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History Fri Nov 13 2015

100th Anniversary of Joe Hill's Execution to be Celebrated with Music & Eulogies

Joe HillThe 100th anniversary of the execution and funeral of Joe Hill, the Swedish immigrant songwriter and labor activist, will be celebrated Sunday evening, Nov. 22, at the Hideout. The evening will include a reenactment of his funeral at Chicago's old West Side Auditorium and reinterpreted versions of the songs played at his funeral by a crew of Chicago musicians.

Performers will include Bucky Halker, Jon Langford, Sally Timms, LeRoy Bach, Khari Lemuel, Martin Billheimer, Janet Bean, Fluffy and Psalm One. Hill's music inspired musicians like Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez and his songs, such as "Preacher and the Slave," "Rebel Girl" and "Casey Jones," were sung by workers all over the country.

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Nancy Bishop

Benefit Mon Nov 02 2015

DePaul's 27th Annual Theatre School Awards for Excellence to Honor Influential Community Members

By Yasmeen Ahmed

The Theatre School at DePaul University will present the 27th Annual Awards for Excellence in the Arts at a gala Monday, Nov. 9. Proceeds from the event will benefit the scholarship fund, which supports students to train at the theater school. The gala will recognize distinguished artists and visionaries who have proven dedication and talent in support of the arts.

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Art Thu Oct 22 2015

MCA to Auction Works by 100 Artists Friday

MCA art auction

This year will mark the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago's 17th Benefit Art Auction after a five-year break. Works by more than 100 artists, ranging from painting to sculpture, will be included in the auction that begins this Friday with over 500 guests in attendance.

The MCA has a successful past with previous art auctions for the museum. In 2010, the museum raised $2.8 million from bidders and was able to spread out the proceeds for several fiscal years. "All of the money goes right back into supporting the MCA's core mission," says Michael Darling, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator, whose role includes fundraising for programs and education within the museum.

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S. Nicole Lane

Dance Thu May 28 2015

Seven Companies to Join in Annual Dance for Life Benefit August 15

2014 Dance for Life photo by Todd Rosenberg

Seven of Chicago's top dance companies will perform in the annual Dance for Life benefit Saturday, August 15, at the Auditorium Theatre. This benefit for HIV/AIDS has been conducted since 1992. Funds raised will benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and The Dancers' Fund, a funding program of Chicago Dancers United.

Companies in this year's lineup are Giordano Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Joffrey Ballet, River North Dance Chicago, C5, Chicago Human Rhythm Project and Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre.

Second City's Joey Bland and Tim Mason will emcee the night. Performing group C5, which blends dance with aerial acrobatics, will present a world premiere. The finale will be choreographer Randy Duncan's work Stand by Me with special music arranged by Ira Antelis. The finale will feature local professional dancers selected through a special audition.

The evening will begin with a 5pm reception at the Hilton Chicago Grand Ballroom. The Dance for Life performance begins at 7:30pm at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. Tickets are $15-$75 for the performance and $250-$600 for reception and performance; they can be purchased online or by calling 312-922-5812.

Nancy Bishop

Benefit Mon Nov 25 2013

Soup & Bread & That's All She Wrote Team Up for Benefit

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Karen Gerod, the owner of Swim Cafe, has long been a supporter of local literary and charitable events. Since the inception of the Soup & Bread series at the Hideout she's been there, and since September 2012 she's made her cafe home to the live lit series That's All She Wrote.

Earlier this year Karen was diagnosed with cancer, and has since been battling both the disease and mounting medical bills. Martha Bayne of Soup & Bread has teamed up with Angela Benander and JH Palmer of That's All She Wrote for a fundraiser on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia) benefitting Karen.

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J.H. Palmer

Benefit Mon Nov 18 2013

Dietzel: A Retrospective comes to Chicago

Amund Dietzel, circa 1915

Norwegian-born Amund Dietzel learned the craft of tattooing on a merchant ship and brought it to Milwaukee in 1913, where he opened his first shop. Jon Reiter, himself a Milwaukee-based tattooer, has published a two-volume catalog of Dietzel's work, These Old Blue Arms: The Life and Work of Amund Dietzel, and worked in conjunction with the Milwaukee Art Museum for a recent exhibit of Dietzel's work.

Earlier this year, Reiter was diagnosed with a rare blood clotting disease; he was successfully treated, but is now burdened with medical bills. The Dietzel exhibit is traveling to Chicago as a benefit for Reiter, and will be shown in the gallery space at Great Lakes Tattoo, 1148 W. Grand Ave. On Friday, Nov. 29, there will be an opening reception from 5pm-10pm with appetizers and refreshments, limited edition posters and books for sale, auction items, and a raffle to help offset Reiter's bills. In addition, from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, all tattoo proceeds from original Amund Dietzel designs will be donated to Reiter.

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J.H. Palmer

Event Thu Feb 14 2013

Gilda's Club Celebrates 15 Years in Chicago

wwa_ob_2_gilda_radner.jpegThis Valentine's Day marks the 15th anniversary for Gilda's Club in Chicago. For 15 years Gilda's Club Chicago has been standing by cancer patients and their families through thick and thin.

The Club was founded in memory of the famed "Saturday Night Live" and former Second City Cast member, Gilda Radner.

Radner was diagnosed with cancer in 1985. Once commenting on her diagnosis she said, "Having cancer gave me membership in an elite club I'd rather not belong to." After her death in 1989, Gilda's Club was opened as a support community for families and patients affected by Cancer. Gilda's Club Chicago is a community with no membership dues. Through health seminars, classes in yoga, and special events, Gilda's club provides an escape from the stresses of diagnosis and treatment.

Second City has remained close to Gilda's Club since the first red door opened to the public, raising funds and performing at many of the Center's functions. See Second City perform tomorrow, and join Gilda's Club Chicago at 5pm in celebrating their 15-year milestone with an open house at 537 N. Wells St. and comedy performance.

Finally, if you're still in a last minute pinch to find your loved one a great Valentine's Day gift, check out Chocolate Inspirations, Inc. and their Chocolate for Charity program. This year, 10% of the proceeds will go directly towards Gilda's Club Chicago and help support another 15 years to come.

Photo courtesy of Gilda's Club Chicago

Lauren Haberman

Preview Fri Feb 01 2013

Preview: artEdge Annual Fundraising Benefit at the MCA

Fitz and the TantrumsThe romance of the Industrial Age will sweep through Chicago for one night only -- this Saturday, Feb. 2 -- when the Museum of Contemporary Art hosts its annual fundraising benefit, artEdge.

MCA's Warehouse location will be transformed into a work of functional and live art reminiscent of days past and of the building's own history as a bakery. The benefit will include a meal and a concert, but is much more than the sum of its parts. Guests will be treated to a complete experience from beginning to end, and with the proceeds going back to the museum, the event is not to be missed.

Attendees will enter through the back alleys of the warehouse, a throwback to Chicago as a city of bricks, and then make their way up a winding, wrought-iron staircase to the first course of their meal, hors d'oeuvres strung from chain-linked walls. Next, guests will find themselves in an industrial-chic wonderland of light and metal created by Heffernan Morgan Designs and Event Creative.

The event guarantees not only a treat for the tastebuds, but also a symphony for the other four senses. As the party-goers make their way through the Chain Link Room, Automation Room, Corrugated Room and Chain Room, they'll experience dinner served on moving conveyor belts, whirling ceiling fans, state-of-the-art manufacturing presentations, and special live performances curated by Peter Taub, the MCA's Director of Performance Programs.

The soiree will conclude with a dessert bar, a VIP Rubber Bar, and a concert by indie pop group Fitz and the Tantrums.

The event takes place on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 7pm to 11pm. Individual tickets are available for $1,000, which includes the cocktail reception, dinner, dessert reception and concert performance. Table packages begin at $15,000. Concert tickets are available for $150 and include the dessert reception, open bar and concert performance. To purchase tickets, table packages, make reservations, or to inquire about sponsorship, email or call (312) 397-3868.

Sarah Shuel

Benefit Wed Nov 14 2012

WRITE CLUB Benefit @ Hamburger Mary's

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WRITE CLUB Founder and Overlord, Ian Belknap. Photo credit: Evan Hanover.

WRITE CLUB, the world's most badass competitive literary series, is making a special appearance on Friday, Nov. 16, at Hamburger Mary's, 5400 N. Clark St. The series regularly benefits charitable organizations, and this Friday, in a special appearance away from its home at the Hideout, benefits Stone Scholastic Academy.

If you're not familiar with WRITE CLUB, it consists of three bouts of two opposing writers representing two opposing ideas (Fire vs. Ice, say, or Fate vs. Free Will) assigned in advance. Performers get 7 minutes apiece to make their case, and the audience picks a winner. It's fast, hilarious, and has been hailed by New City as a Top Five Literary Event of 2011, and the Chicago Reader called it "The punchiest thing to hit literature since Hemingway."

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J.H. Palmer

Art Tue Oct 09 2012

A Well Fed Evening: CAC's Starving Artist 2012


A sense of smell is paramount to a true food-tasting experience. Earlier that day, what began as a tickle in the back of my throat developed into a full-blown cold, one that challenged my enjoyment of the Chicago Artists' Coalition annual Starving Artist benefit. For the event, local celebrity chefs team up with local artists to craft works and eats inspired by each others' vision. Despite my own physical ailments shaping my experiences of the food, as a benefit in support of the visual arts, 2012's Starving Artist event was a success.

What does it take to run a worthwhile and eclectic artist-focused event? Well for one, the ability for guests to view and interact with a variety of different artistic practices. Rather than load the space and the evening with in-cohesive artworks, the event's organizers gave guests room to breathe and interact with the art on their own.

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Britt Julious

Benefit Mon May 14 2012

Comedy For A Cause: Chicago Comedians and Musicians Come Together

Travis.jpgTravis Dow moved to Chicago in 2001 to pursue music and acting. He quickly joined the acclaimed Katie Todd Band as lead guitarist and vocalist. In 2003, Travis enrolled in Chicago's I.O. (formerly ImprovOlympic) and eventually performed with two of their Harold teams: Pestering Chester and Captain Sweatpants. Later, he enrolled in ComedySportz's training center and eventually performed for their BattleProv program.

In February, Travis received a diagnosis of Burkitt's Lymphoma, a rare type of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Burkitt's is highly aggressive, but responds well to very intensive treatment. Travis is currently undergoing such treatment at City Of Hope in LA.

Even with the help of moderate health insurance, their expenses are overwhelming. Therefore, the music and comedy communities of Chicago are stepping up to help.

The Travis Dow Benefit will be held on Friday, May 18 at 8pm at Uncommon Ground Edgewater, 1401 W. Devon Ave.

Scheduled performers include Music from Katie Todd, The Damn Hoovers and Al Rose, and improv from Jeff Hedges, Nick Johne, Scott Levy, Mike Meyers, Laura Schneider Lazzara, Sarah Pfouts Sullivan, Kieran Sullivan and Kat Timmons.

A $15 donation at the door gets you an evening full of fantastic entertainment. You can view the facebook event here for more information. If you are unable to attend, but would like to contribute, you can visit the Support Travis Dow webpage here.

Nellie Huggins

Benefit Mon Apr 09 2012

Rhythm Method Fundraiser for Chicago Women's Health Center

The rhythm method as a form of contraceptive may be woefully ineffective, but the improv group of the same name is actually doing quite a bit for reproductive health this month. Rhythm Method, Chicago's premier rock 'n roll improv ensemble, is delighted to announce Chicago Women's Health Center as the charity partner for their April run of shows at the
Playground Theater. Rhythm Method performs with Bella and one additional improv ensemble as part of the Sandbox Improv Showcase on Mondays in April at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 and available at the box office located inside the theater at 3209 N. Halsted St. in Chicago.

Reservations for Rhythm Method or any Playground show can be made at (773) 871-3793 or All shows are BYOB for audience members age 21 and up.

Dyan Flores

Benefit Fri Mar 30 2012

In Full Bloom

The Burlington continues its current line-up of great events with Bloom-n-Boom, hosted by the Subject to Change collaborative which, "aims to create a space of "no shame," when it comes to the music we enjoy and the people we love and care about -- our family (both blood and chosen) and our community." The event celebrates the early arrival of spring and the ongoing blooming of the trans community with the Chicago Women's Health Center's Trans Greater Access Project (TGAP). The project promotes services such as trans-affirming healthcare by providing hormone therapy, trans-sensitive gynecological exams, and counseling.

The night kicks off at 9pm with DJ sets by Josie Blush, Miss Summer Clearance, and Panakin Skywalker. Although no guests will be turned away, patrons are encouraged to give a $5 suggested donation.

In addition to the music, Subject to Change will also be selling a companion zine featuring works from people who have used the TGAP program as well as others who have trans health and affirming-related work to share. Submissions for this zine continue through Sunday, April 1 and acceptable works include prose, essays, photography, drawings, comics, and poetry. Submissions can be sent to

Bloom-n-Boom takes place at The Burlington, 3425 West Fullerton at 9pm.

Britt Julious

Benefit Wed Mar 28 2012

Put Your hArt Into It

hArts for Art.jpgLVL3 Gallery presents its 3rd Annual Benefit Auction and Raffle, "hArts For Art" on Saturday, April 7, from 6pm to 10:30pm.

LVL3 is an exhibition space in Wicker Park directed by artist Vincent Uribe. The space welcomes artists, both established and emerging, to create and collaborate, building art and relationships.

The art benefit auction features work from more than 20 artists and a portion of the proceeds go to a local not-for-profit, Yollocalli Arts Reach. This is a youth initiative of the National Museum of Mexican Art dedicated to providing equal access to communal artistic and cultural resources that allow youth to become creative and engaged community members.

Yollocalli provides a similar space to LVL3 that encourages communal art and learning for youth. Originating in Pilsen, it claims a safe space that enables a progressive dialogue in urban and youth culture.

Advanced bids start Saturday, March 31 online and bidding ends at 9:30 pm on April 7. Artwork starts at $20 and raffle tickets will be sold at 1 for $3 or 2 for $5.

Janna Dons

Street Art Fri Mar 02 2012

The Franklin: Not Your Typical Yard Art


The Franklin, currently on view at NEIU's Fine Arts Center. Photo courtesy of Edra Soto.

Local artist Edra Soto and her husband Dan Sullivan recently completed a project titled "the Franklin" -- an outdoor exhibition space currently installed at NEIU Gallery for a show titled Living By Example (a damn good show, mind you.) When the show finishes we it will be deconstructed and moved to Soto and Sullivan's backyard in East Garfield park, where it will be permanently installed. NEIU helped pay for materials, but in order to complete the project they need to purchase additional materials for the roof, deck and footings.

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Kelly Reaves

Art Tue Feb 28 2012

Buy Art to Support a Violent Crime Survivor

kristen print.jpgIf you can't make it to the benefit for Kristen Romaniszak at Double Door on Monday, or if you're looking for another way to be supportive, consider purchasing a print from Chicago Tattoo Company artist Nick Colella. Prints are $30 and all proceeds go to support Kristen's recovery.

J.H. Palmer

Benefit Thu Feb 09 2012

Ox-Bow Winter Benefit: THE Winter Art Party

oxbow.jpgIt's time for the Ox-Bow Winter Benefit! Hooray!!! What's Ox-Bow, you ask? Only Michigan's most inspiring, wild, longtime retreat/residency for artists, where Jim Henson is said to have invented Kermit the frog. What's the Winter Benefit? Only Chicago's best winter art party. Why? Well, it's a great chance to buy some fiiine pieces of work by Chicago's finest pieces of work -- big names, people. We're talking Jim Lutes. Rachel Niffenegger. Carl Baratta. In short, if you collect art, this is the premier event for buying it -- not only because you can get great deals on it, but the money goes to a pretty damn cool cause (Ox-Bow). And if you, like me, can't afford to buy much art but you still appreciate a good Swamp Thing-themed dance party, well, this is for you, too. Not convinced yet? Here are some more reasons for you to go:

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Kelly Reaves

Performance Tue Jan 10 2012

Matt Damon to Headline The People Speak, Live!

Nearing its Chicago premiere at the Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., on Jan. 31st, The People Speak, Live! performance has officially added Academy Award Winner Matt Damon to host the event and compliment a cast of local talent. The supporting cast includes Robert Breuler and Alana Arenas of the Steppenwolf Theater, various local poets and Rick Kogan of the Tribune.

Based off of the 2009 documentary, The People Speak, The People Speak, Live! is a benefit performance that features dramatic readings of written works from people of the past. This month's performance will include readings of a fifteenth century priest documenting Columbus' arrival in the New World, a fugitive slave's scathing letter to a former master, the words of pathbreaking Chicago labor organizers, testimony of civil rights activists and more.

Tickets are available at $11 to $24. Doors open at 6pm. Performance at 7pm.

Ricardo Villarreal

Benefit Tue Sep 13 2011

Comedy Cares to Host Benefit for Broadway Youth Center

Comedy Cares is a non-profit fundraising organization founded by Chicago comedian Ever Mainard that utilizes comedy as a source of revenue for programs and individuals in need of assistance. This months event will raise revenue for the Broadway Youth Center and the services that it provides.

The show will take place on September 23 at 8pm at the Lucky Shamrock (2723 North Halsted) and will be hosted by Mainard, who is best known for her podcast Dates with Ever and as a member of Chicago Underground Comedy.

The lineup features the best acts in Chicago and includes: Lisa Laureta (the people under the stairs), Kelsie Huff (the kates, Bruiser, Boulder International Fringe Festival) Bill Cruz (host of Gutter Mouth open mic) Ryan Walker, Gwen Laroka (winner of Last Loca Standing) Adam Burke (host of Coles Open Mic, Chicago Underground Comedy) Caitlin Bergh (Cameron Esposito's Side Mullet Nation), and Jeff Gandy.

Nellie Huggins

Benefit Mon Aug 15 2011

Kegs Stands for Comfort Station

kegger.jpgThere's a lot going on this weekend but if you haven't cemented your Saturday plans yet, consider going to Comfort Station's kegger. Perhaps the best (and most obvious) abandoned-building-turned-art space ever, Comfort Station took over the little building in the heart/crotch of Logan Square that was vacant for so long, it became invisible to most of us.

Their party this Saturday will feature music, food by Homage Street food truck, face-painting, croquet, ping-pong, quirky film and slide show screenings, and, of course, good-ole' outdoor boozing. A suggested $10 donation gets you a cup for a night of Revolution beer. All proceeds from your donation benefit Comfort Station -- they're raising funds for storm windows to extend their active year into the cooler months and track lighting to keep spotlights on the artwork.

The party is this Saturday, August 20 from 6pm to midnight-ish at Comfort Station: The Keel/Coulson Sideyard @ 3016 W. Logan Blvd. For details, click here.

Kelly Reaves

Art Wed Jul 13 2011

Addis Experience -- the Cultural Exchange


Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, affected the artistry of both Adrienne Pierluissi and Ken Vandermark. Vandermark, a photographer, captured life in that city, which in turn Pierluissi would paint. Through their work they created a dialogue between the two mediums and their practice.

Terrie Hessels of The Ex will be present during the opening reception the proceeds of art work sold will go toward helping support Terrie's ongoing music programs in Ethiopia-- for the last few years he's been bringing musicians to schools for workshops and a repairman from Amsterdam to help fix damaged saxophones and clarinets. He will also be performing with Ken Vandermark.

This event will be hosted by Lumpen Times at Co-Prosperity Sphere in Bridgeport.

Opens Saturday, July 16, 2011 (5pm-2am)
Co-Prosperity Sphere
3219 South Morgan St.

Michelle D. Villarreal

Benefit Wed Jul 06 2011

Nursing Back the Conservatory


photo courtesy of the Garfield Park Conservatory

In case you haven't heard, the illustrious Garfield Park Conservatory was severely damaged by the hailstorm last Thursday, and The Hideout is hosting a special Soup and Bread benefit program tonight to help fund the cleanup and repairs. If you've been to the conservatory, you love it. If you've been to The Hideout, you probably love it, too. Why not stop by tonight (5:30 - 8pm) and stuff your face for a good cause? Details here.

Kelly Reaves

Benefit Sun Jun 26 2011

Two Chicago Women and a Web Series

Two Chicago-based actresses are attempting to have their dream realized: A hit web series based on the life and times of two freelance assassins. Before "Hitwomen" can become a hit, though, Lindsey Marks and Jolie Roberson need to raise $6,000 through the project startup, Kickstarter. Please checkout their video here and donate as much or as little as you want based on what you see.

Katie Richardson

Benefit Wed Jun 22 2011

Graffiti for Good


Photo courtesy of Graffiti Zone.

Four youth winners of Graffiti Zone's Next Top Artist Contest will be honored tomorrow night at GZ's Spring Fundraiser. The event will take place at Chicago Urban Arts Society: 2229 S. Halsted from 6 to 9pm. Hosted by Chicago hip hop performer Philip Morris, described as "one of the ultimate word smiths of hip-hop (Skope Magazine)," the evening will feature catering by Green Cuisine, open bar, silent auction and performances by Opera-Matic with sound by Mark Messing. Ample free parking is available behind the building off of Cermak. Tickets are $35 at the door, or online at All proceeds to benefit Graffiti Zone, a five-year old non-profit arts organization serving kids from Humboldt Park. More info about the fundraiser can be found here.

Kelly Reaves

Benefit Sun Jun 19 2011

Brew Ha Ha! on the 25th

The Chicago Urban Art Society is a Pilsen-based not-for-profit exhibition and creative-use space located in the Creative Industry District, 2229 S. Halsted St. Starting at 2pm on June 25, you'll be able to join them for an ol' fashioned fundraising Brew HA HA. Well, maybe this Brew HA HA is more "new" fashioned than old, because if you attend, you'll have a chance to taste some of the best, locally produced beer before other Chicagoans get word of them. If you feel like it, you can also bring a bottle of your favorite brew to share with other curious brewsters. Don't miss these featured home brewers, though: Lowdive, Brutally Honest Brewing and Powell Brewing. Also, save some room for beer-friendly treats from Chef Won Kim & Company. Actually, it'll be best to pace your sips and bites, because this beer tasting will go on until 7pm. Admission is $10 per person.

Katie Richardson

Benefit Thu Jun 02 2011

Art as Medicine Celebrated Tonight

TheArtTrade presents ArtFutura 2011 from TheArtTrade on Vimeo.

If you've got this evening free, consider heading downtown for the Art Futura Awards Party.

Art Futura is a small yearly exhibition (in its 9th year with attendance growing to 300 last year) connecting artists and art therapy patients -- blending the best of both worlds. It is a great cause that helps the community of emerging artists who submit work and the work of art therapists who help support over 100 patients as they try to rebuild their lives after spinal cord, brain, and stroke injuries.

The Art Futura website has a collection of inspirational profiles of the artists in the exhibition for you to check out, as well as more information about tonight's benefit, which caters to a younger audience than most events of this type -- this is for people who want to be engaged and may just be starting to get into charitable causes.

Kelly Reaves

Benefit Mon Mar 28 2011

Urban Gateways' Gala Benefit this Friday


If you haven't made plans for Friday yet, consider buying a ticket for Urban Gateways' 50th Anniversary Gala &/or Gala Undone After Party. Gala starts at 6pm, and tickets are a steep $350, but the after party (Gala Undone) is affordable for normal folks, with tickets going for $40 in advance or $50 at the door. The event will feature veteran Urban Gateways artist James "Casper" Jankowiak, who will create an interactive mural during the event, a performance by Urban Gateways touring artists and resident performing ensemble of the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, BAM! and a late-night dance party to the music of DJ Mister Wolf (of Only Children). Also on hand will be plenty of munchies, an open bar and a silent auction.

Gala Undone will take place this Friday, April 1 from 9:30 to midnight at Venue One (1044 W. Randolph). More details here.

Kelly Reaves

Benefit Thu Mar 17 2011

Vive la Collaboraction!

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Photo by Saverio Truglia

This Saturday night Collaboraction will throw its most revolutionary fundraising party to date with their 9th annual CARNAVAL: Let Them Eat Cake! party at the Double Door. The venue will be transformed into a party battle zone with live musical performances, radical costumes, burlesque, immersive theatrical interludes, two floors of dancing and bottomless drinks.

"With revolution in the air, Collaboraction gathers its diverse and vibrant colony of artists to create an immersive artistic experience that vibrates with bacchanalian insurrection. Part party and part living art installation, our 9th annual CARNAVAL will be a debaucherous deconstruction of the history of revolution in France and throughout the globe," said Anthony Moseley, Artistic and Executive Director of Collaboraction, in the press release.

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Kelly Reaves

Benefit Wed Feb 02 2011

Dress Up Like Warhol and Dance the Night Away


One of Ox-Bow's early dance parties, photo courtesy of their Facebook page.

For the past 100 years Ox-Bow (the SAIC-affiliated artist residency/commune/adult summer camp) has hosted a themed costumed dance party and benefit auction every Friday night while classes are in session. Every year the themes get more creative and the dance parties get more epic.

Friday, February 18 they are bringing the party into the city (lucky us!) and they invite you to come dressed as a famous artist or artwork. Eric May, head chef at Ox-Bow and director of Roots and Culture Contemporary Arts Center, will spin funk, soul, dub and reggae CORRECTION: yacht rock/early rave/Moombahton.

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Performance Thu Dec 23 2010

A Deep and Jazzy Marching Flash Mob

Cauleen Smith, a San-Diego-based artist who has been picked up by Threewalls residency program, is in the process of trying to fund her experimental film and LP project, The Solar Flare Arkestral Marching Band. Basically, this is a marching band flash mob made up of musicians of all ages that appears in different locations around Chicago, gingerly plays a Sun Ra song and then scatters. What's better than that? According to Smith's mission statement, "The Solar Flare Arkestral Marching Band brings many Chicago communities together to interrupt ordinary life in the city with fleeting ecstatic moments of visual and aural incongruence."

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Art Tue Oct 26 2010

Mischief and Mayhem Reign This Weekend at HPAC


The tunnel, photo courtesy of Garage Spaces

Alright, people. If this doesn't sound like fun to you, you're absolutely hopeless: this Saturday Oct. 30, artists Mike Bancroft and Evan Plummer of Garage Spaces team up with The Hyde Park Art Center to bring you S***, Shower, and Shave. Part of HPAC's fabulous-sounding "Mischief Weekend" festival, S***, Shower, and Shave will begin with a tutorial on how to create your own arsenal out of a modified shaving cream can, then visitors will be released into a 60-foot soft sculpture tunnel to engage in shaving cream combat. What's better than that?

S***, Shower, and Shave
is only one of several events/exhibitions the HPAC has organized for "Mischief Night," which takes place at the museum this Saturday from 1 to 10pm, and is described by the HPAC as "celebrating the subversive, the weird, the illusive nature of art and artists." I highly recommend checking them all out here.

Kelly Reaves

Dance Sun Aug 15 2010

"Dance for Life" 2010

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Joffrey Ballet's Victoria Jaiani and Temur Suluashvili from Dance for Life 2009. Photo by Sandro

Not often do six of Chicago's most renowned dance companies converge for an evening performance, so when it happens, it's a must-see. Dance lovers won't want to miss this Saturday's Dance for Life benefit at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, which brings together some of Chicago's best dancers in support of HIV/AIDS prevention and care programs. The August 21 performance includes Ensemble EspaƱol Spanish Dance Theatre, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Joffrey Ballet, River North Chicago Dance Company, and Thodos Dance Chicago. Dean Richards, Entertainment Critic and Reporter for WGN-TV (CW) will host this year's event.

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Emily Disher

Art Fri Apr 30 2010

Good Tunes for a Great Cause

Humboldt Park's glorious yet hanging-on-by-a-thread art/culture venue, Quennect 4, has put together a benefit music compilation that promises to be thoroughly awesome, and you can get a sneak peek at it today through Bandcamp, and you'll be able to download the whole thing there on May 7 with a download code. There are two ways to get a download code. Either make a donation to Q4 on Kickstarter (which is one of the best ways to spend your money that I can think of) or attend the Compilation Release on Friday, May 7 at Elastic Arts.

The May 7 event will feature live music by the Chicago Gypsy Experiment ( Eyes Manouche/Ode mashup ), Rambos, and Wake Up Siouxsie. You can also expect special guest performers, and raffles for Q4 artwork. It starts at 9pm and is an all ages event. They are asking for an $8 donation which will get you admission plus a download of the compilation. No one, however, will be turned away for lack of funds.

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Kelly Reaves

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