Art, Poetry Slam, Salsa and Spring Fever wake-up call this weekend at both sides of the Lake and on Sunday, a book-signing, birthday party for John Records Landecker at Bartlett's in Beverly Shores.
Spring Fever For First Fridays in Michigan City: Though I used to have my doubts about the weather-challenged NWI-SWM border towns, I am beginning to believe in the power of launching the weekend on the coast. Tomorrow Land of Lakes Art Alliance (LOLAA),headquartered in La Porte and masterminded by artist Anneke Dekker, will be showing the works of 15 artists in oils, acrylics, watercolor, pastel and photography attached to a free reception at the Southern Shore Art Gallery, 724 Franklin, Michigan City starting at 5pm. For more info, check out www.SouthernShoreArtAssociation.com
At the same time the Lubeznik Center will be hosting Poetry Slam. There is still time to get in on the show. Local poets can register to compete by contacting Janet Bloch at firstname.lastname@example.org. Women’s clothing and accessory shop Darling, at 418 Franklin, will be hosting an interactive art piece in which attendees may bring old pieces of jewelry to add to the full piece. 4 Shadow Design, 618 Franklin, will also be opening for its first First Friday Art Walk with glass art of Iveta Bencova of Slovakia. Other activities include a fish fry at the St. Paul’s, the Children’s Choir performing at Trinity. Later on in the evening, Virtuous Events & Sahara Restaurant promise a “cross-cultural celebration of food, music, dance, and community in the Uptown Center for the Performing Arts.
And there is a premium level for this street party, for $50 you can get the deluxe treatment courtesy of Journeyman Distillery, Sahara Restaurant, Wine Sommelier Simon Barrios and two International Club DJ’s. Tickets include wine and spirits tasting, hors d'oeuves by Sahara. Also, belly, salsa and fire dancing begins at 7pm. If all you want to do is dance, admission to the salsa lesson and DJ is $25. For more information, visit www.nightofflavor.com.
Everyone in LaPorte County is all in for this party.
Very Interesting Art Part 2: A century after The Armory Show made a sensational splash on the Chicago art scene, the DePaul Art Museum examines the historical moment with an exhibition that opens tonight.
The exhibition reunites some of the prints, drawings and paintings from the original exhibition that introduced a stunned America to avant-garde European art, according to Louise Lincoln, director of the DePaul Art Museum and curator of the exhibition.
But the opening reception is Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April at the museum, located at 935 W. Fullerton Ave., just east of the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop. (The DePaul museum is free and open to the public every day. The exhibition, which runs through June 16, is made possible in part by funding from the Terra Foundation for American Art.)
Although the exhibition of Post-Impressionist, Cubist and abstract art works was in Chicago for only 23 days, 189,000 visitors saw it — better attendance than the show received in either New York or Boston. Dubbed the Armory Show because it was first held in New York City’s 69th Regiment Armory, the 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art was the first large exhibition of modern art in America. The exhibition went on to show at the Art Institute of Chicago and The Copley Society in Boston, where, due to lack of space, all work by American artists was removed.
Among the artists featured in the exhibition are Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Edvard Munch, Odilon Redon, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. A full list of programs and events related to the exhibition is online at http://museums.depaul.edu/news/calendar/.
Down south of Lincoln Park at Aron Packer's Packer Schopf Gallery at 942 W. Lake there are solo shows opening with an artists' reception on Friday night from 5-8 pm. The exhibitions will run through May 18th.
Aron Packer's idea of putting the three artists together, he explains, stem from connections in their work: “Diem Chau¹s small sculptures of carved crayons and pencils / the obvious connection of Steven Carrelli drawing with graphite / and the odd coincidence of Donald Cameron's color choices, as if his large scale oil paintings on linen were done with crayons. All three artists address issues of destruction and fragility, whether it be literal in the imagery (Cameron and Carrelli), or the idea of extinction and the execution of her diminutive sculptures in such a fragile medium (Chau).”
John Records Landecker Birthday Bash and Book-Signing: And now, the big Sunday autographing party with John Records Landecker, signing his autobiography, Records Truly is My Middle Name, sponsored by Shore and Chef Gary Sanders at his bistro Bartlett's on U.S. Hwy. 12 just past the Broadway intersection in Beverly Shores, Indiana. The festivities begin at noon and will probably end in time for Game of Thrones, the line will form to the right.