Thursday, August 18, 2011

Ladyfest Midwest 2011: The Cathy Santonies, Hollows, much more

By Andrew Hertzberg

In August 2001, Chicago played host to the four day festival Ladyfest Midwest, featuring musical performances, visual artists, filmmakers and more. For the tenth anniversary of this event, the festival is scaled back a bit, but the purpose is the same. Whereas the original event featured national artists such as Shannon Wright, Le Tigre and ESG, the main focus this weekend is on our own city. All proceeds from the weekend benefit the Chicago Women’s Health Center. Personally, I’m a big fan of the concept of multi-venue, multi-media festivals. A welcome change from Big Box and single minded festivals. Check the full schedule of events below.

Friday, 8/19, Late Bar (3534 W. Belmont) 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. (21+)
Featuring DJs:
Sam O’Rama (Laurie’s Planet of Sound)
Emily Agustin (CHIRP Radio, Toast & Jam, Maybenauts)
Rebecca Crawford (Reckless Records and ex-The Dials)

Saturday, 8/20, Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western), 9 p.m. (21+) $15

Ladyfest Midwest 2001 Archive Exhibit at LivingRoom Gallery (1530 W. Superior)
Saturday, 8/20, 12–5 p.m. and Sunday, 8/21, 2–5 p.m. (All Ages).

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