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‘A People’s History of Chicago’ Gallery – Closing Reception

posted by Rosario Edwards May 24, 2017

Kevin Coval has written a book of poems about the history of the City of Chicago and the influence that hip hop has had on it throughout the centuries of its existence. He’s also put together an excellent gallery featuring work from artists that contributed to his book.

Tomorrow is the last night of that gallery, and your last chance to buy an exclusive piece of work from artists like Hebru Brantley, Paul Branton, Runsy, Bianca Pastel, and Troy Scat. As well as a chance to hear a reading from Kevin, Matt Muse, Lyriq the Mi$fit, and Patricia Frazier.

This book has received the blessings of Chance The Rapper, who has been greatly inspired by Kevin, and even wrote the Foreword to the book!

It’s a free event, and an awesome opportunity to see what this city really has to offer.

Chicago Truborn (1741 W Chicago Ave).

Thursday May 25 – Readings begin at 7:30

And be on the lookout for our PoD interview with Kevin, coming soon! The man is incredibly inspiring, and just breathes positivity.

 

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Hola Chola Chicago Pop Up Shop Recap

posted by Alex April 4, 2017

Let us fill you in on what you missed out if you forgot to RSVP for this past Sunday’s Hola Chola Pop Up Shop that took place at the National Museum of Mexican Art. The event was created to celebrate the designs of Susanna Gonzalez Torres of Hola Chola. Susanna is currently on tour throughout different cities selling her designs and making exclusive pieces for each city. If you made it out, you were able to get your nails done with a flare inspired by the Mexican culture from the good people at Hush Salon. As you walked into the function, you were able to see some old school lowriders provided by Neighborhood Legends and Streetwise Car Club. It was the perfect spot to get your Instagram stunting on. Throughout the night, Latnix and old school tunes were provided by our own homie, Freddy Phatz who kept the dance floor busy throughout the event. Drinks were inspired by your local Southside Mexican paleteria, La Michoacana who provided the mixers for the Hennessy X Agua Fresca de Pina, Hennessy X Agua Fresca de Fresa and of course Hennessy X Horchata. The good people at Cold Chillen provided the awesome designs and graphics including the menus and invites. During the event, Susanna gave an inspirational speech on how the Mexican Culture influenced her designs and how her hardships and travels throughout Mexico have led her to her present situation. Check out the pictures of the event below!

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Pitchfork Music Festival Announces LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest, and Solange as 2017 Headliners

posted by Oscar February 27, 2017

Today we got a glimpse at the dopeness that will surround the 2017 edition of the Pitchfork Music Festival with the announcement of the headliners: LCD Soundsystem will headline on Friday night, followed by A Tribe Called Quest on Saturday night, with Solange closing out the festival on Sunday.

I called it with both the Tribe and Solange heading for this fest, both coming off a 2016 that saw them realize truly amazing records. LCD Soundsystem for their part are headlining a summer festival in the Chi for a second year in a row, extending their comeback some and allowing plenty more to tell ’em to shut up and play the hits!

Along with this news, the festival organizers have announced they are partnering with Saint Heron for a series of events curated by this innovative label and arts platform founded by Solange Knowles. The Saint Heron-charged event series will feature an onsite art installation, film screening, artist talks, late night jazz jam sessions, and more. These will take place from Thursday, July 13th through Sunday, July 16th at various locations throughout Chicago. Find more details below. Continue Reading

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Event: “For The Creatives” Gallery Showcase Hosted by Juicy Jackie

posted by Oscar December 23, 2015

OFFICAL FLYER.

We haven’t yet hit Christmas but we already got a gift for you guys. Our girl and fellow POD member Juicy Jackie is announcing today her forthcoming gallery event highlighting her favorite talents across the arts currently plying their trade in Chicago.

The event will be held on Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 at the Chicago Art Department and at this gallery Jackie has curated will be showcasing paintings, drawings, and photography, along with live performances and even airing a short film.

The roster is stacked with her/your/our favorite creatives, some with quite the buzz around them and others on the come-up.

Some of the artists include Glenda Lisette, Glamour Girl, Xack Leard, and others; to name a few. You can view their work on their instagram. See the full list after the jump. Continue Reading

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Event Recap: The Chicago Ball – Swopes x Trashhand Exhibit

posted by JuicyJackie June 29, 2015

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From the moment I learned of the exhibit on Twitter, I was already super hyped. I’ve followed Swopes & Trashhand’s work for a while now, so I already knew I was in for something really cool. The event was on a Friday night, so what’s better than checking out some beautiful art & having fun?

I walked in and was instantly pleasantly surprised by the images hanging from the ceiling at the Lacuna Artist Loft. Too excited to even notice the Mountain Dew samples to the right by the entrance, I rushed past them, completely captivated by the amazing presentation at the front of the house (I definitely found them later, thank you Mountain Dew!). Every single image deserved multiple viewings to fully appreciate how well the brands were produced and just how much these were so masterfully taken. It was also extremely cool vibing with so many people, some that I knew from the scene and others that this event gave me the opportunity to meet and talk about the pieces and how awesome the show looked. Continue Reading

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September 23rd in Chicago = David Bowie Day

posted by Oscar September 17, 2014

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Our city is cooler than yours…

The latest example of that is the recent declaration that September 23rd will now be “David Bowie Day” in the city of Chicago, which falls on the same day as the exhibit, David Bowie Is… opens up at Museum of Contemporary Art.

Mayor Emanuel stated:

“an undisputed global icon boasting a catalogue of 26 critically acclaimed studio albums,” whose “remarkable half-century career has bridged cultures and faiths while both transcending and fortifying the music, art, fashion & design, and theatrical canons.”

The David Bowie Is… exhibit debuts in the US via Chicago, after having already run in London, Berlin, Sao Paulo and Toronto. The exhibition features over 300 items from Bowie’s personal archives including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, and rare performance material from the artist’s past five decade-long career. See the official release below. Continue Reading

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Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton – North American Tour

posted by Alex February 5, 2014

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We’re really excited about this one. LA based record label Stones Throw Records is touring around the country and showing their documentary in major cities. The film features exclusive interviews with Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Common, Questlove, Talib Kweli, Mike D (The Beastie Boys), Tyler the Creator, and many more. CLICK HERE to see when the documentary will be featured in a city near you! For us Chicagoans, the date to

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Complex X MGD Presents: Live Scratch Sessions

posted by Alex June 20, 2013

MGDComplex Magazine and MGD have teamed up to give us all a pretty dope event on Friday night at The Silver Room. I don’t see how anyone can go wrong with free beer and great music. DJ Maddjazz (RedBull Thre3style Chicago Qualifier 2nd place winner) and DJ Scend (The Hip Hop Project and Scheme’s DJ) will be handling the music for the night with some live scratch sessions that are sure to be crazy. There will also be an art exhibition featuring some of the best artists around. MGD will be on hand to give away tickets for their concert as well as other goodies, so don’t miss out and head over to The Silver Room on Friday, June 21st.

 

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What’s Dope This Weekend? (6/14/-6/16)

posted by Alex June 14, 2013

library-lotSo the weekend has come up on us and you’re currently at the day gig trying to see what to do this weekend. Look no further, we have your weekend covered. We’ve vetted and chose some events worth checking out in the lovely city so you can get back to those “TPS Reports” that you’re boss has been asking you for since Monday morning. Continue Reading

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What’s Dope This Weekend? (Weekend of 6/7-6/9)

posted by Alex June 7, 2013

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Aside from the weather cooperating with Chicago, it’s definitely festival season here in the 2nd city. Staying in this weekend? DON’T! Chicago has something for everyone this weekend!

Like food? Head over to the North side of the city where Lincoln Park, Damen, and Irving Park meet to check out some of the city’s best ribs at RibFest Chicago. This will be going on Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 9. Of course there will be live music as well as an amateur rib eating contest. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

If you’re from Chicago or have some Chicago history knowledge, you may know that blues music = Chicago. Head on over to Grant Park and enjoy some of the best musicians  to ever play blues music. The 30th Annual Chicago Blues Festival started yesterday, but will be going on through until Sunday night. This is definitely a festival that can’t be missed. Notable performers include Otis Clay, James Cotton, and Irma Thomas. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO 

Okay, you’re into ceramics, paintings, and other fine arts. Don’t worry, head on over to the 39th Annual Wells Street Art Festival in Chicago’s historic Old Town neighborhood. The annual art extravaganza features the works of more than 250 juried artists with the eclectic mix running the gamut from paintings, sculptures and glasswork to photography, ceramics, woodwork and much more. It also features the tasty cuisine of Old Town restaurants, the always-hoppin’ music stage, and a silent auction. The festival starts Saturday morning and goes on until Sunday afternoon. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

The Andersonville Midsommarfest is one of the region’s most eagerly anticipated and well-established summer festivals in Chicago. Born out of Andersonville’s Swedish heritage, the festival retains its quaint, international flavor. Old-world Swedish traditions, including a festive dance around the Maypole, are incorporated into an unrivaled array of entertainment for families and adults. A special family area includes face painting, games and a family stage with entertainment such as Nordic Folk dancers, a pet parade, and much more. The other three stages are filled all day with spirited music, including nationally renowned acts, guaranteed to get the crowd dancing. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

 

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R.I.P. Rap – Guru / Gang Starr Edition @ Sub-T

posted by Alex March 31, 2013

1900_500035686721456_1200226215_nHead over to Sub-T Lounge on Wednesday April, 3rd where Ground Lift Media and the lovely, Ms. Chicago will be presenting the Guru/Gang Starr edition of R.I.P. Rap. DJ Trew and DJ Scend will be playing nothing but Guru, Gang Starr, and DJ Premier all through the night. There will be a live art exhibit by DMNOLOGY as well as a live beat set by Max & Pore. The event is free before 11PM with an RSVP to riprapchicago@gmail.com, after 11PM the cover will be $5. Check out DJ Scend’s Guru tribute below, he recorded it for his radio show back in 2010. The mix should hold you down until Wednesday night. See ya’ there! Continue Reading