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Social Saturday - ​Russell Lewis: The White City

Mapping Mildred’s Lane. Work in progress, large scale drawing; gouache, ink, red shale  and other land/mold stains on canvas. Mildred’s Lane in collaboration with Katie Bachler, Scott Berzofsky, J.M. Puett, and many fellows attending sessions 2014.

Mapping Mildred’s Lane. Work in progress, large scale drawing; gouache, ink, red shale  and other land/mold stains on canvas. Mildred’s Lane in collaboration with Katie Bachler, Scott Berzofsky, J.M. Puett, and many fellows attending sessions 2014.

The White City:  What the Devil Did Not See
a lecture by Russell Lewis
The White City, the popular moniker for Chicago’s World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, embodied the nineteenth-century notion that art could transform people’s lives and create a sane, clean, and safe urban environment.

Musical Guest: 
Chaos Theory
After back-to-back world tours, the members of Chaos Theory, fretful that spending more time together would result in major artistic differences that would spiral the band into chaos, went into deep seclusion and semi-retirement.   The lure of Mildred’s Lane however proved to be too intoxicating, and it brought the band together again and whet its appetite for performing.  In honor of Morgan, Chaos Theory now performs its greatest hits once or twice a year and only at Mildred’s Lane.

This Social Saturday is the first of three during Summer Session I 
Amour de la Mort - June 1 thru June 21

 


Chaos Theory is Alastair Gordon, Kevin Vertrees, Doug Vanderhoof, Jason Brian Merrill, and Rusty Lewis.

Alastair Gordon, guitar and vocals, is an award-winning author, critic, curator, and filmmaker who has written about environmental design issues. He is is Contributing Editor for Architecture and Design at WSJ, the Wall Street Journal magazine.

Kevin Vertrees, keyboard and vocals, is Vice President of Information Technology for Forest City Enterprises.  He is a music producer and composer, and his work has been performed in Brooklyn and in greater Narrowsburg.


Doug Vanderhoof, guitar, is an independent media producer and journalists making media that matters. He has also created numerous music videos for Chicago-area hip hop artists, as well as media works on visual artists.  His current projects are learning to become a neuroscientist and reading all of the books in the Library of Congress.

Jason Brian Merrill, bass, teaches out of his studio and the Black Bear Conservatory of Music in Hawley.  He records a wide range of music, and he is highly regarded player, performing with numerous bands and ensembles in greater Narrowsburg.

Rusty Lewis, drums, is Executive Vice President and Chief Historian at the Chicago History Museum. He is a blues fanatic and like many of the great Chicago blues musicians, his daddy is from Mississippi.