Thursday, October 28, 2010

Spotlight On: Logan Square Artists at the Art Loop Open

There is STILL time to go see the magnificent downtown art exhibits at the Art Loop Open!

Chicago’s inaugural Art Loop Open, a major new art competition judged by the public, “opened” in a big way the evening of Friday, October 15, attracting thousands to the downtown area to cast their votes among the 191 pieces of art on display in ten venues.  

Today is the last day to vote...Winners will be announced TOMORROW, Oct. 29, for the top three cash prizes:
  • $25,000 | 1st Place
  • $15,000 | 2nd Place
  • $10,000 | 3rd Place

Special thanks to Alyson Koblas,  Chicago Artist's Coalition Membership & Media Director for giving us a tour of Block 37!

Block 37: Art Loop Open from Logan Square on Vimeo.

Works by Logan Square artists Alyssa Miserendino, Yoona Lim, Jenny Montgomery, Monica Rezman, Laura Hagihara, Lindsey Meyers, Matthew Bansuch, Matthew Woodward, Terrence Hannum and Jane Michalski. To see more works by Logan Square artists head to Merchandise Mart and Hotel Burnham where you'll find Bree Gomez, Shawn Stucky and Lynn Basa.  Way to represent Logan Square!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Happy Halloween Logan Square! Things to do this weekend.

Logan Square's the place to be this Halloween weekend.  Wear your costume, bring your friends and head over to these great local events.
Carve your pumpkin at:
3659 W. Armitage
Thursday, October 28th 
5 PM to 2 AM

Pumpkins and tools will be provided.

Don't Miss Halloween Happenings at Bucket O'Blood Books and Records located at 2307 N. Milwaukee Avenue:

Book Party and signing with Author Kristin Stefanos
for her new horror/thriller novel "Lost Devil's Throne"
Friday, October 29th, 7 PM

Banjo of Terror: Halloween Acoustic Extravaganza
presented by Al Scorch and Marc Ruvolo
Saturday, October 30th, 9PM

Sweet Tooth? Check out:

Halloween Pastry Market
2333 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Sat & Sun, Oct 30 & 31
10 AM to 3 PM
Have a happy and safe Halloween everyone!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

This Weekend Oct. 22-24: Pumpkins, Art & Soul

It's that spooky time of year again.  And what kind of Halloween would it be without a pumpkin?

Bring the family and pick out your perfect pumpkin at Unity Park's 10th Annual Pumpkinfest this Sat, Oct. 23 from 11 AM to 2 PM. Decorating stations, a costume parade and music will be provided by DJ Rebel X for this free event.

Come early to be sure to get a pumpkin while supplies last.

10th Annual Pumpkinfest
Sat, Oct. 23, 11AM to 2PM
Unity Park
2636 N. Kimball Ave (b/t Wrightwood & Diversey)

For all you art lovers out there, if you haven't made it to the Art Loop Open yet, this Saturday is the perfect time to check it out.

Join esteemed artists Tony Tasset (Artist responsible for "The Eye" on State Street), Juan Angel Chavez (Artist, Sculpture Professor, SAIC) and Logan Square's own Lynn Basa (Artist, Author and Professor, School of the Art Institute) and as they discuss public art within the context of Art Loop Open. The lively discussion will be moderated by I AM Logan Square Board chairman and Chicago Artists' Coalition executive director, Carolina O. Jayaram.

Art Loop Open presents
Public Art: The Next Generation
Sat, Oct. 23, 1 to 3 PM
Block 37, 108 South State Street, 2nd Level, North End

Feeling Funky? Head over to the Whistler's monthly Soul and Funk Party on Fri, Oct. 22. Curated by Jay Wells and featuring new guest DJs for each monthly installment, the music and vibe promises to get you groovin'.Party starts at 9:30 PM on the 4th Friday of every month.

Soul & Funk Party
Fri, Oct. 22, 9:30 PM to close
The Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Enjoy your weekend Logan Square!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Musical of the Living Dead Opens in Logan Square

Are you part of the horde of zombie lovers in the Chicago area? Are you in the mood for a gory, yet profane good time during this harrowing Halloween season?

Musical of the Living Dead
A brand new zom-com (zombie comedy) musical at:
The Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre Company
3421 W. Fullerton Ave.

October 7th - 30th (Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m.)
Special Halloween Performance on Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. that includes post-show cast party with cocktails, appetizers and a costume contest (the more outrageous, the better!)

Admission: $20; $35 for Oct. 31st performance

Trace the lives of 10 very different people trapped in a farmhouse during the scary outbreak of a zombie apocalypse. Brain-eating zombies abound outside as these people seek refuge and try not to get eaten. Be ready for blood, guts and gore as the suspense builds. Find out who the zombies come back to eat and who lives to fight yet another day.
**Features music covering the gamut from Gershwin to Green Day**

Click HERE to read an exclusive interview with the zom-com creators!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Logan Square Artists Accepted at Chicago's Inaugural Art Loop Open

Mark your calendar! 
October 15, 2010
5 - 8 PM
Inaugural Art Loop Open                                     

Come out and show your support for these two Logan Square artists who will be displaying their work at Chicago's Inaugural Art Loop Open, a major new art competition.

 Memory Construct III

Stop by Block 37 (108 N. State) in the Loop to view Jane Michalski's, "Memory Construct III" and Lindsey Meyers' "Post Partum/We Might Look Like We Are In Love" and view lots of great art from local Chicago artists.

It's the public [YOU] who votes for the best art pieces in this interactive public art exhibition and competition, let's all vote for Jane and Lindsey! They are counting on us :) Voting runs through October 29th and must be done in person. All artwork will be for sale November 1 -12.
 Post Partum/We Might Look Like We Are In Love

200 pieces of art were selected from over 750 entries judged by an esteemed panel for the Inaugural Art Loop Open and a chance to win more than $60,000 in prizes. Ten official Loop sites will display the 200 pieces by Chicago talent:

Block 37 (108 N. State St.)
Hard Rock Hotel Chicago (230 N. Michigan Ave.)
Hotel Burnham (1 W. Washington St.)
Macy's (111 N. State St.)
Merchandise Mart (222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza)
French Market/Metra Mart (131 N. Clinton)
Palmer House (17 E. Monroe St.)
Hotel Allegro (171 W. Randolph St.)
theWit Hotel (201 N. State St.)
W Chicago-City Center (172 W. Adams St.)

Enjoy specially-priced "Artini" cocktails and other offerings as you cruise the venues and discuss the works with many of the artists. We look forward to seeing you on October 15th!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Weekends in the Square: Chicago Artists Month, Local Music, Farmers Market

Michael Bolsinga
Join LIP at the Opening Reception Event for "Unfinished - Show us what you're made of"

Friday, October 8 
(Exhibit runs until Nov. 6)

New Wave Coffee
6 - 9 PM
2557 N. Milwaukee 

Plenty to see here! Start your weekend off right by enjoying the works of talented local artists.  “Unfinished” showcases the unique process of creation through finished as well as unfinished pieces of art. A “must see” for art enthusiasts!

Selected as one of twelve programs featured by LIP (Life in Progress) being highlighted during Chicago Artists Month (October)
On Display Oct. 8 – Nov. 6
Steven Barrett
Steven Barrett

On Saturday, Unwind at Cafe Mustache
Listen to the eclectic sounds of guitarists Rob Reid, Matt Shaw and Ty Maxon

Saturday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Cafe Mustache
2313 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Grab a stool, sip some hot tea and unwind as these three gifted guitarists perform solo acoustic sets that will blow your mind.  Each artist presents their creative arrangements from a different perspective. Cafe Mustache presents live music every weekend, go to their website for more information, schedules, specials, and more!

Sunday's still mean Logan Square Farmers Market will be going strong from 10 - 3 PM! 
Pick up a pumpkin [or two, or three] to carve up before Halloween and get the apples FRESH for the seasonal caramel apples you should definitely make this year! 
**Don't forget you can also pick up your tickets to the Logan Square Harvest Dinner at the Logan Square Chamber of Commerce tent.