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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.


Exhibit opening

6 PM-1 AM at Iron Studios: "Secret Histories Museum," promising "uncovered and recovered histories" of squatters, secret societies, art movements, and harassment of dissidents in Chicago. With lectures and demos 6-8 PM, a "live broadcast talk show" (titled Secret History) hosted by Jon Lovoen at 8 PM, and music by members of Mahjongg, Pointy Pointy, Lazer Crystal, the Chandeliers, and Killer Whales starting at 10 PM. This exhibit, and two that opened previously, continues Saturdays and Sundays 1-5 PM throughout the festival.

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.

Tactical Ice Cream Unit

Daily through Sun 10/30; for locations see the festival Web site: "a reprieve from the heat"--much like October--and "mobile distribution center for ice cream and information."



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."

Community of the Future Experimental Culture Zone

1-9 PM, with a "fauxhemian wine tasting" (BYOB with a decorated label) at 7 PM at Quimby's space, 3201 S. Morgan.



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 talk on artificial intelligence by Randall Bailey at 5 PM at the Quimby's outpost, 3201 S. Morgan.

Another week, another DJ

10 PM-2 AM at Skylark, 2149 S. Halsted: DJ Ben from Biz 3.


Exhibit opening

7-11 PM at Heaven, 1550 N. Milwaukee, second floor, in the Community of the Recent Past: "Alphabet: An Exhibition of Hand-Drawn Lettering and Experimental Typography," 60 alphabets by 48 artists and designers. The exhibit continues through November 26. With "Secret Histories," a program of short videos by Chicago artists, at 8 and 10 PM.

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