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Glenwood Avenue’s hard-to-define Mess Hall turns 5

“Mess Hall can be difficult to define succinctly. This is perhaps unsurprising.

If you’re in the Mess Hall bathroom, which doubles as a sink for dishwashing, the posters from past events that cover the walls give a sense of the range of past events held at Mess Hall, 6932 N. Glenwood, which celebrates its five-year anniversary on Feb. 15…”

http://chicagojournal.com/main.asp?SectionID=49&SubSectionID=142&ArticleID=7015&TM=50481.14

FRANK PINC/Staff Photographer Key holder Amy Partridge leads a discussion on political art at Rogers Park’s Mess Hall.

FRANK PINC/Staff Photographer Key holder Amy Partridge leads a discussion on political art at Rogers Park’s Mess Hall.

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“Tall, with wide, darting eyes and graying hair grazing his broad shoulders, Matthias Regan strikes an imposing figure, standing alone in an unadorned exhibit space on a secluded street. He wears faded jeans and a loose-fitting T-shirt across which he has silk-screened the phrase, “Obedience doesn’t relieve pain.” Matthias Regan, 39, is not your typical curator. But then, with its piles of political pamphlets, sporadic hours of operation and disdain for traditional economic systems, Mess Hall isn’t your typical gallery space, either…”

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