Category Archives: events

Adam Rifkin Makes a Movie

Adam Rifkin photographed in Los Angeles by Jim Newberry. Adam Rifkin photographed in Los Angeles by Jim Newberry.

A couple weeks ago I shot some portraits of my friend Adam Rifkin, whose documentary film “Giuseppe Makes a Movie” debuts this Saturday night at the LA Film Fest.

Jandek: This Saturday at The Echo in L.A.

Jandek performing live at Chicago's Empty Bottle in 2006

The wonderfully enigmatic singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jandek will take the stage this Saturday (May 24th) at The Echo in Los Angeles. Tickets available here. I shot the picture above at The Empty Bottle in Chicago, in September of 2006.

Pussy Riot in Los Angeles!

Pussy Riot discussion in L.A. organized by The Voice Project. Photos by Jim Newberry.


Last night I was fortunate to watch (and photograph) a discussion with  Nadezhda (Nadya) Tolokonnikova and Maria (Masha) Alyokhina of Pussy Riot, on a panel with Wayne Kramer, Shepard FaireyAnne Litt, Pyotr Verzilov, Hunter Heaney, and Chris Holmes.


It was sad and infuriating to hear Nadya and Masha detail how Vladimir Putin and others have tried to silence them in many ways, including prison terms and physical attacks; but also incredibly inspiring to see how they have persevered, courageously standing up—risking their lives in fact—to stand up for human rights (their own rights and the rights of others).


Wayne Kramer had sobering as well as hopeful things to say about incarcerated Americans; his organization Jail Guitar Doors is involved with education and rehabilitation, including providing musical instruments to inmates.  


The event was organized by Hunter Heaney and Chris Holmes’ organization The Voice Project, which strives to effect social change through the power of music.

Silent photography auction/benefit this Thursday

Uptown, 1988. Photo by Jim Newberry.

This Thursday night Alibi gallery is hosting a fundraiser for Cornerstone Community Outreach (CCO) , featuring portraits of CCO residents shot by event organizer Michelle Britton, which will be available by silent auction, along with prints by photographers Sandro, Fred Burkhart, David Gremp, and myself. All proceeds go to CCO. You can see some of the work here.

The picture above will be available in the silent auction; I shot it in Uptown in 1988.

Thursday, August 29th, 2013
6pm-9pm $10 cover
Alibi Gallery
1966 W Montrose
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 454-1512

New Moon on the Lagoon: slideshow

Tech day, test run. Moon on the Lagoon photo by Jim Newberry.
Tech day, inside the moon. Photo by Jim Newberry.
Tech day, inside the whale. Photo by Jim Newberry.
Lulla-Bike rider. Photo by Jim Newberry.
Lulla-Bikes. Photo by Jim Newberry.
Lulla-Bikes and moon. Photo by Jim Newberry.

Tech day, test run.

Tech day, inside the moon.

Tech day, inside the whale.

Lulla-Bike rider.


Lulla-Bikes and moon.

Last week the magicians at Opera-Matic created another enchanting spectacle, this time in beautiful Humboldt Park. From the horse’s mouth:

Join Opera-Matic and the community for an evening of musical migration as we celebrate Humboldt Park in spring, a place we all come to find our way. Humboldt Park’s namesake, Alexander Von Humboldt, was a naturalist, a geographer, and an explorer. This community spectacle uses the inspiration of Von Humboldt to present the natural areas of Humboldt Park’s lagoon and the theme of altered migration through creative geography and public participation.

Bring your friends, your family, and your flashlights for this special Humboldt Park lagoon twilight get-together. The paths around the Humboldt Park lagoon have been activated with unique beacons of lost light. Come whale watch a whale who can’t move from its spot, track a lost moon who can’t stay awake, and blink your own S.O.S. to a zeppelin pilot stranded without flight. The Lullaby Parade, guided by lull-a-bikes and a flashlight flag corps, tour the lagoon’s lost light spots, and find community in the process. Come be part of our joyful night time parade, powered by people and song.


Ramova Grill

Ramova Grill panoramic photo

Here’s a 360 degree panorama I shot at the legendary Ramova grill in Bridgeport (the neighborhood where last night’s enormous warehouse fire took place) not long before it closed last May. This will be part of an interactive documentary project that filmmaker Jen Kienzler is producing, which will include brief audio stories as told by many of Ramova’s regulars. (She is currently seeking tech help to put it together; if you might be available, please email her.)

The counter, stools, and booths have been relocated to Benton House where they are hosting a “soup kitchen” tomorrow night, with help from Soup and Bread.

Click and drag on the image to pan; use shift and control keys to zoom in and out.

Improvisers exhibit opens tomorrow at Elastic

Keyboardist Jim Baker playing synthesizer. Photo by Jim Newberry.

Tomorrow night an exhibit of my photographs opens at Elastic. Improvisers is a series of 25 portraits of musicians, including Von Freeman, Ken Vandermark, Mike Reed, Jeff Parker, Jason Adasiewicz, Mars Williams, Hamid Drake, Fred Anderson, Ab Baars, Josh Abrams, Tomeka Reid, and Jim Baker (pictured above), to name a few. Also on display will be a selection of street pictures I shot in the 80s and 90s. This is a soft opening; the official reception for this is on December 14th.

Following the reception, at 9PM, there will be a performance featuring Jacques Demierre, Lou Mallozzi, and Vincent Barras. And don’t miss the Umbrella Music Festival this Wednesday and Thursday.

Tuesday, November 6th, 6-9PM (concert at 9).
Elastic: 2830 N. Milwaukee (2nd floor) Chicago IL 60618

Photo Exhibit at Saki

CocoRosie photographed in 2004 by Jim Newberry.

I have a photo exhibit at Saki for the month of August, and tomorrow night (Friday, August 3rd) there’s an opening reception from 7 until 10, featuring Mike Bulington on the turntables. The CocoRosie portrait above–shot at the Empty Bottle in 2004–is one of the images in the show. Other subjects include The Coctails, Liam Hayes and Plush, The Ponys, Insane Clown Posse, Sir Paul McCartney, Mekons, Autumn Defense, Bill Callahan/Smog, David Yow, André Williams, The Sea and Cake, Andrew Bird, and My Gold Mask (and more!).

Friday, August 3rd, 7-10pm
Saki, 3716 W. Fullerton Ave. Chicago, IL 60647