I can’t remember the last time I saw a comedy show in Chicago.
A sad fact considering I grew up — and reside — in a city known for its funnies.
And when they do, I resolve, right here and now, to go see one.
In fact, I resolve to generally redouble my efforts to celebrate our “arts scene,” no matter how ambiguous that concept may be. Yes, Chicago has one! It’s not too big, not too small; somewhere, probably in Pilsen, it’s even burgeoning.
So as we lurch towards fall (the best time of the year to get cultured, because — begrudgingly — we go back indoors), join me in a pact to devote more time to the arts.
Also on view this month: Marilyn Monroe nudes.
But if you’ve got time for just one thing, make it the all-in-one EXPO Chicago.
And if it’s been awhile since you’ve strolled a gallery, I recommend taking a gander at this little guide from our National correspondent: How Not be a Douchebag at an Art Opening.
It’s a good read. And pretty self-explanatory.
Works for museums, too. Speaking of: the MCA is debuting a curious after-hour series called Prime Time, and queued up at the Art Institute is a survey on David Adjaye, the British architect many have pegged as the top candidate to design the Obama Library.
Which brings me to the main event: the first ever Chicago Architecture Biennial, at which world’s brightest minds on shelter and design will convene in our lakefront hamlet.
So there’s a lot to do.
On a related note, while you’re out there upping your IQ, we’ll be putting the finishing touches on a bigger, better and more beautiful InsideHook.
Look out for it in October. Maybe sooner.
Until then, enjoy the long weekend.