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This week at Mess Hall! Happy May!

Posted on May 02, 2011

Killing Season - Chicago 2010 opening reception
Sun, May 1, 2:00pm – 4:30pm

Exhibition by Krista Wortendyke -

This exhibition is part of the Project NIA residency and will be up through Saturday May 7th!

Writing AT the Movies
Tue, May 3, 7:00pm – 9:30pm

As part of Mess Hall’s 2011: Year in Experimentation, the first 4-session series of Researchers-at-Large will be curated by filmmaker Irina Botea and framed by poet Gene Tanta. 

Participants in this workshop will use as our point of departure Andre Breton’s surrealist montage technique of dropping in and out of a single linear film narrative: “Reenactment” by Lucian Pintilie.

For the first half, we will screen the film. All are invited to imagine means, modes, and other multiplying factors of looking at flickering light on a screen. As filmic form hiccups on screen disrupting the illusion of intention, we describe what we see and hear.

We will write in response to these moving images and sounds, striving for a precise or even a phenomenological (suspending our assumptions) description of what we see and hear.  For the second half, we will perform and discuss what we produced (no limits on theme or form). Free & open to the general public! Everyone is welcome to attend!

First Friday Free Rogers Park Zine Salon
Fri, May 6, 7pm – 9pm

FREE ROGERS PARK is a monthly neighborhood zine that documents goings-on in all corners of the neighborhood. Interested in pitching story ideas, developing issue themes, helping with distribution, or just want to enjoy the company? Join the zine street team and stop by the FIRST FRIDAY FREE ROGERS PARK ZINE SALON. For more info email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Mess Hall accepts donations of clothing, books, small housewares or electronics, for its FREE bin at any time. Our green free bin is often on the sidewalk in front of Mess Hall offering these surplus items for FREE! Please contact us via info@messhall to schedule a drop off or stop by during one of our events.

This is the announcement list for Mess Hall, an experimental cultural center in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. Mess Hall hosts a printed matter archive, exhibitions, workshops, lectures, public projects, actions, events, meals, and more. See the calendar on our blog for more info.

Mess Hall
6932 North Glenwood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60608

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