Author Archive for Kelsey Gee

Occupy’s Chicago Spring

Political movements can be hard to maintain–especially when they intend to publically bear the force of weather, police, and internal debate for as long as it takes to bring about change. In the earliest days of Occupy Chicago (OC) way…

New Beginnings for Woodlawn

[nggallery id=23] If it were up to Pastor Corey Brooks of New Beginnings Church, Chicago would be filled with “contemporary, credible, and creative” neighborhood centers. These spaces would offer everything from job placement services and drug rehabilitation assistance, to green…

Dogs for Days

One of the few South Side vendors to offer the veggie rendition of the encased meat treat, H-Dogs was founded by a culinary master and a vegetarian real estate developer. According to Eileen Rhodes, the vegetarian half of the team, H-Dogs’ menu aims to promote wellness in Bronzeville.

Eyes of a Woman

With “Visiones Femeninas,” Dominguez hoped to display “the sublime beauty which surrounds us moment by moment.” The title of this exhibit is ambiguous and its aspirations vague, but by some happy accident, in his attempt to celebrate womanhood in general, Dominguez got at something even better: four distinct and deeply intimate visions of life and beauty.

Dirty Laundry

The back of a dry cleaner is steamy and uncomfortable, cramped with pressed clothes, plastic bags, and the smell of solvent. The day before the opening of “Maze,” a mixed-media installation at Roxaboxen Exhibitions, the gallery space is quiet and dusty, its low ceilings almost touching the top rack of men’s dress shirts.

Off the Block

When considering the innumerable gems to be found on the airwaves of WBEZ 91.5, Chicago’s public radio station, hip-hop culture does not immediately jump to mind.

Weight of the World

Running in five minutes late to last Thursday’s monthly workshop meeting of all six chapters of the Deborah Movement, I was one of the first to arrive. The Deborahs (pronounced De-BOR-ahs) are a group that aspires to restructure the black…

Village Voices

Three blocks from the Kedzie Pink Line station I’m brought to a halt by a giant stop sign that reads ARTE. The bright red banner in the window of Yoli Furniture indicates that art can be found in this unlikely setting, inviting curious passersby in with a handwritten sign on the door directing them to the rear of the building. To get to this exhibit, one of seventeen in last weekend’s Little Village Arts Festival, attendees must follow a narrow path in between a parted sea of piled sofas and dining room tables.