notes from a journey through Chicago's cultural landscape...

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Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

...this is not about me, this is about my city - a living document of Chicago's art's scene, a memoir of concerts I've been to & performances I've seen, a jaded scribe's small sampling of the many offerings of this vibrant cosmopolitan city that I'm lucky enough to call home. I work the city as the city works me, all of us connected in varying degrees, here i pay tribute to our evolving soundtrack, I plug praiseworthy endeavors & try to give a little back... Together with my peers we paint this crossroads with every shade we can find, in your mediums & mine, i run with deep house deviants & wrinkled blues cats, youngun' b-boy crews & quirky circus brats, snobby eclectic DJs & electric painters laboring on projected displays, film makers armed with mini-DVs & picky chefs sculpting tricky masterpieces out of vegan grease... i kick it with slam poets & theater geeks, powerbook producers & fashionista freaks, photoshop fellowships & choreographer hips, while jazz cats blow digital epics through pursed bebop lips... i'm at the nexus of the next wave of Chicago sound - this is where i share the stories of all the beauty I've found...

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Barbershop Scenes - Milio's Hair Salon

Stopped through Milio’s on Belmont to get my dreads tightened by Jeffery, aka PoofyHair, who is something of a living legend among Chicago hairdressers. He handed me an incredible book on the history of dreads to read while pulling my scalp tight with quick efficient fingers. Learned a new word courtesy of Alice Walker’s essay on the virtues of the locks lifestyle… The Hindu/Sanskrit term “Jatta,” which means Dreadlock, according to the Upanishads, and refers to a spiritual commitment made by an ascetic mendicant to adhere to a certain disciplined code of conduct as a consequence of venturing onto the path of emulating Lord Shiva’s divinely disordered ‘do… Quite a read…always good to know whose footsteps you’re following in… For anyone looking for a crazy beautiful new look from the hippest salon in town, you should hit up Milio’s. They’re right next to the Belmont Red Line stop, and their handiwork is to found on the most beautiful freaks and style setters you can find in the Chi…

Relevant Links: (959 W.Belmont Ave)


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