Archive for November, 2009

*No Yoga This Sunday*


Sunday, November 22, 5pm – 7pm

Precious Cargo: The Great Lakes & St. Lawrence River



In conjunction with the release of AREA magazine’s Peripheral Vision issue, Precious Cargo: the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence River is an interactive workshop by Paul Lloyd Sargent presenting recent research and artwork exploring the history of the St. Lawrence Seaway. / Mixing academic research, activism, and art practice with multimedia elements and hands-on mapping activities, this workshop will draw from Sargent’s personal collection of nautical navigational charts, games, videos, photographs, news clippings, books, pamphlets, and other ephemera to examine the impact of the shipping industry on the ecologies, economies, and communities along the St. Lawrence Seaway and around the Great Lakes region of North America. / Attendants are encouraged to bring their own maps, nautical charts, and lake/seaway shipping-related ephemera!

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We would love to see you at these exciting events this weekend!

Friday, November 13, 7:00-9:00p
Honduran Human Rights Delegation Report Back

Attend a report back on the ongoing crisis in Honduras.

A delegation of Chicago area activists went to Honduras to witness first-hand what mainstream media outlets have done little to expose.

On June 28th 2009, Honduran military kidnapped the democratically elected president and tossed him out of the country. However, despite harsh repression and a disintegration of civil rights, people have been resisting non-stop and building on a movement to reinstate their president, but even moreso to reinsert the people into the democratic process.

Images and sounds from the resistance will highlight discussions on how to get involved in supporting the spirited resistance in Honduras

A Part of Mess Hall’s Transnational Solidarities Series:
Transnational Solidarities III: Honduran Resistance in Action!

Saturday, November 14, 6:30-8:30p
We-Stopped-the-Eviction Celebration!

We are celebrating the successful community campaign to stop the wrongful eviction of the Bledsoe Family! Everyone is welcome. We must continue to support one another, and to struggle side by side, if we are to successfully enforce our economic rights.

Share food (optional pot-luck), Music + Discussion (Kids Welcome)

Sunday, November 15, 12:00-4:00pm
Sewing Rebellion: Card Weaving Workshop with Special Guest Alexander Iwasa

Card weaving is a form of Iron Age technology performed all over Latin America, Africa, Asia and in Chicago. Yarn is threaded through tablets or cards to form a work area to weave through. Please come and learn this skill, talk shop, and snack!

Materials will be provided, but if you have extra yarn, and/or dead decks of playing cards we can punch holes in to weave through, please bring them!
more on Card Weaving: http://www.primitive.org/weaving.htm

When asking yourself why do you spend Sunday afternoons once a month to alter, mend or make a new garment?

Consider for a moment, the great deal of disposable apparel goods in the world! Hurtful to the buyer, more hurtful to the seller, if they only knew it, and most hurtful to the maker! Can we imagine a system, getting long lasting apparel, where the workers were paid a living wage? Can we resolve to purchase nothing but garments made by workers who are paid a living wage? Instead of having, as we too often have now, very low paid workers producing disposable goods?

The Sewing Rebellion proposes to start honoring the labor of the garments you already have, by repairing and remaking them, increasing their life, and creating a hybrid garment made of cheap off-shore labor and your labor!

As winter sets in around the country, dig through your closet to find what sweaters need a mend, or trousers, which will last another season with a patch here or there.

Sunday, November 15, 4:30-6:00p — FREE YOGA!
This is an hour long hatha yoga class, beginners are welcome.  Students should bring their own yoga mat and any other props they wish to use.

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This week…

… Don’t miss this Friday! 7-9pm

Is It Written in the Stars?
Global Finance, Precarious Destinies

A lecture by Brian Holmes

This lecture and slideshow explores a strangely beautiful artwork – Black Shoals Stock Market Planetarium, by Lise Autogena and Joshua Portway – as a visual allegory of contemporary life beneath the glittering lights of the financial sphere. What uncharted constellations have come to guide our creaturely destinies? The experience of networked derivatives trading, the nature of the meta-commodity that is bought and sold and the aesthetic of the “creative cities” that have grown up around the electronic exchanges all slowly coalesce into the larger figure of a predatory society, where each individual’s most intimate fate seems to involve gnawing away at the collective fabric that spawned our increasingly precarious existence. Chicago, it turns out, is something like the global capital of derivatives. The lecture tries to offer a clearer understanding of what the traders in the pits really do and how their obscure mathematic formulas have reshaped the material world that we live in. But it also attempts to conjure up other horizons.

AND!  Three Poets and A Country

Saturday, November 7, 6:30-9:00pm

Three Poets & a Country: Kishwar Naheed, Fehmeeda Riaz, Azra Abbas

“While the war front shifts to AFPAK, the terrorist bombs and the drones kill hundreds, and the war finds endorsement yet again from western feminists; join us as we tell you the other story: the story of decades of repression, the story of brave resistance, and the story of continuous betrayal.

We shall recite feminist expressions of self, sexuality, freedom and dissent through the lives and works of three ground-breaking women poets. We shall contextualize these expressions in broader historical and political backdrop and voice the representations of wars as instruments of destruction of humanity.

Brainstorm with us as we find common threads for building solidarity across the divide. Let’s ask questions!!!”


YOGA CLASS, Saturday November 7, OOPS — That’s supposed to be:

Sunday, November 8, 2:00 – 3:15. All ages welcome.

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