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Strokes of Genius

Art Gallery and Think Space Opens

beauty & brawn art gallery think space!

Your small wonder was born with brains and looks. (Don’t hit the tree on your way down, apple.)

See how creativity also comes naturally at Beauty & Brawn Art Gallery and Think Space. The just-opened Logan Square spot hosts art exhibits and classes for kids as young as 3. Owner Lindsey Meyers, a mixed-media artist and mom, has an organic, go-with-the-flow approach and stirs kids to seek inspiration from their urban surroundings.

Sessions include It’s a Beautiful Day in My Neighborhood, during which kids explore the idea of community by taking walks and incorporating found objects into art projects. Mishmosh: Mixed Media is a session that encourages artists-in-training to mix texture, color, and shape. In Mommy & Matisse and Daddy & Degas, they’re coached to paint or draw in the styles of famous painters.

The magic happens in an art deco-style salon with black cast-iron chandeliers, a communal farm table, and white taffeta curtains.

It’s a born winner.

Beauty & Brawn Art Gallery and Think Space, 3501 West Fullerton Avenue, at St. Louis Avenue (773-772-9808). To register, go to beautyandbrawngallery.com. Six-week sessions, $108-$180; drop-in classes, $20-$32.

Photo: Courtesy of Beauty & Brawn Art Gallery and Think Space

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Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed
What:
The Mo Willems children’s book about a tradition-defying critter comes to life on stage as a musical.
Why: Valuable lessons on dealing with bullies.
When: Thru May 6.
Where: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., at Farwell Ave. (773-761-4477). Tickets ($15) online at web.ovationtix.com.

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When: Date night approaches.
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GO
Maple Syrup Festival
What:
See how the sweet stuff is tapped from trees, enjoy storytelling, make crafts, and more.
Why: Gooey, sticky fun.
When: Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Rd. (312-744-5472).

LOCATIONS
3501 W Fullerton Ave
@ St Louis Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
773-772-9808
5801 N Pulaski Rd
Chicago, IL 60646
312-744-5472
6912 N Glenwood Ave
@ Farwell Ave
Chicago, IL 60626
773-761-4477
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