Scores at last

Once again this year, Aly, there was a delay in a portfolio score, but we now have the complete tally:

four 5s, seven 4s, and two 3s!

Everybody gets college credit for their pictures.

Max congrats to Kristin, Molly, Coley, and Heather Staileyphone.

Just about everybody had a recognizable visual style to their work. There was a true support system among artist peers, and everyone exerted a final push to perfect their portfolios.

Betcha can’t watch the whole thing

It’s not really that long; it just feels like forever:

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival

It’s this weekend, kids, and it’s near Logan Square, which (to you) is to say it’s one El stop closer.

Independent: Chicago Band Photography
Curator: Katie Holland
2821 North Milwaukee

Another Katie, Katie Hovland (no relation), is in this show. She’s the Photo Devoto from 2003 who visited 7th hour back in February and blew all of us away with her work. See

I’m dying to rewrite the following for clarity’s sake, but here it is verbatim:

“With countless venues, Chicago is a hotbed for local musical acts. Many popular bands got their start in small venues here, playing to eager friends and fans. This gallery will exhibit film and digital photography of local bands and solo acts, from newer to already established; focusing on the punk and indie genres. This includes live photos, band promos, the crowd, candid shots, etc. The aim of this exhibit is to convey the feeling of community and excitement from a live show and bring this into a gallery space.

Artists: Carlos Canario, Patrick Fraser, Patrick Houdek, Katie Hovland, Diane de Ribaupierre”

Read about it here: and be one of the few actually to go.

“85% of life is showing up.” -Woody Allen

P.S. While you’re there, stop in at “Wolfbait and B-Girls,” right on the square (which happens to be round) to say hi to Shirley (BHS Class o’ ’98; H’C Queen, btw).

Ay, here’s the Rube.

I know puns can be painful; sorry about that, but I love this stuff:

(How many gorillapods is too many?)

Mr. Dyer is to die for

Eau. Mah. Gaw. Geoff Dyer, whose work is known to us because he has written on both jazz and photography(!), has begun a series of columns with this brilliant piece about a writer’s bad habit of, oh, self-referential… not being able to pull the trigger.

Perhaps the writer in question was being paid by the word: those grammar school 5,000-word punishment essays come to mind.

PhD Summer Project

There is pleasure in the promise of the “endless” summer, with its formlessness and its possibilities.

Sometimes, however, this sort of situation ends up feeling as though it all just… slipped away… with nothing left to show.

That’s where SoFoBoMo comes in.

Check it out right away. We have six weeks (as of this writing) to complete a virtual book, online. This is bonus karma personified.

Galleries, in the libraries, in the exurbs

Kelly Stachura writes: “We’ve charged three artists with the task of creating works that will use the gallery space in new and exciting ways and engage the audience by addressing library-specific themes — with concepts ranging from the accessing of information to the utilization of the library’s resources to patrons’ interactions with their artwork throughout the library environment.

“In part 1, Condition, Iain Muirhead uses the Barrington Area Library and Cuba Township as his research studio, inspecting the role and power of history remembered and forgotten.  While his work is grounded in painting, Iain is compelled to work outside traditional parameters and genres and his studio practice extends to actions and environments as aesthetic media.  As a result of this process, Iain will exhibit multimedia works that engages the idea of condition as both verb and noun, site-specific installations examining influence and a state (of change) particular to this place.  Iain invites his audience to re-enage the notions of information, community, and space with new insight. “Condition will be on display July 8th – September 3rd, 2011″ .
An artist’s reception will be held Friday, July 15th from 7-9pm; an artist’s program will be held Wednesday, August 24th at 7pm ” …at the Barrington Area Library.
Meanwhile, Paige, the Palatine Public Library (the only public library I know where one must show an ID along with a library card–but I digress) presents The Artful Book, a Chicago Calligraphy Collective juried exhibit.  The exhibition includes approximately 20 unique handmade books by 20 different artists.  Books may or may not contain writing or images, and may feature unique constuction, unusual materials, size, shape, etc. This show continues through July 31, but why wait? The power may go out again.  

Oregonians, go see Ray K. Metzker

…at the PAM.

Open your… whatever… senses

Ellery Eskelin writes:

Having recently listened to interviews with Joe Henderson and Gary Bartz about how they teach/taught, I’ve been emphasizing the aural approach in lessons more and more. Students have been learning Lester Young solos off the recordings strictly by ear, and memorizing them on their instrument with nothing written down. I’ve also been teaching them how to figure out the chords and harmonies to tunes this way as well.

It seems like such a simple thing, but “the ear” seems to be an undervalued asset in jazz education generally. Learning with the ears alone integrates every aspect of the music and music-making all at once, and serves for a more profound and much longer lasting impact. I can see lights flashing on in their minds as the beauties of these solos reveal themselves in a way that the student has never experienced before. And in speaking with them afterwards, I realize that their eyes are opened to the world in new ways as the ramifications of how this music was created begin to sink in. Hearing a developing musician come in and play these solos to me along with the recordings is such a beautiful experience that it lifts my spirits for days!

Jimmy Heath says:

“People listen to music in different ways. Most of the people in the world listen with their bodies, so the body’s got an ear. And then the heart’s got an ear. And the mind’s got an ear. A lot of people hear the whole complete thing. When you’re musically inclined, people listen scientifically: ‘Oh, what he did, he played a thirteenth, ninth, all that stuff.’ But some people just sit around, and the beat goes and they just start movin.’ They’re listenin’ with their body, and they don’t care what kind of chord you play. ‘What kind of chord? What’s a chord?’ They don’t even know what a chord is! And as a romantic person, I hear with my heart. Benny Powell used to say, ‘That music touched me where I live.’ I like that phrase. Inside his heart.”

Are there equivalents for eyes? Body/heart/mind seem more useful than melody/harmony/rhythm for analogies.

Interior Decorating

Upset with the rate at which Justin is maturing? PO’ed that Katy postponed tonight’s concert until the weekend before school starts? Replace their posters in your room with this.

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