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Sunday, February 28, 2-5 PM: The Return of Political Theatre

Tuesday, March 2, 6:30-9pm: The Luddite Cafe & Dinnerluck (macrame!)

Wednesday, March 3, 7-9p: AREA/CPW reading group meeting

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The Return of Political Theatre, February 28, 2pm. Admission is Free.

Political theatre throughout history has always had a considerable influence on public consciousness and enhanced social changes. Economic crisis, war, invasion, the rise of religious fundamentalism, violence, poverty and natural disasters are the dominant subjects of today’s human history. Through the exploration of such universal themes the political theatre is trying to find its flourishing ground once again. Mess Hall will conduct a play reading series with a meticulous selection of plays written by regional playwrights every season. The February 28 reading is dedicated to the Middle East.

Ezzat Goushegir, playwright, will present a selection of four short plays written by Caryl Churchill, Deb Margolin and herself. The reading is free and open to public.

Seven Jewish Children by Caryl Churchill: In response to last year Israel’s bombing attack and ground invasion of the Gaza Strip which killed over thousand Palestinian and left many seriously injured, Caryl Churchill the prominent British playwright wrote this controversial 10-minute play, Seven Jewish Children, a play for Gaza.

CONTINUING THE CONVERSATION WITH CARYL CHURCHILL:  Deborah S. Margolin wrote SEVEN PALESTINIAN CHILDREN, a 10-minute play for the other, portraying seventy years of the history of Palestine under Israeli occupation.

You’re Not a Man! By Ezzat Goushegir, a 15-minute play about the invasion of Afghanistan. Ahmad, an Afghani translator, and two American interrogators working for a military base in Afghanistan, speak about an innocent young farmer and taxi driver who was shackled and brutally tortured for four days at Bagram prison, a detention center 40 miles north of Kabul.

Two Iranian Children By Ezzat Goushegir, a 15- minute play about two Iranian twin sisters coming together after twenty two years of separation caused by theocratic regime of Islamic Republic of Iran. This play was written on January 8th the International Symbolic Work Strike, in Solidarity with Iranian people.

The plays will be directed by Ezzat Goushegir and acted by Cheryl Snodgrass, Laura Welsh Berg and Jeremy Cohn. Cheryl Snodgrass focuses on the production of new works. She was last in Roanoke to direct Rosalee Was Here, by Maura Campbell. Cheryl has been a guest artist at Lawrence University and was a founding member of No Shame Theatre, The Unusual Cabaret, Les Enfants du Mais, and C’est Destine. Laura Welsh Berg has been in Arms and the Man at Stage Center and Mill Fire at Sheil Park Theater. Before moving to Chicago, Laura was a company member of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival in Boise, Idaho and Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland, Ohio where she has appeared in The Crucible, Macbeth, and many other plays. Jeremy Cohn a graduate of the Boston University B.F.A. Acting program currently living and working as an actor in Chicago. His most recent projects include the title role in “Sunday in the Park with George” at Village Players Theatre, as well as appearances with the Jeff Nominated “A Moon for the Misbegotten”.

March 2, 6:30-9pm: The Luddite Cafe & Dinnerluck (macrame!)

Dinnerluck will start at 6:30- Workshop will begin at 7pm. As always, please feel free to bring food to share or just bring yourself!  Learn two kinds of macrame jewelry—basic designs for hemp and embroidery floss bracelets. We’ll learn how to combine a few different knots to make some classic designs, and I’ll bring examples of more advanced patterns. Some materials provided, but please bring what you’ve got! I do not have any beads, but there’s plenty of beautiful designs that do not necessitate beads. (Bring ‘em if you want ‘em.)

The Luddite Café:  This is a gathering for people to share pre-industrial technological skills.  Please come learn Card Weaving from Alex Iwasa.  Card Weaving is an Iron Age form of technology still practiced all over the world by running yarn through cards or tablets with holes punched in them, to create a work area to weave with. Some materials will be provided, but if you have yarn and/or dead decks of cards we can punch holes in to weave through, please bring them!
For more information about Card Weaving,check out this web site:  http://www.primitive.org/weaving.htm.

Want to share a skill? Have a questions about the Luddite Cafe?  Contact Alex Iwasa at : alexiwasa@gmail.com

March 3, 7-9p: AREA/CPW reading group meeting
THEME: Political Responses to the Present
READINGS:
– Action Will Be Taken: Left Anti-intellectualism and its Discontents, Liza Featherstone, Doug Henwood, and Christian Parenti
– Resisting Left Melancholy, Wendy Brown
– Resignation, Theodor Adorno
secondary text
– Left-Wing Melancholy, Walter Benjamin

you can download the texts at: www.dropboks.com (does not work w/Safari)
– click on login
– email address: chicago.political.workshop@gmail.com
– password: 2008marx
– select the AREA/CPW March 4 texts folder

In conjunction with AREA, the Chicago Political Workshop is facilitating a reading group investigating practical and theoretical issues raised by contributors to the AREA #8: Everybody’s Got Money Issues. The impetus for establishing the reading group was an article written by
CPW responding to issue AREA #8, which can be found at:
http://www.areachicago.org/p/issues/everybodys-got-money-issues/toward-more-coherent-anti-capitalist-theory-and-pr/

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Saturday, February 20, 9am – 10am: FREE YOGA

Jola ‘Shakti’ has been practicing Hatha Yoga for over 15 years and studied Iyengar Yoga in Poland and Integral Yoga in Virginia. She is a certified Integral Hatha Yoga teacher and a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. She specializes in therapeutic and restorative practice. The intention in instructing Yoga is to help each individual to find peace and well-being. Jola will be instructing gentle yoga for all ages.  Weekly at 9am on Saturdays from February 20 to March 6.


Sunday, February 21, Noon – 4pm: SEWING REBELLION

Brunchluck & skill sharing DIY gathering. Take up arms (and fingers) against consumerist imperialism and fashionista culture! Remake something from your closet or from our FREE BOX. Learn or share sewing, knitting & fiber crafting skills.


Tuesday, February 23, 7pm: NEXT OBJECTIVISTS

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! Every 2 weeks at 7pm on Tuesdays from February 23 to May 4.

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FEB 12-13 Collectivism After Collapse: Chicago Activist Art Spaces, Collectives, & Projects

FEB 15 PLAYWRITING COURSE : The Art of Seeing Needs to be LearnedCLOSED

FEB 17 AREA/CPW reading group

FEB 21 SEWING REBELLION

AND here’s details…

NEXT OBJECTIVISTS, Tuesday, Feb 9, 7-10p (Every 2 weeks @ 7p on Tuesdays until May 4)

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!

CAA CONFERENCE: Collectivism After Collapse: Chicago Activist Art Spaces, Collectives, and Projects, Friday, Feb 12 & 13, from 7pm-on

The two-night event at Mess Hall is an open invitation to College Art Association conference attendees and the public to come to Mess Hall to informally gather, meet, and learn about Chicago art and activism, including an exhibition highlighting various Chicago-based collective art spaces, periodicals, campaigns, and activist art projects from 2000-2010. Come to Mess Hall and meet many of the people who are involved in this work!

PLAYWRITING COURSE: The Art of Seeing Needs to be Learned, taught by Ezzat Goushegir, Mondays, Feb 15-April 5, 6:30 -8p

Free course, limit 8 seats.
**Register by February 8**  Course is now full

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 DePaul University in Chicago.

AREA/CPW reading group meeting, Wednesday, Feb 17, 7-9p

Chicago as an Intellectual, Social, and Political Problem   • Red Chicago: American Communism at its Grassroots, 1928-35, Randi Storch • Race, Space, and the Reinvention of Latin America in Mexican Chicago, Nicholas de Genova • Black Metropolis: A Study of Negro Life in a Northern City, St. Clair Drake and Horace R. Cayton  ////// In conjunction with AREA, the Chicago Political Workshop is facilitating a reading group investigating practical and theoretical issues raised by contributors to the AREA #8: Everybody’s Got Money Issues. The impetus for establishing the reading group was an article written by CPW responding to issue AREA #8, which can be found at: http://www.areachicago.org/p/issues/everybodys-got-money-issues/toward-more-coherent-anti-capitalist-theory-and-pr/

SEWING REBELLION, Sunday February 21, 1-4p

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