Tuesday, October 21
We have a conspiracy theory. There's one reason that Arnold Schwarzenegger was voted to be governor of California, and her name is Barbara Bush. Despite the chunky pearls, the tailored blue dress suits and well-kempt silver ringlets, we think Babs is a mastermind. It's always the quiet ones. Our proof: As long as Ahnuld is the punch line of the week, her li'l Georgie gets a rest from the late-night talk-show hosts and political cartoonists. It's just her maternal instinct in high gear. Next week: Vin Diesel for Congress. Meanwhile, the former first lady and current first grandmother will sign copies of her second memoir, Reflections: Life After the White House. Those eager to get a signed copy of her tome (proceeds of book sales benefit Reach Out and Read) and maybe make a few nutty accusations can do so at the event at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Barnes & Noble Lincoln Park, 7700 W. Northwest Highway. The 350 wristbands will be distributed beginning at 9 a.m. Monday. Wristband holders may begin lining up at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Those without wristbands may line up behind them. Call 214-739-1124.
Wednesday, October 22
Henri Matisse has been referred to as the father of Modernism, but that doesn't tell us much about what he did, so we'll put it this way. He drew people who looked like real people except sometimes they were blue or lumpy in the wrong places. We could talk about the elegant lines or how his exaggerations gave his pieces a caricature-ish quality, but we suggest you go see for yourself when the Gerald Peters Gallery presents Henri Matisse: Three Decades of Drawings From the Pierre and Maria Gaetana Matisse Foundation from Friday through November 22. Nothing makes an artist more real than seeing his original pencil lines and finger smudges in person. The gallery, located at 2913 Fairmount St., is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Call 214-969-9410.