I’m lying on my back now, The stars look all too near. Flowers on the razor wire, I know you’re here. We are few and far between, I was thinking about her skin. Love is a many splintered thing. Don’t be afraid now, Just walk on in.

My walk home from work Monday in the dark at 5PM CST

Her eyes were cobalt red
Her voice was cobalt blue
I see no purple light
Crashing out of you
So just walk on in

Her lovers queued up in the hallway
I heard them scratching at the door
I tried to tell her
About Marx and Engels, God and Angels
I don’t really know what for
But she looked good in ribbons
So just walk on in

 

Outside of Whiskey Thief on Davis

Tracii Guns Twitter profile with a pic Bob Hoeksema took of him 2 wks ago for my review. He also put it on his Instagram.

Thursday afternoon Curse and Rona left and had one more rehearsal till the tour bus would leave Chicago for the first show of the tour in Cleveland. Rona flew home to Austin and her and Curse would re group mid tour for some shows they have with David J the British alternative rock musician, producer, and writer. He was the bassist for the gothic rock band Bauhaus and Love and Rockets.

Love and Rockets are one of my very favorite bands 

I spent the day working on the podcast and other MK ULTRA related work and the next morning got up and did more laundry since the guest rooms bed clothing would have to be clean for Dales visit. He arrived mid afternoon and he gave me some great birthday gifts that included 3 nice coffee table books and a box of about 20-25 hot sauces. We hung out for about an hour and then went to eat at Charcoal Delights known for enjoy thick, delicious 100% pure domestic beef burgers, or plump all beef Vienna hot dogs, or Maxwell Street Polish with all the trimmings! The famous broasted chicken, golden brown on the outside, moist and tender inside. Also charcoal broiled steaks, or barbeque ribs with their famous sauce, or homemade beef and sausage. We both had Gyro Plates.

After we ate we swung by Aldi and I did some grocery shopping and we put it all away and were on our way to 3rd Fridays at the Zhou B Art Center.

 Zhou B Art Center in Bridgeport, Chicago for 3rd Fridays and PAINTING THE FIGURE NOW

Zhou B Art Center opens exhibitions every 3rd Friday of the month with an evening reception from 7pm-10pm. These events are free of charge and provide the community of Bridgeport and the Chicago area a unique opportunity to explore a blend of international and local art. The artists-in-residence at the Art Center open their studios to visitors, making this a unique opportunity for the community to meet working artists and discuss their work in person.

Founded in 2004 by the internationally acclaimed Zhou Brothers, Zhou B Art Center was created as a site of exchange between local artists and the global art community while promoting the contemporary convergence of Eastern and Western visuality in the United States. Located in Chicago’s historic Bridgeport neighborhood, the Zhou B Art Center’s mission is to engage cultural dialogue through contemporary art exhibitions and programming with an international scope.

The Zhou B Art Center provides galleries, studio spaces, and a collaborative environment to a thriving community of talented artists and curators. The purpose of the Zhou B Art Center is to nurture the creativity and growth of its nearly 50 resident artists while providing groundbreaking exhibitions open to the public. On the Third Friday of each month, the center hosts a free exhibition and open studio event where locals can explore the main galleries as well as resident artists’ studios. This event is the perfect opportunity for Chicagoans and tourists alike to support the numerous artists involved with the Zhou B Art Center.

PAINTING THE FIGURE NOW

PAINTING THE FIGURE NOW seeks to show quality painting that investigates the many ways we see the human figure now. Contemporary approaches to portraiture, narrative, and any and all visualizations focusing on the human form in life, action, play, work, and repose. We want to exhibit artists who understand the finest traditions of figurative art. We believe the human form is an endlessly interesting subject with inexhaustible potential. We want to see humanity with a relevant, fresh, and contemporary feeling.

My favorite artists in residence is Martin Bernstein. His space seems to be a permanent instillation. 

MARTIN BERNSTEIN www.MartinBernstein.com

On the way home from the southside we drove up Ashland to see if Checkers was open yet. It was supposed to be open June 22. As we drove by it looked liek it hadn’t been worked on since I biked by last summer on my way to Alcalas. Wheat we would find just before they were closing was Popeye’s so we went in to try the chicken sandwich everyone is getting stupid over. It was damn good but not worth waiting in line fighting etc.

We both crashed pretty early and were up early Saturday morning to hit the north shore (Skokie and Evanston) where we’d so some shopping, eat and visit the Block Art Museum exhibit I found out about the night before on Latin op Art.

Our first stop was Red Robin and I ordered my Burnin Love Burger with an extra patty. It wasn’t as good as last time to be honest. 

Fried jalapeño coins, house-made salsa, Pepper-Jack, lettuce, tomatoes and chipotle aioli on a jalapeño-cornmeal kaiser roll.

Before the art museum we hit of Valli Produce and grabbed some items for us both to take to our homes. 

Block Art Museum at Northwestern Univeristy Campus Evanston for the exhibit Pop América, 1965–1975

Pop América, 1965–1975 challenges and reframes familiar notions of Pop Art by bringing together artists from North and South America, as well as the Caribbean. Pop América is the first exhibition to unify Latin American and Latinx expressions of Pop and explore how artists working across the hemisphere embraced its bold and colorful imagery, references to mass culture, and representations of everyday objects, signs, and symbols. The exhibition makes a timely and critical contribution to a deeper understanding of this period and the impulses behind Pop Art from the mid-1960s through the mid-1970s.

Pop América features nearly 100 artworks by artists working in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and the United States, sparking an expansion and reconsideration of Pop as a U.S. and British phenomenon. The exhibition reshapes debates over Pop’s perceived political neutrality and aesthetic innovations. The artists in the exhibition create vital dialogues that cross national borders and include Antonio Dias, Rubens Gerchman, Roy Lichtenstein, Marisol, Cildo Meireles, Marta Minujín, Hugo Rivera-Scott, and Andy Warhol, among others. United by their use of Pop’s visual strategies, these artists have made bold contributions to conceptualism, performance, and new-media art, as well as social protest, justice movements, and debates about freedom.

Pop América opened in October 2018 at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, and will be on view at the Nasher Museum at Duke University until July 2019 before traveling to the Block Museum at Northwestern University.

 

Sunday we had a podcast and then Monday it was back to business as usual. I came home to a house to myself for the first time in 8 days. It was nice. I watched Ray Donovan.

Then this happened. 

 

 

 

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