Weekend Arts Guide (10/31-11/3 2019)

By: WPB Arts
Sponsors: Wicker Park Bucktown SSA33
Date: October 31, 2019 - November 3, 2019

Image Credit: Miss Pumpkinhead, 2018 acrylic on board by Justin Miller, available at Jackson Junge Gallery

Colorful leaves are blowing in the wind and Chicago has had its first snowfall of the year, all just in time for Halloween! This weekend promises to be filled with spooky fun and artful happenings all across the neighborhood. We start our WPB Weekend Arts Guide off with all of the Halloween festivities you need to fill you Samhain night, whether you're looking for family fun or adult entertainment, and go on to highlight a plethora of great events around Wicker Park and Bucktown...


Thursday (10/31/2019) 
HALLOWEEN


Bordel
The Boodior: A Vaudevillian Halloween
On Halloween night, Bordel sets the stage for an erotic evening of mystery with The Boodoir, a rendezvous of vaudevillian theater. Hosted by Alejandra Guerrero, guests can expect tantalizing burlesque, strong magic, and unique sideshow acts by resident magician AJ Sacco and special guests Aria Delanoche and Brenda LaRose. Follow the music from DJ Greg Corner through the front door of Black Bull, up the stairs and into The Boodoir. Costumes and creative dressing strongly encouraged!
7:00pm to 3:00am


Chopin Theatre
The Silence in Harrow House: An Immersive Puppet Haunted House
You are invited to a once-in-a-lifetime tour of Harrow House, the secluded home and studio of Milton Harrow, the world’s most influential and reclusive architect. With no guide but your instincts, you will be set loose in the infamous home to discover its secrets, free to pull on whatever threads they encounter and become entangled in the terrifying tale that unspools around you. Through puppetry, environmental and sonic design, The Silence in Harrow House brings audiences face to face with cosmic horrors, nightmarish to behold and yet…uncannily familiar. 
7:00pm & 8:15pm


Davenport's Piano Bar & Cabaret
Halloween Mind Shivers with Sidney Friedman
Send shivers up your mind at the 21st annual Mind Shivers, the longest-running Halloween show in Chicago where you experience up-close, an evening with America’s greatest psychic entertainer, Sidney Friedman. This event is a chillingly uplifting, interactive stage show of mindreading, telepathic thrills, ESP, and Sidney’s exclusive music mindreading. As featured on the The View, The Today Show, Windy City Live, and over 50 times on WGN Morning News, this is your chance to experience who the Chicago Tribune calls “the master of all things psychic” and who Forbes calls “the mentalist to the stars.”
7:30pm to 9:00pm


The Den Theatre
Hell Followed With Her
WildClaw Theatre presents the world premiere of Bill Daniel’s zombie western Hell Followed With Her, directed by WildClaw Artistic Director Josh Zagoren. Willow Parker has spent two years with revenge on her mind. Tonight she’s found the man she’s been looking for, but in this small Texas town where their bloody paths have converged, the undead have followed behind her. WildClaw Theatre Company, bringing the world of horror to the stage for 12 years in Chicago, is proud to present this bloody tale of the good, the bad, and the undying horror coming to consume them all.
7:30pm


Emporium Arcade Bar
Shuga Records Halloween Dance Party
This Halloween, come on down to Emporium Arcade Bar for Shuga's first installment in their Dance Party series, featuring Dasani Boys, Garrett David, and Shuga Rose. Come in costume! The weirder, the spookier, the cuter...the better!
7:00pm


EXIT
Halloween Hell 2019
It's almost that time again! Halloween Hell week returns for a full week of madness leading into Halloween night with Exit fully decked out for spooks, goofs, and nights given a special Halloween touch. Dark DJ sets, live performances, costume contests, theme nights, and more! Halloween itself will feature DJ Ryan downstairs and Bondage-a-Go-Go's Halloween Horror Masquerade upstairs.
9:00pm to 4:00am

 
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Fall Sweater Workshop + Halloween Maker Night
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.
After the workshop, join Firefly for their annual Halloween Maker Night! Bring your favorite Halloween snack and relax while watching classic Halloween movies and enjoying drinks and treats! Come dressed up or show up as yourself, just don't forget your project! Get [witch]crafty on this All Hollow's Eve! 
Workshop 2:00pm & Maker Night 4:00pm to 8:00pm


The Hideout
Devil in a Woodpile
For years, the free, unamplified, middle-of-the-room Devil in a Woodpile residency at the Hideout in Chicago was a civic treasure. A coupla sets of rowdy, bawdy, grooving, swinging ROOTS music played the way it was meant to heard---unplugged and part of a neighborhood bar party. Such is the power and mystery of Devil that during their sold out first album release show at the Hideout, there was a lightning storm that knocked out power to the whole area. The barstaff put the beer on ice, lit some candles and the band rocked it like only they could---it was like hopping into a wormhole to the early 1900's. Devil in a Woodpile, they play blues. They also play country. Ragtime. Hot Jazz. Hillbilly. It's all the same to them. Devil In A Woodpile doesn’t have to turn it up to 11 to get their point across--one listen to their raunchy, acoustic mayhem and you’ll be convinced.
6:00pm


Ina Mea Tavern & Packaged Goods
Ina's Voodoo Lounge: NOLA Halloween
Ina Mea will feature a special Forbidden Elixir cocktail menu and voodoo sangria. Halloween Happy Hour from 5:00pm to 7:00pm will feature half price cocktails and an illusionist, followed by a burlesque performance at 9:00pm.
5:00pm to Midnight


Logan Arcade
Stern Army Night: Halloween Edition
Join Logan Arcade for another Stern Army tournament! Win prizes, get IFPA points and hang out with other pinheads! $6 buy-in for cash prize and IFPA fees. And since it will be Halloween, they'll'll throw in a little contest for anyone who dresses in a pinball-related costume! Best pinball/pinball-themed/pinball machine/character-themed costume gets a special prize!
7:00pm to 11:00pm


Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce
Wicked West Trick or Treat Event
The Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce in partnership with West Town and Logan Square Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the Wicked West Trick or Treat Event! Enjoy treats from your favorite shops and restaurants in WPB, West Town, and Logan Square! Use our Wicked West Google Map to plan your route to visit participating businesses.
3:00pm to 6:00pm


Friday (11/1/2019)


AdventureLand Works on Paper
Strong Futures by David Obermeyer
Obermeyer first met Father Pfleger while working on Spike Lee’s film Chiraq as the Production Sound Mixer. Months after the film wrapped he was approaching Father Pfleger asking how he could help through photography. Pfleger brought Obermeyer to the Strong Futures program, which seeks through mentoring and love to help and find employment for the most underserved young adults in our city. For the past couple of years Obermeyer has been photographing the Strong Futures program. His hope is that these portraits expose an invisible part of our city, the part that through racism and neglect remain unseen and forgotten. That this invisible part of our city is able to attain what all strive for; food, shelter, work that is rewarding and a chance to provide for our families.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm


Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
BrittyReaKnits Trunk Show
Brittney of BrittyRaeKnits spent most of her life in sunny Arizona until she found herself moving to Northern Michigan. To keep her desert blood warm in the Great White North, she immediately took up knitting and it quickly became an obsession! Though Brittney loved knitting, she had a hard time finding the exact colors she wanted to work with. Not one to give up, she began to create her own colors, experimenting with different techniques and fibers. Thus, BrittyRaeKnits was born! Now, Brittney creates super-saturated, speckly colorways on high quality yarn bases for makers who love color as much as she does!
Show Opens


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.
6:00pm to 10:00pm


Odd Obsession Movies
Keep Odd Obs Alive: Halloween Weekend Party & Fundraiser
Odd Obsessions are holding a fundraiser party to keep their incredible shop alive, plus it's a great opportunity for you to get a do-over for your Halloween costume and win prizes at a rad party! Tons of fabulous raffle prizes!!! The venue is KIP Studios which is a 2nd floor loft space literally one block from Odd Obsessions. The list of raffle contributors is out of this world! Including Everything Is Terrible, Vinegar Syndrome, Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Rootstock Wine & Beer Bar, Fernet Branca - Milan, Italy, Mirai Sushi - Wicker Park, Shedd Aquarium, Escape Artistry, Dark Matter Coffee, Olive Films, and more... The event will also feature DJs and producers DJ Form, Drewski, Renan, Cudtry Cadillac, DJ Tim Nice, Sickeee, El Doze, Scott McGaughey, and more. The Odd Obsessions folks will be projecting utter craziness from their 25,000 title collection, as well as screening vids that friends of the store have contributed to the cause. At the end of night winners will be picked for the Masquerade Costume Contest. Purchase of a raffle ticket is all you need to then be able to sign up to win. Prizes catagories include Best VHS-themed costume, Best Horror costume, Best Half-Assed-Yet-Effective costume, and Best Charles Bronson costume. All costume contestants get buy-one-raffle-get-one-free! Admission is FREE.
6:00pm to 1:00am


Saturday (11/2/2019)


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.
1:00pm


Heaven Gallery
Between a Rock and a Dream Artist Talk
Join artists Catherine Hu and Yunhee Min to walk through their show Between a Rock and a Dream. Coffee donated by Starbucks and pastries by Artemios.
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.
1:00pm


Volumes Bookcafe
Grace Blakley & Micah Uetricht
The power of the people compels you! Join Volumes for a Halloween exorcism with Grace Blakeley and Micah Uetricht, as they exorcise the capitalist ghouls who sacrifice our lives and those of future generations to their lust for wealth and power. Leading us in the exorcism will be Grace Blakeley, author of Stolen: How to Save the World from Financialization, and Micah Uetricht, managing editor of Jacobin, author of Strike for America and member of the Democratic Socialists of America. There will be refreshments and candies. Dressing up is encouraged!
6:30pm to 9:00pm


Sunday (11/3/2019)


Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Stitch Marker Workshop
Make your own stitch markers and progress keepers! Firefly will provide the tools, materials, and instructions. Bring your own beads or found objects if you'd like. Each participant will also receive a special glow-in-the-dark Firefly charm to complete their own me-made set.
2:00pm to 4:00pm


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.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day


Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.
Secret Agent Storytime
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


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.


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.


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. 

   
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.


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.”


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.


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
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.


 

Locations

Thursday (10/31/2019)
HALLOWEEN
Bordel: The Boodior: A Vaudevillian Halloween - 7:00pm to 3:00am
Chopin Theatre: The Silence in Harrow House: An Immersive Puppet Haunted House - 7:00pm & 8:15pm
Davenport's Piano Bar & Cabaret: Halloween Mind Shivers with Sidney Friedman - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
The Den Theatre: Hell Followed With Her - 7:30pm
Emporium Arcade Bar: Shuga Records Halloween Dance Party - 7:00pm
EXIT: Halloween Hell 2019 - 9:00pm to 4:00am
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Fall Sweater Workshop - 2:00pm + Halloween Maker Night - 4:00pm to 8:00pm
The Hideout: Devil in a Woodpile - 6:00pm
Ina Mea Tavern & Packaged Goods: Ina's Voodoo Lounge: NOLA Halloween - 5:00pm to midnight
Logan Arcade: Stern Army Night: Halloween Edition - 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce: Wicked West Trick or Treat Event - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Friday (11/1/2019)
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Strong Futures by David Obermeyer - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: BrittyReaKnits Trunk Show - show opens
Flat Iron Arts Building: First Friday at the Flat Iron - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Odd Obsessions Movies: Keep Odd Obsessions Alive: Halloween Weekend Party & Fundraiser - 6:00pm to 1:00am

Saturday (11/2/2019)
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio:
 Fall Sweater Workshop - 1:00pm
Heaven Gallery: Between a Rock and a Dream Artist Talk - 1:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Grace Blakley & Micah Uetricht - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Sunday (11/3/2019)
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Stitch Marker Workshop - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
LVL3 Gallery: Question and Answer - exhibition closes
Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.: Secret Agent Storytime - 11:00am

Ongoing Exhibitions
The Dime: JUMBO: Nicholas Sistler
Firecat Projects: LANDED: Nina Weiss
Gallery Café: Gordana Draganic
Heaven Gallery: Between a Rock and a Dream Vaulted Breath/Winded Spirit
Jackson Junge Gallery: A Change of Mind
Langer Over Dickie: Portate Bien: Jackie Milad
Line Dot Editions: Polly Jiménez: SheBody
Little Broken Things: Oscura
Roots & Culture: Screen Play: Katy Albert & Emily Eddy with Ariolimax di: Sarah Martino & Claire Jade in the window
VGA Gallery: Studio Oleomingus: Notes in the Margins of History