By Lauri Apple in Arts & Entertainment on Oct 2, 2009 7:20PM
Hey all you post-announcement sadsacks and sour Olympickles: Just because we won't be hosting those kick-ass trampoline and steeplechase competitions in 2016 doesn't mean you should spend the weekend all bitter and defeated-like. Go see some art! It's Chicago Artists Month, after all. In Chicago's art world, every day is like the Olympics — with the painting, drawing, and collaging equivalents of Mitch Gaylord and Bart Conner scoring perfect 10s in creativity and talent. Artists don't bankrupt the city, or inspire weird marketing decisions like "let's turn the water spritzies in Daley Plaza into an orange Faygo Fountain" (it looked so Juggalo!) or anything hokey and bullshitty like that. So pay 'em some respect by checking out these cool events:
Tonight, the Center on Halsted hosts Sustainable Community, a juried art exhibit and partnership between it and the the Illinois Art Therapy Association. Illinois art therapists explore sustainability and the LGBT community through two-dimensional, multi-media work created from recycled or reclaimed materials.
Friday, Oct. 2. 6-9 p.m. 3656 N. Halsted.
Also tonight, the Loyola Visual Arts program hosts illustrator Henrik Drescher's nervenet. Drescher's work has been featured in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, and other prestigious publications. He'll give a presentation at 7 p.m. Through Nov. 14.
Friday, Oct. 2. 5:30-7:30 p.m. 1032 West Sheridan Rd.
Lots of artitude going on this weekend in Logan Square, thanks to the Chicago ARTillery: a collective and network of mostly Logan Square artists, performers, urban farmers and activists rooted in community involvement, education, and the democratic process. Tonight at Cole's Bar, they host the group show “Collective, Interactive & Live Participatory Art,” which includes a record release party for Grun Tu Molani, the Nick Jones Experience, and Armor class, and spinning by DJ El Rebel X. Art on display through Nov. 15. On Saturday, go to the Elastic Arts Foundation's Sound and Vision Gallery to check out “Vibrational Sound Narratives" by Alpha Burton and an installment of Chicago Calling IV.
Group show Friday, Oct. 2. 6-11 p.m. 2338 N. Milwaukee. Bruton show on Saturday, Oct. 3. 6 p.m.-midnight. 2830 N. Milwaukee.
On Saturday and Sunday, stroll the Ravenswood Arts Walk, featuring the world of hundreds of artists.
Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 3-4. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Start at 4256 N. Ravenswood to get a map.
On Saturday, the Murphy Hill Gallery offers its opening reception for the show Art Across Cultures. Through Nov. 7.
Saturday, Oct. 3. 6-10 p.m. 3333 West Arthington Ave.
Arboreal Auguries, by Chicago ARTillery group show artist Iris Pasic. Watercolor crayons on canvas.