Berwyn's Arts Blog
Friday, May 25, 2012
The Tamale Hut Café Reading Series is happy to welcome our Berwyn neighbor, Jerry Pohlen, author of Oddball Illinois, for a special event Saturday May 26th. at 7:00 p.m., 8300 W. Cermak Rd., in North Riverside. No Open Mic for This Event.

You probably already know that Illinois is strange, but do you know how strange? Have you ever visited Henry’s Rabbit Ranch, the World’s Largest Sock Monkey, or America’s One and Only Hippie Memorial? Pohlen’s new and updated travel guide to all that is weird in the Land of Lincoln has just hit bookstores.

And for the Tamale Hut Café’s Reading Series, he will give an informative and goofy slide presentation of summer travel ideas, from the Popeye statues in Chester to the dancing truck stop marionettes in Morris, from the double-decker outhouse in Gays to the coin-operated, fire-breathing dragon in Vandalia.

If you’ve grown tired of the Dells or antiquing in Galena, why not travel around the world— to the Leaning Tower of Niles, the Egyptian Theater of DeKalb, and the miniature Washington Monument in Mt. Vernon? They’re all less than a gas tank’s drive away!

Come out and support the reading series and Jerry Pohlen. In addition to his presentation, he’ll happily answer any questions you have, and books will be for sale. And as always, bring an appetite for Tamales, Tinga, and Travel Tales. There will be free beer for guests, but also feel free to BYOB!

Northeast corner of 1st Avenue and Cermak.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Berwyn's own Matt Scharpf will be hosting a Nashville-style Songwriter's Night where he and two or three other Chicagoland songwriters will share the stage and take turns performing and talking a bit about their respective songs on Thursday, May 17, 2012, at Friendly Tap, 6733 Roosevelt Road.

Nashville-style does not necessarily mean Trisha Yearwood covers all night. It means that just like in Nashville, the focus will be for the audience to very quietly listen to and allow everyone to enjoy the music. Talking is not allowed during the playing of a song.

And Matt will use his best judgment to bring in quality players that will be very enjoyable to listen to.

The inaugural night is no exception.

Ryan Anderson is from the band Go Long Mule and Lee Ketch is from his band, Mooner.

They are both exceptional writers in the vein of Wilco and Alt Country and the school of New Folk.

It should be a great night and it is free.

Show will start somewhere around 8:30 and if you have never been, The Friendly is a great joint to hang out in and Autre Monde is literally steps away for a memorable dinner before hand.

Enfrascada in its last week at the 16th Street Theater. Thursday, May 17, 2012, there will be readings by Monica.

BAC Spring Artist Series: May 18th, 2012

BAC presents Peter Craig. Save the date and join us on May 18th, 2012!

The show will be up for one week and opens at 5:30 PM through 9PM on Friday, May 18th, 2012. The show will be hosted at Berwyn's Route 66 Museum, 7003 Ogden Ave, which is also the home of the Berwyn Arts Council. Invite your friends and family!!

Cool stuff.

Tamale Hut Cafe’s own Christopher Krazmus reads from his self-published Selected THC Readings, Saturday, May 19, 2012.

For the past eight years Christopher Krazmus has been helping immigrants and extended-stay visitors here in the USA from all over the world improve their English language and better understand America’s unique way of life. He has worked with frightened asylum seekers and cocky global businessmen; manual laborers with little education and doctors working on advanced research; underpaid domestic help and self-made entrepreneurs. He is fascinated by novelty and distance, whether great or small; geographical, cultural, or chronological.

Writing has been a hobby of his (on and off) since late childhood and he’s been an active participant and regular open-mike reader at Tamale Hut Cafe Presents since its beginnings in early 2007. His self-published short story collection, Selected THC Readings, is a collection of short stories he’s read here. The stories are based on his experience with foreignness, whether his own, other people’s, or imaginary; in the USA, Europe, on Earth or elsewhere.

BYOB and bring an open mind ready to be stretched to the limits of imagination, or at least in that direction.

Hope to see y’all there at 7pm Saturday May 19th, only at the Tamale Hut Cafe, 8300 W. Cermak Road.

Opening Reception at 22, 7 to 10pm, Friday, May 18, 2012, featuring four Berwyn artists, three who are friends of mine.

Located at 6910 Cermak Road.

Mike Helbin
g is a sculptor whose pieces combine metal work, assemblage, found objects, and kinetic elements.

Robyn Oliver holds a Ph.D. in psychology, and her scientific background informs her art, particularly in terms of perception and visual cognition.

Tommaso Lesnick’s "Fellow Travelers" project consists of 150 photographs taken of commuters on a daily route over the course of a year. The variety of people within these photographs blend together into a singular "commuter," drawing on aspects of ritualistic behavior in the process.

Mr. Walters
works in a variety of mediums, including comics, graphic design, and T-shirts. He’s also been making one drawing a day since 2005. As part of Home Town, Mr. Walters will be exhibiting the entire collection of daily drawings from 2011, providing a great opportunity to see inside one person’s creative mind.

If that is not enough, check out next door, 2012 Riverside Arts Weekend Saturday - Sunday May 19 & 20

Guthrie Park and on Bloomingbank Road.

Thursday, May 10, 2012
Urban Crafter's Trunk Show

Saturday, May 12, 2012, 9:30 am to 5 pm.

Come check out the work of local crafters, including
four Berwyn Crafters/Artists.

Nestled in the cozy garden studio of The Little Bits Workshop.

Fine knits, custom cookies, screen printed apparel, papercraft, felted
soaps and's all there just in time for Mother's Day!

411 Park Avenue, River Forest, 630-309-1606.

Beer tonight?

This is the final 2 weeks of Enfrascada, but if you have to go through downtown Chicago,
THIS is your week to see Tanya Saracho's, super-fun, JEFF recommended Enfrascada (A Hoodoo Comedy of Jarring Proportions).

If you like beer, join us this Thursday May 10 at 6:30 PM when all Enfrascada ticket
holders get to sample the fine brews of 5 Rabbit Brewery, Chicago's Latino craft beer maker.

YUM! Tickets or call (708) 795-6704 x107.

Thursday, May 03, 2012
Artists Needed
Sorry for the last second blog, but

A CALL TO ARTISTS from Studio 22: They're are looking to show a body of work from 3-5 artists who live or work in Berwyn.

The submission deadline is May 4th, they will be collecting work May 14th & 15th and the show will open on May 18th.

Here's a helpful link to apply: 22

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