The news of Robert Frank’s passing was like an avalanche for several days. It was difficult to know how to respond and not be redundant. Link to major obituaries? Naw. String out so many of the famous pictures? 1-800-IDONTTHINKSO.

Here’s our solution: post a number of lesser-known pictures.

As well:

W. o’ W.: John Sypal

“…we know it’s not about some deluded ideal of one day being remembered for a single photograph. Don’t let anyone belittle you by saying you’re only ever going to be worth one picture. It’s about a continual process. You keep on working. “Projects” aren’t secret or blogged about in abstract terms- instead here they’re series which are consistently worked on and exhibited in ongoing sets as often as possible. You keep on working. It doesn’t have to be perfect- it just needs to keep going. You need to keep on working. You have to keep on working even when you work- that is, like most of us who regularly exhibit photographs in Tokyo, [D] has a full time job completely unrelated to photography. If you really want to do it, you will find ways to do it. Photographers make photos, not excuses. You need to keep on working.”


“Shooting film and processing it myself, printing the negatives in the darkroom and hanging the work on a wall for a week all on my own dime/yen for no real reason– That’s the opposite of so much this age tries to sell us on. Maybe having disinterest in profitability or gain and a love of physical materials is in 2019 an act of subversion.”

We agree with all of this.

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

…at approximately 0:44.



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