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 various venues, mainly Texas Ballroom and Hey Cadets!, both at 3012 S. Archer; Iron Studios, 3636 S. Iron; Kaplan's Liquors, 960 W. 31st; and, somewhere north of the future, Skylark, 2149 S. Halsted. Performance and video programs cost $8 each, $5 for students; a festival pass runs $25. Performances can be viewed as they happen at selectmediafestival.org. SMF continues through November 13; for a complete schedule see the festival Web site or chicagoreader.com or call 773-837-0145.
Kickoff party 8 PM-1 AM at Hey Cadets!: music by Warhammer 48K, Jerusalem & the Starbaskets, Carpet of Sexy, and Soft Serve.
Screenings At Texas Ballroom: videos by artists associated with the Hey Cadets! space (8 PM), followed by "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 (9:30 PM).
Exhibit opening 6 PM-1 AM at Iron Studios: "The New Chicagoans," with art by Brian Ulrich, Christine Tarkowski, Duk Ju Kim, Erin Foley, Paul Nudd, and 20-some others. "Entomologist/noise musician" Irene Moon and Auk Theater perform at 9 PM, followed by music from Mudboy, Wizzards, and Far Rad. At midnight Kristin Baumlier and Tom Hansell mix video as Brian Harnetty DJs an "Energy Dance Party." The exhibit continues Saturdays and Sundays 1-5 PM throughout the festival.
Exhibits 1 PM-midnight at Iron Studios: "The New Chicagoans," with a performance by Paul Nudd at 6:30 PM; "Fossil Fools," featuring a "solar-powered video installation" by Tom Hansell and a sound piece by Brian Harnetty, with a 7 PM performance of Oh, Petroleum by Kristin Baumlier; and Kiss Blink Sync Vessel, streaming video by Lo Vid.
Community of the Future Experimental Culture Zone 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.
Bubbly Creek walking tour 2 PM, starting from Iron Studios: the south fork of the river's south branch, compared to the Ganges ("How do the putrid waters define our existence?").
Everything's All Right walk 3 PM, starting from Kaplan's Liquors: "a guided play in three acts by Pooper and Rotten Milk."
Dinner 6 PM at Iron Studios: free "Korean Polish barbecue."
Exhibit opening 6-10 PM at Iron Studios: "The Husbanken Initiative," a display of plans for "social housing" modeled on those of the Norwegian State Housing Bank.
Benefit for New Orleans musicians Quintron and Miss Pussycat 8:30 PM at Iron Studios: music by Paper Rad (which also shows videos it's produced), Doo Man Group, Gay Nerds, Bobby Conn, and Magas.
Parties 10 PM-3 AM at House of the Future, 2025 S. Halsted: films by Andy Barker, go-go dancers, a "party simulcast from Europe," and sundry disc and video jockeys. 10 PM-3 AM at Texas Ballroom: music by the Mathematicians, Typewriter, and DJs Hunter Husar, Grady Gillan, and Michael Unicorn.
Exhibits 1-5 PM at Iron Studios: "The New Chicagoans," "Fossil Fools," "The Husbanken Initiative."
Community of the Future Experimental Culture Zone 1-8 PM, with a stencil workshop by House of Payne art collective at 6 PM at Quimby's outpost, 3201 S. Morgan.
Underground Multiplex screenings At Texas Ballroom: two shorts programs, "Living in Amerika" (6 PM) and "Politizzle Shizzay Films" (7 PM), followed at 8:30 PM by Can Dialectics Break Bricks?, Rene Vienet's 1973 situationist reworking of a martial arts film. At Hey Cadets!: two features by Peter Watkins, 1967's Privilege (7 PM) and 1966's The War Game (9 PM).
Not in Bridgeport anymore 10 PM-2 AM at Skylark: DJs Ken and Charlie.
Music 9 PM at Bernice and John's Place, 3238 S. Halsted: music by Leah Quinnel Allstars and Maniac Mansion.
Tactical Ice Cream Unit 5 PM in the Kaplan's Liquors parking lot: "a reprieve from the heat"--much like October--and "mobile distribution center for ice cream and information." The good humor continues daily through Sun 10/30; for locations see the festival Web site.