Beatdown Soundsystem 1st Year Anniversary
7:00 PM19:00

Beatdown Soundsystem 1st Year Anniversary

Celebrating the 1 year anniversary of the Beatdown Soundsystem! Performances from Dj Vadim, Dub-Stuy feat. Jahdan Blakkamoore and Beatdown Sound selectors- Junior D, Kinky P & Chuckster. Roots & Culture, Dub, Hip-Hop, Dubstep, Bass vibes all night! beers by Marz Brewing, at "Co-Prosperity Sphere" an experimental cultural center located in the neighborhood of Bridgeport, Chicago.


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Greater Chicago IWW Strike Fund Benefit Show
6:00 PM18:00

Greater Chicago IWW Strike Fund Benefit Show

Don't Panic Records & Distro is teaming up with The Greater Chicago Industrial Workers of the World to raise money for their strike fund. The IWW is a rank and file, radical, syndicalist union for workers of all industries, because an Injury to One is an Injury to All. All workers, all industries, one big union ♥

Erzulie [Jazz Metal]
Erzulie (pronounced ah-zih-lee) is a 5-piece Chicago jazz metal band inspired by Voodoo culture, Panamanian folklore, and urban grit. Their premium blend of thrash metal, Latin jazz, indie rock and blues generates raw melodies that mesmerize audiences. They have been compared to Kitty, Jinjer, and Mudvayne. Bandcamp:

Indisposed [Chicago Skramz]
Indisposed is an abrasive and artistic four-piece influenced by screamo, post-rock, math-rock, and spoken-word with song structures shifting pace between chaotically dissonant to melodically haunting. Bandcamp:

The Just Luckies [Dreamy Rock N Roll]
For the past five years, The Just Luckies, a gang of four sparkle greasers, have been mixing elements of punk, pop, and country roots into a dreamy blend of rock n roll music. Bandcamp:

Butchered [Chicago Punk Rock]
Four filthy animals making filthy punk music. Bandcamp:

All ages
6pm doors
$8 cover
All proceeds benefit The Greater Chicago IWW's general strike fund

If you're interested in joining The Greater Chicago IWW or would like to know how you can organize your workplace, contact or visit for more information.

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Chicago No Wave
7:00 PM19:00

Chicago No Wave

Join us May 4, 2019 at the Co-Prosperity Sphere for a special exhibition and evening of performances by founders and participants of the Chicago No Wave scene of the 1990s.

Chicago No Wave was typified by abstraction, noise, abrasion, nihilism, black humor, intensity, chaos, surrealism and experimentation. The sights and sounds of this lesser known part of Chicago’s cultural history will be shared in this one night freak out. We are excited in presenting one of the standard bearers of the No Wave sound, the Flying Luttenbachers, whose new album, Shattered Dimension was just released.

There will also be performances by musicians Bobby Conn, Azita, and DJ Le Deuce, whose careers were born in that era. A special reunion performance by D.O.G., and an inter dimensional live set by 0th.

An archive of fliers, zines, photos, videos and images from the Chicago No Wave scene from 1992-1999 that has been collected from participants and fans from the period and will be on display. Visual art by some of the scene’s cultural ambassadors: Jodi Mechanic, Kelly Kuvo, Rose and Shane Bugbee will also be exhibited.

Lumpen magazine will release a series of photocopied zines that showcases its coverage of artists and musicians during that era, a collection of written works by Lumpen Time contributors from that period, and a zine of reproductions of fliers and posters from the Chicago No Wave period.

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4:00 PM16:00


Join us at the Co-Prosperity Sphere on Saturday, April 20th from 4-8pm, as we open the door to warm spring breezes and reset our chakras together. We will drink tea, explore the health benefits of sardines, hug stuffed bears, talk to plants, offer tarot readings, explore alternative homeopathic ideas, drink CBD-infused potions, and much much more! Admission is free.

Wellmart is a space to initiate vibes of regeneration and deep care. During the opening of Wellmart, we will be honoring Co-Prosperity Sphere’s new Artist-ran Curatorial Team.

The first cohort of artists comprises: Brandon Alvendia, Stella Brown, Alex Chitty, Max Guy, Lise Haller Baggesen, Naomi Hawksley, Manal Kara, Nicole Marroquin, David Nasca, Claire Pentecost, Anthony Stepter, Hereaclitus Vernon, and Linglin Yan, Catherine Schwalbe, and others

Most of the cohort will be present at Wellmart, and will convey creative care to our guests. You can meet these members of our community who’ve generously committed to care-taking Co-Prosperity Sphere’s resources to support an artist-run Chicago.

Our casual Saturday afternoon gathering will be augmented by complimentary Marz beverages and soothing rhythms as we take time for communal healing.
Want to be a Wellmart care provider? We’re welcoming your contributions! Get in touch with us at

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Cards Against Humanity: Late Night Writers Room
8:00 PM20:00

Cards Against Humanity: Late Night Writers Room

The sell-out hit comedy show Cards Against Humanity: Late Night Writers Room is heading to Co-Prosperity Sphere! The show is an irreverent night of improv comedy based on the party game Cards Against Humanity, and hosted by its creators. After audience members pitch their card ideas, the best suggestions are acted out by the Cards Against Humanity writers and friends. The worst suggestions will be mercilessly ridiculed.

Tickets are $10

Get yer tickets here

All proceeds from tickets sales will be donated to Co-Prosperity Sphere/Lumpen Radio/Public Media Institute.

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Hasty Happenings
7:00 PM19:00

Hasty Happenings

Hasty Happenings is a one night only open participation exhibition that features artworks made in a matter of moments, hurried objects that were created with little care for perfect presentation. Everyone is welcome to participate, as long as it's with an artwork they make between learning of the show and the opening on Thursday, April 19.

Each piece in the exhibition is a snapshot of the momentary mental and emotional state assumed at the time of creation—tapping into the pleasure of completion and reverential observance of the tossed off.

Hasty Happenings is conceived of proposed and organized by Adrien Guadagnino with the support of Co-Prosperity Programming Council (CoProProCo) member Alex Chitty.


1. Make an artwork! Hastily! Something brand new!*
2. Come to Co-Pro on Wednesday April 17. 5-10 to drop off/install your work**
3. Attend the opening Thursday April 7-10!
4. Pick up your piece before you leave!***

*Accepted artworks include:
a) works on paper able to be hung with blue tape on the wall
b) video pieces 3 minutes or fewer in mp4 brought on a thumb drive or emailed to be projected on a loop via VLC and projector
c) 3 minute performances (sign up form at the door)
d) sculptures to put on the floor or on a table
e) social things you do the night of the opening- no need to tell us about them :)

**last minute dropoff and hasty install is allowed on the night of the opening, April 18, 5-7pm
***artworks left will be collected by the curator Adrien Gaudagnino. They may be picked up by April 25

Questions? Email AND

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Future Rootz Anniversary & Record Label Launch Party
7:00 PM19:00

Future Rootz Anniversary & Record Label Launch Party

Join us for the launch of Future Rootz Records. We are excited to share the first two projects of the record label that includes:

• A remix album of What Goes Up by the Chicago Afrobeat Project featuring Tony Allen w/ #remixes by Maga Bo, Ron Trent, AfroQbano, Sound Culture, Sol Power Sound, Kevin Ford, and Jose Marquez.

• A 7" by the #Chicago trio Beats y Batería - Daniel Crane (Bateria), Harold Gonzalez Medina (Beats), & Ana Munteanu (Vocals). The EP includes two tracks Saraiman and Alturas.

For more information check out

Performances by:

Beats y Batería ((Vinyl Release)) -

Jose Marquez ((DJ Set - LA/Fania Records)) -

Future Rootz #SonSistema ((DJ Sets & Release of What Goes Up Remixed ft. Chicago Afrobeat Project & Tony Allen)) -

Pop-Up Record Shop

Food by Taco Joint

Visuals by Charly Garcia ((#Giroscopio))

Admission is $10 or $25 w/ Future Rootz Limited Edition Vinyl


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Family Reunion
9:00 PM21:00

Family Reunion

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

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


  • Erica Rene

  • Rene Cruz

  • Shawnee Dez

  • Ivan Pyzow

  • Jacob Slocum

  • Alfonzo Jones

  • Jeremy K. Jones

  • Michael Galperin

  • Imani Williams

  • Himabindu Poroori

  • Terry Patrick Jr.

  • Kenneth Charles Leftridge Jr.

  • Colin Hamann Drozdoff

  • Jackson Shepard

  • Walter Sanchez

  • Xander Beberman

  • Atticus Lazenby

Poster by the incomparable Rebecca Baruc.


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

Rob Mazurek & Emmett Kelly ALIEN Flower SUTRA + Sima Cunningham

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

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

$10 admission /// 8pm doors

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

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

Community Soup 2: Soup Boogaloo

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

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

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

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

  • Sobramesa Supper Club

  • Martha Bayne (Soup and Bread)

  • Cindy Knott (brunchlox)

  • Kendall Hugel

  • Josh Bushnik

  • Finom coffee

  • Dan Salls (Quiote)

  • James moorehouse (Aleman Brewing)

  • John Diaz

  • Rick Ortiz (Antique Taco)

  • Art Ledda

  • DJ Intel

  • Kevin hickey (The Duck Inn)

  • Howard Bailey

  • Luis Alvarado

  • Laura Tedesco

  • Always Hungry Chi

  • Gina Giovanni

  • Bo Fowler (Owen and Engine, Bixi)

  • Sue Litz

  • Tobia Ciottone

  • Abe Conlon (Fat Rice)

  • Kevin Coval (Author and poet)

  • Michael Gebert (fooditor)

  • Chuck sudo

  • Anthony Baier (Kimski)

  • Nikki dembeck

  • Bryan collante (Eden)

  • Katie Baretto

  • Joshua Palmer

  • Kelly Ijichi

  • Low country

  • Margaret Pak

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7:30 PM19:30


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

You must be 18 or older to enter

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

Admission is $15 at the door

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Jumbo Mumbo
7:00 PM19:00

Jumbo Mumbo

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

With work by:

  • Alexa Viscius

  • Bill Connors

  • Camilo Medina

  • Charlotte Croy Hudson

  • Cody Hudson

  • David Alvarado

  • Drew Ryan

  • Eileen Tjan

  • Eliza Weber

  • Greer Mosher

  • Hayley Grimes

  • Jeremiah Shalo

  • Jessica Viscius

  • Joe Tallarico

  • Jon Duncan

  • Lauren Gallagher

  • Louie Capozzoli

  • Matt & Lynette Sage

  • Onsmith & Nudd

  • Rylan Thompson

  • Wyatt Grant

Opening Night Performers:

  • Video Projection by Jillian Musielak

  • Sound Installation by Todd Irwin

  • Music Performance by SPVD

Curated by Drew Ryan and Reuben Kincaid.

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6:00 PM18:00

Typeforce X

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


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


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

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

For press inquiries or any other questions please email:

Sponsored by Firebelly + Public Media Institute

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6:00 PM18:00

Lumpen Drawing Rally: A Benefit Party for Public Media Institute

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Lumpen Drawing Rally
A Benefit Party for Public Media Institute

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

Free for Lumpen Members!

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

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

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

Lumpen Radio DJs provide the dance-able soundtrack:

6-8PM Maria MTZ

8-9PM Betty Heredia

9-10PM Fanita Banana

10-11PM Paid TIme Off

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

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

Featured Artists:

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

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


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


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


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Story Club South Side
6:30 PM18:30

Story Club South Side

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

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

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Liquid Dreams Festival
2:00 PM14:00

Liquid Dreams Festival

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

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Punk Rock and Donuts
7:00 PM19:00

Punk Rock and Donuts

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

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

16th Annual Art on Cardboard Show

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

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

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Contemporary Art, Mexico
7:00 PM19:00

Contemporary Art, Mexico

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

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1968: We Were There
7:00 PM19:00

1968: We Were There

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

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6:00 PM18:00

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

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

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

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

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

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

image: WORK/PLAY (Kevin and Danielle McCoy)

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7:00 PM19:00

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

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

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

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

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7:00 PM19:00

Flight of the Pigasus

This event is HOSTED by Co-Prosperity Sphere at:

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

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

**Free and open to the public**

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7:00 PM19:00

Performance/Album Release: Leisure Records.

Calling All Disco People:

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

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

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

Enjoy some drinks.

See y'all there.

Check the tunes:

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6:00 PM18:00

Scenes of Resistance in 1968 Chicago by K.Kofi Moyo

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

this exhibition is organised by

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

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