Weekend Arts Guide (1/17-1/20 2019)
Image Credit: Warm, 2017 by Errol Jackobson as seen in Inside Out at Jackson Junge Gallery.
This weekend's winter weather may mean the return of the polar vortex, but things in the arts are heating up here in Wicker Park Bucktown. From the opening of a highly anticipated exhibition to programming, happenings, and special events at an array of neighborhood galleries, stores, and venues, there's definitely a little something for everyone in this week's WPB Weekend Arts Guide! Thursday through Sunday, see what we've got listed and stay warm while you support your local businesses and artists...
Lucky: A Musical
Join the writer (Sarah Frasco), song writer (Gabriella Hirsch), and director (Jennifer Allman) for a discussion about adapting literary work for the stage and producing theater in Chicago, plus a preview of some of their favorite songs. Lucky: A Musical is playing at the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival this February at the Edge Theatre. "This is a story about a girl named Lucky..." No, but really. Hailing from a sheltered life in a small town, Lucky has only one thing to guide her: The Care and Keeping of You. Meeting new friends and encountering new beliefs throughout her first few days at college, Lucky is forced to face the reality that not every obstacle she faces will be covered by her beloved book and that maybe, her book is not as great as she once thought.
8:00pm to 9:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Wine and Unwind
Unwind with us at the end of the week for a BYOB night of making!
4:00pm to 8:00pm
Video Game Art Gallery
Polymorphism: Queer Encounters of Intimacy in Games
This exhibition explores the burgeoning field of interactive queer art, which gamifies the mechanics of intimate relationships and reinterprets traditional game concepts as a means to experience affection, desire, and love. While queer desire has been marginalized and pathologized in the mainstream, within LGBTQIA+ culture, a more inclusive acceptance of kink and diverse relationship structures is being articulated. Whether in the context of long-term romance, intimacy with multiple partners, or casual sex, these artworks place the practice of acting on attraction in the hands of the player, furthering our ability to express the personal experiences of an underserved culture and drawing a wider audience into conversations about gameplay and desire. Please be advised that this is a explicit show and content warnings may include nudity, sex, violence, mental illness, and suicide.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Tim Anderson: Stamps
Since 1982, Tim Anderson has made images of postage stamps that would never be printed. His infatuation with stamps as pieces of art started in childhood. It went along with making handmade postcards. The possibilities were exciting, partly because of the prospect of communicating with people in foreign lands. These paintings are examples of this fascination.
Final Day - Closing Reception 2:00pm to 4:00pm
The Occult Bookstore
Chaos Cov3n: 'Orange' You Glad
The Chaos C-ov-N is a Chicago-based chaos magick working group led by Nia Ain and Ninov. Chaos magick is a non-dogmatic approach to magick: it requires no specific belief and it is enriched by the diversity of its participants. All are welcome, no matter your background or experience level.
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Roots & Culture
Lykanthea is the project of Lakshmi Ramgopal, a multidisciplinary artist based in Boston and Chicago who experiments with South Indian sound and movement traditions. Based in Boston and Chicago, Ramgopal’s explorations of sound began with the electro-ambient experimentations of her debut EP Migration (2014). The last two years have seen her focused on sound installations like A Half-Light Chorus, a four-channel sound installation in Lincoln Park Conservatory that featured a 90-minute composition of recordings of vocalists imitating Indian birds. Lakshmi Ramgopal’s performance at Roots & Culture offers a preview of her forthcoming EP, which is due in 2019. By turns beautiful, strange, and frightening, her new songs look to birdsong and the genre of the lullaby to explore childhood and loss. Violinist Johanna Brock, cellist Erica Miller, and artist Asha Rowland accompany.
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Art Story Time
Join the gang at Volumes Bookcafe for a special art-focused version of story time!
10:00am to 11:00am
Wicker Park Farmers Market
Winter Farmers Market at the Chop Shop
The Wicker Park Farmers Market has begun our first ever indoor market this season at Chop Shop. We will be open every Saturday through April! Local vendors will be offering all the best in handmade and homegrown to get your winter started right. This week includes a musical performance by Butterbean from noon to 2:00pm.
Market Open 10:00am to 3:00pm
Young Chicago Authors
Say My Name
How does the color orange make you feel? How powerful is the color red? How soft is the color yellow? Explore color and the feelings it evokes at Say My Name, a curious exhibit by Mercedes Zapata. Share in the experience by indulging your senses. Featured artists include Rebeca Soto, Gloe One, Melissa Castro Almandina, Angelica Frausto, Casey Knutel, Ari Granados, Kare Spears, Diana Pietrzyk, Voeta, Nina Talamantes, Samantha Jo, Just Fanni, E'mon Lauren (Black), Sabrina Rose Sabella, and Desiree Guzman. Reception music by NIA.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Sip a cup of tea and eat treats before we start the week with this relaxing makers afternoon.
3:00pm to 5:00pm
AdventureLand Works on Paper
Join us for twenty-five year old School of the Art Institute of Chicago student Max Unterhaslberger’s first solo exhibition in Chicago, showing calligraphic and deceptive abstract paintings on glass.
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Street Photography by Emilio Nadales
“Street Photography from my point of view is a time-capsule, unintentional document which interweaves a static past and a continuous present. It is a travel to your subconscious mind, inner self, as much as your past. It is so an unique personal experience that any comment about it from external sources is subjective, irrelevant, and nonsense because your personal experience cannot be analyzed for anybody except you who has created it.” - Emilio Nadales
Chicago has a new artist in town and we’re excited to showcase her style and visual creativity. A resurgence of tropicalismo interpretation with a bold curiosity in the art of anthropology.
gallery no one
I can't even
I can't even is an online exhibition made up of work from seven artists touching on the characteristics of the Internet in varying degrees, providing new modes of thinking for the new media and the contemporary Internet language.
Within the current social and political climate we’re found looking backward as a way to find answers for today's problems in America. Oh, Maker explores the work of seven artists who through the act of re-appropriating materials are looking at that history of trauma on American Soil, the act of rebellion, as well the narrative of black women, and families. These artists are building on these conversations in their work. Using mix materials, visual language, and archives as a starting source to re-appropriate materials used to aid conversations about America today. Artists inclkude Kevin Demery, Andrea Coleman, Mark Allen Blanchard, Shanna Merola, Zakkiyyah Najeebah, Sadie Woods, and Michael Curtis Asbil. Oh, Maker was conceived and curated by Darryl DeAngelo Terrell.
Jackson Junge Gallery
The Jackson Junge Gallery presents their first exhibition of 2019, Inside Out, showcasing artworks from artists Errol Jacobson and Stephanie Weidner. Both plein air painters explore the differences and similarities between en plein air painting and studio painting. These two painting styles have been practiced for generations, but it is well known that the early masters preferred the studio because they were able to control the environment and spend more time with the subject matter. Both Errol Jacobson and Stephanie Weidner live in the Bucktown neighborhood on the north side of Chicago with their two cats, Cecil and Toulouse. Jacobson and Weidner received training at the renowned Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts located in Chicago. Both are members of the Chicago Plein Air Society.
Too Good To Be True
LVL3 is excited to present Too Good To Be True, a two-person show featuring Chicago-based David Heo and St. Louis-based Yowshien Kuo. Kuo utilizes symbolic details to comment on the constructed and bias histories of America. The work captures the tension and disorienting experience of existing within this country. Heo’s work is focused on the culture of nightlife and subtle intimacies within this world. Lingering feelings of desire are present within the work as they capture these fleeting experiences. The work in this show follows an omnipresent misinterpretation of everyday encounters. Too Good To Be True is a reflection of how these two artists play with symbolic histories to reframe the seemingly familiar.
Little Broken Things
New Year New Wu
An exhibition of woodwork art by Andrew Rehs.
Toy de Jour
New! from Kenner
The brand that filled everyone's homes with amazing toys for decades now gets the highest accolades, a group art show at the world's best trash store! From Strawberry Shortcake to Star Wars, Centurions to Super Powers, Kenner had the brands we all knew and loved and still hold a special place in our old, shriveled hearts. So come check out some new artwork of classic toy lines.
Volumes Bookcafe: Lucky: A Musical - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Wine and Unwind - 4:00pm to 8:00pm
VGA Gallery: Polymorphism: Queer Encounters of Intimacy in Games - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Firecat Projects: Tim Anderson: Stamps - closing reception 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Occult Bookstore: Chaos Cov3n: 'Orange' You Glad - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Roots & Culture: Lykanthea - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Art Story Time - 10:00am to 11:00am
Wicker Park Farmers Market: Winter Farmers Market at the Chop Shop - 10:00am to 3:00pm with music noon to 2:00pm
Young Chicago Authors: Say My Name - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Crafttea Sunday - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Unterhaslberger II
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Street Photography by Emilio Nadales
Gallery Cafe: Ariana Goitia
gallery no one: I can't even
Heaven Gallery: Oh, Maker
Jackson Junge Gallery: Inside Out
LVL3 Gallery: Too Good To Be True
Little Broken Things: New Year New Wu
Toy de Jour: New! from Kenner