Chicago Reader’s 40th Birthday
A Black, White (and Yellow) Ball
Wednesday, October 26, 8PM-11PM
We’re 40! With four decades of incomparable coverage of Chicago under our belt, we’ve got plenty of reasons to celebrate. Join us for an evening of food, drinks, dancing, and art at the Chicago Urban Art Society (CUAS) in the heart of Pilsen’s art district.
Your ticket includes entertainment by J2K (one half of Chicago-based dynamic DJ duo Flosstradamus), live chef stations & hors d’oeuvres from Star of Siam, cocktails courtesy of Death’s Door Spirits, and craft brews from Goose Island. And did you see that crazy cake on our cover? Thanks to Alliance Bakery, you’ll get a taste of that, as well as delectable truffles from Chicago chocolatier Katherine Anne Confections.
**AROUND TOWN SECTION
Slow and Low: A Lowrider Celebration of Art + Culture + Community
**ART & DESIGN SECTION
The International Beethoven Project seeks to educate the public about the great composer who lived from 1770 to 1827, one of the most interesting times in the history of western civilization. Performances, recordings, publications, lectures, blog posts, and more will all be ways in which information will be shared and conversations started. The culmination of the project will be the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, to be celebrated in 2020.
July 28, 2011
There are plenty of artist collectives in Chicago, typically formed along the same parameters as apartment galleries — established by an art school student, in a low-rent, communal space with a few friends and a few hundred bucks, on a wing and a prayer.
The Post Family is one of these venues, which typically last about five years, sometimes fewer. Currently in its “make or break” fifth year, as Family member Chad Kouri explained recently, the group doesn’t like to think of itself as a collective as much as a creative incubator.
Collections” is a remarkably well-put together show. The presentation is museum quality, with an eye for detail and unity of design that makes it a strong candidate for the best-presented exhibition in Chicago this year. Though partially separate from the content of “Collections,” this quality alone makes it a necessary stop for any curator, director, or exhibition designer.
-Steve Ruiz, ArtSlant Staff Writer
Steve Ruiz is an artist living and working in Chicago
DEF JAM 25: The Last Great Record Label
A Conversation with Bill Adler and Cey Adams
“Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label”, celebrating the company’s 25th Anniversary.
The first event in this series is a one-day show in Chicago on the night of Friday, October 21, 2011. The book’s author and founding publicist of Def Jam, Bill Adler, and the founding art director for Def Jam and graphic artist for the book, Cey Adams, will lead a video/slide lecture and Q&A about the book at CUAS.