Juneteenth, Pride, and legacies – Chicago Reader

Many ways to celebrate and honor Juneteenth this week, as well as other outdoor and indoor gatherings and events—check it out!

FRI 6/17

Roman Villarreal, a self-taught artist born in 1950 and raised in the area called The Bush on Chicago’s southeast side is being celebrated with his first major retrospective solo exhibition, “Roman Villarreal: South Chicago Legacies,” which opens today at Intuit: the Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art (756 N. Milwaukee). Villarreal works in sculpture using a variety of materials, including marble, limestone, lead, and alabaster. His work is informed by a full life: an early stint in a local gang, followed by service in the U.S. military during the Vietnam War; his Mexican-American heritage, and his career working in Chicago’s steel mills, where after work he made sculptures with any materials he could find. The exhibition runs through January of next year, and Intuit offers free admission and extended visiting hours this weekend: today until 8 PM; Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM-6 PM. Ticketed reservations are required for entry. (SCJ)

FreeGeek Chicago has been serving the Chicago area for over 17 years by offering tech training, affordable computer systems, e-waste recycling, and more, all centered at their Avondale location (3411 W. Diversey). Unfortunately, declining sales and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have forced the FreeGeek organizers to decide to shut down operations this summer. The organization is hosting a Farewell Sale through June 26, with deep discounts on their remaining computer parts, rebuilt systems, laptops, and more. You can check out what’s left and thank the “geeks” for their community service during their open hours (Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 AM to 4:30 PM). (SCJ)

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