Posted by: trailerpilot | 01:23::2009

We could all be a little less trashy.

Oh, Chicago Cultural Center:  Is there no end to your bounty of free exhibits, performances, snacks, and Tiffany domes?  Seriously, it’s one of my most beloved institutions in this city.  Sure, the integration of the 1977 Holabird & Root renovation into the original Public Library structure hasn’t (for me) aged well, but that’s a petty grievance toward a place that’s hosted tons of events, both that I’ve attended and been involved with, that have had a profound impact.  Well, here they go again:  Via the Ars Scientia program, it will play host to a salon-style conversation between Carrie Hanson (AD of The Seldoms), artists Tiffany Holmes and Frances Whitehead, and environmental scientist Dr. Liam Heneghan.  Tapping into themes Hanson explored in her April premiere, Monument, the salon promises that each of the three artist participants will talk about how concerns related to environmental sustainability impact and become subject matter in their work, while Dr. Heneghan will share his perspective on the same from within the environmental science field itself.

Sound interesting?  Of course it does.  But get out a pen and write this down:  It happens this Monday, January 26, from 6:00-7:30pm.  You heard the President:

And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to the suffering outside our borders, nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.


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