Thursday, December 14, 2017

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Jose Raya

Bodegas are community corner stores that are chocked full of everything you need to get by in life, plus a bunch of miscellaneous stuff that you never knew you needed until you actually needed it. Communities happen and neighbors come together often at the bodega. In the spirit of community and storytelling, Pilsen-born artist Jose Raya appropriately titled his...

The Frame Shop

While its facade may be misleading, 3520 South Morgan St. is home to The Frame Shop, a self-described “all-in-one art advocation service.” The Frame Shop sells frames, as I’m sure one would have guessed, but it’s also so much more than that. The store is located in Bridgeport and housed in what used to be a loading dock that...

Pullman Arts

A large outdoor sign written in cursive

Utopia for a creative would be a place where you can live, work and pursue every whim without the added pressures of the world.It would be a neighborhood where the people were genuinely kind and knew more than just your name and color of your car. A place where you and your neighbors can truly vibe off of...

Forget Me Not Theatre Company

Room at the Forget Me Not Theatre Company

Since her early childhood in Skokie, Emelia Zuckerman has been a performer. Though passionate about the performing arts, her itch to create could no longer be patient while she waited to be given the opportunity to do so. This is why, when presented with a chance to begin Forget Me Not Theatre Company, Zuckerman could not help but...

Locallective

Locallective event space

  Transience at its core can oftentimes be negatively associated with a person or object everyone wants but can never obtain. To be transient is to be flighty and unpredictable, ever-changing in a world of constants. It is a state of being that is eventually almost always met with exhaustion on the part of any outside parties involved. Following...

Chris Knight

Chris Knight sitting on a couch, next to a guitar

It started with the Chicago flag. Then came other state flags. 6-foot signs followed. Now, the challenge is a map of the world. By recycling barn doors and scrap wood, Chris Knight Creations has been able to turn unwanted rubbish into works of art. The company’s woodwork is everywhere — from cafes in Seattle to the secretary of...

The Abstract Muralist Series

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On July 17, CUSP Magazine co-hosted The Abstract Muralist Series with the Frame Shop on 3520 S. Morgan St. Three iconic graffiti artists — Revise, Yams and Ian Lantz — displayed their art throughout the shop. Spectators were mystified as they took in each artist’s unique style with a free beer in hand. CUSP spoke with local artist and self-proclaimed...

Echoes of Chicago

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It comes once a year. Cake and candles, presents and music, food trucks and burlesque dancers—no, this isn’t your grandpa’s birthday party, its Chicago’s! Since the inaugural event in 2012, Echoes of Chicago, a local non-profit dedicated to encouraging affordable and accessible community art, has thrown a birthday extravaganza for our much beloved city. Each party more lavish than...

906 Theatre Company

906 Theatre Company

Once just an idea joked about over drinks, the 906 Theatre Company is now going on its second year, and is even turning a profit. The company’s first show, The Importance of Being Earnest, debuted in June 2014. The show made enough money to sustain a stage reading of Dracula in October, and a production of Boeing Boeing. The company was...

Mauricio Ramirez

Mauricio Ramirez

Fittingly located in the renowned artistic community of Pilsen are the studios of Lacuna Art Loft.Along with a group of other artists, Mauricio Ramirez calls this creative space his home. It’s hard not to be jealous of an individual like Mauricio. His days are spent in an open and aesthetic studio, pursuing his life’s passion by crafting magnificent artistic pieces-not...