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Scrappy Fighters

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For six years the Creative Reuse Warehouse has kept the city's artists, teachers, and pack rats supplied with all manner of odds and ends--baby food jars, old magazines, scrap metal, upholstery remnants, bubble wrap. So when the cops locked the doors at 721 W. O'Brien on November 29, thousands of holiday craft projects were suddenly imperiled. Ken Dunn, director of the Resource Center, the nonprofit recycling facility that runs the CRW, says he'd known it would have to move for almost two years--ever since the University of Illinois at Chicago bought the building as part of its south campus expansion. But he thought it wouldn't happen until February at the earliest. Currently, he says, the CRW is operating out of a warehouse at 135th and Indiana and is negotiating with the city to acquire a space closer to downtown. "We're pretty confident that it'll be back bigger and better than ever," he says. In the meantime, "we're working with UIC to have an open period next week so teachers can come pick up supplies." School of the Art Institute students and CRW habitues Rachel Zerilla and Alex Cassaniti are pitching in to help finance the relocation effort with a benefit show and sale featuring art and crafts made from castoff materials this Saturday, December 15, from 7 to 11 PM at Heaven Gallery, 1550 N. Milwaukee. Participating artists include Cat Chow, April Dyer, and Adam Reimers, as well as Zerilla, Cassaniti, and others. There will also be experimental music by the band Sterling and a live performance by DJ Craque. It's $5; call 773-394-3437 for more information.

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