Friday, May 11, 2012 - 11am - 6pm
Opening of Quimby's Bridgeport
755 W 32nd Street
Hours: 11am- 6pm
Quimby's Bookstore was part of the first pop up experiments that the Public Media Institute introduced to the Bridgeport back in 2006. This year Quimby's returns to bring the denizens of the neighborhood a taste of Quimby's Bookstore. A selection of the finest independent zines, periodicals and books will be available.
Friday May 11, 2012 - 5pm
3219 S Morgan Street
Join us this Friday in May at the SMALL Showroom for tastings and demonstrations of some products made by some of the over 100 members of the Small Manufacturing Alliance.
Friday, May 11, 2012 6-9pm
755 W 32nd Street
Community activist, teacher, and organizer, Nidal Al-Azraq will speak on topics dealing with the persistent climate of human rights violations and political and social unrest in the West Bank, Palestine, and will talk about his documentary: Degrees of Incarceration, with a discussion following.
Nidal Al-Azraq is a Palestinian refugee who was born and raised in Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem, the West Bank, Palestine. He is a community activist and organizer. Nidal volunteered at Lajee Center, a youth organization in Aida camp, from 2001-2003, where he co-directed a youth play, and acted in the title role of a play performed in three cities in the West Bank. He went on to be the administrative director of Lajee Center, from 2003-2006. Since then, he has continued to work with Lajee in return trips, coordinating international summer camps that bring together international volunteers and Palestinian youth, teaching human rights, and leading a delegation of Palestinian youth to Belgium for a cultural exchange program. In the United States since 2005, he has taught Arabic to children in the Chicago and Boston areas, done translation work, and conducted academic research. He also worked on a documentary, Degrees of Incarceration, and published “A Refugee’s Childhood in the West Bank,” co-authored with Amahl Bishara, in The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion (University of Chicago Press 2009). He also co-wrote with Bishara, The Boy and the Wall (2005), a bilingual children’s book produced with Lajee Center, published in the West Bank. This book received the Psychologists for Social Responsibility’s 2008 Josephine “Scout” Wollman Fuller Award for the promotion of peace and social justice in the Middle East. He is currently finishing a Bachelor’s degree from the Harvard Extension School.
Please come listen to his story and join in the discussion on Friday, May 11 at 6 pm at Paratext Books.
Friday, May 11, 2012 - 7pm
Version Music + Kick
First Lutheran Church of The Trinity
643 W 31st St (near Halsted & 31st)
Admission: $5 suggested donation
Please join us in the Community Center of First Lutheran Church Community Center for a very special series of live performances by the electronic bands: onyou & J+J+J
WithA Film Screening of Kick
Kick is a short film by Clara Alcott. A science fiction melodrama, the piece deals with two women who have a psychic connection before they meet. The title Kick references a pregnancy in the story as well as the creative instinct or "kick".
Bookended with images of a feverish dream, Kick is a meditative piece that explores themes of fear, passion and the desire to connect. Although a short piece, the film has the frenzied narrative of the classic woman-centered melodrama.
A visual and sonic experience, Kick utilizes the colors of traditional 1950s technicolor along with a contemporary electronic score and experimental sound design. Douglas Sirk, the architect of 1950s Hollywood melodrama created a lush genre to experiment with. Kick works within as well as customizes the genre for a contemporary story and theme. The set dressing, wardrobe and cinematography comprise a warm and vibrant palate for the setting of the film. To enhance the element of apprehension with machines, an electronic sound design runs throughout the film. Composer Marc Riordan's score is a mixture of a classic Hollywood drama but with touches of horror and science-fiction accents. Todd Carter of the lap top group TV Pow, engineered and mixed the piece as well as provided the sound design. Kick features Sarah Weis as Joselyn, Jeff Norman as Dr. Griffin and Andrew Taylor as Dr. Reynolds.
The screening of Kick will be preceded by a series of short works reflecting the film's themes. On the program are works by Yony Leyser, Sarah Weis & Arturo Cubacub, Chris Hefner, The Pretty Things, Erica Schreiner, Catie Olsen, Sarah Hamblin & Marisol Medina and more!
These Version Pop up shops will be also open on Friday:
Bridgepop SpringPop, Enoch's Donuts, Paratext Books, Research House for Asian Art, Ray Emerick Studios