We usually wait until mid-May to set up the patio furniture and put the canvas on the gazebo, but we had a small window on Sunday morning where we were able to get it done. So why not set the video camera up and do a little time-lapse?

This entire operation took about an hour, and you’re seeing it in under a minute.

Right after we got everything in place, it started pouring and didn’t stop for several hours. At least we’re ready for when the nice weather starts.

Greta Garbo - Mysterious Lady

The Silent Film Society of Chicago just announced its 2011 Silent Summer Film Festival, one of our favorite summertime traditions. Running for six Fridays at 8 PM from July 22 to Aug. 26 at the Portage Theater, this year’s festival brings a great cross-section of classic silent films to the big screen.

Here’s what’s coming up:

  • July 22: A Girl in Every Port (1928) starring Louise Brooks, with organ accompaniment by Jay Warren. Pre-show music provided by Renee Baker and The Chicago Modern Orchestra Project.
  • July 29: Why Change Your Wife? (1920) with Gloria Swanson. Organ accompaniment by Tim Baker.
  • August 5: Heart O’ The Hills (1919) with Mary Pickford. Organ accompaniment by Jay Warren.
  • August 12: Sunrise (1927) directed by F. W. Murnau. Special event night! Live photoplay accompaniment by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.
  • August 19: The Cardboard Lover (1928) with Marion Davies. Organ accompaniment by Tim Baker.
  • August 26: The Mysterious Lady (1928) with Greta Garbo. Organ accompaniment by Jay Warren, with pre-show music by the Rajiv Halim Sextet with vocalist Linda Collins.

Complete details and ordering information are available at the Silent Film Society of Chicago’s website.

We’ll see you there!

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