12:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22
On 57th Street between Kimbark and Dorchester avenues.
A number of Chicago booksellers, ranging from national chains to specialty stores, will showcase their collections of new and used childrens books at the 16th annual 57th Street Childrens Book Fair. This free book fair will celebrate reading and learning with a wide variety of events and activities, including storytellers, dancers, musicians and puppeteers.
Court Theatre will open its 48th season with JoAnne Akalaitis provocative and passionate production of the classic Phédre myth. In Racines 17th-century version of this ancient Greek tale, Queen Phédre lusts after her handsome stepson Hippolytus and, once spurned, pursues a vengeful path that ends in tragedy. Jenny Bacon, who made her Court debut under Akalaitis direction last season in the title role of Mary Stuart, will return to play royalty again in Phédre.
Smart Museum of Art
On the closing day of the Smart Museums exhibition Outside In: Self-Taught Artists and Chicago, John Beardsley, a leading authority on outsider and visionary art will present a free public lecture on the history of outsider art. Beardsley, a senior lecturer in the Harvard Design School, is the author of Gardens of Revelation: Environments by Visionary Artists (1995). He also has curated several exhibitions of visionary and outsider art, including Black Folk Art in America (Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1982) and Eye of the World: Miniature and Microcosm in the Art of the Self-Taught (Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, 2002). In his lecture, titled A Genealogy of Outsider Art, Beardsley will discuss the diverse origins and ever-evolving definitions of outsider art in both Europe and the United States. A reception and tour of the exhibition led by Richard Born, Senior Curator, will follow.