Thursday, January 23rd at The Whistler: Crimson Glow featuring Julie Potratz as German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Claire Arctander and Latham Zearfoss present CRIMSON GLOW, a monthly party featuring women-made music. CRIMSON GLOW creates a space for femminess and feminists who want to dance to — and sing along with — amazing woman-made music from all genres. CRIMSON GLOW is committed in equal measures to allowing engagement with the work of innovative musical pioneers and fostering dance party enjoyment.

January’s CRIMSON GLOW will feature Chicago-based artist Julie Potratz appearing as German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Chancellor Merkel will present Chicks on Speed Will Save Us All, the seminal feminist electropunk outfit’s album from the year 2000. Sensitive and provocative at once, Julie Potratz’s performance-focused practice delves into female identities and interiorities via video, photography, sculpture, and fashion/costuming. This segment of the evening will take place at 10pm, before and afterwards Claire and Latham will play an array of music from different genres and timespans, culminating in a dance-friendly environment.

Sunday, January 19th @ The Whistler: Brianna Lea Pruett

9:30pm, no cover, 21+

Songwriter, singer, painter and poet from Gold Country, California, Brianna Lea Pruett’s musical expressions travel widely, much like herself. Born in the mountains of Northern California and a singer from her earliest days, she plays California folk, country, and the musical style of her Appalachian and Southeastern Woodlands heritage with equal passion as compositions that show a love for jazz, blues, and soul music.

With a musical education that came mostly from other people’s vinyl collections – a mix of classical and choir, Jimi Hendrix, Roberta Flack, Janis Joplin, Leo Kottke, Leonard Cohen, John Denver, Carole King, and Doc Watson — she started writing seriously as a teenager, performing jazz standards with a band and folk music in a style modern yet threaded with Americana’s history.

She has worked with diverse artists in many genres, and carries that personal tradition forward. Pruett has shared stages with Jonah Matranga of Far and Gratitude, Jacob Golden, Mark Kozelek of Sun Kil Moon and Red House Painters, Two Sheds, Nick Jaina, Coal Beautiere, Karl Blau, Lady Lazarus, Good Shield Aguilar, and others. One continued influence she cites is her philosophy of art making. “Being a performer, an artist, a writer, a commentator or contributor has responsibilities of being authentic to one’s important things in life.”  Love, family, home, and heritage consistently show up in the music.

Pruett has a new LP recording available on cd, vinyl and through all major online retailers, Gypsy Bells, out on Canyon Records October 1st, 2013. The record has received outstanding reviews and was featured in PASTE Magazine’s Best of What’s Next.

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The Whistler Friends and Family Cocktail Challenge

On Thursday, January 30th, The Whistler will host the Friends and Family Cocktail Challenge. For one night only, we turn over our cocktail menu to you: our friends, family, and regulars. Why, you ask? Well, for 5+ years you’ve been telling us about your own homemade cocktail creations and they sound so good we want to share them with the rest of the world. Plus, it just sounds like fun! Submit your best original recipes and the Whistler’s bartenders will select their favorites to be featured on our menu. If your drink makes the cut, you will receive a prize package featuring all kinds of goodies, plus obvious bragging rights. In addition, 25% of the night’s profits will be donated to Logan Square-based charities chosen by the winners. Here are the guidelines for submission:

  • Submit entries to
  • Maximum two entries per person.
  • Cocktail recipes and names must be original.
  • All measurements must be expressed in ounces, dashes, and/or drops.
  • Include any relevant notes re: preparation, glassware, ice, and garnish.
  • Please stick with ingredients that any superbly stocked bar (i.e. The Whistler) has on its shelves.
  • No obscure house-made syrups, tinctures, etc.
  • That said: Be creative! Get weird! Have fun!
  • Cocktails will be priced according to ingredients and preparation.
  • All submissions are due by 5:00pm on Thursday, January 16th.
  • Questions? Email Billy.