Chicago Gallery Snack Report: Friday, January 21, 2011

by Jeriah Hildwine and Stephanie Burke

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At left: Jeriah Hildwine, your faithful snack reporter ("Dude, where's your kilt?"). Center, the amazing chef Nick Jirasek of Guerilla Smiles. Right, artist and curator Tony Fitzpatrick, our gracious host.

January may sound a bit early to be handing out Snacks of the Year awards, but this past Friday wasn't only the 21st day of 2011:  it was also a mere two weeks before the close of the Year of the Tiger according to the Chinese lunisolar calendar.  (This Valentine's day, Feb. 14, we enter the Year of the Rabbit.)  But I didn't know that when I decided to give the Snacks of the Year award to artist and curator Tony Fitzpatrick and chef Nick Jirasek of Guerilla Smiles.

FRIDAY - 1/21

Loop -
Chicago Cultural Center - 78 E. Washington. Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women & Art. Reception 5:30-7:30pm.

Photography was not allowed at this exhibition, but for the record, they had beer and wine, and the bartenders were very nice.

West Loop -
Linda Warren Gallery -
1052 W. Fulton Mkt. Concrete Village: Ruin, work by Shauna Angel Blue;
Walking, work by William Eckhart Kohler. Reception 6-9pm.

Kelsey is no longer working the bar, but her replacement is nice, and the punch is as good as ever...possibly better!  Check out the slideshow for images!

Bucktown -
Firecat Projects - 2124 N. Damen Ave. Jenny Scobel. Reception 7-9pm.

This was the real winner.  Check out the slideshow to see the snacks that won Snacks of the Year!  If you've ever asked, "What is paleron?", well, you'll find your answer there.  (Or here, where I found it.)

SATURDAY - 1/22

Oak Park -
Shane Campbell Gallery - 125 N Harvey Ave, Oak Park. Chris Bradley. Reception TBA.

There was a keg.

Albany Park -
Swimming Pool Project Space - 2858 W. Montrose Ave. A Healthy Skepticism, work by Joshua Abelow, Carl Baratta, and Josh Reames. Reception 6-9pm.

This was the opening for their last show in this space, and as usual, there was beer.  Pics in the slideshow.

Lastly, since I've created a Snack of the Year award for Tony Fitzpatrick and Nick Jirasek, I figure I out to create a parallel award for the best drink I had in a gallery this year.  It's a tough call, with some good absinthe cocktails at ThreeWalls, brown liquors at Thomas Robertello, and good beer at a few places, but none of them could compete with the amazing Winter Sky I had courtest of the winner of the 2011 Year of the Tiger Drink of the Year award...Ken Saunders!

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Ken Saunders prepares his award-winning Winter Sky.

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