Matthew Dear @ Sonotheque

Not only is Feb. 15 my birthday, is is the night that Matthew Dear will perform at Sonotheque in Chicago. Love his work–I’ll be there! -Liz Wake Up! and Sonotheque present: MATTHEW DEAR – (Spectral Sound, M_nus, Perlon – Detroit/Berlin) Kate Simko (Traum, Kupei Musika) Sassmouth (Volatl, NBFC) Real-time Visuals: Jeffrey Weeter “Matthew Dear not only knows what people want to hear on the floor, but also how they want to feel. I can’t say that I have heard anything he has released that is not magnificent, be it minimal, glitchy, funky, or just dark and nasty.” – Discogs.com

Flutter, TMI, m50 @ Ramp Chicago

This is another in the string of Ramp Chicago‘s 2nd Tuesdays at Sonotheque, which I’m co-promoting with Nathan Koch of Emulsion. Featuring Flutter [Live! & CD Release Party] TMI m50 Emulsion [Resident] plus live visuals from VJ Mason Dixon Tuesday February 13th at Sonotheque, 1444 W. Chicago, Chicago, IL $5 [Flutter]’s live shows are a mix of dark pop, indie-rock and underground dance peppered with irreverent vocal musings. Imagine Junior Boys taking a few tips from Yaz in the dance-rock department– then watch Flutter make it come to fruition on stage. Expect a barrage of engaging visuals and a pop-tart sweetness that will make the boys (and girls) purr. – New City (Tip of the Week) Also, New City profiled Ramp Chicago a few weeks ago. The idea … Read More

Chicago local jewelry designers’ show

Still haven’t decided on a gift for your Valentine? If you’re Chicago-based check out this opportunity to find a unique jewelry piece created by local designers while noshing on hors d’oeuvres and sipping drinks. I’ll be participating in this event tomorrow through my jewelry line, Zelle. Read more… or Read more right here… » The Jewelry Designer’s Show Thursday, February 8, 7�9PM Maxim’s: The Nancy Goldberg International Center 24 E. Goethe Street (at Astor Street) 312.742.1748 Admission: $20 per person Maxim�s sparkles for one special evening with Chicago jewelry designers. Find the ideal gift for your sweetheart among distinctive collections including: Alexis Drake Jewelry, Joann Lysiak, Stefani B. Distinctive Jewelry, Bourdage Pearls, eg jewelry, Whitney Abrams, Kathy Frey Sculptural Jewelry, Susanne Siegel Designs,Haji, Objets d’Envy, Tivi Wear, Zelle, … Read More

[TH Feb 8] Chicago local jewelry designers' show

Still haven’t decided on a gift for your Valentine? If you’re Chicago-based check out this opportunity to find a unique jewelry piece created by local designers while noshing on hors d’oeuvres and sipping drinks. I’ll be participating in this event tomorrow through my jewelry line, Zelle.

IRON CHEF OF MUSIC: Kracfive’s sample-chopping, beat-dicing “producer battle”

The people behind Kracfive have come up with an innovative music-composition contest / event loosely based upon the televised “Iron Chef” competition: The Iron Chef of Music. Both a global and local “competition,” the source sample is released upon the world at the same time and participants are given a set amount of time to produce their creations. Contributors from all over the world, either working alone or in composing-cells like the one I attended, use the allotted time to produce a new work using only the given sample for material. I showed up at Heaven around 5:30pm and arrived at a locked door, wondering if I had inverted the date or marked the wrong day in my calendar, but knocking brought forth Joe aka Protman–a resident of … Read More

IRON CHEF OF MUSIC: Kracfive's sample-chopping, beat-dicing "producer battle"

The people behind Kracfive have come up with an innovative music-composition contest / event loosely based upon the televised “Iron Chef” competition: The Iron Chef of Music. Both a global and local “competition,” the source sample is released upon the world at the same time and participants are given a set amount of time to produce their creations. Contributors from all over the world, either working alone or in composing-cells like the one I attended, use the allotted time to produce a new work using only the given sample for material. I showed up at Heaven around 5:30pm and arrived at a locked door, wondering if I had inverted the date or marked the wrong day in my calendar, but knocking brought forth Joe aka Protman–a resident of … Read More

I voted on a Sequoia today

Since I recently moved, this year I had a new polling place–across the street at the neighborhood cafe, De Luca. Detesting lines as I do, I figured that the least-busy hours would be between 1pm and 3pm, since 1) getting up early is a struggle for me, and that’s also when the most people hit the polling places–before they go to work 2) there might be a lunchtime rush (12pm – 1pm), and 3) the commuter traffic on the streets, el, and buses starts around 4:30pm. To my pleasant surprise, the place wasn’t crowded at all. There were at least two open machines / stations, and no line to check in. I always have issues with registering because sometimes I use the hyphenated version of my name, sometimes … Read More

Ruins of Cabrini Green public housing turned into a giant flute

Chicago’s public housing project made famous by its newsworthy gang-fueled violence and criminal activity has finally been demolished, but the high-rise husks still standing in its semi-demolished state have become unintentional wind instruments. A strangely appropriate, unintentional art installation for the “windy city.” Cabrini Green is in close proximity to some of the highest property taxes in the city–the Gold Coast. Likewise, public housing built in the 50s and 60s was built on (desirable) lakefront proerty in the south loop. In the past few years, due to low interest rates and a cooperative city zoning department, the city has finally realized that it could reap greater profits by developing these areas and benefitting from both the income of raised property taxes, and developers have lept at the chance … Read More