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September 14, 2014 by ed
A City to Wear concerns with the embodiment of place and time in the individual cases. It asks the question of why one would still be painting in Chicago, and why painting now? Those specificities may just be intuitive instinct or merely caused by the practicality of life in the beginning But over the times the fuel of the place and era may still penetrate, leaving the aroma.
The show is curated under the idea of how artist relates to their current location, more specifically how Chicago painters relate to their medium while being in the city of Chicago, which it might be or not be of their city of origin. The show will be held at the Research House for Asian Art, a gallery with the specific interest in its own Asian origin but is a space located in Bridgeport Chicago, where the neighborhood is especially known for its immigration culture of history. 12 local artists (painters) who position their studio in Chicago will present their works that focus on their diverse connections to their particular community, language, culture, history and art.
Dates of Exhibition: September 19th, 2014 – October 13th, 2014
Exhibition Opening: September 19th, 2014, 7:00pm-10:00pm
Address: Research House for Asian Art 3217 S. Morgan Street, Chicago IL 60608
Curated by: Snow Yunxue Fu and Summer Xiao Han

August 22-23 Bridgepork

August 14, 2014 by ed
Bridgepork : August 22-23,2014
Maria’s, which has been in existence for 27 years and has been witness to many changes in Bridgeport, is kicking off our four year anniversary (since our revamping) on Friday, August 22 with Bridgepork, a celebration of great beer, bar b q and music. We will be paying tribute to the vision and perseverance of our own maternal presence, Maria Marszewski, who opened the tavern/package goods store when Bridgeport was closely aligned to the workings of the local Democratic machine and through its many manifestations and its current gentrification that has been dubbed “The Community of the Future”. To give Maria proper tribute for the steadfastness of her vision we will unveil a specially commissioned portrait of her that will then be hung in its place of honor on the walls of her self-named bar.
We will be featuring our current crop of Marz Brewery beers including The Machine (American Pale Ale), The Bubbly Creek and The Bubbly Creek YUZU (both Berliner Weiss) and Smoke Wheat Every Day (a Grätzer) , The Bridgeporter, at $1 off the draft price. We will be also pouring some specialty brews that we’ve been saving deep in our vaults particularly for this occasion including Firestone Walker XVII Anniversary, The Bruery Sucre, Revolution 4th Year Quad, North Coast/Goose Island Class of ’88, Surly Darkness and other rare suds.
You can also pair your beers with some tasty treats from our outdoor Korean Polish BBQ cookout (a Monday evening summer staple) in the back patio featuring free brats, kimchee ( by Ajoohma’s Apron) to spice up the palette and various side dishes to warm your soul and fill your appetite.
At 9 PM until closing we will be featuring the Secret Disco monthly residency helmed by deep diggin’ DJ Joe Bryl which month after month brings to light the varied tones, textures and hidden histories of Disco from its roots in both funk, atmospheric electronics, sweaty soul and minimal micro-beats.////
Saturday, August 23 – 4 PM - 9 PM - Free, No Cover960 W. 31st Street, Chicago, IL. 60608 - 773.890.0588 -’s will be continuing it’s celebration our four year anniversary on Saturday, August 23 with Bridgepork Part Deux a weekend of great beer, food and music. We will transform our outdoor parking lot beginning at 4 PM (and continuing throughout the early evening) into a festive mini-court with a mixture of some of our favorite local bands. Noted Chef Kevin Hickey, previous of the Four Seasons, current Director of Food & Beverage for Rockit Ranch Productions and of the soon to open Duck Inn (2701 S. Eleanor at the fringe of Bridgeport) will be slinging some tasty edible treats. Our own Mikemar will be grilling the traditional Ko Po BBQ(Korean Polish) plus we’ll be offering plenty of craft beers including our recently released Marz brews to wet your palette.The revolving group of the featured electronic bands has been curated by our master mixologist Ken Zawacki, whose own electronic effort in the guise of Dar Embarks will be released soon on the Still Music label. Bands include J+J+J, Chandos, Windbreaker and onyou. Expect plenty of pulsing tech beats, acid jams and tweaked-out minimal excursions. The party will continue inside after 9 PM with the Sonorama DJ crew (Charly Garcia and Eddy Baca) featuring the rhythms of mambo, rumba, cumbia, guaracha, garage, rock and other musical genres of Latin America and the south-of-the border cinematic treasures of Mexican horror films and Lucha Libre wrestling.

Aug 16: Works by Rob Christopher @ C-PS

August 10, 2014 by ed
Works by Rob Christopher @ Co-Prosperity Sphere –
Saturday, August 16 @ 7 PM
3219-21 South Morgan Street - Chicago IL., 60608
Join us for a special evening showcasing new works by carpenter, Rob Christopher of Emotive Reclaim Rob works with reclaimed and found materials. His work can be found on the streets of Bridgeport in the form of  the Bridgeport Streetscaping Society Planters. Rob will be showing furniture and sculptural objects as well as other 2D and 3D work. The groundwork for Emotive Reclaim was laid in Rob early years working construction with his dad building homes, honing his interests and eventually obtaining the skills of a carpenter. Carpentry for Rob is more than an occupation or skill. The experience of spending time and learning from my father outside of the home is time I would not trade for anything. He has taught Rob to find beauty and potential in each piece and species of wood. Rob believes that building materials deserve a second chance- whether it be hung on a wall as art or placed in a home as functional furniture. The reclaimed material will always be at the forefront of each piece of furniture or wall hanging. Through the use of vibrant colors, unexpected lines, mixed materials, and unique characteristics Rob aims to evoke emotion and create a second life for reclaimed materials. For more information on Emotive Reclaim link to: Food will be provided by Chef Chris Reed from The Rice Table. The Rice Table was established in the spring of 2008, however it’s recipes and true beginnings traverse both time and distance. Originating in the western region of Java many centuries ago these family recipes were cultivated and passed down generation to generation. Then, in the early 1950’s with the relocation of many Dutch-Indonesians to the Netherlands these culinary gems found a new home. Although thousands of miles away, these recipes received the same love and attention accustomed in its’ home of Indonesia. After spending years enduring the absence of a true Indonesian food establishment, Jane and (Chef/Owner/Son) Chris Reed felt it time to take the family recipes to the public. So in spring of 2008 The Rice Table catering company was formed. Chicago’s only outlet for authentic Indonesian fare, The Rice Table strives to showcase the cuisines distinctive flavors and cooking styles. Through its’ use of fresh, local ingredients and exotic spices we aim to place Indonesian cuisine among its’ rightful spot as one of the finest in the world. The event will also beverages selected by Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar, including experimental brews by Marz Community Brewing Co and other lovely beers.

August 9. 2014: Hombrewer’s Ball @ CP-S

August 4, 2014 by ed
Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 10.42.33 PM   Mash Tun Society and Mash Tun Journal present: 
The 2014 Homebrewer’s Ball August 9, 2014 2:30-6pm Co-Prosperity Sphere 3219 S Morgan Street Join us at our first Annual Homebrewer’s Competition and meet Chicago's future pro brewers! Sample brews, eat some chow and vote for the best beer in this year's first annual competition! For $30 you get: - Tastes of all the Homebrew entries - A Mash Tun Tasting Glass - A Homebrewer’s Ball T-shirt Live  Silk-screened by Teetsy! (supplies limited) - Vittles by The Doner Men. -  A vote for best brews in the competition. The winner gets their beer brewed at Marz Community Brewing Company - A copy of the new Mash Tun Guide to Craft Beer in Illinois - Tastes of Marz Community Brewing Co. beers Featuring beers by: Armando Cobian and Christina Cobian, Chuck Patella, Frank and Danielle Costanzo, Cassie Webster and Brody Webster, Kyle Shaver and Kevin Shaver, Steven Schaab with help from Mark Paris, David Erwin Merz III and Cameron Mark Cieglo, Lacey Griebele and Jon Cumblad, Robby Zahm and Jacques Laramie, Walter Ornelas, Joel Timm and Taylor Southworth, Chris Chesser, Sean Fitzpatrick, Oscan Montenegro and Dany Reyes, and Josh Smith, Takeshi Suzuki, and others. TICKET INFO!!! Visit this link for tickets via Event Brite! Or pay at the door.  

June 27: ArchiGO: 50 Years Later

June 24, 2014 by ed
Friday, June 27, 2014 7-midnight ArchiGO, 50 Years Later Co-Prosperity Sphere 3219 S Morgan St Admission is $5 after 9pm ArchiGO was an avant-garde architectural group formed in the 1960s - based at the Illinois Institute of Technology  - that was neofuturistic, anti-heroic and pro-consumerist, drawing inspiration from technology in order to create a new reality that was solely expressed through hypothetical projects. ArchiGO’s utopian visions influenced a generation of urban planners and designers who worked to prevent modernism from becoming a sterile and safe orthodoxy by its adherents.  ArchiGO and the movements they spawned are a source of inspiration for much of the contemporary placemaking and guerrilla urbanism practices that we have explored in this year’s festival. The exhibit shows a rare collection of ArchiGO’s remixing of the city of big shoulders and other utopian projects. ArchiGO, 50 Years Later features original work on loan from IIIT and interpretations by these additional artists: Andres Hernandez, Patrick Willi, John Salhus, Reuben Kincaid, Juan Angel Chavez, Charlie Vinz, Ken Camden, Catherine Uehara, Mike Slattery, Logan Bay, Paul Durica, Nick Fraccaro, Patrick Lichty, Emma Saperstein and others. A lecture about the speculative roots of ArchiGO by Paul Durica and Nick Fraccaro,will take place at 7:30pm. Complementary beverages will be served until 9pm. With live music by:
DJ Charles Vinz

JUNE 24 Rebuild Foundation Tour

June 23, 2014 by ed
JUNE 24 Rebuild Foundation Tour Tuesday, June 24, 2014  • 3pm – 6pm Assemble at the Co-Prosperity Sphere at 2:30pm 3219 S Morgan Street RSVP Only Event $20 Rebuild Foundation helps neighborhoods thrive through culture-driven redevelopment by activating abandoned spaces with arts and cultural programming. Join us for a private tour of some of their groundbreaking projects and spaces. A very  limited number of guests will be able to take this tour. Please sign up at the Eventbrite website to get a seat on the bus.