WBEZ | Cal Schenkel Firecat Tony Allen http://www.wbez.org/tags/cal-schenkel-firecat-tony-allen Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en This weekend: Cal Schenkel and Tony Allen http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2013-07/weekend-cal-schenkel-and-tony-allen-108190 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/1%20Cal%20Art.jpg" style="height: 230px; width: 650px;" title="" /></div><p>The album covers Cal Schenkel designed in the &rsquo;60s and &rsquo;70s may not be as iconic as, say, <em>Sgt. Pepper&rsquo;s Lonely Hearts Club Band</em>. But they&rsquo;re close, and arguably stand as far better art. Among then: <em>Trout Mask Replica </em>by Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band, <em>Nighthawks at the Diner </em>by Tom Waits, and <em>We&rsquo;re Only in it for the Money </em>by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention.</p><p>Born in Philadelphia, Schenkel relocated to the West Coast and began his career as a freelance designer with a specialty in album cover art after only a year at the Philadelphia College of Art. He had a hand in many of Zappa&rsquo;s best-known cover images&mdash;others include <em>Uncle Meat</em>, <em>Hot Rats</em>, and <em>Just Another Band from L.A.</em>&mdash;but in recent years has been working more as a painter and print-maker, showing his work internationally.</p><p>That work will be on display at the Firecat Projects gallery at 2124 N. Damen, starting today through Aug. 20. Schenkel will chat about his art with WBEZ at 3 p.m. on <em>The Afternoon Shift</em>, and he will attend the opening of the gallery show this evening.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/1schenkel_5.jpg" style="height: 480px; width: 640px;" title="Cal Schenkel (Firecat Projects)" /></div><p>Also worth noting this weekend: Tony Allen, one of the most amazing drummers in any genre, will conduct an all-ages master class courtesy of Chicago Afrobeat Project at Reggie&rsquo;s from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. (He&rsquo;ll also be back at the venue on Aug. 1 for a concert with the Impala Sound Champions and Ted Sirota&#39;s Heavyweight Dub.)</p><p>Tickets are $49, a small price to pay for learning at the hands of a master who&rsquo;s performed with Fela Kuti, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Damon Albarn, among many others.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/1CAbP-Workshop3.jpg" style="height: 953px; width: 600px;" title="" /></div></div><p><em><strong>Follow me on Twitter </strong></em><a href="https://twitter.com/JimDeRogatis"><strong>@JimDeRogatis</strong></a><strong> <em>or join me on </em></strong><a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jim-DeRo/254753087340"><em><strong>Facebook</strong></em></a><em><strong>.</strong></em></p></p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2013-07/weekend-cal-schenkel-and-tony-allen-108190