Female powerhouses of contemporary urban art from Chicago and across the country are being featured in a group show this Saturday to benefit the Connections for Abused Women and their Children (cawc.org). Featured artists include the organizer Monstrochika, who has painted various murals around the country including at the B-Girl Be Summit, a celebration of women in Hip-Hop, in Minneapolis. This summit was where she became inspired to put together the Defenders of the Earth Show. Defenders also includes work by TooFly of NYC, legendary Chicago graffiti writer Stef, spoken word performances by Lady Death Stryke and rap artist PoR. The evening is likely to be a smorgasbord of socially interactive events including tarot card readings by Divinita Lunare, a handmade craft market, and raffles. With the aesthetics of urban art multiplying into all aspects of culture while all too often remaining a male dominated genre, these women are not only defending but also redefining. The event will be preceded by a free children’s fair from 12pm to 5pm with food crafts and face painting. (Sara McCool)
1100 W. Cermak, Saturday August 23, 6pm-12am. $5 cover.