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Our Neighbor Bases Exhibition on Edgewater Glen

Well this is awesome…  thanks for letting us know. Can’t wait to checkout the exhibition!

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“Hello neighbors!

I’m BJ Allen, and an interdisciplinary artist and MFA student at Columbia College Chicago. I would like to invite you to my upcoming solo exhibition opening reception on April 2, Thursday of the coming week. The exhibition, titled Edgewater Oriented Ontology, consists of work that began with image and sound collection within a two block radius of my home on Greenview Avenue near Senn High School. Perhaps at some point you have seen me out there, taking long-exposure shots with my camera on my tripod, or walking around with a sound recorder.

I’m a fan of traditional art as well as new media technologies, so included in the exhibit are sculptures, large photographs, as well as two installations that have video, sound, and objects. One project uses motors and 3D prints; another uses interactive video.

Digital pinhole photography plays a big part in the exhibition. In the autumn of the last two years, I’ve  taken hundreds of photos of the amazing colors in the Senn Playlot Park. From there I used the images as source material for sculpture and video. My personal favorite is a collection of laser-engraved transparent acrylic circles, where the laser patterns originate from blocks of color.

The opening would be the best time to see the art and meet me to talk about it, and please introduce yourself to me as a neighbor! But you can also catch the exhibit from 9am – 5pm, Monday through Friday from April 3 – 17. I received a grant to finish this work, and I am very happy with the results and grateful for the opportunity to show this work to my community!” – BJ Allen

Exhibition Title: Edgewater Oriented Ontology

Opening Reception: April 2, 2015, 4pm – 6pm (light refreshments will be served)

Facebook Event link:

Exhibition Dates: April 3 – 17, 9am – 5pm

Venue Website:

Location: C33 Gallery, 33 E Congress Street, Chicago IL 60605

Artist Website (in progress):

Sand Castles written by (our neighbor) John Green at Rhinofest

Sand Castles

Directed by Emmi Hilger

Featuring Galya Loeb, & Guy Wicke Mike Rice

RhinoFest at the Prop Thtr — BYOB
Thursdays at 8pm January 22 – February 19

Well Folks… it looks like we’ve got an award winning playwright based in the neighborhood!

Our neighbor, John Green, wanted to let everyone know that his play Sand Castles is premiering at Rhinofest this week. If you want to check it out you can get tickets here.

“In John Green’s Sand Castles, comic characters try desperately to make sense of their fleeting lives. The set of three short plays makes up a tender tale about letting go, telling the truth, and believing in tomorrow. The Reunion features middle-aged fraternity brothers in a battle to convince each other their lives are a success. In The Heart Mind Dialogues, Mind does its best to calm Heart in the face of impermanence. In The Girl with the Red Umbrella, two men, caught in the rain, do their best to assure a young newlywed that her troubled marriage can work.”

“Each year, Curious Theatre Branch curates and produces the Rhinoceros Theater Festival, which provides production and exhibition opportunities to hundreds of artists, drawing thousands in attendance each year. The longest-running multi-arts fringe festival in Chicago, the Rhino features works in theater and performance from Chicago companies and national artists alike.

First organized over 25 years ago in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago, the Rhino is unique among national fringe festivals in that artists are never charged a fee to participate, and each year our programs are individually curated rather than selected on a lottery basis.” – About Chicago’s Longest Running Fringe Festival

From the Neighbors: Master Indian Musician Teaching Lessons in the Neighborhood

Thanks for the blog post Christi. We’re always on the lookout for fun, neighborhood related, postings from the neighbors. This looks like a great opportunity to learn some cool new instruments. Have a great holiday!

“Just thought parents and adults should know that there’s a master Indian musician teaching music lessons right here in the neighborhood!

Sandip Burman has been on Grammy albums and tours all over the world…but he also has a music school (Sandip Burman School of Music) right here just South of Loyola on Sheridan Rd!!

All ages and abilities are welcome. Current students are ages 4 to 64 and include tabla, sitar, harmonium, voice, guitar, violin and saxophone.

Contact the school coordinator with questions or to schedule an introductory class: John Gardner (312) 259-1866.

The website with cost and directions is:

– Christi (Edgewater Glen Neighbor)