Monday, September 17, 2012

Chicago Loves Homaro Cantu...Weds // Sept 19 // 8PM

"Chicago, I love you... "
September 1 - 30, 2012
Lilly's 2515 N. Lincoln Ave
30-days of Free Art to unite a segregated city.

Homaro Cantu is the innovator who has inspired me to "think differently" and to at least attempt to turn each idea into something that has never been done before. Cantu transcends culinary with his contributions to ending world hunger and by helping humanity through-out all of his endeavors. After years of knowing Cantu, I've had the pleasure of seeing many of his ideas grow into something larger than his initial thought and still somehow he remains a great family man. There's a list of people who have inspired me to make changes in my career, but Cantu has inspired me to see the world beyond one profession and to leave a positive impact on as many people along the way. Instead of me continuing to praise Cantu -- I recommend you reading Cantu's BIO, followed by watching this video below. Wednesday, September 19, Cantu will be apart of our panel discussion on "Do It Yourself/Innovators" hosted by Marcus Gilmer of WBEZ along with Steve Gadlin and Justin Schwier at 8:30. 

Chicago, I love you is a 30-day, free festival celebrating Chicago's art, photography, film, literature, comedy, music and much more. Each night will showcase various genres of art, featuring panel discussions each Wednesday, screenings of international award winning films, live-art, stand up comedy, and performance and visual art from more than 300 local/native artists.

In Chicago, all art scenes maintain great vibrancy and globally recognized independent expression. However, very few local events highlight many of these local artists genres at one time, and in one place. In providing an opportunity for networking and platform for performance, Chicago, I love you intends to fuel a locals arts renaissance and some well-deserved recognition.

Chicago has always been an American center for the arts, but music in particular is synonymous with Chicago's creative output. In many respects, Chicago is the birthplace for electric blues, some jazz, some rock and roll, house music, not to mention being well represented as innovators on the hip-hop and alt-country world stage.

Touring acts come through Chicago for our music-hungry crowds and to pay their respects to our rich and eclectic arts history. But in some aspects this can work against the local music and art scene—leaving them as an afterthought to regional bookers, promoters, festival organizers, etc. Chicago, I love you intends to turn this situation around, coalescing and cross pollinating the arts scene to form a unified front.

Five years ago, a great scene was developed at Lilly's on Chicago's historic Lincoln Ave. Lilly's, 2512 North Lincoln Avenue, has been fully renovated in recent years so, luckily for us, Chicago, I love you is bringing the scene home to the bar that has given many local artists a start for the last 31 years. Chicago has one of the most unique arts communities in the country, if not the world. Our goal is to help inspire local artists to share their talents and grow as an entire scene, rather than as individual artists. Chicago, I love you offers 30 days a year where Chicago art, comedy, literature, film, and music fans can see it happen all at once, in one historic place, for free! 

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