Chicago DIY

Post punk: justin massa

June 7th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | 1 Comment

“People are slowly drawn into something and then they slowly leave something. They kind of drift in and drift out.” Justin Massa was talking about the indoctrination of youth into racist hate groups, but really, the words ring true for most anything that takes a powerful hold on your life. It certainly seems the case […]

Positive organizing: midwest consent fest

June 1st, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | 1 Comment

This photo showed up this week in the Chicago Reader.  Out of context, the sign seems a little strange, but perhaps that strangeness speaks to how consent isn’t always a part of the way we talk about sexuality. The lonely, hand rendered sign doesn’t really reveal the work and consideration that fest organizers Otter Irene […]

The Proles at Midwest Consent Fest

May 24th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I had to bounce after their set, but I’m glad that I got to see The Proles play at Midwest Consent Fest. They reminded me of the best era of Operation Cliff Clavin.

New Kid on the Block: Ramsey Beyer

May 24th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Ramsey Beyer is a zine writer, illustrator and all around maker (she took the photos used in the video) who lives in Chicago. She was involved in organizing the Chicago Zine Fest in March and helps compile the monthly Chicago DIY calendar and she works as a nanny. I had crossed paths with Ramsey a […]

DIY spaces and gentrification

April 26th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

About the map This is a map of Chicago community areas, the number of DIY spaces in each area, and the socioeconomic state of the neighborhood based on an index developed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The index used statistical changes in factors like median family income, percentage of families below […]

Universe – Memory Foam

April 23rd, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Universe performs the song “Memory Foam” at The Moving Castle on April 17.

Toby Foster at Ball Hall

April 23rd, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Toby Foster peforming a song at Ball Hall on April 9.

An Experiment: Nate Powell

April 19th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Nate Powell has performed in bands like Soophie Nun Squad and now sings in the melodic hardcore/metal band Universe.  He also draws comics and illustrations with his graphic novel “Swallow Me Whole” winning the 2009 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Novel. Nate was in Chicago this weekend on a mini-tour with Universe scheduled around the […]

Moving: Toby Foster

April 12th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Toby Foster plays acoustic punk songs.  He grew up in a Chicago suburb before moving to the city last year.  He is going on tour throughout the spring and summer before ending up in Bloomington.  On the eve of his first Chicago show as a non-Chicagoan, I talked with him about moving and itinerancy. Hear […]