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Spot-On News – Issue No. 2

To a full house at Newberry Library this week, photographer and lecturer Lee Bey presented his book Southern Exposure – The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South Side. (Northwestern University Press, 2019.)  Bey appeared with Amanda Williams who wrote the forward to the book. Bey was an architecture critic with the Chicago Sun-Times and is a senior lecturer at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Ms. Williams who trained as an architect, is now an artist with works in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago and MOMA in New York.   The exuberant and focused pair discussed why the South Side, often overlooked as a location for significant architecture, deserves to be recognized as a treasure trove of work that merits our attention. As the two discussed  images from Bey’s book, they noted the racial bias that infects critics who have failed to appreciate more than half of the city.   Of interest was Bey’s and Williams’ theory as to the popularity of modern architecture on the South side. Both speakers believed that  modern architecture was an attempt at a “clean start” to express individuality and beauty in architecture. Williams noted that “if you can just be...

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Spot-On News – Welcome!

Welcome to the first edition Smatterings! This missive is our update on events you should know about. Our purpose is to keep you updated on recent event announcements, events we’ve recently discovered, and events we’ve attended. At the start we should say this site will not provide reviews. That is not our purpose. Our goal is to provide a hub for Chicagoland to find a broad array of events and happenings. If you sign up to receive our email of events, you'll automatically receive these summaries. How to Use Our Site: We’ve divided the site into 8 categories: Theater, Music, Talk, Exhibitions, Film-Photo, Dance, Comedy, and Other. Using our category pages, users can narrow their searches. By Registering with our site, users can save and/or “star” the events that they find particular interesting. Users can then return to the site later to review their selected events. Signup under “Register” and you will be able to use this feature. (Note, email addresses will NEVER be shared with anyone. See our Privacy Page.) We also recommend that users avail themselves of the Tag section at the bottom of the home page. This area is where users can search on particular areas of...

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