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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Line up for the gig poster of the week

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ARTIST: Andy Burkholder
SHOW: John Bender, Champagne Mirrors, Carol Genetti, and Beau Wanzer at Hideout on Wed 3/8
MORE INFO: andyburkholder.com

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Forty-fives go mobile on the gig poster of the week

Posted By on 02.15.17 at 07:00 AM

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ARTIST:
Scott Williams
SHOW: Soul Summit at Double Door on Sat 2/18
MORE INFO: scottwilliamsdesign.com

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Transmissions from the great beyond on the gig poster of the week

Posted By on 02.08.17 at 07:00 AM

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ARTIST: Bill Connors
SHOW: Dim, Laffing Gas, and Tuth at Hideout on Fri 2/10
MORE INFO: billconnors.tumblr.com

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

A supergroup is on the menu on the gig poster of the week

Posted By on 02.01.17 at 07:00 AM

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ARTIST: Ryan Duggan
SHOW: Brian Costello's Songs With Friends at Empty Bottle on Tue 2/7
MORE INFO: ryanduggan.com

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Newberry Library wants your protest signs and pussyhats

Posted By on 01.26.17 at 08:00 AM

A selection of materials from the Women's March that have been collected by the Newberry Library - COURTESY NEWBERRY LIBRARY
  • courtesy Newberry Library
  • A selection of materials from the Women's March that have been collected by the Newberry Library

Even before the Women's March last Saturday was history, the archivists at the Newberry Library suspected it would be historic. They put out a call for Chicagoans to send in photos and bring their signs, their buttons, their pussyhats, and whatever other materials they carried with them to the library to be preserved forever in its archive.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

There's an urban jungle on the gig poster of the week

Posted By on 01.25.17 at 07:00 AM

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ARTIST: Johnny Sampson
SHOWS: Benjamin Gibbard and Julien Baker at Thalia Hall on Thu 1/19 and Fri 1/20
MORE INFO: johnnysampson.com

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The end of the world is on the gig poster of the week

Posted By on 01.18.17 at 07:00 AM

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ARTIST: Tom Counihan
SHOW: Sweet Figurines, Cells, Addisons, and Farewell Captain at Livewire Lounge on Fri 1/20
MORE INFO: tcounihan.com

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Mark Speltz’s North of Dixie is a powerful book about civil rights photography

Posted By on 01.12.17 at 07:00 AM

In San Francisco, circa 1955, NAACP members urge riders to boycott Yellow Cab and help stop hiring discrimination during a "Don't Ride" campaign. - COX STUDIO, SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 1955. WASHINGTON, DC, LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, PRINTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS DIVISION
  • COX STUDIO, SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 1955. Washington, DC, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division
  • In San Francisco, circa 1955, NAACP members urge riders to boycott Yellow Cab and help stop hiring discrimination during a "Don't Ride" campaign.

In a black-and-white photo from 1946, a group of African-American protestors protest outside of a Chicago ice rink they're forbidden from entering, ironically named White City. They hold up signs: some echo their direct demand, like Put an End to Discrimination at White City others call out the hypocrisy of prejudice, like The Draft Boards Did Not Exclude Negroes. Black Americans were still forced to travel across the world to fight for their country but couldn't go down the block to their local ice rink.

Author and historian Mark Speltz is quick to point that the photo challenges two modern misconceptions about the historical narrative of the civil rights movement—it was happening for decades before the 1960s, and it was happening in the north.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

After a 15-month search, Smart Museum gets Gass

Posted By on 01.11.17 at 12:15 PM

Alison Gass will head the Smart Museum - COURTESY SMART MUSEUM
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  • Alison Gass will head the Smart Museum

In 2005, when Anthony Hirschel was just starting his job as director of the University of Chicago's Smart Museum of Art, the little academic institution was poised for a big expansion.

Smart—which opened in 1974 and is named for its original funders, Esquire magazine founders David and Alfred Smart—was looking at a $30 million construction project that would have increased its permanent exhibit space by 50 percent and quadrupled its special exhibition area.

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The bloodiest birthday party in the world is on the gig poster of the week

Posted By on 01.11.17 at 07:00 AM

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ARTIST: Sarah Squirm
SHOW: Helltrap Nightmare at Hideout on Thu 1/12
MORE INFO: sarahsquirm.tumblr.com

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