Weekend Arts Guide (12/14-12/16 2018)
Image Credit: Essential Knowledge: Black Widow, by Colin Matthes as seen in Total Information Objects, closing this weekend at Roots & Culture.
Semesters are coming to an end, winter is officially just around the corner, and the arts in Wicker Park Bucktown are hopping just in time for the holidays! Don't miss the exhibitions that are coming to a close this weekend and keep your evenings artful by stopping by the numerous opening receptions, happenings and programming, as well as readings, pop-up markets, and other events. Whether you're looking for some gift ideas, critical curation, or bold and interesting artwork, be sure you peruse the latest issue of our WPB Weekend Arts Guide to get a head's up to things going on around the neighborhood!
Corbett vs. Dempsey
Concert: Paal Nilssen-Love
A rare solo concert by Paal Nilssen-Love. One of the great improvisors of our day and an omnivorous drummer and multiple-percussionist who incorporates everything from delicate/disparate noise-making to 350-horsepower rhythmic engine, Nilssen-Love has occupied the furnace room in many groups, including Atomic, the Thing, and his own Large Unit. Come hear what magic the Norwegian musician can conjure without all the horns and strings around – a master drummer and his percussibles. This is the final musical event at CvsD’s original space above Dusty Groove. Come help us celebrate the transition as we ready for the big move and look back at the good times at 1120 N Ashland.
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Official Beatles Pinball Launch Party
In the world capital of pinball, just a few blocks from where Ringo's signature drums were made, you can now play one of the first and only Beatles pinball machines ever made! The Warlock will be DJing all things Beatles until midnight with videos of The Beatles on the screens and multiple machines for tournament or casual play. Two Brothers will provide a special Beatles themed beer, as well.
The Occult Bookstore
Join The Occult Bookstore as we honor our 100 years as a Magickal and Spiritual Resource Center in Chicago. Founded in 1918, the Occult Bookstore has served the community for a century, keeping the mission and mysteries alive with a staff of skilled and experienced practitioners on the path of spirituality. The evening's gala in coordination with Black Lotus Kult, featuring Michael Bertiaux, Michael Staley of Starfire Publishing, and entertainment by Marcus Broderick Montgomery and Kindle Cimmerian. Also featuring the North American launch of Starfire Publishing's Servants of the Star & the Snake, a collection of eighteen essays by fourteen different writers on the work of Kenneth and Steffi Grant. Publisher Michael Staley will be on hand to speak to us about this work. After the talk, attendees may have copies signed by various contributors in attendance (including Michael Staley and Michael Bertiaux). The evening will culminate with a question and answer session with Starfire, Michael Bertiaux and Black Lotus Kult.
6:00pm to 9:00pm
The Silver Room Pop-Up
Grown Folks Stories
We're back in Wicker Park for a very special Grown Folks Stories hosted by the one and only Cara Brigandi. You will not want to miss this! Come tell us some stories. We're listening and ready for you. You get five minutes on the mic, any story you want. There are no themes; no readings, no poetry, no spokenword, no BS. We are organic storytellers. Come join your, soon to be, new community. We already love you. $5 suggested donation, get there early for a seat or bring your own.
7:00pm to 10:00pm
PINAN: The Believer Release Party
Peter Quach and Carolina Alonso Bejarano have a forthcoming 15 page comic in the December/January issue of The Believer. They'll be performing/showing their work at Quimby's! Carolina Alonso Bejarano was born in Bogotá and she is a professor in the Latino and Caribbean Studies Department at Rutgers University. She is a feminist organizer, writer and translator. Her first book, Decolonizing Ethnography: Undocumented Immigrants and New Directions in Social Science is forthcoming from Duke University Press. She is a collective member of Sangría Editora, a bilingual publishing house based in New York City and Santiago de Chile, and in her spare time she works as a DJ in the Tri-state area. Peter Quach is a comic book artist, illustrator, and graphic designer based in Chicago, IL. His comic I Am a Racist (And so Can You) was a notable comic in the Best American Comics 2013 anthology. His other works include Transit (2009), Freedman (2011), Temporary (2013), and the webcomics Gumdrops (2014–17) and But by Laughter (2017-). He is also a collective member of Sangría Editora.
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Challengers Comics + Conversation
Power Punch Boot Camp Signing and Sketching
'Tis the season to welcome artist Alex Rosado back to Challengers to celebrate the release of his brand new graphic novel (written by Ellie Egleton), Power Punch Boot Camp! With the goal of world domination, the terrible wannabe villain Bonester is forced to team-up with the heroic Skylark, the timid Fish Boy Frank and the hopeless romantic Rock King to beat the evil Professor Pain. With a traitor on board, the Bonester is forced to make a decision which leaves his world domination in the balance. How far will a villain go to save his unlikely friends? Power Punch Boot Camp is an 80 page, full-color all-ages graphic novel that makse for a great Christmas present for the little superheroes in your life.
Noon to 3:00pm
FUBU yoga + Exposure x Black Radical Imagination: Future Enclaves Film Screening
The way they pathologize our bodies, it can be hard to (re)member our flesh and bone are our home. "Wellness" is rarely a site where we are in sight, yoga studios, even less so. This yoga practice is a gentle reminder to feel where tension and tenderness live in our breath and body with curiosity and care to a playlist curated with black folx in mind. This teacher knows no one can know this as deeply as you do because only you breathe your body. We will close with an optional meditation. All levels welcome to explore. Please bring your own mat (and a spare if you have it, for someone who may not).
This partner film short program brings together selected works from Black Radical Imagination’s touring screening program with film works from local Chicago based artists. Curated in collaboration with Exposure, this screening event bridges together Black media artists of the diaspora exploring notions of grief, memory, family, and home as re-imagined pathways to create new models of self-actualization and liberation pedagogies. The program will feature works by: Dana Washington , Ireashia Monét, JENN NKIRU, Alima Lee, Amina Ross, Zakkiyyah Najeebah, and Ameila Umihire.
Both events are part of the programming for the current exhibition, Oh, Maker.
Yoga 2:00pm to 3:00pm + Film Screening 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Roots & Culture
Total Information Objects: New work by Colin Matthes & Christopher Smith
with Charles E. Robert III: Work days-for work, holidays-for sorcery in the Window Gallery
For Total Information Objects, Colin Matthes’ work includes home defense paintings, instructional drawings, and decoys for home décor. These works aim to solve, create, or poke at looming environmental, domestic, and cultural problems. The father of two young kids, Matthes is occupying an increasingly isolated space and letting anxiousness and humor guide his making. Works in this exhibition deal with launching nukes, riding horses, truth, productivity, and fucking ticks. Christopher Smith designed workstations inspired by office supplies, shipping/receiving facilities, and experiments in the field of chronobiology. These experiments involve isolating a human test subject deep in a cave away from any sense of time (sunlight, moonlight, clocks, etc). These hybrid workstations become backgrounds for digital labor, a type of labor that extends beyond human circadian time, and collapses administration with production, management, and public relations.
Charles Robert borrowed the title of Work days-for work, holidays-for sorcery from text noted in the subtitles of Sergei Parajanov’s Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors during a recent viewing. It seemed to perfectly encapsulate the artist's approach to creating this installation. As a departure from several ongoing projects this piece casts a series of spells with a hybrid of decorative symbologies and re-imagined folk traditions.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day
Chicago Makers Pop-Up
Sideshow has been doing Christmas events for 6 years...and this year we wanted to give you something different. Without a huge event to have to go to, we will be hosting artists all month long. Join us for some afternoon shopping with some of our newer artists and some who we wish we could always have more of! This week we are happy to have Madame Moth and Bird Trouble. Avoid crowds and get out early!
2:00pm to 6:00pm
Shop small! Shop local! Come explore this cool strip of small businesses and enter for the chance to win a giant Western Ave Small Businesses gift basket! Each participating store will have in-store specials or events, refreshments and giveaways. Make a purchase at any location to receive a raffle ticket. Gift basket includes great items from all participating locations! Participating locations and deals include:
Saint Lucia's Smoke Shop - 20% off sale, drinks & snacks
Little Broken Things - Drinks & Snacks
O’s Tap - Drink specials, Toys for Tots drive
Toy de Jour: Vintage, Toys, Arts & Farts - Drinks & Snacks, Toys for Tots drive
Electric Mud - $5 Small coffee and doughnut special
MOPED - Drinks & Snacks
Fresh Market Place
ipsento - 15% off merchandise
CHALLENGERS Comics + Conversation - Artist event with Alex Rosado, free sketches and signing
Sideshow Gallery - Chicago Makers Pop-Up event
Eskell - 15% off sale, drinks & snacks
Revolution Tattoo - $100 flash specials
Jen Jansen Photography - Walk-in polaroid special, make a button, 15% off bookings
Green Eye Lounge - Drink specials
2:00pm to 7:00pm
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, 2019! 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 Mike Felton starting at noon.
Market Open 9:00am to 2:00pm
Bazaar of the Occult @ The Den Theatre
An Occult Xmas Pop-Up Shop
Here's your chance to celebrate the upcoming Yule season with our talented roster of creators and find unique gifts for the creep in your life. The bazaar hosts over 30 artists, witches, wizards, seers, and readers, complete with prints, jewelry, crystals, pins, art, apparel, cocktails, and tarot, plus live giveaways and prizes! The market will also feature a vintage 19th century tintype photo-booth, along with tarot, reiki, and psychic readings, and more!
5:00pm to 11:00pm
Watson & Parcell Present: White Christmas in Concert
Partners in Show-Business Ethan Parcell (drums) and Alec Watson (piano) are proud to present: White Christmas. Join us for a one time only instrumental re-imagining of the classic 1954 Irving Berlin movie-musical starring Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney; a holiday favorite that has delighted audiences young and old for decades. Watson & Parcell will be performing the movie's soundtrack head-to-toe; not an intro untouched, not a dance-break deserted, not a tender ballad betrayed. The entertainment duo have been described as "the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers of musical comedy," "the Rogers & Hammerstein of popular American song," and "the Marx Brothers of live performance." Refreshments will be provided and donation of $10 is suggested.
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery
The Forest Within Book Launch
The Forest Within isn’t the product of an English department, and Sue Susman, a clinical social worker, isn’t a member of any special avant garde school of poets. Rather she’s a deeply insightful human being with a grand capacity for self-examination — and self-healing. Many of these poems manifest a startling metaphorical beauty. Susman records those precious moments when she’s somehow managed to wipe her vision clean and experience raw reality in its significance, granting us the inner sense of it. At these times her poetry carries an echo of Rumi, refining an infinite beauty from within a crucible of finite pain. The poems make reference to depression, bereavement, loneliness, even sexual abuse. Whether or not the poet has endured the pain she describes is beside the point; she manages to masterfully portray the human predicament, using her own life events, certainly, but also reaching into the wellspring of common experience. Her images are mirrors in which we recognize our own suffering and its aftermath before being gently lead to our own personal salvation.
3:00pm to 4:30pm
Erin Washington Performance Lecture
On Friday July 2, 1982, at the age of 33, Larry Richard Walters filled 45 weather balloons with helium. Walters attached the helium filled balloons to his lawn chair, put on a parachute, and strapped himself into the chair in the backyard of his home in San Pedro, California. Join us as artist Erin Washington (featured in messy universe) discusses her muse, Larry, probability, art, and wonder as a reaction to the absurd.
2:00pm to 3:00pm
No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab
Transporting a Lick In The Time as an Apparent Macular Neurosis
A special evenoon of performance art with Máiréad Delaney, Mariel Martinez, Sat Night Unravel, and more. Pay with a poem or pay with a butt print.
4:00pm to 9:00pm
Video Game Art Gallery
Backlog: Five Years Building the VGA Print Collection
Since 2013 VGA Gallery has collected two-dimensional prints related to significant works of video game art. To mark the five year anniversary of our continually growing archive this exhibition will mix the old and the new as well as the local and the international of video game art prints. Never presented as a substitution for the experience of real-time play, prints offer incredible value in the ongoing art history of video games. Whether they are a document of an artist’s process, a capture of a significant moment that might pass by quickly in live media, or a closer look at what is underneath the surface of games, prints expand and explode the highly concentrated storage of concepts and experiences packed into each title.
Final Day - Exhibition Closes
AdventureLand Works on Paper
Tom Bachtell in Adventure Land
Join us for fun and beautiful portraits by Tom Bachtell!
Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Holiday Fundraiser Show
Artwork by new Agitator members Sarah Bell, Jen Lau and Danielle Owensby will be featured. This show offers artwork made by Agitator Gallery member artists for sale whose proceeds go to cover gallery operation costs, and artwork for direct sale made by Agitator members — Michelle Graves, Gretchen Hasse, Larry Kamphausen, Andrea Kaspryk, Emilio Nadales, Luna Rail.
Corbett vs. Dempsey
Robert Lostutter: Kyōsei
It is with pleasure that Corbett vs. Dempsey presents its third exhibition with Robert Lostutter. Entitled Kyōsei, it will feature a suite of fresh works in graphite and a new poem. This show is the ghost that we leave behind. We are pleased to announce that Kyōsei will be the final show in the original CvsD space at 1120 N. Ashland Avenue. We have been here for 15 years and are now excited for the next chapter in a new space...
Firecat Winter Fundraiser
Support Firecat's mission by coming to our winter sale featuring artwork along with an extensive collection of vintage records, sports memorabilia, books, and more.
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
Reality Bytes + Sounds of Music + Holiday Sale and Market (continued)
Reatlity Bytes is an exhibition of work by artists Jason Bruek and Kate Harrold.
Music and fine art have a long history of exchange and harmony. In this Sounds of Music, the Jackson Junge Gallery features artwork with a wide veriety of interpretations of music and sound in art.
The gallery will also be carrying a variety of local, handmade products featured in their Holiday Gift Market as well as continuing their holiday sale, which grants 20% discounts on reproduction prints and custom framing as well as sales between 50% and 70% off for ready-made frames! Sale runs through December 31, 2018.
LVL3 is proud to present messy universe, a two-person show featuring Adam Milner and Erin Washington. Milner meticulously creates intimate collections as reflections of daily life, routine and personal relationships; his archival process reveal objects as active subjects. Washington’s process of mark making and materiality, symbolic to permanence and histories, demands an active presence which highlights disharmony and failures in search of meaning. messy universe investigates the artists’ processes of collecting and uncovering in order to find meaning in the things that are right in front of us.
Little Broken Things
For the next month, the side gallery at Little Broken Things will feature artwork from Sam Nigrosh.
We are super pumped to have our old friend and Brown Brothers Tattoo shop owner Max Brown for his first solo Chicago art show. With plenty of years of good times under our belt, we are looking forward to having Max back again and for him to be exhibiting what he has been up to.
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 - just in time for the holidays. We got your gift ideas covered.
Young Chicago Authors
Work: A Tararchy Solo Show
Tara Zanzig is a Chicago based artist working in hand embellished, screen printed media. Characterized by an unrefined, analog aesthetic, Tara’s work seeks meaning in a commercially driven society through portraiture of its icons and idols. For almost 70 years, Lucy Parsons (c. 1853 – March 7, 1942) fought for the rights of the poor and disenfranchised in the face of an oppressive industrial economic system. While there is much perceived socioeconomic advancement since the early 20th century, Lucy’s work is remarkably relevant and increasingly important given our current political climate. Work explores the work and life of this preeminent activist. In addition to a consistent art practice, Tara teaches screen printing and is the studio coordinator for Spudnik Press Cooperative. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Corbett vs. Dempsey: Concert: Paal Nilssen-Love - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Logan Arcade: Official Beatles Pinball Launch Party - 7:00pm
The Occult Bookstore: Centennial Celebration - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
The Silver Room Pop-up: Grown Folks Stories - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: PINAN: The Believer Release Party - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Challengers Comics + Conversation: Power Punch Book Camp Signing and Sketching - noon to 3:00ppm
Heaven Gallery: FUBU yoga + Exposure x Black Radical Imagination: Future Enclaves Film Screening - yoga 2:00pm to 3:00pm + film screening 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Roots & Culture: Total Information Objects + Work days-for work, holidays-for sorcery - exhibition closes
Sideshow Gallery: Chicago Makers Pop-Up - 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Various Locations: Walk Western - 2:00pm to 7:00pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market: Winter Farmers Market at the Chop Shop - 9:00am to 2:00pm with Mike Felton at noon
Bazaar of the Occult @ The Den Theatre: An Occult Xmas Pop-up Shop - 5:00pm to 11:00pm
Heaven Gallery: Watson & Parcell Present: White Christmas in Concert - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Jackson Junge Gallery: The Forest Within Book Launch - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
LVL3 Gallery: Erin Washington Performance Lecture - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab: Transporting a Lick In The Time as an Apparent Macular Neurosis - 4:00pm to 9:00pm
VGA Gallery: Backlog: Five Years Building the VGA Print Collection - exhibition closes
AdventureLand Works on Paper: Tom Bachtell in Adventure Land
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Holiday Fundraiser Show
Corbett vs. Dempsey: Robert Lostutter: Kyōsei
Firecat Projects: Firecat Winter Fundraiser
Gallery Cafe: Ariana Goitia
gallery no one: I can't even
Heaven Gallery: Oh, Maker
Jackson Junge Gallery: Reality Bytes + Sounds of Music + continued Holiday Market Sale (through 12/31/18)
LVL3 Gallery: messy universe
Little Broken Things: Sam Nigrosh
Sideshow Gallery: Dominant Submission
Toy de Jour: New! from Kenner
Young Chicago Authors: Work: A Tararchy Solo Show