Monthly Archive for October, 2006

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Off Site EventThe Best American Comics Book Release Partywith Harvey Pekar and more

Oct ’06
12:00 am

NOT AT QUIMBYS!!!! But we’re selling books there.
Thursday, October 19th, 6:30PMThe Best American Comics Book Release Partyslideshow / booksigning / panel / partyAt the Hideout with Editors Harvey Pekar and Anne E. Moore!Plus local Chicago contributors Ivan Brunetti, Anders Nilsen and Lilli Carre!The Hideout is located at 1354 W Wabansia, Chicago IL 60622.For more info:

Perpetual Motion Roadshow #37 WHOA!

Oct ’06
12:00 am

Perpetual Motion Roadshow #37 FeaturingElliot Harmon, Ocho, and Dave Fried at Quimby?s!Saturday, October 14th, 7:00 PMFREE
Perpetual Motion Roadshow #37 featuring: recovering slam poet ELLIOT HARMON from San Francisco! irreverent guitarist OCHO from Minnesota! zine-making punk DAVE FRIED from Chicago!
Elliot Harmon is a poet and, more sporadically, an actor, a Musician, a playwright, a teacher, a graduate student, and a director. He grew up in South Dakota and developed national recognition through the Omaha poetry-slam scene. Since then, he’s been featured at numerous readings and slams across the Western U.S. His allusions to Brecht and Chekhov (not to mention his San Francisco street address) do little to hide his true country-boy poetic sensibilities. His backpack includes several copies of his two chapbooks, Luke, Don’t Settle! and Summer of the Pterodactyl, and his CD, But You Don’t Understand.
Ocho has been performing original songs for almost ten years. His songs reflect a mind that’s upbeat, thoughtful, irreverent, frustrated, and inspired. They give the listener something to laugh at, like the futility of survival in the modern world, and the lack of answers to important life questions: “What’s our ultimate purpose?” and “How can I make money without really DOING anything?” At 16, he unwittingly started a punk-rock scene in a rural South Dakota town that still thrives. He recently received his Master’s degree in counseling psychology. His latest CD, “GoriillaBuddha,” explores the stupidity and healing power of that science.
Dave Fried has lived in Chicago, Illinois for the past nine years. His favorite things in life include (in some order of importance): eating tacos, riding bikes, d-beat punk, and bowling. He’ll most likely want to try the regional food in your area. He made his first zine in 1994 after reading about Riot Grrrl, making the connection between punk and zines. He writes the queerpunk perzine Black Carrot and helps fill the void with Grilled Tuna Tape distro. If you ever want to get his blood moving, put on some Finnish Hardcore, offer a coffee and take him bowling.

John Gall author of Sayonara Home Run!

Oct ’06
12:00 am

John Gall author of Sayonara Home Run!Saturday, October 7th, 7:00 PM
Author of Sayonara Home Run! The art of the Japanese Baseball Card John Gall, is the art director for Vintage/Anchor Books. His award-winning designs have been recognized by the AIGA, Art Directors Club, Print, Graphis, and ID Magazine, and are featured in several design surveys. His writing, on topics ranging from the history of Grove Press to contemporary skateboard graphics, has appeared in Print and Critique.
Sayonara Home Run! introduces curious fans to Japan\’s national pastime through the lens of the country\’s playfully beautiful baseball cards. A fascinating text traces the roots and cross-cultural history of the Japanese game, while hundreds of illustrations showcase gorgeous vintage cards. Woven throughout are profiles of key Japanese players, features on important U.S. team tours of Japan (with Japanese cards of players such as Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio), and insights into the social history of the cards. Including primers on Japanese player nicknames and baseball terms, and the fine points of the Japanese game, Sayonara Home Run! is a must-have for anyone interested in baseball, Japan, or this unique chapter in popular design.
This will be a book signing with free vintage, totally authentic, Japanese baseball card giveaway. Snacks and refreshments will be provided too.

A plain old reading with Brian Costello, David Frank and Jonathan Messinger

Oct ’06
12:00 am

A plain old reading with Brian Costello, David Frank and Jonathan MessingerTuesday, October 4th, 7:00 PM
Brian Costello is the author of the novel “The Enchanters vs. Sprawlburg Springs.” His writing has been featured in the Chicago Reader, New City, the2ndhand, Bridge Magazine, and other publications. He is the host of America’s First and Only Live Talk Show: “The Brian Costello Show with Brian Costello.” He is an adjunct professor in the Fiction Writing Department of Columbia College Chicago.
After getting clean off heroin almost two years ago, David Frank has used his experiences as a neurotic junky as the focus of the zine “Rocks and Blows.” David graduated from DePaul with a BA in Sociology, and has been published in the “Journal of Ordinary Thought” & “the2ndhand.” He is currently working on his first novel.
Jonathan Messinger is the books editor of Time Out Chicago. He is also the founder and co-host of The Dollar Store Show, a literary and comedy series featuring performers inspired by junk purchased from a dollar store. He is co-publisher of Featherproof Books, a Chicago-based small press publishing full-length fiction and downloadable mini-books. His fiction has appeared in numerous local and national literary magazines,
most recently in Resonance, Rainbow Curve and Awake!, a forthcoming anthology from Soft Skull Press.