Archive for January, 2010

New Playwriting course at Mess Hall: Feb 15-April 5
The Art of Seeing Needs to be Learned
Taught by Ezzat Goushegir

Free course, limit 8 seats.
Register by February 8 by sending an email with your name and contact info to
This is an 8-week course for those who wish to develop or expand their creative writing in an enthusiastic and supportive workshop.

This course meets every week beginning February 15, 2010 each Monday from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.
During these eight weeks, we will explore the possibilities of looking at things differently.  We will take the chance to challenge received wisdom with fresh perspectives. By exploring the deeper meanings of words, cultural images and dreams, we will make surprising discoveries and will learn how to transmute thoughts and feelings into dramatic form.

Through a series of exercises and readings, students will learn playwriting techniques and write short pieces for stage. At the end of the course there will be a public reading of the short plays developed in the workshop.

Ezzat Goushegir is from everywhere and nowhere, from the East and the West, North and South, from the land of poetry, rhythm, image and the pure silence. Love –as complicated as the truth– is the place of her existence. She is a life time student and teacher at the same time!  Theatre of truth is her profession. She currently teaches at SNL at DePaul University in Chicago.

Mess Hall
 is located at
6932 North Glenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60626
Morse CTA Red Line Train Stop


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Tuesday, January 26: 7-10pm

Next Objectivists Poetry Workshop: 7-10pm

The Next Objectivists is the world’s only autonomous writing & reading workshop dedicated to research into & reproduction of the poetry & poetic techniques associated with the OUTSIDEREAL. We study a wide variety of radical poetics, from Objectivism to Black Mountain, from Dada to Language Poetry, from Gaucho to Negritude. Upcoming workshops will focus on ekphrasis & the work of Jose Hernandez, Basil Bunting, Tom Raworth, Rae Armantrout, Edward Sanders & many others. JOIN US! All events are free! No prior knowledge of poetry required!

Wednesday, January 27:  7-9pm

CPW Reading Group

/////Theme: Chicago as an Intellectual, Social, and Political Problem  ///


– American Project: An Historical-Ethnography of Chicago’s Robert Taylor Homes, Sudhir Venkatesh
– Nature’s Metropolis, William Cronon
– The Origin of Capitalism: A Longer View, Ellen Meiksins Wood

you can download the texts at: www.dropboks.com (does not work w/Safari)
– clip on login
– email address: chicago.political.workshop@gmail.com
– password: 2008marx
– select the AREA/CPW Jan. 27 texts folder

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Presentations on radical art history and critique of graphics of “Celebrate! Celebrate?: The Politics and Tactics of Visualizing a People’s History.”

Saturday, January 9th, 7:00pm-10:00pm

Come out to hear to great talks!

  • Aay Preston-Myint on magical-political affect in the “Summoning a New Queer Reality” poster series
  • Nicolas Lampert on the history of the monument controversy at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.

There will also be an open discussion and critique of graphics of the Celebrate?, Celebrate? show that is currently up at Mess Hall.

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