Community Soup 2: Soup Boogaloo
Mar
18
6:00 PM18:00

Community Soup 2: Soup Boogaloo

We had such an amazing turn out and interest after our first Community Soup Night that we are hosting another one!

Admission is $15 cash at the door, and includes all the soup you can eat!

All proceeds benefit Lumpen Radio/Co-Prosperity Sphere, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and and Hope For The Day.

New charities, more soup, and now with awesome DJ’s!

  • Sobramesa Supper Club

  • Martha Bayne (Soup and Bread)

  • Cindy Knott (brunchlox)

  • Kendall Hugel

  • Josh Bushnik

  • Finom coffee

  • Dan Salls (Quiote)

  • James moorehouse (Aleman Brewing)

  • John Diaz

  • Rick Ortiz (Antique Taco)

  • Art Ledda

  • DJ Intel

  • Kevin hickey (The Duck Inn)

  • Howard Bailey

  • Luis Alvarado

  • Laura Tedesco

  • Always Hungry Chi

  • Gina Giovanni

  • Bo Fowler (Owen and Engine, Bixi)

  • Sue Litz

  • Tobia Ciottone

  • Abe Conlon (Fat Rice)

  • Kevin Coval (Author and poet)

  • Michael Gebert (fooditor)

  • Chuck sudo

  • Anthony Baier (Kimski)

  • Nikki dembeck

  • Bryan collante (Eden)

  • Katie Baretto

  • Joshua Palmer

  • Kelly Ijichi

  • Low country

  • Margaret Pak

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Rob Mazurek & Emmett Kelly ALIEN Flower SUTRA + Sima Cunningham
Mar
20
8:00 PM20:00

Rob Mazurek & Emmett Kelly ALIEN Flower SUTRA + Sima Cunningham

International Anthem presents ROB MAZUREK & EMMETT KELLY return of their duo project ALIEN FLOWER SUTRA with animated video by DAMON LOCKS & ROB SHAW manipulated & remixed live by KIM ALPERT.

Opening set by SIMA CUNNINGHAM in duo formation with DORIAN GEHRING.

$10 admission /// 8pm doors

Mazurek & Kelly reunite for their first Chicago performance in almost 3 years. With an opening set by Ohmme co-composer & guitarist Sima Cunningham, the show is somewhat of a preview for BIG EARS Festival, as all 3 artists pack up and head to Knoxville TN the morning after this show.

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Family Reunion
Mar
23
9:00 PM21:00

Family Reunion

Erica, Rene, Shawnee, Ivan, Jacob, Alfonzo, Jeremy, Mike, Imani, Bindu, Terry, Kenneth, Colin, Jackson, Walter, Xander, and Atticus are getting together to learn each other's songs.

We're throwing a big party 24 hours later to perform all of them. Come if you're ready for anything - we PROMISE to keep you moving with as much new music as we can learn in one day.

THE MUSICIANS ARE:

  • Erica Rene

  • Rene Cruz

  • Shawnee Dez

  • Ivan Pyzow

  • Jacob Slocum

  • Alfonzo Jones

  • Jeremy K. Jones

  • Michael Galperin

  • Imani Williams

  • Himabindu Poroori

  • Terry Patrick Jr.

  • Kenneth Charles Leftridge Jr.

  • Colin Hamann Drozdoff

  • Jackson Shepard

  • Walter Sanchez

  • Xander Beberman

  • Atticus Lazenby

Poster by the incomparable Rebecca Baruc.

COME DANCE // BRING YOUR FRIENDS // SEE YOU THERE

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Kevinology
Mar
16
7:30 PM19:30

Kevinology

The VanderCook College of Music Percussion Ensemble will be playing a percussion concert to help raise money for the Kevin Lepper Percussion Scholarship.

You must be 18 or older to enter

Doors open at 7pm, performance from 7:30pm-10pm

Admission is $15 at the door

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Jumbo Mumbo
Mar
15
7:00 PM19:00

Jumbo Mumbo

JUMBO MUMBO aims to find things that are bigger than they should be; or anything confusing, nonsensical, or hard to decipher.

With work by:

  • Alexa Viscius

  • Bill Connors

  • Camilo Medina

  • Charlotte Croy Hudson

  • Cody Hudson

  • David Alvarado

  • Drew Ryan

  • Eileen Tjan

  • Eliza Weber

  • Greer Mosher

  • Hayley Grimes

  • Jeremiah Shalo

  • Jessica Viscius

  • Joe Tallarico

  • Jon Duncan

  • Lauren Gallagher

  • Louie Capozzoli

  • Matt & Lynette Sage

  • Onsmith & Nudd

  • Rylan Thompson

  • Wyatt Grant

Opening Night Performers:

  • Video Projection by Jillian Musielak

  • Sound Installation by Todd Irwin

  • Music Performance by SPVD

Curated by Drew Ryan and Reuben Kincaid.

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Feb
22
6:00 PM18:00

Typeforce X

We’re celebrating the 10th year of our mission to showcase artists who make magic with letters in any medium. Firebelly's Dawn Hancock and Ed Marszewski (Marz Community Brewing + Lumpen Radio) are teaming up again to bring you Typeforce X, a curated anniversary show to the Co-Prosperity Sphere this February.

FREE ADMISSION

TFX ARTISTS
Jenna Blazevich
Bud Rodecker
John Pobojewski
Rick Valicenti
Tubsz
Nick Adam
Frances MacLeod
Pouya Ahmadi
Pegah Ahmadi
Taekyeom
Matthew Hoffman
Anthony Lewellen
Andy Luce
Mike McQuade
Jack Muldowney
Ade Hogue
Adrianne Hawthorne
Jordan Martins
Andy Gregg
Linda Elshami
Carlos Segura
Matt Wizinsky
Eduardo Vea
Kelly Knaga

WEBSITE
http://typeforce.com

GALLERY HOURS
Friday, Feb 22: 6-10pm (Opening Night)
Show runs through March 8 (set hours TBD)

For school groups, professional orgs or out of state visitors, please email: nick@publicmediainstitute.com to set up a time to view the exhibition.

For press inquiries or any other questions please email: kelly@firebellydesign.com

Sponsored by Firebelly + Public Media Institute

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Dec
1
6:00 PM18:00

Lumpen Drawing Rally: A Benefit Party for Public Media Institute

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Lumpen Drawing Rally
A Benefit Party for Public Media Institute


Join us Saturday, December 1, 2018, from 6:00 - 11:00 PM
@ Co-prosperity Sphere - 3219 S Morgan Street, Chicago
Admission is $20 if you register for
presale here, or $25 at the door,

Free for Lumpen Members!


An all star cast of local artists will be there making drawings you can take home at affordable prices! Need holiday gifts that aren’t socks? We got you.


All proceeds go to keeping Lumpen Radio on the air and working to expand its range!

Complimentary Refreshments and Vittles provided by our buddies:
Bites by Kimski & sips by Marz Community Brewing

Lumpen Radio DJs provide the dance-able soundtrack:

6-8PM Maria MTZ

8-9PM Betty Heredia

9-10PM Fanita Banana

10-11PM Paid TIme Off

To celebrate Lumpen Radio’s second anniversary we’re throwing a big party- The Lumpen Drawing Rally! At this live drawing event and fundraiser, dozens of artists will work side by side. Come meet some of the smartest weirdest local artists, chat with them as they draw, drink some beer and have fun with the creative process. Artists will be taking shifts, making sketches that will morph into full-fledged artworks – immediately available for sale for just $50 each. Drawings make perfect gifts! All proceeds directly to support Public Media Institute’s efforts to expand Lumpen Radio - WLPN 105.5 FM’s reach to all of Chicago!Get your tickets now on Eventbrite to save money at the door!

Get your tickets now on Eventbrite to save money at the door!

Featured Artists:

Lewis Achenbach, Melanie Adcock, Logan Bay, Rebecca Beachy, Sonya Bogdanova, Tom Burtonwood, Shannon Carlson, Juan Angel Chavez, Luke Clonhisy, Mel Cook, Katherine Desjardins, Claire DuCanto, Paul Erschen, Hope Esser, Mie Frederikke Fischer Christensen, Julia Franco, Amanda Franck, Tiffany Funk, Noelle Garcia, Ellen Giai Gianetto, Joshua Gilley, Jessica Harvey, Naomi Hawksley, Robert Chase Heishman, Boyang Hou, Betty Heredia, Cody Hudson, Rob Hogan, Holly Holmes, Qigu Jiang, Harrison Jones, Won Kim, Philip Kaufman, Chad Kouri, Andrew Krzak, Chloe Lewis, Jurell Lewis, Graham Livingston, Courtney Mackedanz, Jesse Malmed, Antonio Martinez, Jordan Martins, Andrew Mausert-Mooney, Nicole Marroquin, Devin Mawdsley, Kristi McGuire, Liz McCarthy, Griffey Miller, Ryan Peter Miller, David Nasca, James Nienhuis, Roni Packer, Claire Pentecost, George Porteus, Pam Punsiriruk, Marina Resende Santos, Russ Savage, Shawn Smith, Bel Reyes, Laura Rosetter, Vanessa Sanchez, Russ Savage, Edra Soto, Shawn Smith, Eric Stefanski, Cassie Tompkins, Cody Tumblin, Chris Uphues, Mars Vallon, Hereaclitus Here Vernon, Mae Vitali, Gwen Wu, Nick Wylie, & Linglin Yan
You can lend us a hand even if it doesn’t draw!

Don’t like to draw but still interested in helping support PMI’s nonprofit work? We need community support for the following roles during the Drawing Rally: cashiers, sellers, and art handlers! You can sign up here.

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Public Media Institute is a federally recognized 501(c)3, and all donations are tax deductible. PMI supports Chicago’s revolutionary art, music, activist and cultural communities via Lumpen Radio WLPN 105.5 FM, Co-Prosperity Sphere Gallery, and Lumpen Magazine. Find out how you can get involved at http://www.coprosperity.org/get-involved/

DONATE OR LEARN ABOUT BECOMING A MEMBER HERE

The Monster Drawing Rally Model was developed by the 50 year old Bay Area artist-run gallery Southern Exposure as an open source model for community fundraising/friendraising. Since its inception almost 20 years ago, the model has been used all over the country by tons of artist run spaces, museums, and other community organizations. We think this will be the first drawing rally in chicago, though :) Correct us if we’re wrong!




 

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Story Club South Side
Oct
23
6:30 PM18:30

Story Club South Side

On Oct. 23rd, Story Club South Side presents - DIA DE LOS MUERTOS

Commemorate, commiserate, and celebrate with Story Club South Side as we honor those who have come before us. Bring offerings or mementos of loved ones past to add to our altar de ofrenda and bring loved ones present to enjoy the night! Future loved ones available upon request! Join us as we invite spirits living and dead to tell stories and celebrate Dia de los Muertos together!

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Liquid Dreams Festival
Oct
21
2:00 PM14:00

Liquid Dreams Festival

Liquid Dreams Festival is our celebration of the people places and stuff we love in the brewing, culinary, and arts culture that surrounds us. Join us for live music, food from well-known chefs around Chicago, and craft brews from Marz and other guest breweries. Admission is Free! You must be 21+ to enter.

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Punk Rock and Donuts
Oct
20
7:00 PM19:00

Punk Rock and Donuts

Punk Rock and Donuts is back with a bang at Co-Prosperity Sphere October 20. Featuring a one-time reunion of local legends Noose backed by Repos, Dying For it, Better Days, Time and Pressure and Decline, this Halloween edition of your favorite dessert-themed music showcase will be a killer. Supported by Hexe Coffee and Lumpen Radio, it’s Punk Rock and Donuts October 20th from 7PM at the Sphere. It benefits Lumpen Radio.


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16th Annual Art on Cardboard Show
Oct
19
6:00 PM18:00

16th Annual Art on Cardboard Show

The Birdhouse Museum of Bridgeport is delighted to invite you to the Art On Cardboard 16th Anniversary Reception, at Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219 S. Morgan) on Friday, October 19th, from 6PM to 11PM! 

This annual event features original, transformative art, constructed from conventional cardboard. Be sure to arrive early, as these cardboard masterpieces will be removed immediately from the wall as they're sold!

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Contemporary Art, Mexico
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Contemporary Art, Mexico

This roundtable conversation featuring Mexican and Mexican American visual artists, lead by artist and ESPAC curator Esteban King, will discuss what Americans miss when they think of Mexican contemporary art and will ask if the hesitation to embrace contemporary art is universal or cultural. Participants include visual artists Edgar Cobián (Guadalajara), Salvador Jiménez-Flores (Chicago), Libia Bianibi (Oaxaca/Chicago), and more.

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1968: We Were There
Oct
16
7:00 PM19:00

1968: We Were There


MAKE Literary Production’s 5th annual Lit & Luz Festival of Language, Literature, and Art, themed "Assembly," is an ambitious exchange between Mexico City and Chicago. The weeklong festival takes place at over a dozen arts venues and universities throughout Chicago, October 13th-20th. The following March, a similar series of events are held in Mexico City. Programs include readings, conversations, and our signature event, the “Live Magazine Show”—which makes its Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago debut this year.

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Aug
31
6:00 PM18:00

Opening for “Work for the People (or Forget About Fred Hampton)”

Free / open hours Tuesday - Thursday and Saturday 12- 6 p.m. until September 30.

"If you ever think about me, and if you ain’t gonna do no revolutionary act, forget about me. I don’t want myself on your mind if you’re not gonna work for the people." — Fred Hampton

“Work for the People” is an exhibition of local and national artist/revolutionaries (under)mining radical histories and exploring the implications of the events of 1968 for today’s struggles and those in the (sometimes deep) future. 

Artists include: Brandon Alvendia, Sofía Córdova, Damon Davis, Jim DeRogatis, Jim Duignan, Chris Duncan, Lise Haller Baggesen Ross, Robby Herbst, Jason Lazarus, Jesse Malmed, Justseeds Artists' Cooperative | Poor People's Campaign, Nicole Marroquin, Jennifer Moon, Emilio Rojas, Anthony Romero + Josh Rios, Dan S Wang, WORK/PLAY (Kevin and Danielle McCoy), Derrick Woods-Morrow, and Latham Zearfoss.

The exhibition is produced for 68+50 by co-presenters Illinois Humanities and Public Media Institute. Nick Wylie organized it with the support of Luke Cimarusti.

image: WORK/PLAY (Kevin and Danielle McCoy)

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Aug
29
7:00 PM19:00

Speaking to the Devil: From Buckley & Vidal to the present

In 1968 at the national party conventions, William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal—two ideological and personal rivals—debated the issues of the day and traded insults. It was an explosive political spectacle that presaged the culture wars and today's polarized media landscape. Following a short screening, Rick Perlstein (author of "Nixonland") and Modern Age editor Daniel McCarthy will discuss the Buckley/Vidal debates, and their historical context and relevance today, in a moderated conversation led by Timothy Crimmins. At a time of deep division, it’s worth asking: Has there ever been civil discourse in America?

This event will feature a short screening from the Buckley/Vidal debates, followed by a discussion and Q&A.

Presented by The Point Magazine, Illinois Humanities and the Public Media Institute.

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Aug
23
7:00 PM19:00

Flight of the Pigasus

This event is HOSTED by Co-Prosperity Sphere at:

Maria's Packaged Goods and Community Bar
960 W. 31st St., Chicago, IL 60608
coprosperity.org

A re-staging of the infamous "Pigasus" press conference held at what is now Daley Plaza on August 23, 1968, in which the Yippies nominated a pig for the president of United States. This moment of political theater set off almost a week of political unrest and remains a key memory of the counterculture. Fifty years later, "Pigasus" flies again in a live theatrical event that uses the 1969 Chicago Eight trial as a frame for re-examining this story and the benefits and limits of using theater, performance, and disruption to effect political change. With musician Bill MacKay as musician and Yippie Phil Ochs; City of Chicago historian Tim Samuelson as Judge Julius Hoffman; National Lawyers Guild lawyer Jerry Boyle as defense attorney William Kunstler; author Pat Thomas as Tom Foran; artist Dmitry Samarov as magazine artist Franklin McMahon; Petunia the Pig as Pigasus; and Judy Gumbo and other witnesses of 1968 as themselves.

**Free and open to the public**

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Aug
18
7:00 PM19:00

Performance/Album Release: Leisure Records.

Calling All Disco People:

We are celebrating the debut record release from Paid Time Off and the launch of Chicago's newest source of cosmic vibrations: Leisure Records.

Non-stop vibes from the city's finest DJs:
Paid Time Off
Kuh Lida
Jarvis Mason
Mr. Gac
Daniel Van Duerm

Get a copy of the record before it hits the streets, and of course:

Enjoy some drinks.

See y'all there.

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Check the tunes: https://soundcloud.com/leisurerecords/sets/drinks-casual-friday-12

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Aug
17
6:00 PM18:00

Scenes of Resistance in 1968 Chicago by K.Kofi Moyo

The Research House for Asian Art
3217 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60608

this exhibition is organised by coprosperity.org
Free

The exhibition highlights the work of Chicago-based photojournalist K. Kofi Moyo and mines other sources for figures, scenes, and texts reflecting resistance and opposition in Chicago circa 1968. Curated by Romi Crawford. Part of the 68+50 Series of events .

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Aug
15
8:00 PM20:00

Music: The Shacks

8PM // $10 // 18+

The Shacks
There are precisely two moments when THE SHACKS will stop you dead in your tracks. The first comes when you hear their music, a seductively dreamy blend of early rock, vintage soul, and intimately hushed vocals that seem to float out weightlessly from the ether. The second comes when you see the band and realize that the artists behind these captivating sounds are, in fact, barely out of high school.

Fronted by 20-year-old singer/bassist Shannon Wise and 21-year-old guitarist/producer Max Shrager, THE SHACKS are already well on their way to becoming one of the year’s big breakouts, and their remarkable debut album, ‘Haze,’ solidifies their status as a band with ability to deliver on the well-deserved buzz. With a sound that’s somehow both retro and modern at once, their cinematic songs play out like the soundtrack to some long lost 16mm film, beckoning you into their grainy, saturated world of analog beauty. It’s as unique as it sounds, and in the short time that they’ve been together, THE SHACKS have already made an impressive mark.

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Jul
28
6:00 PM18:00

Captured Light: Photography Drawing by Lukios Kahun & Slangism

Captured Light: Photography Drawing by Lukios Kahun & Slangism

Join us for a Pop Up Art exhibition of new work by legendary Chicago Artist, Slangism.

About Slang:

A self-taught artist, Tyrue “Slang” Jones has been cultivating and innovating ideas reflected though his artwork for over 25 years. His wide array of styles, ranging from graffiti to fine art, has gained attention around the globe.

His signature style of “Figurative Graffiti,” recognized both nationally and internationally, combines flowing shapes and abstracted letterforms with traditional figure painting.

Roger Gastman, author of “The History Of American Graffiti” says, “SLANG single handedly defines the Chicago graffiti movement. For 30 years he has been a nonstop force pushing the limits of his art and teaching the history of the culture that he helped to create.”

He has worked as an established graffiti artist, fine artist, graphic designer, and professional television animator. His clients have included: Warner Bros. Animation Studios, Startoons Animation Studios, Walt Disney Interactive, General Mills, Universal Music, Def Jam, Interscope, Allstate, Leo Burnett and Viacom (MTV, VH1 and Nickelodeon).

The fusing of different genres of art has given his work an unmistakable originality and flair that is constantly evolving.

He is currently being the sole proprietor of the Gala Gallery, located in the West Town area of Chicago, IL.

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Jul
17
8:00 PM20:00

Story Club South Side

FIRST — When you beat the middle school crowd to the slide at recess. Or the electricity that jammed your nervous system when you finally found out what a kiss feels like. Or when you stood behind a mic and spilled the beans and your heart on the floor in front of a room of strangers.

 

In July, Story Club South Side celebrates your first times and first-in-lines with featured storytellers who have never been featured before! First-time tellers on what "first" really means! 

 

Our First-time Featured Storytellers this month are:

 

• Face-, body-, and mural painter TENE SMITH!

 

• Fiction writer SOTON ROSANWO!

 

Hosted by first-time host & Co-Producer CYNTHIA HANIFIN alongside Story Club North Side Host STEPHANIE DOUGLASS!

 

These are all of the night's happenings:

 

@ 6:30 PM - A FREE WORKSHOP with Story Club producers for anyone who has a story, an idea for a story, or just the jitters!

@ 7:30 PM - Open Mic sign-up starts (2-3 open mic stories every month!)

@ 8 PM - Live Storytelling Show!

 

$5 tickets before the show, $10 tickets cash at the door. Cash bar! (We are no longer BYOB, but we offer all the delightful booze you can drink at our cash bar!)

 

The Co-Prosperity Sphere is the glorious radio station/performance space/art gallery that houses our enthusiasm! Cozy up to the lovinest room in Chicago!

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Jul
13
7:00 PM19:00

Big Syn, Woongi, Daymaker, Cordoba

Friday July 13 • 18+ • $10

 

Sphere faves Big Syn bop back with WoongiDaymaker, & Cordoba - CHI on July 13th for another night of heavy electronics and big pop sounds, this special event will be a late-night rocker; 

 

Four bands, doors at 7 as Big Syn makes their triumphant return! It’s July 13th, and it benefits Lumpen Radio.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/647347568944393/

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Jul
11
8:00 PM20:00

Empty Bottle Presents: Suicide Year / Clara La San / Jeremiah Meece

830PM // $12 (advance), $15 // 17+ (**at Co-Prosperity Sphere)

B: https://www.facebook.com/events/1664095173697929/

BANDS:

Suicideyear

James Prudhomme, better known as SUICIDEYEAR, is an American electronic composer, DJ, and songwriter from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He’s released a collection of projects with Oneohtrix Point Never’s imprint Software Label Co, Brodinski’s Bromance and recently with LuckyMe. Recently he released the single "Spider Feet" featuring Swedish rapper Yung Lean. As a producer, he’s collaborated with a wide range of artists including Lean, Denzel Curry, Chynna, OG Maco and Bbymutha among others. Initially recognized for his unofficial remixes of artists such as Travis Porter, Future, and Three Six Mafia, over the years he’s been tapped to remix the likes of Jacques Greene, Mikky Ekko, Autre Ne Veut and more.

 

Clara La San

UK based artist CLARA LA SAN's music has been circulating the internet for a while, accumulating almost 1 million streams on Soundcloud and her long awaited debut tape Good Mourning (self released in 2017) garnering much attention. Her love of OSTs glisten through lip bitingly strong productions, which move with an ethereal thizz and lush weightlessness. She carries and guides us through her world with whispy vocals and sweet yet confident, confessional hooks. Even her razor-sharp uptempo tracks bear a sense of longing and a truthfully romantic appeal which conveys intimacy through honest human emotion.

 

Jeremiah Meece

Stopping by to DJ the heat is JEREMIAH MEECE, who wears many sonic hats: THE-DRUM, JODY, VALIS, & CLIQUE TALK among them. His projects have always taken elements of both deep R&B cuts and mainstream pop and run them through a spaced-out, psychedelic filter. Mmmm, yes. Very nice.

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Broken Dreams
May
18
to Jun 1

Broken Dreams

Opening Friday, May 18, 6PM – 10PM

This exhibition brings together five Chicago artists who share the communication style of angst, frustration and disappointment of living in modern society. The exhibition is built around the theme of “punk” expression, which not only embraces aggression, violence and nihilism, but also self-reliance, DIY aesthetic and humor. Artists in this show do not try to create “punk art,” rather they approach the subject with the same attitude as youth in punk bands around the world. Visuals are harsh, and to the point, with sharp edges, and high contrasts. The use of these elements includes anti-design and ugly aesthetics –visual manifestations of punk’s brutal, discordant sound.

Curated by Stano Grezdo

Featuring artists Stano GrezdoJason LaMantiaEric StefanskiTom TorluemkeOmar Velazquez

Preview exhibition – HERE


On view through June 1 by appointment please contact hannah@lumpenradio.com

 

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Michael Rakowitz's Radio Silence Series
May
4
to Jun 22

Michael Rakowitz's Radio Silence Series

Tune in to WLPN 105.5 or online at lumpenradio.com, Fridays 11AM weekly for new episodes, through June 15.

Artist Michael Rakowitz's seven-episode radio broadcast, Radio Silence, produced in Philadelphia, the birthplace of American democracy, was inspired by famed Iraqi broadcaster Bahjat Abdulwahed, who lived in the city as a refugee until his death in 2016. The project interweaves dreams and memories from Iraq, America, and in-between into a soundscape of the contemporary refugee experience, the Iraqi diaspora, and the culture of an Iraq, that due to war and political unrest, no longer exists.

Interview with the artist TBD

http://www.radiosilence.site/

Radio Silence is a large-scale project originally produced by Mural Arts Philadelphia, with artist Michael Rakowitz and curator Elizabeth Thomas, and launched with a large-scale performance on Independence Mall in Historic Philadelphia that was simulcast on PhillyCAM TV.

 

About Michael Rakowitz:

Michael Rakowitz (b. 1973, New York) is an artist living and working in Chicago. In 1998 he initiated paraSITE, an ongoing project in which the artist custom builds inflatable shelters for homeless people that attach to the exterior outtake vents of a building’s heating, ventilation, or air conditioning system. His work has appeared in venues worldwide including dOCUMENTA (13), P.S.1, MoMA, MassMOCA, Castello di Rivoli, the 16th Biennale of Sydney, the 10th Istanbul Biennial, Sharjah Biennial 8, Tirana Biennale, National Design Triennial at the Cooper-Hewitt, and Transmediale 05. He has had solo exhibitions at Tate Modern in London, Lombard Freid Gallery in New York, Alberto Peola Arte Contemporanea in Torino, and Kunstraum Innsbruck. His public project, Return, was presented by Creative Time in New York in 2006. He is the recipient of a 2012 Tiffany Foundation Award; a 2008 Creative Capital Grant; a Sharjah Biennial Jury Award; a 2006 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Grant in Architecture and Environmental Structures; the 2003 Dena Foundation Award, and the 2002 Design 21 Grand Prix from UNESCO. His work features in major private and public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Neue Galerie, Kassel, Germany; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Smart Museum of Art, Chicago; Van Abbemuseum, Endhoven, Netherlands; The British Museum; Kabul National Museum, Afghanistan; and UNESCO, Paris. His solo exhibition, The worst condition is to pass under a sword which is not one’s own was on view at Tate Modern in London in 2010. A new commission for SALT in Istanbul premiered in November 2011. Rakowitz was commissioned by Creative Time in 2011 for his project, Spoils, a culinary intervention at New York City’s Park Avenue restaurant that invited diners to eat off of plates looted from Saddam Hussein’s palaces. The project culminated in the repatriation of the former Iraqi President’s flatware to the Republic of Iraq at the behest of current Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki on December 15, 2011—the date Coalition Forces left Iraq. Enemy Kitchen (2003-ongoing) is a food truck serving Iraqi food to Chicago’s hungry public, staffed by veterans of the Iraq War working under Iraqi refugee chefs. Another recent project, The Breakup, was first presented by Al Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art in Jerusalem in October 2010, and was exhibited at Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago in 2014. He is currently working on a new commission for the 14th Istanbul Biennial. Rakowitz is Professor of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University and is represented by Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago; Jane Lombard Gallery, New York; and Barbara Wien Galerie in Berlin.

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