Friday, September 11 Asif Kapadia’s controversial and intimate documentary Amy — chronicling the meteoric rise and tragic death of soul superstar Amy Winehouse — kicks off a weeklong run today at the Gene Siskel Film Center.
Saturday, September 12 Don’t know what to do with all those late-summer tomatoes? Today’s Tomato Fest at Kilbourne Park Organic Greenhouse can help! The daylong family-friendly event includes tastings, a cookbook swap, a salsa contest, and more.
Sunday, September 13 And if you’re hungry for more than just tomatoes, you can spend Sunday afternoon at the Slow Food Chicago Farm Roast, at which dozens of Chicago chefs will cook up dishes using ingredients from the Slow Food Ark of Taste — the organization’s ongoing catalog of endangered foods worldwide.
Monday, September 14 Theater Oobleck celebrates the release of its first CD, The King of Rain, a song cycle of poems from Charles Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du mal set to original music by Chicago composers (part of the company’s ongoing Baudelaire in a Box project) with a free release party tonight at the Hideout’s Riverwalk location.
Tuesday, September 15 Halloween is just around the corner, right? Make sure you’re the best dressed at the party by enrolling in Create Your Own Halloween Costume, the latest offering from Anna G’s Social Sewing Club. Classes start today and run Tuesdays at 6:30 through October 20 at the Irish American Heritage Center. BYO scissors.
Wednesday, September 16 The exhibit The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music 1965 to Now connects the African-American avant-garde of the 60s to contemporary movements in art and culture. It runs through November 22 at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Thursday, September 17 The annual Expo Chicago — an international marketplace for contemporary and modern art — opens today and runs through September 20 with the main event at Navy Pier and auxiliary shows and programming all over town. See the website for a complete schedule.