ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble) held its second annual benefit, Summer ICE, last Sunday at Longman & Eagle. The guests were a pastiche of Chicago culturati clad in thick-framed glasses and well-fitted button-downs. The event unfolded in perfect parallel with ICE’s interest in melding Chicago’s visual art community and the contemporary music arena (something Claire Chase mentioned in my interview with her).

The front room of L&E provided the DJ booth and stage for ICE performers. And the back room was filled with everything from art to certificates for private performances by ICE members, donations for the evening’s auction. And the bar was . . . busy.