Monday, December 31, 2012

Three Ingredient Punch Combo for New Year’s Eve: Abe Lincoln, CTA, and MillerCoors

Take out those pesky pennies from your wallet, coat pocket, bottom of your car floor because they’ll come in handy tonight. The CTA is doing it again. Following tradition this time of year and keeping Chicagoan’s safety in mind, the CTA is providing their annual New Year’s Eve Penny Rides program.

This year, the program is sponsored by its first corporate sponsor, MillerCoors. “We’re thrilled to team with CTA to become a part of the Penny Rides tradition in Chicago,” said MillerCoors Chief Executive Officer Tom Long. “Our company is committed to working with communities to provide safe transportation alternatives. Drunk driving is completely preventable and we encourage all to plan ahead for a safe and memorable New Year’s Eve.”

Choose the safer and budget friendly route. Leave your cars parked, your bikes locked up, and hop on the CTA. No need to bring out your bus pass with you only to risk losing it on a night of drunken chaos. The penny rides will be honored from 10pm tonight until 4am tomorrow morning – New Year’s Day.

MillerCoors also commissioned an artist who created a display of penny art. The creative piece comprising of 8,000 pennies is located at the Clark/Lake CTA stop and will be up through New Year’s Eve. The artist commissioned is a mystery as his /her name isn’t mentioned in any press releases or MillerCoors’ website. If anyone knows who this mystery artist is please let me know!

-Gema Alonso
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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Holiday Raffle: Enter to Win a Gift Basket Full of Local Goodies!

Do you enjoy the local shops and restaurants in Logan Square? I AM Logan Square sure does! Therefore, we want to share with you some of our favorite local goodies. Come in this month to enjoy dropshift’s exhibit, Memento, and make sure to stop by our info desk. There you can submit your contact information to enter into our raffle for a chance to win a gift basket full of great local goodies.

Items in the basket with goodies from our favorite local shops and restaurants will be kept a surprise until we announce a winner. The drawing will take place towards the end of the month. Once a drawing date is finalized, the last day to enter the raffle will be announced at least a day in advance. Good luck to all who enter!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Memento by dropshift: Enchanting, Breathtaking, and Impressive

The opening night of Memento presented by dropshift dance was incredible. The ambience was filled with positive energy and anticipation. Everyone was wondering how were the dancers going to perform with such limited space? The constraint of the space turned into a constructive challenge for the dancers as they seized the opportunity to interact with the audience. Dancers Andrea Cerniglia, Weichiung “Coco” Chen, Colleen Welch, and Chelsea Harkelroad were captivating as they performed throughout the gallery. A few surprised audience members became part of the show and did a wonderful job as impromptu performers!

Before the performance began, fellow art enthusiasts enjoyed the beautiful artwork by visual artist Ashley Sullivan. The piece that is most remarkable was her screen-print of a CTA train on the tracks in the loop. The dominance of the color orange makes it pop and exudes urban drive. Come check it out before it’s too late. Ashley printed an edition of 45 and only has 10 left!

Dance/film artist Nadia Oussenko’s short film vignettes are impressive. One film in particular evokes the feeling of a location set abroad, yet the shoot took place in our very own backyard of Chicago – at a beautiful pavilion down by the lake near Fullerton.

Such a collaboration between dance, film, and visual art attracted many arts supporters and even journalistic coverage! Allison Friedman, a journalism graduate student from Northwestern, came out to the opening reception to experience Memento and learn more about I AM. Her piece on our event will be posted on our website as soon as it becomes available.

The food provided by our sponsor D’Noche was delicious as always and beer was provided by our sponsor Beck’s Beer. If you missed out on the opening reception, come out to the gallery on the designated dates for pop-up performances. The next one takes place this Wednesday, Dec. 12th from 5pm to 7pm.

About dropshift dance

dropshift is an emerging modern dance company led by artistic director Andrea Cerniglia, a member of the Chicago dance scene since 2002. The group works through a rigorous process of studio investigation to make work that energizes the space and creates an environment for the performer and viewer. Using specific directives of quality, imagery, and trajectory, dropshift creates movement environments that allow the viewer an opportunity to connect with what is abstract by layering the physical experience with one that is human and authentic.