Upcoming Events...

Benton House Fundraiser

Musical action with:
OnYou Sun Splitter bag Heroin Chic This show is a benefit for Benton House , a bridgeport non-profit. come join us at the good ole co-pro for some freaky sounds and support something positive! there will be a suggested donation of $5 - $10. show runs from 8-midnight.

Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fundraiser

A Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fundraiser
Organised by Trisha Martin and Friends Donations to:  nafconusa.org
Sunday December 15, 2013
6-10pm
Silent Auction bids close at 8:30pm
Purchase Table with items $2-$10
Beer
DJ
Light Filipino Fare
Artist works by:  John Preus, Mel Potter, Judy Natal, Maggie Puckett and Krista Franklin...just to name a few.

Crossroads Fund Art for Change Holiday Fair

Get your holiday shopping done early and support grassroots groups working for racial, social and economic justice! Enjoy snacks and live music while you shop from local artists and artisans. Buy art prints, clothing, housewares, jewelry, purses, knit goods and more! Art for Change 2013 Saturday December 14th 12pm – 5pm Co-Prosperity Sphere 3219 S Morgan St. Event will be wheelchair accessible. Proceeds from Art for Change will benefit Crossroads Fund, a public foundation that supports grassroots groups working for racial, social and economic justice in the Chicago area.

LET’S DRINK, LET’S EAT, LET’S PLAY: Proximity Release Parties

  LET'S DRINK, LET'S EAT, LET'S PLAY October 18-20, 2013 We are hosting three special events to celebrate the release of the Food and Art Issue of Proximity. Our three course event takes place at the Co-Prosperity Sphere which is being turned into a series of installations and environments each day. Join us for the potluck edition of Proximity Magazine, wherein we investigate the intersections of art, food, politics and socially engaged practices. In this issue we followed our noses and inhaled the simmering pot of radical hospitality as a strategy for making art. Our investigation into how the boundaries of art and food have been blurred, smoothed out and ingested is revealed through the practices of many local artists, activists and chefs. Our menu offers a survey of projects that are presented as profiles and discussions about the role of food in our lives. A veritable feast was found within Chicago's art ecology, now lets sit down and eat.  Issue 011 features contributions from: Matt Kirouac, Chris Jacobson,Robert O'Connor, Liena Vayzman, Graham Hogan, Amber Renaye, Cameron Ingram, Nyki Salinas-Duda, Happy Collaborationists, Matt Joynt, Anthony Romero, Bert Stabler, Ed MArszewski, Tricia Van Eck, John Preus,  Kevin Kaempf, Gregory Jacobson and others. LETS' DRINK Friday, October 18, 2013, 8-11pm Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 S Morgan St, Chicago, IL Come to our magazine release party and get a hot-off-the-press copy of Proximity, meet some of the featured artists in the magazine and enjoy some bread, and alchemical craft beer creations of your own choosing. Features installations by PREP, Hardcore Craft Beer presents Alechemy, Edra Soto, Bread & Beer and the return of the Hornswagglers! Complementary beverages by Stone Brewing Company. Other beverages provided by Founder's Brewing Company & special guest brewers. The Hornswagglers bar will be coming out of retirement for the evening serving their signature cocktails. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/398949160233357/ About the artists: Hardcore Craft Beer presents Alechemy: The Alechemists instructs guests to experiment with beer by emphasizing or complementing their existing flavors with a wide array of ingredients, spices, and flavors.  It's craft beer infusion using adjuncts and additives. Bread & Beer: Tony Bezsylko is a baker and the organizer behind Bread and Beer, a weekly social gathering around his naturally leavened bread. He will bringing some bread to the table. Edra Soto is a Chicago based artist featured in the new issue of Proximity Magazine. Hornswaggler Arts: Hornswaggler Arts is an experimental foray into community supported art commerce run by Joseph Rynkiewicz and Graham Hogan. Since 2009, Hornswaggler Arts been serving the Chicago art community a variety of delightful hand-crafted cocktails at art events while collecting donations from the imbibing public. Donations are in turn used to purchase, frame, display and share the ever-growing Hornswaggler Collection, a free standing exhibition of over 50 collected works. These works are available to borrow through a short term loan program, AKA the Hornswaggler Lending Library. Lion vs Gorilla: Chicago-based curatorial collaboration, created by Jimmy Bulosan and Heather Phillips, with a mission of encouraging collaboration, fostering community, and challenging barriers between artists and viewers. we believe that art should be rowdy, that people should fight for it, and that viewing should never be passive. we see artists and viewers as collaborators in an aesthetic experience, and our goal is to promote integration between artists and the larger community. JiMaoC4: A project-oriented art and design collective and is based in Chicago and Michigan. Our project development team and partner members are from around the world. JiMaoC4’s projects investigate the dialectics of individual initiative and community and adhere to the concept > content > context > collective continuum as a developmental ideal. Prep JiMaoC4's Prep is a project which explores the parallels between the aestheticized yet everyday process of food preparation and the idea of artistic work.  Food is prepared on a custom-built, specialized light tool designed to illuminate the edges of a glass work surface. Cameras and microphones are mounted underneath the surface which can create a visual/auditory record, real-time projections, and recorded material ripe for artistic investigation. These investigations include still images, videos, collaborative public performance and installation events. The Prep project aspires to bridge the world of fine art and entrepreneurial initiative. Prep Team, Creative Partners, Collaborators Kimo Knowles Laura Newlon Selden Paterson Greg Mowery Lion Vs. Gorilla Kendall College Aaron Jarvis    

LET’S EAT / Pop Up Eatery

    LET'S DRINK, LET'S EAT, LET'S PLAY A Proximity Art, Food and Radical Hospitality Mini Fest October 18-20, 2013 @ Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S Morgan Street, Chicago, IL We are hosting three special events to celebrate the release of the Food and Art Issue of Proximity. Our three course event takes place at the Co-Prosperity Sphere which is being turned into a series of installations and environments each day. Join us for the potluck edition of Proximity Magazine, wherein we investigate the intersections of art, food, politics and socially engaged practices. In this issue we followed our noses and inhaled the simmering pot of radical hospitality as a strategy for making art. Our investigation into how the boundaries of art and food have been blurred, smoothed out and ingested is revealed through the practices of many local artists, activists and chefs. Our menu offers a survey of projects that are presented as profiles and discussions about the role of food in our lives. A veritable feast was found within Chicago's art ecology, now lets sit down and eat.   LETS EAT Saturday, October 19, 2013, 7-10pm Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 S Morgan St, Chicago, IL Admission: $45 by RSVP Only ( Limited Seating)Join us at our pop up eatery in the Co-Prosperity Sphere for a special Prix fixe dinner with Chef Chris Reed from The Rice Table. When the Dutch expanded their empire to Indonesia, they were enchanted by the native cuisine it discovered. Excited by this new world of creative cooking, their appetites increased, and so to the number of dishes at the elaborate table. Thus began the birth of the Rijsttafel, which highlights the various delicacies. The Rijsttafel was brought to The Netherlands, and now this fascinating  culinary event in all it's glory, can be enjoyed by you -- right here in Chicago. The Rijsttafel consists of a treasure trove of Old World delicacies, brought to life and executed to perfection. For this special occasion we have compiled a 12 dish dinner comprised of classical offerings from the West Java province of Indonesia. This evening is a ticketed event at $45.00 a seat and includes 2 complimentary drinks provided by Maria's Community Bar, additional drinks RSVP and purchase tickets here:  http://proximity-ricetable.eventbrite.com/ Photography  by Ben Syverson Beverages curated by Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar Audio selections from: Dj Joe Bryl Presented by The Rice Table & Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar About The Rice Table: The Rice Table was established in the spring of 2008, however it’s recipes and true beginnings traverse both time and distance. Originating in the western region of Java many centuries ago these family recipes were cultivated and passed down generation to generation. Then, in the early 1950’s with the relocation of many Dutch-Indonesians to the Netherlands these culinary gems found a new home. Although thousands of miles away, these recipes received the same love and attention accustomed in its’ home of Indonesia. It wasn’t until the late 1970’s that the family traditions made their way across the Atlantic with (Founder/Owner/Mother) Priscilla-Jane Reed. Fresh to American soil, Jane was always eager to introduce friends to the foreign food and culture she grew up loving. From dinner parties to church functions, her Indonesian style cooking always impressed guests. And yes, she too passed along those cherished recipes to her children. After spending years enduring the absence of a true Indonesian food establishment, Jane and (Chef/Owner/Son) Chris Reed felt it time to take the family recipes to the public. So in spring of 2008 The Rice Table catering company was formed. Chicago’s only outlet for authentic Indonesian fare, The Rice Table strives to showcase the cuisines distinctive flavors and cooking styles. Through its’ use of fresh, local ingredients and exotic spices we aim to place Indonesian cuisine among its’ rightful spot as one of the finest in the world. About Joe Bryl: Joe Bryl, previous co-owner and musical director of the famed Chicago nightclub Sonotheque, has focused on on a wide-range of eclectic, underground sounds. He has been working in the club and entertainment industry for the last twenty years and was an original partner in the creation of the renowned music venue HotHouse, exposing Chicagoans to a wide range of left-field dance music, ranging from Rare Groove, Latin, Funk, Brazilian, Steppers, African, Acid Jazz & Neo-Soul. Mr. Bryl was also involved in early days of The Funky Buddha Lounge, setting new standards for nightclubs in Chicago. He is also an accomplished DJ and record collector, once named by the Chicago Tribune as Chicago's "Most Interesting DJ", with an extraordinary knowledge of music genres and history from around the world. He has deejayed with Os Mutantes, Gilles Peterson, Seu Jorge, Thievery Corporation and many other cutting-edge artists.

LET’S PLAY

    LET'S DRINK, LET'S EAT, LET'S PLAY A Proximity Art, Food and Radical Hospitality Mini Fest October 18-20, 2013 @ Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S Morgan Street, Chicago, IL We are hosting three special events to celebrate the release of the Food and Art Issue of Proximity. Our three course event takes place at the Co-Prosperity Sphere which is being turned into a series of installations and environments each day. Join us for the potluck edition of Proximity Magazine, wherein we investigate the intersections of art, food, politics and socially engaged practices. In this issue we followed our noses and inhaled the simmering pot of radical hospitality as a strategy for making art. Our investigation into how the boundaries of art and food have been blurred, smoothed out and ingested is revealed through the practices of many local artists, activists and chefs. Our menu offers a survey of projects that are presented as profiles and discussions about the role of food in our lives. A veritable feast was found within Chicago's art ecology, now lets sit down and eat.   LET'S PLAY Sunday October 20, 10:30am - 2pm Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 S Morgan St, Chicago, IL Admission: (Suggested admission $10 per family) Our LET'S PLAY program is for kids and adults. At this family-savvy happening, you will find the Kite Collective's Shadow Forest installation, make visual poetry windchimes with the Kite Collective to take home, boogie to the beats of a Future Hits electric set, cross paths with SHoP's portatable Froebelian learning center, learn more about Be the Change Charter School and play with Cultural ReProducers. Eric May, a featured artist from Proximity's new issue, will be serving his signature E-Dogz to attendees. This event is part of Co-Prosperity Sphere's "Urban Operating System."

Bridgepork and Pit Tournament

Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar presents
BRIDGEPORK
Saturday, September 14 - 2-8 PM
960 W. 31st Street, Chicago, IL. 60608 - 773.890.0588 - www.community-bar.com
Join us at Maria's Packaged Good & Community Bar (960 W. 31st) for our annual BRIDGEPORK event in conjunction of our 3rd anniversary on Saturday, September 14 from 2-8 PM. This end of the summer freak-out festivity will be held both in the bar and the adjacent parking lot. There will be live music (TBA) and a BBQ cookout featuring noted chefs Art Jackson of Pleasant House Bakery, Beverly Kim and John Clark, Won Kim and Drew from Flesh For Food and John Schultz of Mr Spanky's.
Of course, you'll be able to enjoy our wide selection of craft and draft beers, specialty community and seasonal cocktails and whiskeys and spirits.  
Performing:
3:30 - 4:00 Mike Bingaman 4:15 - 4:45 Songs For Gods
5:00 - 5:30 Axis: Sova
5:45 - 6:15 Deep Sleep
6:30 - end Hunter Husar
Join us after the mayhem at Maria's for a Fundraiser for Pocket Guide To Hell in the Co-Prosperity Spher Info TBA  

Story Club

Story Club mixes the spontaneity of an open mic with the experience of live theater. We are a live forum where writers & performers can display their first-person storytelling prowess, fiction or nonfiction, memorized or read from the page. We give you a mic and 8 minutes.  You tell us a story. Visit Story Club for more info