Weekend Arts Guide (10/17-10/20 2019)

By: WPB Arts
Sponsors: Wicker Park Bucktown SSA33
Date: October 17, 2019 - October 20, 2019

Image Credit: Ghost Girl by Corinne Halbert, is part of a print set produced exclusively for Sideshow Gallery.

This weekend is looking like a busy one for the arts in Wicker Park Bucktown! And with Halloween getting ever closer, our neighborhood events and happenings grow a bit darker and spookier by the day... So whether you're looking to catch a new art exhibition, see one before it closes, or looking for a fun or creepy distraction, we've got plenty for you to consider in our latest WPB Weekend Arts Guide.

Thursday (10/17/2019)

Bondage A Go-Go's Vampire Masquerade
Calling all creatures of the night! It's time to sharpen your fangs, grab your best cape and get ready for this month's Vampire Masquerade party! Come join EXIT for their monthly theme night installment of Bondage A Go-Go! Dress to impress in your best vampire attire for free entry all night long!
10:00pm to 4:00am

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, our 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.

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.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Quimby's Bookstore
Steve Macek: Censored 2020
Project Censored’s yearbook Censored 2020: Through the Looking Glass examines the most important but underreported news stories of 2018-2019. These stories expose the corporate news media's systemic blind spots while underscoring the crucial role played by independent journalists in providing the kind of news and information necessary for a vibrant democracy. The book also examines this year's lowlights in "junk food news" and "news abuse"-- revealing how corporate media often functions as propaganda by entertaining rather than informing—and highlights the work of exemplary organizations that champion "Media Democracy in Action." Additional chapters address the importance of constructive journalism, the untold story of Kashmir, news coverage of LGBTQ issues in the Trump era, "fake news" as a Trojan horse for censorship, and online memes as a form of political communication. Professor Steve Macek of North Central College, who edited Censored 2020’s Media Democracy in Action chapter, will be joined by students who researched some of the underreported stories included in the book to talk about Project Censored, the book and the political implications of Project Censored’s analysis of contemporary news media.
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Young Chicago Authors
Screening & Volunteer Celebration
Join Young Chicago Authors as they kick off their year of fundraising with a screening and volunteer celebration. The event will feature performances and discussion panel from Chicago artists.
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Friday (10/18/2019)

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 two receptions 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.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm

ABLE Fair Trade Leather Goods Trunk Show
Shop ABLE's ethical and handmade leather bags, purses and wallets, jewelry, and denim jackets in store at Neighborly through October 21st! Every purchase supports the female artisans that make the goods and receive 125% of a living wage for their work.
Opening Day 11:00am to 7:00pm

Sideshow Gallery
Halloween Witchcraft and Sorcery 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.
Following the Tarot Happy Hour, join Sideshow this year for a free Halloween bash like they've never done before! Party under the moon with a nighttime ritual performance inspired by the tarot icons. Local witches and warlocks will be enticing you with a ceremony of magic and enchantment. A what is a Sideshow event without some dark artists? Ten Horns will have his line of sigil jewelry and Covet&Devour will be serving up their vegan tea pops and treats. Don't miss the spell bar where you can create your own witch bottles, dress your own candles, and enchant your own spell bags. Solis Illuminatum will have their selection of hand poured beeswax candles for you to anoint. And of course all of the regular shop offerings.
Tarot Hours 4:00pm to 7:00pm + Halloween Party 6:00pm to 10:00pm

The Windy Kitty Cat Cafe and Lounge
Fall Movie Series with Kitties: Ghostbusters!
Movie Nite and snuggle time with kitties! Windy Kitty staff has selected their favorite flicks and invite you to enjoy the fall nights in the company of adoptable cats. PJ's encouraged! Bring anything you'd like to make yourself at home. There will be popcorn and one drink available. Join the kitties and lean into fall and with this week's movie - Ghostbusters! All events are BYOB; costumes welcome. Kitten playtime included. Please register in advance.
6:15pm to 8:15pm

Young Chicago Authors
Slapshow: SLAPS! x YCA
Young Chicago Authors and Slaps! are pleased to announce SLAPS! x YCA, a mini extension and collaborative show with Young Chicago Authors and Slaps: A Sticker Exhibition. The show features a line up of amazing artist, from near and far, showing some dope art on priority mail labels. Each piece of new and original art will be priced at only $30 during the opening reception, with a limit of four works per person.
Opening Reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Saturday (10/19/2019)

Agitator Co-operative Gallery
Rostros Indígenas: Un Manifiesto Indio
Rostros Indígenas is a call to all indigenous descendants in recognizing their innate power and mobilizing it to dismantle these colonial societies. We must understand that change will not come from the people who benefit from this system. It can only come by those who are directly Impacted by such destructive society. The anger that I feel is not from hate but from love and understanding our interconnectedness to each other. This series has come from years of anger, despair, and frustration at the political institutions and societal values that allow the exploitation and murder of indigenous descendants and others. Rostros Indígenas is an Indian manifesto, dedicated to all indigenous descendants.
6:00pm to 10:00pm

Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Fall Sweater Workshop Spindy City Weekend
Learn how to knit The Leelanau Sweater this Autumn Season, and start building your handmade wardrobe! Lead by Jackie Valdez, our 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.
You may also join Firefly staff and makers for the first ever Spindy City Weekend! All spinners and anyone looking to learn how to spin are invited to come together for a weekend of workshops and spinning fun! Offerings include classes, demos, and open spinning time with contests and raffles to win! Plus sales on spinning wheel floor models. Saturday's schedule includes a 1:00pm Drop Spindle class ($25), a 2:30pm Spinning Wheel class ($25), and 4:00pm Book Charkha Spinning Wheel demo on spinning with cotton and flax.
Fall Sweater Shop + Spindy City Weekend 1:00pm to 6:00pm

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. 
Opening Reception 7:00pm to 11:00pm

Heaven Gallery
An Evening of Spanish and Brazilian Music
Enjoy an intimate evening of Spanish and Brazilian music by classical composers Villa Lobos and Obradors, as well bossa nova greats Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luiz Bonfá. Joining Marlena Dzis, soprano, will be pianist Dhilanthi Fernando and classical guitarist Tom Clippert. Music will be performed in a classical style but will feature several bossa nova jazz selections. A reception (including birthday cake for the guitarist) will follow. All are welcome. $10 suggested donation.
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Logan Arcade
Monster Market
The Halloween spirit is upon us! Come pay tribute to the great pumpkin! This retro Halloween and pulp horror shop filled with tricks and treats will feature some of Chicago's spookiest vendors selling art, toys, VHS, sweet treats, and more! A fundraising raffle will offer lots of amazing collectibles from some of the biggest names in horror while supporting Harmony House for Cats. Logan Arcade will also be playing the spookiest hits and screening horror movies on loop!
1:00pm to 6:00pm

Myopic Books
Myopic Poetry Series
Occasional live  readings and poet talks happen on Mypic's second floor. Admission is free. This week's readings are presented by Timothy Donnelly, Emilie Yardley Hodges, and Elise Paschen.

Quimby's Bookstore
Alexander Herbert Talks What About Tomorrow?
What About Tomorrow? An Oral History of Russian Punk chronicles the history of punk rock in Russia from its earliest manifestation in 1978 to its current standing. It looks at how punk entered the Soviet Union and managed to persist despite the cultural police, how it struggled for definition in the 1990s, and how punks formed Antifa, animal rights, and feminist groups to help carve out safe spaces in an otherwise conservative country. The book is compiled from over one hundred interviews, fanzines, and releases, and is the first history of its kind in any language. The title of the book, What About Tomorrow?, is a call for punks around the world to think about what punk has meant, and what it should mean. At this discussion, author Alexander Herbert will talk briefly about why he researched the book, and then gives a brief chapter outline before talking about the larger narratives. Then, during the Q and A, he invites everyone to think about the successes and failures of Russia’s punk scene as a way of critiquing our own counter-cultures and learning to use them to achieve the world we want.
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Volumes Bookcafe
Art Story Time
Join us for Art Story Time with Miss Jen, a Gems Academy Chicago art teacher. She sings, reads, teaches and guides the children to create a new and fun art project every month.
10:00am to 11:00am

Sunday (10/20/2019)

The Den Theatre
Bazaar of the Occult
Shop the strange & spiritual with the weirdest in Chicago, from tarot to cocktails with performances and giveaways! The event is free but RSVP for a $6 ticket to explore the ruins of an ancient temple and seek out the "Divine Oracle" in a one-on-one theatrical experience you won't forget! Vendors include Amar&Riley, The Art of Alexandra Winthrop, Bathomet, Crow Durany Art, Dasha Guyton-Feminist Speakeasy, Defensive Wounds, Diamond Venom, Elsewhere Arts, The Empress & The Hierophant, Erin Page-Kill Hatsumomo, ErvinNic, Esther Y. Kim, Full Moon Healing Stones and Wearable Art, Judy&Madeleine, Madre Monte, Megan Michelle Metalsmithing, Melting Moon Alchemy, Memento Moira, Mickey Alice Kwapis, Mochi Oni, MojoOwl, Morbid Orchid Publishing, Rachie Jenn Originals, Spellbound Baths, and UncouthCreations. Tarot readers are Ancestral Method Tarot, Dune Muse & Arcanum Travelers, Fern Massage, Laughing Eye Weeping Eye, Michelle Shea Walker, and Space Oddities. The bazaar also features performances by Radia Ali, Anthony Desmond (BLISS), Dolce Vita, Sarah Kopp (The Divine Oracle), Little Alice, Jezzibel (snake charmer and glass walker), Narcisca Vanity, Isabelle Rizo (live hympnotism), Secrets of the Beehive, and Nikolai von Vanderson (EP release).
5:00pm to Midnight

Firefly Fiber Arts Studio
Spindy City Weekend
Join Firefly staff and makers for the first ever Spindy City Weekend! All spinners and anyone looking to learn how to spin are invited to come together for a weekend of workshops and spinning fun! Offerings include classes, demos, and open spinning time with contests and raffles to win! Plus sales on spinning wheel floor models. Sunday's schedule includes open spinning starting at noon and contests and raffles at 3:00pm.
Noon to 6:00pm

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.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day

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.
Exhibition Closes - Final Day

Wicker Park Farmers Market
Fresh produce from regional agriculture and local prepared foods culminate with a weekly market in Wicker Park proper. 
Market Open 8:00am to 2:00pm

Ongoing Exhibitions

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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 (10/17/2019)
EXIT: Bondage A Go-Go's Vampire Masquerade - 10:00pm to 4:00am
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Fall Sweater Workshop - 6:00pm 
Line Dot Editions: Polly Jiménez: SheBody - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Quimby's Bookstore: Steve Macek: Censored 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Young Chicago Authors: Screening & Volunteer Celebration - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Friday (10/18/2019)
David Leonardis Gallery: Matt Lamb: Art Explosion - opening reception 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Neighborly: ABLE Fair Trade Leather Goods Trunk Show - opening day 11:00am to 7:00pm
Sideshow Gallery: Tarot Happy Hour - 4:00pm to 7:00pm + Halloween Witchcraft and Sorcery - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
The Windy Kitty Cat Cafe and Lounge: Fall Movie Series with Kitties: Ghostbusters! - 6:15pm to 8:15pm
Young Chicago Authors: Slapshow: SLAPS! x YCA - opening reception 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Saturday (10/19/2019)
Agitator Co-operative Gallery: Rostros Indígenas: Un Manifiesto Indio - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Fall Sweater Workshop Spindy City Weekend - 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Gallery Café: Gordana Draganic - opening reception 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Heaven Gallery: An Evening of Spanish and Brazilian Music - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Logan Arcade: Monster Market - 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Myopic Books: Myopic Poetry Series - 7:00pm
Quimby's Bookstore: Alexander Herbert Talk What About Tomorrow? - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Volumes Bookcafe: Art Story Time - 10:00am to 11:00am

Sunday (10/20/2019)
The Den Theatre: Bazaar of the Occult - 5:00pm to midnight
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Spindy City Weekend - noon to 6:00pm
Heaven Gallery: Knows No Bounds - exhibition closes
Jackson Junge Gallery: BLUE - exhibition closes
Wicker Park Farmers Market: market open 8:00am to 2:00pm

Ongoing Exhibitions
AdventureLand Works on Paper:
 Michael Gaylord James: Pictures from the Long Haul
The Dime: JUMBO: Nicholas Sistler
Firecat Projects: Positive Slope: Stories of Chicago Public Schools 
Firefly Fiber Arts Studio: Echoview Fiber Mill Trunk Show
Langer Over Dickie: Hunt and Play: Jonathan Korotko
LVL3 Gallery: Question and Answer
Little Broken Things: Oscura
Roots & Culture: Screen Play: Katy Albert & Emily Eddy with Ariolimax di: Sarah Martino & Claire Jade in the window
UGLY: Andrew Hunt & Caroline Jacobson
Vertical Gallery: Word To Mother: Let Love Lead the Way
VGA Gallery: Studio Oleomingus: Notes in the Margins of History