Entries tagged with “Milwaukee Avenue Art Festival”.


What’s buzzin’, Cousins?

Since I’ve last talked to you, I’ve been stock-piling coconut oil, palm oil, and olive oil, just so I can make some very special soap, just for you. Over the holidays, I made more chocolate soap, which was a smash hit. Sadly, it’s gone. But I have big plans to make more lavender soap with dried flowers and Shea butter; you all seem to like that a lot. Except some of you complain that you don’t like stuff that smells too “sharp”. Fair enough. I have big plans for you guys too. With spring and summer coming, I will return to tropical lemongrass, which is a natural insect repellent that doesn’t smell nasty like citronella. It’s also made with beeswax, which draws moisture into the skin, smells sweet, and looks pretty.

Aside from making soap, earrings, and stretch bracelets, I’ve been busy practicing with the Blue Ribbon Glee Club. Our next show will be on April 7, singing at the “Well-Read Affair” at the Cultural Center, presented by Literary Chicago’s Associate board. For more information about the event, check out www.literacychicago.org. We will also be performing at the CHIRP record fair on April 9, at the Chicago Journeyman Plumbers’ Union. More information at www.chirprecordfair.com.

The last thing I want to mention is the Milwaukee Avenue Art Festival on the weekend of July 29, 30, and 31. I will post more details as they transpire.

Next time I rap at you, I will have pictures of new soap, and more information about all the stuff I mentioned.


Dear Everyone,

There are many great things happening this weekend, and most of them within the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival! I can’t decide whether to list all of said “great things” chronologically, or in order of importance. So I’ll just give as synopsis.

The Milwaukee Ave. Art Fest starts tomorrow at 4p.m. It will cover about 1.5 miles between Diversy & St. Georges Court (1/2 block southeast of California) on Milwaukee Ave. From what little I’ve seen in passing while borrowing tools from other galleries, everything looks amazing! Everyone, I want to let you know that I will be curating a show on Saturday and Sunday (24th & 25th July) at the Mixed Motion Art dance studio. Hours are noon – 3p.m. and 6p.m. – 11p.m. both days. Four artists will be featured in this exhibit: Allison Butkus, Cory Norris, Nathan Jerde, and Ryan Goodwin. I just finished hanging everything today, and it looks great. So stop by, damn it!

There are also some Blue Ribbon Glee Club shows this weekdend. Friday night at Ball Hall– 1621 N. Kedzie 9 p.m. We’re also singing at 7 p.m. on Saturday the 24th by the Logan Square monument. We will bring the party to the art fest!

Outside of art fest preparations, there haven’t been many exciting things happening. However, I did watch a reality show at my friends David’s and Steven’s house about good pets gone bad. An 80 year old’s Pomeranian got eaten by a snake that is a prop in an Alice Cooper tribute band. Wouldn’t you just hit a snake with a broom if you saw it trying to eat your dog?

Before I sign out, I would say that some Art Fest highlights would be the Sulzen Fine Art Studio on the corner of Milwaukee Ave. & St. Georges Ct. where painter Julie Sulzen will have an exhibit of paintings using only the colors green, black, red, and white. Cole’s bar is celebrating it’s (almost) first birthday, and there will be tons of great bands performing on the stage nearby at the fest.

O.k. Everyone. That’s all I have the energy for today, plus many PBRs are leaving me mildly bleary-eyed. Please make it to the festival.

Much love,
Your honorary Cousin Gina