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Art Around Town Fri Oct 25 2013

Weekend Art Pick: East Garfield Park Open Houses

East Garfield Park curator Edra Soto (right) with Featured Artists Andrea Jablonski (left) and DJ Mr. Voice (center)

There are a bunch of shows opening in the West Loop tonight, but if only because of its sheer breadth (and that's not the only reason), if you can only go to one "art event" this weekend (because those are the parameters I've committed to for this weekly column), go to East Garfield Park.

I'm kind of cheating here because EGP is Chicago Artists Month's featured neighborhood this weekend so there's a lot going on, which I'm going to go ahead and bundle into one. I've got to narrow it down to the essential points of interest for this post, but make sure to check out the Chicago Artist's Month page for details about the plethora of events in the area that I'm leaving out.

Tonight from 6 to 9pm the Garfield Park Conservatory opens its indoor and outdoor grounds to the public tonight, featuring spoken word, poet, sound and performance artists with West Side roots. Artists include poet/singer Marvin Tate (among other delights, the front man of party-funk band D-Settlement), spoken word artist Awthentik, and David Houston, representing the Chicago West Community Music Center. Local favorite Theaster Gates will present on his expanded artistic practice, public art, funding, and community engagement.

On Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6pm, I'd recommend the East Garfield Park Art Walk, which hundreds of artists who work in the area participate in, by means of open studios, exhibits, performances and outdoor installations. Spaces include:

Switching Station Artists Lofts
15 S. Homan Ave.

4223 W. Lake St.
Daniel Baird, Edmund Chia, Laura Hart Newlon: As Close As Far Is Near

Albany Carroll Studios
3039 W. Carroll Ave.

Albany Carroll Arts Building
319 W. Albany Ave.

Chelsea Culp and Ben Foch Studios
3114 W. Carroll Ave.

Chicago Center for Green Technology
445 N. Sacramento Ave.
Paula Henderson, Meredith Weber, Jessica Harvey, Jenny Buffington, Andrea Jablonski, Chelsea Culp & Ben Foch: Nature's Bounty

Egyptian Lacquer Building
3052 W. Carroll Ave.

GAG (Garden Apartment Gallery)
3528 W. Fulton St.
One Year at GAG

Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Ave.
wind chime installation

Garfield Park Gold Dome Fieldhouse
100 N. Central Park Ave.

Inspiration Kitchens
3504 W. Lake St.

Julius Caesar
3311 W. Carroll Ave.

The Franklin
3522 W. Franklin Blvd.

The Hills Esthetic Center
128 N. Campbell Ave.

Peregrine Program
3311 W. Carroll Ave.
A Long Line opens Sunday 2-4pm

Stairway Studios
222 N. Maplewood Ave.

West Carroll Avenue Studios
3200 W. Carroll Ave.

West Carroll Building
3311 W. Carroll Ave.

After Hours Celebration:
DJ Mr. Voice plays blues, dusties and steppers at Dr J's Place, 3241 W. Chicago Ave., Friday, 9pm-2am, Saturday 9pm-3am, Sunday 6pm-Midnight. Dr. J's is arguably THE BEST DIVE IN THE CITY. As the Yelp review says, "you won't regret it."

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Architecture critic Paul Goldberger talks about Frank Gehry's life and work in a new book.
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Best Feature Films & Documentaries of 2015

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