Monthly Archives: December 2016

Firecatprojects Presents Jacob Crose

Jacob Crose

Opening Reception: December 30, 2016


Exhibition Dates: December 30 – January 22, 2017


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The Open Door Readings at Poetry Foundation & Petry Magazine

On Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at 7 pm to 8 pm, the Chicago Poetry Foundation & Petry Magazine will be hosting the monthly Open Door Readings for December.

“The Open Door series presents work from Chicago’s new and emerging poets and highlights the area’s outstanding writing programs. Each hour-long event features readings by two Chicagoland college and graduate writing program instructors and two of their current or recent students. December’s Open Door Reading presents Young Chicago Authors’ Jamila Woods and her student E’mon Lauren with Nate Marshall and his student Carlina Duan.

Jamila Woods is a poet, singer, and teacher. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, and her poetry has been published by MUZZLE, Third World Press, and POETRY magazine. She is the associate artistic director of Young Chicago Authors and a founding member of its Teaching Artist Corps. In 2015, she was awarded a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation.

E’mon Lauren is a non-binary poet, vocalist, emcee, and teaching artist from Chicago’s South Side, and currently Chicago’s Youth Poet Laureate. She is a 2014 Louder Than a Bomb champion and a 2016 Louder Than a Bomb College Slam champion. Her work appears in The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop.

Nate Marshall is from the South Side of Chicago. He is an editor of “The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop” and the author of “Wild Hundreds,” which was named Poetry Book of the Year by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Nate is a member of The Dark Noise Collective and a 2015 Ruth Lilly/Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellow. He is the National Program Director of Louder Than A Bomb Youth Poetry Festival and a visiting assistant professor at Wabash College.

Carlina Duan is a Chinese American poet from Ann Arbor, Michigan. A graduate of the University of Michigan, she currently teaches in Malaysia as a U.S. Fulbright grant recipient. Her most recent poetry chapbook, “Here I Go, Torching,” was selected as the 2015 winner of the Edna Meudt Memorial Award. Her debut poetry collection, “I Wore My Blackest Hair,” is forthcoming from Little A in November 2017. ” —

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Nate Marshall on the left and Jamila Woods on the right.

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Visited The Bahá’í House of Worship last week

IMG_6114.JPGI’ve heard about this place for a while, but I’ve never actually paid a visit to here.

Last week I drove to the House of Worship with my friends. We were really surprised that this special place exists here in Chicago within 45min-long driving distance. There are only 7 Houses of worship in the world. Each one occupies a continent, and the one I visited is the North American location. Really amazing architecture.

Although I am a member of this belief, I do appreciated its ideology and kindness. The custodian here is a really nice old lady. She told me that they don’t place their architectures in positions like ‘temple’, ‘mosque’ or ‘church’. The Bahai believers want to show their diversity as well as unity, so their locations go by ‘House of Worship’. Whoever has god in their mind could worship here at the house. Even for those who don’t have a belief, they could still stay here for meditation.

Here’s the link of the Bahai House of Worship in case you want to know more about this belief:

Classical Music Concert @ Heaven Gallery// 7:30 pm, January 2nd

For the third consecutive year, join McKenna Glorioso and friends at Heaven Gallery for a concert of chamber music following the busy holiday season. Repertoire will include works by Dvorak, Vaughan-Williams, Piazzolla, Beethoven, and more. $10 suggested donation at the door.15578325_1332371096786535_6016341094913693839_o


Two discoveries around the city yesterday

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Art of Connection



Art of Connection is an exhibition that opens January 27th at SAIC Sullivan Galleries.

The exhibition showcases artwork by graduate art therapy students and the individuals they work with at their internship sites. Artwork in the show reflects the varied settings, populations, and practices of art therapy, and represents a culmination of the Master of Arts in Art Therapy program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

For more information about the program, visit

Free CGN Saturday Gallery Tours

Every Saturday 11-12:30!

More details at the link

Frequency Festival: Hard Music, Hard Liquor at Constellation

Closing out the week-long Frequency Festival which celebrates new directions in New Music, Dal Niente presents their Hard Music, Hard Liquor event once again, this time featuring:

Murat Çolak – World Premiere (2017) for flute, oboe, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin, cello, electronics, multimedia

Huck HodgeApophenia (2014) for flute, oboe, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin, cello

Ray Evanoff – World Premiere (2017) for solo piano

Iannis XenakisPsappha (1975) for solo percussion

Mark Andreun-fini I (1996) for solo harp

Michael BaldwinVarious Terrains ( ≡ degrees of similarity) (2011) for solo voice

Joan LaBarbaraCircular Song (1975)

@ Constellation, 3111 N Western Ave

February 19, 7:30 PM

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Spektral Quartet at U Chicago: “Finger on the Pulse”

Spektral Quartet

Jan 27, 7:30PM

Fulton Recital Hall, 1010 59th St

“Pizzicato, both elegant and brutal, is at the center of this one. Arguably the first “extended-technique” in music for bowed string instruments of the classical era, pizzicato highlights mood and rhythm, expands available colors in an artist’s palette, and is capable of bringing both dance-like lightness and explosive power to a composition.

In a season brimming with new work, we’re eager to present two of the cornerstones of the string quartet repertoire, with Beethoven’s inviting Quartet No. 10, Op. 74 “Harp” and Ravel’s euphoric String Quartet. The pizzicato passages that mark the second movement of the latter are a nod to both Javanese gamelan orchestration and fandango rhythms, and the nickname of the former speaks for itself.

For this century’s entry, we turn to a piece by one of the nicest (and most talented) guys in the biz, Dai Fujikura. We had the opportunity to work on this vivacious score with Dai this Fall at Bowling Green State University, and became fast friends. If past is prologue, the vigorous pizzicato interludes that bookend the piece  are likely to cause the untimely demise of at least one of our strings.”

Spektral Quartet was recently nominated for a 2017 Grammy.


Erin Smego: Cold Color at The Hermosa Walls

From The Visualist:

Erin Smego: Cold Color

@ The Hermosa Walls

2306 N Keeler Ave, Chicago, IL 60639

Opening Sunday, December 18th, from 12PM – 4PM

On view through Wednesday, January 27th

Erin Smego is a sculptor that mainly works with lumber, spray paint, and concrete. She draws ideas from people’s personalities and emotions, including her own. Erin finds curiosity lies in what really makes people tick – how people act, react and why – and then channeling this energy into a piece. Erin engages in include: persistence, awkwardness, peculiarity, embarrassment, embracing, gripping, falling (apart), giving, isolation, separation, emptiness, hyper-optimism, and vulnerability. Elements of playfulness sometimes appear, and color (or lack of) is used to reflect emotion.

The idea of form and simultaneously formless drives my intrigue as well as hints of honoring impermanence, imperfection, and vulnerability. Attempts at invention are ongoing; experimentation plays an active role in my studio practice. Paintings are thought of as less dimensional sculptures that are flattened, while installations are ideas expanded.

Join us December 18th as we unveil a series of murals on the Hermosa Walls project space. The event is free and open to the public. Snacks and refreshments will be up for grabs.