Enjoy this celebration of birding with great food, music, and art while helping the ABA help birds and birders!

At this afternoon party, we will announce the species, and unveil the painting of the 2020 ABA Bird of the Year, by Chicago icon and prominent American pop artist Tony Fitzpatrick.

There will be a limited run of posters and other memorabilia of the 2020 Bird of the Year art available, and Tony will be on-hand to sign yours!

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2020 ABA Bird of the Year sponsor KINSLAHGER will be pouring pint samples (21 and over). This lager focused craft brewery has developed some of Chicago’s newest knockout beers, including Chicago Common, Prohibition Pilsner, Sauvin Blanc brut lager, and their venerable Baltic Porter.

Full cash bar will also be open.

LIVE MUSIC

Raul Parra leads The Revue, with heavyweight Chicago-style blues and rock.

Raul’s blues guitar follows in the footsteps of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, with a power and glide all its own.

Mark Anderson, Andon Davis, Michael Krayniak, and Paul Bivans make up Bunkertown which is roots rock and folkish songs about everyday life (i.e. fantasical songs about the mundane). There will be dancing!

Join us at WIRE, the west side’s premier live music club!
Wire is a facility for music production, performance, and education unlike any other.

January 12, 2020 from 1pm till 5pm
6815 Roosevelt Rd, Berwyn, IL 60402
(Roosevelt Rd & Oak Park Ave, just south of the Eisenhower)

VALET PARKING AVAILABLE: $5/PER VEHICLE

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TICKETS:

General admission
$20 advance purchase
$25 at the door

VIP:
$200. Includes valet parking, lunch for one from the Ministry of Sandwiches, one signed poster, and access to the WIRE VIP mezzanine & lounge.

$300/couple. Includes valet parking for one car, lunch for two from the Ministry of Sandwiches, one signed poster, and access to the WIRE VIP mezzanine & lounge.

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Tony Fitzpatrick

Tony Fitzpatrick’s works are in numerous public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami. Among his works is the book Secret Birds, a collection of paintings/collages featuring birds from around the world.

Fitzpatrick has done cover art for numerous albums, such as the Neville Brothers Yellow Moon album (nominated for Diamond Award, Best Album Cover), Lou Reed’s “Big Cat”, both albums by The Captain Howdy, and all of Steve Earle’s solo albums since 1996’s I Feel Alright, as well as the cover for Earle’s book of short stories, Doghouse Roses.

Fitzpatrick is also notable for his work as an actor and playwright. He won a Joseph Jefferson Award for portraying the murderer James Huberty in the play he also scripted, Mass Murderer. He also had roles in the movies PhiladelphiaPrimal FearMarried to the MobChi-Raq and others. More recently, he wrote and starred in This Train, a play about hobos and homelessness in America.

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Food by Carnivore of Oak Park, Ministry of Sandwiches.

Fighting #tastecrime one sandwich at a time! This locally-owned, locally-sourced butcher, fishmonger and gourmet shop will be serving late lunch right out front.

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More of WIRE…

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This event is made possible by the generosity of the following, to whom we are grateful:

Tony Fitzpatrick
Kinslahger Brewing
Matt Fraker
Ted and Peggy Wolff
Keith Huizinga
Brad Knaub
Chris Neville

Big thanks also to Bunkertown and The Revue!

and our local guests