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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

Bubbly Creek Beer Brawl

details TBA

Artists for Karen Lewis

Join artists from across Chicago as we party with our next mayor, Karen Lewis, and help her reach City Hall! Multiple musical and poetic performers will get us in the mood for movement building, because a revolution without dancing is not a revolution worth having! Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 cash only at the door. Your first drink is FREE with your ticket. Program: We're going to hit the night off with Ethos, (Ethan Viets-VanLear), a powerful youth poet as well as a Prison Abolitionist Organizer and Peace Circle Keeper with Circles and Ciphers, and an autonomous Food Grower with LETS GO Chicago. www.project-nia.org/circles-and-ciphers.php - letsgochicago.org/ - http://wechargegenocide.org/wcg-geneva-delegation-profile-1-ethan/ Marvin Tate, Chicago's soulful writer, singer, spoken word performer, Def Poet member, and frontman of the legendary funk band, D-Settlement, has the stage next with a poetic mix of his spell binding, vocal-led, and straight up prophetic solo work. www.tatemarvin.com Karen Lewis, the current president of the Chicago Teacher's Union, and future mayor of Chicago, will tell us about her vision for not just a single individual to be elected, but for a people's movement to take back the power of government from the profiteering crooks who don't care about us. Then, Ono the famous and infamous legendary new world industrial soul road warriors lead by Travis Travis Travis, is going to take us away with they're entrancing sound. www.facebook.com/onoband - www.huffingtonpost.com/rachel-mason/the-chicago-band-who-disa_b_5607139.html Finally, electronic musician/DJ Starfoxxx (and Karen's former Lane Tech student) will crank up the jams as we dance into the night. www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2014/08/13/chicago-producer-starfoxxx-talks-about-dumb-tattoos-sampling-cats-and-his-forthcoming-debut-album Sponsored by Artists for Karen Lewis and Rogers Park for Karen Lewis. #KarenLewisforMayor #RunKarenRun #JamforJustice Artists for Karen Lewis: www.facebook.com/pages/Artists-for-Karen-Lewis/363560973780405 Karen Lewis for Mayor of Chicago: www.facebook.com/pages/Karen-Lewis-for-Mayor-of-Chicago/1411143405766868 Rogers Park for Karen Lewis: www.facebook.com/pages/Rogers-Park-For-Karen-Lewis/301552593382775 Contact Artists for Karen Lewis if you would like to be involved in using creativity to support her campaign and build the people's movement for Chicago.

ARCHIVE, A Live Magazine Show Extravaganza

Saturday, October 18, 7PM, $15 ($50 VIP ticket), 21+ 1. ARCHIVE, A Live Magazine Show Extravaganza - Part of the Lit_Luz Festival by Make Magazine. Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3221 S. Morgan Directed by Salonathon’s Jane Beachy, hosted by comedian Adam Burke, with music from Jaime Garza Rodriguez and Ida y Vuelta and Charly Garcia of DJ Collective Sonorama. Environmental design by Chicago Design Museum’s Roman Titus, Mexico City visual artist Alejandro Almanza Pereda, and Hauthwares. Multi-disciplinary, multilingual, audio/visual, interactive, integrated performances will bring an issue of MAKE alive on stage and showcase collaborations between writers and visual artists from Chicago and Mexico City. This event will move between Spanish and English and through the theme, “Archive,” explore the historical contexts in which both Chicago and Mexico City exist, as well as how we document our lives and culture in a digital age. Refreshments and food served. Dancing to follow. Participants include:
  • Author, Don De Grazia + Author, Alvaro Enrigue + Author, Irvine Welsh
  • Author, Kathleen Rooney + Author and visual artist Verónica Gerber Bicecci
  • Visual artist, Kirsten Leenaars + poet, Joel Craig + poet, Luis Felipe Fabre
  • Visual artist, Tania Candiani + writer, Fred Sasaki
  • Poet, Marvin Tate + novelist, Valeria Luisell
  • Poet and visual artist, Valerie Mejer + Poet, Daniel Borzutzky
  • Novelist, Brenda Lozano + TBD performers
  Made possible with support from the MacArthur Foundation’s International Connections Fund. Co-sponsors include contratiempo, The University of Chicago’s Katz Center, Casa Mexico USA, Co-Prosperity Sphere, and the Poetry Foundation. Institutional partners include DePaul University, Roosevelt University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Notre Dame University, UNAM, and Northwestern University. Community Partners include 7Vientos, Curbside Splendor Press, Sector 2337, Lagunitas Brewery, and Lula Café.   MAKE LITERARY PRODUCTIONS LIVE MAGAZINE EXCHANGE PARTICPANTS   MEXICO CITY   1. Verónica Gerber Bicecci (Mexico City, 1981). Visual artist who writes. She makes pieces that are texts and texts that are pieces. Her projects explore the infinitesimal trails of things that can’ t be heard nor seen. Her book Mudanza [Moving Out] (2010, Ed. Auieo — Taller Ditoria) narrates the transformation of five writers into visual artists. She is a fellow in the Young Creators FONCA Program. In November, 2013, she received the International Aura Estrada Prize for Literature. To learn more about her work: veronicagerberbicecci.net.   2. Visual artist Tania Candiani is among the most highly respected young artists in Mexico. Known for her ability to make art from the trappings of everyday life and to question traditional ways of seeing, she could almost be characterized as an artist-anthropologist. For example, with her photographs of women wearing cooking pots on their heads as helmets—both a defensive and subtly warlike gesture—and using the words on a standard kitchen blender (chopping, grating, whipping) as comments on domestic violence, she turns expectations and stereotypes upside down. (Candiani will be participating virtually.)   3. Álvaro Enrigue (born 1969) is the award winning author of four novels and two books of short stories. He has been translated into multiple languages, including German, English and French.   In 1996, Enrigue was awarded the prestigious Joaquín Mortiz Prize for his first novel, La muerte de un instalador (Death of an Installation Artist). Since then it has been reprinted five times, and in 2012 it was selected as one of the key novels of the Mexican 20th century, and anthologized by Mexico’s largest publishing house, Fondo de Cultura Económica. His books Vidas perpendiculares (Perpendicular Lives) and Hipotermia (Hypothermia) have also been widely acclaimed.   “Álvaro Enrigue’s excellent novel Vidas perpendiculares belongs to many literary traditions at once and shows a great mastery of them all (…) His novel belongs to Max Planck’s quantum universe rather than the relativistic universe of Albert Einstein: a world of coexisting fields in constant interaction and whose particles are created or destroyed in the same act.” —Carlos Fuentes, El País   Both novels have been published by Gallimard. Hypothermia, which offers an “unflinching gaze towards 21st-century life and the immigrant experience”, was published in 2013 in the USA and England by Dalkey Archive Press. His latest novel, Decencia (Decency), has received praises in Latin America’s and Spain’s most relevant publications.   In 2007, he was selected as one of the most influential contemporary writers in Spanish by the Hay Festival’s Bogotá. In 2009, he was awarded a Rockefeller Foundation Residence Fellowship at the Bellagio Centre to finish the manuscript of his last novel, Decencia (Decency). In 2011 he became a fellow at the Cullman Center for Writers and Scholars of the New York Public Library, where he began working on his fifth novel.[   On November 4, 2013, Enrigue was announced as the winner of the 31st Herralde Novel Prize, joining a distinguished list of authors from Spain and Latin America, including Álvaro Pombo, Enrique Vila-Matas, Antonio Ungar, Javier Marías, Juan Villoro, and Roberto Bolaño.   He currently teaches in the Latin American studies program at Princeton University.   3. Luis Felipe Fabre was born in Mexico 1974. Fabre was awarded a scholarship for Young Creators from the Fondo Nacional de Cultura y las Artes from 2004-2005. He has published Leyendo agujeros, ensayos sobre des-escritura, antiescritura y no escritura (2005), a collection of poems Cabaret Provenza (2007) and La sodomía en la Nueva España (2010).   4. Brenda Lozano, was born in Mexico in 1981. A narrator and essayist, she contributes to Letras Libres and Día Siete, among other publications. She is the author of the novel Todo Nada. She studied Latin American Literature at the Universidad Iberoamericana and is the MAKE Spanish Language Editor-Prose. http://colinmarshall.libsyn.com/s3e17-youth-is-overrated-with-brenda-lozano.   5. Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City in 1983 and grew up in South Africa. Her novels and essays have been translated into many languages, and her work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Granta, MAKE, and McSweeney’s. Some of her recent projects include a ballet libretto for the choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, performed by the New York City Ballet in Lincoln Center in 2010; a pedestrian sound installation for the Serpentine Gallery in London; and a novella in installments for workers in a juice factory in Mexico. She lives in New York City where she is completing her doctorate at Columbia University.   Her novel, Faces in the Crowd and her essay collection, Sidewalks weretranslated to English and released this year by Coffee House Press. http://coffeehousepress.org/shop/faces-in-the-crowd/.   6. Valerie Mejer, born in Mexico City, is a poet and painter. For her book De Elefante a Elefante, she was awarded the Gerardo Diego International Award for Literary Research by the Spanish Government. She is the author of six books of poetry and five translations. Forthcoming works include an anthology of her poems, Rain of the Future (Action Books, 2013), and a long poem, This Blue Novel (2014).   7. Alejandro Almanza Pereda (b. 1977, Mexico City, Mexico) lives and works between Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York and Mexico City, Mexico. He earned a BFA from University of Texas at El Paso (2005), attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2004), and is an MFA candidate at Hunter College of The City University of New York (2015). He has been a resident at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha (2011), while his awards and honors include grants from the Harpo Foundation (2010), Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (2008), and the National Fund for the Arts and Culture (FONCA) Programa Jovenes Creadores Mexico City (2005, 2007).   8. Aguillón-Mata is a Mexican writer. He publishes essays and fiction in several Mexican and American magazines, both printed and virtual, some of which are Armas y Letras, Avispero, Letras Libres, and MAKE Magazine; he has also published the books of fiction Quién escribe (Paisajista), 2004, and Tratado (De una zona privada), 2013. His bilingual website can be found at http://aguillon-mata.com and his Twitter account at @AguillonMata.       CHICAGO 1. Joel Craig lives and works in Chicago, IL and is the author of the poetry collection The White House (Green Lantern Press, 2012). He co-founded and curates the Danny’s Reading Series, and is the poetry editor for MAKE: A Literary Magazine. 2. Daniel Borzutzky grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, of Chilean heritage. He has published a collection of fiction, Arbitrary Tales (2005), a poetry chapbook, Failure in the Imagination (2007), and two full-length volumes of poetry, The Ecstasy of Capitulation (2007), and The Book of Interfering Bodies (2011). 3. Don De Grazia is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, American Skin (Scribner/Jonathan Cape). His work has appeared in The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Reader, Newcity, TriQuarterly, The Outlaw Bible of American Literature, The Italian American Reader, Rumpus, The Great Lakes Review, MAKE Magazine, and other publications. He is also a screenwriter in the Writers Guild of America (east) and co-founder/co-host of Come Home Chicago, a live event series dedicated to celebrating the Chicago storytelling tradition in all its forms. 4. Kirsten Leenaars is a Dutch artist whose minimal and open studio is found within her home on the north end of Humboldt Park. Crafting childlike sets, Kirsten creates spaces where her participants often play themselves in collaborative narratives. She in an Assistant Professor of contemporary practices at the School of the Art Institute. 5. Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, a nonprofit publisher of literary work in hybrid genres, and a founding member of Poems While You Wait, a three-person team of poets and their typewriters who compose commissioned poetry on demand. A winner of the Ruth Lilly Fellowship from Poetry magazine and the Gatewood Prize from Switchback Books, she is the author of six books of poetry and nonfiction. She lives in Chicago. 5. Fred Sasaki is a writer and the Art Director for Poetry 6. The Poet, Marvin Tate, has worn many hats in his twenty-five year career: visual artist, author, educator, front man and songwriter. A notorious Poet and Soul Man, he has performed widely, including on National Public Radio’s This American Life. Def Jam Poetry, The Heartlands in San Francisco, the Chicago Blues Festival and the Eindehoefen Museum in the Netherlands. Presently he has collaborated (again) with longtime multi-instrumentalist and former Wilco member, LeRoy Bach, and singers Tim Kinsella and Angel Olsen for for a collection of songs called “Tim Kinsella sings the songs of Marvin Tate with LeRoy Bach and Angel Olsen” on Joyful Noise Records (2013). “All Music” review by Fred Thomas: “The songs are often short, rushing by in a wash of voices as playful as they are vicious. Olsen takes lead on the ghostly ‘Sidetracked in Miami,’ a song almost woozy and bewitching enough to obscure its raw lyrical content. The album is a rough ride, despite its often lush arrangements and beautiful tones. Tate’s lyrics…never completely subside into anything less than unsettling territory.” 7. Irvine Welsh is the author of Trainspotting and most recently, Skagboys. 8. Adam Burke Originally from the UK, Adam Burke began performing stand-up after writing a piece on comedy for a Chicago magazine. Before long, Burke became a fixture at Midwestern shows and showcases. His absurdist, verbose comedy is long on metaphor and analogy and short on common sense. He has appeared on Doug Loves Movies, The Benson Interruption, the Bob and Tom show, WGN 720 AM radio, Put Your Hands Together, and many more podcasts and shows. Adam has appeared at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland OR, as part of the Just for Laughs Chicago festival for four years running, and at the local stage of Funny Or Die’s Oddball Comedy Festival. In addition, he has opened for a wide variety of comedians including Marc Maron, Jeff Ross, Hannibal Burress, Hari Kondabolu, Maria Bamford, Michael Ian Black, Kumail Nanjiani, John Oliver, Tracy Morgan, Aziz Ansari, and many more. Burke released his debut album Universal Squirrel Theory on A Special Thing Records in 2012. He was voted Best Standup in Chicago by readers of the Chicago Reader in 2014.      

Story Club South Side


What is Story Club?

Story Club is a nonfiction storytelling show.   The goal of Story Club is to mix the spontaneity of an open mic with the experience of live theater.  Each show has both open mic and featured performers.  Story Club is proud to be a part of the thriving live lit community in Chicago. We give you a mic and 8 minutes. You tell us a story. Sign up at 7:30pm.