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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

Friday April 4: P/O/D/R/X/D @ C-PS

March 28, 2014 by ed

Opening Night April 4, 2014 7-11pm

An exhibition of work from the Portland State University MFA in Contemporary Art Practice/Studio Program
Curated by Ed Marszewski
Jea Alford
Bryan Dalton
Perry Doane
Kaila Farrell-Smith
Chris Freeman
Katie Holden
Manny Layers
Mark Martinez
Pam Minty
Wesley Petersen
Isaac Fletcher Weiss
Kathryn Yancey
Opening Reception April 4th, 2014 7:00 –11:00pm (with ongoing performances)
Complementary Beverages supplied by Maria’s Packaged  Goods & Community Bar
April 5 – 21, 2014 Open by appointment

Submissions are now OPEN for “ THESE ARE NOT MY PROBLEMS.”

March 21, 2014 by ed
Submissions are now OPEN for THESE ARE NOT MY PROBLEMS.” A Social Justice focused exhibition. 17 artists will be invited to take part and create expressions of social justice issues. And debut at our opening at Lacuna Gallery, Blank Canvas on May 10th. Each artist once confirmed will have the opportunity to choose from our 17 different Issues. Because of this process upfront concept is not necessary. Time is tight so this will fill up quickly.   Submissions Due – March 28 Lineup Announced – March 31 Opening Night – May 10   Submit: via email to -Images and Descriptions of Past Work We encourage prints, due to the nature of the show but are open to other mediums. Please forward all submission and questions to:   About These Are Not My Problems: “Freedom is indivisible, and when one is enslaved, all are not free.” Declared by President John F. Kennedy during his “Berlin Wall” speech. These words—often quoted and re-appropriated—are as relevant today as they were in 1963. As we look at the world, we can neither deny the presence of widespread injustice nor deny how we, as a people, have failed to respond to it. In order to insulate ourselves from injustice, we are taught to distance ourselves from suffering. To protect ourselves from facing oppression, we have allowed ourselves to be washed of its presence around us. It has been the service of many of our institutions to systematically create this distance for us, reinforcing false divisions, and relieving us of our most basic human responsibilities. As we look at the world today, it seems we have forgotten that we belong to one another.   8th Day Center for Justice proudly presents These Are Not My Problems. The exhibition aims to break down the walls that separate everyday people from the awareness of injustice in their midst. These Are Not My Problems humbly invites you to open yourself up to the vulnerability of looking at the world through the eyes of a shared, open humanity.   

March 21+ 22: Great Fires @ C-PS

March 16, 2014 by ed
Great Fires, produced in partnership with The Stockyard Institute, is a living museum of Chicago past, present, and mythological. Our guide is Mrs. O’Leary, the Chicagoan famously accused of starting the Great Fire of 1871 in her Near-West Side barn.   White Elephant commissioned six Chicago-based artists to create short performance pieces inspired by some aspect of Chicago’s heritage. White Elephant curates these performances in a theatrical museum of Chicago lore—the good, the bad, the factual, the mythological.   Performance are at The Co-Prosperity Sphere on March 21st and 22nd at 7:30 PM and tickets at $10. White Elephant is a Chicago-based collective that creates unlikely experiences in unexpected places. WE pulls theatre out of its cage, unleashes the liveness, and re-harnesses it for the environment of now.  For more on our story, visit our website: