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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Jolly carrots dance to the Horse Lords on the gig poster of the week

Posted By on 05.24.17 at 07:00 AM

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ARTIST: Andy Burkholder
SHOW: Horse Lords, Fire-Toolz, and Famous Laughs at Hideout on Sat 6/10
MORE INFO: andyburkholder.com

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The graphic novel Imagine Wanting Only This turns comics into poetry

Posted By on 05.17.17 at 09:00 AM

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Kristen Radtke's new book, Imagine Wanting Only This, is less a graphic memoir than a graphic essay, which is odd to think about. Comics are concrete, with their pictures and word bubbles, and essays deal in abstractions. But then again, many essays also rely on juxtapositions, the braiding together of two or more separate narratives or ideas, so why can't an essayist juxtapose words and pictures to tell stories and explore ideas?

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A zombie rides Pegasus into the sun on the gig poster of the week

Posted By on 05.17.17 at 07:00 AM

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ARTIST: Dan Grzeca
SHOW: Dark Lord Day at 3 Floyds Brewing on Sat 5/13
MORE INFO: groundup.bigcartel.com

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

The party's getting started on the gig poster of the week

Posted By on 05.11.17 at 04:03 PM

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ARTIST: Scott Williams
SHOW: Soul Summit at Logan Square Auditorium on Sat 5/13
MORE INFO: scottwilliamsdesign.com

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Jamila Woods’s video for ‘Holy’ embodies black self-care

Posted By on 05.10.17 at 06:37 PM

Jamila Woods in the video for "Holy"
  • Jamila Woods in the video for "Holy"

When soul singer Jamila Woods sat down to write the treatment for her latest music video, she says she couldn't shake the image of braids rising from her head and floating in the air. With that first potent visual as a seed, she worked with Chicago production company VAM and director Sam Bailey (VAM's digital art director) to create the video for "Holy." The song appears on her 2016 debut album, Heavn, which was just rereleased in digital and physical formats by Jagjaguwar and Closed Sessions.

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Farewell to the Reader wizard behind the curtain

Posted By on 05.10.17 at 01:55 PM


Paul John Higgins, the Reader's creative director since 2009, is leaving this week to assume the position of art director at Milwaukee magazine. Announcing his departure, editor Jake Malooley wrote, "In far too many ways to count, he's been the wizard behind the curtain at the Reader," and that pretty much hits the nail on the head as far as we're all concerned. In tribute to Paul and his talent as a conceptualizer, illustrator, and designer, I put together a slide show of some of my favorite covers from over the years. And there are many, many more you can scroll through in the Reader's issue archives here.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Pinball gets twisted on the gig poster of the week

Posted By on 05.03.17 at 07:00 AM

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ARTIST: Josh Davis
SHOW: Fake Limbs, Absolutely Not, Walking Bicycles, and Beat Drun Juel at Emporium Arcade Bar on Fri 5/5
MORE INFO: deadmeatdesign.com

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Friday, April 28, 2017

How museum curators deal with the issue of race

Posted By on 04.28.17 at 08:00 AM

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  • The Neighborhood/El Barrio by Bianca Diaz at the Museum of Mexican Art

"Museums are conservative institutions," says Carlos Tortolero, founder and president of the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen. "They come from the same tradition, sometimes started by people who had money, sometimes by the government. Historically, they've been elite institutions. If you want to change it, first you have to admit you have a problem."

Tortolero will be appearing on a Chicago Humanities Fest panel this weekend with Chip Colwell, senior curator of anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and David Pilgrim, founder and director of the Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, to discuss one very big problem facing museums today: the problem of institutional racism.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Spektral Quartet hustles to close its Chicago season on the gig poster of the week

Posted By on 04.26.17 at 07:00 AM

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ARTIST: Ryan Duggan
SHOW: Spektral Quartet at Constellation on Fri 5/12
MORE INFO: ryanduggan.com

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Friday, April 21, 2017

James Gray talks about The Lost City of Z, re-creating history, and online writing trends that piss him off

Posted By on 04.21.17 at 12:31 PM

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The historical epic The Lost City of Z, which opens in theaters today, marks a substantial change of pace for writer-director James Gray. Gray’s five previous films—among them We Own the Night, Two Lovers, and The Immigrant—took place in ethnic enclaves of New York City over relatively short periods of time. Lost City, on the other hand, takes place in England, Ireland, and the Amazonian jungle, and its narrative spans two decades. It recounts the true story of Percy Fawcett (played in the movie by Charlie Hunnam), a British explorer who was determined to find the ruins of a fabled ancient city in South America in the early 20th century. He made several trips along the Amazon over the course of his career, eventually recruiting his son to join him in his travels. Like Gray’s other movies, Lost City feels classical in its storytelling and cinematic grammar, making it unlike most other films being made today. At the same time, the film advances modern views about women and imperialism that one doesn’t find in, say, the historical epics of David Lean, whom Gray cited as an influence when he presented Lost City (from his personal 35-millimeter print) at the Music Box last Sunday night. I spoke with Gray the morning after that screening to discuss some of his other creative influences, the politics of his new film, and what he hopes to achieve when he re-creates earlier eras.

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