mojosmom: (movies)
FINALLY!!!!!!!

Our neighborhood has been without a movie theater for more than 10 years. I'd have to traipse up to the near north side to see a first-run film. It was such a pain, I hardly ever did. I'd go to the Siskel Film Center, but that's for oldies, documentaries, art films, film festivals, etc.

Then they started renovating the old theater. It was supposed to open in December, but, this being Chicago, there were permit holdups. But it finally opened today.

This place is literally a five minute walk from my house. And it's cheap! $6 for matinées, $8 at other times. (And as of my birthday, when I turn 65, it'll be $6 all the time.)

I think I'll go see Lincoln next week.
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Everyone was there! Hecht, of course, and Margaret Anderson of The Little Review, Eunice Tietjens, Sherwood Anderson, Max Bodenheim, Vachel Lindsay. Okay, so it was actors playing the parts. But still, it was the house where Ben Hecht lived for a while (it was a rooming house):

5210-S-Kenwood

We were entertained with music, poetry and a magic lantern show, and there was food and drink. There was even a costume contest, which I didn't know about, but I got Honorable Mention, basically for being mouthy to a lecturer. (He said something about having too much money to spend on books, and I said, "Lucky you!" He liked my "20s attitude"!) I live in a fun neighborhood.

I've been down to the Art Institute a couple of times over the last week for special events. Last week there was a lecture to preview an upcoming exhibit of Byzantine art, mostly borrowed from the British Museum, which coincidentally is closing their Byzantine galleries for renovation just as we are re-opening ours. So the show will be up for nine months, and it sounds like it's going to be fabulous. At pretty much the other end of the spectrum, there was a lecture about the current Roy Lichtenstein retrospective, followed by a reception and viewing of the exhibit. I'm completely in love with Landscape in Fog. There's actually a sign at the entrance to the exhibit encouraging photography (for personal use), a rarity for special exhibitions.

Last Thursday was "Make Music Chicago Day", with all kinds of music being played at venues all over the city - all day. Tremendous fun! I went down to the Fine Arts Building and heard Miss Chicago 2012 sing opera, and then to the main library for a dance tribute to Katharine Dunham. That was so good. They showed video clips from the Dance collection, and then a local dance troupe did some of her work, but then there were also hip-hop and South Asian dancers, influenced by her. Very cool. In the late afternoon, I went over to International House at the University of Chicago for jazz, more opera, and the Chicken Fat Klezmer Orchestra. There was also food and drink there, which I was not expecting, so I noshed a little but still stopped on the way home, as previously planned, for Thai carry-out.

And I saw the cutest movie! It's called "The Cat Returns" and is an animated Japanese film about a schoolgirl who saves a cat from being hit by a car. It turns out that this wasn't just any cat, but the son of the King of Cats! The King's attempts to show his gratitude lead to all sorts of complications.

And in "small world" stuff: I had lunch yesterday with the daughter of my high school biology teacher, whom I had met a couple of times years ago. This teacher was instrumental in my choice of college. Now, one of the women in my graduating class happened to mention that she sometimes comes to Chicago, and has a good friend here. You guessed it - my teacher's daughter. They know each other because their husbands went to school together. On top of which, L is a friend of D, someone else I knew way back when, and we are now hoping that the three of us can get together when D visits here in late July.

My friend Hilary was in town over the last weekend, visiting her two kids and her mom, so she stopped by on Sunday and we gabbed and ate pastries.

I have been swilling sparkling water all day. It's currently 96º and it's supposed to be in the 90s at least for the next week. At least so far, it hasn't broken 100º. We're also supposed to get isolated thunderstorms over the next couple of days.

Sorry about the length, but it's been so long since I last posted that I can't help it! I'll try to do better.
mojosmom: (Librarian books)
Yesterday, I went to a BookCrossing Meet-up. I hadn't been to one in a long time, as the closest is in Evanston, a suburb just north of Chicago, and it's not an easy trek from where I work. However, a BookCrosser from India had posted in the forums that she was visiting Chicago and, among other things, wanted to go to a Meet-up. I told her about this one, and she said she was going, at which point I rather felt that if she could come all the way from Delhi (via Clarendon Hills), I could come from Wheaton! I'm glad I did, because it was fun, I picked up a couple of books, and I found Prathi to be a very interesting young woman. She's in her second year of law school, and wants eventually to come to the States for an LL.M. in Human Rights Law.

This evening, there was a book event at my local library. Rebecca Janowitz was discussing her book, Culture of opportunity : Obama's Chicago : the people, politics, and ideas of Hyde Park. It was an excellent talk. She's obviously very knowledgeable on the subject, and is an articulate and amusing speaker. Of course, she was speaking to an audience that was also familiar with the subject. She began by saying that when she spoke to Hyde Park audiences, she talked more about the process of writing the book than the content, because she knew they'd all be thinking, "well, we've read that, you don't have to tell us again." Naturally, I bought the book.
mojosmom: (photos)
Yesterday, as I was driving to the farmers' market, I did a double-take when I saw this:
Hey, lady, there's a cow on your roof!

Today, I went out on the back porch to have a cup of tea and do my Italian homework in the gorgeous weather, glanced down to the alley, and saw:
Scarecrow in the alley

I have no idea why cows and scarecrows are suddenly appearing in this very urban environment!
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Went to a lecture this afternoon on the work of Irving K. Pond, whom none of you have ever heard of. Neither had I, until I saw the announcement of this program! He was a Chicago architect, trained by William LeBaron Jenney, was a friend of Jane Addams, built the town of Pullman, and did some houses in my neighborhood. Architect David Swan recently edited Pond's autobiography, and he gave the lecture and showed slides of Pond's work. Afterwards, there was a walking tour of his local houses, but it was a bit chilly and the drizzle had increased to actual rain, so I passed on that portion of the event.

Took my car in for service yesterday, and I barely recognized it when I picked it up. It was clean! It had gotten really grungy from the snow and slush, so I was glad it was warm enough for the dealer to give it a wash. The car had to be there for several hours, so I went home and cleaned my kitchen floor, which was in an absolutely disgusting condition.

One of the ways that the economic situation seems to have affected cultural institutions is that they are having free, or low-cost, events in order to promote themselves. I've been to two such lately. Chicago Opera Theatre recently hosted an event to introduce the upcoming spring season. It was held at the Mars Gallery, sort of off the beaten path in the gentrifying West Loop area. Various members of the artistic staff gave brief speeches, costume and set designs were on display, and there were nibblies and drinks, including a delicious "operatini", consisting of gin, sour mix and honey. That particular event actually cost me more than the ticket price, because I noticed this cross, by Shelley Barberot, a New Orleans artist, and had to have it:

Cross - by Shelley Barberot

A few days later, Steppenwolf Theatre Company hosted a free event to promote their production of "The Brother/Sister Plays", which I'm definitely going to try to get to, probably toward the end of the run, between my trips to Europe and New York! It was held at their rehearsal space, in the landmarked Yondorf Hall, and featured excellent food from a restaurant near me, as well as a performance by the Muntu Dance Theatre, followed by audience participation:

Teaching the girls to dance

There were a couple of other events that night I was thinking of going to, but this one went on a bit longer than I expected, and I was a bit tired, so I didn't.

The people who run the Community Supported Agriculture program I was involved in last summer have started doing a Sunday brunch at a local café. Last week was their first, so I stopped by and the food was great. They do a buffet, but you can also get an entrée, together or separately. The buffet is all vegetarian, but one of the entrées is not. Last week it was salmon, and was very good.

Berlioz' Damnation of Faust at Lyric on Friday was just okay. The singers were great, but the opera isn't a favorite and the production was just so-so. They did some "updating", which generally was okay, but the descent into hell just isn't as scary when the demons are guys in suits and women with baby carriages. And, frankly, neighbors descending on Marguerite with pitchforks and frying pans because she's fornicating with Faust seems a bit unlikely in modern times! But I had an enjoyable dinner with the Harrises and Jim & Kevin. J & K were just back from a trip to Australia and New Zealand, where they had covered much the same ground as our friend Jamie (who missed this time because he's in Arizona with family) did a short while ago (visting the same friends, etc.), so the conversation had a bit of a déja vu feel to it!
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Stacey arrived on Thursday, about the middle of the afternoon. I had assembled the vegetarian lasagna earlier in the day and, as we were both hungry, I put it in the oven as soon as she got in. That and a salad, with chocolate mousse (courtesy of Trader Joe's) made a nice dinner.

On Friday, we went to a couple of used book stores and both of us bought a bunch. I found one book I wanted that didn't have a price marked, so Doug checked Abebooks, and immediately started making snide remarks about parasitic booksellers. Really, look at the huge variation in prices, with no reasonable explanation. (He charged me slightly less than the lowest-priced copy on Abebooks, due to condition.) Yet another reason I enjoy O'Gara's is that you encounter things like this:
Scriptorium

After the bookstores, we went and got the remainder of the groceries that I needed for my Sunday open house. Later in the evening we went to the opening of The Opportunity Shop, a transitory space for art in the neighborhood. Basically, they get a realtor to allow them to use empty store front space for a short period of time (this show is up for about a month), and a variety of artists just come in and hang their art. A good time was had by all, and then we went home for dinner.

The next day, we headed to the Cultural Center for a showing of Between the Folds, a documentary about paperfolding. This is not your grandmother's origami. The artists are doing incredibly complex and sculptural pieces. But it was also about the mathematics of paperfolding and some interesting applications of knowledge gained through folding. The film will be shown on PBS' Independent Lens series in December, so, as they say, check your local listings!

The film was followed by an origami workshop, but we skipped that to look at a couple of the art exhibits, the best of which was After the Storm, photographs by Jane Fulton Alt of the aftermath of Katrina. We also stopped briefly at the Art Institute, to visit the Museum Shop and say hello to the lions, newly decked out for the holidays:
Red & yellow-wreathed lion

Purple-wreathed lion

Sunday was my annual open house. As usual, a wonderful group of people gathered to chat, eat and drink, and everyone had a good time.

I took the day off from work today, and finally got to a couple of fabric stores to hunt up buttons. I have a vintage coat and a short jacket, both of which lost buttons and for neither of which I had spares. Having realized that I wouldn't find anything close to the buttons that came with the garments, I decided I'd just replace them all. But I'm going to save the old ones and find some other use for them.

This afternoon, I did something I've been wanting to do for a while, but haven't gotten around to. At 47th and Lake Shore Drive, there's a birding trail/butterfly sanctuary:
Prairie & high-rise

and just west of that, there's a viaduct with murals on one wall and mosaics on the other. So I took a walk, and took pictures. Murals & Mosaics.
mojosmom: (Hyde Park)
I wandered over to 61st St. Farmers' Market today, because I wanted to see the chef demo (seared flank steak with a Dijon/caper/white wine sauce). There was a vaguely familiar-looking young woman watching the demo, and I realized that it was Stephanie Izard, winner of the fourth season of Top Chef. Later, a former United States Senator showed up (she lives in the neighborhood).

Then I drove by 57th Street Books to pick up Audrey Niffenegger's new book, since I wasn't able to get to either of the two readings she did this week. While I was there, I picked up Granta's Chicago issue, and found a book about J.M.W. Turner by Peter Ackroyd on the sale rack.

Now I am taking a break from putting my summer clothes away and taking my fall/winter things out. I am also doing a ruthless closet clean-out and am planning to take a bunch of stuff up to the Brown Elephant tomorrow.

I've done a lot of theatre this week. Last Sunday was the first play in the Court Theatre's season, August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Excellently done, with a riveting performance by James T. Alfred as Levee. A.C. Smith, one of my favorite local actors, was also in it. I spent a good deal of time coveting the shoes worn by Dussie Mae, high-heeled purple suede with black patent leather trim. (Similar to these or these.)

Wednesday and Thursday were plays at the Goodman Theatre. One of the people I go with works for the FAA, and travels a lot, so we had to exchange our regular tickets and the only thing that worked for everyone was to go two nights in a row. First up was Animal Crackers, based on the stage/screen Marx Brothers hit. Very funny, if just a teeny bit too long. Thursday we saw Stoop Stories, a one woman show written and performed by Dael Orlandersmith. She revisits the Harlem of her youth, and becomes several characters, from a concentration camp survivor telling of his meeting with Billie Holiday to a poet/junkie, from a Puerto Rican punk to an old man down in the Village to hear Nina Simone. It was a very impressive performance; Orlandersmith is a marvelous storyteller.
mojosmom: (My House)
I decided to walk down to the produce store this afternoon, with the extra incentive of a small art/craft show nearby. I took my camera, though it turned out that there was nothing at the show I wanted to shoot.

However, as I was walking down the street, I heard sirens, and first an ambulance, then an unmarked squad, then some fire engines came tearing past. Then I smelled smoke. There was a fire in an apartment building about three blocks from me.

Ladders in the smoke

Fortunately, no one was injured, though I don't think anyone will be staying in that building tonight (or, probably, for a while). On the bright side, Quillroy the hedgehog was rescued by a firefighter:
Quillroy and owner

In less exciting news, I went to the Art Institute yesterday to re-see the Japanese screen exhibit, because they had changed some of the items in the show. I also went, as usual, to the current Japanese print exhibit, and an exhibit of Japanese ceramics. Then I had lunch at the museum's new restaurant, Terzo Piano. It was quite good, though rather expensive, even with my 10% member discount.

Then I went book buying. First to Prairie Avenue Bookshop (70% off), then to Powell's on S. Wabash (50% off). Pleased about the deals, very unhappy about the reason therefore. Both are closing, as of tomorrow. Rant here.

Prairie Avenue is also selling some of their gorgeous furniture, and I did inquire about some lovely reproduction Josef Hoffmann chairs. However, "see desk for details" turns out to mean "if you have to ask, you can't afford it", not that I'd have anywhere to put four chairs, anyway (they won't break up the set - I asked). So temptation is easily resisted.
mojosmom: (cat)
but it's nice all the same.

A few days ago, my tickets arrived for one of my theatre subscriptions. Also included was a letter informing me that I had won second prize in their contest: I'm getting the subscription free!

Getting those tickets (as well as one of my symphony tickets) is a sign that autumn is fast approaching. Saturday night was the last of the Grant Park Symphony concerts, another such sign. It was a marvelous performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, only infinitesimally marred by the jerks sitting nearby who thought their conversation more interesting than the concert. There are few things better than sitting outside on a warm summer evening listening to beautiful music.

I did a ton of walking on Saturday, not really planned. But I headed out the door to go check out a yard sale or two, wandered down to the farmers' market and then over to Carifete (a celebration of Caribbean island cultures - with really good food), then a sale at a local bookstore and the next thing you know, my feet hurt!

So I didn't do much on Sunday except hang out at home, go grocery shopping and, in the evening, watch the season première of Mad Men (another sign summer's almost done). Poor Sal - he's finally getting what he wants and there's a fire alarm. Thursday, thank goodness, Project Runway starts up again!

In other news, Selected Works Used Books and Sheet Music has a new bookstore cat. Meet Hodge:
Hodge, the bookstore cat
mojosmom: (Hyde Park)
I had the day off yesterday, and a lovely day it was, too. I did some chores around the house in the morning (my stove is sparkling!), and shortly after noon decided that it was much too nice a day to stay inside. I had a couple of small errands to run, so went to the bank, and then over to the shopping center, thinking I'd get lunch at the small café there. As I headed to the courtyard, I heard music. There was a jazz trio playing!
Jazz band

I got my sandwich, and sat outside in the sun listening to music. A very nice surprise, indeed, and I told the guys that afterwards. Apparently, the shopping center will be doing this regularly. It's just too bad I don't always have Fridays off!

On the way home, I noticed a sign in the window of the barber shop (excuse me, "barber studio") near my house, advertising Summer Jam Sessions! The next one is July 15th; I shall have to check it out. This seems a rather cool place; there are always guys in there playing chess.

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The Fourth

As usual, I went down to watch the neighborhood parade go by. It's always the same: bagpipers at the front, the usual politicians in costume and neighborhood groups, kids on bikes,
Kids on bikes
dogs and horses, etc. Also as usual, it was fun.

I then went over to the 61st Street Farmers' Market, where there was grilling going on. I had lamb sausage with onions and bell peppers, and then I had hand-churned ice cream with fresh berries:
Hand-churned ice cream

There was good stuff available. I came home with some nice flowers, a cucumber, baby lettuce mix, and black raspberries. Not blackberries. Black raspberries. I've never seen those before. The guy let me taste them first; they are a bit tarter than red raspberries. They also stain. I just ate a bunch with my fingers and noticed that the tips turned dark purple! My tongue, too. So be careful. Probably not a good idea to wear white while eating them.

After I got home and got everything stashed away, and the flowers in a vase on the hall table, I headed out the door to go to a local park for more festivities. But it was raining a bit, so I stayed inside, putting my head out the back door every so often to see if there was any improvement. Shortly, there was, and I threw a folding umbrella in my bag and went off to listen to music and have some more fun. There was a Madeline Ring Toss:
Tossing a ring
and you could make a mummy or spill milk, or learn origami, or spit watermelon seeds, or see a magic show.

Everyone, young
Kid dancing
and old
Eugenie and Gendu
was dancing to the music and having a good time.

Umbrellas were in use occasionally, but it was pretty much just drizzle off and on, until towards the end of the blues set, at which point I headed home for dinner.
mojosmom: (Theatre)
In court yesterday, I ran into a woman I used to work with. I don't see her very often now that she's in private practice, so we sat and gabbed and said, "we must get together". Then she said, "what are you doing tonight?" "Going to see my neighborhood community players." "What time?" "Seven-thirty." Upshot was, her daughter is on the board of another (professional) theatre company that was having a benefit at the National Museum of Mexican Art at 5:30 and would I like to go before I went to the play? Sure, said I. What company is it? "Teatro something," said Gloria. "Not Teatro Vista?", said I. And it was. I know one of the founders and current artistic director, because I worked with him at my last job (and also with another member of the company)! So I went, surprised Eddie and Jon, and generally had a very good time.

I left early to get to the other event. The Hyde Park Community Players are a new group, and this was their first production. "Productions", actually, as they did two one-act plays: Riders to the Sea, by John M. Synge, and The Bear, by Chekhov. The first was not very good, primarily because the actors talked too softly and too fast, and did not enunciate well, so I missed a lot of the dialogue. The second, however, was much better done.

I started today by going to the bank, the dry cleaners, the shoe repair shop, and a few yard sales, all before 10:00. Around 11:00, I stashed the car over at the shopping center and then walked over to the 57th Street Art Fair. It was a bit cool and overcast, but that's actually not a bad thing when you're doing a lot of walking. As usual, there were also a few yard sales and rummage sales going on, so I visited a couple more. (You will not be surprised to learn that I bought books. Also picked up a couple of books at "20% off for Members" day at 57th St. books.) Also as usual, there were lots of kids selling lemonade and the like:

Exactly what you want

I always like the art fair, especially the crafts, and of those, I particularly like the textiles, pottery and woodworking. Much of it is way too expensive for me (there's one woman who does the most gorgeous woven jackets, but they run several hundred dollars - so unless I win the lottery . . .), but I often buy a small bit of pottery or wood. There's a guy there who makes really nice rocking chairs, which I don't need, as I have one, but I was admiring a bench he had, a beautifully-grained, polished piece of wood with a lovely curve to it, and rough-cut legs. "I'll give you a good price for that", he said. "Oh? What's your 'good price'?" I asked, fully expecting it to be a lot. "$35", he answered. I didn't even stop to think, and blurted out, "Is that all?" He offered to charge me more, but I would have none of it, and whipped out my wallet. (In fact, I've been wanting a bench for my bedroom, but haven't done any serious looking as it's just a "want", not a "need".) He had a second piece of wood, the twin of the first, and suggested I get two benches! I would have, too, except that I haven't any place for another. He held it for me while I finished browsing the fair and went and got my car. Anyway, here it is:

Bench

I got home just before it started to rain, although it was a pretty light rain and didn't last. There was an organ concert in honor of Albert Schweitzer at Rockefeller Chapel that I had thought of going to, but I was feeling a mite headachey, so decided to stay home. I made fried green tomatoes for dinner, with ham.

Tomorrow, I may go to the Printers' Row Lit Fest if the weather is halfway decent. It will be no great tragedy if I don't go; it's not as though I don't have any books!
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and ignored the weather report and the skies. I had thought about going downtown to the Turkish Festival today, but, when I finished my early morning farmers' market/yard sale/dry cleaning errands, it was gray and cloudy and sprinkly, and the forecast was for rain. So I didn't. Naturally, it didn't rain and the sun came out, but too late for me to change my mind. Ah, well. Instead, I planted some herbs that I bought at the local farmers' market this morning, and then sat outside and read. Always a pleasure! Did laundry, too.

I also hung up my latest present to myself:
Uchikake
I'm in the habit of browsing Kimono Flea Market Ichiroya, but never really thought about ordering anything from them, considering shipping costs and a bit of hesitation about ordering from abroad. Then I fell in love with this wedding kimono. I did a bit of sleuthing (mainly checking their feedback on eBay, but also found some other, favorable mentions), so decided to risk it. I ordered it Thursday of last week and it arrived on Tuesday! I now have a lovely garment hanging on the wall and the cats have a new box to sit in.

While I was at the farmers' market, I bought the first strawberries of the season, just picked this morning, and are they ever good! The guy threw in some asparagus as a "bonus", which I will have for dinner tonight. I also got a green tomato, for frying. (Speaking of fried green tomatoes, my favorite restaurant for them, Dixie Kitchen and Bait Shop (also a fave of Barack Obama's) is closing their Hyde Park location, due to machinations of the University of Chicago. The owner has another restaurant in the area and will add some of the favorite dishes of Dixie Kitchen to that menu, but it won't be the same. She's looking for another space, but isn't having a lot of luck.)

There's a community garden near the farmers' market, and I had the urge to wander about and take a bunch of pictures. In the course of so doing, I discovered a new use for old books:
Dirty books
(This garden likely won't be here next year, also due to machinations of the U of C.)

It is yard sale season, and I went to a couple this morning. Got some books, and a spiffy knee-length sleeveless black linen dress with white stitching at the hem and waist and a black ribbon tie that had never been worn. The tags were still on it!

Despite the above grumpiness about the University, there is a free concert at Mandel Hall this evening, Behold, the Sea!. The University Chorus and Motet Choir, along with the University Symphony Orchestra, are doing Ralph Vaughan Williams' Symphony No. 1, A Sea Symphony, and Benjamin Britten's Four Sea Interludes from his opera, Peter Grimes.
mojosmom: (frown)
Leon Despres, 1908-2009, the "grand independent" and "conscience of the city of Chicago"
Leon Despres

Barely a year ago, I wrote here:
On Thursday, I went to an author event at our local library. Former journalist, and current author and bookstore owner, Kenan Heise, wrote a book called Chicago Afternoons with Leon: 99 1/2 years old and looking forward, conversations with former alderman Leon Despres, lawyer, thorn in the side of the late Mayor Richard J. Daley, social activist and gadfly. Here's why I like Leon: he was asked about the plan to bring the Olympics to Chicago in 2016, specifically, the plan to build a stadium in a local park. Said Leon, who is now 100: "If they build a stadium in Washington Park, I'm boycotting the Olympics!"

Chicago Tribune obit

Sam Ackerman, 1934-2009, another Hyde Park activist

And word comes of the death on May 1 of Sam Ackerman, a mere 74 years old, but just as contrary and feisty as Len. The Trib described him in some of the same terms they described Len, an activist and "a vocal opponent of Mayor Richard J. Daley".

Chicago Trib obit

Hyde Park, and Chicago, are a bit poorer today.
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The Cultural Stuff )

Non-cultural stuff:

Yesterday was beautiful, so I decided to walk to the dry cleaners. On the way, I noticed that signs had been posted for the annual yard sale that benefits the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer (which really should be the Avon Walk against Breast Cancer, no?). I got a couple of clothing items (belt and cotton blouse), two books1 (Marcella Hazan's Essentials of Italian Cooking and Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell), and two rather unusual items:

Al Pha Bet, an educiting game:
Al Pha Bet Game

and a sparkler wand:
Lulubelle's Sparkler Wand

I was moved to diligence today, perhaps in part because the lovely weather induced me to want mildly to spring clean. So I can now inform you that under those piles of papers there was an actual desk!


1 See, the reason I run out of bookshelf space is not necessarily the number of books, but the size of the books. These were both hardbacks, and you know how thick Clarke's book is! They're probably 4-5" between them. Two books.
mojosmom: (Hyde Park)
I decided to go browse some yard sales today. I had three on my list, though it turned out that one was postponed due to "projected storms". I think they were confused because it's a beautiful day! I found a couple of nice quilted storage boxes, the kind that's good for sweaters and the like. I have some similar ones for shoe storage, and really need more, but can't find them anywhere. Mine have a clear plastic cover so you can a) see the shoes, and b) keep the dust out. Really practical; I don't know why no one seems to make them anymore. Also some Pyrex® custard cups that I use for a variety of small items, olives, baby dills, etc. But over the years I've broken all but one, so I was glad to pick up some more. And, as I am one of the few people I know who still wears gloves, I was happy to find a set of plastic glove dryers with a glove case.

One of these was "yard" sales was really an estate sale. Honestly, you go to one of these and you just want to go home and throw stuff out! This was a two-story townhouse with a basement, and I swear the woman had never thrown anything out. There were piles of unopened packages of hose, for instance. On the other hand, it's interesting how much you can learn about someone. She was a devout Catholic, cooked a lot, was a serious seamstress and gardener, and studied languages. She also had small feet and had lots of shoes!

Then there was the sale at the house with the tennis courts. Lots of kids stuff, so not much for me. When I left, the traffic flow and the direction I was parked meant that I had to go around the block to get back to 51st St. So I turned right on 50th, and right on Greenwood, and coming around the corner at 51st was a friggin' tour bus!!! I'm sure the neighbors are thrilled. Lots of squads and undercover cars and guys talking into their shoulders, too. I had figured that Barack was already in Springfield, and so it would be safe to go down his street, but I guess he hadn't left yet.

I stopped by O'Gara & Wilson's. According to their blog, the city is being pissy about the bargain book rack they keepkept on the sidewalk in front of the store, so they had to bring all the books inside. And Alan wrote about a copy of Beowulf illustrated by Lynd Ward for only $1.50! I went by on the chance that no one had snatched it up, but Alan couldn't find it. He's going to keep looking and let me know. There were, apparently, a whole slew of beautiful illustrated books on the bargain rack. He's going to put them in the window, but still at the bargain prices! I did pick up an old book on New Orleans, It's an Old New Orleans Custom, also from the bargain rack.

Now I'm doing boring household stuff like floors and laundry.
mojosmom: (Hyde Park)
My Independence Day holiday turned out to be entirely different than the one that I had expected, or vaguely planned. I had thought about going downtown to see the renovated Tiffany Dome at the Cultural Center, and to take in a showing of The Gay Divorcée at the Siskel Film Center. Or, alternatively, I considered going to the opening of A Declaration of Immigration at the National Museum of Mexican Art. In the event, I did neither.

My Fourth - with photos )

I ran into the Ellings and their adorable daughter. They are moving to NYC for a year (or more, depending on how things go and how they like it). They have found a place at 83rd and CPW, and are renting out their condo here. I wonder if they get a higher rent because it used to be Barack's condo!

I think I'll check out the Tiffany dome on Sunday, and maybe go to the Film Center as well. If Visconti's Senso is two hours and starts at 3:00, and Top Hat starts at 5:15, I could see both! Or maybe not. That might just be overdoing things.

Oh, and here are my latest at [livejournal.com profile] croc_sandwich!
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I stopped by my local branch library on my way home from work today, as they were having an orientation session regarding the new website. I found out about it this morning via an email from the Friends of the Library. I hadn't seen any flyers for it when I was there yesterday (and I always check the literature rack) nor was there any announcement in the neighborhood newspaper. All of which may explain why I was the only person there! So I had a private hands-on tutoring session. ;-)) I griped about not being notified when my holds came in, made a couple of suggestions, touted LibraryThing, and discovered that their events calendar has a link that allows you to download info about an event to your personal calendar (iCal, in my case, but also Outlook, GoogleCalendar, etc.) which is a very nice feature.

I also stopped at Target to buy a new hair dryer. Day before yesterday, as I was drying my hair, sparks started flying! Fortunately, nothing caught fire, but, as you can imagine, that dryer was binned immediately! I really don't need that sort of excitement at 6:00 a.m.

And in weather irony, it's the first day of spring and there's a winter storm watch.
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Christmas is coming!

I took a stroll around the University of Chicago campus to finish off NoNoNoNo. This, of course, meant a stop at Seminary Co-op Books.
A few from a favorite bookstore )

Seminary Co-op is in the basement of the Chicago Theological Seminary: )

Gargoyles )

Last, but not least . . .

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