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Weekend Arts Roundup

By Justin Sondak in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 4, 2007 5:30PM

Here’s what you missed while you were sneezing and burning:

  • Guest #18, your comments are hilarious, but how do you fare with a live audience? If you think you’ve got the chops, submit a 1-2 minute video to Time Out Chicago by September 20. Best entries will be screened online for their discerning website visitors. The top four will compete live for the chance to be crowned “Chicago’s Funniest Person.” (... at least according to TOC)
  • The Joffrey Ballet kicks off Millennium Park’s Blockbuster Week Wednesday night. The Steppenwolf and Chicago Children’s Choir take the Pritzker Pavilion stage Thursday, the Lyric Opera’s stars perform Saturday, and the Chicago Symphony and Savion Glover reunite Sunday. All performances and rehearsals are free and open to the public. Full schedule here.
  • goldenage_2007_09.gifPart gallery, part storefront, part young artist showcase, the Golden Age Store + Studio opened last week in Pilsen. Store hours are Wednesday – Sunday, noon – 8 p.m., but that might change.
  • The fourth annual Authors and Artists Chicago, the largest gathering of self-published and independent authors in Chicago (and the largest A & A to date), comes to Little Black Pearl Art Design Center October 6. Admission to this afternoon of (potentially) great reads and fabulous prizes is free.
  • Chicago Public Radio and WTTW go suburban for this fall’s Chicago Matters series, examining how immigration is affecting Waukegan, Palatine, Elgin and Cicero/Berwyn. The Chicago Reporter will publish related stories and the Chicago Public Library will host community forums and highlight related collections.
  • From Opera News, Richard Christiansen interviews uberdirector Mary Zimmerman on the eve of her Met debut.