This Week at the Southside Hub (7/27)

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Tuesday July 28th

Closing of the BOPL Tour: 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Due to the loss of funding, the BOPL exhibit will be closing one month early. To honor the work of Jorge Lucero and all of those who contributed to the Library project, Laura Shaeffer is giving an impromptu tour of the Barack Obama Presidential Library Tuesday, July 28th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Tour begins outside the storefront, each narrative will be read aloud for anyone to listen, time for discussion will be given after each reading. For more information on this project please click link below.

The Barack Obama Presidential Library
curated by Jorge Lucero


The SHoP Writer’s Circle 7:00 – 9:00 pm This Tuesday: seminar, workshop or conversation on a topic related to publishing or writing.

Wednesday, July 29th

Division of Labour Party 5:00 – 7:00 pm This is a weekly open meeting to divide work, exchange ideas and share concerns.

Thursday, July 30th

Sacred Harp Shapenote Singing 7:00 – 9:00 pm In addition to the usual practice of singing from the Denson Sacred Harp and the Missouri, Norumbega, and Shenandoah Harmonies, the group will be observing the 263rd birthday of Abraham Wood, composer of Marlborough and Worcester.

Friday, July 31st

Inside MUwDV 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Made-Up with Danny Volk is a promotional platform where artists in their studios talk about life and art while doing the host’s make-up. We are currently finishing up our fourth season. Season 3 of the series focuses on artists living and working in Chicago who are invested in engaging with and within the Chicago art community. Examples of this are artists who actively make and exhibit work while simultaneously running exhibition spaces of their own, who incorporate other art practices into their work, or whose work is decidedly Chicago-focused. We are showcasing artists and individuals who promote and support our Chicago art community at large.

Host and creator Danny Volk and Producer Stephanie Anne Harris Trevor will screen 3 episodes and will talk about authorship, narcissism, and beauty products.

Suggested donations of $5

 

This Week at the Southside Hub (7/19)

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Everything Must Come to Light: The Films of Mpumi Njinge Saturday July 18th

Sunday July 19th

Normal Is Good (” I like America and America likes me”) 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Film screening and talk Normal Is Good (” I like America and America likes me”) confronts current circumstances in American society at the intersection of fashion, film, and performance through the fashion line Normal Is Good. It comes from the artist’s experience living in US as an outsider after having left Cuba in 2010.

Tuesday, July 21st 

The SHoP Writer’s Circle 7:00 – 9:00 pm This Tuesday: seminar, workshop or conversation on a topic related to publishing or writing.

Wednesday, July 22nd

Division of Labour Party 5:00 – 7:00 pm This is a weekly open meeting to divide work, exchange ideas and share concerns.

“Welcome to the Terror-dome” Open Breakdance Practice University of Hip-Hop hosts “Welcome to the Terror-dome” open breakdance practice, Wednesdays in July, 7:00 – 10:00 pm (and hopefully beyond, as we create the schedule!)  

Friday, July 24th

Stony Island Summerz–Poetry Peanut Butter and Jams Potlucks 7:30 – 10:00 pm. Come by and enjoy Stony Island Summerz–Poetry Peanut Butter and Jams Potlucks. Poets, MCs and musical artist are invited to share their works and join with a community of artists celebrating spoken word and rap music. MC’d by the Human Lunch Box and Beloved of Stony Island rap crew, and DJ.d by Milly Mango, join us twice a month, 7:30 – 10:00 pm, for poetry performances and local artist exhibits.

Please bring a dish to contribute to the potluck supper. A relaxed and exciting environment welcomes families and the radical community. See you there!

Saturday, July 25th

2nd Story storytelling workshop 2:00 – 4:00 pm. This summer, in conjunction with our Night Out in the Parks performance (at Elm Park on Saturday, August 1 at 3:00 pm), 2nd Story will be offering FREE storytelling workshops to the public, one at SHoP on Saturday, July 25th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Participate in brainstorming exercises, explore what makes a great narrative, and discover how to craft your real-life piece for an audience, all in 2nd Story’s uniquely collaborative style. If you love hearing and sharing stories, grab your journal and join the fun!

For more information, please visit our website at http://2ndstory.com/training/schedule/.


Last Two Weeks!

The Barack Obama Presidential Library curated by Jorge Lucero

Library Hours are weekends from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, during all scheduled events and by appointment. Closed Sunday July 19th.

SMYC Summer Intensive Dance Camp

Friday June 26th to August 21st 2015 Monday – Friday The SMYC 8 week Summer intensive is The Midwest’s Premiere Breakdance Camp. Young dancers will be engaged Monday through Friday in a fun healthy environment, learning how to breakdance safely. Your dancer will learn the technique, theory, history, of Breakdance & Poppin (popLocking), as well as learning choreography, how to choreograph dances, exploring musicality, developing solos, as well as professional development (media training, photo & video shoots +, +,) performance arts training, field trips and more. Facilitated in a way that cultivates self confidence, social skills, teamwork, discipline, healthy lifestyle practices, and more! Lead by Internationally acclaimed performance/teaching artist and founder/director of the Stick and Move Youth Crew Jonathan St. Clair and a team of specialists in the arts and education. www.stickandmoveyouth.com/

This Week at the Southside Hub (7/13)

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Tuesday, July 14th 7:00 – 9:00 PM

The SHoP Writer’s Circle

Wednesday, July 15th 7:00 – 10:00 PM

“Welcome to the Terror-dome” Open Breakdance Practice University of Hip-Hop hosts “Welcome to the Terror-dome” open breakdance practice, Wednesdays in July, 7:00 – 10:00 pm (and hopefully beyond, as we create the schedule!)  

Saturday, July 18th 7:00 PM

Everything Must Come to Light: The Films of Mpumi Njinge For details see: http://southsideprojections.org/everything-must-come-to-light-the-films-of-mpumi-njinge-july-18/


Ongoing: The Barack Obama Presidential Library curated by Jorge Lucero

Library Hours are weekends from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, during all scheduled events and by appointment.

SMYC Summer Intensive Dance Camp

Friday June 26th to August 21st 2015 Monday – Friday The SMYC 8 week Summer intensive is The Midwest’s Premiere Breakdance Camp. Young dancers will be engaged Monday through Friday in a fun healthy environment, learning how to breakdance safely. Your dancer will learn the technique, theory, history, of Breakdance & Poppin (popLocking), as well as learning choreography, how to choreograph dances, exploring musicality, developing solos, as well as professional development (media training, photo & video shoots +, +,) performance arts training, field trips and more. Facilitated in a way that cultivates self confidence, social skills, teamwork, discipline, healthy lifestyle practices, and more! Lead by Internationally acclaimed performance/teaching artist and founder/director of the Stick and Move Youth Crew Jonathan St. Clair and a team of specialists in the arts and education. www.stickandmoveyouth.com/

Butter Elbow Animation Festival

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Saturday, November 8th
6:00 – 8:00PM

at The Experimental Station 6100 S Blackstone Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60637

Chicago Butter Elbow Animation Festival is a biannual experimental animation festival dedicated to animated film lovers, artists, and new animators

Our festival this year has received films from Australia, Finland, Israel, Italy, Taiwan, and USA. Come and join us to see ‘Jessica’, by Amy Lockhart, the lovely Canadian artist who has her latest paper cutout animation in the show. ‘Sticky’, an animated documentary from Australia by our two time participant Jilli Rose!
Also, three absolutely amazing pieces introduced by the Italian sound artist, Andrea Martignoni.

B.E.A.F. is also a platform to support young artists. ‘Brain’, a short by a first time animator, 15 year old Chen-Yang Lin who is now going through the tough high school entrance exam in Taiwan. ‘Walls’, by Lauren Mackey, created a little blue creature to tell a story reflecting human behavior.

B.E.A.F. started as an experimental animation festival in an experimental alternative art space in Hyde Park called The Op Shop, our goal is to continue to bring new animation films and animators to the south side of Chicago. Join us on November 8th at the Experimental Station!

Vicky Yen, Laura Shaeffer and Samantha Lotti


articipating Films and Artists, B.E.A.F. 2014

‘Brain’ by Chen-Yang Lin
‘Walls’ by Lauren Mackey
‘Ruins of Heart’ by Chia-Ying Chen
‘Elsewhere, The Survivors’ by Ali Aschman
‘Il Bruco e la Gallina (Caterpillar and Hen)’ by Michela Donini and Katya Rinaldi
‘Malus’ by Shelly Liu and Lihan Zhang
‘IMPERMANENCE 無常’ by Tien-Yu Miao
“Bailiff – ‘Helicopter'” by Vicky Yen
‘Recollection’ by Tal Kantor
‘La Testa tra le Nuvole (Absent Minded)’ by Roberto Catani
‘SAN LASZLO CONTRO SANTA MARIA EGIZIACA (Saint Laszlo against St Mary of Egypt)’ by Magda Guidi
‘Carcass’ by Joshua James
‘Nice Guy ‘ by Nick Tuinstra
‘Jessica’ by Amy Lockhart
‘Changeling’ by Leena Jääskeläinen
‘Sticky’ by Jilli Rose
‘Aurora’ by Anne Savitie

(Not the final screening order)

Butter Elbow on Facebook

The Swing and the Wall

-1Four (4) Sundays for Intergenerational Creative Idleness, Pleasurable Learning, and Meaningful Exchange.

at The Comfort Station 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave
Brought to you by SHoP & I am 9

#1 June 8

12:00 – 2:00 pm Chocolate Meditation and Geometric Learning through Origami With teaching artist Jerry Marciniak.
1:00 – 5:00 pm Bookbinding Workshop with Amy Sinclair of North Branch Projects
7:00 – 9:00 pm “Class Clowns” Comedy Showcase hosted by David Yontz
Curiosity, observation, and skepticism abound in the life of a comic. This event will showcase a handpicked group of local comedic talent, eager to share their insights on life and learning in the city of Chicago.

#2 June 15

12:00 – 2:00 pm Writing the Archives: A Poetry Workshop. Inspired by the history of classroom materials used in “The Swing and the Wall,” this drop-in workshop is an opportunity for writers and admirers of poetry to take part in informal writing exercises. Obscure footnotes, abandoned cataloging systems and discarded pedagogical materials will inform a Dadaist collage experiment. Led by Kate Hadley Williams.
2:00 – 5:00 pm Junk Drawer Workshop with Eric Bartholomew
3:00 pm Performance by Ashton Frost and TBA
2:00 – 9:00 pm New Chicago Speakers Corner. Scheduled & spontaneous citizens share ideas in any form for a new Chicago.
5:00 – 9:00 pm New Chicago Potluck Pic-Nic!
Picnic begins at 5:00 with Spice! roasting locally sourced meats and veggies. Bring a blanket and food or drinks to share!

#3 June 22

12:00 – 5:00 pm Sunday School Hosted by I am 9
All day family making things workshop. Featuring: Zine making, cardboard and duct tape weaponry and Fort Cardboard! Please bring cardboard boxes, duct tape, a box cutter, and perhaps a kid or two!
3:00 – 5:00 pm Comfort Station Community Forum: Affordable Housing, A Practical Guide. How can residents be involved with neighborhood development, and not just merely informed?
7:00 – 9:00 pm Deadbeat, Barbaric, Richard Album
Experience the sonic exploration of three talented musical acts hand-picked from Chicago’s underground music scene by The Summer Un-School Board of the Off-the-Wall Musicians.

#4 June 29

12:00 – 9:00 pm Intergenerational Workbund
All day spontaneous workshops and group activities. Beginning wtih Radical Mending with Eleanor Ray, then Master Felting with Laura Shaeffer, and a Musical Performance by Dan Godston.

Your workshops, performances, and ideas are welcome in a scheduled or drop-in way.
Contact laura.shaeffer@gmail.com with questions or proposals.

See the SHoP facebook page (www.facebook.com/southsidehub) for regular updates.

THE HISTORY OF THE SWING AND WALL

This document explains the history of an art piece called “The Swing and the Wall”.

I am Nine meets every morning to discuss projects, opportunities, self-criticize, emotionally process, and think laterally en masse. One morning Laura mentioned an opportunity to program a month in the Comfort Station. This is a building in Logan Square used as a “contemporary art space.” Logan Square is a neighborhood in Chicago undergoing massive and obscure transformation. Jasper mentioned recent protests against rent hikes and evictions.

The first idea was called the “New Chicago Design Symposium.” The idea was to work with a group of fifteen students from public high schools in Chicago to redesign the transportation and education system of the city from the ground up. The first part of the project would be three months of research. We would talk with urban planners, socialist intellectuals, and urban historians. The second phase would be an intensive design workshop lead by an internationally famous European architect. The third phase was a massive public relation campaign complete with exhibitions, events, and the release of a cheap pamphlet publicizing the plan. The motto for this project was appropriated from the notorious Chicago bourgeoisie architect Daniel Burnham: “No Little Plans.”

I am Nine got excited about this idea but decided two days later that they needed a bigger and better suited space for the installation and intervention by aforementioned internationally famous European architect. The ideal space is a temporary learning pavilion constructed on the grounds where the Cabrini Green towers were constructed for principles of covert racial segregation, and then destroyed for principles of even more covert racial segregation.

The second idea was for Laura to live with her nine year old son in the Comfort Station for one month as an experimental public home school. They would have special uniforms, visiting guest artists, frequent neighborhood cookouts, and brown bag lunches concerning rental patterns.

This plan was not feasible as “living” in the Comfort Station turns out is not allowed.

The third idea was to create a public theater in Logan Square called “The Swing and the Wall”. The set would be a swing and a wall. John Preus would build the swing out of discarded Chicago Public School chairs and Kevin Reiswig would build a wall out of discarded Chicago Public School desks. There would be twenty one nights of free performance interpreted both widely and wildly. On the first night there was to be a New Chicago Banquet, then there was a Concert in the Dark, Mrs. Dalloway Readathon, Children’s Lectures, the Logan Square Lyceum, Sad Music Night IV, Adult Playtime, Visitors from the Future Judge The Present, Mock City Council, Kinderchoreographers (which is where children choreograph adults), Audodidacts Lecture on Hidden History, Institutional Skill Share, Debate Night I, II, III and IV: Occupy Spiritual Logan Square, there was the New Regionalist Symposium, Reading of Statistics over Ambient Music, Political Party Party, Homeless Lecture, and it would end with a New Chicago Banquet II. The whole thing was inspired by something that happened to Laura. One night Laura was walking along the street and saw two people singing behind glass. She saw their mouths move but heard no noise.

Due to programming needs at the Comfort Station, this idea was not feasible.

The fourth and last idea is that Laura, from I am 9, is present for 9 hours on 4 Sundays and is inviting artists, friends, and neighbours of all ages, to participate in an evolving program of informal learning and social events. There are some existing programs but room for much more, please contact Laura (laura.shaeffer@gmail.com)!

Ad-Hoc Playground at Elm Park from August 15th to August 18th!

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SHoP and the friends of Elm Park invite artists, musicians, performers, storytellers, educators, adults and children of all ages to participate in our first 4 day Ad-Hoc Playground. Since SHoP no longer has a physical space, we are thinking of an outdoor community center without walls with a constantly evolving, additive and participatory process of engagement with our public space. Come out, bring cardboard for a huge Fort Cardboard, make an interactive installation or project or come visit ones made by other artists (artists involved will be listed on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/414020662040734/). We hope to have an outdoor concert night Saturday evening and ongoing creative interventions and interactions with the park and it’s neighboring community, focusing on how we can more creatively use our public spaces for social gathering and learning sites, playscapes, living rooms, exhibition space and performance venues without big funding

History: The Ad-Hoc Playground is SHoP’s second investigation into refining a replicable model for the creative transformation of public parks, empty lots and otherwise underutilized public spaces into spontaneously un-programmed play-gardens that may foster newly enriching, but otherwise unlikely, relationships among community members and continue a conversation that meaningfully addresses the humanistic needs of the surrounding community.

Location: 5215 S. Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60615

ELM PARK IS OPEN: from 8:00 am to 11:00 every day.

Ad-Hoc Playground invites participation on these days:

(8/15) THURSDAY
(8/16) FRIDAY
(8/17) SATURDAY
(8/18) SUNDAY

Scheduling will take place on Facebook so please check in frequently. We will also have a community board for sign ups.

Upcoming installations by:

Chiara Galimberti:
For the Ad-Hoc Playground Project I would like to focus on tracing shadows around the park each day for the duration of the park’s occupation. The different shapes of the various elements of the park, from organic forms to man made objects, will be temporarily captured on the paved pathways of the park. The result would be traces of an ever changing phenomenon that would transform with time, as people use the park and add their own tracings. I would like for the tracings to be an exploration of vulnerability their temporality and minuteness, in contrast with the burliness of adjacent apartment buildings and strip malls.

Andrius Kulikaukas:
“Think Through” a walk-through, transparent labyrinth reflecting his lifelong philosophical commitment to the application of knowledge and the quest to discover absolute truth.

More to come, see details on our facebook event page and website: https://southsidehub.wordpress.com/.