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Version Festival 14: The Placemakers

June 4, 2014 by ed
From June 21 to June 29, 2014 Public Media Institute presents: Version Festival 14: The Placemakers For the past dozen years Version Festival has introduced projects that tackle local social and urban issues. The festival highlights projects and people that engage the public interest and promote the cultural use of public space. This year Version Festival will share projects by people who are shaping the physical environment and social character of the city through art and cultural reinvigoration.  From June 21-29, 2014 the festival will bring together a diverse group of creative workers, gardeners, pop up urbanists, artists and activists to celebrate, inspire and be inspired by the praxis of transforming our cities' neighborhoods. We will examine how creative place-making and tactical urbanism animates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, and improves business viability, public safety and builds a better urban society.
Version Festival 14: The Placemakers will be a journey through mini markets, festivals, artist warehouses, exhibition platforms, public art projects, bar-b-qs, tours and communal activities that  highlight the best practices of a range of projects seeking to radically change the fabric of our cities. The festival will investigate an array of rejuvenated spaces as well as take part in creating temporary decentralized hubs of creative activities. Our goal is to help animate under utilized spaces, spark cultural and economic development and promote co-prosperity for all. The festival is co-produced by Public Media Institute (PMI) and dozens of our neighbors, community groups, friends, and business owners here in Chicago. PMI is a non-profit 501(c) 3, community based, arts & culture organization located in Chicago, Illinois. Our mission is to create and incubate innovative arts programming and cultural infrastructures to transform people - socially and intellectually – through the production of festivals, art spaces, events, exhibitions, community projects, artifacts and media. Public Media Institute is committed to the region's cultural ecology and is evident through our series of programs, spaces and projects.

Lumpen #122 Comic Issue Release Party

May 25, 2014 by ed
Lumpen Comics Release Party May 30, 2014 • 8pm - midnight-ish Co-Prosperity Sphere • 3219-21 S Morgan Street, Chicago Il 60608 Please join us as we celebrate the release of our second All Comics Issue of Lumpen magazine. Edited by Joe Tallerico, this edition features an international sampling of some of the best comic artists on the planet. Our release event features a one night only exhibition of works by the artists featured in the issue and this special encounter: You are bound and gagged inside a rickety side car, attached to a drunk motorist with one eye, four arms, and a cooler of Four Loko. As you thread through a pink-hazed gorge, flying around one hairpin curve after another, you begin losing contact with Earth. Suddenly, a strange amorphic, throbbing sound takes root in between your ears... Chicago experimental rock band Shapers will be exploring these themes, AND MORE, from their forthcoming double LP, Pierce Islands. Expect mayhem and more with a DJ set by DJ RICK STEVES (EU). Contributors to Lumpen Magazine issue 122 include: David Alvarado, Max Bare, Nate Beaty, Ben Bertin, Michiel Budel, Kevin Budnik, Andy Burkholder, Jessica Campbell, Danielle Chenette, Ryan Travis Christian, Jo Dery, Krystal Difronzo, Nick Drnaso, Edie Fake, Leif Goldberg, Anna Haifisch, Sean Hernandez, Keith Herzik, Juliacks, Bret Koontz, Blaise Larmee, Sara Lietten, Ben Marcus & Nicole Ginelli, Marieke McClendon, Ian Mcduffie, Bernie McGovern, Lane Milburn, Jason T Miles, Max Morris Onsmith, Paul Nudd, George Porteus, Eric Rivera, Otto Splotch, Joe Tallarico, Mike Taylor Jeremy Tinder, Carrie Vinarsky, Leslie Weibeler, Lale Westvind $10 Admission includes a copy of the magazine and a complementary beer. This edition of Lumpen is very limited and will be available for sale at Quimbys and our online shop:

Freedom Schools, Freedom Dreams: Teaching and Learning Freedom UIC Social Justice Initiative

May 6, 2014 by ed
  Freedom Schools, Freedom Dreams: Teaching and Learning Freedom UIC Social Justice Initiative May 7,2014. C0 Prosperity Sphere 6pm Freedom Schools offered a creative alternative to Southern underfunded, segregated schools during the Civil Rights Movement. Freedom Schools embraced a radical pedagogy and philosophy that emphasized self-knowledge, applied knowledge and critical thinking: the classroom became a site for teaching and learning freedom. Today, poor and communities of color are deeply immersed in struggles for access to quality education. Join us at the Co-Prosperity Sphere in Bridgeport to explore the legacy of Freedom Schools and for an honest conversation with teachers, students, parents, and activists about the state of neighborhood schools in Chicago, the push to privatize, and the ongoing struggles in public education. Featured Speakers:
  • LISA ANGONESE, activist in the Whittier Elementary School’s ‘La Casita’ sit-in
  • PRUDENCE BROWNE, Managing Editor, SOULS, moderator
  • MALCOLM LONDON, Teaching Artist, Young Chicago Authors
  • JACKSON POTTER, Staff Coordinator, Chicago Teachers Union
  • DAVID STOVALL, Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies and African American Studies, UIC
  • REYNA WENCES, member, Immigrant Youth Justice League and Organized Communities Against Deportation
In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer, the UIC Social Justice Initiative is hosting a series of events to examine how we collectively remember this historic summer and to use it as a stimulant for discussion of what Dr. King called ‘the fierce urgency of now.’ This series will culminate in a national conference “Freedom Dreams, Freedom Now!” on May 28-30 at University of Illinois at Chicago. Visit the conference website here: Co-sponsored by UIC Social Justice Initiative and WBEZ

May 9-11, 2014: Let’s Get Working

May 5, 2014 by ed
This weekend is going to be great! Let’s Get Working is a three-day festival celebrating the legacy of Studs Terkel, revisiting his work and tracing his influence through oral histories, film screenings, performances, art installations, storytelling, and community dialogues. Please check out the full schedule here!

Cake Frame 2 this 4/20 @ C-PS

April 15, 2014 by ed
A BENEFIT FOR THE CHICAGO ALTERNATIVE COMICS EXPO :: KEVIN BUDNIK / JENNA CARAVELLO / LYRA HILL / RACHEL NIFFENEGGER / PUP HOUSE / JEN RICKERT BRAIN FRAME, the performative comix reading series, is teaming up with CAKE, the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, to bring you the second annual CAKE Frame fun-draiser! Bid on original art works from talented Chicagoans (including Chris Ware, Nicole Hollander, and Ivan Brunetti) and enjoy a wide variety of comics performances, live drawing, and live music. With readings by: Kevin Budnik [] Rachel Niffenegger [] Pup House [] Jen Rickert [] Live drawing with: Jenna Caravello [] Live music from: El Is A Sound Of Joy [] And auctioneer: Lyra Hill [] SUNDAY, APRIL 20th (Easter) at the Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S Morgan Street. $5-20 sliding scale. Doors at 6pm, show at 7pm. Come early to check out the auction items by these artists!: David Alvarado Ivan Brunetti Kevin Budnik Andy Burkholder Neil Brideau Danielle Chenette Anya Davidson Jo Dery Nick Drnaso Krystal Elisa DiFronzo Keith Herzik Lyra Hill Edie Fake Rebecca Mir Grady Steven Krakow Bret Koontz Brett Manning Ben Marcus Lane Milburn Max Morris Paul Nudd Peanut Gallery Onsmith Jeremy Otto Splotch Grant Reynolds Keiler Roberts Brad Rohloff Bred Rohloff Jeremy Tinder Chris Ware Leslie Weibeler and Jeff Zwirek

Mash Tun Festival: The New Wave Brewers Bash

April 7, 2014 by ed
mashtunnewwave Mash Tun Festival: The New Wave Brewers Bash May 3, 2014  3-7pm Co-Prosperity Sphere 3219 S Morgan Street Join us as we celebrate the release of our sister publication,  Mash Tun Journal, and meet the new generation of breweries that have recently launched in Chicagoland. You get a copy of the new issue of the mag, a tasting glass, and pours of brews by New Wave breweries like: 18th Street, One Trick Pony, Horse Thief Hollow,  Dryhop, Off Color, Ale Syndicate, Slap Shot, Atlas, Lake Effect, BuckleDown, Une Année  and others. Complementary vittles and other surprises in store. Admission is $35  ( $25 for Mash Tun Society Members – What is that? ) •  You must RSVP and purchase tickets online via our Eventbrite site or in person at Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar.  Major credit cards accepted. No Refunds. After purchasing admission your name will be on our RSVP list at the door. Please bring your ID and show your receipt from paypal. Eventbrite - Mash Tun Festival’s New Wave Brewers Bash