Friday, August 27, 2010

Boredom is a Function of Not Knowing What to Do: Here's a Few Weekend Picks

With a fever and sore throat keeping me from 'walking the streets,' as I'm usually doing around this time of day on Friday, mining content for the next Pipeline weekly e-newsletter, perhaps there's no better time to turn off Anger Management--is it just me, or is it a really sucky movie and tough to see an actor of Jack Nicholson's caliber make fart jokes?--and abandon the comfort of couch and blankie for a computer screen, definitely second fiddle to the great outdoors.

Moving on, the following are just a few events that I am aware of taking place this fine weekend. Full disclosure: A few of these happenings are sponsors of my weekly e-newsletter. Anything which is sponsored will have a "PS" at the end of it, for Pipeline Sponsor.

1) For those who love the Weather Channel app, or see the beauty in a bolt of lightening, or sun breaking through clouds, there will be an opening reception tonight for Storm Chaser: Drama in the High Skies, from 6-9PM at the Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N. Milw. Photographer David Mayhew is the 'storm chaser,' and his work is pretty darn cool... In fact, I own a Mayhew photo purchased from an art fair in Evanston back in 2006. Pictured is "Rain Dance" by Mayhew. (PS)

2) Did you miss the St. Hedwig Church Carnival and the Pipeline issue where we chatted up carnies from Midway Amusements? There's still a chance to meet carnies as well as ride the ferris wheel in the Sixth Annual St. Helen's Carnival, which kicks off tonight at 6:30PM on Augusta Blvd. between Western and Oakley and closes Sunday at 9PM. Circus juggling, ragtime guitar, Polish dancing, Eastern European, Latin, and American music are all on tap, along with concessions and a beer garden. Pictured is the ferris wheel from last year's carnival and, yes, we were there!

3) Covered in this past week's Pipeline, the 25th Annual Bucktown Arts Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday (Noon to 7PM both days) in Senior Citizen's Park, just north of the Holstein Park Fieldhouse and swimming pool. 300 artists submitted applications to the juried festival, and 180 were invited to exhibit. The all volunteer staffed festival will also include theater, dance, and live music. Pictured is this year's festival poster, by artist Jill Lanza, and a feline collage that I spotted (and lusted after) at the 2009 BAF. Apologies to the collage artist whose name I forgot to jot down. Last year we covered the fest in our Aug. 31, 2009 Pipeline, and featured photographer Mary Economidy with a photo snapped inside the long closed White Castle at Armitage and Western. (PS)

In the mood to shop? There are lots of end-of-season clearance deals to be found inside area shops, thus the impetus for the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce's Annual 'Last Call' Summer Sidewalk Sale. Click here to see which stores are participating in the two day weekend sale (Sat. from Noon to 6PM, and Sun. from Noon to 5PM.) Pictured is Jana of Mulberry & Me with a polk-a-dot top that we included in this week's Pipeline.

5) It's always time for ice cream, especially when the ice cream is from longtime neighborhood staple, Margie's Candies. The Wicker Park Committee is hosting an ice cream social this Saturday August 28 from 2-5pm at the Cloisters Courtyard (2114 W. North Avenue). There will also be music by Marsha's Music, and games for children.

6) Also on Saturday, the 2nd Annual Mo'Rockin Fashion Fest is slated for 11AM to 10PM at 1824 W. Division, in the gated parking lot alongside Moonshine.

Okay, well that is all I know about at the moment, and it's likely for every five things mentioned, I missed five more, thus apologies on stuff I missed.

In other news, with the help of Brad Flora and a guy named Ben, I just established a blog on Windy Citizen. I've been a user and fan of Windy Citizen for about a year now. It's a great site for sharing and commenting on local news stories as well as hob nobbing with other news junkies.

At this nascent stage, the plan for the blog on WC is to create more interaction between readers and The Pipeline, as well as spread all the good neighborhood news happening here to other parts of the city.
It will also be easier to share videos, links, and photos.

Okay, time to gargle salt water...

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