December 2007

I really enjoy Eric Feng’s illustration style. A clean and fluid melding of organics and machines. All with a touch of whimsy. He has a couple galleries on his website called Fevolution I & II. Both have plenty of examples of his Seussian-blueprint like images. — Anthony P.


Here’s the cover artwork for my 119th posting on my music compilation sharing site. This site is private, for friends only. Sorry. Here’s the intro and recommended playlist from this mix:I couldn’t resist doing a Christmas collection for you. Sure not all of you even celebrate the holiday, but what the heck. Merry Annual Shopping Holiday to all of you.I tried to find some Chirstmas songs that weren’t the traditional ones you are undoubtedly hearing just about everywhere that pipes in music. I didn’t want the songs to be completely bizarre though. No Dr. Demento stuff here. Great blues recordings by Charles Brown, J. B. Summer, Julie Lee, and B.B. King. Lots of vocal jazz versions of traditional and nontraditional songs by the likes of Jack Jones, Dinah Washington, Bob Francis, Kay Starr, Louis Armstrong to name a few. I heaped in some fun Motown and funky Xmas tunes as well as a couple of Indie rock songs that totally fit the compilation and the season.On that note I have to say one of the best albums of late, Christmas themed or not, has to be Sufjan Stevens “Songs for Christmas”. I could listen to this all year long. And probably will. And probably sneak songs into future mixes as well.Enjoy.1) Merry Christmas, Baby – Charles Brown from Rock Is Dead, But It Won’t Lie Down2) Lord, You Made Us Human – Dinah Washington from The Complete Dinah Washinton on Mercury, Vol. 6 (1958-60)3) I Want A Present For Christmas – J.B. Summer from Blue, Blues Christmas4) Mistletoe and Holly – Jack Jones from White Christmas5) I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – The Jackson 5 from A Motown Christmas6) Santa Claus, Santa Claus – James Brown from Funky Christmas7) Christmas Spirits – Julia Lee from Kansas City’s First Lady of the Blues08) That Swingin’ Manger – Bob Francis from Blame It On Christmas09) Back Door Santa – B.B. King from A Christmas Celebration Of Hope10) Hello, Mr. Kringle – Kay Kyser & His Orchestra from Christmas On The Bandstand11) (Everybody’s Waitin’ For) The Man With The Bag – Kay Starr from Swingin’ Christmas12) Boogie Woogie Santa Claus – Lionel Hampton from Noel Jazz13) A Rootn’ Tootn’ Santa Claus – Tex Beneke from Swingin’ Christmas14) Merry Christmas, Baby – Otis Redding from Otis! The Definitive Otis Redding15) The Christmas Song – Carmen McRae from Lover Man and Other Billie Holiday Classics16) When Winter Comes to Town – Eddy Duchin & His Orchestra from Christmas On The Bandstand17) Zat You Santa Claus – Louis Armstrong released as Decca 2894318) May Every Day Be Christmas – Louis Jordan released as Decca 2780619) Jingle Bells – Smokey Robinson and The Miracles from Soul Christmas20) What Christmas Means To Me – Stevie Wonder from The Best of Stevie Wonder, The Christmas Collection21) Silver Bells – The Supremes from Christmas With the Supremes and The Temptations22) Silent Night – The Temptations from The Best of the Temptations Christmas23) Santa Claus Is Coming to Town – Woody Herman from Jazz Christmas 1930-195024) Sweet Hallelujah – Hawksley Workman from For Him And The Girls25) Come on! Let’s Boogey to the Elf Dance! – Sufjan Stevens from Songs For Christmas— Anthony P.

Country Club Chicago hosts their 2nd annual Holiday Bizarre!

This weekend • Saturday & Sunday • Noon – 6 pm • 1100 North Damen

Sweet Collective cooks up some sweet treats!

Yung Savolainen makes jewelry that will make your holiday sparkle.

Matt Hoffman’s wood sculptures tell you “It’s Ok” everyday.

Linda Goldberg has jewelry to bring cheer this year.

Marian Williams creates plates too pretty to eat from, stationary so artful you’ll want to frame it and prints that are made to hang.

Mark McGinnis t-shirts are sure to get you attention in 08.

Fooey makes cool clothes for cool kids and now their parents too!

John Solomine’s silkscreened prints will make everyone on your gift list jolly.

Ryan Scheidt has fine art for all your fine friends.

Thomas McCue’s ceramics are cerramiffic!

Myra Mazzei makes tshirts, scarfs and cards for the 21 and over crowd.

Kim Knight will help keep you toasty this winter with her stylish neck warmers.

— Anthony P.

by Elisa Dodson, recent featured artist.The Chicago Arts District, consisting of the Podmajersky dominated few square blocks around 18th and Halsted, hosts a open gallery walk every 2nd Friday. The receptions begin at 6:00pm and run until 10:00pm. Maps of the event will be available in the information booth at 1821 South Halsted, which is supported in part by Whole Foods- Roosevelt and Canal. Start here to get the inside scoop on the nights events and coupons for Whole Foods- Roosevelt and Canal!Featured Galleries:4 Art Inc. – 1932 South Halsted, #100Brian Mancl – 1932 S Halsted, #502Bryan Sperry Studio – 1932 S Halsted, #503Charles Harvey Collection – 1747 S HalstedChicago Art Department – 1837 South HalstedChicago Arts District Exhibitions – 1915 S. HalstedDubhe Carreño Gallery – 1841 South HalstedEXPgallery – 726 W 18th StreetExtension Gallery for Architecture – 1835 S HalstedGet Knifed Gallery – 1932 S Halsted, #201Larry Roberts Studio – 1838 South HalstedLogsdon 1909 Gallery – 1909 S HalstedMys Gallery – 1711 S Halsted, Coach HouseNEO-Fauve Gallery – 1932 South HalstedOculus Gallery – 1900 S HalstedRobert Marshall – 1932 South Halsted, #507Rooms Productions – 645 W 18th StreetSouth Loop Tango Dance Studio – 718 W 18th StreetThe Listenbee Collection – 1745 South HalstedThe Watermark Gallery – 1839 S HalstedTzeta! – 1932 S Halsted St., #501Under the Wire – 2210 S HalstedVen Sherrod Studios – 1906 S Halsted, 1 FVespine Gallery – 1907 South Halsted– Anthony P.

Los Angeles Damon Robinson’s Black Van Industries and their line of clothes and accessories with a barrio feel.Damn nice.– Anthony P.

Artwork by Dave Nigh, Justine Harlan, David Head and Joey Lala.Noon – whenever— Anthony P.

The Renegade Craft Fair is a unique DIY event originated by Sue Blatt + Kathleen Habbley in 2003. The Renegade Craft Fair now takes place in Chicago and Brooklyn, NY, each with over 150 vendors and thousands of shoppers from all over the country.They opened a storefront in July 2007 featuring items from over 100 crafters! If you’re in Chicago, stop by at 1924 W. Division St. or if you’re a crafter interested in consigning, visit them online at for more info.The Holiday Sale will take place December 8 + 9 at Pulaski Park Auditorium at 1419 W. Blackhawk in Chicago. They will have 100 vendors in 3 rooms, plus food and music!— Anthony P.

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