Charlie Trotter’s and El Bulli, has, hands-down, our favorite restaurant take on Halloween (though, admittedly Lula Cafe's House of Human dinner tonight with Fat Rice is going to be awesome).
The Black Crowes We can never really tell when the Black Crowes are together, on hiatus, getting back together, about to go on hiatus or what. The Robinson brothers will hit the Riv for a two-night stand that doesn't coincide with the release of a new record. If you just want to hear the hits, here's your chance. Riviera Theatre. 8pm. $45.
Rope Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. 1948. 80mins. Two men (Farley Granger and John Dall) hide a dead body in a chest whilst hosting a dinner for their professor (James Stewart). Adding to the suspense, the group is dining on that very chest! Based on a stage play inspired by the murder of teen Bobby Franks by University of Chicago students Leopold and Loeb, the film was initially received as a disappointment (even by Hitch himself) but has grown a cult of fans over the years. Gene Siskel Film Center. 6pm. $11, students $7, members $6, SAIC students and faculty $4.
This is my favorite time of year for beer drinking, when thoughts of golden ales and IPAs take a seasonal turn to the rich, roasty bounty of porters, stouts and other such imperial goodness. Half Acre’s Chub Step Porter represents a step toward the lineup of winter darker beers. This is the third year Chub Step has been produced, and if you liked it last year, you’re going to like it again this year.
“The goal for this year was to try to duplicate last year’s release exactly,” explained head brewer Matt Gallagher, who gave us some beers to try. “It’s a brewery favorite. It’s not overdone, it’s not 10%. It’s not overhopped.”
In fact, it’s a nice and responsible 6% ABV, edging this beer out of “session” territory and into “drink a handful and nod off in a wingback chair by the fireplace” territory. It pours a deep mahogany brown with the slightest touch of head, and it’s light-bodied, well-balanced and surprisingly restrained with chocolate bars, coffee and maybe a little leather on the nose.
Chicago Opera Theater: Orpheus & Euridice Eat you heart out, Kevin Costner. COT is pumping in 140,000 gallons of water to create a River Styx for composer Ricky Ian Gordon’s opera Orpheus & Euridice. The unflappable love at the heart of this ancient myth is the focal point for Gordon’s piece, proving once again that however far we think we’ve come, we are always telling some version of these first stories. Chicago Opera Theater has not publicly stated that there will be a pool party following each performance, but they haven’t expressly forbidden it either. Eckhart Park. Nov 1, 3, 8, 10 at 7:30pm. Free.
Ensemble Recherche Gun to my head, if I were allowed to pick one show to attend on this November list, its Recherche at Northwestern. These new-music titans don’t come around very often, and the sheet music they’ve stowed in their checked baggage is the proverbial shit. It’s difficult to think of three more boss composers of late than Helmut Lachenmann, Georg Friedrich Hass and Brian Ferneyhough, and all three are on deck for the German ensemble’s show. Northwestern University, Lutkin Hall. Nov 3, 7 at 7:30pm. $8 (Nov 3), free (Nov 7).
Frequency Series: Karl Larson D.A.R.E. officers are remiss if they don’t warn children against the psychoactive powers of Morton Feldman in addition to LSD and Psilocybin. As a graduate of new-music bastion Bowling Green State University, pianist Karl Larson is primed for modernists such as Feldman, and if the Triadic Memories recording from his recent Contagious Sounds Series performance in New York is any indication, the Frequency Series crowd is in for a cortex-twister. One of Feldman’s best-known scores, Triadic Memories clocks in at 90 minutes, so strap in, folks. Constellation. Nov 3 at 8:30pm. $10.
North Halsted Halloween Parade See some of the city's most outlandish Halloween costumes during Boystown's 17th annual parade down Halsted Street. On Halsted from Belmont to Addison. 7pm.
Halloween with XXXY Manchester's XXXY is both nostalgic for divas and beats of the '90s and looking to push house into the future. He's the kind of chic, heady, retro-funky technician you'd expect at Primary. For Halloween, the Brit is joined by Slim Brit (who's from Milwaukee), Marc Miller and Them Flavors four some colorful 4/4 to get your moving in your costume (which is likely Ryan Gosling in Drive). Primary. 10pm. $15–$20.
Lou Reed's death Sunday at the age of 71 has been followed, as expected, by scores of postmortem examinations of the legendary Velvet Underground frontman's musical output. Time Out film critic Joshua Rothkopf took a somewhat different tack, examining scenes from five movies that benefit greatly from Reed's music, including Ewan McGregor shooting up and sinking into the floor to "Perfect Day" in Trainspotting and Jesse Eisenberg facing the metaphor-stuffed sea creatures at the climax of The Squid and the Whale as "Street Hassle" chugs along.
Chicago International Children's Film Festival 2013 While aimed specifically at children—and also showcasing some films produced by kids—adults can usually find something to love at this weeklong festival going on at Facets and Music Box. For the full lineup, go to cicff.org. Facets Multi-Media and Music Box. Oct 25–Nov 5. $9, kids $6.
Rope Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. 1948. 80mins. Two men (Farley Granger and John Dall) hide a dead body in a chest whilst hosting a dinner for their professor (James Stewart). Adding to the suspense, the group is dining on that very chest! Based on a stage play inspired by the murder of teen Bobby Franks by University of Chicago students Leopold and Loeb, the film was initially received as a disappointment (even by Hitch himself) but has grown a cult of fans over the years. Gene Siskel Film Center. Nov 1 at 6pm; Nov 2 at 5:30pm. $11, students $7, members $6, SAIC students and faculty $4.
Reeling Chicago LGBT International Film Festival Reeling's 31st year opens with a screening of G.B.F. (2013), a film that pits the most popular girls in school against one another as they seek to win the platonic affections of the titular "gay best friend." For the complete lineup, visit reelingfilmfestival.org. Various venues. Nov 7–14. Check for prices and schedule at reelingfilmfestival.org.
The controversial demolition of the old Prentice Women's Hospital, designed by famed Marina City architect Bertrand Goldberg, commenced earlier this month after preservationists failed to secure landmark status for the structure at 250 East Superior Street. The building's owner, Northwestern University, plans to put a portion of a new $370 million biomedical research tower on the site.
Last year, Northwestern alum Nathan Eddy captured the debate over Goldberg's clover-shaped building in a short documentary, "The Absent Column," which is now available online after screenings at the Architecture and Design Film Festival New York, the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam and the Durban International Film Festival in South Africa.
The doc's balanced lineup of talking heads includes Paul Goldberger, architecture critic of Vanity Fair, who points out why the decision to destroy a piece of architecture like Prentice seems more meaningful when it's happening in this city. "Chicago, after all, is the nation's preeminent city of architecture," he says. "For Chicago to say that preservation of an important work of architecture doesn't matter—it's an unfortunate thing to have happen anywhere, but it's particularly shocking in Chicago."
The demolition of Goldberg's building is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014. Northwestern is planning to begin construction on the research facility in early 2015.
Lula Café (2537 N Kedzie Blvd) has been teasing the theme of its annual Halloween party on social media this week and today they confirmed it—House of Human, a collaboration with Fat Rice that's inspired by Lao Hunan.
The tagline at Tony Hu's restaurant is "Serving People," which translates to a zombie dim sum pop-up restaurant that's taking over Lula Cafe for the night. Lula will serve the special menu from 7–11pm, and there are no reservations and no parties larger than four. The dinner is $35 and there's a cash bar with beer, red wine, four cocktails (two each from Lula Cafe and Fat Rice) and a Mao Tai.
Hot names in pop right now? Orpheus and Eurydice. The Greek god and nymph are enjoying an unexpected spike in popularity a few thousand years later. The couple is posing in stone on the cover of the new Arcade Fire album released yesterday, Reflektor, which devotes tunes to the god of music and his muse. Today, Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, which reimagined Orpheus, Eurydice, Morpheus and Death as goth icons, returns to DC Comics. Now, the two tragic lovers are hitting the pool. Chicago Opera Theater stages Ricky Ian Gordon's take on the myth, Orpheus & Eurydice, in the Eckhart Park natatorium, with the lap pool standing in for the River Styx. The production opens Friday, November 1, with three more performances following November 3, 8 and 10.
Todd Palmer, clarinetist, floats in a boat, playing his licorice stick, as the titular romantic. Soprano Valeria Vinzant is the beauty worth traveling to hell for. Gordon penned songs and poems. There is no note as to whether or not there is a "Splash Zone," a la Sea World. We assume you can leave the ponchos at home.
This rather unique experience is free, with tickets distributed on a first come, first serve basis at 6pm. Click here for more details.
Sara Paretsky Paretsky presents Critical Mass, the latest book in her popular V.I. Warshawski series. She says this story is quite a departure from her other V.I. novels. Swedish American Museum. 7:30pm.
Comedians You Should Know This weekly night of comedy, curated by a group of funny dudes, puts local stand-ups on your radar. Timothy O'Toole's. 9pm. $10, advance $5.