Friday, April 29, 2011

I Love Logan Square Party!

Don’t miss the 3rd annual I Love Logan Square Party, hosted by our friends over at Elastic Arts Foundation! This annual party is a fundraiser for the Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA), whose goal is to assemble a network of neighbors, schools, artists, businesses and other organizations in the area (Logan Square, Avondale, Lathrop Homes) to help strengthen and maintain a diverse, thriving, affordable and safe community for those of us who live here.

The event is this Saturday, April 30 from 8PM to 1AM at Elastic Arts (2830 N. Milwaukee, 2nd Floor). So put your dancing shoes on and prepare for a fierce live auction showcasing an array of local goods and services being offered! A $10 donation at the door is required and attendees must be 21+ or with a parent.  
Additional donations will get you food, drink
and maybe even a caricature!

Event lineup:
8:30 Zumba lesson
9:30 Live auction
10:30 Dancing (music by Brotha Onaci of People’s DJ collective)

Some of the many auction items include: Skydeck tickets, Nutcracker party from Chicago Ballet, tamale-making lessons, Revolution Brewing tour and dinner for 4, artisan cheese tasting, and custom bike painting. For the full list, check out the I Love Logan Square Party event page on Facebook.

Check out these links to learn more!

So show your love for this neighborhood and stop on by!

-Alex Palmer

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

"Point of View" opening reception and a Logan Square art gallery walk!

Come and celebrate Mother’s Day month with an exhibition of woman made art at the I Am Logan Square gallery during our May exhibition,“Point of View”! This all-female show will display works by Logan Square artists Katie Holland, Tracy Kostenbader and Julie Sulzen. Support the artists at the opening reception on Saturday, May 7, 2011 from 6-9 PM at IALS's gallery, located at 2648 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Rewster’s Café, Café con Leche/D’Noche and Paper Moon will be providing tasty hors d’oeuvres and desserts while local brewer, Wil Huffman will provide craft beers. And resident DJ, Nick Kusi, will be on the decks at IALS once again!

Holland, Kostenbader and Sulzen will also be participating in the 2011 Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival, which will be held from Friday, July 29 to Sunday, July 31 along Milwaukee Avenue between Kimball and California. So come see a preview of some of the fantastic art that will be displayed at the festival this year!

This gallery opening is an especially important one, as it is part of Logan Square's first art gallery walk! Make a night of it and stop by Comfort Station and Nothin' Less, both of which will also be holding opening receptions for their new art exhibitions "Somethin' from Nothin'" and "Transcandescent." We are hoping to make Logan Square gallery walks a monthly happening, so come out and support all the amazing local art being produced in our own neighborhood.

Aliza Morell, Clemente Park Field
part of "Transcandescent" at Comfort Station

Event Summary:  Logan Square's First Gallery Walk!   Saturday, May 7

I Am Logan Square, 2648 N Milwaukee Ave. - "Point of View", reception 6-9 PM

Nothin' Less Coffee House, 2642 N. Milwaukee Ave. - "Somethin' from Nothin' Art Show" featuring work by Jazmin Giron, Ivan Trava, Mia Malone Jennings and Kyle Van Heck, reception 6-9 PM

Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave.  - "Transcandescent", featuring work by Aliza Morell, reception 7-10 PM

“Point of View” runs through the end of May and all works will be available for purchase with proceeds going to the artist(s) and to support I Am Logan Square. IALS hosts monthly exhibitions of works by local artists and is currently accepting proposals for the fall. Participating artists must either live or work in Logan Square to exhibit their work and priority will be given to group or collaborative shows. The gallery is open to the public by appointment Tuesday through Saturday.

-Brooke Herbert

Friday, April 22, 2011

"The Observatory" at The Charnel House this weekend

If you are looking for something to do this weekend, consider checking out another great new arts space in Logan Square.  The Charnel House together with The Viable Theater Company is presenting encore performances of "The Observatory" at the new event space at 3421 W Fullerton all weekend! Vincent Truman's "The Observatory" is about a schoolteacher (Truman), who is given the opportunity to make some extra money by merely watching a hologram of a suspected terrorist in his home. His marriage, life and soon his mind, disintegrate around him as he begins to think the woman he is watching may be innocent.  The play does contain adult themes and partial nudity, so be sure to leave the little ones at home!  The performances are tonight, April 22 through Sunday, April 24 at 8 PM.  There will also be two more performances next  Friday and Saturday (April 29 & 30) at the same time.  Tickets are $12 in advance from Brown Paper tickets and $15 cash at the door.  

In Tall Buildings performing at saki
On another note, we made it to saki last weekend for Record Store Day!  When we arrived, the store was packed, there was lots of record-buying going on and In Tall Buildings was just finishing up a great set. To see more photos from Record Store Day, visit our facebook page.

--Brooke Herbert

Friday, April 15, 2011

Goethe School students receive a much welcomed donation of art!

Students at Goethe School welcome Dominic Pangborn
On Monday, April 11, students of Goethe Elementary here in Logan Square were treated to a visit by Korean-born artist Dominic Pangborn.  Pangborn's artist talk was in conjunction with a large donation of 20 works of art to the school by Park West Gallery together with Friends of Goethe School.  The students and faculty at Goethe are excited to fill the school's walls with art that will hopefully inspire creativity, gratitude and a new zeal for learning.  The donation and talk are just part of the artistic, educational and beautification projects that Friends of Goethe School (FOGS) are working hard on to make a success. 

Rhythm Method performing at Quenchers with James Murray,
a much loved and soon-to-be retired teacher from Goethe
Just two weeks ago, FOGS raised over $6,000 for the school at a fundraiser at nearby Quenchers.  The fundraiser featured local musicians and comedians, further showing the commitment to instill awareness in our neighborhood about the need to give time and attention to our city's schools.

Goethe School is currently working on family programming for the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival, hoping to gets students, parents and the community involved in nurturing a passion for learning and creativity within the students.

         For more information on Friends of Goethe School, check out their website here.

-Brooke Herbert

Monday, April 11, 2011

Join the Women Behind ag47 for a Circus and Arts Filled Night!

Be sure to “Step Right Up!on Friday April 15th because the women of ag47 are inviting you to their Annual Showcase at the Kimball Arts Center. Join in on the festivities, which start at 7PM and come enjoy the circus and popcorn. Cure yourself of any ailments at the medicine show; bring your children to see the puppet performances or partake in collages and poetry. And at 10PM be prepared to walk home with your hands full as you will have the chance to purchase some of the artwork on display.

Suggested donation is $10: Proceeds from the event go towards supporting ag47, an artistic mentorship collective for young girls in Logan Square. This is a great opportunity to be involved in Logan Square’s creative community, while doing your part in supporting the neighborhood’s next generation of female artists!

Event Summary
What: Step Right Up
When: Friday April 15th from 7 to 10PM
Where: Kimball Arts Center at 1757 N. Kimball Ave.
Admission: $10 suggested donation
Visit to learn more about ag47.

                                                                                        -Julia Pagnamenta

Friday, April 8, 2011

All the music you could want at Elastic Arts!

If you haven't been up to Elastic Arts yet, you most definitely have your chance during April and May!  Elastic Arts is an essential resource in Logan Square for visual art, performance and culture.  And there is no shortage of events happening this Spring.  During the next two months, Elastic Arts, together with AMP-CHI, will be presenting "Intersections", a series of music collaborations and improvisations of musicians from AACM and Asian Improv aRts Midwest.  The series kicked off on April 2nd with a riveting performance by Kenneth Green and Dushun Mosley. If you missed that performance, the next one is scheduled for Sat., April 9th at 9PM.  Percussionist Dushun Mosley & bassist Tatsu Aoki will be performing followed by the Saalik Ziyad Collective on April 16th.  All performances will take place at 2830 N. Milwaukee with a cover charge of $12 ($2 discount for Jazz Institute of Chicago members and students). See below for a complete listing of artists and dates and don't miss your chance to see groundbreaking musical performances in our little corner of Chicago.

"Intersections" at Elastic Arts, Event Schedule

April 9     Dushun Mosley/Tatsu Aoki Duo
April 16   Saalik Ziyad Collective
May 7     Hanah Jon Taylor Artet
May 14   Tatsu Aoki and the Miyumi Project
May 21   Jeff Chan and the Chicago Clarinet Conglomerate

*Elastic is a BYOB venue located over Friendship Restaurant at 2830 N. Milwaukee Ave.

-Brooke Herbert

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

See Some Animated Films (for Free!)

Logan Square International Film Series is featuring another fantastic set of films this month during "Animation April!"  For the entire month of April, Peter Kaplan will be showing  international animated films at 3421 W Medill.  The series started Monday night with the French film "Panique au Village (A Town Called Panic)" and the next showing, Nina Paley's "Sita Sings the Blues", is scheduled for Sun., April 10th at 7PM.  This is a great FREE (donations accepted) resource in our Logan Square neighborhood so make sure to come out and show your support!

Upcoming Showings:
Sun 4/10: Sita Sings the Blues - USA
Sun 4/17: Les Triplettes de Belleville (Triplets of Belleville) - France
Sun 4/24: パプリカ Papurika (Paprika) - Japan

All screenings are at 7PM at 3421 W Medill

--Brooke Herbert