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Like its beautiful 2004 predecessor, Tony Fitzpatrick's new The Wonder: Portraits of a Remembered City, Volume 2--The Dream City (La Luz de Jesus/Last Gasp) collects 30 of the artist's distinctive collages, laden with trademark ephemera like nudie pinups and matchbooks from long-gone Chicago cocktail lounges, bursting with bright reds, bold yellows, and satiny blacks, and reproduced in shimmering detail. The works come off as both wistful and hopeful, and many include Fitzpatrick's modest, poignant poems ("Working girl lifts heart-shaped soaps from the hotel. She calls a cab and hears the saddest music in all of the vacant rooms in Chicago" from Sad Valentine for a Gold Coast Working Girl). As Alex Kotlowitz notes in his introduction: "Chicago is a city of romance and optimism alongside the failed and the fragile. And that's what you'll find in Tony's boisterous, kaleidoscopic works of art." Jon Langford and Sally Timms provide the music at this book release party; drinks and hot dogs are on the artist. Sun 4/23, 1-4 PM, FitzGerald's, 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn, 773-342-5381.

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