7:30 doors / 8:00 bands
$12 Admission / 21+
Beer provided by Marz Community Brewing
Lasers and Fast and Shit
Tongue Party [Minneapolis]
In coalition with many partners, Public Media Institute presents a series of exhibitions and programs that highlight the creative work of groups. Seeking useful models to inspire experimental infrastructures for culture and politics, this multi-pronged festival will gather activists, architects, artists, buddies, brewers chefs, journalists, incarcerated youth, psychologists and many others to work through what it is to work together.
The Togetherism festival examines creative experiments with horizontal, collective art-making and organizing. Work done in groups provokes us to consider more natural social forms and challenges conventions of value in art and society. What does it mean to work collectively in the time of isolated, individualized labor in the arts and beyond? Why do groups come together, and how do they fall apart?
The series is inspired by (and hopes to inspire) forms of radical, liberating practice where collective creative work rethinks and reforms the ways of living in society. The festival will feature the work of both historical and contemporary groups from Chicago and beyond. Not quite utopian, each group serves variously as a proof of concept, a failure, a new direction to pursue, an example of why *we* need to change.
Highlights will include:
The relaunch of “Groups + Spaces,” a web platform built by Temporary Services for artist groups, artist-run spaces and self-publishers. Co-Prosperity Sphere will host wiki-thons to populate and update the database.
The exhibition Now What?! Avocacy, Activism, and Alliances in American Architecture since 1968, presented by ArchiteXX collective
A major exhibition organized in collaboration with Just Seeds Collective, coinciding with their semi-annual convening in Chicago this October,
Tender House project: an exhibition at Chicago Bridgehouse Museum featuring architect Mejay Gula and others’ visions to use the city’s underutilized bridge houses for community art spaces
A Group Relations Conference and performance organized by artists Netta Sadovsky and Fred Schmidt-Arenales will examine dynamics and power relations within groups of creatives;
Reenactments of important group artworks, a radio series and a publication featuring the work of such contemporary and historical groups groups as Deep Time, Related Tactics, Artists for a Democratic Society, Mutant Salon, Temporary Services, Lucy Parsons Lab, HAHA, InCubate, ArchiGo, Project Fielding, Art for a Democratic Society, Related Tactics & Feel Tank.
Preservation of Fire: featuring a jazz poster exhibition, live radio broadcast and concerts with Angel Bat Dawid, Isaiah Collier, Ben LaMar Gay, AACM, Junius Paul, the Drum Divas, Shanta Nurullah, Isaiah Spencer, Will Miller’s Resavoir (featuring Akenya), Sura Dupart, Soji Adebayo and others.
Science (is not) Fair: A participatory queer science fair explores how technology and bio-medical systems interact with, or ignore, LGBTQ identities and bodies. The fair will expose new ideas and artworks made by artists, scientists and queers alike. A publication will be formed by these conversations and artworks alongside germane academic papers. Curated by David Nasca.
An evening of cutting-edge, never-before-seen work from HCL’s artists in residence. Co-presented by Public Media Institute, ticket includes light food from Kimski and beer from Marz Community Brewing
The featured artists represent a range of creative practices across music, installation, and performance:
-Karen Christopher and Etheridge & Persighetti perform as THICK TIME RADIO STATION. For Art Jam they will perform "Lighthouses," an action designed for the Co-Prosperity Sphere space.
- Maggie Kubley performs excerpts from “Safety Coffin,” which invites audiences to explore feelings regarding death through original music, installation pieces, video and various performance mediums.
- Jennifer Ligaya presents an installation as part of the “Ligaya Project(s),” which uses visual/graphic, sound, and text research and exploration as tools archiving individuals’ ancestral knowledge systems in order to access languages at their root.
-Baudouin Saintyves presents excerpts from “Shapes of Emergence,” which integrates an orchestrated live music performance and his current physics lab experimentation in fluid dynamics and electronic music controllers and softwares.
featuring performances by...
~ FREDDIE DOUGGIE ~
Ben LaMar Gay + JayVe Montgomery + special guest(s)
~ RENÉE BAKER'S DHUTANGA ARTET ~
$10 admission at the door
cassette copies of Freddie Douggie's new International Anthem album "Live on Juneteenth" will be available for purchase.
Preview the album here:
...this Juneteenth performance will be part of...
SHUT UP STONE MOUNTAIN
7:30PM // $10 (adv.), $12 // 21+
The BITCHIN BAJAS are flowing through Co-Pro, so chill and purdy. Today’s electronic/drone/ambient household name BITCHIN BAJAS started as a humble synthesized solo outlet before morphing into the powerhouse trio made up of Cooper Crain, Dan Quinlivan and Rob Frye that we all know and love today. Pushing far past the walls and bridges of our sonic universe and synthesizing sights and sounds of distant worlds, Drag City's finest are ready to bless Chicago with a night of aural-cellular growth.
AXIS:SOVA reports for a meeting of the beast within, bringing good, odd vibes to resonate through the night. At its origin, AXIS: SOVA existed primarily as a solo affair for Chicago guitarist BRETT SOVA, his savage guitar and voice accompanied only by a blown out drum machine - the Rhythm Arranger. Since then, the AXIS:SOVA's live experience has evolved, expanded, and contracted. No matter the lineup, it consistently fries ears and minds with vivid guitarisms fully gone off.
A sense of place has been essential to the music of BROKEBACK since guitarist/bassist Douglas McCombs first launched the project in 1995. Each album develops with exacting detail, revealing McCombs’s gift for dialing in the essence of a mood, feeling, or distant locale with a handful of reverb-laden guitar tones, elegant and sustained, strategically placed and sparingly deployed. The instrumental landscapes he creates on Illinois River Valley Blues are utterly transportive, evoking familiar open-frontier soundtracks and charting out new sonic territory.
Musical Tracing Ensemble
MUSICAL TRACING ENSEMBLE is a contingent of musicians led by fearless leader AARON M. OLSON (The Rests, L.A. Takedown). The premise of the MUSICAL TRACING ENSEMBLE is as simple as it is strange: all musicians’ headphones are dialed into one outputting sound source, and they attempt to transpose whatever they hear with their own instrument off-the-cuff and on-the-fly. Hop on this journey with us; don't worry, we'll hold your hand.
s+s project, in collaboration with Co-prosperity Sphere, ShowBoat, and Defibrillator performance gallery, is delighted to present a group exhibition, Broken English, curated by Sofia Moreno. Broken English is a group show celebrating contemporary art and artists currently working in and between Mexico City and Chicago.
Nayla Transchanga| Joyous K Beverly-Bundles | Jovan Israel | Frank Pollard | J as Liz Mputu | Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero | Caleb Yono | Armando Lozano | David Nasca | Fernando Fershow Escarcega | Christopher Sonny Martinez| Roger Muñoz | Amanda Joy Calobrisi | Samara Guzman Fernandez | Braulio Maga | Vicente Ugartechea | Jaja Rolim | Rosé Hernandez | Pete Brooks | Gemelos VS | Patricia Kattkins | Ryan Greenlee|Charles Ernest Roberts III | Estrella Morales | Marcel Alcalá | Daniel Alexander | Ainé Marín | Zachary Hutchinson | Efrén Arcoiris | Bluerojo23x | Perras de Museo | ColectivoMultipolar | AntibodyCorporation | Mimi Virus | Rai Yin Hsu
A strange but friendly creature bestows upon you a quest to find an artifact, lost between worlds, and get it home to Portsbridge — before it turns you to stone! This is the ticketed part of our new game event, Dimension Door on May 18, where we celebrate local games, designers, and players with FREE demos at the Co-Prosperity Sphere! That night we present “Dimension of Danger,” a thrilling stand-alone D&D side quest from Level Eater Adventures, benefitting Lumpen Radio! Space is limited, get your tickets now!
This year, Co-Prosperity Sphere will host The Chicago High School for the Arts' Visual Arts Conservatory Senior Showcase Exhibition. This special exhibition will include original works made by this year's graduating class. The exhibition will run from May 10 - May 17, 2019. A public opening reception will be held on Friday, May 10, 2019 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM.
The Senior Showcase is the culminating exhibition of a ChiArts visual arts student's high school career. The works on view will include selections from each students' year-long thesis investigations as part of their Major AP Studio Art Course. ChiArts' Visual Arts Conservatory offers the following majors: Drawing and Painting, Photography, Sculpture, and Visual Communications. Students will also exhibit works made in their elective courses- Digital Media, Wearable Sculpture, Sequential Art, and Contemporary Practices: Performance and Installation.
Support for the 2019 Senior Showcase Exhibition is provided in part by the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation. We are deeply grateful for the Thoma Foundation's support in giving the Visual Arts Class of 2019 a platform.
-Poster design by Iris Rivera-
Join us May 4, 2019 at the Co-Prosperity Sphere for a special exhibition and evening of performances by founders and participants of the Chicago No Wave scene of the 1990s.
Chicago No Wave was typified by abstraction, noise, abrasion, nihilism, black humor, intensity, chaos, surrealism and experimentation. The sights and sounds of this lesser known part of Chicago’s cultural history will be shared in this one night freak out. We are excited in presenting one of the standard bearers of the No Wave sound, the Flying Luttenbachers, whose new album, Shattered Dimension was just released.
There will also be performances by musicians Bobby Conn, Azita, and DJ Le Deuce, whose careers were born in that era. A special reunion performance by D.O.G., and an inter dimensional live set by 0th.
An archive of fliers, zines, photos, videos and images from the Chicago No Wave scene from 1992-1999 that has been collected from participants and fans from the period and will be on display. Visual art by some of the scene’s cultural ambassadors: Jodi Mechanic, Kelly Kuvo, Rose and Shane Bugbee will also be exhibited.
Lumpen magazine will release a series of photocopied zines that showcases its coverage of artists and musicians during that era, a collection of written works by Lumpen Time contributors from that period, and a zine of reproductions of fliers and posters from the Chicago No Wave period.
Don't Panic Records & Distro is teaming up with The Greater Chicago Industrial Workers of the World to raise money for their strike fund. The IWW is a rank and file, radical, syndicalist union for workers of all industries, because an Injury to One is an Injury to All. All workers, all industries, one big union ♥
Erzulie [Jazz Metal]
Erzulie (pronounced ah-zih-lee) is a 5-piece Chicago jazz metal band inspired by Voodoo culture, Panamanian folklore, and urban grit. Their premium blend of thrash metal, Latin jazz, indie rock and blues generates raw melodies that mesmerize audiences. They have been compared to Kitty, Jinjer, and Mudvayne. Bandcamp: https://erzulie.bandcamp.com/album/audiohex-bad-blood-saga-ep
Indisposed [Chicago Skramz]
Indisposed is an abrasive and artistic four-piece influenced by screamo, post-rock, math-rock, and spoken-word with song structures shifting pace between chaotically dissonant to melodically haunting. Bandcamp: https://indisposed.bandcamp.com/
The Just Luckies [Dreamy Rock N Roll]
For the past five years, The Just Luckies, a gang of four sparkle greasers, have been mixing elements of punk, pop, and country roots into a dreamy blend of rock n roll music. Bandcamp: https://thejustluckies.bandcamp.com/
Butchered [Chicago Punk Rock]
Four filthy animals making filthy punk music. Bandcamp: https://butchered.bandcamp.com/
All proceeds benefit The Greater Chicago IWW's general strike fund
If you're interested in joining The Greater Chicago IWW or would like to know how you can organize your workplace, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.iww.org/ for more information.
Celebrating the 1 year anniversary of the Beatdown Soundsystem! Performances from Dj Vadim, Dub-Stuy feat. Jahdan Blakkamoore and Beatdown Sound selectors- Junior D, Kinky P & Chuckster. Roots & Culture, Dub, Hip-Hop, Dubstep, Bass vibes all night! beers by Marz Brewing, at "Co-Prosperity Sphere" an experimental cultural center located in the neighborhood of Bridgeport, Chicago.
Join us at the Co-Prosperity Sphere on Saturday, April 20th from 4-8pm, as we open the door to warm spring breezes and reset our chakras together. We will drink tea, explore the health benefits of sardines, hug stuffed bears, talk to plants, offer tarot readings, explore alternative homeopathic ideas, drink CBD-infused potions, and much much more! Admission is free.
Wellmart is a space to initiate vibes of regeneration and deep care. During the opening of Wellmart, we will be honoring Co-Prosperity Sphere’s new Artist-ran Curatorial Team.
The first cohort of artists comprises: Brandon Alvendia, Stella Brown, Alex Chitty, Max Guy, Lise Haller Baggesen, Naomi Hawksley, Manal Kara, Nicole Marroquin, David Nasca, Claire Pentecost, Anthony Stepter, Hereaclitus Vernon, and Linglin Yan, Catherine Schwalbe, and others
Most of the cohort will be present at Wellmart, and will convey creative care to our guests. You can meet these members of our community who’ve generously committed to care-taking Co-Prosperity Sphere’s resources to support an artist-run Chicago.
Our casual Saturday afternoon gathering will be augmented by complimentary Marz beverages and soothing rhythms as we take time for communal healing.
Want to be a Wellmart care provider? We’re welcoming your contributions! Get in touch with us at email@example.com
The sell-out hit comedy show Cards Against Humanity: Late Night Writers Room is heading to Co-Prosperity Sphere! The show is an irreverent night of improv comedy based on the party game Cards Against Humanity, and hosted by its creators. After audience members pitch their card ideas, the best suggestions are acted out by the Cards Against Humanity writers and friends. The worst suggestions will be mercilessly ridiculed.
Tickets are $10
All proceeds from tickets sales will be donated to Co-Prosperity Sphere/Lumpen Radio/Public Media Institute.
Hasty Happenings is a one night only open participation exhibition that features artworks made in a matter of moments, hurried objects that were created with little care for perfect presentation. Everyone is welcome to participate, as long as it's with an artwork they make between learning of the show and the opening on Thursday, April 19.
Each piece in the exhibition is a snapshot of the momentary mental and emotional state assumed at the time of creation—tapping into the pleasure of completion and reverential observance of the tossed off.
Hasty Happenings is conceived of proposed and organized by Adrien Guadagnino with the support of Co-Prosperity Programming Council (CoProProCo) member Alex Chitty.
HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE:
1. Make an artwork! Hastily! Something brand new!*
2. Come to Co-Pro on Wednesday April 17. 5-10 to drop off/install your work**
3. Attend the opening Thursday April 7-10!
4. Pick up your piece before you leave!***
*Accepted artworks include:
a) works on paper able to be hung with blue tape on the wall
b) video pieces 3 minutes or fewer in mp4 brought on a thumb drive or emailed to be projected on a loop via VLC and projector
c) 3 minute performances (sign up form at the door)
d) sculptures to put on the floor or on a table
e) social things you do the night of the opening- no need to tell us about them :)
**last minute dropoff and hasty install is allowed on the night of the opening, April 18, 5-7pm
***artworks left will be collected by the curator Adrien Gaudagnino. They may be picked up by April 25
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org AND email@example.com
Join us for the launch of Future Rootz Records. We are excited to share the first two projects of the record label that includes:
• A remix album of What Goes Up by the Chicago Afrobeat Project featuring Tony Allen w/ #remixes by Maga Bo, Ron Trent, AfroQbano, Sound Culture, Sol Power Sound, Kevin Ford, and Jose Marquez.
• A 7" by the #Chicago trio Beats y Batería - Daniel Crane (Bateria), Harold Gonzalez Medina (Beats), & Ana Munteanu (Vocals). The EP includes two tracks Saraiman and Alturas.
For more information check out www.beatsybateria.com
Beats y Batería ((Vinyl Release)) - www.soundcloud.com/beatsybateria
Jose Marquez ((DJ Set - LA/Fania Records)) - www.soundcloud.com/jose-marquez
Future Rootz #SonSistema ((DJ Sets & Release of What Goes Up Remixed ft. Chicago Afrobeat Project & Tony Allen)) - www.chicagoafrobeatproject.com
Pop-Up Record Shop
Food by Taco Joint
Visuals by Charly Garcia ((#Giroscopio))
Admission is $10 or $25 w/ Future Rootz Limited Edition Vinyl
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:
Jeremy K. Jones
Terry Patrick Jr.
Kenneth Charles Leftridge Jr.
Colin Hamann Drozdoff
Poster by the incomparable Rebecca Baruc.
COME DANCE // BRING YOUR FRIENDS // SEE YOU THERE
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.
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)
Dan Salls (Quiote)
James moorehouse (Aleman Brewing)
Rick Ortiz (Antique Taco)
Kevin hickey (The Duck Inn)
Always Hungry Chi
Bo Fowler (Owen and Engine, Bixi)
Abe Conlon (Fat Rice)
Kevin Coval (Author and poet)
Michael Gebert (fooditor)
Anthony Baier (Kimski)
Bryan collante (Eden)
JUMBO MUMBO aims to find things that are bigger than they should be; or anything confusing, nonsensical, or hard to decipher.
With work by:
Charlotte Croy Hudson
Matt & Lynette Sage
Onsmith & Nudd
Opening Night Performers:
Video Projection by Jillian Musielak
Sound Installation by Todd Irwin
Music Performance by SPVD
Curated by Drew Ryan and Reuben Kincaid.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time to view the exhibition.
For press inquiries or any other questions please email: email@example.com
Sponsored by Firebelly + Public Media Institute
February 2nd, 2019
$10 • 21+
Pinebender - pinebender.bandcamp.com
Parlour [Louisville] - parlour.bandcamp.com
The Poison Arrows - thepoisonarrows.bandcamp.com
William Covert [Tape Release] - coupsurcoup.bandcamp.com/album/music-for-synthesizer-and-drums
7pm doors 🚪 8pm bands 🌚 done by midnight
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!
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!
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.
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!
Join us Friday November 2nd for a Dia de Muertos Party like no other! We're setting up the dance floor with only the best vintage Latin sounds hand-picked, by some of the finest record collectors and selectors from Mexico, Cuba, Brazil and the U.S.
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!
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.