Monthly Archive for January, 2011

James Kirkpatrick/Thesis Sahib Launch for Before The End 2/19

Feb ’11
19
7:00 pm

Before the End showcases over fifty full-colour pages of James Kirkpatrick’s paintings, drawings, and sculptures, and includes a download card for his new 16 – song album as Thesis Sahib. When you’re done with the card, you can plant it to grow wildflowers!

It also comes with a blue vinyl 7-inch record featuring two previously unreleased tracks, noises from four of his sound sculptures, and two songs from the full length album.

James Kirkpatrick has shown his art and toured with his music internationally and was featured in the traveling group exhibition Pulp Fiction, presented at Museum London, The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, and at St. Mary’s University Art Gallery. He is also well known as the graffiti artist and rapper Thesis Sahib. He has created artwork for several album covers in the underground hip hop genre, and his collaborative art book with Peter Thompson, Brain Trust, is published by Anteism. He works collaboratively with Jamie Q as the art team Dusty Peas and with Peter Thompson as the art and music duo Brain Trust.  His paintings incorporate sculptural, kinetic, and auditory elements, as he combines his 2D aesthetic with circuit-bent electronic toys. Likewise, compositions written on modified Gameboys and circuit-bent sounds have become part of his music and on-stage performances.

“It’s good music. Kanye should take note” – DJ Wicked Awesome, the listening party CKCUFM 93.4 Ottawa.

“This lush hardbound monograph-plus-phonograph. Kirkpatrick’s paintings and sculptures have the mad gusto of Philip Guston, the child charm of Jean Dubuffet and sedated hamburger browns of Marc Bell. Nice work, with a 16-song wildflower-laden album and sky blue 7″ record included.” –EF on quimbys.com

For more info: http://www.jameskirkpatrick.org

Saturday, February 19th, 7 pm

Mildred Pierce Magazine Issue #4 Release Party 2/26

Feb ’11
26
7:00 pm

Join us as we celebrate Mildred Pierce‘s fourth issue, the theme of which is “Comedy and the Grotesque.” A number of Chicago artists and writers are featured in this bad boy, with a cover designed and screenprinted by Edie Fake.

The evening’s program will feature readings and performances by MP contributors James Tadd Adcox (Artifice Magazine), Edie Fake (Gaylord Phoenix), Jim Joyce (Or Let It Sink), Vicky Lim (Dear Jaguar), Ed Choy Moorman (editor/publisher, Ghost Comics), and writer/artist Ellen Nielsen.

Mildred Pierce is a (maga)zine, co-founded in 2005 by John Bylander and Megan Milks and co-edited by the same. It is a somewhat annual zine dealing in art, writing and countercultural cultural criticism.

Refreshments will be provided. A limited edition zine will be sold.

For more info: http://mildredpierce.wordpress.com

Carrie Colpitts and Jami Sailor with Friends 2/11

Feb ’11
11
7:00 pm

Love is in the air! Carrie Colpitts and Jami Sailor with Friends Celebrate the Valentine’s Day Split Zine Brilliant Mistake #4 + Your Secretary #8

And check out these fellow readers!:

Dave Roche of About My Disappearance and On Subbing. Dave vowed to finish his first novel by the time he turned 30 years old; at 36 he’s five pages in. L.B. of Truckface and So Midwest and Awkward Spaces. She enjoys playing drums, dancing to the Kinks, and teaching. Puppy Dave of Black Carrot, Fort Mortgage, and How I Learned to Love Myself and Ocassionally Other Men. Dave likes some things and dislikes others. He plays drums in Warboner….and fresh of the state fair circuit, Laura Palmer and the Kates!


For more info:  http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=171109372934574

Friday, February 11th, 7pm

Modern-Day Griot Arthur Flowers Shares His Graphic Novel on Dr. MLK Jr. 2/12

Feb ’11
12
7:00 pm

In celebration of Black History Month, Arthur Flowers celebrates I See the Promised Land: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr., a singular take on the graphic novel genre, an extraordinary jam session between two very distinct storytelling traditions. Flowers tells a masterful story in musical prose. Artist Manu Chitrakar, a scroll-painter from Bengal, India, carries the tale confidently into the vivid idiom of Patua art, turning King’s journey into a truly universal legacy. replete with destiny, fate and the human condition, I See the Promised Land traverses the milestones of King’s short life, his ministry and journey, in a dramatic collaboration.

“Both evocative and factually rich…a standout both as a distinctive graphic narrative that combines two world storytelling traditions and as an examination of King’s life and its enduring legacy across the globe.” – Booklist Starred Review

Arthur Flowers, a remarkable performance artist and oral historian, originally hails from Memphis. He is an associate professor of English at Syracuse University. Arthur is a captivating presence, memorizing his text, singing from the story in a free-form jive style and accompanying himself with a small African drum. He performs with select pieces of the original Patua scroll artwork. Arthur is also the author of Another Good Loving Blues and De Mojo Blues.

Saturday, February 12, 7pm

Connor Coyne Reads From Midwestern-Noir Novel Hungry Rats 2/5

Feb ’11
5
7:00 pm

In Hungry Rats, the Rat Man, a serial killer, is on the loose in Flint, Michigan.  Meredith Malady, a high-school girl with a dysfunctional family and a terror of rats sees some common threads between her own life and the killer’s MO.  She runs away from home to unearth a trail of clues, determined to catch a killer, but unsure what she’ll do when she meets the Rat Man face-to-face.

Connor Coyne has been published in Santa Clara Review, Moria Poetry Zine, Dick Pig Review, The Saturnine Detractor, and the Flint Broadside. He has a website at connorcoyne.com and a blog devoted to the apotheosis of the Gothic. Connor grew up in the East Village of Flint, Michigan, and has lived in Chicago and New York City.  This year he published his first novel, Hungry Rats, but he is even more excited by the birth of his daughter, Mary Adelina.

Hungry Rats is an emotional and aesthetic tour de force about deep matters of the human heart. Author Connor Coyne shows why the novel is still the most important medium to write about what matters in a manner that matters.”  — Jeffery Renard Allen, author of the Heartland award-winning novel Rails Under My Back

For more info: http://hungryrats.com