[Sa. 3.7.15] Liz Revision, BenmeR @ Emporium for Chiditarod 1pm-5pm #rodx

Fight hunger this Saturday and partake in the spectacle of “probably the world’s largest mobile food drive.” Chiditarod is an Epic Urban shopping cart race based on dog sled racing, a charity food drive, costumed beauty pageant, talent show, fundraiser and chaos generator all in one. All proceeds benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the CHIditarod Foundation. Donate at least $10 now to help SGC move up the leaderboard (currently 6th place). This is a checkpoint for Chiditarod Chicago, so on Saturday there will be sweaty costumed people running around, food for purchase, arcade games to play, and an an actual race in progress. The soundtrack will be provided by real humans: 1-2:30: Liz Revision (Glitchy techno / arcadetronica) 2:30-5pm: BenmeR (Live visuals) Catch the starting line … Read More

I’ll be at BlueBazaar this Saturday in Pilsen with some nerdy plushies and geeky gifties

Pop-up retail events are super trendy these days, and I’ll be part of one in Pilsen (through Fractalspin) on Saturday just to maintain my credentials. I kid! It’s actually a craft fair called Blue Bazaar, a fundraiser for a neat entrepreneurial technology-slinging non-profit called Blue 1647. It’s a year-old nonprofit technology innovation center focused on “education, workforce development, business acceleration, and economic development in technology”-related things. What that means is they have classes, office space rental, a incubation program and three (3!!!) 5th generation Makerbot 3D printers, free computer usage for members, classrooms, and office rentals to entrepreneurs and budding organizations to aid in making their visions reality (as if the 3D printer thing wasn’t enough). Also, Harper Reed–who might have helped with a presidential thing a while … Read More

Intercouple domestic nerd-hiliarity, with some Post-It Notes and a Slow Cooker

I gotta say, it’s probably taking title to Soul-Mate Land when one can write a request in PHP for the slow cooker procedure and have it executed flawlessly by the significant other. ^Translation = “If it’s 8:00 am or later AND the onions are caramelized, please turn this thing off. If that’s not true but it’s 9:00 am or later, please turn it off.” Proof =

Northern Soul: An influential British musical moment in electronic music culture

“The northern soul scene, to me, was like an eighth wonder of the world. You’re looking at the depressed north of England, where there wasn’t a great deal there apart from steelworks and coalmines. You had people doing this boring repetitive work during the week; and hard work, too. And when they went out on a weekend, they really wanted to go out. Going out until 11 o’clock to the local pub just wasn’t going to be good enough. When the whole rave thing went ballistic it felt like northern soul twenty years on. Lots of people getting off their heads, dancing to fast music and this love attitude. House is this generation’s version of northern soul…” – Ian Dewhirst, northern soul DJ ~1999 [From Last Night a DJ Saved My Life: The … Read More

[Sat. March 1, 2014] Chiditarod: Checkpoint Shenanigans

Chiditarod is an annual human dogsled shopping cart race/food and donation drive/bar crawl. Over one hundred teams of 5 people each will be gussying up a shopping cart, dressing up in crazy costumes, collecting canned good and money donations (that’s where you come in), and racing around the city like maniacs. The Secret Gentlemen team and I are working with Chiditarod Chicago to raise money to fight hunger in Chicago and have a hell of a lot of fun in the process. This Saturday morning and afternoon—March 1—a team of ten Secret Gentlemen will be racing, and a team of another 25 will be running one of the race’s checkpoints: Club Foot (1824 W Augusta Blvd, Chicago, IL 60622). I will be DJing from 12:30 – 4:30, and … Read More

Chicago’s Chess Records & Record Row, tastemakers of early pop, rock , soul & R&B

While recovering from a seasonal cold, I found some interesting documentaries on Chess Records and the competing labels at the same time on the near South side of Chicago. Chess Records was responsible for launching hits by Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Etta James, along with bringing blues by Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf into commercial awareness. The movies Cadillac Records (2008) and Who Do You Love (2008) are Hollywood’s version of the history, with Beyonce as Etta James in the former. Interestingly, Chess was the last name of a Polish immigrant entrepreneur, Leonard, who catered to the immigrant Southern black population and found a common outsider perspective with his clientele. More on Chess Records and the competing labels within walking distance along South Michigan Avenue is in another … Read More

New art site! Also, you can support pit bull rescue by buying an art print

I’ve finally gotten together my visual art portfolio site (lizmcleanknight.com) and figured it would be great to launch it with a campaign that supports Pit Bull Awareness Month (October). Buy an art print and support pit bull rescue! This marker drawing is of Charlotte, an insanely sweet pit bull terrier whom I adopted from Chicagoland Bully Breed Rescue in 2011. From now until the end of 2013, I will donate 10% of the proceeds from sales of the archival art prints of Charlotte through Society6 to Chicagoland Bully Breed Rescue. [Read More] {Buy an art print from Society6} The smallest size (8″ x 10″) starts at just $19, and you can choose from larger sizes as well. We’re getting close to the gifty season, and it would be … Read More

Pitchfork (*cough* Chicago), I love you, but you’re bringing me down

“The very mundanity of Kelly’s performance leads to my second, sadder conclusion about his presence at Pitchfork: That the formerly Chicago-now Brooklyn-based brains and businessmen behind the festival and the Webzine, … just don’t think that the music we embrace means anything at all in the real world. It’s just a cool, digitally stored backing track for your oh-so-hip and groovy lifestyle at home, and every bit the ideal tool in concert for marketing and money-making that we see at the festival’s larger corporate cousin, Lollapalooza.” Here’s Jim Derogatis’ insightful review of the Pitchfork fest in Chicago, and a critique of the mainstream music industry as well with the whole “irony thing” going on. Although irony can elicit personal and cultural emotions, it’s a double-edged sword. On some … Read More