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No Coast Collective

1500 W. 17th

no-coast.org

Run by a loose roster of some half-a-dozen local artists (currently including Aay Preston-Myint, Alex Valentine, Andrea Fritsch, Dan Dunbar, Reba Rakstad, and Young Joon Kwak), the microshop/multi-arts space offers instant access to the ideas, images, and sounds bubbling up from the Pilsen underground and beyond. In the consignment shop (summer hours: Saturday noon-7 and Sunday noon-6), you can pick up demos and CD-Rs of shortlived bedroom projects, unruly noise acts, and whatever out-of-towners just blew minds last week at a nearby house party, as well as affordable local and international artworks, including video, prints, posters, handmade jewelry, and altered and printed clothing. The screen-printing studio is open to the public ($15-$20 a day, assuming prior screen-printing knowledge), or learn to screen print first at a 24-hour “Lock-In” workshop. No Coast is looking to move to a bigger space, still in Pilsen, by the end of July; the final event in the current space is this Friday’s opening for “Visions From the Burned Forest,” new works on paper by Brooklyn artist Megha Gupta.