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Cauleen Smith, John Parot, and other arty stuff to do this weekend


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Cauleen Smiths The Infinity Vortex,
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John Parot: "Excavation"

This weekend, Western Exhibitions presents "Excavation," a solo show by John Parot. Parot's new body of work builds on his interest in psychedelic patterns and hippie ephemera, and also explores his interest in ancient Egyptian tomb art. Parot’s paintings are large-scale and bright; one of his strengths is his ability to find patterns in everything from porn magazines to ancient symbols and bring them together in an interesting visualscape. "Excavation" is Parot's third solo exhibition at Western Exhibitions.

Fri 5/25, 5-8 PM, Western Exhibitions, 119 N. Peoria, Suite 2A

Icon Eye

On the last Friday of every month, the Empty Bottle and present Banter, a night of sound art. Tonight's installment features the film Icon Eye, a documentary about musicians Sun Araw and M. Geddes Gengras and their time recording with the dub-reggae group the Congos. After the screening, Johnny Young, Andy Ortmann, and Sich Mang play live sets until midnight, when DJ Ross Kelly takes over.

Fri 5/25, 8 PM-midnight, Public Works, 1539 N. Damen. RSVP on Facebook

Cauleen Smith: "A Star Is a Seed"

Cauleen Smith has spent the last several years researching the experimental musician Sun Ra, who's known for developing Afrofuturism as a genre. Smith’s new project, "A Star Is a Seed," which premiered at the MCA on May 12, is the most recent result of her investigation. "A Star Is a Seed" is two separate installations: the first, The Ark After the Flood, is a video collage projected through a fish tank, and the second, The Infinity Vortex, is a short film that follows two fictional characters as they search for music throughout Chicago. Musicians from the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) narrate the latter film.

Tue 10 AM-8 PM, Wed-Sun 10 AM-5 PM, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago, 312-280-2660,, $7-$12, free for children 12 and under and military members. Free on Tuesdays