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SUNDAY, JULY 4th —Sunday Skillshare Series: Screen Printing
10am – 12pm

Come pull some screens with CAFF! We’ll have two screen-printing boards going
from 10:00-noon & several different designs. Print on paper or on clothes from
the free box. Stop in for a minute or join us for the duration. Coffee for all.

(Caff Composts)

MONDAY JULY 5–Supralingual/Sublingual: The Tongue is the Terrain by Gary Setzer
9pm – 10pm

Supralingual/Sublingual: The Tongue is the Terrain, is a new performance by
visual artist, Gary Setzer. Integrating video, live music, and performance art,
Setzer metaphorically parallels the division between air and land with the
division between language and its meaning. The surface of the landscape is the
literal seam between the atmosphere and geosphere; as such, it becomes host to
a range of metaphoric activity revealing both the poetry and gracelessness of
straddling the language/meaning divide. Setzer posits himself here, merging
electro nu-wave music and process-oriented performance art to deliver a nerdy
audiovisual spectacle that recalls Joseph Beuys or Bruce Nauman as much as it
does Devo.

TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 6:30pm – 9:00pm:  Report Back & Slideshow on Haiti (with Ivy Jeanne)

Come out to see a REPORT BACK & SLIDESHOW by Ivy Jeanne about her recent 2-month trip to Haiti post-earthquake. ****snacks @ 6:30****slideshow @ 7:00***

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30, 7:00-9:00pm: The Caldwells & Fishermans perform at Mess Hall (Live Music!)

“After departing for their respected schools nationwide, The Caldwells and Fishermans return to shore with a special midsummer performance at the unique community center, Mess Hall. The Caldwells are a gang of four who send out good vibrations with their 60’s pop and garage rock sound. Perfect companions, Fishermans provide an enchanted journey with their diverse instrumentation including trumpets and electronic samples that give way to heart-filled group sing-a-longs. Both groups are looking forward to sharing new material, baked goods and some good ol’ fashioned fun.

The show starts at 7pm and is free to the open public!

Fishermans – www.myspace.com/fishermansUSA
The Caldwells – www.myspace.com/thecaldwellsband

THURSDAY, JULY 1, 7:00-9:00pm: Writing at the Movies

“Writing at the Movies” A new writing workshop led by the poet Gene Tanta. Participants in this workshop will use as our point of departure Andre Breton’s surrealist montage technique of dropping in and out of various cinemas looking to cutup visual elements and dialogues. However, instead of the velvety cinemas of Paris, we will use DVDs and Google Videos (no limits on
theme or form). For the first half, we will screen a few minutes of the films we bring in and/or of internet audio-visual artifacts while describing what we see and hear. For the second half, we will perform and discuss what we produced (again, no limits on theme or form). We will write in response to these moving images and sounds, striving for a precise or even a phenomenological
(suspending our assumptions) description of what we see and hear.

Free & open to the general public! Everyone is welcome to attend!

ONGOING EXHIBITION From the Mess Hall Library & Archive
June 6 – July 18, 2010

This on-going exhibit features a rotating selection of books, posters & pamphlets found in the Mess Hall library and archive. Stop by on Sundays during the Glenwood Farmers Market or during other scheduled events to check out this delightful collection of publications and ephemera relating to artistic & activist events that have occurred around the world over the last seven years.

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LOOK WHAT’S COMING TO YOU HERE THIS SUNDAY + MONDAY

JOIN TAMMS YEAR TEN: POTLUCK + PRISONER LETTERS
SUNDAY JUNE 27, 5PM @ MESS HALL

WHAT: Tamms Year Ten is holding monthly potluck meetings to read, discuss, and answer letters from men held in permanent solitary confinement at Tamms supermax prison. We will read and answer letters sent to us by prisoners at Tamms. Bring snacks, a dish or beverages if you can, but come even if you can’t!

WHY: Many of the prisoners at Tamms have been kept in total social isolation since the prison opened in 1998. Tamms Year Ten’s public letter writing campaign initiates basic human contact with the prisoners at Tamms, and raises awareness about the warehousing of prisoners in long-term solitary confinement.

WHEN: Sunday, June 27th at 5pm

WHERE: Mess Hall, 6932 North Glenwood Avenue

Come learn more about conditions at Tamms and what you can do to help. For more information visit http://www.yearten.org.

ReMake Estate Artist Talk: You Are Here (Keg de Souza and Zanny Begg) with Sam A Love
Monday June 28th, 7pm

ReMake Estate is an art project initiated by two Sydney based artists Keg de Souza and Zanny Begg (You Are Here) that will transform an abandoned house and lot in Gary on the southwest corner of the intersection of 24th Avenue and Massachusetts Street (just down the road from Central District Organising Project) into a community meeting space and garden. The project is being organised in conjunction with interested local community groups and individuals and we invite you to join! (http://youareherenews.wordpress.com/)

You Are Here are in Gary for six weeks over summer – the local groups and individuals who get involved will be stakeholders of ReMake Estate into the future.

Major Rudy Clay, in his attempt to build a Michael Jackson Memorial in Gary has said that the only thing that will ruin it is the people of Gary “poisoning the soup”. ReMake Estate is a celebration of the people of Gary, including its most famous son Michael Jackson, showing that the soup is indeed a healthy brew.

You Are Here was founded in 2008 to bring together the various collaborative projects of Keg de Souza and Zanny Begg. In the same year Temporary Services came to Sydney for an exhibition that focused on urban change in the suburb of Redfern, Sydney, called There Goes The Neighbourhood – their trip inspired You Are Here to venture to Chicago. Come along to an artist talk about You Are Here and the ReMake Estate project in Gary. For more information http://www.youarehere.me.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 20, 10:30am – 1:30pm
Sunday Skillshare Series: Recycling T-Shirts (Workshop)

Sandra Peterson, arts instructor at Insight Arts, will host a workshop on recyclying t-shirts! Come & check it out over a cup of coffee!

ONGOING EXHIBIT: Jun 6 – Jul 18, 2010
Selections From the Mess Hall Library & Archive

This on-going exhibit features a rotating selection of books, posters & pamphlets found in the Mess Hall library and archive. Stop by on Sundays during the Glenwood Farmers Market or during other scheduled events to check out this delightful collection of publications and ephemera relating to artistic & activist events that have occurred around the world over the last seven years.

UPDATE ON PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING!!
OPEN CALL TO ALL MURALISTS! APPLY BY JULY 16!

Download an application here:
http://participatorybudgeting49.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/rogers-park-mass-mural-project-application.pdf

Find out more about Participatory Budgeting & the Mass Underpass Murals Project here:
http://participatorybudgeting49.wordpress.com/

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THURSDAY, JUNE 10–Next Objectivists (on: Situationist International!)
7pm – 10pm

The Next Objectivists meet this Thursday in order to imagine a SITUATIONIST
INTERNATIONAL poetics. From the late 1950s through the early 1970s, the SI
practiced and theorized the use of art to politicize everyday life in the face
of a culture industry that generates and promotes desire in its subjects
through the production of spectacles. We will examine several SI documents &
then attempt to create poems which produce and/or are produced by situations.
We begin with the following statement from Potlatch #5: Lettrist International:
20 July 1954:

Poetry has exhausted the last of its formal prestiges. Beyond simple
aesthetics, poetry consists entirely of human potential. It is written on the
faces of adventures and in the form of cities. Nothing is more urgent than the
creation of new faces and construction through upheaval. The new beauty will be
SITUATIONAL, that is to say fugitive and lived. The latest artistic variations
interest us only for the potential influence that might be found within them.
To us, poetry means the elaboration of absolutely new conducts, and the means
of making them passionate.

What poetry can we imagine in relation to these speculative imperatives?

Join us & help to create the next objectivism! The Next Objectivists is always
free & open to all. Leave your expertise at the door! Join us today!

SATURDAY, JUNE 12–Propeller Grant Informational Meeting
1pm – 4pm

Propeller Fund Application Workshops introduce the Propeller Fund and offer
tips, hints and advice on how to prepare an application.

Propeller Fund is founded to support visual arts projects that are:
independent, informal, and self-organized. The goal is to stimulate further
independent growth throughout Chicago; to encourage more varied models of
visual arts presentation;to increase public recognition of these ways of
working; to spread self-organized activities into more diverse areas; to
promote the public’s interaction with such activities; and to spark ambitions
beyond current formats.

Propeller Fund will provide a total of $50,000 in grants, at the following
levels: Five grants at $6,000 Ten grants at $2,000 The two-tiered funding
structure awarded to a total 15 projects is devised to provide substantial
support for major costs—printing, rental, honoraria, material, shipping,
research time, etc. —with the aim to ensure that each project has the
resources to live up to its ambitions.

Propeller Fund is administered jointly by Gallery 400, UIC and threewalls.
Initial support for the program is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for
the Arts as part of its initiative to promote informal and independently
organized visual arts activities across the United States. Previous regranting
programs initiated by the foundation are located in San Francisco, CA
(Alternative Exposure), and Houston, TX (The Idea Fund).

***Application Deadline: August 1, 2010 Grant awardees announced: October 2010

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TUESDAY, JUNE 1—The Ludite Cafe & Dinnerluck
6:30pm – 9:00pm

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! The Luddite Cafe. 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

THURSDAY, JUNE 3—Writing at the Movies
7:00pm – 9:30pm

“Writing at the Movies” A new writing workshop led by the poet Gene Tanta.
Participants in this workshop will use as our point of departure Andre
Breton’s surrealist montage technique of dropping in and out of various
cinemas looking to cutup visual elements and dialogues. However, instead of the
velvety cinemas of Paris, we will use DVDs and Google Videos (no limits on
theme or form). For the first half, we will screen a few minutes of the films
we bring in and/or of internet audio-visual artifacts while describing what we
see and hear. For the second half, we will perform and discuss what we produced
(again, no limits on theme or form). We will write in response to these moving
images and sounds, striving for a precise or even a phenomenological
(suspending our assumptions) description of what we see and hear. Free & open
to the general public! Everyone is welcome to attend!

JUNE 6–Creative Reuse Workshop: Making Rope From Plastic Bags
10:00am-1:00pm

Got a bunch of plastic shopping bags shoved in a kitchen drawer? under the
sink? in the pantry? Bring the whole mess of them to Mess Hall this Sunday &
turn it into ROPE–rope made out of plastic shopping bags! This is the FIRST
in a 2-month series of Sunday morning workshops at Mess Hall scheduled to
coincide with the Glenwood Ave. Sunday morning farmer’s market. Go green. Way
green!

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