The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Gene Siskel Film Center present the 16th Annual Black Harvest International Festival of Film and Video

August 6 – September 2, 2010
Gene Siskel Film Center
164 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60601

The 16th Annual Black Harvest International Festival of Film and Video is the Midwest’s largest festival of the black experience on film.

A total of 42 features, documentaries, and shorts representing the African diaspora will be presented, 17 of which have a Chicago connection, reaffirming the city’s role as a vital center for independent filmmaking. Local features include India of K-Town, On the Frontline: Taking Back Our Streets, Chicago Heights, and Dog Jack, with appearances by filmmakers.

Documentaries focus on artists (Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child and Sharkula: Diarrhea of a Madman); Civil Rights (Blues March: Soldier Jon Hendricks and Neshoba: The Price of Freedom); music (Kinhasa Symphony and Saint Louis Blues); and dance (Nora). Cross-cultural comedies featured are My American Nurse 2 and the shorts programs Love African American Style and Sex African American Style. Powerful urban dramas showcased are Bilal’s Stand, Everyday Black Man, Pro-Black Sheep, and Inside a Change. Continuing the urban theme is shorts program Urban Visions.

Event highlights include Opening Night, A Black Harvest Feast, when Grammy® Award-winning hip-hop artist Common will be honored with the Deloris Jordan Award for Excellence in Community Leadership; Festival Panel Discussion, How to Get a Movie Made; Black Harvest Sneak Preview Party featuring Lottery Ticket; and Closing Night Film, Night Catches Us.

In conjunction with Black Harvest in the Film Center’s gallery/café is Face Off, a solo exhibition by artist and current SAIC student Kenrick Mcfarlane. Mcfarlane’s work revolves around the concept of reality versus fantasy and the proverbial question, “How can an individual turn his or her fantasy into reality?”

Black Harvest festival passes are available for $50 each. Each pass includes six movies for the price of five, plus a free small popcorn with each film. The pass will not be accepted for Opening Night, A Black Harvest Feast, on August 6.

For a complete schedule, please visit

About the Gene Siskel Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago celebrates 38 years of presenting cutting edge programs, independent and international cinema, premieres, retrospectives, and classic films. Internationally recognized for its original film programming, the Film Center is a vibrant cultural destination in Chicago that attracts a diverse and creative annual audience of over 80,000.

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers nationally accredited undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs to nearly 3,200 students from across the globe. For more information, please visit


Sixth Annual Printers’ Ball
Friday, July 30, 2010, 6 – 11 pm
The Ludington Building
Columbia College Chicago
1104 South Wabash Avenue
One block west of Michigan Avenue

The sixth annual Printers’ Ball, which this year takes as its theme “Print Loves Digital,” is an annual celebration of literary culture founded by Poetry magazine and other independent Chicago literary organizations. The Printers’ Ball is produced with the Center for Book & Paper Arts and the Student Affairs Offices of Columbia College Chicago.

Lots of magazines. Books. Posters. Galore. Broadsides & busy beavers. Newspapers & weeklies. Zines. Poetry, fiction & all that. Buttons, stickers & more. Reading & performing, or something like it. Red carpet. Screenings, Web things & digital writing — electrified in general; because PRINT ❤ DIGITAL . Making, inking, stamping. Getting hands dirty. Dancing, music, DJs. Playing. All free. + Beer, food & revelry.

8:00 – 10:00 PM: The Show ‘n Tell Show, hosted by Zach Dodson and Michael Renaud, with Studio Blue’s Cheryl Towler Weese, Edie Fake, Isaac Tobin, and Kathleen Judge

10:00 – 11:00 PM: Live music by Icy Demons

Welcome to the Neighborhood
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 24th, 12 – 3pm

Zachary Buchner
Karl Erickson
Andrew Falkowski
Heidi Norton
John Opera
Joe Pflieger
Matt Stolle
Philip Vanderhyden

present new work at William H. Cooper Manufacturing
816 North Spaulding (just north of Chicago Avenue)
Street parking is available

Organized by Matt Stolle, John Opera, Zachary Buchner, and Andrew Falkowski, this warehouse exhibition opens Saturday, July 24th with an artist’s reception from 12:00 pm–3:00 pm. It will be open to the public during William H.Cooper’s hours: Monday–Saturday 7:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
It continues through the month of August. More information is available through the gallery by phone or email.

Nomadic Studios


My good friend and Brandon Alvendia started The Silver Galleon Press back in 2008 and if you haven’t had a chance to see it then you are in luck. It is part of Nomadic Studios curated by Jim Duignan of the Stockyard Institute which opens tomorrow. Go check it out.

July 8 – November 21, 2010
Opening Reception: July 8th 5 – 7pm
Depaul University Art Museum
2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago IL 60614

The Stockyard Institute will repurpose the DePaul University Art Museum as a nomadic studio, transforming the space into a hybrid station for production, exhibition, development, performance, publication and education. Amidst four and one half months of programs and live performances, features include a convertible recording studio and radio station, Stockyard publication office (SITE), nomadic teacher center, workstations, exhibition space, curriculum kiosks, resource library and more. The nomadic studio will publicly expose the  ideas of those who imagine space in multiple contexts and very different intentions.The project will celebrate the incidental, provisional, mobile, and non arts related sites of production.

This exhibition is part of Studio Chicago, a yearlong collaborative project that focuses on the artist’s studio.

The unveiling of EYE, a new public art installation by Tony Tasset, (a great artist and my former Professor in grad school at UIC) will take place today at 10 am in Pritzker Park.

Sponsored by the Chicago Loop Alliance, EYE is a 30 ft. replica of the artist’s eye. In Tasset’s words: “the image of an eye is one of the most utilized symbols found throughout history and across cultures. It sometimes means a higher power or a portal to an inner conciseness, as in the eyes are the windows to the soul. The sculpture will undoubtedly be interpreted in many different ways, but for me the eye is a basic image of humanity and all that it entails, be it physically, emotionally or spiritually. EYE is meant to be experiential, funny and democratic.”

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