Saturday, September 19, 2015

Saturday Slumgullion

EXPO CHGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, continues through tomorrow at Navy Pier. The $20 admission price is more than you'll pay at the outdoor art events like Old Town and Gold Coast, but I was at EXPO CHGO for a couple hours today and it offers a lot of imaginative and thought-provoking pieces in a massive hall.

Cool for cats. The third annual Chicago Internet Cat Video Festival is happening today at the Athenaeum Theatre on Chicago's north side. Offering 75 minutes of carefully selected clips of feline hijinx, the event benefits for Chicago Cat Rescue and Tree House Humane Society. One showing was at 4:30 PM, but you might still have time to catch the other at 8:00 PM. Admission is $15 - $20.

It's Happening again. UB40 featuring Ali Castro, Mickey Virtue, and Astro (as opposed to another version of UB40 that is also on tour) has a gig tonight at the Concord Music Hall. UB40 is probably best know for its reggae take on Neil Diamond's "Red Red Wine," but was actually more impressive on songs like "If It Happens Again" and a couple of collaborations with Chrissie Hynde.
Chrissie Hynde's long-awaited autobiography Reckless: My Life As A Pretender is now available online and at bookstores, and if the press is any indication, it's as provocative and entertaining as you'd expect. I'd love to see her do some personal appearances in Chicago to promote it.

According tp Richard Channick's article in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago will soon launch a massive campaign to promote the first ever Chi-Town Rising New Year's Eve celebration. Inspired by New York's famous shindig in Times Square, the privately funded Chi-Town Rising will entice visitors to the downtown area with live entertainment, fireworks, and an illuminated star rising to the top of a building in synch with an official countdown to 2016.

The full schedule for Minstrel Palooza Live! 2015, a seven-hour party honoring the long-standing Minstrel Music store in Niles, has been posted on the event's Facebook page. Cliff Johnson, Van Go, and Mike Galassini among the 12 acts scheduled to perform. It all takes place tomorrow, September 20 at Durty Nellie's in Palatine. 

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