Weekend Arts Guide (10/24-10/27/2019)

By: WPB Arts
Sponsors: Wicker Park Bucktown SSA33
Date: October 24, 2019 - October 27, 2019

Image Credit: Get in the mood for Halloween with the many oddities and curiosities offered at Sideshow Gallery.

With a chill in the air and spookiness around every corner, our WPB Weekend Arts Guide is full of things to do and see that are perfect for Halloween and the autumn season!

Thursday (10/24/2019)

Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Fall Sweater Workshop
Learn how to knit The Leelanau Sweater this autumn season, and start building your handmade wardrobe! Lead by Jackie Valdez, the Fall Sweater Workshop will have you creating confidently! The Leelanau Sweater is a fun and beginner friendly knit, teaching several sweater construction techniques and beginner colorwork. Jackie will guide you through the sweater construction, starting with choosing the perfect yarn, sizing, and gauge swatching, then moving to colorwork techniques, creating the perfect fit, picking up stitches, and finally, finishing and blocking. Each class is tailored to each student’s needs and progress and the $80 package includes 4 classes ($20 additional) and all students will receive 10% off yarn and needles needed for the workshop.

Logan Arcade
Lumpen Comic Book Party
Fifty-seven brilliant artists have created work for this celebration of contemporary comics culture in Chicago and beyond. The 170 page soft cover, perfect bound Lumpen Comics Book will be available for purchase and the special Marz Lumpen Boogie beer will also be available to pair with the book. Stop by and play video games and pinball with some of the editors and artists that contributed.
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Volumes Bookcafe
Sue Burke: Interference Book Release
Join Volumes to celebrate the release of Sue Burke's Interference. Sue Burke's sweeping science fiction Semiosis epic continues in Interference as the colonists and a team from Earth confront a new and more implacable intelligence. Over two hundred years after the first colonists landed on Pax, a new set of explorers arrives from Earth on what they claim is a temporary scientific mission. But the Earthlings misunderstand the nature of the Pax settlement and its real leader. Even as Stevland attempts to protect his human tools, a more insidious enemy than the Earthlings makes itself known. Stevland is not the apex species on Pax.
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Friday (10/25/2019)

David Leonardis Gallery
Matt Lamb: Art Explosion
David Leonardis Gallery's current feature show is a 17 piece art explosion by the amazing Matt Lamb. To celebrate DLG will host its second reception complete with PBR, red wine, and bottled water. There is also new work from Dave Alton, Aly Jados, Paul Kostabi, Larry Singer, and Donald Topp.
Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Firecat Projects
LANDED: Nina Weiss
Firecat Projects presents LANDED, a solo exhibition featuring the work Nina Weiss. Nina’s recent large-scale landscape paintings on un-stretched canvases coincide with her move to a new live/work loft space. LANDED refers to a state of being; to the solidity and permanence of landscape, and to Nina’s grounding passion for landscape painting.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Heaven Gallery
Between a Rock and a Dream + Vaulted Breath/Winded Spirit
We forge objects as a way to satisfy a lack, to fill the gap that materialises when something is both wanted and out of reach. The works of Catherine Hu and Yunhee Min in Between a Rock and a Dream are an attempt to reconcile the world as experienced and the world as desired. They work like puns, bringing two meanings together into one word or form. Existing forms and imagery are drawn from the world, then played with, to create situations that expose habits we take for granted, and allow for alternative ways of interpreting our environment.
Jacqueline Surdell’s latest solo exhibition, Vaulted Breath/Winded Spirit, draws upon the tradition of storytelling as it forms personal histories and subsequent understandings of self. Through seemingly disparate objects, Surdell re-tells the tale of the first irreverent woman as “She” explains her complex journey through time. Strange, grotesque forms exist as monuments to the inexplicable — creating confusion and a sense of the unknown. Mythical masks protect the wearer and explosions of light and dark represent “Her” struggles in a world that is impossible to understand. It is here Surdell manifests architectural realms that slip between the known past and unknown futures.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 11:00pm

Jackson Junge Gallery
A Change of Mind
A CHANGE OF MIND by Laura Lee Junge, is a retrospective of her iconic genres encompassing past and present artworks. Not only is Junge a Chicago based artist, but also co-owner of Jackson Junge Gallery which will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary! Through years of exhibiting throughout the country, Junge has established herself as an intoxicating talent on the artistic front. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Junge has become an influential female figure in Chicago’s prominent art scene. Junge explains, “Over the past 10 years my paintings have evolved. The way I think about life and art has changed. I have grown as a painter, yes, but more importantly this exhibition shows how much my mind and way of thinking has changed.”
Exhibition Opens

The Martin
Spooky Marketplace
Grab a Halloween-themed drink and shop wares of our featured makers including pennants, prints, and spooky accessories from Kaitlin Martin, Halloween art and prints from Alejandra Dirzo's Art, mini astrology readings by Jordan Shomer, themed pup bandanas and bow ties from Chicago Dog Co., prints and merch from Chimera Creative Co., a curated vintage collection for your costume needs from Leslie Castromayor, handmade gemstone and crystal jewelry with reiki energy from MojoOwl, custom ready-to-wear embellished jackets from Nora Drew and more! The event also includes a Halloween costume contest, photobooth, spooky treats and beverages! Plus, get information on how you can support the work that Hope For The Day does in the community! See you there, if you dare...
7:00pm to 10:00pm

Sideshow Gallery
Tarot Happy Hour
Sideshow is hosting a regular Tarot Happy Hour to enlighten and align your mind with mindfully crafted cocktails and tarot sessions. Ashlee Stewak of Wayfinder will be reading in 15 or 30 minute sessions and will connect you to the elements through an astro-herbal cocktail. Beverages are intended for healing and integration correlating ingredients with current astrological transitions. Readings will be $20-$30 and include the herbal beverage.
4:00pm to 7:00pm

Volumes Bookcafe
Speak: All Ages Open Mic
We want to create a safe space for Chicago's youth to perform and share their stories, poems, music and more! Join us for the last Friday each month as we open the store to Chicago's young talent. Adults can join the fun as well, but we ask that any work shared be appropriate for young audiences (i.e. No racist, homophobic, transphobic, sexist language. No sex, drugs or violence.) We're excited to get this started. Teachers, spread the word!
6:00pm to 8:30pm

Saturday (10/26/2019)

AdventureLand Works on Paper
Michael Gaylord James: Pictures from the Long Haul
Many moons and sunrises have passed since Michael Gaylord James turned 18 and left the nurturing confines of his hometown. His parents encouraged him to explore and experience new things. And so he has. During his "long haul" he's kept negatives, photos, notes and artifacts, and remains gladly mired in the process of going through them–a regular treat, a continuing love affair with life while reopening and kindling doors of memory likely otherwise lost. Pictures from the Long Haul will take you back and forth across the American landscape, south into Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Cuba, and across the blue waters to Ireland, the old USSR and South Africa. The memories are here for you to devour and absorb. May the experience encourage you to dig deep and find things in your own consciousness to remember, perhaps to share.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day

Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Captured, Sculpted, Written: Pop-up Exhibit by Ramin Takloo-Bighash
Inspired by Ramin’s childhood in a fishing town on the Persian Gulf and his love for movies, this popup show features a sculpture built from rope, found wood, and images of his favorite Iranian movies, set in a site specific presentation of Iranian calligraphy. Ramin Takloo-Bighash is an Iranian artist living in Evanston. He learned Iranian calligraphy from his father and from Reza Seyed Anab as a teenager in Iran. He has lived in the US since 1995. He has shown his work at the Brothers K coffee shop in Evanston, Evanston Art Center, and the Ice House Gallery.
6:00pm to 10:00pm

Challengers Comics + Conversation
Hallowzine Anthology Signing
Do you love Halloween? As in, you love it so much, you put out your Halloween decorations the day after Labor Day, if you've even taken them down at all? If so, do we have an event for you! Join us for a signing of Hallowzine: Sometimes They Come BackHallowzine is a horror and Halloween-themed comics anthology produced by Northside Comic Artists. It will be over 100 pages of comic goodness featuring 25 stories by 28 creators, many of whom hail from the Chicagoland area. Five of the creators from the book: Edward Witt, John Golden, Tony Recktenwald, Robin Carnilius, and Jessica Checkeroski, will be on-hand to sketch in and sign copies of the newest edition. Plus! Candy! Costumes! Absolute Joy for the Season! We personally volunteer you to participate in this fiendish endeavor!!
Noon to 3:00pm

Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Fall Sweater Workshop
Learn how to knit The Leelanau Sweater this autumn season, and start building your handmade wardrobe! Lead by Jackie Valdez, the Fall Sweater Workshop will have you creating confidently! The Leelanau Sweater is a fun and beginner friendly knit, teaching several sweater construction techniques and beginner colorwork. Jackie will guide you through the sweater construction, starting with choosing the perfect yarn, sizing, and gauge swatching, then moving to colorwork techniques, creating the perfect fit, picking up stitches, and finally, finishing and blocking. Each class is tailored to each student’s needs and progress and the $80 package includes 4 classes ($20 additional) and all students will receive 10% off yarn and needles needed for the workshop.

Langer Over Dickie
Portate Bien: Jackie Milad
Jackie Milad creates textured collage and drawing works on paper and canvas. Milad has been featured in group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally. Milad is a three-time recipient of the Individual Artist Grant from Maryland State Arts Council. In 2019 she was honored as a finalist for the prestigious Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize. Milad received her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, and her MFA from Towson University. Besides her active studio practice, Jackie Milad has an extensive career as a curator and educator, where she has committed many years to the education and support of emerging artists.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm

They have yet to be named by their dogs: Andrew Hunt & Caroline Jacobson
Readily described as an installation deploying images, objects and structures, they have yet to be named by their dogs, anonymous canine artists tapped Caroline Jacobson and Andrew Hunt to facilitate reflections on desirability, self-expression and autonomy. The “works” own our beloved artists through their conscription of Hunt & Jacobson to produce images in their doggedness, dollness and humanness.
Closing Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Vertical Gallery
Word To Mother: Let Love Lead the Way
Vertical Gallery is very proud to present Let Love Lead the Way, an exhibit of paintings created over the past two years by British artist Word To Mother. Let Love Lead the Way is split into two bodies—salvaged pieces and layered paintings—featuring cartoon animals united by a shared spirit of perseverance and positivity. A range of textures and objects including rusted metal surfaces and vintage wooden patinas provide the perfect backdrop for the artist’s menagerie of characters, which he executes in a limited palette with minimal use of gold leaf. Gestural marks and layers of illustrations form the surfaces of the contrasting pieces, with WTM's singular line work exploring the optimism and joy that the character forms express. 
Exhibition Closes - Final Day

Sunday (10/27/2019)

Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Texas Two-Step Workshop + Lunar Film/Performance Series: The Phantom Carriage
Put on your boots and come get a refresher on the basic Texas Two-Step taught by Caitlin Rafferty and J.B. Ducketts. Then learn a new spin, tuck and stroll with variations. Good for beginners to moderate dancers. Please note that pace is limited to 30 attendees, and thus ticketed at $13 per ticket.
Get in the spirit of the season with Victor Sjostrom's 1921 silent film and Swedish ghost story, The Phantom Carriage. A live musical score will be performed by Forget the Times.
Dance Class 6:00pm to 8:00pm + Lunar Film & Performance 9:00pm to 11:00pm

Minimalist Wall Hangings Workshop
Join Neighborly along with Joslyn Villalpando of J. Villa Workshop to create your own minimalist wall hanging. This class is all about building a unique piece using string, cord, wood beads, dowel rods and metal hoops, using your own creativity along with the skills Joslyn will teach you to make your wall hanging. These are such a sweet housewarming gift and add something unique and fun to your walls, and make a great addition to a nursery! The $60 tickets include an assortment of string, beads, etc. to use, beverages and snacks, and 10% off any purchases at Neighborly the day of the workshop. Bring a friend! Buy tickets for you and a friend, and receive $10 off the second ticket!
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Volumes Bookcafe
Alessi, Huynh, Mijares Poetry Reading
Michael Alessi’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Paper DartsPassages NorthMid-American ReviewThe Cincinnati Review, and other journals. He is the author of the prose chapbook The Horribles. Amanda Galvan Huynh is a Mexican American writer from Texas. She is the author of Songs of Brujería and Co-Editor of Of Color: Poets' Ways of Making: An Anthology of Transformative Poetics. Her writing has been supported by The MacDowell Colony, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, and others. Natasha Mijares is an artist, writer, curator, and educator. She received her MFA in Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited at MECA International Art Fair in Puerto Rico, The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, TCC Chicago, and Locust Projects. She has been published in Ginger, Container, Vinyl Poetry, The Gravity of the Thing, and others.
5:30pm to 7:30pm

Wicker Park Farmers Market
Our FINAL outdoor farmers market of the season features fresh produce from regional agriculture and local prepared foods, hosted in Wicker Park proper. Ryan Burns will be playing music from 10:00am to noon and Curio du Creep will be sitting in our community booth selling exquisitely creepy dolls to get your heart and home ready for Halloween.
Market Open 8:00am to 2:00pm

Ongoing Exhibitions

The Dime
JUMBO: Nicholas Sistler
Artist Nicholas Sistler fashions whimsical content with an intimate scale. For JUMBO, Sistler has focussed on inventive playfulness through an intuitive process developed over decades of practice. Sistler treats his miniature images (most would fit on a postcard) like advertising, captivating his audience with brilliant colors and meticulous detail, leading them into compositions with beguiling structure. Each painting balances multiple aspects, details and layers, and the more that people look at a painting, the more they’ll be rewarded by Sistler's fascination with optical illusions, ambiguous visual information, and play with space and perspective.

Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Echoview Fiber Mill Trunk Show
Firefly is excited to host a month-long trunk show with Echoview Fiber Mill–a spinning mill, knitting operation, and design house based in Weaverville, NC. They make exceptionally high quality craft knitting and weaving yarns using natural fibers like wool, alpaca, silk, mohair, and organic cotton. Their facility is a Gold LEED certified building. Sustainability is the foundation of their business and is taken into account in each decision made. Located just across the road from the fiber mill is Echoview Farm - an 86 acre tract of land that is home to a menagerie of extremely happy fiber animals, honey bees, dye plants, and chickens.

Gallery Café
Gordana Draganic
Finding inspiration in love and family, Draganic has created a reflective journey of art to share with the public. Stories in each piece, along with colors, curvilinear forms, burns, and texture create an array of visual moments full of discovery. 

LVL3 Gallery
Question and Answer
LVL3 is proud to present Question and Answer, a two-person exhibition featuring Lyndon Barrois Jr. and Roni Packer. Barrois Jr. prompts conversation through didactic compositions of printer matter and peripheral materials. Packer searches for a generative material presence by making connections with form and color. If Barrois Jr. creates relationships through differences, Packer’s work may manifest as the similarities.

Line Dot Editions
Polly Jiménez: SheBody
Line Dot is thrilled to present a new collection of watercolors and mixed media paintings by Polly Jiménez that celebrate a diverse array of female forms. With SheBody, Jiménez explores the relationship between women's bodies and the natural environment as an antidote to machismo culture, creating a space to honor difference across the feminine spectrum. Polly Jiménez is a fine artist and illustrator from Mexico City known for her delicate, narrative-driven watercolors.

Little Broken Things
Oscura features prints by painter Jeffry Dean. He is joined by Nomadic Ant with a jewelry pop up shop.

Roots & Culture
Screen Play: Katy Albert & Emily Eddy + Ariolimax di: Sarah Martino & Claire Jade in the Window
Being behind and in front of a camera is a rough way to live and most of us are living it these days. In Screen Play Katy Albert and Emily Eddy explore performance between the screen, on screen, off screen, and some screens in between. Razing the standards of good taste, videos range from the grotesque to the intimate in a robust schedule of new and recent work. Objects arranged throughout the space reinforce the anguish and pleasure of living with oneself on the mind.

Video Game Art Gallery
Studio Oleomingus: Notes in the Margins of History
Based out of Chala, India, Studio Oleomingus is a two-person game studio known for their visually stunning and narrative-driven games and about the history of India, post-colonialism, and a generative approach toward blending fact and fiction. This exhibition will bring together the various parts of "Somewhere," a ongoing video game epic in several episodes. "Somewhere" is a videogame adaptation of an anthology by the Gujarati playwright Mir UmarHassan, about the search for a mythical city called Kayamgadh. Set in nineteenth century British Colonial India, it traces the lives of several people as they search for a fabled journal which charts a route to Kayamgadh. This exhibition will be Oleomingus’ first in America and will include debut work that has not been previously released to the public.



Thursday (10/24/2019)
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Fall Sweater Workshop - 6:00pm
Logan Arcade: Lumpen Comic Book Party - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Sue Burke: Interference Book Release - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Friday (10/25/2019)
David Leonardis Gallery: Matt Lamb: Art Explosion - reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Firecat Projects: LANDED: Nina Weiss - opening reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Heaven Gallery: Between a Rock and A Dream Vaulted Breath/Winded Spirit - opening reception 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery: A Change of Mind - exhibition opens
The Martin: Spooky Marketplace - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Sideshow Gallery: Tarot Happy Hour - 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Speak: All Ages Open Mic - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Saturday (10/26/2019)
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Michael Gaylord James: Pictures from the Long Haul - exhibition closes
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Captured, Sculpted, Written: Pop-up Exhibition by Ramin Takloo-Bighash - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Challengers Comics + Conversation: Hallowzine Anthology Signing - noon to 3:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Fall Sweater Workshop - 1:00pm
Langer Over Dickie: Portate Bien: Jackie Milad - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
UGLY: They have yet to be named by their dogs: Andrew Hunt & Caroline Jacobson - closing reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Vertical Gallery: Word To Mother: Let Love Lead the Way - exhibition closes

Sunday (10/27/2019)
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Texas Two-Step Workshop - 6:00pm to 8:00pm + Lunar Film/Performance Series: The Phantom Carriage - 9:00pm to 11:00pm
Neighborly: Minimalist Wall Hanging Workshop - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Alessi, Huynh, Mijares Poetry Reading - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market: market open 8:00am to 2:00pm

Ongoing Exhibitions
The Dime: JUMBO: Nicholas Sistler
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Echoview Fiber Mill Trunk Show
Gallery Café: Gordana Draganic
LVL3 Gallery: Question and Answer
Line Dot Editions: Polly Jiménez: SheBody
Little Broken Things: Oscura
Roots & Culture: Screen Play: Katy Albert & Emily Eddy with Ariolimax di: Sarah Martino &Clair Jade in the window
VGA Gallery: Studio Oleomingus: Notes in the Margins of History