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"Sex, Spraypaint & Satire: Parody without Humor"
You may have seen Ray Noland’s work during the 2008 Obama campaign; his images of Obama with the exclamation “Go Tell Mama!” were ubiquitous. Or you may recognize his work from several Reader covers and feature stories. Among Noland’s more visible pieces were his posters during Rod Blagojevich’s public trial, which depicted Blago—dressed in sweats and sneakers—running away. The project was titled Run, Blago, Run! Noland runs the Creative Rescue Organization (CRO) and often works under the same pseudonym. Noland’s work is hilarious, energetic, seductive, and a model of true craftsmanship. Tonight Noland will exhibit a new body of work.
Fri, May 18, 7-11 PM, Grand Bizzare, 1418 W. Division.
Look Back: Chicago and the history of the South Side Community Arts Center
Nigel Freeman, director and founder of the African-American Fine Art Department at Swann Auction Galleries in New York City, will use the South Side Community Art Center’s permanent collection of work—which ranges from Workers Progress Administration (WPA) artists to Chicago-based African-American artist Charles White—to discuss the SSCAC’s history and the artists who shaped it.
Sat, May 19, 2-5 PM, 3831 S. Michigan.
Edgewater Fable Festival
This weekend the Vintage Theater Collective and the Edgewater Arts Center will present the Edgewater Fable Festival, a neighborhood theater event featuring performances throughout the weekend in neighborhood storefronts, restaurants, and theaters. Participants include Greg Allen of the Neo-Futurists, Hearts and Brains, Lifeline Theatre, and New Beast Theatre Works.
Various times and locations; see website for details.