It's still winter in Chicago (and so it will go for the foreseeable future...just until it's May and we think it can't possibly drop below 40 again, there go your tomatoes), and that means that if your family is anything like mine, you're scrounging for ways to stay chipper. Here are five possibilities for this cold, snowy weekend:
Southside Hub of Production
"The Underground Railroad Play"
Saturday, February 11
This is cool. February is still Black History Month, which maybe you've forgotten if you don't have kids in school, and, though this play is intended for adults only, I expect it will be educational. Plus it's written by Hyde Park playwright Osa Buchner, so you're supporting hyper-local arts!
University of Chicago Folk Festival
Friday, February 10-Sunday, February 12
See website for ticket prices
Music and dance, conveniently located in Ida Noyes/Mandel Hall on the UC campus. All sorts of cool performers, and a subject matter not limited only to American folk, but traditional global folk music. This should be pretty kid-friendly, and you might learn something new yourself.
Hyde Park Art Center New Exhibitions Public Reception
Sunday, February 2
If you haven't had a chance to check out the winter/spring exhibits at HPAC, this is a great excuse to go. Among the ever-rotating collection of (primarily) lesser-known works, you'll find tons of gems obvious to even the untrained (ahem, or totally ignorant, borderline aesthetically blind, like mine) eye.
Mini-golf at MSI!
Through April 15
Regular museum hours
Free with admission
This is some powerfully dorky stuff here. Take your kids, take your neighbor's kids, or buck up and let your dork flag fly. This is the Black Creativity exhibit for 2012, it's about energy, and it's interactive! It's MINI-GOLF! I love it (and it's not like you're headed out for mini-golfing outside anytime soon...).
See you around, Hyde Parkers!
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