July has been an awesome month for the most part. I can’t believe its over.
Let’s get into the shows first:
I got to reconnect with an old friend from high school days in Pickerington (Yes, Pickerington): Whitney Lee. She’s part of Mutual Benefit, a chamber folk band that was in Chicago for the Pitchfork Festival. It was great to reconnect with her and finally see some of her music live! I was quite impressed.
|Me and Whitney!|
|Whitney and Bandleader/Brother Jordan Lee and Co. MUTUAL BENEFIT|
I also continued to take in Chicago’s rich theater scene. Highlights include:
|Contestants: Macho Ma'am Kandy Savage and CHI-quita Flores|
The Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers is a raucous, ridiculous, unforgettable experience. The antics of the contestant/performers bring the show to life – like Drinkerbell’s inebriated stage-rushing and 2nd-to-Nun’s riffs on Catholic rituals, but the insanity of their fans/posses really sets the show apart from other kinds of theater experiences. It’s loud, profane, closer to arena-behavior than a conventional theater show and I LOVED IT!
Victory Garden Theater’s staged reading presentation of Ike Holter’s new hipster play – SENDER as part of their Ignition Festival. Some very compelling and envelope-pushing dance performance, Post-modern Afro-Latinidad, curated by Baraka de Soleil at Columbia College’s Dance Center for the Afro-Latin Summer Dance Intensive, a panel discussion on House Music, featuring Shaun J. Wright, Micah Salkind and others, and I took in some exciting performance art work – both at the 3rd anniversary of Salonathon and the second installment of Rashayla Marie Brown’s The Unholy Trinity of Me, Myself and I.
So wow. Such a vibrant cultural scene here, indeed! And it’s kept my juices flowing as I work on my own material. But more on that later.