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‘Pitch’ing in at Pitchfork Music Festival

Chicago is an epicenter for summer music festivals. When you say July to any Chicago music fan, they automatically think– Pitchfork. It is an annual summer music festival that takes place over one weekend in July (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) at Union Park. The music spans from indie-rock, rap and hip-hop, dance, punk, experimental, electronica, and jazz. This year I attended as a volunteer on behalf of the non-for-profit, Rock For Kids, helping run their charity auction, which benefited music education for at-risk youth.


Don’t Get Stung By The Busy Bee!

The standard question, “hey, what’s up—how have you been?” is generally followed up with the standard response, “oh, you know, super busy.” I came across a New York Times article, The ‘Busy’ Trap written by Tim Kreider and felt like he had really tapped into something. It seems that no one has the time to enjoy themselves outside their work obligations and if they do find time to squeeze in some fun it is also paired with a sharp twinge of guilt that they aren’t promoting their work.


Festing is Besting

Chicago has got to be one of the best cities to live in during the summer. Great weather, beaches, out door eating and drinking, and my favorite, street festivals. Attending summer festivals is a staple activity while living in Chicago. I attended Do-Division and saw this HAWT punk-rock band, Le Butcherettes. I also hit up Sausage Fest in Wrigleyville where I saw the lively Aussie electronic rockers, Art vs. Science. The food is pretty spectacular too.


PLEASE Generate Art and PLEASE Hire Me

Please Generate Art (PGA) is a collection of designers, performers, marketers, music-makers, fundraisers, writers, builders, and planners that span all of the graduate departments. This was the second annual showing for PGA. PGA is an interactive and artfully crafted miniature-golf-like-course.

The next day, I graduated from Columbia College Chicago’s Art, Entertainment & Media Management program. The day had finally come. The room was filled with excitement and nervous energy. Our guest speaker, Lee Flaherty, CEO of Flair Communications Agency left us with two messages—1. Have a “hell yeah” mentality and 2. Be grateful.