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Art Notes: Honoring Granny & Touring Real Chicago

Adding value to things we received.

1. Honoring Granny.

"The Arts of Life, a Chicago non-profit committed to providing high quality, innovative services for artists with developmental disabilities, is pleased to announce the opening of its latest exhibition, How We Make It, at The Arts of Life Chicago Studio and Gallery located at 2010 W. Carroll Avenue.

"The opening event, taking place on Friday, April 5th from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., will also serve as a heartwarming celebration of the studio's founding artist Veronica 'Granny' Cuculich, whose extraordinary life and art continues to inspire The Arts of Life community.

"During the event, there will be a viewing of the documentary feature Life and Where I'm At: The Life and Art of Veronica Cuculich, which showcases Granny's important role in the creation of The Arts of Life."

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"Afterward, guests will perform in a themed open mic limited to songs written or inspired by Elvis, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and Granny herself.

"There will also be a potluck dinner featuring all of Ms. Cuculich's favorite foods - pulled pork, Italian food, fruit, macaroni and cheese, Oreos, pizza, pudding and coffee.

"The opening is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome."

About The Arts of Life:

"The Arts of Life is an organization comprised of people with and without disabilities creating an artistic culture to realize their full potential.

"Founded in 2000, The Arts of Life was the first program in Chicago to provide employment in the arts for adults with developmental disabilities.

"The studio serves as both an alternative day program and creative home for its artists. Funded partly by the Department of Human Services, The Arts of Life also greatly depends on fundraising efforts and grants to sustain its program. Artist's work can be viewed at several Starbucks locations throughout Chicago as well as numerous local cafes and businesses."

2. Tour de Chi.

"The Guild Complex is pleased to announce the 2013 remount of Tour Guides.

"Originally produced in 2010 as part of the Poetry Performance Incubator, Tour Guides gives audiences a lyrical tour of the Chicago tourists never see.

"Originally written by a team of five dynamic Chicago poet/performers, and staged by noted director Coya Paz (Teatro Luna, Proyecto Latina, The Americans), Tour Guides is an insider's peek at life in Chicago.

"From a haunting tour of the city's 'ghost bikes' to a hilarious look at the way neighborhood cultures shape how men pick up women, to an honest analysis of whether to invite white friends to South Side restaurants, Tour Guides offers an unflinching look at Chicago's complex cultural landscape.

"Tour Guides will be at The Beverly Art Center, 2407 W 111th St, on Friday, April 5th, and Saturday April 6th, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 7th, at 3:30 pm. Tickets are $16/$13 for BAC members."

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Posted on March 12, 2013


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