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Bodies Among Other Things, Part 1 at the Smart Museum of Art
Poet Matthias Regan leads an exploration of the question, where among various objects depicted in paintings do people dwell, in a two-part series at the Smart Museum of Art. Regan will discuss the relationship between figures and genres of personhood through both reading and art. Both parts will feature a short lecture, a tour of Go Figure, an exhibit at the museum dealing with the human form, and a roundtable discussion about written work. Sunday’s workshop focuses on Kerry James Marshall’s painting “Slow Dance” and a short story by Walter Mosley. Attendance of both workshops is not required, and the event is free.
Smart Museum of Art
5550 S. Greenwood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
Sunday, July 24: 1:00 pm
Events: Garden Chef Series at the Chicago Botanic Garden
Garden-fresh ingredients and the great outdoors combine in the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Garden Chef Series. A weekly summer series, the cooking demonstrations are located in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden’s open-air amphitheater. On Saturday, enjoy watching Jon Steinberg from Egg Harbor Café, a restaurant devoted to gourmet breakfast and lunch since 1985. Pastry Chef Mary McMahon from Now We’re Cookin’, which provides flexible, rentable commercial kitchen space, will demonstrate on Sunday. Admission is free.
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022
Saturday, July 23 & Sunday, July 14: 1:30 pm & 2:30 pm
Driven: New Trucks at the Chicago Cultural Center
Painter and printmaker John Himmelfarb explores the theme of trucks through his usual art forms and a new foray into sculpture. Whether cartoonish or surreal, expressionistic or hieroglyphic, all of Himmelfarb’s trucks investigate this symbol of classic Americana, as well as his personal fascination with the subject matter. Himmelfarb uses a variety of materials as well as methods to create structures in a range of sizes. The exhibit is open Friday through Sunday, and admission is free.
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St., Michigan Avenue Galleries
Chicago, IL 60602
Friday, July 22: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, July 23: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, July 24: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Meet the Bees at the Garfield Park Conservatory
Greet the residents of the Garfield Park Conservatory’s live hives at Meet the Bees. One of several urban beekeepers in Chicago, the Garfield Park Conservatory even produces its own honey, for sale and sample at the event. In addition, taste honey from all over the world, while making bee goggles and listening to live music. The event is this Saturday. There is a $3 suggested donation.
Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624
Saturday, July 23: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Nanook of the North (1922) at Doc Films
Enjoy Robert J. Flaherty’s classic Nanook of the North on the big screen at Doc Films, the longest continuously student run film society in the nation. Doc Films has been around officially since 1940, unofficially since 1932, a mere 10 years after this 1922 tale of the struggle for survival in the Canadian arctic was released. The movie portrays the daily life of the Inuit Nanook, from hunting to home. Although Flaherty admitted the somewhat staged nature of the documentary, the integrity of the film’s content does not detract from its unarguable skill at depicting a strange, beautiful landscape. Film lovers and likers will enjoy seeing the movie this Saturday for $5.
Max Palevsky Cinema
1212 E. 59th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
Saturday, July 23: 7:00 pm & 9pm
NEDtalks: Spreading Worthless Ideas at The Whistler
All caught up on TED this year? Not to worry—comedians Kellen Alexander and Seth Dodson have new NEDtalks for you in the second installment of their own version of the annual Technology, Entertainment, Design conference at Silicon Valley. Alexander and Dodson will produce pie charts and PowerPoints while posing as this generation’s brightest and most innovative speakers. With the stated goal of dumbing you down, they will even present shoebox dioramas detailing themes such as “Protecting Your Brain from Hypnotism” and “Why it’s Better to be Beautiful.” The show is this Friday at The Whistler, and admission is free.
2421 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
Sunday, July 24: 9:00 pm