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Amidst the fight for a promotion, a new round of funding, or a push to market so everyone can see your vision – it can be easy to forget that we all love to play. Maybe we’d do it more if we knew it would help us achieve our goals.
This is an awesome TED Talk from Dr. Stuart Brown where he discusses “play as an evolved behavior important for the well being — and survival — of animals, especially those of higher intelligence.”
Get out and play today.
A few months ago a sneak-peak showing of ‘Smile’ caught our attention because it discussed our cities struggle in a real way. We live in a community that had 506 homicides last year. A documentary isn’t going to change all of that. But observing and having a conversation about violence, social issues, and hope through the lens of a film in Chicago is a good place to start. There will be a full (1 hour) showing of Smile at Rise beginning at 8pm. Check out the extended preview below.
To learn more about Smile, Arnez Newton and Marquis Daisy (the guys behind the film) and to support the project – click here.
Another South by Southwest Alum and talented Chicago act, we’re thrilled to add Paper Thick Walls to the Rise lineup! Comprised of Eric Michaels and Kate Schell, Paper Thick Walls begins with an acoustic guitar & piano and ends with a sound influenced by “Sufjan Stevens and Arcade fire, among others.”
Though they’re a local band, they’ve also toured the country, playing over 50 shows with the likes of The Lumineers and Company of Thieves. Their debut album ‘A Thousand Novels” was named on a number of “Best of” lists and help get them named one of the top five emerging artists from Chicago by Deli magazine. Give them a listen below, see you April 20!
Fresh off killer performances at South by Southwest, Gemini Club will headline Rise!
Plain and simple, we can’t wait for these guys to set off the night. If you haven’t seen Gemini Club live, it’s a three piece – indie rock – electronic – live-as-hell experience. Best of all, every single show they perform is different “Far from the conventional live performance, Gemini Club have a specially designed rig that allows for on-the-fly remixing of their own songs”.
From the mid-west to the Orient, Gemini Club has been blowing up and it’s starting to show: 63,000 views for ‘By Surprise‘, 60,000 views ‘Ghost (Hey Champ Remix)‘. Not to mention, they’ve had recente support roles with Chromeo, A-Trak, Two Door Cinema Club. Check out their full sound-arsenal here.
For Rise, we said ,”we want you to discover great art and have a great time doing it”… we were serious. If you’re looking for a new twist on a art and partying, we’ll see you on April 20. Every event we’ve had has sold out, Rise tickets are here.
Last week we checked out Wicker Park neighbor and Rise theater partner, Collaboraction and their show, Crime Scene: A Chicago Anthology. The show is running through April 7th at Collaboraction (1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. #336).
What was so striking about the night was the visceral realness of the content. Chicago has become the murder capital of the U.S. but at times the problem looks futile or issue that someone else should handle. Instead of just one story, Crime Scene focuses on the perspectives and emotions of many different groups of people. From the Haymarket Riot to recent fatal rap feud between Chief Keef and Lil Jojo, the story begins and ends with the very real and human feelings of loss and hope.
The night concluded with a planned discussion around the perspectives and issues of violence and well as what we can do to help in Chicago. It was amazing to be involved in the conversation with people from all walks of life. Walking home it occurred to us just how real and serious violence is in Chicago; but just as importantly, we realized that this is our community and it’s something we need to work on collectively.
Rise is a one-night art showcase and party and it’s happening on April 20 at Lacuna Artist Lofts in Pilsen. We’re doing this event because we want to discover great art and having an awesome night should be part of the experience. By combining some of the brightest emerging visual, performance, and live music artists – Rise is a diverse show that’s open for each individuals interpretation. But just as importantly, the night is made for fun – people from around the city will gather, hosted drinks and snacks will be flowing and great music will be echoing. Art is for all, and it’s time we enjoyed it that way.
Check out our phase I lineup – keep your eye out for updates. See you on April 20.