Whatever you call it–East Pilsen, Pilsen East, the Chicago Arts District, Podville, the Prinicipality of Podmajersky–the area around 18th and Halsted swarming with what real estate types call “creatives” offers a range of free events this weekend as part of the 38th Annual Pilsen East Artists’ Open House.
This year’s curated show, “CS: 38” at 2003 S. Halsted, offers the “best of the best,” including work by Barbara Hashimoto, Miguel Guzman, and ROOMS Productions. Tonight’s opening reception from 6 to 10 PM promises extraordinary opportunities for overly ambitious-hairstyle gawking and, this being a gallery opening, free booze and tiny snacks.
Off-Off Campus, the University of Chicago’s premier comedy group (full disclosure: I am an Off-Off alum), performs an improv set at the EP Theater (1820 S. Halsted) at 1 PM on both Saturday and Sunday. Outside the theater’s rear entrance, bands will perform both days from 2 to 7 PM (see schedule below) in the Fire Arts Garden (19th and Halsted). Summer Fireflies present dance/street theater performances at regular intervals from 5:30 to 7 PM on Saturday at the Main Mall Garden (733 W. 18th).
At Under The Wire (2210 S. Halsted), Tejal Mehta will decorate the body of burlesque dancer Ms. Cherish with a full-body henna from 6 to 10 PM Friday and noon to 7 PM Saturday and Sunday. Free samples of Richard Sturm hand-crafted vodka will be served.
Look for the info booth at 1821 S. Halsted for a complete schedule and maps of participating venues.
Fire Arts Garden
|2 PM||Thaddeus Cosgrove||Abbi Rajasekhar|
|3 PM||Felipe Restrepo||Miles Benjamin|
|4 PM||Gabe Luiz||Rachele Eve|
|5 PM||Color Radio||Martha Berner|
|6 PM||Band Called Catch||The Future Laureates|