Weekender with Alison Cuddy

November 18, 2011

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Jean Luc Godard’s 1968 film Weekend is exactly the weekend you DON’T want to have!  A couple jumps in the car, heads to the country, hits the mother of all traffic jams and then?  Mayhem, murder, and cannibalism!  What is it about a couple of days off from the grind that provokes anxiety in filmmakers?  In The Lost Weekend Ray Milland falls off the wagon – hard.  Weekend at Bernie’s involves toting around a corpse and avoiding an assassin – played for laughs.  And Chicagoan Joe Swanberg explores the pains of a long distance relationship in Nights and Weekends.  Now I’m pretty sure heading out to see Godard’s movie this weekend at the Gene Siskel Film Center won’t involve people trying to eat you for supper.  But if you want to play it safe – here are a few other ideas to fill your Friday through Sunday.

Here are Weekender's top picks:

 

1. Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra

Friday 9pm

FitzGerald's 6615 Roosevelt Road Berwyn, IL

Hear more from Nicholas Tremulis here

 

2. Yellow Ostrich

Friday 9pm

Metro 3730 N. Clark Street

Opening for Delicate Steve and Ra Ra Riot

 

 

3. Chicago Book Expo 2011

Saturday 10am-6pm Sunday 12-6pm

Goldblatt's Building 4720 N. Broadway 1st Floor

Uptown Broadway Building 4701 N. Broadway Basement

 

 

4. AXIS Dance Company

Saturday 7:30pm Sunday 2pm

Auditorium Theatre 50 E. Congress Parkway

Hear Lucia Mauro's review of the performance here

 

 

5. A Beer Carol!

Saturday at 4pm

Haymarket Pub and Brewery 737 W Randolph

Hear Gabriel Magliaro, founder and president of Chicago-based Half Acre Beer, discuss the local craft beer scene here

 

 

6. WEEKEND

Friday-Sunday

Gene Siskel Film Center 164 N. State Street

 

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