Every year on Father's Day weekend, Rogers Park holds The Artists of the Wall Festival. Artists, neighbors, friends, and families come out to paint along the 600 foot sea wall near Pratt Beach. Each year there is a new theme, and I look forward to see the many ways that people interpret it. It is one of the best days of the year in Rogers Park!
I was very excited to make a trip to Milwaukee to see Quasimondo's latest show, Animolecules, directed by Jenni Reinke and Brian Rott. This is the fourth show I have seen by the physical theatre group, and it was just as creative, interesting, and impressive as every other one I have seen. This show blends dance, science, music, and puppetry and the result is something beautiful. They have three shows left, two on Saturday, December 10th, and one on Sunday, December 11th. Visit quasimondo.org for more information.
Last weekend I volunteered to take photos at the Chicago Fringe Festival in Jefferson Park. I particularly enjoyed photographing Penny, starring Nico Fernandez and Kearstyn Keller, at the Gift Theatre. This unique show was done in the style of a silent movie with music ranging from the 40s to the present. Having no formal dialogue of any kind brought out a very unique expressiveness on the part of the actors that was very exciting to photograph. For more info about Penny check out their facebook page - facebook.com/pennyandaugust
A good friend of mine is involved with a physical theatre group in Milwaukee called, Quasimondo (www.quasimondo.org). Last week, we drove up there to see their latest production, The Nautical Tragedy of Dick III: A Crude Sea Shanty Side Show. It was like nothing I have ever seen before. It was so visually interesting, creative, fun, and entertaining. This show includes everything from song and dance to puppetry and clowning/bouffon. They just performed at the Milwaukee Fringe Festival last weekend and will have performances at their studio space in Milwaukee on September 1st, 4th, 5th, 8th, 9th, and 10th.