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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The Folded Map Project shows a segregated city by S. Nicole Lane

Tonika Johnson’s multimedia project expands with a new film. "I'm sure you've heard the words to describe Englewood are 'Black, dangerous, poor, gun violence,'…

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Artists still run Chicago by S. Nicole Lane

The Hyde Park Art Center is bringing back the spaces we’ve all missed. In a recent survey published in the Singapore-based paper the Straits Times, "artist" wa…

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Looking to enjoy art offline? by S. Nicole Lane

These museums and galleries are reopening. I’ve been enjoying the virtual aspects of my art-viewing experience the past few months. People got a little experim…

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Western Exhibitions invites a Cincinnati art center to Chicago by S. Nicole Lane

“Visionaries + Voices” presents sincere and humble work from an Ohio-based nonprofit that supports artists with disabilities. It’s storming heavily outside…

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Finding love on Instagram Live by S. Nicole Lane

The media broadcasting network, COVIDtv, takes on dating. I love love. As a serial monogamist and someone who regularly writes about sex, I can’t help but grav…

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Queer self-care straight from the Vine by S. Nicole Lane

Lifestyle and event brand Peach launches a digital headspace. In the before times, Saturdays were filled with cocktails, sequins, queer DJs, and performances. My…

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Monday, June 15, 2020

How Chicago artists are spreading the message that Black Lives Matter by S. Nicole Lane

Muralists use boarded-up storefronts as their new canvas as part of Paint the City. I biked from McKinley Park to Humboldt Park last Friday to deliver a package …

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Growing up queer with The Sims by S. Nicole Lane

“Za Woka Genava” means “I think you are hot” in Simlish, and I think that’s beautiful. I was ten years old when the virtual world of The Sims was relea…

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Cybersex and sex work in Second Life by S. Nicole Lane

The virtual world is still a sanctuary for folks leaning into their sexual fantasies. When I first walked into Black Planet, a sci-fi-themed erotic adult night…

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Monday, April 27, 2020

Peruse these virtual bookshelves by S. Nicole Lane

Ditch Amazon and support local bookstores. You’ve probably bought a book from Amazon before but before you press “add to cart” one more time, you should kn…

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Lane Moore knows How to Be Alone by S. Nicole Lane

The author and comedian shares her techniques while also bringing people together with a daily livestream. I purchased How to Be Alone sometime last year when my…

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Holding it together during the quarantine by S. Nicole Lane

The Quarantine Times is virtually helping folks keep their cool. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been overwhelmed with the creativity of Chicagoans spreading new…

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Social Distance Gallery highlights student artists by S. Nicole Lane

How canceled BFA and MFA shows are persisting during the COVID crisis. It’s been more than a week since the shelter-in-place order was given.…

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Take your self-isolation to the sewing machine by S. Nicole Lane

Here’s how DIY face masks can help our local hospitals Not only is Illinois facing a shortage of surgical masks and respirators, so is the entire world. Bulk p…

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Motherhood changes you—and your art by S. Nicole Lane

Gwendolyn Zabicki’s attention to time is the focus of her exhibition at Heaven Gallery. After enjoying the burst of 50-degree weather this weekend, I decided t…

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Vaginal Davis steps into the mainstream spotlight by S. Nicole Lane

Nearly five decades after her career began, the pioneer performance artist, musician, and activist is now a permanent fixture at the Art Institute. The goddess o…

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Smart Museum’s take on ‘Allure of Matter’ spends time on the details by S. Nicole Lane

An exhibition in two parts—Part II: The Smart Museum of Art There are certain very specific types of art I cling to, like Eva Hesse’s fiberglass and latex wo…

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

‘The Allure of Matter’ pushes boundaries by S. Nicole Lane

An exhibition in two parts—Part I: Wrightwood 659 It's not every day you see 128 roof tiles displayed on a gallery floor, ash from joss sticks painted on a can…

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

‘You Will Die’ reminds us of our mortality by S. Nicole Lane

Metal art breaks into the white-wall gallery. It felt like a typical trip to a music venue; there was even a line down the street. Public Works Gallery had reach…

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Friday, December 20, 2019

‘Restrain’ appears static, but the works (and the viewers) dance by S. Nicole Lane

Brendan Fernandes’s bronze sculptures congeal pain and pleasure. Artist Brendan Fernandes has been having conversations about ballet and mastery within his wor…

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Six visual art shows that made 2019 bearable by S. Nicole Lane

2020 has some big shoes to fill. In the past two weeks alone, I've found myself at Wrightwood 659, the Renaissance Society, the Leather Archives & Museum, an…

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Darling Shear is ready to fly by S. Nicole Lane

The artist’s piece Querida is a personal performance presenting sexuality, sensuality, and healing from trauma. Darling Shear is a mover and shaker—literal…

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Tetsuya Ishida’s first U.S. retrospective isn’t for the faint of heart by S. Nicole Lane

The dismal depiction of Japan’s “missing million” features more than 70 paintings and drawings. As I walk to Wrightwood 659 in the early afternoon, I hear …

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Crossin’ Borders shines light on undocumented queer artists by S. Nicole Lane

Brian Herrera’s magazine features the work of nine artists creating in a world that won’t let them represent themselves. These days there's no shortage of pe…

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Camille Norment’s (red flame) brings the heat by S. Nicole Lane

The Oslo-based multimedia artist’s installation uses sound to speak volumes about Chicago’s social and political history. Walking into the space of Untitled …

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Super Tasty brings sex education to Constellation by S. Nicole Lane

Learning about your bits just got a little bit more fun. Those familiar with talk shows know what to expect. Bright lights, a small stage, a comfy couch, a few g…

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

When sex work and art work collide by S. Nicole Lane

The kinksters, the queers, and the artists who live in both worlds. Sex work is not a monolithic culture of human trafficking and abuse.…

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Feast your eyes on these art exhibitions by S. Nicole Lane

This fall has plenty to offer from spaces big (Navy Pier) and small (Pilsen's Baby Blue Gallery). Every September Navy Pier is flooded with gallerygoers from Ch…

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

LGBTQ Glossary by S. Nicole Lane

From allosexual to zaza and zir, terms you won't find in your Funk & Wagnalls Allosexual Used within the asexual community to mean someone who is not asexua…

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End Pride Month with a bang by S. Nicole Lane

Your guide to some of the biggest LGBTQ events this weekend From Bronzeville to Boystown and beyond, here are some of the events closing out this anniversary P…

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Essential TV for Pride Month by S. Nicole Lane

Here are ten shows that show a variety of LGBTQ identities. In 2019, LGBTQ television has never been better. According to GLAAD, one in 11 or 8.8 percent of char…

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