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Adventures in Everyday Living, Shorelines Thursday, June 20, 2013

2013-06-19T00:00:00Z 2013-06-19T18:57:06Z Adventures in Everyday Living, Shorelines Thursday, June 20, 2013By Pat Colander nwitimes.com
June 19, 2013 12:00 am  • 

A couple of launch parties for the first South Shore poster with a major league theme and a Chris Cosnowski Retrospective and mid-week challenges at River North Chicago and the Acorn in Three Oaks.

Unveiling of Chicago Cubs' Pitcher Jeff Samardzija: The NWI Forum is throwing an unveiling party for the local baseball hero and newest topic for a South Shore Poster sponsored by Bank of America and Merrill Lynch tonight. I witnessed Jeff Samardzija pitch on Memorial Day and beat the White Sox 8-0 . The cocktail and hors d'oeuvres event begins at 5:30 at the South Shore Arts Gallery at the Center for Visual & Performing Arts, 1040Ridge Road in Munster. RSVP are being taken by Paula at the Forum 219-763-6303.

South Shore Arts Presents SUPER-ficial! : A Chris Cosnowski Retrospective will be on display through September 2, 2013 in the gallery at SSA starting on Sunday with a reception for the artist. The event is free and open to the public. SUPER-ficial! is the fourth installment of South Shore Arts’ Outstanding Midwest Artist Series, this installment features contemporary Chicago painter, Chris Cosnowski, who depicts Americana in a photo-realistic style, producing paintings that are at once lifelike in detail and humorous in concept.

Cosnowski’s artwork is historical by nature. His work recalls Western classical art through its use of figurative sculpture as subject matter. Conversely, the subjects are derived from the world of toys and Americana, recalling the Pop Art tradition. The dialogue between these two traditions creates a tension between high and low culture.

In the artist’s words, “Trophies and plastic figures make up the primary subject matter of my work. These cast, monochromatic figurines are reminiscent of classical sculptures, as well as being quintessential objects of Americana. Coins, stamps, bullets, balloons, patches, jacks, etc., are some of the other trinkets that find their way into my bins. Collecting (I should say amassing) these objects is an integral part of the creative process for me.”

From Kurman Communications to Shore Inbox: The 4th Annual River North Challenge is set for June 25th this year. Teams will spend an evening adventure tour of River North hotels, earning "challenge points" towards a grand prize as well as a stamp on their "passport". A team's overall point sum, completed passport and the accuracy of their challenge answers will ultimately determine the River North Challenge winner! This event, which delivers in the fun and games department, is accompanied by complimentary food and beverages at River North's favorite destinations -- Challenge Stops.

Each Challenge stop presents teams with the choice of an active challenge, mental challenge or both to gain maximum points. Upon completion of each challenge the team will be provided with the location of their next challenge.  Bonus Checkpoints along the journey will provide competitors with additional opportunities to increase point totals. 

The winning team will take home a prize package from the Businesses of River North. All event participants also will be entered in a Door Prize Drawing to increase their chances of winning gift certificates from restaurants, bars, hotels and spa packages.

Teams are encouraged to wear costumes and uniforms, or design their look around a team. Upon completion of the challenge, there will be a River North Challenge After Party at the Hard Rock Cafe. While waiting for the Challenge winners to be announced, rock out to the music of "No Direction" while you munch on Hard Rock Cafe favorites and enjoy the open bar until 9:30 p.m.

Register as a team of four for $150 or purchase a Single ticket for $40 and be placed on a team. Upon registration competitors will receive a River North Challenge Backpack bursting with give aways from members of the River North Business Association.

Registration takes place at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza beginning at 5:30 pm. The Challenge takes place from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and is followed by the after party at the Hard Rock Cafe from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30p.m. June 25. 

Take the Open Mic Pastiche Challenge at Acorn in Three Oaks Every Tuesday: The Acorn Theater is open on Tuesday nights for a night of music, comedy, poetry-and anything else the community wants to showcase. To keep Pastiche an open mic like no other, organizer Mike Kennedy works with different artists in the community to run certain Tuesdays with themes or genres.

“There are so many performers who would love the opportunity to be heard on the stage,” says Kennedy. “The Acorn has been such a huge supporter of the arts community, that it only seems natural to run an event such as this.”

Sign up begins at 7 p.m. (ET), and the performances start at 8 p.m.(ET). The format is three songs or 15 minutes. This event runs every Tuesday from 7-11 p.m. and the bar will be open.

For more info, call Mike Kennedy at 269- 369-6264, and join the facebook group called “Pastiche.”

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