The music ads in the Reader’s very first issues add context—and curiosities—that the stories alone can’t provide.
Matthew Rachman Gallery documents the architectural creations of Chicago’s ultimate outsider artist.
Saxophonist Hunter Diamond debuts four free shows’ worth of new material at the Whistler, Matthew Rachman Gallery opens a new exhibit of Wesley Willis’s artwork, and more.
With his new self-published book, patron of public art Daniel X. O’Neil displays what he’s bought from street artists and swiped from light posts.
Chicago singer-songwriter Andrew Smith has promoted Jungle Green’s homemade songs mostly by sending them to people who reply to flyers he’s taped to lampposts. Fortunately he’s also made some well-connected fans.
Quenchers closes in less than two weeks, but at least until then you can get a print of Wesley Willis’s 1991 drawing of the beloved bar.
Earle Johnson isn’t just selling the bar he’s run for nearly four decades—he also wants to make something of the archive of artwork and music by Quenchers regular Wesley Willis that he accumulated over the years.
At Miishkooki, “Your Name Here” boasts colorful portraits of the artist’s influences.
Sometimes the things people write on bathroom walls are nastier than they are funny, but they can tell you a lot about the culture and history of a neighborhood.
Midwich throws a double-barreled release party for Hide and Alex Barnett, GlitterGuts celebrate Wesley Willis at Beauty Bar, and more.
After their newly acquired Logan Square residence went up in flames, the couple got creative with an “unintentional gut rehab.”
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Friday, September 20
Local punk outfit My Dad takes on Wesley Willis’s “Cut the Mullet”
Outsider musicians like David Liebe Hart are a sort of litmus test for fans of the bizarre
This below-underground Chicago songwriter wants something that might be impossible to get on purpose: a cult following