[Text by Andrew McFarland]
[Photos by Casey Kelbaugh]
It might have been a bitterly cold night this Valentine Day’s eve in the Windy City, but it couldn’t have been warmer or more welcoming inside The Promontory in Hyde Park for SLIDELUCK Chicago IV. With Jane Beachy of Salonathon at the director’s helm, this Slideluck was especially live-action, featuring several thrilling performances in addition to our lovely slideshow curated by Keren Sachs, the Director of Content Development at Offset.
A delightful massaged kale salad and a sour cream cake complete with dos leches pour-over were serious potluck crowd-pleaser. Once folks satisfied their taste buds and had their photo taken by GlitterGuts, they grabbed a fresh Brooklyn Lager and cozied up to their candle-lit cabaret tables for the main event.
Ole Timey started off the night by breathing life into some traditional country medleys. After that, Tricky Ol’Puss opened up the slideshow with some logic-defying magic tricks. In honor of Valentine’s Day, this show’s theme was “Eat Your Heart Out” and featured slideshows depicting everything from brotherly love to downright self-indulgence. Dav Yendler provided a whimsical and touching animation about his mom, while Matthew Swarts and Rafael Soldi’s work delved deep into the complexity of personal relations. Jon Lowenstein’s black-and-white series was a dynamic tribute to Chicago’s South Side.
Chicago’s very-own Celine NEON closed out the night with a show-stopping performance just before everyone broke out the Mardi Gras beads with tunes supplied by DJ Dave Maze on the decks. It was an unforgettable night, and it wouldn’t have been possible without our generous supporters and sponsors; special thanks to our host, The Promontory, the Chicago Performance Lab, Offset, Sandbox Studio, Viewbook, and – of course – Brooklyn Brewery!