This weekend was Market Days, one of chicago’s biggest outdoor festivals. Beside the scantily clad chiseled bodies running around the festival all weekend, there were other very entertaining things to see and hear. Like for instance, Aryana and the Rose, a great new electro dance pop band from New York City I discovered with my friends on the 7-Eleven stage at Roscoe and Halsted.
I also got to hear (not so much see) Neon Trees, which was one of the main acts on Sunday of the festival. And Gia Gunn from RuPaul’s drag race was a nice treat to see on the Hydrate stage. It was an awesome time.
One of my favorite things to see when I am looking for signs of spring are the buds and tiny leaves beginning to grow of of trees. It’s a visual promise that spring is here. It is definitely relieving to see this especially because of the extreme winter we went through as Chicagoans.
Here are some great murals I found in the neighborhood of West Lakeview in Chicago. They are on the side of the Army and Navy Surplus Store on the corner on Barry and Lincoln. I love finding art like this in the city. I think talent doesn’t necessarily have to be showcased in a gallery or a show. Sometimes the gorilla art element makes it more fascinating.
Went to the Greek Town Festival with my friend Akis. What I love about Chicago is its multiculturalism. You can see it it the many neighborhoods. Immigrants have claimed areas of the city and made it their own. For a instance. The northwest side of Chicago has the biggest population of Polish people outside of Warsaw. Last night a got a little taste of Greece and it was awesome.
It’s scorching hot in Chicago today. It’s starting to affect people’s tempers. I’m on the bus right now and the bus driver’s snapping at everyone. I think he’s really over this heat. I’m a little more excited now for the fall and temperate weather. Anger can be contagious, so it’s best to stay calm in situations like these. I wanted to get irritated myself watching everyone snap at each other on the bus. Hot weather sometimes equates to hot temper. That’s why I’ve been spending my time at the pool. Immersing myself in water to cleanse all the negativity.
On a lighter note, here are some fun shots I took with my iPhone hipstamatic app.
The Manifest Project is committed to empowering and supporting artists in realizing their full creative potential and in the process, make a difference in the world with an organization supported by or suggested by our community. The Altar Ego show was also a fundraiser for the Israel Palestine Project.
An altar or shrine is a holy or sacred place, which is dedicated to a specific deity, ancestor, hero, martyr, saint, daemon or similar figure of awe and respect, at which they are venerated and worshipped. If you were to take a look at what you venerate or worship in the form of an altar or shrine, what would it look like? What would it have in it? What do we really make a priority in our lives? What are you worshipping? Altar Ego is an art event that explores this inquiry.
Opening night reception is on Saturday, October 30 from 7pm-midnight at The Movement Studios, 2411 N. Clybourn, 2nd floor, Chicago, IL.
Cordarice Mark Thomas
Emmanuel L. White