Sup ya’ll. Time for another rousing round of what the f*#k is Steph doing this weekend?, aka The Top 5! You ready? Well, here you go:

1. A Crash of Critters at Fill in the Blank

Kate O'Leary

Kate O’Leary

Ok, so I’ve got the love for Fill In The Blank, it’s in my neighborhood, and they always put out a good spread and some tasty eye candy. This round is no exception. Based (as I understand) on the idea of ascribing hilarious names to groups of animals, this will appeal to all people interested in cartoon animals and those of us who own, willingly, a copy of James Lipton’s “An Exaltation of Larks.”

Fill in the Blank is located at 5038 N. Lincoln Ave. Opening reception Friday, 7-10pm.

2. Obsession In Ice at Carl Hammer Gallery

Wilson Bentley

Wilson Bentley

So, I’m not generally one for holiday themed art shows. As a matter of fact, I generally hate them. This show, however, is an exception. Featuring the work of Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, this show brings to us some of the first images ever made of individual snowflakes. A farmer/scientist, Bentley captured the first image ever of an individual snowflake in 1885. So, go to the show, muse on old-school science, and remember: you are an unique and individual snowflake, just like everybody else.

Carl Hammer Gallery is located at 740 N. Wells. Opening reception Friday, 5:30-8:30pm.

3. 12×12: Carrie Schneider at the Museum of Contemporary Art

Carrie Schneider

Carrie Schneider

Ya’ll probably know, or at least know of, our dear Carrie Schneider. A fellow SAIC Grad Photo Alum, Schneider has been rocking the scene, both here and in Helsinki, since she was freed from the harry paws of the ‘Tute. Now, after much success at Monique Meloche Gallery, Carrie has been presented with the MCA crown, the 12×12. Now, though I won’t be at the opening (the meat market of MCA’s First Fridays isn’t worth the cash, ever), I will hopefully see ya’ll on a subsequent day.

The Museum of Contemporary Art is located at 220 E. Chicago. Opening reception Friday, 6-10pm (costs $16, btw).

4. Soft Throat at Monument 2 Gallery

Daniel Sullivan

Daniel Sullivan

No idea. Looked kind of weird and maybe awesome. I also have vague memories of Monument 2 Gallery’s website, and remember liking what I think I saw there one time. Couldn’t find Daniel’s website. ‘Dunno. I’m going to stop by. You should too.

Monument 2 Gallery is located at 2007 N. Point. Reception Saturday, 6-10pm.

5. Exhibition 3.12052009 at MVSEVM

Yeah, it's there logo-thingie. What of it?

Yeah, it’s there logo-thingie. What of it?

Last time I went to MVSEVM, there were taxidermied squirrels. Thus, they have bought my allegiance for at least a couple shows. I fucking love taxidermy. I know it’s a lot to hope for more taxidermy this time ’round, but I’m gonna give it a whirl anyway. Who’s showing? Zak Arctander, Joe Craig, Cameron Crawford, Sarah Elliott, Tom Kinsella, Ira Murfin, Forrest Nash, and Alison Rhoades.

MVSEVM is located at 1626 N. California #2. Reception Saturday, 6-10pm.

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