Last week, I was lucky enough to see George Saunders at the SAIC, where he was reading from his latest short story collection, “Tenth of December.” Since then, I’ve been (unsuccessfully) mulling over how I might describe him to those unfamiliar with his work; I’ve been so intimidated by the thought of distilling the staggeringly talented writer into a single paragraph that I’ve been putting it off.
On Oct. 16, join local men’s retailer Haberdash as they swing open the doors to their 4,000-square-foot flagship store at The Shops at Roosevelt Collection.
From beauty to bubbly, retailers and restaurants make it easy to give back in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a slew of specials that benefit local breast cancer nonprofits. Here are a few things we’ll be scooping up:
Things aren’t going so well for one Michigan family. Violet is expecting twins, but the timing couldn’t be worse: Her husband seems a bit lost, her daughter has gone mute and her father’s memory isn’t what it used to be. This family — characters in Noah Haidle’s new play “Smokefall” — could well be the neighbors next door in this oft-surreal depiction of the sweet sadness of life. “Smokefall,” the Goodman Theatre’s newest production, is directed by Obie Award-winner Anne Kauffman and the stellar ensemble cast includes veteran actor Mike Nussbaum.
Joe Mantegna, 65, still vividly remembers his West Side upbringing. “When I was a kid, the L train went right through our backyard,” Mantegna says. “I’d go [out there] and wave to the conductor.” Now Mantegna has a much bigger audience: He’s playing FBI special agent David Rossi on the hit CBS show “Criminal Minds,” currently in its ninth season. “We started strong again this year,” says Mantegna, who rose to fame in the ’80s and ’90s starring in films like “Bugsy,” “Alice” and “Searching for Bobby Fischer.” “I don’t see us leaving anytime soon.”
Protein Bar’s Pump-quinoa treat (pictured above): Fall’s finally here, and with it comes an array of pumpkin-y beverages. Our pick? This blended drink from Protein Bar, which satisfies the need for sweets while packing a healthy, protein-filled punch. $4.39, 352 N. Clark; Proteinbar.com