Births (And Rebirths) In Chicago’s Arts And Literary Scene

By Betsy Mikel in Arts & Entertainment on Jun 16, 2011 7:00PM

2011_06SweetTooth.jpg Here’s a little roundup of some exciting birthdays and re-birthdays of one art non-profit, a non-profit community library and one of our favorite book clubs in the city. Party on!

Chicago Urban Art Society

Chicago Urban Art Society has a sweet anniversary party planned for tomorrow night. To celebrate two years of promoting all sorts of artists from their Pilsen gallery, the non-profit organization is hosting a bake sale, with cakes and cookies and sugary treats donated by Chicago’s most delicious bakeries and eateries. Proceeds benefit Chicago Urban Art Society and Friends including HighSight, Urban Gateways, Inner City Muslim Action Network, Chicago Artist Coalition and Barrio Bonito. A $25 door donation gets you access to the baked goods and to an open bar.
2nd Annual Sweet Tooth- Charity Bake Sale Carnival, Chicago Urban Art Society, 2229 South Halsted Street, June 17, 6 p.m., $25 at the door

Chicago Underground Library
Next Friday, Chicago Underground Library is belatedly celebrating their fifth anniversary. A week before their 5th birthday, the great snowstorm of 2011 blew in one of the CUL windows, which damaged a large portion of their collection. But they’ve bounced back with Pop Up Libraries, and celebrations are in order. The birthday party will include chances to win many a cake, readings and DJs, and a paper party hat competition for a super secret prize.
It's Alive! A Benefit for the Rebirth of Chicago Underground Library, Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago Ave, June 24, 9 p.m., $10

Gapers Block Book Club
The strictly Chicago book club went on hiatus several months ago, but the Gapers Block Book Club is back with another meeting and book club discussion for the month of June. Even better, this one’s going to have the author present. If you start now, you can finish (or maybe just start... you can always finish later) Paul Hornschemeier's latest, Life with Mr. Dangerous, in time for the event. It’s about “the story of a young woman in the Midwest wading through the morose, hopeful, and quietly funny waters of her late 20's.”
Gapers Block Book Club Event, June 30, 7:30 p.m., Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave, free