T of the Town
Once Chicago’s gets a glimpse of the sun, it’s on. What’s the T? has been all over the place in the last two weeks– openings, screenings, weddings, auctions, limos, basements, you name it. We even hit the courts yesterday with the Club Nutz basketball league. I see you Chicago, & you look gorgeous dahling.
In the words of my Bad at Sports cohort, Steve Ruiz, here’s some stuff you probably should have noticed in March.
Strangers unite to celebrate Wedding to Unknown.
The Unknown Couple with Edra Soto and pineapple upside down cake at the wedding.
The entire week leading up to Alberto Aguilar’s Wedding to Unknown at Columbia College on March 21st, when people asked me what I was doing Friday night I’d reply “going to a wedding.” The conversation would immediately turn weird when they’d inevitably discover that I had no idea who was getting married.
Ross Jordan and Morgan Walsh on the dance floor.
The maestro, Aguilar, serving dinner to wedding guests.
Arriving (late), I was relieved to run into Ross Jordan, outside waiting for his date to arrive. Ross assured me that the scene inside was a regular wedding except that everyone I’d want to party with was there. He wasn’t kidding.
Good vibes abounded and the gusts flocked to the dance floor after dinner & performances.
Choice guests like Edra Soto, Daviel Shy and Hope Esser, Sabina Ott, Tricia Van Eck, Eric May and tons more rejoiced in honor of the couple. That night they were revealed to be Aguilar’s step-sister-in-law, Nina Young and her husband, Charenzo. The Young family stepped in to renew their vows after the original unknowns backed out weeks before the ceremony was set to take place.
Something like a phenomena.
We were lucky to catch the tail end of TRANSCEND A LIL’ BIT, billed as “An evening of video, performance, and pasta with Tony Balko & A.E. Paterra” at the Nightingale last Wednesday, March 26th.
Transcendent full house at the Nightingale.
Arriving just in time for the duos live A/V performance, SAUDADE, we were bewitched by Balko’s colorful flashing shapes combined with Paterra’s hypnotic rhythms.
Tony Paterra and Tony Balko answering questions after their screening and live performance. They discussed their live performance and past collaborations.
Love to Love You @ Roots & Culture.
Work by Sara Condo at Roots and Culture.
Sara Condo & Oli Rodriguez are like French fries and ice cream, it might not be an obvious pairing but it tastes oh-so-sweet. Or, at least that’s how Love to Love You, their exhibition that opened at Roots and Culture last Friday made me feel. Everyone else must feel the same way because R&C was totally packed. Despite the crowded gallery I was totally blown away by Condo’s image sampling and Rodriguez’s craigslist ad’s mounted on the gallery walls.