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Amongst Angels: Liz “Beloved” Lazdin’s Portraits of Chicago

Amongst Angels: Liz
Amongst Angels Chicago, an exposition of Liz “Beloved” Lazdin’s multimedia spray paint, collage, drawing, and painting works, illuminates the way that grit and vulnerability collide in urban spaces, embodied in key figures from Chicago’s activist and hip hop communities. Beloved explained some of the impetus behind the show: “I consider myself, at this stage of my life,... 

Creating Spaces For Encounter at the Evanston Art Center

Creating Spaces For Encounter at the Evanston Art Center
“We want to activate this space,” said Evanston Art Center’s executive director Norah Diedrich of the mansion-like lakefront building her organization calls home. The EAC has existed since 1929 and in the Harley Clarke House since 1966, and remains an essential part of art’s ongoing evolution in Chicago. “We want more people in here and we want your ideas on the wall... 

The Q4 Tribe

The Q4 Tribe
Quennect 4 Gallery, 2012. (Image credit: Amara Betty Martin.) It’s hard to interview nomads when you’re trying to squeeze through dancing multitudes and libations are streaming forth and a fusion of hip hop and world music is blasting and you’re in the middle of an atmospherically lit space covered wall-to-wall in colorful murals with slogans ready to rouse revolution within you. Then again,... 

The Fulton Street Collective: An Interview with Director Joe LaNasa, PART II

The Fulton Street Collective: An Interview with Director Joe LaNasa, PART II
Local musicians of 2011, time to embellish your résumés and secure somewhat stable day jobs—you actually have it worse than your 90s predecessors. What follows is the second half of my conversation with Joe LaNasa, Director of the Fulton Street Collective. We discussed Chicago’s music scene, street poetry, and what’s in store for the artist community. Read PART I here. The Fulton Street Collective’s... 
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