Get over to Barrington Fortress High School to see the exhibit of work by the Spangler sisters!

We’ve seen three different dates for the show, but we’re going with the poster: the work is up until Friday, September 27. The place is a fortress now due to the gun violence epidemic. You’ll get buzzed into a small door off to the side of the former main entrance (now closed all day, every day); present an ID, which gets scanned; issued a copy of your ID, attached to a lanyard by new security people who may or may not not understand that you don’t have an appointment with an individual because you’re going to an art gallery in order to look at art; and escorted to the gallery by a paraprofessional.

(Kindly bear in mind that a spotlit gallery wall doth not a copy stand make.)

The show is excellent. Go.


Edwin Land, On Camera

Does he remind you of Steve Jobs? Heck, he’s more like Nikola Tesla in this video.

The 41st Annual Chicago Jazz Festival

Here it is in all its glorious detail (a day late and a dollar short). Wait: that’s not entirely accurate. Many details were abandoned for clarity’s sake, but this is for those among us who are the the highest common demoninator. Remember, all the downtown performances are free. No admission charge. Hie thee thither, posthaste.

Friday, August 23: 8:30pm – JD Allen Trio at Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave.

Saturday, August 24: 6:00–10:00pm – Brown Derby Jazz Revue at Skidoe’s Restaurant, 235 E. 51st St.
8:30pm – Marc Ribot Solo at Constellation

Sunday, August 25: 6:00–10:00pm – Brown Derby Jazz Revue at Skidoe’s
9:00pm – Cooper Moore at The Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont Ave.

Monday, August 26: 5:00–7:30pm – Pop Up Nu Jazz Festival featuring Thaddeus Tukes,  Sam Trump, and the Young Masters under the direction  of Ernest Dawkins, along with special guest Jamila Woods and Alexis Lombre, with the Englewood Soweto Exchange in the Whole Foods Parking Lot, 832 W. 63rd St.

9:00pm – Anagram Fest featuring The Oh Yeahs and the Alejandro Urzagaste Trio at Elastic Arts, 3429 W. Diversey Ave., 2nd Floor

Tuesday, August 27: 5:30pm – Tuesdays on the Terrace: Isaiah Collier and the Chosen Few at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave.

6:00–8:00pm – Ancient to the Future featuring Art “Turk” Burton Congo Square Ensemble and Ernest Dawkins at the Jacob R. Caruthers Center, Northeastern Illinois University, 700 E. Oakwood Blvd.

8:00-10:00pm -  Preservation of Fire hosted by King Hippo featuring Resavoir and Isaiah Spencer Collective at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St.

9:00pm – Anagram Fest featuring Mobile Vanguard and the John Wojciechowski Trio at Elastic Arts, 3429 W. Diversey Ave., 2nd Floor

Wednesday, August 28: 6:00–9:00pm – 100th Birthday of Nat “King” Cole with Bruce Henry, Henry Johnson, and the Musical Arts Academy at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.

9:00-11:00pm –   Preservation of Fire: QUARTETS hosted by Angel Bat Dawid & King Hippo featuring the Eliel Sherman Storey Quartet and Angel Bat Dawid & The Brothahood at Transition East, 2548 E. 83rd St. (Broadcast live on 105.5FM)

Thursday, August 29: 6:00pm -  Nois and the Dave Rempis Quartet honor Fred Anderson with a Nod to Charlie Parker’s 99th Birthday! at Fred Anderson Park, 1611 S. Wabash Ave.

Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater
11:00am–Noon – The Red Rose Jazz Band Septet–programmed in collaboration with the Illiana Jazz Club
12:15–1:15pm – Anton Hatwich Trio–programmed in collaboration with the Elastic Arts
1:45–2:45pm – Mai Sugimoto Quartet–programmed in collaboration with Asian Improv Arts Midwest

3:15–4:15pm – John Wociechowski–programmed in collaboration with the Jazz Record Art Collective

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
11:00am–Noon – What Is This Thing Called Jazz? Conversation and “Play & Tell” about the Jazz trumpet – with Corey Wilkes, Pharez Whitted, Miguel de la Cerna, Micah Collier, and Jeremiah Collier on drums
12:30–1:30pm – Alexis Lombre Quintet
2:00–3:00pm – Tribute to Joseph Jarman, Alvin Fielder, and Saalik–Ziyad
3:30–4:30pm – Curtis Robinson

5:45pm – Mystick Krewe of Laff and the Big Shoulders Brass Band will lead a New Orleans-style second-line procession, starting at the west side of the Great Lawn

Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
5:45pm – Mystick Krewe of Laff and the Big Shoulders Brass Band
6:25–7:25pm – Jazz Institute of Chicago’s 50th Anniversary featuring Nicole Mitchell, Rob Mazurek, Ari Brown, Jeff Parker, and others
7:45–9:00pm – Freddy Cole, Tribute to Nat King Cole

Friday, August 30
9:00pm – Matt Ulery, Russ Johnson, and Tim Haldeman, with special guests at Sleeping Village, 3734 W. Belmont Ave.

Von Freeman Pavilion
11:30am–12:25pm – Miguel de la Cerna Trio
12:40–1:35pm – Metropolitan Jazz Octet with Dee Alexander
1:50–2:45pm – Rocky Yera Band
3:00–4:00pm – Rob Mazurek

Capital One Jazz and Heritage Pavilion
Noon–1:00pm – After Dark Sextet
1:30–2:30pm – Kitt Lyles’s Real Talk Collective Septet
3:00–4:00pm – The JuJu Exchange

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
3:45–5:05pm – Mystick Krewe of Laff and the Big Shoulders Brass Band
4:15–5:00pm – George Freeman and Billy Branch

5:25–6:15pm – Joel Ross and Good Vibes
6:25–7:25pm – Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet
7:45–9:00pm – Art Ensemble of Chicago

Saturday, August 31

Young Jazz Lions Stage
11:00–11:30am – Saucedo Academy Latin Jazz Band
11:45am–12:15pm – Thomas Kelly High School Jazz Combo
12:30–1:00pm – ChiArts Honors Jazz Combo
1:15–1:55pm – Dekalb High School Jazz Ensemble
2:10–2:50pm – Kenwood Academy Jazz Band
3:05–3:45pm – Whitney Young Magnet High School Jazz Band

Von Freeman Pavilion
11:30am–12:25pm – Carolyn Fitzhugh
12:40–1:35pm – Andy Brown Quartet
1:50–2:45pm – The Fat Babies
3:00–4:00pm – Hinda Hoffman and the Soul Message Band

Capital One Jazz and Heritage Pavilion
Noon–1:00pm – Chris Madsen Quartet
1:30–2:30pm – Jeremy Cunningham
3:00–4:00pm – Frank Catalano

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
3:45pm – Second-line Procession led by Four Star Brass Band
4:15–5:00pm – Ben Wendel Seasons
5:25–6:15pm – Ryan Cohan’s Originations
6:25–7:25pm – Christian McBride

7:45–9:00pm – Cécile McLorin Salvant

Sunday, September1

11:15am–Noon – Emerging Artist Big Band
12:15–1:00pm – Zach Rosenstiehl Nacht Group
1:15–2:00pm – Dakarai Barclay Sextet
2:15–3:00pm – The Perrilles Project
3:15–400pm – Alec Tet

Von Freeman Pavilion
11:30am–12:25pm – Joan Collaso Sextet
12:40pm–1:35pm – Sharel Cassity Quartet
1:50pm–2:45pm – Russ Johnson
3:00–4:00pm – Ben Lamar Gay

Capital One Jazz and Heritage Pavilion
Noon–1:00pm – Paulinho Garcia
1:30pm–2:30pm – Juli Wood’s Big Bari Band Quintet

3:00–4:00pm – Ben Sidran

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
3:45pm – Second-line Procession led by Four Star Brass Band

4:15–5:00pm – Rempis/Flaten/Ra + Baker Quartet
5:25–6:15pm – Camila Meza and the Nectar Orchestra
6:25–7:25pm – Latino-America Unida
7:45–9:00pm – Eddie Palmieri Sextet

Barbara Crane, 1928-2019


Film Status

(I prepped this post pre-sabbatical, two years ago; forgive me for losing the source of the quote–although I suspect it’s Araki-san. Also, kindly note that, being fourth declension, the plural of “status” is “status.”)

“Photography needs to be sentimental. That dry brightness that digital cameras create, that’s not sentimental at all. Colors created with the three primary colors have a very simple impact, but there’s a melancholy at the same time. Colors don’t turn out the way you want them to be, that’s what so good about them.

“Perfect colors are not to be researched like that… To be extreme, you look at black and say, it’s red. That’s art. Creating ripples among people is what art does and its the density of art, but before that, you have to feel the ripple in yourself.

“It’s not exciting because there are stupid guys who ignore that, trying to figure out how to create real colors. They say, ‘If you use this digital camera, you can take a clear picture in the dark’. The dark should stay dark. You can’t really see that much, and you don’t really want to see that much anyway.

“Humidity and darkness are very important elements in photography, so you have to be careful with digital cameras because they sort of kill those elements, I say. I, too, use them, sort of recording things in everyday life for fun, though.”

Synaesthesially speaking, this is not so different from vinyl records versus compact disk recordings.

A Suite, From Sixteen

“I have always dreamed about being a star.”

Here is a marvelous project out of Bellaire High School, in Ohio: pictures made mostly in a documentary style with a touch of PostSecret in the captions. It’s “The All-American Town.”


Read about the photographers and their mentors:

“I have learned to be strong when there is no other option.”

There was a physical publication; watch this space for another run of the zine:

“If I could go back in time, I would tell myself that things will get better.”

“I keep to myself but love people through difficult times.”

Level Of Craft Trumps Stylistic Affectation

Here’s an interview with Lois Conner, who makes platinum contact prints from her 7×17 negatives.




“…and just keep working.”