Co-Prosperity Sphere's Saturday Showcase series kicks off on Saturday, November 18.
Local rockers Cass Cwik and Band, jam band Belladonna will be joined by Head, and Luke Henry + Hunnybear for a night of roots rock and psychedelia. Doors open at 7, this event helps to benefit Lumpen radio.
Saturday, November 18
$5 • Doors @7PM, Muisc @8PM
Luke Henry & Hunnybear
Cass Cwik & Band
Friday, November 17 • 7PM-10PM
$30; all ages
The Gumbo Battle Benefit rolls into Co-Prosperity Sphere November 17th. This event, presented by Chef Aninn Stewart to benefit non-profit My Block, My Hood, My City, will help give local children from underserved neighborhoods chances to explore the world. The Gumbo Battle is a ticketed event and is sponsored by Kimski, Marz Community Brewing, Whiner Beer Company and Lumpen Radio.
Local Chicago chefs will compete to make the best pot of gumbo. Ticket sale includes unlimted gumbo (while it lasts), complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, chance to win a raffle prize, music, and more!
My Block, My Hood, My City is an organization committed to boosting educational attainment and opening opportunities that make a difference in the lives of teens in under resourced communities.
Purchase your tickets early to ensure your taste buds get a chance to witness this epic battle!
Co-Prosperity Sphere welcomes Metal Tongues, Ian Chang, and Landlady on Sunday, October 29 as part of their "The World Is A Loud Place" album release tour!
You have the rest of your lives to listen to their new album, “The World Is A Loud Place,” but who knows how many more chances you’ll get to see them perform live.
Here are some events that might occur that would make this Landlady's last tour ever:
-inter-band romances begin and then crumble
-music industry grows vibrant and we all embark on successful solo projects
-music industry continues decline and we eat each other in order of height
-van slips on banana peel thrown by car in front of us
-trapped under fallen stack of CD singles of "Landslide"
-anything else that ever happened to Fleetwood Mac
-low ticket sales**
see you out there,
It's back and better than ever! We are pairing the city's besr brewers alongside homebrewers who are on the brink of turning "pro." THIS IS THE ORIGINAL BREW HAHA -THE OG UNDERGROUND BEER JAMS with music, ridiculousness and dancing.
We will have black lights, neon lights and encourage the best costumes long with surprise prizes, brewers, AMAZING DJ's per usual. A great way to let your Halloween hair down and party till your costume falls off.
We will post updates on participating brewers and shennanigans.
YOU CAN PAY AT THE DOOR, for you flakey "maybe" mahfuckas.
Pay in advance to secure your spot HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boo-haha-neon-nights-tickets-38416596073
Soma Ale Werks
Six biz brewing
DJ Logan Bay
Co-Prosperity Sphere presents
Jackets Required (aka Party Night at Joe's)
Curated by Joe Bryl
Opening Reception - Friday, September 15 @ 6 PM
3219-21 S. Morgan, Chicago, IL 60607
"For a collector," writes critic Walter Benjamin* in "Unpacking My Library," ownership is the most intimate relationship that one can have to things." Collectors need collections. That seems obvious; but how and when does the presence of random objects coalesce into a collection? When are collections personal and private obsessions lining one's walls and when are they part of a national identity? At what point does mere possession develop into that more "intimate relationship" of ownership, when the sheer number of things - things that are at once the same yet different; discrete yet part of a series, reproducible yet unique - become a collection, visible, with a life of its own? When are you transformed from someone just looking to one who must have, who becomes what is known in the collecting world as a "completest", one who knows it all?"
* Associated with the Frankfurt School, Benjamin was a noted eclectic thinker, combining elements of German idealism, Romanticism, Western Marxism, and Jewish mysticism. Benjamin is today best known for his posthumously published "Arcades Project", considered one of the 20th century's seminal texts of cultural criticism.
"American Pulp: How Paperbacks Brought Modernism to Main Street" (Princeton University Press, 2014)
- Paula Rabinowitz
"This is the dialectic - there is a very short distance between high art and trash, and trash that contains an element of craziness is by this very quality nearer to art."
-Douglas Sirk, noted director
These insightful and perceptive observations into the ways in which collecting and the forms and directions in which it may take exposes the "why" and "how" collectors pursue their passions. Centered around a genuine and deeply felt interest of the items themselves, the collectors obsession can be purely aesthetic, emotional or intellectual (or in many cases a combination of all three).
As opposed to hoarders who amass miscellaneous objects such as tchotchkes, trash, newspapers, household supplies and even food compulsively regardless of value or aesthetic concerns, collectors seek out their acquisitions in a more systematic and passionate manner. Collections are based normally around a theme, whether it be toward the more commonplace practice of organizing, displaying and cataloging objects such as stamps, coins, baseball cards, books, antiques, toys and historical memorabilia or for those wealthy enough rare artworks, properties and jewelry.
Beginning in the 16th century, many European notables amassed collections that were dubbed a "cabinet of curiosities" which included natural history objects (often faked), religious relics, antiquities and early mechanical wonders. Similar later day collections as Barnum's American Museum during the Antebellum Era included a zoo, lecture hall, wax museum, dioramas, theater and freak show. Our current manifestation of this type of Americana showplace of wonders is the House on the Rock in Spring Green, WI with its seemingly never ending complex of a surrealistic landscape overrun with carousel animals, mechanical music machines, preserved animals and flying mannequin angels all illuminated eerily with thousands of lights.
These showman's attractions, and many others, became the illegitimate forefathers to the modern museum or art patron's collection. One such devotee was chemist Albert C. Barnes who traveled to Paris beginning in 1911 and was able to acquire with a connoisseur's eye paintings by some of Europe's up-and-coming modernists such as Matisse, Picasso, Renoir, Cezanne and Soutine. Later, in the 1960's, husband and wife Herbert and Dorothy Vogel were able to amass within their rather limited civil servant salaries one of the most important collections of minimalist and conceptual art which they generously bequeathed to the National Gallery of Art.
To take a more systematic and unconventional look into the art of personal collecting and its attachment to a group of objects that resonate to an individual's personal obsessions, the Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219-21 S. Morgan) is showcasing "Jackets Required (aka Party Night at Joe's)" with an opening on Friday, September 15 @ 6 PM. Curated by Joe Bryl, noted DJ and previous co-owner and musical director of the famed Chicago nightclub Sonotheque, "Jackets Required" will exhibit his off-kilter and off-beat collection of bizarre record cover art, Post WWII pulp paperbacks, 70's raunchy and risque Sexploitation posters and other unorthodox and eclectic ephemeral objects made to shock and amuse even the most jaded viewer.
The initial yet still resonating interest in bizarre record cover art and its often overlooked peculiar music found its genesis with the RE/Search publication of "Incredibly Strange Music" in 1993 by V. Vale and Andrea Juno, San Francisco-based underground publishers noted for their hugely influential punk rock fanzine "Search & Destroy" (1977-1979). As they note in Volume 2 of Incredibly Strange Music . . .
. . . there are thousands of undocumented recordings which have yet to be unearthed and appreciated - many of which were produced and distributed locally. A record may be worth owning if it has just one outstanding track, or perhaps just beautiful, provocative cover artwork (especially if it's cheap). A universe of unusual 45s awaits an encyclopedic overview, not to mention countless vinyl records from other countries. Readers (and travelers) are encouraged to have fun inventing their own categorizations and collecting specialties as they uncover an "incredibly strange" sonic past they never knew existed, and which yet awaits rediscovery in the garages and storerooms of the world.
Since its publication, there doesn't seem a genre of music and specialized artistic theme that has not found its adherents, admirers and social historians. "Incredibly Strange Music" was quickly followed by a rather diverse and often specialized books on the wide thematic changes in record cover art including "In the Groove: Vintage Record Graphics 1940-1960", "Naked Vinyl: Bachelor Album Cover Art", "The Album Cover Art of Soundtracks", "Album Covers from the Vinyl Junkyard", "Radical Album Cover Art", "Stir It Up: Reggae Album Cover Art", "Vinyl Vixens: The Alluring Ladies of Vintage Album Covers" and Taschen's huge "Jazz Covers" and its equally massive "1000 Record Covers". With no end in sight, publishers will keep unearthing the alluring artwork of original and unique record cover art to a unquenchable fan base.
The similar interest both in popular culture and historical research in out of the ordinary record cover art saw a similar attentive attraction to the art work that was used to sell pulp paperbacks to a ready and eager public and film posters that beckoned their audience into the theaters for a mixture of comfort (air-conditioning), thrills, escape and of course entertainment.
Pocketbooks, with their arresting artwork and modernistic design motifs became a part of the nomenclature during WW11 with their accessibility (a soldier in combat could put it easily in his pocket, hence its name, at the same time that he landed onshore at Normandy) and they made themselves more appealing with their inexpensive pricing (usually around 25 cents) and accessibility. Its mixture of upper-toned literary content (George Orwell, Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Emile Zola) and salacious subjects like lesbianism, Satanism, juvenile delinquency, murder, crime and sexual infidelity (to name a few) saw intrepid publishes making a killing selling paperbacks in runs of 200,000 when the average printing of a hardbound best seller would be in the thousands.
As Paula Rabinowitz elaborates further in "American Pulp: How Paperbacks Brought Modernism to Main Street" . . .
"The paperback revolution sparked a certain form of reading - what I call demotic reading - as it lured readers with provocative covers at an affordable price into a new relationship with the private lives of books and so with themselves."
"A lowly yet somehow revered object, the paperback book exemplifies a modernist form of multimedia in which text, image, and material come together as spectacle to attract and enthrall a recipient, its audience, its reader. This medium was designed for maximum portability and could move seamlessly from private to public spaces."
The same sales pitch made by the pulp paperback phenomena was unfailingly and vigorously used by film companies from its earliest inception in the 1900's by movie hucksters, promotional agents and exploiters to lure a widely democratized yet varied audience arresting images in posters and other film paraphernalia to tempt and literally drag them into the theaters daily. This sensationalistic sales pitch did not differ greatly if one was selling an "A" product like DW Griffith's "Birth of a Nation" (1915), Robert Aldrich's "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" (1962) or Joseph P. Mawra's camp sadism-laden quickie "Olga's House of Shame" (1964).
"Jacket's Required" brings to light for the first time Joe Bryl's massive collection of weird record covers, pulp paperbacks from the 40's through the 70's, European and American Sexploitation and Sleaze movie posters and other visual oddities. It is our hope that "Jackets Required" can both document how these different yet intertwined art forms worked their magic skillfully and artistically to enchant, seduce and sometimes even repulse its audience.
It is only fitting that we quote Paula Rabinowitz once more . . .
"The (objects) acquire value a secret value, not for "their usefulness" as Benjamin notes, but "as the scene, the stage, of their fate," which is to evaporate. A collection is always disappearing, even as it grows. It recedes into its owners past, and foretells her passing."
The show continues through October 1.
- Celebrate the American worker from 12-7 with Lumpen Radio. DJ sets from Logan Bay and special guests; a live set from Liverpartydrumming.com; and a full day of radio programming with special shows from Mario Smith (News from the Service Entrance) The Klonsky Brothers (Hitting Left) and the crew of Radio Free Bridgeport.
BBQ by Chef Tony B of Kimski.
$15 cover includes all-you-can eat food; all proceeds benefit Lumpen radio.
An official after-party for the Chicago Jazz Fest kicks off at 7PM with performances from Makaya McCraven, Tomeka Reid and many special guests.
DJ sets from King Hippo,
$10 cover. 8-12
August 25 • 7pm - 10PM
Come by and help us celebrate the release of issue 130. We are super excited about this issue as we discuss how to Build a Municipal movement ! Come by and pick some up to share with your colleagues and comrades all over the city.
We will provide some beverages and snacks and display some of the works feared in the mag on the walls of our gallery.
With Contributions by: Alan W. Moore, Brian Mier, Christina Sanchez Juarez, Jerry Boyle, Jim Newberry, Robby Herbst, Barcelona En Comú, Betty Marin, Heather M. O'Brien, John Duda, John McKim, Keefer Dunn, and Marianela D'Aprile
In 1980 the RAMONES were new on the PUNK scene, a couple records, out on tour playing college dates, on May 9th they played a show at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn Illinois. I shot some photos and ate off their deli tray. My photos capture the essence of the band, literally babies in the rock world and making an unspoken statement on what PUNK rock should be and on what PUNK rock became after they left their mark. Just don't tell them they're punk rock. Come and see the show!
Nature Go Home : Exhibition by MOTOR
OPENING EVENT March 10, 6-9 PM
3219 S. Morgan St.
An exhibition comprised of arranged encounters between domestic robots and raw nature.
What happens when robots and nature meet? Will there be too much for the robots to handle? Will nature be put into order?
MOTOR is: Margrét Agnes Iversen (Iceland/Denmark), Malte Klagenberg (Denmark), and Laurits Nymand Svendsen (Denmark).
In our exhibition we want to explore how the ways in which we think about nature can be riddled with ambiguity. For example, when autumn leaves fall and decompose in the forest we can admire nature’s cyclic beauty, but when similar organic processes occur closer to home, when molds start growing in the fridge, it feels like a nuisance. It is as if our ideas of what nature should be only allow it to unfold in specific contexts. The domestic robots present in the exhibition represent our habit to make order in our surroundings. By juxtaposing the robots with “raw nature” (found objects such as leaves, logs and rocks) we want to explore how ideas of nature can equally exist as something romantic and trivial. These robots also serve another role in our exhibition. A condition that often seems to feed the division between nature and humans is the amount of control we are able to exert on the rest of the planet. Having this kind of power often means to assume a type of caretaker role – a role in which we can still very much maintain our distance to the rest of “nature” as we organize it according to our interests. But what happens when you try to pass on the caretaker role to another agent, in this case the robots? Could we build a scenario in which it’s possible to imagine our influence over nature being totally removed? Would this potentially make us feel closer to nature?
March 11-12 & 21-24 1-6 PM
IT’S “FEEDING TIME” AT CO-PROSPERITY SPHERE
CHICAGO, IL – Feeding Time, a dynamic and daring group exhibition of figurative paintings will open on, Friday, January 27, 2017 at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St. Chicago, IL, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The exhibit features the work of 6 artists who explore human nature in relation to ego, destructive instincts, sexual energy and loss of self. In this work, being and reality are in question. Don’t get us wrong; these artists are after beauty. It shows in the material, how it’s been used, the exuberance, newness of color and design, the sheer joy of it, challenged by history, mixing it up. Figures and painting are relevant by proxy.
This exhibition tackles what’s important; people, what they do, how they treat each other, what they think about and what’s left over after they die.
Jeffrey Beebe (New York)
Bradley Biancardi (New York)
Kevin Blake (Chicago)
Annie Hémond Hotte (New York)
Paul Nudd (Chicago)
Tom Torluemke (Indiana)
Feeding time can be necessary, indulgent, violent or too seldom.
It can be sexual, boring, hot or cold, a turn off or a turn on.
It has a scent and can leave you with a bad taste.
Feeding time can be loving or unfortunately murderous,
Stand in as a symbol or a metaphor.
Feeding time is like art,
food for thought.
Opening Reception: Friday, January 27, 2017 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Exhibit Dates: January 27– February 12, 2017
Location: Co-Prosperity Sphere 3219 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and by appointment.
For additional information: Linda Dorman, email@example.com or (219) 730-3032
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."
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.
Distributed to the trade by Consortium Book Sales & Distribution
There is no cover for this twi-night double header.
My America: Being Human Gallery Opening
Friday, April 8 • Opening Reception • 6PM-10PM
Saturday, April 9 • Artist Talk • 3-3:30PM
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
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
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:
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.
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.
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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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!
*Performance artist Eileen Tull
*Pugilist Bill Hillmann
*Podcast mogul Tim Barnes
*CO-HOSTED by storyteller Clarence Browley
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.
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
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 @ email@example.com