It’s already the middle of July, and we all know what that means. (Though maybe if we don’t say it out loud, the lazy hazy crazy days will never come to an end, and we can all bask in an indefinite season of warmth and frivolousness. It’ll be like what happened in Frozen, but the opposite.)
However, that is highly unlikely, so instead of standing in the midst of the new school supplies section at Target, surrounded by notebooks, crying and compulsively eating Mega M&Ms at the idea of school buses again chugging through the streets (you know it’s true), make the most of your end-of-summer vacation – or staycation – with these cool Chicago happenings in August.
The problem with Andy Warhol is that he stopped at Marilyn Monroe – who was already pretty ubiquitous – and Campbell’s soup (also ubiquitous; see: grocery stores). A rarer artistic treat? Hot men. (Let’s face it: no one looks at a Rembrandt with unbridled lust.) Luckily, photographer Shannon Jenkins is picking up where the canon left off in his new Man Pop Art Show, a series of portraits worthy of the Factory itself. Featuring a collection of delectable dudes residing in the Chicago area, Jenkins’ work embodies some striking juxtapositions: it is sensual yet noble, quirky yet classic. And it will be celebrated with an opening reception at the SoFo Tap in Andersonville August 6th, from 6:30-8:30. Prints will be available for purchase starting at $25. And if you like what you see, head over to the photographer’s Character Collection Tumblr for a quirky look at some of Chicago’s greatest comedians (including the ladies of MRS.), or check out the Flaming City website for Jenkins’ amazing head shot and portrait packages. You too, can be immortalized – just like the six-pack of that dude from Sheridan Park.
What: Man Pop Art Show
Where: SoFo Tap, 4923 N. Clark Street
When: Aug. 6th at 6:30
If you Google “Reddit” (and apparently I’m the only one who needs to, as everyone else under the sun is already gif-gallivanting and shower thought-sharing, which is I thought what Twitter was for), you will discover that the world’s “second-most visited website” offers the wackiest and weirdest in everything from legitimate news to photos posted by people who see pictures in the oil stains on their pizza boxes. (I hear that’s how Rorschach is doing it nowadays.) With all the fodder for comedy, it was only a matter of time before someone tapped Reddit for all its awkward glory. Luckily, that someone was Byron Hatfield of the Public House Theatre (who most recently brought you Love Me, Tinder). In To Catch a Redditor, Hatfield and his collaborators, the dudes of The Dancing Pig, pull back the link-laden curtain to reveal the folks who are actually posting those pictures of abnormally shaped bananas and sharing the sudden insights they had while washing their armpits. It promises to be funny, enlightening, and totally meme-making – after all, that’s what it’s all about, right?
What: To Catch a Redditor
Where: Public House Theatre, 3914 N. Clark St.
When: Aug. 8th – Aug. 30th, 8 pm. (Check out www.pubhousetheatre.com for more details.)
So whether you’re jamming it up, laughing it up, or trying to keep from getting it up (in public, at least), you’ve got a plethora of options for summer’s last hurrah. Now go get your butt in gear.
You can always finish the M&Ms later.