Friday, April 27, 2012

Made In Logan Square/Hecho En Logan Square Opening Reception

Join I Am Logan Square for the opening reception of Made In Logan Square/Hecho En Logan Square on Thursday, May 3 from 6-8:30 PM, at the I Am Logan Square Gallery (IALS), located at 2644 N. Milwaukee AvenueMade In Logan Square/Hecho En Logan Square is a mixed media group show featuring artwork that has been directly inspired by the rich diversity of the neighborhood.  Food and drink for the opening reception will be provided by IALS’s official gallery sponsors, Revolution Brewing and Paper Moon Pastry.
The exhibition, featuring all Latino artists, will include graffiti art, photography, graphic art and paintings by CHema Skandal!, Kill Monster Kill, FLASH, and Francisco Rosado.  All of the artists currently live in Logan Square, and most are longtime residents.
The exhibition curator, Francisco Rosado, says that he conceptualized the group show as the Logan Square Dream Artist Union, Inc. after being “inspired by living in this neighborhood as an artist for a decade and never seeing a gallery close by.” Rosado came up with the idea for the exhibition based on his vision of creating a supportive network for neighborhood artists.
“The mostly Latino section of Milwaukee Avenue, where the gallery is located, made me think of using the show as a medium to gather Latino artists of the area to showcase their art, network, and create similar events that could bring together not only artists and art lovers, but the local people that fill the city blocks around the gallery as well. This exhibition is [not only] about the need for diversity of perspectives, but also about solidarity, freedom, gathering and love for the arts.”
Made In Logan Square/Hecho En Logan Square will be on display from May 3 through May 31, 2012. The gallery is free and open to the public Tuesdays through Thursdays, from noon to 6 pm, and on Friday and Saturday, from noon to 4pm, and by appointment. The gallery is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
As always, keep in mind that I Am Logan Square hosts monthly gallery exhibitions of works by local artists and accepts exhibition proposals on a rolling basis. Participating artists and/or curators must either live or work in Logan Square to exhibit their work and priority will be given to group or collaborative shows. 

We hope to see you there!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Social Media for Creatives & Music Industry Night!

We are excited to announce the next workshop in our Creative Professional Development Series, presented in partnership with The Logan Square Chamber of Arts!  This workshop will expand your knowledge of how to properly utilize social media to promote your work.  Our panelists include Ryan Singer from 37 Signals, filmmaker Nelson Carvajal, PR and marketing consultant Lehia Franklin Acox, Justyn Howard from Sprout Social and Clayton Smith, content manager at  Stick around after the panel for a little networking, with wine from Telegraph and appetizers from Letizia's Fiore.  There will also be live music by Sandra Antongiorgi!

When: Wednesday, April 25, 6-9PM
Where:  Hairpin Arts Center, 2800 N Milwaukee Avenue, 2nd Floor
Admission:  $15 (panel, wine, appetizers and music included!)

And if you want more opportunities to network and learn this week, don't forget about our monthly Industry Night Series, which will be held again this Tuesday, April 24 at Cafe D'Noche, 2710 N Milwaukee Avenue. This month's focus--back by popular demand--is music!  Special guests include: 
Ajay Gosain: Attorney; Co-owner, The Propelr; Manager, Metro; Adjunct Professor, Columbia College Chicago 
Billy Helmkamp: Owner, The Whistler & Whistler Records
Matt Allison: Producer, Engineer and Owner, Atlas Studios 
Micha Ward: Partnerships Director, Chicago Independent Radio Project
Tobias Jeg: Owner, Red Scare Industries; Co-host, JBTV's Static Age
Your $15 admission includes an open beer and sangria bar and passed appetizers. Space is limited and filling up quickly! Please RSVP to to reserve your spot!

See you next week!

--Brooke Herbert Hayes

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Chicago Stories Come to Life at Cole’s

Your favorite Chicago cultural luminaries will all be hanging out at Cole’s this Saturday, April 21. It might be because of the great beer selection or it might be because Curbside Splendor is having the book release party for Chicago Stories: 40 Dramatic Fictions. Hopefully you read this blog post before you’re three sheets to the wind at Cole’s Saturday night wondering why someone who sounds like Ann Landers is going on about Twitter!

Mrs. Landers will be joined by Oprah Winfrey, Hugh Hefner, John Hughes, and Gil Scott-Heron (or, at least the actors playing them) among many others in the dramatic presentation of several short vignettes from Michael Czyzniejewski’s book.

Chicago Stories is the latest release from Logan Square’s own Curbside Splendor, a small independent press run by Victor David Giron. As he told the Chicago Reader in a recent feature, “Curbside’s aim is to present artful books that can be enjoyed by the casual reader or the urban reader.”

Czyzniejewski’s Chicago Stories fits right into this mission. In the book, forty different Chicago well-knowns receive portraits both literary and illustrated--Rob Funderburk created the illustrations--from a humorously unhinged imaginative perspective. You’ll find stories like “Rod Blagojevich Negotiates His First Prison Tattoo, Joliet State Penitentiary” and “In His New Infomercial for Male Enhancement Tablets, Mr. T Feels Pity for the Foolish Consumer Who Does Not Call Now.”

Go to check out the book, or go to see if the actors stay in persona after the performance. Will you catch Oprah swigging a PBR? You’ll just have to trek down to Cole’s to find out.

Chicago Stories Release Party
April 21, 7 p.m.
Cole’s Bar
2338 N Milwaukee Ave

--Tamara Matthews

Friday, April 13, 2012

Sulzen/Zamudio 10 Year Anniversary!

Sulzen Fine Art Studio is excited to announce the 10 Years in Logan Square Anniversary Group Exhibition, tomorrow Saturday, April 14, from 5-11PM at 2720 W. Saint Georges Court, Chicago, IL.

This exhibition will feature 15 Logan Square and local artists working in mediums ranging from painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media. The event will also mark the beginning of the new studio name, SulzenZamudio: Contemporary Images, Traditional Art.

Sulzen Fine Art Studio is the gallery/studio of artist Julie Sulzen and her husband, toy camera photographer/writer Dan Zamudio. Since 2002 their Logan Square home, located inside the former Wold Airbrush factory, has been a working studio, an “elegant gallery space” (Gaper’s Block), and home for their two young children. Julie Sulzen and Dan Zamudio’s work is primarily American Landscape painting and toy camera photography with a focus on the Chicago/Illinois area. Along with the American Landscape paintings and photography they also showcase drawings, watercolors and etchings in both figurative and landscape themes. During the past 10 years Sulzen Fine Art Studio has organized over 40 exhibitions in their gallery, offered classes in still life and figure painting, hosted private studio visits, and has been featured in USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Reader, WGN TV and radio, and National Public Radio.

Sulzen Fine Art Studio 10 Years in Logan Square Anniversary Exhibition artists include: Julie Sulzen, Dan Zamudio, Marvin Tate, Lucy Mueller, Charlie B.Thorne, Robert Wittig, Eric Esper, Ed Keller, Micki LeMieux, Chris Price, Jeff Libersher, Sharon Hoogstraten, Josh Harker, Tracy Kostenbader and Jane Michalski.

2720 W. Saint Georges Court
Saturday, April 14
Schedule of Events:
6PM- Greeting/Introduction and Gallery talk by all guest artists.
7:30PM- Music Guest Leroy Bach
9PM- Reading/Performance by Marvin Tate

Chicago born Julie Sulzen is a graduate of the American Academy of Fine Art with Degrees in Fine Art and Illustration. After graduation she continued her studies under Chicago artist Grace Cole. Her work has been displayed in many solo and group exhibitions including the National Museum of Women in the Arts Olympia Centre Atrium Exhibition inside Neiman Marcus (Chicago) and "A Visual Dialogue" at the Palette and Chisel (Chicago). Her work can be found in many private and corporate collections includingDeloitte, Harris Bank and Concordia University Chicago. McFarland, a leading U.S. publisher of scholarly, reference, academic and baseball books has used her paintings for their book and catalog covers. Julie was named Curators Choice for the Around the Coyote Fall Arts Festival in 2000. She is also a recipient of a 2006 Community Arts Assistance Program (CAAP) grant issued by Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.

"Puddle" by Julie Sulzen

Dan Zamudio has a masters degree in Library and Information Sciences from Dominican University (River Forest, IL) and a bachelors degree from Columbia College in Chicago. He is the author of three books,“Chicago Neon Signs: Neighborhood and Downtown Landmarks through a Toy Camera" (Wicker Park Press), “Catcher in the Wry: Baseball Poems" (McFarland), and "How to Sneak into the Movies” (Loompanics Unlimited). Dan's photographs have been displayed in various solo and group exhibitions including “Chicago and the Diana: Toy Camera Images by Dan Zamudio” at the Chicago Cultural Center, "Chicago: the Worlds' Pantry" at the Chicago Tourism Center and "Develop, Stop, Fix" at Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory. His work can be found in many private and corporate collections including Deloitte’s Corporate Headquarters Collection in downtown Chicago. Dan was an adjunct professor at Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois during the 2004/2005 academic year where he taught darkroom photography. Dan and his photographs have been featured in USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Reader, WGN-TV, WGN-Radio, and the Catherine Edelman Gallery's Chicago Project online gallery.

"Fireside" by Dan Zamudio

For more information contact:

Dan Zamudio
2720 W. Saint Georges Court
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 316-5528

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A revamped Logan Theatre and CIMM Fest 2012!

You may have noticed that our beloved neighborhood theatre has undergone a bit of a facelift. The Logan Theatre, a neighborhood staple since 1916, is officially reopened and looking, feeling (and smelling...) better than ever! What makes this revamp so very special is that it's not so much a remodel as a renovation and restoration. Throughout the renovations, stained glass and marble walls were found hidden underneath a yellow, wall-papered cloak. That stained glass and marble has been cleaned and restored to its original splendor and the original design motifs of the 1920s have been re-imagined--a sculptural golden molding surrounds the lobby, carefully painted details of birds and vines are adorning the once defunct women's lounge and the empty store front next door (once IALS's temporary home!) has been transformed into a sleek lounge complete with original sculptural pieces found throughout the theatre.  What everyone no doubt feared when they heard that the Logan was being renovated was "oh no! the prices will go up!"--but fret not! All the beauty and comfort and movie-watching happiness can be enjoyed for only an extra $2 added to the ticket prices! 

The newly renovated Logan Theatre, comfy seats and all
photo © Brooke Herbert Hayes

The Logan Theatre's new & snazzy lounge
photo © Brooke Herbert Hayes

The line for the soft opening on March 17
photo © Brooke Herbert Hayes
And if you haven't yet had the chance to check it out--try it out next week during CIMMfest 2012. CIMMfest, or the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival is a "four-day showcase of outstanding films, energetic concerts, visually stunning VJ/DJ sets, lively Q&A’s, daring live score performances…anything to show just what movies and music mean to each other".  CIMMfest is a unique music and movies festival in that it is centralized in venues around Wicker Park and Logan Square--two neighborhoods with histories of supporting and producing independent musicians and filmmakers.  The movies and music, however, come from all over the globe.  There are live performances, documentaries, music videos, short films and discussions.

The fest kicks off tomorrow, Thursday, April 12 at the Wicker Park Arts Center and continues through the weekend. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, you have several chances to stop by the Logan Theatre and check out documentaries and short films. And on Friday night at 7PM, come watch the Les Blank restrosepctive of two of his most well-known films on 16mm. Les Blank will be in person, and you can view the "criminally underseen Ziveli! Medicine for the Heart (1987, 51 min.), which explores the music and culture of the thriving Serbian communities of Chicago and California AND A Well Spent Life (1971, 44 min.)-- Kurt Vonnegut’s favorite film-- a portrait of Texas sharecropper Mance Lipscomb, who just might be the best blues guitarist ever".

Other highlights include performances by Mucca Pazza, a roundtable discussion about the Occupy movement and what it means for filmmakers, several feature documentaries, and much, much more. 

CIMMfest 2012
April 12-15
Various locations throughout Wicker Park & Logan Square 
Prices vary

For more info on the fest and to view the full lineup, check out the CIMMfest website. 
And for showtimes and more info on the Logan Theatre--head to their website or facebook page.

--Brooke Herbert Hayes

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Filter Photo Meet and Greet!

We all know what your Facebook news feed has been blowing up with this morning, but let's take a step back and focus on what your news feed SHOULD be blowing up with, Photographers: The REAL Painters of Light!

No? YES!

IALS Photo Industry Night, © Brooke Herbert Hayes
If you're a photographer in the Chicago area, then you definitely know about the annual Filter Photo Festival, but what you may not have heard is that the lovely folks at Filter have teamed up with "social hub"(according to the Reader) I Am Logan Square to bring the buzz to your local "best-overall-neighborhood," Logan Square! (Seriously, just google "Logan Square" and "reader". It's hours of good, clean family fun and giggles.) Now I know what you're thinking, "but mysterious IALS blog slave, aren't all you photographers a bunch of boring, scientific squares who talk about art, culture and calculating the best exposure, all in the same breath!?" Well, yes. But you've never seen that conversation after a few drinks. WILD.

But if that's not enough incentive for you to come, then I should mention that the event will be hosted in the lounge of the BRAND-NEW REOPENED LOGAN THEATRE LOUNGE! How's that for class? We're classy broads.

So if you met some sweet people at Filter last October, or would like to mingle with the people who were cool and went to Filter last October, or if you want to just mingle with other people in the photo biz, or if you really want to see that art/exposure convo after a few drinks, or if you REALLY just want me to stop with the "or's", you should come out this Thursday, April 12 from 6-9 for IALS/Filter Photo "Industry Night Squared." Industry Night Squared? This is why they keep me in the basement most of the time. Or maybe because of this:

Filter/IALS Meet and Greet
The Logan Theatre Lounge
2646 N. Milwaukee Ave
April 12

Party 'til you can get that last photo out of your head,
-W. Tanner Young

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Galerie F Fundraiser at Cole's!

Galerie F needs YOUR support to make their Kickstarter dreams a righteous, inked, awesome reality. All raffle tickets purchases will be donated through Cole’s Bar to the Kickstarter campaign launching on April 1st. Use the QR codes and on-hand iPads to log in directly to the Kickstarter to donate. Every online donation received that night automatically gets entered into the raffle, as well as receiving donation rewards once the Kickstarter ends!

WHEN: Monday, April 9th, 2012, 8PM to 2AM 
WHERE: Cole's Bar, 2338 N Miwaukee Avenue

Free food! Raffle! Radical bands! Cheap Booze! FREE PIZZA from Piece Pizza & Brewery.

Rodeo: Sludge-Pop []
BigColour: Psycadelic-Soul []
Continental Breakfast: Indie-Pop []
Guest DJ Ralph Darski to close out the evening

Fugscreen Studios Justin Santora
Quimby’s Bookstore
Café Mustache
Mops Hair Salon
New Wave Coffee
The Logan Theatre
Cole’s Bar

COLE’S BAR IS LOCATED AT 2338 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago IL 60647

Warm regards,
Galerie F 

For more info on who and what Galerie F is, check out the website, and the Kickstarter page here.

For even more information, contact Galerie F at!