Weekend Arts Guide (8/16-8/19 2018)

By: WPB Arts
Sponsors: Wicker Park Bucktown SSA33
Date: August 16, 2018 - August 19, 2018

Image Credit: photograph of Worker Cottage Parklet, 2018 by Lynn Basa; to be honored at Home & Garden Party by SSA #33, hosted at Jackson Junge Gallery.

We've got an interesting WPB Weekend Arts Guide lined up for the neighborhood this week! Several locations in the area are hosting bouts for the National Poetry Slam on Thursday, and WPB SSA #33 has our own special addition to the line up for Friday. Stop in at Jackson Junge Gallery for our joint artist reception honoring the artists and work from our most recent commissions! There are many other highlights, some fun happenings, and a good selection on ongoing exhibitions to catch.

Thursday (8/16/2018)

Challengers Comics + Conversation
Challengers Correspondence Club
Join Donovan Challenger for an evening of corresponding postally with your favorite comics via letter. Every month, we'll focus on sending mail (real, physical mail) to a specific comic. We know you have opinions. Time to share them with the people who are actually responsible. We'll have stationery and stamps, envelopes and everything else you need to take the conversation out of the store and into the mail.
7:00pm to 8:30pm

Various Locations
National Poetry Slam - Chicago
The National Poetry Slam is the annual poetry slam championship tournament, wherein four-to five-person teams from all over North America gather to compete against each other for the national team title. The week-long festival is part championship tournament, part poetry summer camp, and part traveling exhibition. NPS is the largest team performance poetry event in the world.
826CHI: Preliminary Bouts #30 and #36 - 7:00pm and 9:00pm
Chopin Theatre: Preliminary Bouts #29 and #35 - 7:00pm and 9:00pm
Collaboraction: Preliminary Bouts #27, #28, #33, and #34 - 7:00pm and 9:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Preliminary Bouts #25 and #31 - 7:00pm and 9:00pm

Friday (8/17/2018)

Firecat Projects
Rebekka Federle & Christopher Michael Hefner: Attractive & Popular
Exhibition Closes - Final Day

Jackson Junge Gallery
Home & Garden Party: A WPB Public Art Recepetion
The Wicker Park Bucktown Special Service Area #33 is pleased to present two of our biggest public art commissions to date, Lynn Basa's Worker Cottage Parklet and Mike Helbing's Wicker Tree. We are hosting Home and Garden Party, a joint reception for both artists, at Jackson Junge Gallery to honor the artists and celebrate the art of Wicker Park Bucktown. The event is open to the public and will serve as a casual "ribbon cutting" for Basa and Helbing's completed installations. Wine and light refreshments will be available. The reception will feature photographs of both public artworks and information on the SSA's process, as well as information on the five sculptures WPB has sponsored as part of this year's Chicago Sculpture Exhibit.
Joint Artist Reception 6:00pm to 8:00pm 

Saturday (8/18/2018)

Volumes Bookcafe
"They Said" Anthology Reading
Celebrate the release of the new anthology from Black Lawrence Press, They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing. Edited by Simone Muench, Dean Rader, Sally Ashton, & Jackie K. White, They Said includes poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as hybridized forms that push the boundaries of concepts like “genre” and “author." Join editors Simone Muench and Jackie K. White for collaborative readings.
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Sunday (8/19/2018)

No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab
Limits And Not Omniskeletal Voicings
Omniscient Skeletal Voicing…Rotating Cube Of Swords Flickering…To The Left Of The Left Eyeing Tongues…Towards The Sun…What Sun??
5:44pm to 9:44pm

Wicker Park Farmers Market
Fresh produce from regional agriculture and local prepared foods culminate with a weekly market in Wicker Park proper. A new public artwork, Wicker Tree by Mike Helping, commissioned by SSA #33 is another addition to the park and can be seen at the market.
Market Open 8:00am to 2:00pm

Ongoing Exhibitions

AdventureLand Works on Paper
A Gift From Elaine by Messejah Washington
Messejah Washington is a visual artist looking to document two constants; time and space, as a result of communication. This communication lies in human interaction and interaction to things pertaining to our senses. Working in both figurative and abstract styles he looks to document history, as a reminder of the fleeting nature of this world, and its everlasting beauty. He looks to allow his work to serve as a fundamental tool in helping to better understand the past and the present in better preparation for the things to come.

Agitator Co-operative Gallery
A Story I Need To Tell: 3 Comic Artists in Chicago
Gene Ha began his career in comics drawing superheroes for Marvel (X-Men, Captain America etc) and DC Comics (Superman, Justice League etc). Ash H.G. is a cartoonist, illustrator, and painter living and working in Chicago, IL. After completing his raw and visceral 93-page graphic novel, Children of the Black Circus, in 2016, Ash began talking with comics publisher 2dcloud about reworking the story to create a new graphic novel. Gretchen Hasse is a storyteller working in comics, collage, public art, and moving images. Her work is primarily about resilience.

Gallery Cafe
Put the Camera Down
Put the Camera Down is a photography exhibition featuring Kristen Gianaris and her photos from China. Kristen's photos are a collection of photos that highlight China's ethnic minority groups, Tibetans, and tea culture. Her style of photography emphasizes a "put the camera down" approach. In other words, she believes that photography is much more than a point and shoot art. Her work involves the art of connection and communication. Her photos tell stories and experiences, raise cultural awareness, and serve to inspire.

Heaven Gallery
flowers always... + Outstanding Balance
In flowers always... Alejandro Jiménez-Flores mines images from memory to explore relationships to self and family (both chosen and determined by birth). Alejandro draws from memory the geraniums from their aunt's garden, where they recall playing with their cousin and collecting dried petals and leaves from the geraniums and placing them into a bucket with water and dirt. With Outstanding Balance, Jeffrey Michael Austin presents a new body of sculptural works that offer playful and poetic lenses through which to meditate on the philosophical paradox of desire for private gain in an inexplicable, omnipresent universe; capitalism in the cosmos.

Jackson Junge Gallery
One Wall: Lindsey Liss + ArtWear: Steven Clarke
Lindsey Liss is an intuitive creator, idea incubator, love generator, bad energy terminator, speaker of truth, ego-slayer, light saber, knowledge collector, and self-inspector. She is a poet, designer and artist. Steven Clarke's digital sculptures are explorations of balance, the forces and curves of water. His series, Smooth Sailing, combines the ephemeral and reflective quality of water's surface with the solidity and strength of stainless steel.

LVL3 Gallery
Down with Desire
LVL3 proudly presents Down with Desire, a group show in partnership with the ACRE residency program. This year we bring together artists Sarah Bowling, Erick Medel, Luis E. Rodriguez, and Crys Yin. Down with Desire is both a protest of being the object of desire as well as a celebration of internal vulnerability and curiosity.

Rainbo Club
Sarah Mosk & Lauren Payne

Roots & Culture
U.N.I.T. with Chains to Nothing in the Milwaukee Ave Window Gallery
Collectively, creative energies are like lighting bolts, whichever space they hit, it is no longer the same. U.N.I.T. is about this connectivity and change that aggregates, inspires and honors communities and culture’s unique presences; Chicago, we’re here. There will be seven artists, designers and musicians who will arrange their DIY music-inspired installations, artifacts, and custom-made performance clothes. The connection between these artists span the range of belonging to the city of Chicago, those who were “born and raised,” some who recently moved here, some who arrived yesterday, some passing through, and some who have already left. These myriad connections showcase the fluctuating nature of cultural production and gradual creation of community.

VGA Gallery
Hunt and Peck: Alternative Expressions of the Keyboard
This exhibition functions as an intervention on the everydayness of keyboards by presenting them as the site of artistic innovation. Each artist featured investigates and prods the capabilities of the keyboard to transform it from a quotidian object into a expressive interactive and visual experience, a practice that video game scholar Brian Schrank refers to as “affordance mining.” These experiments challenge our expectations of what pedestrian technologies are capable of, and in doing so also challenge the rhetorics and values embedded in technology, consumer electronics, and video game development.



Thursday (8/16/2018)
826CHI: National Poetry Slam Preliminary Bouts #30 and #36 - 7:00pm and 9:00pm
Challengers Comics + Conversation: Challengers Correspondence Club - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Chopin Theatre: National Poetry Slam Preliminary Bouts #29 and #35 - 7:00pm and 9:00pm
Collaboraction: National Poetry Slam Preliminary Bouts #27, #28, #33 and #34 - 7:00pm and 9:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: National Poetry Slam Preliminary Bouts #25 and #31 - 7:00pm and 9:00pm

Friday (8/17/2018)
Firecat Projects: Rebekka Federle & Christopher Michael Hefner: Attractive & Popular - exhibition closes
Jackson Junge Gallery: Home & Garden Party: A WPB Public Art Reception - joint artist reception 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Saturday (8/18/2018)
Volumes Bookcafe: They Said Anthology Reading - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Sunday (8/19/2018)
No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Unspace Lab: Limits And Not Omniskeletal Voicings - 5:44pm to 9:44pm
Wicker Park Farmers Market: market open 8:00am to 2:00pm

Ongoing Exhibitions
AdventureLand Works on Paper: A Gift From Elaine by Messijah Washington
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: A Story I Need To Tell: 3 Comic Artists in Chicago
Gallery Café: Kristen Gianaris: Put the Camera Down
Heaven Gallery: flowers always… + Outstanding Balance
Jackson Junge Gallery: One Wall: Lindsey Liss + ArtWear: Steven Clarke
LVL3 Gallery: Down with Desire
Rainbo Club: Sarah Mosk & Lauren Payne
Roots & Culture: U.N.I.T. with Chains to Nothing in the Window Gallery
VGA Gallery: Hunt and Peck: Alternative Expressions of the Keyboard