Weekend Arts Guide (10/3-10/6 2019)

By: WPB Arts
Sponsors: Wicker Park Bucktown SSA33
Date: October 3, 2019 - October 6, 2019

Image Credit: Painting by Nicholas Sistler as seen in JUMBO, opening this weekend at The Dime.

The first weekend of October is filled with tons of exhibition openings, happenings, and special events on top of the usual First Friday festivities. Plus a few things are starting to get spooky just in time for the Halloween season! Our latest WPB Weekend Arts Guide has the details...

Thursday (10/3/2019)

Sideshow Gallery
Appalachian Broom Making Workshop
Learn the lost art of Appalachian Broom making! These beautiful brooms can be used in traditional ways, as ritualistic practice, or as an elegantly rustic home decor. The workshop will be two days in the shop to learn these special techniques and complete one large broom and one hand broom if there are supplies available. You have the option to bring your own stick for the handle of your large broom or one can be provided for you. This will be a wonderful workshop spent learning these timeless practices. Register HERE.
4:00pm to 8:00pm

Volumes Bookcafe
Deep Dish Fall Edition
Join the folks at Volumes for another round of the quarterly Deep Dish: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Speculative Fiction reading series. Featured readers include Jane Rosenberg Laforge, author of The Hawkman; Silvia Moreno-Garcia, author of Gods of Jade and Shadow; and Scott Huggins, author of AllThese Things Huge and Hideous. Rapid fire readers include Sue Burke, author of Semiosis; Jeremy John; Anaea Lay; and Mary Anne Mohanraj.
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Friday (10/4/2019)

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.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm

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.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Firecat Projects
Positive Slope: Stories of Chicago Public Schools
Positive Slope is CPS Lives' first ever group show of this scale. CPS Lives is a non-profit arts organization that pairs Chicago artists, designers, creatives, thinkers, makers, and educators with a Chicago Public School during the academic year to collaborate on a project, sharing the unique and individual story of each Chicago Public School. Exhibiting artists include Marzena Abrahamik, Kioto Aoki, Kris Brailey, Suzette Bross, Doug Fogelson, Scott Fortino, Jim Iska, Michelle Keim, Carlos Matallana, Janet Mesic-Mackie, Jeff Phillips, Eileen Ryan, Jaclyn Silverman, Sa Schloff, Jan Tichy, and Jay Wolke.
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Dragon Breath Knit-Along
Jackie Valdez will be leading the knit-along of the Dragon Breath shawl by Andree Beddoe, every Friday during Wine and Unwind nights for four weeks. Dragon Breath offers fun and rewarding knitting experiences even to experienced knitters. This design starts with a circular shape, and then through the magic of short rows, it is transformed into the rounded, crescent shape form. Learn to make the very cool Soleil cast-on and use a modified version of Lynne Barr’s Continuously Applied Pieces method to knit the lace edge (Dragon Flames!) continuously without breaking the yarn.
4:00pm to 8:00pm

Flat Iron Arts Building
First Friday at the Flat Iron
The Flat Iron Arts Building and Flat Iron Artist Association hold a monthly First Friday event where artists and galleries from Chicago’s historic Flat Iron Arts Building will open their studios to the public for an evening of viewing, chatting, networking, and overall inundation of the arts. This presents the neighborhood's most concentrated area of artists studios in the most accessible way possible. The open studios event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided by No Bones Beach Club.
Studios Open 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Quimby's Bookstore
Kevin Huizenga: The River at Night Release
A man has trouble falling asleep and reflects on his life, marriage, and time itself. In The River at Night, Kevin Huizenga delves deep into consciousness. What begins as a simple, distracted conversation between husband and wife, Glenn and Wendy Ganges becomes an exploration of being and the passage of time. The River at Night flashes back, first to satirize the dot-com boom of the late 1990s and then to examine the camaraderie of playing first-person shooter video games with work colleagues. Huizenga shifts focus to suggest ways to fall asleep, ponders what the passage of time feels like to geologists or productivity gurus. The story explores the simple pleasures of a marriage, like lying awake in bed next to a slumbering lover, along with the less cherished moments of disappointment or inadvertent betrayal of trust. The River at Night is a modern formalist masterpiece as empathetic, inventive, and funny as anything ever written.
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Sideshow Gallery
Appalachian Broom Making Workshop Tarot Happy Hour
Learn the lost art of Appalachian Broom making! These beautiful brooms can be used in traditional ways, as ritualistic practice, or as an elegantly rustic home decor. The workshop will be two days in the shop to learn these special techniques and complete one large broom and one hand broom if there are supplies available. You have the option to bring your own stick for the handle of your large broom or one can be provided for you. This will be a wonderful workshop spent learning these timeless practices. Register HERE.
Following Friday's workshop, Sideshow will host a 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.
Workshop noon to 2:00pm; Happy Hour 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Volumes Bookcafe
Tim Hillegonds: The Distance Between
Join Volumes as author Tim Hillegonds presents his memoir, The Distance Between. At eighteen years old, with no high school diploma, a growing rap sheet, and a failed relationship with his estranged father, Timothy J. Hillegonds took a one-way flight from Chicago to Colorado in hopes of leaving his mounting rage and frustration behind. His plan was simple: snowboard, hang out, live an uncomplicated life. The Distance Between chronicles how Hillegonds’s plan went awry after he immediately jumped head first into a turbulent relationship with April, a Denny’s coworker and single mother. At once passionate and volatile, their relationship was fueled by vodka, crystal methamphetamine, and poverty—and it sometimes became violent. Mere months after moving to the mountains, when the stakes felt like they couldn’t be higher, Hillegonds learned April was pregnant with his child. More than just a harrowing story of addiction and abuse or a simple mea culpaThe Distance Between is a finely wrought exploration of, and reckoning with, absent fathers, fatherhood, violence, adolescent rage, white male privilege, and Hillegonds’s own toxic masculinity. With nuance and urgency, The Distance Between takes readers through the grit of life on the margins while grappling with the problematic nature of one man’s existence.
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Saturday (10/5/2019)

Challengers Comics + Conversation
The Center for Cartoon Studies
The Center for Cartoon Studies will be in Chicago at Challengers. Meet CCS student Coco Fox, ask questions about the program, get some cartooning tips, and pick up a free copy of This Is What Democracy Looks Like: A Graphic Guide to Governance.
Noon to 2:00pm

Little Broken Things
Oscura will feature prints by painter Jeffry Dean. He will be joined by Nomadic Ant with a jewelry pop up shop and beer from Marz Brewing for the opening. Bring some friends and drink while you shop!
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Roots & Culture
The Way You Talk + Queen's Throat
The Way You Talk is a selection of four series of works including text based paintings and ceramic sculptures made by Jory Drew, who has pulled from a personal archive of audio and written recordings between himself and former sexual and romantic partners. He is concerned with the nature of love and the capitalization of desire through media, technology, and art. Combining critical theory, pornography, and contemporary pop-cultural themes with auto-biographical experiences, Drew chronicles his own sexual promiscuity, emotions, and relationships through interdisciplinary methods modeled after commercial ad campaigns, teen-idol ephemera, and abstract formalism.
In Queen's Throat, drag and figuration act as an intersection between the work of artists Caleb Yono and Zachary Hutchinson, and a method of engagement in their relationship. Yono’s paintings depict a chromatic world of high-femme figures entranced and bewitched by desire. Hutchinson’s sculptures are new works created for this installation. The artist’s experience with  previous work creating masks, dolls, and, dresses, take a new form inspired by Yono’s  paintings and the work of Greer Lankton experienced in person while working as a docent.
Exhibitions Close - Final Day

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. 
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Volumes Bookcafe
Joshua A. Douglas: Vote For Us
An expert on US election law presents an encouraging assessment of current efforts to make our voting system more accessible, reliable, and effective. Professor Joshua A. Douglas tells the stories of how everyday Americans are working to take back our democracy, one community at a time, by expanding voter eligibility, easing registration rules, making voting more convenient, enhancing accessibility, taking back redistricting, transforming civics education, fixing campaign finance, and more! The book includes an appendix of organizations all over the country working on these efforts, so you can affect change in your own community!
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Young Chicago Authors
Annual Free Store
Hey Chicago it’s that time of year again! YCA is having their Annual Free Store—a community store with free clothes, shoes accessories and much more for teens and young adults of all genders and body types. YCA invites teens and young adults to come through and shop for free. The day will include a workshop, game zone and performances. The schedule includes “Fashion + Social Justice” with prgrssn from noon to 2:00pm; hair cuts from Jonathan Vasquez of Lincoln Park Barbershop from 1:00pm to 5:00pm; and performances from Penelope Algeria and Kevin Coval from 5:00pm to 6:00pm.
Noon to 6:00pm

Sunday (10/6/2019)

Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Everything Has Changed: Life Altering Health Care Experiences in 21st Century USA Artist Talk & Closing Reception
Agitator Gallery is hosting an artist talk and closing event for their current exhibition. Everything Has Changed features work by artists who have experienced, or are experiencing, life changing health care experiences. The exhibit includes 2D & 3D work, performance and video. Curated by Gretchen Hasse, the exhibition features artists Salvador Campos, Sara Peak Convery, Perry Danis, Tanuja Jagernauth, Micah Dillman, Jessica Fenlon, Michael Gallagher, Jennifer Hochesang and Mimi Wallman, Megan Keating, Brianne LaPelusa, Carole McCurdy, Chuck McNally, Frederick Nitsch, Hamsen Peeler, Mason Pott, Zoë Sapienza, Sara Sinuk, Stephanie Sinuk, Brett Taylor, Kinnari Vora, Rachel Wallis, Patrick Wilkins, and Sid Yiddish.
Closing Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Wicker Park Farmers Market
Fresh produce from regional agriculture and local prepared foods culminate with a weekly market in Wicker Park proper. The market will feature musical performances Joe and the Krikorians from noon to 2:00pm. Kambs Jenning Group will occupy the community booth this weekend.
Market Open 8:00am to 2:00pm

Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.
Secret Agent Story Time
Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to sing, dance, read books, and make crafts with Agent Zach and your friends, parents, and siblings on the first Sunday of every month at the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. This message will self-destruct in 30 seconds. We're counting on you, junior story agents! This event is free and open to the public. Recommended for junior agents ages 0-4 and their families.
11:00am to noon

Ongoing Exhibitions

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 Cafe
Sam Lynn Studio: Landscapes Reimagined
Sam Lynn focuses on the idea of abstracting landscapes in her solo show at Gallery Cafe. All art will be for sale, as well as hand painted jewelry.

Heaven Gallery
Knows No Bounds
Immersive. Experiential. Activation. Sensorial. Ever increasingly, descriptors such as these are being used to express and construct the contemporary art-going experience. Trendy pop-ups dubbed as art museums are intensifying the tendency and lending to an expectation and misperception that to feel emotion or to share a connection with art it must be touched, stepped on, laid upon or even jumped into. Through a shared and intimate knowledge of material and subject matter, Knows No Bounds seeks to recalibrate the act of experiencing art, as we know it today. An engagement in which lingering observation is welcomed for its innate ability to spark any infinite number of internal associations for the viewer, bringing all bounds tumbling down. Curated by Denise Joseph, the exhibition features the work of Zachary Buchner, Rachel Eng, Crystal Gregory, Phillip Maisel, Jaclyn Mednicov, Ben Pederson, Mike Rea, and Gwendolyn Zabicki.

Jackson Junge Gallery
The Jackson Junge Gallery presents BLUE, its fourth and final group exhibition of the 2019 season. The exhibition showcases 50 works of art featuring painting, photography and sculpture by 35 American artists from all over the United States exploring the multi-faceted visual and conceptual interpretations of the color blue. Blue, one of the three primary colors, has evolved over time to symbolize an array of definition and appears everywhere in our daily lives. The color of the sky, bodies of water, stones, various flora, and the like have inspired creativity for millennia. Not only does this hue appear in a tangible capacity, it is also used in association with abstract and ephemeral descriptions such as sadness, tranquility, death and inspiration in an amalgam of ways. Exhibiting artists include Sam Arnold, Ryan Blume, Kevin Connaughton, Helen Dannelly, David Decesaris, Dimitre, Faye Earnest, RenO Franczek, Carol Hamilton, Fletcher Hayes, M. Jackson, Jason E. Jones, Rita Dianni Kaleel, Kurt Kreissl, Richard Laurent, Cynthia J. Lee, Paula Loomis, Kelly Mathews, Joan Mclane, James Mesplé, David Moenkhaus, Julie Rivera, Peter E. Russell, Samuel Schwindt, Kristi Sloniger, Smith, Richard Sperry, John Stillmunks, Jim Storrs, Jill Sutton, Pearlie Taylor, Ken Tremback, Cristinia Velazquez, and Derek Walter.

Langer Over Dickie
Hunt and Play: Jonathan Korotko
Jonathan Korotko is an artist who works with fiber in sculptural form. In his current practice, Korotko examines the intersections of aesthetics coming from his own familial history and what an empowering queer aesthetic might look like today. As a maker, Korotko thinks of ways to allow people to connect to a sense of political agency and community through aesthetic form. He is interested in ways objects can be just as influential as people in one’s coming of age. He wants people to think about the significance of style as part of political mobilization in queer history. Korotko is interested in camp aesthetics as a form of play that distorts traditional norms of appearance, drawn to and identifying with certain objects: flamboyant ones, feminine ones. If viewers see his objects and are drawn to them, he wants the viewer to feel affirmed in their desires or fantasies. There is no shame in this.

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
Darts on a Map: A Collection of People, Places, and Personalities
Curated by Chicago's own Czr Prz, Darts on a Map brings together a diverse selection of contemporary artistic talent from all over the globe. The lineup of top established and emerging artists includes 2 Alas, Ava Grey Designs, Sarah Best, Denial, Joe Iurato, Ian Kuali'i, Kevin Ledo, Marka27, Ozmo, Pixel Pancho, Czr Prz, Michael Reeder, Nicole Salgar, Rachel Strum, and Marina Zumi.

Rainbo Club
Holly Murkerson & Michael Vallera
New photographic works by Holly Murkerson and Michael Vallera.

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.

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 (10/3/2019)
Sideshow Gallery: Appalachian Broom Making Workshop - 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Deep Dish Fall Edition - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Friday (10/4/2019)
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Michael Gaylord James: Pictures from the Long Haul - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
The Dime: JUMBO: Nicholas Sistler - opening reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Firecat Projects: Positive Slope: Stories of Chicago Public Schools - opening reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Dragon Breath Knit-Along - 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Flat Iron Arts Building: First Friday at the Flat Iron - studios open 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Quimby's Bookstore: Kevin Huizenga: The River at Night Release - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Sideshow Gallery: Appalachian Broom Making Workshop Tarot Happy Hour - noon to 2:00pm; 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Tim Hillegonds: The Distance Between - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Saturday (10/5/2019)
Challengers Comics + Conversation: The Center for Cartoon Studies - noon to 2:00pm
Little Broken Things: Oscura - opening reception 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Roots & Culture: The Way You Talk Queen's Throat - exhibitions close
Vertical Gallery: Word To Mother: Let Love Lead the Way - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Joshua A. Douglas: Vote For Us - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Young Chicago Authors: Annual Free Store - noon to 6:00pm

Sunday (10/6/2019)
Agitator Co-operative Gallery:  Everything Has Changed: Life Altering Health Care Experiences in 21st Century USA - artist talk + closing reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market: market open 8:00am to 2:00pm
Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.: Secret Agent Story Time - 11:00am to noon

Ongoing Exhibitions
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Echoview Fiber Mill Trunk Show
Gallery Cafe: Sam Lynn Studio: Landscapes Reimagined
Heaven Gallery: Knows No Bounds
Jackson Junge Gallery: BLUE
Langer Over Dickie: Hunt and Play: Jonathan Korotko
LVL3 Gallery: Question and Answer
Line Dot Editions: Darts on a Map: A Collection of People, Places, and Personalities
Rainbo Club: Holly Murkerson & Michael Vallera
UGLY: Andrew Hunt & Caroline Jacobson
VGA Gallery: Studio Oleomingus: Notes in the Margins of History