ChiChronicles

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

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...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...

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

upcoming shows @ the Binary Mine...

Swung by my friend Kim's digs to see what I missed after the week I just spent in California... The Binary Mine Gallery is in the process of finishing up one of its shows and prepping for the next, a visiting collection of Peace posters that dates back at least 30 years and has some of the most powerful anti-war images I've ever seen. It'll go up on the walls at the end of the month, after finishing a run in Tokyo, and boy oh boy are those some powerful prints... The images are simple, crystal clear, and express their message with no room for misinterpretation. I believe that propaganda is the most powerful tool people have at their disposal, and the collection that's about to show up in Chicago for a month is a vibrant testament to the venomous potency of citizens critiquing the violence of our civilizations with something as ubiquituous as art... Art is the dirty filter through which we wash our collective guilt, the stained sheets soiled by the illicit commerce between our lowly desires and our highest ideals... First comes the action, then the color commentary, provided by all those weary souls burdened by what their consciences have witnessed... Check out this gallery once this collection arrives next month, and your faith in the future might just be rekindled...

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