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Project Onward Provides Space for Artists with Disabilities

Project Onward Provides Space for Artists with Disabilities

Project Onward started in the summer of 2004 as a Gallery 37 pilot initiative for 6 artists who had aged out of the local youth job-training organization’s program, but due to their disabilities had no opportunities elsewhere to advance their artistic careers. Gallery 37 was a guided instruction-based program which let the artists explore their […]

Punk and Purpose: an Interview with David Anthony

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Punk and Purpose: an Interview with David Anthony

David Anthony, former music editor for A.V. Club and current managing editor for Chicago Ideas, lays bare his musical past and speaks on how he’s living his dream.   Q: Seeing how you’re a Columbia College alum, and some might say “ a success story,” I think everyone would first like to know about your […]

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A Brayzillian Savannah

When makeup artist Brayzill Stevenson, 33, was just eight-years-old, he decided that painting the half-renovated basement of his family’s Joliet home would be his first creative solo project. Without his mother’s permission, he purchased the paint himself, and threw the contents from their cans, leaving vibrant splatters all over the walls and floors. “I didn’t […]

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‘Rat Pack’ Comedy Comes Alive in Buena Park Bar

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‘Rat Pack’ Comedy Comes Alive in Buena Park Bar

There are comedy clubs big and small, expensive and cheap. But free? Those are hard to come by. So, if you want to spend a night out– but not a fortune– and enjoy some genuine laughs with some great people and comedians, you should consider heading out to the Holiday Club.  This small bar at […]

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Raffe’s Record Riot

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Raffe’s Record Riot

On Cicero Avenue, a mannequin of Elvis Presley peers outside the window, guarding relics of a different time. That Elvis mannequin is guarding Raffe’s Record Riot. Raffe’s is a dedicated record store that has been lingering around now for 30 years and counting. Even while facing the digital future and despite business slowing down, it […]

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ART WORKS brings social justice art to River North

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ART WORKS brings social justice art to River North

Outside, quotes of justice from Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Lincoln line the walls. Inside, pictures of farmers, protests and poverty fill a lengthy gallery space. Local nonprofit ART WORKS Projects for Human Rights has worked to spread global awareness of human rights violations in its own unique way since 2006. Occupying […]

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Lincoln Square printmakers make, display, educate on art

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Lincoln Square printmakers make, display, educate on art

As patrons enter the doors of Lincoln Square’s Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, they are welcomed by shelves stacked with materials used in printmaking—like brushes, inks, and different types of paper. A handmade sign reading “Keep it tidy!” guards jars of ink stacked on top of each other. Across the shelves of supplies, art created by the […]

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