Black Dog Gelato/Glazed & Infused doughnut-gelato sandwich When Black Dog Gelato and Glazed & Infused made a doughnut-gelato sandwich earlier this year, it sold out in 90 minutes. Plan ahead this week by pre-ordering (email email@example.com) a red velvet doughnut with cajeta gelato or a pumpkin chocolate chip doughnut with rosemary Irish cream gelato. Black Dog Gelato, 859 N Damen. Oct 24, 12–11pm • 1955 W Belmont. Oct 24, 12-10pm. $6–$8.
Food Day Chicago Learn about sustainability and affordability at Food Day, which includes a farmers market, food vendors and educational activities. Daley Plaza, 50 W Washington St. Oct 24 at 8am–2pm. Free.
ART & DESIGN
"State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970" An extensive survey of avant-garde and conceptual art that emerged in California during the late 1960s and early '70s, this thematically organized exhibition features work by 60 artists and collectives, including Ant Farm, Bas Jan Ader, John Baldessari, Chris Burden, Lynn Hershman, Bruce Nauman, Martha Rosler and Ed Ruscha. Originally part of the Pacific Standard Time series, the show features more than 150 socially charged, experimental and pioneering works, including installations, video, films, photographs, artists' books and more. Smart Museum of Art. 10am–5pm.
StoryCorps@ Your Library StoryCorps teams up with the Chicago Public Library and One Book, One Chicago to further explore OBOC's year-long theme of migration. Know someone with a great migration story to tell? Chicagoans can stop by 14 library locations from May through October and interview a friend, family member or neighbor. The interview will be recorded by StoryCorps and archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Chicago Public Library, West Town Branch. 4:30pm–7:30pm.
Dario Argento's new Dracula 3D, which showed at the Chicago International Film Festival over the weekend, doesn't do a whole lot to freshen up Bram Stoker's classic, beyond making the scenery pop in three dimensions. But the Italian horror maestro says his intention was to tinker with new technology to tell an old tale. In town for the CIFF screening, the 73-year-old director—perhaps best known for his 1977 art nouveau nightmare Suspiria—sat down in a Mag Mile hotel's bland, very un-Argento conference room to talk about everything from his opinion of modern horror to his own worst fears.
Before October ends, do something sketchy: Participate in one of The Big Draw Chicago's free art-making programs. Inspired by the U.K.'s The Big Draw, the festival—which has been happening all month at various venues—is designed to engage your artistic side (however latent) through a series of informal, interactive drawing events. The Big Draw Chicago features partnerships with local businesses, cultural organizations and public sector agencies, and as producer Elory Rozner explained to TOC last year, it has the added benefit of getting residents "to cultural institutions that they haven’t been to in a really long time" for "a nonthreatening experience." Express yourself at these places below:
"The American Dream: The (W)holy Grail" Housed in a former bank, this multimedia art exhibition presented by 6018NORTH riffs on ideas of the American Dream reflecting the diversity of Uptown and Edgewater. Artists include Christine Tarkowski, Jason Reblando, LaMont Hamilton, Kirsten Leenaars, Lise Haller Baggesen Ross, Vincent Tiley, Erol Scot Harris II, Macon Reed and others. 1050 W Wilson Ave. Oct 24, 2–7pm; Oct 26, 27, 3–5pm.
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 3. $9, kids $6.
Freaky Deaky V: Griz, Danny Brown, Tokimonsta Zombies! Fake blood! Untz! It's the fifth annual Freaky Deaky, the loudest way to sweat through your Robin Thicke Beetlejuice suit for Halloween. The first night leans hip-hop, from the boom-bap dubstep of Griz to the split personalities of Detroit sex fiend Danny Brown. With a steamy blend of '80s R&B, tribal trip-hop and heady IDM, Tokimonsta is the gem of the evening. The second and final day brings the mammoth EDM boom with headliners Dada Life. Yes, you should wear a costume. The event is 18 and older, so expect a madhouse…and to feel old. Aragon. Oct 25 at 7pm, Oct 26 at 8:30pm. $29–$37.50.
Harry & the Thief Sigrid Gilmer's history-revising comedy follows a thief blackmailed into traveling back in time to deliver a cache of arms to Harriet Tubman. Krissy Vanderwarker directs the world premiere for Pavement Group. The Den Theatre. Oct 24–26 at 8pm; Oct 27 3pm. $15–$25.
For the first time in 20 years, Chipotle added a new protein to its menu—braised tofu sofritas. The Chipotle website says that it's made with organic tofu that's shredded and braised with chipotle chilis, roasted poblanos and spices. The recipe is based on Latin American sofrito, a sauce and base for stews and meat dishes that's made by sauteeing garlic, onions, peppers and tomatoes in olive oil.
So of course we were excited—it's no secret that we really like vegan food, plus Chipotle's meat-filled burritos can easily top out at more than 1,000 calories, even before you add $1.80 for guac. So tofu sounds like it would be somewhat healthier, right? Well not if you're watching your sodium intake—it turns out a serving of sofritos has 710 mg of sodium (compared to 370 for chicken, 320 for steak, 510 for barbacoa and 540 for carnitas).
We took a field trip to the Chipotle in our office building this afternoon and ordered tacos and burrito bowls to test:
"Roar" is a red herring. The chest-beating stomper is not indicative of the music on Prism, the fourth studio album from blow-up sweetheart Katy Perry. The bulk of the record is softer and more flowery on the senses than the goopy lavendar chemicals you pour into your washing machine. Much of the new music seems like atonement for her whipped-cream-tits era, as if those candy-porn tactics of Teenage Dream were only meant to rocket Ms. Perry to an unloseable level of success from which she can broadcast her true calling—mega-church balladry.
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A token track for strippers ("Dark Horse"), a trend-chasing disco cut ("Birthday") and a bubbly number for mall-haul videos ("This Is How We Do") populate the please-all Side A, before soft-focus schmaltz takes over the second half. "Ghost," "Double Rainbow," "By the Grace of God" and "Spiritual" are thinly veiled Christian pop, in case you couldn't tell. There remains plenty of room for real clunkers of lyrical couplets. For someone who hints at sex so much, Perry fails to grasp biology. (Hint, Katy: Birds do not levitate.) Which brings me to another reason for "Roar" being the one working digit amongst several sore thumbs. The lead single was written by Bonnie McKee, the svengali of California visual kei. McKee co-penned the chart toppers on Teenage Dream. She is sorely missed here.
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I'm not saying Katy Perry should always be a tart, but she should still be trying to have a good time, instead of wandering these sanitized hallways of superstardom. The peacock double entendres and leopard-print bikinis have been locked away like fire extinguishers, labeled "BREAK GLASS IN CASE OF LAGGING SALES."
Actress + Parris Mitchell A somewhat mysterious stud of the electronic underground, Darren "Actress' Cunningham conjures beats alien and mind-bending enough to classify as sci-fi. The Brit builds patient and subtle beats, industrial music for cities where industry has decayed into rust. Like Autechre you can dance to. His upcoming Ghettoville is sure to again make dystopia sound like paradise, to be a grey-tone soundscape of static and low frequencies. This concert is part of the Red Bull Academy series. Empty Bottle. Oct 27 at 8pm. $10.
Tiefschwarz Germany's brothers Schwarz (Ali and Basti) have been championing a groundbreaking form of electro house and techno since the early '90s. Renowned at home and abroad for a normally gritty dance sound, the pair has mellowed in recent years to incorporate smoother and deeper tech undertones. "Dominate My Sensations," an intoxicating recent 12", rides on a relentless, rubbery, undulating bassline, throwing in the toy-like chimes of a thumb piano (or is that cowbell?) and R&B diva Mama crooning about her "juicy spots." Spy Bar. Oct 25 at 10pm. $10.
Joey Bada$$ When it comes down to it, I believe NYC rap to be the epitome of the artform. Perhaps I say this because I grew up in an era when there was only hip-hop from the five boroughs, but you can't fuck with the birthplace. Which is what makes Joey Bada$$, the best young MC from the best neighborhood in the best city, the greatest new hope in hip-hop. "Unorthodox" is anything but, loaded with jazz loops, turntable scratching and enough stream of consciousness prose to turn a legal pad inky blue. If Earl Sweatshirt, his closest peer on the opposite coast, is taking notes from Ghostface and MF DOOM, then Bada$$ is reaching for Nas's crown. Bold claim, sure, but his upcoming label debut, B4.Da.$$, is being produced by DJ Premier, Pete Rock and Q-Tip, a murderers' row of icons that comes straight off the credits of Illmatic. Metro. Oct 24 at 6pm. $34, advance $29, VIP $60.
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Wild Belle Elliot Bergman's ripping tenor sax solos received a roar of approval from the crowd during Wild Belle's set at Lolla. The white suit–wearing locals craft breezy yacht pop, delivered with the patina of roots reggae. It was ideal in August; it'll be escapist this week. The sibling duo dropped its debut on Columbia, Isles, in March. Metro. Oct 26 at 9pm. $15.
ART & DESIGN
"A Study in Midwestern Appropriation" Michelle Grabner, co-curator of the 2014 Whitney Biennial, organized this group show about Midwestern artists' tendency to appropriate other artists' work, often in thoughtful, self-deprecating and humorous ways (instead of just carelessly ignoring notions of copyright). The exhibition features content-borrowing work by a solid lineup of artists from Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee and Minneapolis, in the form of sculptures, drawings, text-based work, photos and more. Hyde Park Art Center. 9am–8pm.
The Second City's Improv All-Stars It's the same old improv games we've seen a hundred times before, but played to perfection by a whip-smart team of pros who manage to create laughs out of thin air and aren't afraid to go off-color when appropriate. The legendary Mick Napier directs (and it shows). UP Comedy Club. 8pm. $16.
ART & DESIGN
"A Stranger in Your Arms" Organized by Jessie Devereaux, this multimedia exhibition transforms the hundred-year-old Comfort Station into a realm of "the obscure, the unnameable and the uncanny." Incorporating atmospheric screenprints by Brad Rohloff and smoke paintings by Kate McQuillen, the show also features taxidermy by Woolly Mammoth and a haunting sound/video installation by Wrekmeister Harmonies projected on the ceiling. Take off your shoes, lie down on the felt-lined floor and surrender to the strange. It's an October sort of thing to do. Comfort Station. Noon–3pm.
Auteurs of Obsession: David Fincher & Darren Aronofsky Doc Films draws connections between the Hollywood auteurs Aronofsky and Fincher, kindred directorial spirits focusing heavily on pain (both physical and emotional) and the obsessions that correlate with that pain. Selections from the directors' '90's and '00's oeuvre such as Se7en (1995), Requiem for a Dream (2000), Zodiac (2007), The Wrestler (2008) and more will be shown for ten weeks. Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago. 1pm. $5.
More than 150 sites are open to special (and free!) public access this weekend during the Chicago Architecture Foundation's Open House Chicago. Today, photog Mark Wright took shots of buildings on the North Side, including the domed Elks National Memorial (we've always wondered what the interior looks like!), the National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Howard Alan Architects and the Midwest Buddhist Temple. Tomorrow, from 9am–5pm, you can check out more "repurposed mansions, hidden rooms, sacred spaces, private clubs, iconic theatres, offices, hotels" and more courtesy of the CAF.
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The first of the Chicago Architecture Foundation Open House Chicago's two days saw some 150 sites open to the public. Photographer Max Herman headed downtown to capture breathtaking shots of City Hall, the Fisher Building, RTKL Associates, the Cliff Dwellers Club and more. The CAF's offer of special access to "repurposed mansions, hidden rooms, sacred spaces, private clubs, iconic theatres, offices, hotels" and other buildings continues on Sunday, most open from 9am–5pm—and all for free!
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Chicago Haunt Tour Travel in luxury to five different locations where you can scream your head off. Chicago Haunt Tour takes you to some top local haunted attractions in a coach bus, so you can relax between the fits of terror. The Hop Haus. 5:30pm–12:30am. $97, VIP $107.
Eugene Mirman + John Hodgman + Kristen Schaal Three of our favorite comics team up this fall for the six-city "MirmanHodgmanSchaal Sandwich-to-Go Tour." Luckily for us, Chicago is one of the six cities. Vic Theatre. 8pm. $37.50.
Tomorrow is the third Saturday in October, which, as greeting card companies tell us, is Sweetest Day. We all know this dubious, poor man's Valentine's Day is predicated on little more than boosting consumerism. After all, the "holiday" started as a promotion for Cleveland area candy companies back in the '20s. But justified cynicism aside, it doesn't hurt to have an excuse or a reminder to let the special person/people in your life know that you care. Instead of candy, flowers and a card (corny!) this year, hunker down with your sweetie and a movie. For can't-fail suggestions, check out Time Out's list of the 50 most romantic films of all time.
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In 2009, then-TOC books editor Jonathan Messinger wrote an article for our "Save This" issue about the necessity of rescuing a then-floundering Women and Children First. The economy was in the toilet, Amazon and other sales tax–exempt online retailers were taking business away from independent stores, and the feminism-focused WCF was in danger of going out of business. Fast-forward to 2013, and the decades-old bookstore is not only doing much better but is in a stable enough position where co-owners Linda Bubon and Anne Christophersen are able to transition to retirement. The business partners recently announced they were selling the store, and we wanted to know more about what prompted this decision and what's next for WCF. Read our interview here.
We checked out the NOSH in Wicker Park a few weeks ago, and tomorrow's edition of the weekly food market is Chili Day. Held at A.N. Pritzker School playground (at the corner of Damen and Evergreen Avenue), the food fest brings in vendors to offer a couple of dishes for just a few dollars. The chili component includes $3 bowls of chili and other "chili-inspired dishes" (we're not exactly sure what that means) from Kuma's Too, Bento Box, Lindy's Chili, the Salsa Truck, Pecking Order and other vendors. BeKnown Co. will have a vegetarian chili.
The NOSH runs from 10am–3pm. A dozen regular market vendors will also be on hand, and there will also be live music.
Want more overheard randomness? Head to the "Heard on the street" archive for access to a few months' worth of politically incorrect quips. If you're eavesdropping around town, e-mail us the funny, outrageous stuff you've heard. You might see the quotes in the next edition.
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Fall is finally here, so ice cream may be the last thing on your mind—but maybe it shouldn't be. Scooter's Frozen Custard (1658 W Belmont Ave) is known for its inventive flavors and desserts (the Milky Way custard and Boston shake, a milkshake with a mini sundae on top, are favorites). The shop is only open until December 6 this year—we guess there isn't much demand for the rich, frigid custard in January—but here's a reason to make another visit before the season ends: Scooter's is serving a special pumpkin pie concrete until October 31.
We stopped by this week to try the creamy pumpkin custard, which is available on its own, but found it too sweet. So we turned it into a concrete by adding Scooter's buttery graham cracker crust and whipped cream. It made for a much more balanced dessert and totally put us in the mood for Thanksgiving.
Pick up a small for $4.19, or a regular for $5.19.