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Now in its fourth year, the Version festival features 200-plus projects from the art and activist underground during more than two weeks of exhibits, screenings, group discussions, live music, cable access TV, how-to workshops, guerrilla art and theater, city tours, and group meals. It started on Friday, April 16, and runs through Sunday, May 2. Many of the events take place at Buddy, 1542 N. Milwaukee, second floor; High School, 1542 N. Milwaukee, third floor; or Heaven Gallery, 1550 N. Milwaukee. This week, the festival's second, a number of events take place at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington (312-744-6630), and at Bruner & Bay, 726 W. 18th St. (312-733-0634). Events are free unless otherwise noted. Registration packs including maps, zines, posters, stickers, and "Version currency" good for drinks and dinners are available for $20; a $35 pack gets you into every event except the April 28 show at Smart Bar. Call 773-342-7332 or 773-837-0145 or see www.versionfest.org.

Following is the schedule through April 29. A complete schedule is available online at www.chicagoreader.com.

Friday, April 23

Life: A User's Manual #5

Video artist Michelle Teran comments on the notion of private space while leading a series of tours around the city pointing out surveillance cameras in public places. Meet at Buddy, 11 AM (runs through 3 PM). $5 (free with either registration pack).

Bridging the Divide

Group discussion moderated by artist Michael Piazza exploring the ties between economic privilege and access to new-media technologies. Polvo, 1458 W. 18th St.; 773-344-1940. 5 PM.

"Alternatives" and Their Environments

Group discussion of alternative cultural spaces in Chicago, moderated by Dakota Brown and Daniel Tucker. Polvo, 1458 W. 18th St.; 773-344-1940. 7 PM.

Friendly Fire Exhibition Night

Installations, video screenings, and performances by members of Dutch artists' groups De Player and St. Joost, plus a pig roast and music by Jitney Sound System, an amplification system on wheels. Also: Ultramar Baymount exhibits an extensive map and conducts a walking tour of the "principality of Podmajersky." Bruner & Bay, 7 PM.

Bike Power Show

Alternative technology meets two wheels and a set of handlebars. Participants include Bikes Against Bush, a group that transforms bicycles into Internet-enabled "tactical media weapons"; the Human Television Network, a group of media guerrillas who ride bicycles mounted with TVs airing prerecorded alternative news clips; and the Bikecart Infoshop and Quimby's Zinemobile. Sidewalk, Bruner & Bay, 7 PM.

Saturday, April 24

Self-Publishing and Media Reform Festival

The Self-Publishers Event Council of Chicago presents a day of workshops, readings, and panels on zine making, self-sustenance, the FCC, and more. Version>04 projects include a panel discussion, "The USA Patriot Act, Civil Rights, and the Media," plus the Bikecart Infoshop and Quimby's Zinemobile. Pulaski Park field house, 1419 W. Blackhawk, rooms 200 and 207; 773-269-2918. For more on the festival see www.selfpublishers.org. 10 AM-5 PM.

Here and There: Free Money

Artist Chris Wildrick passes out change--Sacajawea dollars included--at various spots around town. Wildrick plans to repeat his giveaway in Carbondale, Illinois, then post notes comparing the two experiences on his Web site, www.chriswildrick.com. The artist prefers not to disclose locations or times for his performances.

The Hammocks Project

Artists Gorton Onthego and Deri Air give an on-site how-to on "scouring, scavenging, and liberating road construction materials" to make hammocks and chill out amongst the urban detritus. Meet at Buddy, 1 PM.

Dinner

Probably organic chicken, organizers say. High School, 7 PM. $5.

Mark Denardo, John Sheffield, Miles Tilman, Calle Roach & Nick Alvarez, DJ Beaux.

All-ages show. Buddy, 9 PM. $5.

Sunday, April 25

Austin Walking Tour and Community Collaboration

Arts education group the Stockyard Institute presents a neighborhood tour and mini arts fest with continuous radio transmissions throughout the area and art and video by kids in its programs. Austin Town Hall, 5610 W. Lake; 773-384-6871. 12-5 PM.

Altering Consumer Media Products

Members of the Situationist-influenced group Electrodist lead a workshop on modifying books, VHS tapes, and DVDs. ThreeWalls, 119 N. Peoria, 2A; 312-432-3972. 1 PM.

The Toyshop Collective

Members of this New York-based artists' collective give a presentation on their work and lead a workshop on "urban landscaping." ThreeWalls, 119 N. Peoria, 2A; 312-432-3972. 4 PM.

Barbecue

Cookout. Buddy, 8 PM. $5.

Cultural Autopsy

Arjon Dunnewind, director of Utrecht's Impakt media arts festival, presents a selection of video shorts examining Western culture through the eyes of those outside it. Buddy, 9 PM. $5.

Monday, April 26

Travel Altar

Artist Annelies Vanhaverbeke roves Wicker Park with a portable altar, set up so others can "pray, make wishes," or hang fetish objects on it, throughout the day.

Cable Tie

As a commentary on the treatment of prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, artist Richard Dedomenici attempts to navigate the Magnificent Mile with a plastic bag over his head and his hands cuffed behind his back with a nylon cable. Noon.

Tuesday, April 27

Final Countdown

Overnight, white outlines denoting dozens of dead bodies appear in a public square, the handiwork of arts activist group Avangard.

Insecurity Guard

Insecurity Guard stops people on the street for questioning and identification purposes in order to test how far subjects will "collude with, negotiate, and resist practices that are intrusive." Loop, starting from the Cultural Center, noon.

Chicago Metropolis

Members of artists' collective the Children's Studio dress up as monsters and robots and romp through the Loop. Noon.

Ice

Screening of Robert Kramer's 1969 underground feature film, an SF thriller about urban guerrillas of the radical left. Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 6 PM.

The Spook Who Sat by the Door and The Fourth World War

Dinner and two movies: Ivan Dixon's 1973 blaxploitation flick and Big Noise Film's 2003 documentary on political resistance in communities from Seattle to Gaza. Buddy, 8 PM. $5.

Wednesday, April 28

Nfo Xpo Networking Fair

Information booth in the spirit of a high school science fair, with projects and staffing from more than 25 participating artists and collectives including 16 Beaver Group, Cabalster, Chicago Indymedia, Chicago Gray Line, the College of Complexes, the Chicago Drag Kings, the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest, Lumpen, the Neighborhood Writing Alliance, Paris-based Las Non Gratas Class, the Stockyard Institute, and We the People Media. Chicago Cultural Center, GAR Rotunda, 11 AM-3 PM.

Temporary Travel Office

Local activist group Temporary Travel Office provides audio commentary and instructions for one to tour the biotech facilities at UIC's Chicago Technology Park. Chicago Cultural Center, GAR Rotunda, 11 AM-3 PM.

TLVSN

Daylong screenings of shows previously aired on cable access TV or online. Projected on "Big TV," a room-size inflatable television. Chicago Cultural Center, GAR Rotunda, 11 AM-6 PM.

Insecurity Guard

See listing for Tuesday, April 27. Loop, starting from the Cultural Center, noon.

Becoming Imperceptible: Secrecy as Spectacle and as Strategy

Talk by Rutgers journalism and media studies prof Jack Bratich. Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 1 PM.

The Romance of Clandestinity, or How to Disappear Without a Trace

Multimedia presentation by artist Mary Patten on the use of masks, uniforms, anonymity, and publicity by activist groups from the 60s to the present. Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2 PM.

Creative Resistance Roundtable

Group discussion by Version participants on themes of art and war. Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 4 PM.

The Corporation

This 2003 documentary feature by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott applies diagnostic criteria from the DSM-IV to corporations and corporate culture. Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 6 PM.

2 Many DJs, James Murphy, Disc Jockey CB

21 and over show. Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark; 773-549-4140. 9 PM. $12.

Thursday, April 29

Nfo Xpo Networking Fair

See listing for Wednesday, April 28. Chicago Cultural Center, GAR Rotunda, 11 AM-3 PM.

Temporary Travel Office

See listing for Wednesday, April 28. Chicago Cultural Center, GAR Rotunda, 11 AM-3 PM.

TLVSN

See listing for Wednesday, April 28. Chicago Cultural Center, GAR Hall, 11 AM-6 PM.

Staring Into a Void

Think the U.S. hasn't unleashed a nuclear weapon since the 40s? Think again. "Experimental geographer" Trevor Paglen lectures on the government's concealment of "astronomical sums of money from Congress and the public in order to develop secret weapons, secret cities, secret airplanes, and secret bases." Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 11 AM.

Where Do We Go From Here? I-Corp: Project as Strategy

Radical PR person Katherine Dodds discusses the "prescriptive" follow-up to the diagnoses offered in The Corporation (see listing for Wednesday, April 28). Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, noon.

Grid Reference

Artist Richard Dedomenici (see listing for "Cable Tie," Monday, April 26) gives a tour of Glasgow via the streets of Chicago. Meet at Chicago Cultural Center, GAR Rotunda, 1 PM.

Preface: A Handbook for Forecasting Social Spaces

Artist Amy Balkin discusses a "transformative-generative approach" to architectural projects. Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 1 PM.

Cultural Interference

Panel discussion on humorous creative-resistance projects by FeelTank Chicago. Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2 PM.

Chicago Metropolis

See listing for Tuesday, April 27. Chicago Cultural Center, GAR Rotunda, and assorted locations around the Loop. 2 PM.

Invisible Networks of Power

Josh On, Jack Bratich (see listing for "Becoming Imperceptible," Wednesday, April 28), and Katherine Dodds (see listing for "Where Do We Go From Here?" above) discuss the wide reach of corporate power. Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 4 PM.

The Fourth World War

See listing for Tuesday, April 27. Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 6 PM.

Version>04 Video Selections

Experimental video shorts about urban civilization, personal identity in the information age, cruelty, paranoia and surveillance, and a single moment in time. With music by Get Hustle, PACER with Fire and Ice, Sunny and Share, Lovely Little Girls, and Hopper. Organizers preferred not to disclose this event's location. 8 PM.

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