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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.  

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.

Lumpen issue 123 release jams

  Join us Saturday November 22, from 5-9 pm at our gallery, The Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219 S Morgan St), for the release of issue # 123 of Lumpen magazine. This is our "Makers" edition of the magazine and focuses on the work of some rad local small manufacturers, artists and artisans. We are entering our 24th of year of making this little family magazine and it was edited by a new crop of Lumpens: Sara McCall, Emma Saperstein, and Dan Sloan. The issue features interviews with: Angela Venarchik, Johnny Wator (Daredevil Pedals), Julie Ghatan, Doug Kaplan & Max Allison of Hausu Mountain, Kelsey Dalton & Andrew McClellan of Heart & Bone Signs, Dusan Katić of Katić Breads, Coyote DeGroot of Labrabbit Optics, Dave Rand of Local Foods, John Taylor Wallace & Emily Moorhead of Metal Magic Interiors, Nancy Klehm of The Ground Rules, Pablo Ramirez of Pilsen Outpost, Jes Skolnik of Pure Joy, Dan Salls of The Salsa Truck, Shirley Kienitz & Jenny Stadler Wolfbait & B-Girls, Marie Akerman of Working Bikes and Blake Sloane formerly of Rebuilding Exchange. Lumpen #123 also features the usual world class comic art you expect from us including work by: Andy Burkholder, Ben Bertin, Ben Marcus, Danielle Chenette, David Alvarado, Eric Rivera, Grant Reynolds, Jason T Miles, Joe Tallarico, Krystal DiFornzo Leslie Wiebeler, Nate Beaty and Sarah Leitten.   On Saturday we will be showcasing the wares of some of the featured businesses and persons interviewed as well as products made by members of the Small Manufacturing Alliance in our Lumpen Mini Mart. You will be able to browse and purchase stuff made by: Rar Rar Press, ChicagoDTG, Common Threads, Jackthemanabouttown, KalKnits, Legacy Frameworks, lil sketchy, Local Foods, Majave Hot Sauce, Nana Handmade Jewelry, Windy City Glass, Paratext, Rare Bird Preserves, Re:Paper, Rhymes with Twee, Shift, Tania Rodamilans Jewelry, Trisha Oralie Martin, William FitzPatrick and others. To celebrate our 24th year of publishing Marz Community Brewing Co's made us a brew called The Lumpen IPA. This Brown IPA is a malty little baby, hopped with Falconer's Flight. The blend is comprised of many of the Northwest’s most unique hop varieties, including Citra, Simcoe, and Sorachi Ace along with experimental hops and numerous other NW varieties. Each hop has been hand selected for its superior aromatic qualities, imparting distinct tropical, citrus, floral, lemon and grapefruit tones. All in all it's gonna be a special evening. Hope to see you there.

Krampusnacht

  Krampusnacht A one-night-only extravaganza Friday, December 5, 2014 8:00 p.m.–midnight The Co-Prosperity Sphere http://coprosperity.org/ 3219 S. Morgan St. Chicago Join us for a celebration of the 2nd annual Krampus holiday—an exhibition of devotional artwork, delightful treats and Krampus creatures. There will be a photo booth created & operated by Rebecca Hinsdale and Rob Karlic, beer, glögg, Hell, a costume contest, a Krampuslauf, and more surprises! Arrive dressed as your favorite Krampus, Leviathan, Perchta, or Alpine Monster. Or simply join us in your holiday best. Featured artists: Paul Nudd, Andrea Jablonski, Chris Hefner, Bruce Neal, Christopher Smith, Kevin Jennings, Stephanie Burke, Jeriah Hildwine, Sarah Leitten, Catie Olson, BJ Vogt, Matt Marsden, EC Brown, Justine Harlan, Sean DeSantis, Ryan Swain, George Edward Hurden IV, Nathan Case-McDonald. Prices: $10—includes drink ticket $5 with Krampus-related costume, or constructed Krampus head for display—includes drink ticket Must be 21 to enter. http://floorlengthandtux.com/krampus/ https://www.facebook.com/events/568403423260739/ Organized by Catie Olson and Rebecca Hinsdal

6th Annual Typeforce : Showcase of Typographic All Stars

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

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.