DISCO DEMOLITION BOOK RELEASE
Jul
8
Jul 9

DISCO DEMOLITION BOOK RELEASE

  • co-prosperity sphere

by DAVE HOEKSTRA with STEVE DAHL, photography by PAUL NATKIN

Friday July 8 between 7-10 PM @ Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219 S. Morgan) followed by an after-party @ Maria's Packaged Goods (960 W. 31st St) between 9 PM-2 AM.

Foreword by BOB ODENKIRK

Curbside Splendor is thrilled to announce Disco Demolition: The Night Disco Died, the first book to take on the night that changed America’s disco culture forever.

In the late 1970s disco music dominated radio airwaves, much to the dismay of rockmusic fans who viewed it as a threat to their very way of life. To boost attendance at Old Comiskey Park (now U.S. Cellular Field), White Sox owner Bill Veeck and Chicago DJ legend Steve Dahl collaborated to host “Disco Demolition” on July 12, 1979, when the team was scheduled to play a double-header against the Detroit Tigers. Admission to the park was 98 cents and a disco record. The plan was to destroy the records on the field between games, declaring absolutely how rock fans felt about disco. Attendance exceeded 50,000, far beyond anyone’s estimations, and when fans stormed the field for the demolition, chaos ensued. Police cleared the field, Comiskey Park was evacuated, and the second game was cancelled—for the first time in Major League Baseball history.

Disco Demolition: The Night Disco Died features over 45 interviews conducted by journalist Dave Hoekstra with sports and music icons (including Nile Rodgers and Rick Nielsen) as well as Comiskey Park employees and Chicago club and record store owners, a foreword by actor Bob Odenkirk, archival photographs by the legendary Paul Natkin, and an introduction by Steve Dahl, the man who launched it all.

“If you were young and shiftless—and viscerally repulsed by Abba—Steve Dahl was a god. And you were drawn to Disco Demolition."

—ESPN.com

To celebrate the release of the book both the Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219-21 S Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60607) and Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar (960 W. 31st Street) are hosting its own double-header of events on Friday, July 8. The first part of the "series" will take place at Co-Prosperity between 7-10 PM and will include a book signing with both Dave Hoekstra and Steve Dahl (books will be available for purchase that night) and an exhibition of documentary photographs by Paul Natkin from the infamous evening and pictures taken for the book. To capture the gestalt of the occasion, a soundtrack of disco and rock music the period in question will be compiled by DJs Joe Bryl and Logan Bay to enhance the verisimilitude of the evening, and rekindle the cultural collision of the period.

The action will then shift to Maria's starting 9 PM where DJ Lady D (aka Darlene Jackson who is featured and interviewed in the book) will play a classic Chicago House set to highlight the emergence of House music here in Chicago in the wake of the event and how Disco Demolition gave unexpected birth to this phenomenal movement. For more details on DJ Lady D see http://artistecard.com/djladyd. DJ Lady D will also be joined by DJ Jevon Jackson. 

About the Contributors:

Dave Hoekstra is a former columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and a longtime radio host for WGN. Dave was a 29 year veteran of the Chicago Sun-Times (he recently left his post in a buyout in 2014) and is considered a consummate newsman, oral historian, archivist and storyteller in the grand tradition of New Yorker writer Joseph Mitchell ("Up In the Old Hotel"). In 2013, he won two Peter Lisagor Awards from the Chicago Headline Club and a Studs Terkel Community Media Award from the Community Media Workshop. He previously published to great acclaim The People's Place: Soul Food Restaurants and Reminiscences from the Civil Rights Era to Today. 

Paul Natkin has photographed The Rolling Stones, Keith Richards, Brian Wilson, and many others. He was an official photographer of the Oprah Winfrey Show, and has shot magazine covers for Newsweek, Ebony, Spin, and People. Paul has been one of the most sought-out portrait and music documentary photographers and has contributed to such publications as CREEM Magazine, Rolling Stone, Time, Newsweek, People, Playboy, Ebony and many others. His photographs have also been used by many local indie labels including Alligator, Delmark and Blind Pig. In 1988, he accompanied Keith Richards on his Xpensive Wino Tour which resulted in further work as tour photographer for the Rolling Stones. He recently had an exhibit of his massive portfolio at the Chicago Cultural center and is personally involved with various charity work including Farm Aid and Rock For Reading. He has previously worked with Dave Hoekstra on 2013's "The Supper Club Book: A Celebration of a Midwest Tradition".

Steve Dahl is an American radio personality and former columnist for the Chicago Tribune. Originally, Dahl broadcast with Detroit stations WABX and WWWW and later with Chicago stations WCKG, WDAI, WLUP, WMVP and WLS. He is a Chicago radio icon and noted for his quick wit, humor and storytelling ability where he often intertwines his own personal affairs into the public discourse. In addition to his radio career, Dahl is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist. His band, Teenage Radiation, recorded and performed a number of song parodies (which he often played on his show throughout the 1980s) and since 1990 he has performed and recorded as Steve Dahl and the Dahlfins. Dahl also continues to host a separate, 90-minute daily podcast besides his current show on WLS Radio.

About Curbside Splendor: 

Curbside Splendor was conceived as a punk rock band in the early 1990s in an apartment in Urbana, Illinois. The band never really went anywhere, but Curbside was re-founded as an independent press in the fall of 2009. We're located in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. We publish fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry that celebrates art, urban life, and extraordinary voices.
curbsidesplendor.com


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There is no cover for this twi-night double header. 

Apr
8
Apr 10

My America: Being Human by Ron B. Thompson

My America: Being Human Gallery Opening

Friday, April 8 • Opening Reception • 6PM-10PM

Saturday, April 9 • Artist Talk • 3-3:30PM

Gallery Hours:

Saturday, April 9th: 10AM-6PM • Sunday, April 10th: 12PM-6PM

Co-Prosperity Sphere • 3219 S Morgan St

 

"My America: Being Human" conveys American iconic comic superheroes commenting on civil injustice within the black experience. Superheroes fight against injustice and fought for civil rights, which teaches that one individual has the power to make a difference.  

In the 21st century, people of color are still fighting for their humanity and civil rights. Black communities have to constantly challenge the idea of freedom without compromise through movements like the Ferguson riots, Baltimore riots, and the Million Man March (Justice Or Else) are representations of the people refusing to be invisible and directly challenging forces that contest their opposition for freedom and equality strengthen our culture.

In spite of threats and attack, the oppressed still stands for justice.

Ron B. Thompson resides in Chicago as an artist in resident where he is developing his professional art career. 

Visit Ron B. Thompson's site HERE

Mar
25
8:00 pm20:00

MIDI User's Group, Jace Ewing & Pastel Fractal LIVE


Friday, March 25th • 8PM to 11PM
Co-Prosperity Sphere • 3219 S Morgan St
$5 Suggested Donation

Co-Prosperity presents an eclectic electric evening of digital euphony for your cyborganic auditory input.  

Travis Hallenbeck’s MIDI User’s Group project combines modern approaches with new and obsolete hardware to create a dynamic soup of algorithmic and improvisational machine dances.

Listen to MIDI User's Group HERE

Jace Ewing’s debut album “Simple System,” is described by its label as: “experiments with homebrew software for generating/transforming melodic patterns. Mathematical purity is mixed with loose improvisation, resulting in a distinctively casual brand of formalism.”

Listen to Ewing’s debut album HERE

Pastel Fractal is a project by Chicago-based artist Alexander DeGraaf that combines music and installation sculpture. The primary objective is to promote resourcefulness and community togetherness by means of dance music and salvaged material innovation.

Listen to Pastel Fractal HERE

Lumpen Magazine #127 Release Party + Typeforce 7 Closing
Mar
11
7:00 pm19:00

Lumpen Magazine #127 Release Party + Typeforce 7 Closing

Join us for some art and activism as we release issue # 127 of Lumpen Magazine. The ho down is this Friday March 11, from 7-10pm. We will have some refreshing media and beverages for you to enjoy.

This event will also be the last time you can check out the beautiful Typeforce 7 exhibition. If you haven't seen it you should.

In this issue we’ve highlighted some people and organizations
that are engaged in activism and non-profit work to try to make this city a better place to live.

It features work by:
Rob Hager
Lila Nordstrom
Jerry Boyle
Joe Collier
Amanda Scotese
Kyle Gaffin
Dan Sloan
Chris Hedges
Charlie Festa
Leah Menzer
Ben Marcus
Grant Reynolds
Jessica Campbell
Johnny Sampson
Kevin Budnik
Max_Morris
Nate Beaty
Sarah Leitten
Two Tone Comix

The issue of Lumpen has been designed by Jeremiah Chiu of Studio Chew. It ushers in a new transition for Lumpen Magazine as we enter our 25th year of publishing.

Feb
26
6:00 pm18:00

Typeforce7 Opening Night

Typeforce7 Opening Night

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/928522143850163/

Friday, February 26th • 6PM-­10PM
Co­Prosperity Sphere • 3219 S Morgan St

Every year, curators Ed Marzsewski & Dawn Hancock select the works to be installed and exhibited in Chicago’s Typeforce. Historically, these works have comprised some of the best type or lettering­based art being created in our city and beyond.

Just wait to you see these pieces. Damn.

2016 EXHIBITING ARTISTS

Alexander Hayashi, Andy Gregg, Anna Mort, Benjamin Koditschek, Brian Hanson, Bud Rodecker, Carlos Segura, Coleman Collins, Collin Joyce, David Sieren, Elisabeth Hass, Ellen Winston, James Johnston, Jenna Blazevich, Jessica Barrett Sattell, Kyle Meyer, Lora Fosberg, Michael Gump, Michael Zhang, Michelle Winchell, Mohamed Dardiri, Peter Compernolle, Pouya Ahmadi, Pegah Ahmadi, Remy Glock, Rick Griffith, Rick Valicenti, Sam Rosen, Scott Albrecht, Shelby Rothenöfer, Taek Kim, Taekyeom Lee, Tanner Bowman, and Tanner Woodford


The show runs through March 11.

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday Mar 1st - Thurs Mar 3rd 5-9PM
Friday Mar 4th 2-6PM
Sunday March 6th 4-7PM
Monday Mar 7th - Thurs Mar 10th 5-9PM
Friday Mar 11th 2-6PM
Also by Appointment, Please Email:
loganbaybay@gmail.com

Feb
16
8:00 pm20:00

Story Club South Side

Story Club South Side
Tuesday February 16th • 8PM
Co­Prosperity Sphere • 3219 S Morgan St
$10 suggested donation

FREE WORKSHOP for anyone who wants to work on their story with Story Club
Producers starts at 6:30 PM
Open Mic sign­up starts at 7:30 PM
Event starts at 8:00 PM

THE ULTIMATE NIGHT OF SHORTS
In February, our featured performers will tell us stories in FIVE SENTENCES. And can tell up to three stories! This short month, let's keep it short!

FEATURED PERFORMERS: *Mommy blogger Sheilah O'Grady

*Flight attendant and storyteller Eileen Dougharty

*Improviser Alif Muhammad

*Host of Story Club North Side Ali Kelley

*Random Conversations with Elizabeth Podcaster Elizabeth Cambridge

* and special appearances by Story Club producers!

Feb
9
8:00 pm20:00

Cory McAbee’s Small Star Seminar

Cory McAbee’s Small Star Seminar
Tuesday, February 9th • 8PM
Co­Prosperity Sphere • 3219 S. Morgan Street
$10 suggested donation

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/933205660089103/

Small Star Seminar is the first solo music project created by Cory McAbee. The performance of Small Star Seminar features a singing motivational speaker who urges people to give up their goals, stop reaching for the stars and to start looking for the stars within their own minds as a way to uncover a supernatural realm that hides within a world of over­encouraged underachievers. Throughout the performance McAbee will address the theory of “Deep Astronomy” and answer questions from the audience.

This project has been featured and developed in part through the Sundance Film Festival, NY Film Festival, Lincoln Center Film Society, Reykjavik Film International Festival, 36th Stage Songs Review (Wrocław, Poland) and Marfa Film Festival. All performances are being documented for use in an upcoming feature film, written and directed by Cory McAbee.

Audience participation is welcome.

For details visit http://corymcabee.net/

For a taste of the show, visit https://youtu.be/LfyKMsU1CqA

••About the Artist:

Cory McAbee is best known as a writer, director, songwriter and composer for the award­winning feature films, The American Astronaut (2001), Stingray Sam (2009), Crazy and Thief (2012). In December of 2014 McAbee began recording and producing his first solo album entitled, Small Star Seminar. The Small Star Seminar was first performed live in Wroclaw, Poland in March, 2015.

Feb
8
8:00 pm20:00

Comedy Butcher

Comedy Butcher
Monday, February 8th • 8PM
Co­Prosperity Sphere • 3219 S Morgan St
$5 donation (or whatever you feel like paying)

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1663157183940244/

We have another great show lined up this month.

Not your typical female comedian, Emily Galati does not dwell on the differences between men and women or any of the other cliche topics you have come to expect from female comics. Instead, she offers up intelligent and hilarious material, with impeccable timing and a charm rarely seen on the comedy stage. In 2014, Emily made her television debut and was chosen as a semi­finalist on “Last Comic Standing.” She also appeared on Fox's “Laughs” and “Comics Unleashed.

Reena Calm is a regular at the Laugh Factory, has performed in SO many different bars, and has only been asked to leave a few of them. Her parents are proud. Reena was featured in TBS Just For Laughs, Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, She­Devil Comedy Festival and right now there’s a hilarious festival going on in her pants.

Cameron Ford has been a contributor and musical director at both the iO Theater and at the Second City. He’s been at the top of our list to have on the show for months.

Jan
29
7:00 pm19:00

AS ABOVE SO BELOW: A CUFF Satellite Sighting

AS ABOVE SO BELOW: A CUFF Satellite Sighting
Friday January 29, 2016 • 7:00PM
Co-Prosperity Sphere • 3219 S Morgan St

The Chicago Underground Film Festival kick off 2016 with “AS ABOVE SO BELOW: A CUFF Satellite Sighting,” a screening event of five locally made short films on Friday, January 29, 2016 at Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219 S Morgan St).

This special screening will consist of the following award-winning and critically acclaimed short films by Chicago filmmakers which screened at the 22nd Chicago Underground Film Festival last May: ‘BITE RADIUS’ by Spencer Parsons, recently named by Newcity film Critic Ray Pride as one of the top five short films of 2015; the comedy ‘NIGHT OF THE BLOOD SQUATCH’ by Kenny Reed; The animated film 'THE LINGERIE SHOW' by Laura Harrison, winner of the festival's Made In Chicago award which went on the screen at the prestigious New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center; The “video comic book” 'SOME SOUTHERN COUNTRY’ by Michael Paul Lopez and the moody horror short 'VIOLETS' by Jim Vendiola, winner of CUFF's 2015 audience award. All filmmakers will be in attendance and participate in a post-screening discussion moderated by Nicole Bernardi-Reis, independent film producer a president of the board of IFP Chicago.

Doors will open at 7:00PM and the screening will begin 7:30PM.
Admission is $7 -$10 sliding scale at the door.

Level Eater 6.66
Jan
23
Jan 24

Level Eater 6.66

Attention Three Floyds, Marz Community Brewing and Dungeons and Dragons fans! Level Eater 6.66 summons you…

The sixth annual edition of the fantasy art and gaming event, Level Eater, takes place on January 23, 2016,  from 5pm- midnight at the Co-Prosperity Sphere.

Come play Dungeons & Dragons with some of Chicago’s great Dungeon Masters! We’ll teach and play the new (5th Edition) of the game, using it to fight evil and save the land.

Everything you need to play is provided for the event — but bring cash for beer, nosh, and maybe a magical treasure to help you in your quest against the Six Dire Demons

Level Eater 6.66 features work by: Paul Nudd, Jeremy Onsmith, Dillon Yothers, Erin Page, Barnaby Strueve, Albert Ugarte, and others.

The Dönermen Food Truck will be vending Teutonic street eats, and a mystery live performance is scheduled to amaze you. Extremely limited edition Level Eater 6.66 hoodies and merch will be available, too.

Admission is $25.  Entrance includes your choice of a Level Eater 6.66 T-shirt or a silk screen poser printed by our friends at Teetsy. You will also receive a complementary Level Eater ale made exclusively for this event by 3 Floyds and Marz Community Brewing Co.

If you wish to battle the Six Dire Demons during the live roll playing session beginning at 8pm please sign up at the show or email ed@smallma.org to be put on the RSVP list and read on..

The Six Dire Demons vex and hex and bedevil the land.

They are the children of a hellish demigod, aspects of forbidden might and profane power loosed upon us by the hubris of wicked warlords — and the promise of treasure.

We battle not for riches, not for glory, but to save the land and its people from a generation of darkness that shall corrupt us all if these enemies see their plans fulfilled. Our only hope is to confront them all at once with steel and spells and wits — to bring the demons down before they can warn each other and unite to destroy our lands.

We must defeat them. We have one night to band together into six groups of adventurers, one night to strike, one night to save the land from evil.

And so we seek brave and hearty souls to carry blades and wield magic against these foes.

More than that, we need heroes and heroines of cunning and courage, for the Six Dire Demons are not only fearsome but conniving and ingenious themselves. Each of them is a shade, a facet of ancient power, one lingering aspect of a dead demigod. They are:

    •    The Lord of Fury
    •    The Cat of a Thousand Deaths
    •    The Baron of Blood and Bone
    •    The Brilliant Countess of Acheron
    •    The Thrice-Dead Witch
    •    The Beautiful Horror
 

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Proceeds of the Level Eater 6.66 show go to building WLPN, Lumpen Radio

 

Jan
19
8:00 pm20:00

Story Club South Side


Story Club South Side
Tuesday January 19th • 8PM
Story Club South Side
Co-Prosperity Sphere • 3219 S Morgan St
$10 suggested donation

Event starts at 8:00 PM
Open Mic sign-up starts at 7:30 PM
also FREE WORKSHOP for anyone who wants to work on their story with Story Club Producers starts at 6:30 PM

UNDER COVER - You know that thing that is hiding under a blanket, or under the snow, or under some carefully chosen words? This month, our featured performers will tell you true stories about it!

FEATURED PERFORMERS:

*Performance artist Eileen Tull
*Pugilist Bill Hillmann
*Podcast mogul Tim Barnes
*CO-HOSTED by storyteller Clarence Browley

The Comedy Butcher
Jan
11
8:00 pm20:00

The Comedy Butcher

The Comedy Butcher
$5 donation (or whatever you feel like paying)

We have another great show lined up this month.

T. Murph is an Internationally known Comedian who has been featured on nationally syndicated shows such as Comedy Centrals Key & Peele, and the 2014 ReBoot of BET ComicView. During only four short years Murph has achieved a HUGE amount of success! In 2014 alone T. Murph was featured in the Comedy Central Sponsored New York Comedy Festival and also signed with a Los Angeles Based Talent Agency. T. Murph brought 2015 in with a bang reaching the Hollywood Finals for Shaq's Next All Star and Headlining abroad in Dubai.

Andrew Halter is one of the city’s most beloved comedians. His unconventional style and masterful joke writing have distinguished him through multiple appearances at Zanies, ComedySportz, Comedians You Should Know, and the Just for Laughs Festival.  Andrew is a cast member at the Laugh Factory Chicago.

Josh is one of Chicago’s best young comedians. He’s done nothing short of impress when he’s at The Comedy Bar. He’s already amazing, and he’s only just beginning.
 

Dec
20
6:00 pm18:00

Don't Call Me Sweetheart Holiday Spectacular

Don't Call Me Sweetheart Holiday Spectacular

Sunday December 20th • 6PM

Co-Prosperity Sphere • 3219 S Morgan St

$12 suggested donation

 

"The Don't Call Me Sweetheart! Show" takes time out from its regular schedule for the Christmas Extravaganza, a two-hour show live with a studio audience (you!). A donation of $12 gets one a warm beverage or a baked good, with proceeds going to Lumpen Radio - a local non-profit radical radio station in Chicago (on 105.5 FM) that showcases innovative ideas, plays highly curated music, and broadcasts commentary on the issues of our day. Additional beverages and baked goods with be available. Local artists will be also be selling select wares to fulfill your holiday shopping needs.

 

“The Don’t Call Me Sweetheart! Show” is the sound of Pop Rocks spiraling down your ear canal and lodging in your brain. Award winning creators Stephen Sonneveld and Andrew Gregory Krzak resurrect the long dormant conventions of the radio play, mix them with equal parts satire, drama, humor and pathos, and then throw in a touch of audio verite. This concoction is then peppered with texture and slathered with cadence before it is left to cure in the sizzle of your amplifier. "Christmas Extravaganza" imagines what it would be like if George Bailey really, truly wasn't born, explores the chapel-silent moments of fresh fallen snow and attempts to solve the mystery of who that guy is dressed as Santa if the guy hired to play Santa was caught in traffic on the way over.

 

Our very special treat will be live music from Foiled Again, a trio formed in 2001 by Rob Lindley, Allison Bazarko and Anne Sheridan Smith. Foiled Again has been bringing their own brand of covers and originals to audiences in Chicago and Midwest for almost 15 years. They have celebrated jazz, 60's pop, country, Americana, rock and folk music with their covers of Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman, Crosby Stills Nash, Harold Arlen, Burt Bacharach, and Carole King - to name a few. Their smart arrangements and tight harmonies have been been enjoyed many times at many local theaters and concert spaces including Davenport's Piano Bar, where they will sing again on Dec. 12 and Evanston SPACE, where they return Dec. 14. highlight their recent album, Blanket of Winter.

 

Donate at the door or reserve your seat via EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-dont-call-me-sweetheart-christmas-extravaganza-tickets-19665412779

Dec
18
6:00 pm18:00

The People's Place: Soul Food Restaurants and Reminiscences from the Civil Rights Era to Today

Noted Chicago writer and WGN 720 AM "Nocturnal Journal" radio host Dave Hoekstra celebrates the release of his latest book "The People's Place: Soul Food Restaurants and Reminiscences from the Civil Rights Era to Today" on Friday, December 18 @ Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219-21 S Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60607) between 6 - 9 PM.

 

Dave was a 29 year veteran of the Chicago Sun-Times (he recently left his post in a buyout in 2014) and is considered a consummate newsman, oral historian, archivist and storyteller in the grand tradition of New Yorker writer Joseph Mitchell ("Up In the Old Hotel"). In 2013, he won two Peter Lisagor Awards from the Chicago Headline Club and a Studs Terkel Community Media Award from the Community Media Workshop. On his 25th anniversary at the Sun-Times in 2010, Hoekstra told radio columnist Robert Feder, “Basically what keeps me going is the ability to make the unknown known. I love the sense of adventure and discovery that comes in our jobs. Always tell students about the Jimmy Breslin at JFK gravesite story — to paraphrase — how everyone flocked around the gravesite; Breslin wandered off in the distance to interview the gravedigger. That’s kind of how I approach my job. Don’t know how much of that remains in fashion, but I try to fight the good fight.”

 

The People's Place: Soul Food Restaurants and Reminiscences from the Civil Rights Era to Today:


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. loved the fried catfish and lemon icebox pie at Memphis’s Four Way restaurant. Beloved nonagenarian chef Leah Chase introduced George W. Bush to baked cheese grits and scolded Barack Obama for putting Tabasco sauce on her gumbo at New Orleans’s Dooky Chase’s. When SNCC leader Stokely Carmichael asked Ben’s Chili Bowl owners Ben and Virginia Ali to keep the restaurant open during the 1968 Washington, DC, riots, they obliged, feeding police, firefighters, and student activists as they worked together to quell the violence.
 
Celebrated former Chicago Sun-Times columnist Dave Hoekstra unearths these stories and hundreds more as he travels, tastes, and talks his way through twenty of America’s best, liveliest, and most historically significant soul food restau­rants. Following the “soul food corridor” from the South through northern industrial cities, The People’s Place gives voice to the remarkable chefs, workers, and small business owners (often women) who provided sustenance and a safe haven for civil rights pioneers, not to mention presidents and politicians; music, film, and sports legends; and countless everyday, working-class people.
 
Featuring lush photos, mouth-watering recipes, and ruminations from notable regulars such as the Rev. Jesse Jackson, jazz legend Ramsey Lewis, Little Rock Nine member Minnijean Brown, and many others, The People’s Place is an unprecedented celebration of soul food, community, and oral history.

 

Details on the event:


This special event will feature the launch of the Chicago exhibit of Paul Natkin portraits from The People's Place. Paul has been one of the most sought-out portrait and music documentary photographers and has contributed to such publications as CREEM Magazine, Rolling Stone, Time, Newsweek, People, Playboy, Ebony and many others. His photographs have also been used by many local indie labels including Alligator, Delmark and Blind Pig. In 1988, he accompanied Keith Richards on his Xpensive Wino Tour which resulted in further work as tour photographer for the Rolling Stones.He recently had an exhibit of his massive portfolio at the Chicago Cultural center and is personally involved with various charity work including Farm Aid and Rock For Reading. He has previously worked with Dave Hoekstra on 2013's "The Supper Club Book: A Celebration of a Midwest". Tradition

 

Gospel crate digger William Luck will be spinning rare gospel records that reflect the civil rights movement.

William has recently released the LP "Saved And Sanctified: Songs Of The Jade Label" with the locally-based Numero Group label. According to their web site the album features . . .

"The rawest DIY gospel ever resurrected. The West Side of Chicago was just an annex of the deep rural South for Gene Autry Cash and his flock of recent Old Dominion transplants looking to cut their fiery, unadorned sounds indelibly to plastic. His Jade label absorbed those God-fearing artists: family bands with wailing children and barely amateur groups sourced from local parishes, infused with reverberations of country and western and deep soul. Glinting authenticity shines from every track like a diamond in the unpolished rough—each group completely convinced that salvation comes through song."

Opening reception, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 18 at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan. Free. After party with Joe Bryl spinning soul at Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar, 960 W. 31st.

Photo exhibit curated by Liz Williams, Southern Food and Beverage Museum, New Orleans. DJ William Luck music and reception broadcast live on Lumpen Radio (105.5 FM)

 

For more information on tis event contact Joe Bryl @ joebryl54@gmail.com

Dec
15
7:30 pm19:30

Story Club South Side

Story Club South Side

Tuesday December 15th • 8PM

Story Club South Side

Co-Prosperity Sphere • 3219 S Morgan St

$10 suggested donation

 

Show starts at 8:00 PM

(Open mic sign up starts at 7:30 PM)

 

There are 3 or 4 open mic slots available. Open mic participants will have 8 minutes to tell a story. Open mic sign-up starts at 7:30pm and host Andrew Marikis will start the show at 8pm. Co-Producer Will Hindmarch will draw names for the slots. Entrance is free, with a suggested donation of $10. This event is BYOB, so we suggest stopping by the iconic Maria’s Packaged Goods just up the street for your beverage needs. Also, our show is the only show in Chicago that is BYOP—Bring Your Own Pie. Next-door to Maria’s, you can grab a meat (or veggie) pie to-go at the award winning Pleasant House Bakery.

Dec
14
8:00 pm20:00

The Comedy Butcher

The Comedy Butcher

Monday December 14th • 8PM

Co-Prosperity Sphere • 3219 S Morgan St

$5 donation (or whatever you feel like paying)

 

We have another great show lined up this month.

 

Rachel Mcartney

James Vickery

Erica Clark

Dec
5
Dec 6

Krampusnacht

Krampusnacht
A one-night-only extravaganza
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Co-Prosperity Sphere
http://coprosperity.org/
3219 S. Morgan St.
Chicago

Procession/Krampuslauf from Maria's to Co-Prosperity Sphere starts at 7:30 pm (Meet at Maria's Packaged Goods at 7:00 pm 960 W. 31st Street)
Indoor festivities: 8:00 pm–1:00 am at Co-Prosperity Sphere

Join us for a celebration of the 3rd annual Krampus holiday—an exhibition of devotional artwork, delightful treats and Krampus creatures. There will be a photo booth created & operated by Rebecca Hinsdale, Rob Karlic (photographer extraordinaire), DJs, fine beer, glögg, a tongue-of-war, and more surprises!

A parade procession will begin at Maria's Packaged Goods and Community Bar at 7:30 p.m., and will arrive at the Co-Prosperity Sphere at 8:00 p.m.

Arrive dressed as your favorite Krampus, Leviathan, Perchta, or Alpine Monster. Or simply join us in your holiday best.

Visual art and paraphernelia: Monte Beauchamp, EC Brown, Stephanie Burke, Sean DeSantis, Justine Harlan, Angela Lopez, Celeste Neuhaus, Paul Nudd, Edra Soto, Kevin Jennings and Catie Olson. More to be announced.

Suggested Donation:
$10—includes drink ticket
$5 with Krampus-related costume—includes drink ticket
Must be 21 to enter.

Organized by Catie Olson and Rebecca Hinsdale

Catie Olson is an artist and filmmaker who pushes whimsical notions to extremes through interactive contraptions, kinetics and projection. She organizes the Spiderbug short-film series (http://www.spiderbug.org/). She is ½ of Floor Length and Tux. http://catieolson.com/

Rebecca Hinsdale is the owner and founder of Make a Scene Photo (http://www.makeascenephoto.com/), specializing in photo booth experiences as artful,
handmade conversation pieces for any event. Each treatment is unique; never the one-size-fits-all gimmicky treatment. Her passion has her dabbling in photography, sewing, and general crafting hodge-podgery.

Be ready to strike your Krampus pose, Mr. Rob Karlic might just snap a photo of you in your Krampus best! http://www.robkarlicphoto.com/


http://floorlengthandtux.com/krampus/

Nov
1
2:00 pm14:00

Work, Worked, Working - LIVE ON WLPN 105.5

Work, Worked, Working LIVE ON WLPN 105.5
2-6PM Sunday November 1st
Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 S. Morgan St.
FREE
Part of Chicago Artist's Month

Connect. Investigate. Explore. Create. Using broadcasted FM radio, maps and digital navigation devices, participants will undertake an afternoon long interactive-exploration of Chicago's Bridgeport, a neighborhood where history is so present that it can remain easily unseen. Venture into the past, present and future through a series of stops, encounters, and events at historically relevant, invisible, and artist-run spaces.

This audio interactive journey will highlight the architectural legacies of John S. Flizikowski and Henry Engelbert, the current practice of Urban Lab, the writings of Finley Peter Dunne, Upton Sinclair and Mike Royko, along with stops at active arts spaces and incubators in Bridgeport.

Reveal the unseen. And feel the resonant interaction between place and creativity—what works, has worked, and is working. 

 

 

Oct
31
Nov 1

Beuex Art Ball!!!

Beuex Art Ball!!!

8PM Saturday October 31st

Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 S. Morgan St.

with Catieo & Chris Hefner

$5 Suggested Donation

 

Let Cubism, Futurism and Dada inspire your costume as we celebrate all Hallow's eve in the company of dancing architecture and living sculptures.

Oct
30
Nov 1

(re)Working Architecture

(re)Working Architecture

Friday - Sunday October 30th - November 1st

Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 S. Morgan St.

Over Halloween weekend, the Architecture Lobby will create an uninvited Chicago Biennial installation consisting of scenarios depicting the absurdities of architectural practice/labor/work. We seek to expand the current conversation about architecture to include an actionable critique of the real, often tragic circumstances that precarious creative workers face on a daily basis. Through performances that engage Lobby members, sympathizers, and the audience we aim to generate new perspectives and possibilities for action on topics ranging from unpaid internships, the mystification of the role of the architect, and how we conceive of the value of our work.

Full schedule coming soon.  http://www.architecture-lobby.org

Oct
25
5:30 pm17:30

Son of Beware or Be Square Lumpen Radio Benefit!

Son of Beware or Be Square Lumpen Radio Benefit!
6PM Sunday October 25th
Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 S. Morgan St.
$12 suggested donation

Wherein our shadowy prestidigitators re-enact before your very ears three of the greatest, most spine-chilling moments in the history of radio’s golden age!

Son of BEWARE or Be Square! is a live re-enactment of old-time radio shows produced and directed by Andrew Gregory Krzak. He and his fellow actors will perform for four nights during Halloween week using only their voices and live sound effects. Join us first at Bridgeport's Co-Prosperity Sphere in a benefit performance for Lumpen Radio (105.5 FM) that will be broadcast live at www.lumpenradio.com. The show then moves to the Chopin Theatre in WIcker Park for its regular run Halloween Week.

Performance at 6 p.m. sharp (as a knife)

A benefit performance for Lumpen Radio

$12.00 gets you a cold beverage and chills down your spine!
Tickets available at the door.

Oct
20
8:00 pm20:00

Story Club South Side

Story Club South Side

Theme: Turning

8PM Tuesday, October 20th

Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 S. Morgan St.

$10 suggested donation

 

Show starts at 8:00 PM

(Open mic sign up starts at 7:30 PM)

THEME: TURNING: Leaves, corn mazes, full-moon transformations: some turns you make and some turns make you...hear three featured storytellers tell you tales about the turns they've taken, and where turns took them.

Our featured performers this month are:
*Roller derby juggernaut - Elizabeth "Juanna Rumbel" Gomez
*Actor and storyteller extraordinaire - Kevin Gladish
*Future Doctor and current story producer - aura Clement

There are 3 or 4 open mic slots available. Open mic participants will have 8 minutes to tell a story. Open mic sign-up starts at 7:30pm and host Andrew Marikis will start the show at 8pm. Co-Producer Will Hindmarch will draw names for the slots. Entrance is free, with a suggested donation of $10. This event is BYOB, so we suggest stopping by the iconic Maria’s Packaged Goods just up the street for your beverage needs. Also, our show is the only show in Chicago that is BYOP—Bring Your Own Pie. Next-door to Maria’s, you can grab a meat (or veggie) pie to-go at the award winning Pleasant House Bakery.

Oct
12
8:00 pm20:00

The Comedy Butcher Show

The Comedy Butcher Show

8PM Monday October 12th

Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 S. Morgan St.

$5 Suggested Donation

We're back with another awesome set of comics.

Nobody has been more impressive as consistently as Dwayne Kennedy. He's not only one of the funniest performers around, he's also humbly brilliant. His credits are too numerous to name, he has simply been everywhere. We are really excited that we're able to have him on the show.

It is impossible to watch Lara Beitz perform and not be taken aback by her talent. She is consistently able to turn personal battles into something comedically special. Her stand-up is featured on RooftopComedy.com, Pandora, Spotify, and Amazon. Really wonderful.

Check out Dwayne (seriously, you should):

https://www.facebook.com/Dwayne-Kennedys-Official-Fan-Page-273677688720/timeline/


Lara can also be seen as a producer of Stand Up Stand Up, Thursdays in Wicker Park:

http://www.standupstandup.net/

 

As always, show at 8:00 w/ free shots of whiskey.

Oct
9
7:00 pm19:00

Lumpen #126 The Comics Issue Release Party

Lumpen #126 Comics Issue release party/art show

Friday October 9th

7-11PM

FREE

Presenting the third annual all-comics issue of Lumpen magazine, including comic work by groundbreaking local and international artists. This issue has a loose theme of "Radio" which correlates to the launch 105.5 WLPN, which is a brand new non-commercial radio station based out of Bridgeport that will showcase underground and innovative programming and feature distinctly curated music from a variety of genres as well as cultural commentary, not unlike the variety of comics and artists in Lumpen magazine.

With comics by:
David Alvarado, Sharmila Banerjee, Nate Beaty, Ben Bertin, Kevin Budnik, Andy Burkholder, Jessica Campbell, Danielle Chenette, Mark Connery, Krystal Difronzo, Margaux Duseigneur, Edie Fake, Sarah Ferrick, Leif Goldberg, Keith Herzik, Andrew Holmquist, Clay Hickson, Lyra Hill, Emily Hutchings, Juliacks, Blaise Larmee, Sarah Leitten, Ben Marcus, Marieke McClendon, Ian Mcduffie, Max Morris, Paul Nudd, Onsmith, Jason Overby, George Porteus, Grant Reynolds, Eric Rivera, Aaron Renier, Joe Tallarico, Mike Taylor, Matthew Thurber, Tim Tvedt, Two Tone Comix, Lale Westvind, Gina Wynbrandt, Leslie Wiebeler, Mickey Zachilli

There will also be an art exhibition including many contributors to the issue as well as music provided by:

Wet Wallet: Until the massive pile of "funny books" on the night stand crushes them in their sleep, Wet Wallet, a duo, will make music that sounds like a deep fried snake with butter gloved fingers drenched in chrome.

Oscillator Bug: Oscillator Bug is like a force of nature in the age of climate change: unpredictable. Borrowing from the revolution-minded mass hallucinations of 60s psych as well as weirdo bedroom pop and several decades worth of avant-garde synth experimentalism, Oscillator Bug is a wild, infectious and occasionally disturbing rendering of 21st Century popular music. 

Copies of the magazine and refreshments will be available at the opening.

Aug
21
7:00 pm19:00

"These Are Not My Problems" A Social Justice Visualization and Journey

"These Are Not My Problems" A Social Justice Visualization and Journey
Presented by 8th Day Center for Justice and the Young Adult Council.282
Friday, August 21, 2015
7pm-Midnight
Co-Prosperity Sphere

$25 ticket includes entrance to the gallery, as well as one complimentary drink ticket.

Artists and organizations from across Chicago are coming together for the second annual These Are Not My Problems art gallery show, an evening to remind us that our brothers' and sisters' suffering is our own suffering. Their issues are our issues. If one is oppressed, all are oppressed.

8th Day Center for Justice and the Young Adult Council proudly presents These Are Not My Problems, a one-day exhibition that aims to break down the walls that separates people from the awareness of injustice in their midst. On August 21, we invite you to experience inspiring and moving expressions of art on the theme of racial justice.   The show’s goal is to promote a dialogue around racial oppression that continues to be ever so prevalent in our country.

Aug
18
7:30 pm19:30

Story Club South Side -- Theme: Duets Part Duex

Story Club South Side -- Theme: Duets Part Duex

Tuesday, August 18th
Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 S. Morgan St.
$10 suggested donation

Show starts at 8:00 PM
(Open mic sign up starts at 7:30 PM)

THEME: "Duets Part Duex" Stories told in twos! Our featured storytellers tell all stories in pairs! Two storytellers, one interwoven story.

Our featured performers this month are:

*Alhan's "King and Queen of UAE Comedy" : Ali Al Sayed & Mina Liccione

*Mother & son & brilliant storytellers: Lily Be & Xavier Retana

*Daughter & mom & fascinating performers: Alexandra Middleton & Audrey Middleton

There are 3 or 4 open mic slots available. Open mic participants will have 8 minutes to tell a story. Open mic sign-up starts at 7:30pm and host Andrew Marikis will start the show at 8pm. Co-Producer Will Hindmarch will draw names for the slots. Entrance is free, with a suggested donation of $10. This event is BYOB, so we suggest stopping by the iconic Maria’s Packaged Goods just up the street for your beverage needs. Also, our show is the only show in Chicago that is BYOP—Bring Your Own Pie. Next-door to Maria’s, you can grab a meat (or veggie) pie to-go at the award winning Pleasant House Bakery.

Aug
10
7:30 pm19:30

The Comedy Butcher Show

The Comedy Butcher Show

8PM August 10th

Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 S. Morgan St.

$5 Suggested Donation

With Azhar Usman, Danny Kallas and host Mitch Nathan & 

 

About the featured comedians:

AZHAR USMAN is a Chicago-based standup comedian, actor, writer, and producer. CNN called him "America's Funniest Muslim," and Georgetown University identified him as "one of the 500 Must Influential Muslims in the World." In 2010, standup icon Dave Chappelle–for whom Azhar has opened over 40 times–commented "Azhar Usman is untouchable." As the co-founder of the international comedy showcase "Allah Made Me Funny––The Official Muslim Comedy Tour," he has toured over 20 countries, on five continents. His comedy has been profiled/reviewed by over 100 major world media outlets including The New York Times, The Economist, BBC, The Guardian, NPR, TIME Magazine, Al-Jazeera, USA Today, and Fox News. 

 

The blue-collar Chicago accent of Danny Kallas has been described as "so thick, you don't even know what hit you." Raised in Elmwood Park, a tightly-knit community bordering Chicago's Northwest side, Danny enjoys blending all sorts of comedy. From absurd silliness to intelligent satire, if it's funny, it's in his act.

A founding member and producer of Comedians You Should Know, Danny has been named on Comedy.com's list of funniest comedians in Chicago. He was the winner of Snubfest 2009 and has been seen nationwide in festivals like Just For Laughs and the Laughing Skull Festival in Atlanta.

 

About the host Mitch Nathan:

Mitch Nathan was raised in the dangerous suburb of Hoffman Estates, he then moved to the safe streets of Chicago where he served tables because he stunk at selling crack and playing basketball. He now does standup comedy, and sometimes serves tables.

Jul
21
7:00 pm19:00

Story Club Southside

Tuesday, July 21st

Theme: Revenge of the Sequel

Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 S. Morgan St.

$10 suggested donation
 

Open mic sign up starts at 7:30 PM • Show starts at 8:00 PM

 

THEME: "Revenge of the Sequel" Those who ignore the past are doomed to repeat it. Those who repeat the past are ignored at one's peril. In July Story Club South Side's featured performers tell us stories about the past coming back with a vengeance, featuring the return of old nemeses, lost loves, old quests and more.

 

Our featured performers this month are:

*Two-Time Moth GrandSLAM Champ Archy Jamjun

*Blogger Dee Fabbricatore

*2nd Story Alumnus Alyssa Sorresso

*Nationally Lauded Visual Artist Riva Lehrer

There are 3 or 4 open mic slots available. Open mic participants will have 8 minutes to tell a story. Open mic sign-up starts at 7:30pm and host Andrew Marikis will start the show at 8pm. Co-Producer Will Hindmarch will draw names for the slots. Entrance is free, with a suggested donation of $10. This event is BYOB, so we suggest stopping by the iconic Maria’s Packaged Goods just up the street for your beverage needs. Also, our show is the only show in Chicago that is BYOP—Bring Your Own Pie. Next-door to Maria’s, you can grab a meat (or veggie) pie to-go at the award winning Pleasant House Bakery.

Jul
14
8:00 pm20:00

Generationalpictomusicapolis

Next Tuesday, July 14th, Empty Bottle Presents brings another unique and exciting event to Chicago, this time at Co-Prosperity Sphere in Bridgeport.

Making its Chicago debut, Generationalpictomusicapolis is a celebration of collaborative music and art making. The one night concert and pop-up art exhibition features experimental punk band NO AGE along with the barely amplified feel-good vibes of SUN FOOT (Ron Burns, Chris Johanson, Brian Mumford) and the ramshackle psych-folk of DEVIN GARY & ROSS (Devin Flynn, Gary Panter, Ross Goldstein). GARY PANTER, if you don't already know, was the Emmy Award-winning art director for Pee-Wee's Playhouse!

The event will also feature limited edition, collaboratively made artworks created by each band member and available for purchase. The unique prints utilize the vision of each individual musician/artist along with the whole group and feature paint, photos, silk screens, spray paint and more. This tour will also feature a special edition, limited 7-inch record featuring collaborative recordings by the three bands. Ooh-lala!

Tickets for this one-of-a-kind event are ONLY $12 in advance, or $15 at the door. Get yours now and we'll see you at Co-Prosperity Sphere next week!

Jun
19
9:00 pm21:00

2 Wet Crew

2 Wet Crew Comedy Freak Out
June 19th 2015 9PM

Admission $8.00

2 Wet Crew is an LA based, live comedy show that mixes videos, sound effects, and stand up into a spiritual laugh zenith. Featuring performers DJ Dougpound, Mikey Kampmann, Jay Weingarten

DJ Douggpound is the world's #1 Joke DJ. 

He edits and writes for for Tim and Eric, The Eric Andre Show and Check it Out with Dr. Steve Brule. He has a web series called Pound House and an Adult Swim special called The Pound Hole. In 2002, he was listed as one of Lumpen's "13 Cholos to Watch" and he went to the same high school as Edmar

Mikey Kampmann is an alt comic from Los Angeles. The LA Times described him as "a mix between Alan Watts and Gordon Ramsey, but better looking." His credits include Portlandia, 2Wet Crew, The Triple Dippers South American Tour, and he has opened for Tim Heidecker.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwIGZLjugKA

Jay Weingarten is a Los Angeles-based comedian who, according to LA Weekly, embodies the cadence and swagger of a young Pauly Shore. For more info, go to his website, jayweingarten.horse

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YjR9Vvm_VNw

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UFN5OfOzu8Q

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=r9BmAdziLnQ