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This fourth annual celebration of experimental art--four weekends of exhibits, performances, tours, and screenings--takes as its stage the "underused urban geography" of Bridgeport, or as the organizers, who also produce Lumpen magazine, call it, "the Community of the Future." Programs are scheduled at a number of venues, mainly Texas Ballroom and Hey Cadets!, both at 3012 S. Archer, and Iron Studios, 3636 S. Iron. Performance and video programs cost $8 each, $5 for students; a festival pass runs $25. Performances can be viewed as they happen at SMF continues through November 13; for a complete schedule see the festival Web site or or call 773-837-0145.


Community of the Future Experimental Culture Zone

6-9 PM, 3100 and 3200 blocks of South Morgan: Quimby's, Myopic Books, and Odd Obsession Video set up temporary outposts, open Fridays 6-9 PM, Saturdays 1-9 PM, and Sundays 1-8 PM throughout the fest; Bridgeport Coffee House and Kaplan's Liquors, already in the zone, keep longer hours.

Folk ADD

PM at Iron Studios: Music and other performances by surviving members of a fictitious 1960s/1980s art movement that blended "Dada, Fluxus, Yippie hedonism, and industrial art."



1-5 PM at Iron Studios: "The New Chicagoans," with art by Brian Ulrich, Christine Tarkowski, Duk Ju Kim, Erin Foley, Paul Nudd, and 20-some others; "The Husbanken Initiative," a display of plans for "social housing" modeled on those of the Norwegian State Housing Bank; "Secret Histories Museum," "uncovered and recovered histories" of squatters, secret societies, art movements, and the harassment of dissidents in Chicago.

Community of the Future Experimental Culture Zone

1-9 PM. See Fri 11/4 listing.

Dance to Panic Night

PM-1 AM at Hey Cadets!: music by "sound terrorists" Brotman & Short, the Dramatic Paws, It's a Trap, and other groups on the Dance to Panic label.

Underground Multiplex screenings

At Texas Ballroom: Paul Loyd Sargent's The Logos Project: Blood and Basketball and S. Amaro's Qualia Shop Drop, about a campaign that involved distributing alternative media disks by attaching them, ostensibly as free bonus material, to Sony products in stores (8 PM); Karim Patwa's Spaceship (9:30 PM); and "I Am Freaking Out," featuring Cremaster Caraoke by C and C Caraoke Factory, plus "surreal and psychedelic" shorts by Paper Rad, Derraindrop, Ghost Zane, and others (11 PM).



1-5 PM at Iron Studios: "The New Chicagoans," "The Husbanken Initiative," "Secret Histories Museum."

Community of the Future Experimental Culture Zone

1-8 PM, with a presentation on DIY publications by Gutters media workshop at 5 PM at Quimby's outpost, 3201 S. Morgan. See Fri 11/4 listing.

Underground Multiplex screenings

At Texas Ballroom: Marquette Park and Marquette Park II, two films by Tom Palazzolo about American Nazi Party rallies in Chicago (6 PM; Palazzolo speaks after the screening); Punishment Park, about which Jonathan Rosenbaum writes, "Peter Watkins's powerful and powerfully upsetting 89-minute feature (1971)--about U.S. radicals being herded into internment camps unless they can survive a three-day trek through Punishment Park--is done in a pseudodocumentary style comparable to that used in his other early features, such as Culloden (1964) and Privilege (1967), though somewhat more hysterical" (8 PM); "Secret Memories," international shorts picked by "new media curator and international impresario Agricola de Cologne" (10 PM). At Hey Cadets!: Chris Marker's three-hour 1977 opus Grin Without a Cat (7 PM), followed by "Politizzle Shizzay Films," a shorts program.


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