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Monday, September 17, 2018

Riot Fest 2018 Sunday [PHOTOS]

Posted By on 09.17.18 at 02:47 PM

Run the Jewels closed out Riot Fest 2018.  We have the live photos and a review by Jamie Ludwig of Sunday sets from Blondie and The Avengers.  Photos by Danny O'Donnell

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Riot Fest 2018 Saturday [PHOTOS]

Posted By on 09.17.18 at 02:00 PM

Day two of Riot Fest saw a range of acts from hometown, garage pop wonders Twin Peaks to iconic Elvis Costello.  Check out the highlights of the Saturday performances from photographer Danny O'Donnell. 

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Riot Fest 2018 Friday [PHOTOS]

Posted By on 09.17.18 at 01:42 PM

The first day of Riot Fest 2018 included calls for justice from Pussy Riot.  Here's a look back in photos by Danny O'Donnell. Saturday here.  Sunday here.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Sunday’s Kultura Festival filled Logan Square Emporium with the food and arts of the Philippines

There's a lot more to the culture than Spam, you know.

Posted By on 08.21.18 at 08:14 PM

Rapper and spoken-word artist Ruby Ibarra performs. - PAT NABONG
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  • Rapper and spoken-word artist Ruby Ibarra performs.

This past weekend, Emporium Logan Square was turned into an ephemeral Filipino neighborhood that featured Filipino-American chefs, artists, dancers, activists, and performers.

Where other ethnicities have distinct neighborhood identified with them—Chinatown, Greektown, Pilsen and La Villita—"We don’t have our exact community space. . . . We don't have a Filipino town," says Natalia Roxas, a photographer behind the food and culture website Filipino Kitchen. Four years ago "in a drunken spur" Roxas came up with the thought of a Filipino-specific event. The Kultura Fest blossomed into something bigger as she talked to people in Chicago's Filipino-American community.

"It's that need of having a community space and coming together to really appreciate and highlight all these people that are hidden in different kitchens and difference scenes," Roxas says. "It feels like our community here is struggling with that."

But Sunday's festival drew people from all over the midwest as well as a chef from Portland, Oregon, and artists from the Bay Area. Filipino pride was palpable in the room as Filipino-American artist Ruby Ibarra rapped about the beauty of having brown skin.

The event's success has inspired Roxas to try to branch out to other cities next year. "We want to be able to serve and create this space for underresourced communities throughout the country. I think this is a really good platform to highlight different talents," she says. v

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Friday, August 17, 2018

ThoughtPoet is on a mission to capture the beauty in black Chicago

Posted By on 08.17.18 at 01:00 PM

ThoughtPoet self-portrait - CHRIS THOUGHTPOET
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  • ThoughtPoet self-portrait

"I like to describe myself as a creative rather than a photographer," says Christopher "ThoughtPoet" Brown. "Sometimes I feel like the label is limiting. I write, I act, and I try to do more with my photos than just capture moments."

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Lollapalooza beyond the stage [PHOTOS]

Posted By on 08.09.18 at 11:39 AM

You've seen the artists: Taylor Bennett's pyrotechnics, LL Cool J's dancers, St. Vincent's avant-garde stage presence. But away from the stage, there's another show that photographer Alison Green worked to capture, one of people looking after other people—in quiet moments and in moments of exhaustion—and even an inflatable whale.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Photographer Pat Nabong climbed to new heights for our cover story—literally

Posted By on 06.15.18 at 06:00 AM

Photographer Pat Nabong (in gray shirt and black pants) top rope climbs to shoot Abhijeet Rane and Jforpaydotcom, while Siyang Huang is belaying Nabong, below.
  • Photographer Pat Nabong (in gray shirt and black pants) top rope climbs to shoot Abhijeet Rane and Jforpaydotcom, while Siyang Huang is belaying Nabong, below.
This week's issue features photographer Pat Nabong's sweeping photographs of Brooklyn Boulder's Chicago's annual Out to Climb event.

Nabong elected to take her shots while aerial—top-rope climbing as she documented the event, which raised money for the Howard Brown Health Center.

The photojournalism fellow at City Bureau—whose has also done high-risk assignments like documenting protests in the Philippines—proves that neither a fear of falling nor water cannons can get in her way.  (More of  her work can be seen at

Here are her answers to some questions about her work:

How long have you been climbing and how did you get started?

I've been climbing regularly for almost five months now. My friend introduced me to climbing and I was hooked. I had only climbed once before when I was a little kid and I was so terrified, I couldn’t even rappel down.

Have you photographed while climbing before and do you have other experiences shooting from tough vantage points?

Pat Nabong
  • Pat Nabong
This is my second time photographing while climbing and my first time top roping while photographing. The first time I did it, I was photographing people who were bouldering, wherein people climb shorter walls without ropes. I had to climb to the top and hang there for a minute while photographing the climber below me. Those two experiences are so far the most unstable and scariest for me, because even after climbing for five months, I’m still paranoid about the possibility of falling. It’s something that I haven’t quite gotten over yet.
Other than that, the most challenging vantage points I’ve shot from was probably in the middle of a protest in the Philippines. When I was starting out in photojournalism, I covered a lot of protests there, some of which were quite chaotic. One time, I was taking pictures near clashing protesters and police. Water cannons were being fired. I’ve also experienced taking pictures inside a claustrophobic mine.

Why is climbing meaningful to you personally?

Climbing got me through a lot of hard times and taught me lot about life. Through practicing, I learned how to take calculated risks, stop overthinking, overcome my fears, and be more resilient— lessons that were applicable to life outside the climbing gym, too.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Drag queens find unlikely spot to perform—on a 50-foot climbing wall

Posted By on 06.11.18 at 06:00 AM

Dressed in a yellow leopard-printed bodysuit and a colorful skirt, Bambi Banks climbed a 50-foot wall while lip-synching to "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus. The crowd below cheered as Banks reached the top, let go, and gracefully rappelled down.

A climbing gym in Chicago might seem like an unlikely place for a drag performance, but in the spirit of Pride month, Brooklyn Boulders Chicago earlier this June hosted its second annual Out to Climb event to celebrate the LGBTQ community.

To many of the drag artists who attended, the evening wasn’t just an opportunity to try a new sport but a chance to reach a wider audience and expand their communal space.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Photos celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in Chicago

Posted By on 05.25.18 at 11:34 AM

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, established by Congress in 1992 in recognition of the nation's Asians and Pacific Islanders. According to the U.S. Census, as of 2017, 6.1 percent of Chicago's population was Asian, Native Hawaiian, or other Pacific Islander, making it the city's fifth-largest demographic. And according to the U. of C.'s Center for Asian Health Equity, as of 2014, 80% of the Asian-Americans in Illinois resided in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Here are just a few photos from the many local celebrations of Asian- and Pacific-American heritage and culture this month. The category encompasses more than 50 ethnic groups, so this post doesn't pretend to fully capture them; see Related Stories for more.

Newest fashion trend of 2018: Dumplings are DILL-icious tees.

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