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Der Vorführeffekt Theatre: Three Kinds of Wildness

Wednesday November 12th The Co-Prosperity Sphere 3219-21 South Morgan Street 8PM Sharp! $7-$10 at the door (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Three Kinds of Wildness A play by Donna Oblongata Directed by Sarah Lowry Music by Travis Sehorn and Chenda Cope Designed, created, and performed by:  Donna Oblongata, Patrick Costello, Cricket Arrison, Chenda Cope, and Travis Sehorn BLURB: In the maze of tunnels that make up the deepest gold mine in the world, there exists an underground city—home to an ice baron, a telegraph inventor, and a doctor who’s dubious about the inherent value of the human heartbeat. The inventor’s daughter hears so much that it’s as if she can’t hear anything. The ice baron returns from debtor’s prison and becomes mayor. The mayor has a secretary who once gave birth to a pile of rabbit parts. The doctor seems certain that all of her patients are miners, though no one can remember the last time anyone saw a miner. The inventor hires a specialist, who arrives just in time for the Great Civic Parade, to which, of course, you’re all invited. Perhaps you might want to wear red? MORE: Three Kinds of Wildness is the newest play from Der Vorführeffekt Theatre, a company under the artistic direction of Donna Oblongata. Featuring an all-star company of multi-disciplinary artists hailing from Philadelphia, New Orleans, Baltimore, and Charlottesville, VA; this production is the company’s first to be completely built and rehearsed in our new home at the Sherwood Oak in West Philadelphia. The play is 100% handmade and homemade, with exquisitely crafted puppets, intricately layered soundscapes, and unconventional theatrical lighting made from salvaged and repurposed materials gathered from around the neighborhood. The play enjoyed a two-week tour of the Northeastern US in May, and will go as far west as Minneapolis and as far south as New Orleans in November.   ABOUT THE COMPANY: Der Vorführeffekt Theatre is a Philadelphia-based theatre company that operates under the direction of Donna Oblongata. Housed in the 150-year old Sherwood Oak building in West Philadelphia, Der Vorführeffekt works to create radically beautiful live performance. At the core of the company’s work is a celebration of creativity, imagination, resourcefulness, and liveness. These four qualities are certainly not the only things needed to create the kind world we want to live in, but as artists dedicated to social and environmental justice, we believe they’re a good place to work from.   In a world where technology is so ubiquitous as to become invisible, we treasure the lo-fi, the analog, and the painstakingly handmade. In a culture that creates such an abundance of waste, when natural resources are finite, we dedicate ourselves to using salvaged and recycled materials for all of our sets, props, and costumes. And in a society where the loss of personal connection is constantly lamented, where multitasking is a given and our relationships are mediated by technological devices, we offer the opportunity to take a breath, to be together, and to participate in an evening of warm, ridiculous, unpredictable theatre that is unabashed in its humanity;  even before the curtain goes up, the space buzzes with all of our collective liveness.   We believe that experiences like those we create for our audiences and for ourselves as artists should be accessible to all. As such, we tour our work to geographic locations and venues underserved by the regional theatre system and by other touring models. Admission is always at or below the price of a ticket to the cinema, with no one turned away for lack of ability to pay. We offer donation-based performance classes during the year, as well as artist residencies to support to work of other performing artists living in West Philadelphia.

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Avant-Gard Horror on on 16mm

Horror on on 16mm In collaboration with the Co-Prosperity Sphere, South Side Projections and the Chicago Cinema Society present Fatal Frame, a program of avant-garde horror films. Following H.P. Lovecraft’s supposition that “The oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown,” these films hinge on uncanny enigmas, favoring existential terror over cheap thrills and grotesque monsters. And we’re presenting them all on glorious 16mm film. Watson and Webber’s The Fall of the House of Usher (1928, 13 min.) gives Poe’s tale of madness the German Expressionist treatment, courtesy of bold shadows and prismatic effects. Equal parts Mario Bava and Marquis de Sade, Peggy Ahwesh’s Nocturne (1998, 30 min.) is sadomasochistic thriller about the violence of dreams. Curtis Harrington’s On the Edge (1949, 6 min.) concerns a mysterious figure trapped in a post-apocalyptic wasteland and includes a soundtrack by experimental composer Charles Ives. Assembled after her death by Anthology Film Archives, Mara Deren’s surreal masterpiece The Witch’s Cradle (1943, 12 min.) uses an abstract sculpture installation as the backdrop for occult rituals (with a cameo appearance by Marcel Duchamp). Finally, Victor Faccinto’s Book of the Dead (1978, 16 min.) is reminiscent of Méliès’ satanic shorts, featuring sleight-of-hand magic tricks and ghoulish animations. Costume Contest! A panel of celebrity judges* will bestow prizes** on the people judged to be wearing the most avant-garde*** costume. Where: Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan Ave. When: Thursday, October 30 at 7pm How much: $7 admission * Celebrities on a local, or very local, level. ** Prizes as yet undetermined, but likely including a poster signed by artist Bruce Neal. *** What might this mean in this context? It’s up to you and the judges.

Guide to Chicago Jagoffs Project Launch

Guide to Chicago Jagoffs Project Launch   Taking a cue from Llano del Rio’s An Antagonists Guide to the Assholes of Los Angeles, Lumpen is hard at work on the Guide to Chicago Jagoffs, a 50-ward survey of people, places, and practices—both past and present—that qualify as rude, annoying, if not downright offensive.   In addition to concise, well-researched entries on each of the Jagoffs, the Guide also list groups and organizations that have challenged them and made Chicago a better place.   On Sunday, November 2, at 3 PM Lumpen invites you to the Co-Prosperity Sphere to share your own nominees for the title of Chicago Jagoff.   Beer provided by Marz Brewing keeps the nerves strong as you take the mic and make your own 1-minute toast to your favorite Jagoff.   Your nominee might make it into the published Guide!   Guide to Chicago Jagoffs Project Launch Party Sunday, November 2nd, 3 PM (All Soul’s Day) Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219-21 S Morgan) FREE

6th Annual Typeforce : Showcase of Typographic All Stars

February 13 - 24, 2015 Calls for works coming soon.  

Beware or Be Square ( Oct 27-29 )

BEWARE or Be Square! is a live re-enactment of old-time radio shows produced and directed by spoken-word performer Andrew Gregory Krzak of hardtopronounce Odditorium.   He and his fellow actors will perform three shows over three nights during Halloween week using only their voices as props. They will be performing at Bridgeport's Co-Prosperity Sphere, an experimental cultural center at the heart of Bridgeport's revitalization.   Details and contact information are below:     The hardtopronounce Odditorum presents:   BEWARE or Be Square! A terrifying evening of live “Old Time Radio” performances   Wherein our shadowy prestidigitators re-enact before your very ears three of the greatest, most spine-chilling moments in the history of radio’s golden age!   Program:   The Hermit’s Cave:  Hanson’s Ghost Lights Out:  Bon Voyage Suspense:  On a Country Road   Late in his career, the great Orson Welles remarked that radio entertainment was “an abandoned mine, a victim of technological restlessness.”  Well, for three nights only, the ghost of old time radio walks among us.  Join us, won’t you?   Monday, October 27, 8pm Tuesday, October 28, 8pm Wednesday, October 29, 8pm   At the Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 South Morgan Street, Chicago, IL.   Performances at 8 p.m. sharp (as a knife)   Pay what you can.  Any profit goes towards improving the Co-Prosperity Sphere.   www.hardtopronounce.com info@hardtopronounce.com http://coprosperity.org/   The producers encourage you to bring your own lightweight folding chair (no joke – it’s the South Side!)     Bio: BEWARE or Be Square! is produced and directed by Andrew Gregory Krzak.  Mr. Krzak is an award-winning writer, illustrator, and spoken-word performer based in Bridgeport on Chicago’s FABULOUS South Side.  Through “hardtopronounce”, he produces creative and commercial endeavors of all kinds.  Mr. Krzak hopes such undertakings as BEWARE or Be Square are not only entertaining and thought-provoking, but that they also help to remove the stigma that the South Side is a cultural and economic wasteland. It is instead a vibrant, living neighborhood well worth investing in.  

Sept 27 – Mt Eerie show

yes it is happening. Mount Eerie Tim Kinsella TMTHY TRTL Doors 8pm Music: 9pm $12 admission