Weekender with Alison Cuddy

December 16, 2011

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I caught Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy this week – it’s one of the movies we talked about on 848 today.

The film is based on a John Le Carré spy novel so of course the plot involves lots of duplicity, doubt and double upon triple crosses.  Every one of the characters just might be a Russian mole operating inside the ‘Circus’ – that’s the code name for the British Secret Intelligence Service.

But what really got me?

The film’s very drawn out reveal of the spy involves frequent flash backs to the – get this – office holiday party!  A man dressed up like Santa but sporting a Lenin mask serenades his co-workers.  A suave snake in the grass gets close with a colleague’s wife. And between the weak punch, thick cigarette smoke and meaningful glances, some rather cloak and dagger politics unfold. 

Sounds like the typical holiday gathering, no?! 

No doubt many of you will experience your own version of the above this weekend - and the best of luck to you! 

Watching the film might help you navigate the treacherous shoals of office politics.  Or skip the celebration entirely for some other weekend fun– my top picks are below.

 

1. Rudolph The Red-Hosed Reindeer

Friday: 7:30pm   Saturday: 5:00pm, 7:30pm

Mary's Attic 5400 N Clark St

The Dueling Critics have more holiday theater picks here

 

2. The Interrupters

Saturday 2pm

Chicago Cultural Center 78 E Washington St

Hear an interview with honoree Ameena Matthews here

 

3. The Neutron Bomb: Punk Themed Reading

Saturday 7pm-9pm

Cal's Bar 400 S Wells St

Hear an interview with author Patty McNair here

 

 

4. Andrew Bird and Ian Schneller's Sonic Arboretum

Friday-Sunday 10am-5pm

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 E Chicago Ave

Hear an interview and watch video of instrument maker Ian Schneller here

 

5. DJ Dustin Drase

Monday 9:30pm

The Whistler 2421 N Milwaukee Ave

Hear an interview with DJ Dustin D here

 

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