For most of us Thanksgiving means turkey for dinner. But many use the holiday to ponder deeper relationships to the big, meaty bird. These days some folks go the extra mile to make feasting on the bird more meaningful. Maybe they agree with Benjamin Franklin - who in jest deemed turkey a ‘more respectable bird’ than America’s national symbol, the eagle? But why stop at turkey? The birds are everywhere! Angry Birds, the popular mobile app, is now entering the stuffed toy market. And take a look at this creepy mash-up of Angry Birds and Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. If that revenge scenario has you regretting the feast you just consumed check out Peggy MacNamara, artist in residence at The Field Museum. MacNamara’s not only drawn many of the bird specimens held by the Museum - 18 of her own paintings are also on permanent display.
Other picks for the weekend are below. And big thanks to The Chicago Film Archive for providing the vintage sounds of Chicago’s holiday season (The Big Downtown Christmas, Charles Sharp, 1962).
Here are Weekender‘s top 6 picks:1. Boys Noize
The Mid 306 N HalstedMiddle East
Three films about Americans’ Knowledge of the Middle East
Southside Hub of Production 5638 S Woodlawn Ave, Hyde Park
See a trailer for one of the films, Desert in the Coffeehouse3. Brian Babylon
Saturday 8pm and 10pm
157 W Ontario St (Ontourage)
See more of Brian’s comedy here
Photographs by Lloyd DeGrane
Friday 9-6 Saturday 10-4 Gage Gallery 18 S. Michigan
Hear more from Lloyd DeGrane here5. YAWN
The Vic Theatre 3145 N Sheffield Ave6. Christkindlmarket
Friday-Saturday 11am-9pm Sunday 11am-8pm
Traditional German American Holiday Market and Chicago Institution
Daley Plaza 50 W Washington St
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