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South Side Projections

South Side Projections and Co-Prosperity Sphere present
Where: Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 South Morgan Street, Chicago, IL 60607 When: Thursday, April 24 at 7:30 PM (Doors open @ 7) How Much: $5 suggested donation
In partnership with the Co-Prosperity Sphere, South Side Projections presents BRING THE RUCKUS: RED GROOMS ON CELLULOID, a sampling of experimental works from the 1960s. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute, Red Grooms is best known for his expressionistic sculpto-pictoramas depicting the hustle and bustle of urban existence. Like many Pop Art luminaries, he shattered the highfalutin sanctity of the gallery space, bridging the divide between high art and mass culture. A cross between Busby Berkeley and Jack Smith, TAPPY TOES (1969, 19 min., 16mm) is a kitschy musical with kaleidoscopic visuals that uses Grooms’s massive installation City of Chicago as its backdrop. Look out for cameo appearances by Hairy Who heavyweights Ed Paschke and Karl Wirsum. FAT FEET (1966, 19 min., 16mm) is a mixed-media stop-motion short made with longtime collaborator Mimi Gross. Reminiscent of Grooms’s metropolitan dioramas, the film features a whimsical caricature of a city come alive, complete with an anthropomorphized mailbox. Finally, George Kuchar’s ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BLESSED (1968, 43 min., 16mm) chronicles a surreal cross-country road trip with Grooms that culminates in a performance piece starring Grooms himself. Kuchar called it “a diary of our work as we head for the Pacific Ocean in a suicidal plunge for theatrical infamy.”
South Side Projections Contact: Harrison Sherrod, 312.504.1954, southsideprojections@gmail.com

Story Club Chicago

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.  

Mash Tun Festival’s New Wave Brewers Bash

  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 Mash Tun Journal # 5 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 HollowDryhop, Off Color, Ale Syndicate, Slap Shot, Atlas, Lake Effect, BuckleDown, Penrose, 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

Tuesday: Spinnin’ in Outer Space

DJ catieo will take you to outer space featuring a mix of 60s bands with innovative electric guitar, such as the Spotnicks from Sweden, Space Rock including Joe Meek, The Tornadoes, Hawkwind & more.  Space disco and funk will top the lineup with fine selections from Cerrone, the Rockets, Space, Metropolitan Band and many more cosmic creatures.  These rockin' space tunes will be eloquently paired up with hand picked sci-fi films and space themed gems!

March 21-22 : Great Fires

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: www.whiteelephantproject.com


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

Version Festival 14: The Placemakers

JUNE 21-29
From June 21 to June 29, 2014 Public Media Institute presents: Version Festival 14: The Placemakers visit http://www.versionfest.org For the past 12 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 animate public and private spaces, rejuvenate structures and streetscapes, and improve business viability, public safety and build 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.

CAKE Fundraiser

  CAKE BENEFIT! CAKE is a volunteer-run, non-profit entity, so every dollar we get goes to making CAKE 2014 the best festival possible- so come on down to the Co-Prosperity Sphere, at 3219 S Morgan, on December 21st! It’s cold this winter, so warm up with DJ’S Teen Witch, Juketastrophe, and DJ Pluto! Trubble Club is working on some original art for decoration, so it should be quite the shindig! (Flyer art by Ben Marcus and Max Morris)