Monday, September 7, 2009

Girls Rock The Hideout and Bucktown Arts Fest

Sagezilla, future rock star and lead singer/guitar player for punk phenomenon, Sagie Contagious and Alien Blood, models her hot pink button sporting the words "The Girls' Guide To Rocking"

Last Saturday, we enjoyed The All Girl Band event at Hideout, co-sponsored by Girls Rock Chicago

and the book,Girls' Guide To Rocking.

Many bars are great about hosting all ages and kids shows in the afternoon, and on the 28th, The Hideout stepped up with a fun show that drew in toddlers to teens.
Boys and girls both rocked out to an eclectic line up.

Sunday, we made our annual trek to The Bucktown Arts Fest.  The free kids crafts area is always impressive, and every year the kids make ceramic tiles, to be placed around the playground.
This year, they also enjoyed making dreamcatchers 

We saw a couple of our favorite non profits there, and got fans from Sit...Stay...Read, a worthy literacy organization that encourages kids to read to dogs.    We were also excited to get hats and sunglasses from The Chicago Public Library, an institution we love to frequent and don't mind advertising in the least.   We love our public libraries!
The past two years, the fest has become uncomfortably crowded and most of the high end craft booths are filled with expensive jewelry and works of art unaffordable for all, but the wealthy.   Even funnel cakes were exorbitant.   Also, the free, plentiful music was missing.   Maybe we just hit a lull, but there was silence from the band stage for the several hours we spent there.

It's still a vibrant and creative community of vendors, and we like to browse and see what others are making.   And my little business card collectors made out, with some excellent and colorful cards.   
If you have some extra disposable income, please support your local arts and artists.   They make our culture so much richer, and are rarely monetarily rewarded for their efforts.   Society's artistic and cultural advances are what make a country unique and distinctive, and in America our artists are sorely undervalued.

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