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Broke Hearts Variety Show @ C-PS

February 8, 2014 by ed
  Feb 8, 8-pm Co-Prosperity Sphere • 3219 S Morgan St Broke Hearts Variety Show, and it’s a new take on the old-fashioned variety show concept. Different performers will each be presenting their interpretation of a single theme: heartbreak. There will be a band improvising a live soundtrack to the entire night, tying all these disparate performances together.
–Brian Bouldrey: professor at Northwestern University, author of HONORABLE BANDIT, WRESTLING WITH THE ANGEL, MONSTER: ADVENTURES IN AMERICAN MACHISMO, and more.
–Dakota Michael Loesch: actor/writer/director of KISS LIKE BIG DOGS, a web series selected by Chicago Filmmakers to screen every Friday in February as part of their Friday Night VOLUME series.
–Writers from Indiana University’s nationally-aclaimed MFA program
and more…
Also: weekend before Valentine’s Day, theme of heartbreak as palate cleanser before all that romance…

Why Marriage?

February 5, 2014 by ed
Why Marriage? an art festival and book launch Saturday February 22, 2014  - 6 to 10pm at the Darst Center, 2834 S Normal Avenue in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago. The arts festival, a one-night event, questions the validity of heteronormative models of relationships and visualizes alternatives.  Exhibitions and performances will include: Martha Burgess, installation Drew Frees, comedy performance, spoken word Shane Huffman, installation, with Karen Reimer and Laura Letinsky Darrell Jones, dance Lisa Lindvay, photography Meredith Miller, performance Madsen Minax, video Dmitri Peskov and Inna Peschanskaya, performance, spoken word Oli Rodriguez, photography Christine Shallenberg, new media Anna Shteynshleyger, video Lord Sunder and Mariano Chavez, artist’s book groups exhibitions: Familial Territory curated by Jessica Cochran Do you see what I see? curated by Tricia Van Eck   There are more details on our blog:   It is a quick one-off event and I suspect it will be crowded.  We are documenting it prior to its opening.  If you would like a chance to preview it or talk to the artists, let me know.  We can arrange things.

Evanston Biennial Call for Work

January 28, 2014 by ed
The Evanston Biennial is one of the Midwest’s largest and most prestigious juried exhibitions, offering artists an opportunity to have their work viewed by two talented curators; Allison Peters Quinn, Director of Exhibitions at the Hyde Park Art Center and Sergio Gomez, Owner/Director of 33 Contemporary Gallery and Curator/Director of Exhibitions at the Zhou B. Art Center. Our Biennial will be promoted and viewed by hundreds of visitors, including gallerists, curators and collectors. All mediums accepted. $30 entry fee. Cash and cash equivalent awards will be given. Jurors will select 3 artists to receive a solo show at the Evanston Art Center in 2015 – 2016 timeframe. All mediums accepted. $30 entry fee. Cash and cash equivalent awards will be given. Jurors will select 3 artists to receive a solo show at the Evanston Art Center in 2015 – 2016 timeframe. Calendar March 16: Artist Submission Deadline,all entries are due by midnight on 3/16 By April 19: Notification of acceptance Week of May 26: Accepted artworks delivered to Evanston Art Center June 1 – June 6: Installation June 8, 1 – 4pm: Opening and Artists’ Reception July 20: Biennial Exhibition closes July 21 – 27: De-Install and pick up artworks Please call the Evanston Art Center at (847) 475-5300 with any additional questions.  

Thursday Jan 23: Picasso and the Mayor: The Chicago Picasso on 16mm Film

January 20, 2014 by ed
South Side Projections and Co-Prosperity Sphere present: Picasso and the Mayor: The Chicago Picasso on 16mm Film Where: Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 South Morgan Street, Chicago IL 60608 When: Thursday, January 23 at 7pm
Cost: $5 suggested donationSouth Side Projections commemorates the 47th anniversary of the dedication of the Chicago Picasso in Daley Plaza by presenting two contemporary films with decidedly different opinions about the massive sculpture. Local filmmaker Tom Palazzolo and Art Institute of Chicago museum educator Annie Morse will be present to discuss the somewhat ridiculous but mostly factual circumstances of Richard J. Daley’s push to bring massive modernist public art to Chicago. Public television station WNET’s film The Chicago Picasso (1967, 60 min., 16mm) is a slick, entertaining educational film about how great men with big ideas, sacks of cash, and steel smelters helped bring cutting-edge art to the citizens of Chicago. Tom Palazzolo shot The Bride Stripped Bare (1967, 12 min., 16mm) at the dedication ceremony, sending up what he called the “absurd and mystical pomp bound up in grandiose ceremonies.” Both films will be screened from 16mm film.

Jan 11: Artists N’ Ales: A Winter Brew Fest

January 6, 2014 by ed
Artists ‘n Ales Presented by 4 Hands Brewing
January 11, 3-7pmCo-Prosperity Sphere (3219-21 South Morgan Street, Chicago Illinois, 60608) Admission $25 – Please Purchase online at our paypal site
Join us for a day of imbibery and art on a lovely winter afternoon. Artists ‘n Ales features work from artists and designers inspired by the aesthetics of craft beer and how it intersects with food, culture, and society. Participants will receive copies of the Mash Tun Journal, and complementary pours of delicious brews paired with some tasty culinary delights.
Enjoy beer and art by : 4 Hands, Half Acre, Pipeworks, Solemn Oath & others.Artists exhibiting work include: Dan Grzeca (3 Floyd’s, Surly, Black Keys, Alabama Shakes), Michael Kiser (Good Beer Hunting), Jim Zimmer (3 Floyd’s, Une Annee), BJ Olson (Pipeworks), Josh Rowan (4 Hands Brewing), Danielle Spradley (4 Hands Brewing), Peat Eyez Wollaeger (graffiti artist from St. Louis), Kelly Pelka (graffiti artist from Chicago) + Others
Admission is $25. You must be 21yrs and older to attend. Proceeds of the event go to the Public Media Institute, a non profit grassroots arts organization based in Bridgeport, the

Mash Tun Journal 5 Call for Submissions

January 3, 2014 by ed
mashtun4 Hey kids! Mash Tun Journal is seeking submissions —written and photographic — on the exploding craft beer scene worldwide. Mash Tun covers anything and everything about the craft and art of alcohol with a specific focus on how the industry intersects with food, culture and society. Past issues have included travel essays from Brazil to Holland; interviews with some of the world’s leading brewers; essays on the history and chemistry of beer; and how-to pieces aimed at everyone from the beginner to the expert. Some of the leading writers on food and beer have contributed to Mash Tun — and now we’d like to hear from you. Submissions should take the form of a one or two-paragraph pitch. Photography is accepted on review; a sample slide is expected. Submissions can be sent to any of the emails below with “Mash Tun query” in the subject header. Submissions will be reviewed within 48 hours. Mash Tun is four-colour, 160 pg. perfect bound journal published three times a year. Mash Tun is a published by the non-profit Public Media Institute by Ed Marzewski ( and is co-edited by Jamie Trecker ( and Shanna van Volt (