Graffiti: Making the leap from illegal to legal

By Ashley Altus Before picking up a spray paint can for her aerosol art, Gloe One  was writing her nickname on random places she might be visiting throughout Chicago. She got into graffiti because she envisioned herself painting outside on walls just like the graffiti crews did in her neighborhood. The city has taken down her […]

Rock music marathon rocks “The Nights We Stole Christmas”

By Ashley Altus and Ariana LaBarrie From electronic infused indie pop to old school rock and roll, the 101WKQX’s The Nights We Stole Christmas showcased a cavalcade of diverse rock bands. Fans packed the Aragon Ballroom Dec. 3-6 as international artists like Bastille from the United Kingdom to Chicago’s own K.Flay took the stage with Grizfolk, […]

Lady Gaga, Kesha and your manicure

By Ashley Altus You might have dabbled in glittery nail art in your preteen years, but you probably never tried minimizing an Andy Warhol painting on your tiny 10 canvases. “I love the scale of how small it is,” said Chicago nail artist Ashley Crowe, known by her artist alias Astrowifey. “I like that challenge. […]

A museum that moves your appetite

By Ashley Altus Foodseum’s mission is to excite Chicago’s passion for food. Foodseum, a museum on the move, opened its first pop-up exhibit at Block 37 paying homage to the hot dog and encased meats of the world.

Pumpkins become canvases for decaying art

By Ashley Altus After carving away layers of pumpkin to create jack-o’-lantern sculptures, Edward Cabral’s pumpkin masterpieces  can’t be preserved. And that’s how he likes it. “Anything you make as an artist, whether it be a painting or a pumpkin, it’s going to turn to dust eventually – in the grand scheme of time,” Cabral […]

Pop-up art show and raffle benefits suicide prevention

By Ashley Altus Celebrating art and self-expression as ways to combat suicide, nonprofit Hope for the Day hosted the  third annual pop-up art show, (ART) WARENESS. Everything from reclaimed wood projects to traditional oil paintings went up for raffle on the only night of the show to help fund their outreach and education initiatives. “It’s ok not […]

Legend of Zelda catches new concert audiences

By Ashley Altus Die-hard The Legend of Zelda fans pre-gamed in the lobby of Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre awaiting the music from the video game to be played and sung by a full orchestra and choir. The Triforce, the iconic symbol from the game composed of three equilateral triangles, adorned their limited-edition black and gold Nintendo […]