CANVASSING THE ISSUE A prediction: If you don’t snap up tickets now to the
six-time Tony winner Red at the Goodman, you’ll be seeing—well, you know.
Don’t-miss picks for Wed 09.28.11 through Tue 10.04.11:
rock/pop Lincoln Hall
WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEK
Up next in our series of plans from notable, in-the-know locals—a.k.a. people we like: the artist, SAIC grad and former lecturer, and Wicker Park resident turned Los Angelean Aspen Mays, who, following solo shows at the MCA and Hyde Park Art Center in 2010, left Chicago for a Fulbright-funded stint in Chile, “the best place in the world to look at stars because the desert is the driest place on earth.” Mays spent a year there working alongside astronomers and scientists, “trying to be a fly on the wall in that world,” and producing photos out of an abandoned darkroom on the campus of the University of Chile.
A few of her images from that period hang in the Museum of Contemporary Photography’s current show, Our Origins, and Mays returns to town to give a related talk, Beyond Visibility: Photography and Our Connection to the Cosmos, 10/4 at MoCP.
“I’ll be in town Tuesday morning through Friday evening. I wish I could be in Chicago for the weekend, but I just started volunteering in L.A. with this group called the Pablove Shutterbugs. It was cofounded by the guy who owns the Dangerbird record label, and it pairs up working artists and photographers with kids battling cancer. Basically, we teach them how to use cameras. I really love my students, and I don’t want to miss any weekends here.
“There’s so much good art up in Chicago right now—always, really—and one of my favorite things to do is to see art, so stop 1 is going to be Golden, a gallery I’ve been working with that just opened a new location in New York. I’m in that New York show, but a really good friend’s show just opened at the Golden in Chicago [Anthea Behm’s Objective Confess]. I can’t wait to see it. The director and founder of Golden, Jacob Meehan, is also a DJ, and he spins every Saturday night at Wang’s in Boystown [3317 N. Broadway; 773-296-6800]. If I was here, I’d love to go to that, but even so, since Golden is right next to Wang’s, maybe I’ll go to Golden, have dinner at Pingpong, which just reopened after a fire and looks wonderful, and then go to Wang’s—the ultimate evening.
“My partner books bands with the Windish Agency, which is based in Chicago, and they always have a million great shows a week. I just saw Ladytron in L.A., and they were fantastic. They’re playing the Vic on Tuesday. Also, Foster the People, Battles: Maybe I’ll see all of these.
“Oh, and Big Star. That’s a good place to meet up with friends for a drink or tacos. Or a drink and tacos. I can see that happening.”
FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
Below, three don’t-miss picks from week 1 of Chicago Artists Month; for a full lineup of openings and events, see chicagoartistsmonth.org.
galleries Belle Plaine Open Studios
Four local artists—including David Jones, the founder of Columbia College’s storied fine-art press, Anchor Graphics—open the doors to their workshops in one Ravenswood building. A don’t miss for design geeks, printing fiends, and those who recognize the chance to pick the brain of a master when they see it.
GO: Artist talk 10/1 at 3; studios open 10/1–2 from 11 to 7. Belle Plaine Studios, 4541 N Ravenswood, #402. chicagoartistsmonth.org
Photography: (Red) Liz Lauren; (Mays) Courtesy of Aspen Mays