Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Trouble Brewing in Liquor Park (Part 2)

The next day after learning that the future of the Double Door was in jeopardy, word came in to the RFC offices that another performance venue just a few doors down the street would definitely be closing its doors. The crew at buddY gallery lost their lease, which will put an end to the exhibitions, experimental music, workshops, and late-night dance parties at 1542 N. Milwaukee. However, don't expect the space to go out quietly...a series of farewell events are already in the works. We'll keep you posted here at RFC... Speaking of which, one event as part of the "last days of buddY" has been announced. Not really a music-related event, but certainly worthy of a quick mention: 12-hour Erotic Film Fest Thursday June 9th 1pm-1am 1542 N. Milwaukee, 2nd Fl $6 donation Vintage, S&M, puppets, documentary, hardcore, art house, & more! Curated by Ayaco, Presented by Odd Obsession video Penis cakes & tea will be served ------ While the closing of buddY is a done deal, the fate of Double Door is far from sealed and the management of the venue is encouraging the public to take action to help keep the venerable rock venue alive. Friends and fans of the venue are being asked to write letters to the neighborhood's alderman, Manny Flores, and attend the court hearing on Thursday to express support for keeping Double Door alive. For more information on how you can help, go to: A reminder...if Double Door loses this case, there is a very good possibility that it could be replaced by a Banana Republic. A Banana fucking Republic! Unless you think that the availability of overpriced, mass produced khakis is more important to the neighborhood than a unique live music venue, I would strongly encourage you to voice your opinion on this matter to Mr. Flores and the rest of the parties involved.


Blogger Brad K said...

I sent a message to Manny Flores about Double Door and here was my response:

Subject : Re: Double Door support (Double Door)

Dear Friend,

Thank you for your e-mail detailing your concerns about the future of
the Double Door.

Over the past decade, Double Door has become one of the nation's finest
musical venues and a mainstay in the Wicker Park neighborhood. Double
Door is a symbol of the rich cultural and artistic tradition in Wicker
Park, and it has created a positive musical and cultural impression not
only in Chicago but also in the national and international music arena.

Currently, the Double Door's case is before the courts. This is the
right venue for Double Door to exercise its legal rights. I am hopeful
that an arrangement can be made for Double Door to continue to operate
in the Wicker Park neighborhood.

If our office can be of assistance with any municipal matter, please
feel free to contact us at (773) 278-0101.

Manuel Flores
1st Ward Alderman

6/09/2005 05:27:00 PM  

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