I've passed the Broadway Wood Studio on Broadway north of Granville countless times over the years, stopping to admire the exquisite bowls in the window, but yesterday was my lucky day: i actually got to see the master woodturner in action at his lathe. I could find surprisingly little information on the internet about the shop, but here is the one link i found with some nice examples of his work.
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Saturday, May 24, 2014
|The Bullhead Cantina is confronting passersby with a big decision. Which way will you turn?|
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
I headed to the Loop this evening with the intention of seeing The Lunchbox at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Somehow i didn't expect it to be too crowded since it was a 6:00 show and the movie has been there for several days already. But the odds were not ever in my favor, and the last ticket was purchased by the person directly ahead of me in line. Although i was disappointed, it's hard to stay unhappy for very long in Chicago, especially at this time of year. And so i consoled myself with a little street theater, inhaling that distinctly Chicago aroma of Garrett's popcorn and bus fumes while watching a Tina Turner impersonator perform outside the Chicago Theatre.
Sunday, May 18, 2014
|Meanwhile on the beach, the swings were temporarily at rest, just waiting for the next |
batch of children to arrive.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
I went to see the documentary Finding Vivian Maier at the Landmark Century this afternoon. I know that it's trite to say that we were inspired by this and that, but i honestly have been inspired by Vivian Maier's work, both her wonderful photographs that capture the power, beauty, and dignity of urban life and by her solemn self-portraits. What an odd and fascinating woman she must have been! I knew a little of her history, working as a nanny on the north shore, but i hadn't realized that she spent the last few years of her life here in Rogers Park until her death in 2009 (from the footage it looked like she lived up near Howard).
Walking up Clark St. on my way back to the L, i decided to take a couple of self-portraits in honor of Vivian Maier. I'll never be as talented or prolific a photographer as she, but photography has enriched the way i see the world around me and the way i understand my own role within that world.
|Double self-portrait amidst the home decor|
|Self-portrait with Harley|
(it's all in the details)
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Every year i try to get to the first farmers market of the season at Daley Plaza. The selection of produce is still a little limited this early in the season (especially after such a long and brutal winter), but i did get some lovely asparagus. Apparently there was rhubarb too, but it was sold out by the time i got there.
|Two pigeons (although actually it looks like one of them is only about |
3/4 of a pigeon) warming themselves at the eternal flame.
|There will be more vendors as the season progresses, but it was still a|
good start to healthy-eating season.
|Fresh asparagus! Let the Spargelfest begin!|
|The beekeepers from Kress Apiaries were well stocked with honey.|
Monday, May 12, 2014
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Friday, May 9, 2014
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
|Witches' knickers is what the Irish call those raggedy plastic|
bags that snare in the branches of trees, waving in the breeze
for all eternity. This particular example juxtaposes strangely
with the beautiful blossoms on this flowering pear tree.
Once Chicago's plastic bag ban goes into effect next year, i
guess the witches will have to start buying their knickers
from Victoria's Secret like everybody else.
Monday, May 5, 2014
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Hurry on over to Glenwood Ave. between Morse and Lunt to get started on this year's garden. The Rogers Park Garden Group has a wide variety of plants to choose from. As an added bonus, today is the last indoor market for the Glenwood Sunday Market, which will be back outdoors in June. The market is open until 2:00, so put down that third cup of coffee and go buy some nice fresh asparagus and a few potted herbs at the market!
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Today was Participatory Budgeting election day here in Chicago's 49th ward. We voted on what percentage of the ward's discretionary funds to spend on street repaving, lighting, and sidewalks, and how much of the remaining money to spend on other projects like new carpeting for the local library or turning an unused basketball court into an astroturfed soccer field for the local kids. This is my favorite election, and i look forward to it every year because--unlike most elections--in this one, there are no bad outcomes.
|Voting was held at the Chicago Math and Sciences Academy|
|I loved the student art work on the walls above the lockers at CMSA. Each kid |
painted a self-portait and wrote out a series of promises for goals they hope
to achieve for themselves. Good luck to all you beautiful kids!
And now a few of the sights encountered on the way home from voting:
|What appears to be a satellite voting set-up outside the Morse Market.|
If i'd known it was here, i could have saved myself a walk. But then i would
have missed out on the first ice cream cone of the season at La Monarca.