What are you doing this Saturday? Perfecting your 7-layer dip recipe? Deciding which last-minute jersey purchase best suits your skin tone (hint: the team colors are the same)? Since you’ll spend all Sunday waiting with rapt attention for a Madonna wardrobe malfunction, why not get out on football eve and help spark something?
Since 2007, the Chicago-based non-profit Spark Ventures has been creating sustainable partnerships with international grassroots organizations focused on helping vulnerable children reach their potential. On February 4th, Young Partners of Spark, a community of young professionals who support Spark Ventures, will host a benefit concert to raise awareness for this incredible organization.
Join YPS and Rod Tuffcurls and the Bench Press to rock out for a cause at The Cubby Bear from 7-9 pm. Admission is $15, and tickets may be purchased in advance here.
For further inspiration, check out the video below highlighting the wonderful work Spark Ventures does for children across the world.
We are Spark from Spark Ventures on Vimeo.
One accidental achievement is based on uncountable travels from which the artist gains nourishment. – Fu Baoshi
I recently enjoyed the Cleveland Museum of Art’s exhibition Chinese Art in an Age of Revolution: Fu Baoshi (1904-1965). The stunning retrospective offered artistic insight into a dynamic and tumultuous time of change.
Chicago is fortunate to be home to one of the world’s largest contemporary art museums. Here are five exhibitions to check out right now at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
IAIN BAXTER&: Works 1958-2011 [through Jan. 15]
This exhibition spanning over fifty years of work highlights IAIN BAXTER&’s focus on the environment, the role and experience of art, and contemporary trends in a multi-media collection of photography, found objects, and even taxidermy. He legally added an ampersand to his name in 2005 to emphasize viewer engagement and connectivity in art.
Ron Terada: Being There [through Jan. 15]
In his first American solo exhibition, Ron Terada employs signage, graphic design, music, books, and photos to examine identity, fame, and contemporary urban life.
Chicago Works: Scott Reeder [through Jan. 24]
MCA’s new local art focused series features Scott Reeder in his first solo exhibition. His deceptively simple style utilizes primary colors, wordplay, and spaghetti to challenge the perception of contemporary constructs.
MCA DNA: Dieter Roth [through Feb. 26]
Dieter Roth is best known for developing artists’ books, works of art created in book form and printed in small quantities. Roth donated a set of artists’ books to MCA after a successful exhibition in 1984 which he had helped design, including the suspension of the books on wire as seen in the current exhibition.
MCA Screen: David Harrt [through May 6]
In the filming of Stray Light, David Hartt was granted intimate access to the offices of Chicago-based Johnson Publishing Company. As the publisher of titles such as Jet and Ebony, Johnson Publishing has been an important presence in African American culture and the building’s 1971 interior was custom designed to reflect this status. The company’s move in 2010 and sale of the building has endowed Stray Light with the significance of cultural time capsule.
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Alabama Shakes’ live show is a significant experience. Vigorous, soulful grooving based in Southern rock, their skillful performance is passionate, even yearning. You feel as though they’re leaving nothing behind, and the eruption of front woman Brittany Howard’s earnest and powerful vocals awaken a contemporary Janis Joplin or Otis Redding…There’s no artifice, slickness, or attempt at reinvention, but a genuineness and devotion to a resonant musical heritage we can all get down to.
Read the rest of my review and get MP3s at Indieball.com.
In case you missed it, Alabama Shakes recently rocked Chicago’s Hideout.
Have you ever seen the tunnel at the Jackson stop look so serene? Like the passage from the red to blue line, it's a fitting transition for the New Year. - Chicago, IL