Dena Lyons, local painter, is impressed by:

Packer Schopf exhibit The Packer Schopf Gallery is currently exhibiting four fantastic and wondrous artists. Jerry Bleem weaves and crochets postconsumer plastic bags into beautiful and magical objects like a three-dimensional flower garden. Jeff Crisman represents the tattoo culture through his photographs of individuals in the context of their respective habitats. Crisman brings out the nature of the profound characters underneath the surface of their painted skin. Ellen Greene uses leather gloves as a foundation for painting wild symbols of female power combining tattoo culture with Victorian photographs. Her works are both elegant and crude and keep you wanting to know more. Lucy Ruth Wright Rivers uses beads to creates bold yet delicate tapestries. Inspired by nature, the forms are organic and imperfect. The intense coloration of these works is alluring and magical. The taboo works are being displayed in a dungeonlike basement below, worth visiting just to see the space.

The exhibition runs through December 29.

Victor David Giron, Curbside Splendor publisher, admires:

MAKE: A Chicago Literary Magazine It wasn’t until I decided to start my indie press, Curbside Splendor, a couple of years ago that I discovered so many great publishers and literary journals existed here in Chicago. One of our local literary gems is MAKE magazine, a not-for-profit semiannual journal and active producer of literary events that was started in 2005. I recently attended the release party for its 13th issue, “Exchange/Intercambio,” at the Hairpin Lofts building in Logan Square. What caught my eye about this particular issue is that it’s the first bilingual issue the magazine has published. It features great short stories, poetry, and nonfiction presented in both English and Spanish, featuring outstanding pieces by local writers such as Adam Levin and Megan Stielstra. As is the standard with MAKE, the issue is highly designed and a treat to look at. As a first generation Mexican-American who is starting a bilingual imprint called Concepción Books, it’s exciting to see another group playing tribute to my native language.

Wayne Lorentz, Chicago Architecture Info editor, gets his ears raised at:

Carmie’s Crown barbershop I’ve long been a fan of old-school Richard J. Daley-era Chicago. It was like Mad Men, but with tough guys. The great thing is that there are so many ways you can still experience it.

Carmie’s Crown is a place where men go to get their hair cut. A barbershop the way they were meant to be. Fluorescent lights. Linoleum. Hair is cut with scissors, not clippers. Your neck will be shorn with a straight razor sharpened against a leather strap.

The real entertainment comes from the owner, Carmine, who has been in this location in the tunnels under the Aon Center since the building went up. Carmine will ask you how you want your hair, but that’s just a formality. He will do what he wants and bicker with you about it. Since you can’t win, enjoy the banter; he’s been having this argument for 40 years. The dance ends when he points out that he’s been cutting hair longer than you’ve been alive, so he knows what he’s doing. The crazy part is that he’s right.