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May 2003

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David Weinberger Talk

The Digital Genres Initiative, the College of the University of Chicago, and the Julia Friedman Gallery present

"Why Weblogs Matter"
A talk with David Weinberger
With reception and party to follow

Saturday 31 May 8pm
At the Julia Friedman Gallery
118 N. Peoria Chicago IL 60607
Free of Charge
See http://digitalgenres.org/weinberger.html for more information

What are weblogs and why do they matter? How do they change the boundaries between public and private? How do they stretch our notions of who we are and how we live with others? How are we writing ourselves into existence in the new public world of the Web? And what sorts of communities do we create when we ourselves become works of self-written fiction?

On 31 May David Weinberger - Heidegger scholar turned web-guru - will discuss these questions and more at a free, public lecture at the Julia Friedman gallery on the near west side.

This event - the culmination of the two day Digital Genres conference - will conclude with a reception and party in which the ranks of the conference goers will be swelled with artists, bloggers and other suspicious bohemian types. Come for the Heidegger - stay for the Heilman's!

About David Weinberger

David Weinberger received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Toronto. After teaching for six years and working as a comedy writer for Woody Allen for seven, he became, in the words of The Wall Street Journal, a "marketing guru." He’s the co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto, and the author of Small Pieces Loosely Joined, a 'unified theory of the web'. David is a frequent commentator on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and has written for publications such as The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The Boston Globe, Wired, and Research in Phenomenology. He blogs at http://www.hyperorg.com/blogger/.

Digital Genres Initiative

The Digital Genres Conference. May 30-31, 9am-9pm at the University of Chicago in Chicago. A free two-day conference exploring how digital forms of communication are changing our lives. "We will host papers and conversations in an environment where the internet and the academy cross-pollinate."

Speakers include AKMA, Trevor Bechtel, Evelyn Browne, Edward Castronova, Naomi Chana, Biella Coleman, Greg Costikyan, Phil Cubetta, Anne Galloway, Lacey Graves, Daniel Headrick, Steve Himmer, Laura Jackson, Micah Jackson, Jesper Juul, Robert Moore, David Rosenberg, Seth Sanders, Aditya Sood, Molly Wright Steenson, Holly Swyers, Laura Trippi and David Weinberger.

More info here; press release here.

Digital Genres Initiative

The Digital Genres Conference. May 30-31, 9am-9pm at the University of Chicago in Chicago. A free two-day conference exploring how digital forms of communication are changing our lives. "We will host papers and conversations in an environment where the internet and the academy cross-pollinate."

Speakers include AKMA, Trevor Bechtel, Evelyn Browne, Edward Castronova, Naomi Chana, Biella Coleman, Greg Costikyan, Phil Cubetta, Anne Galloway, Lacey Graves, Daniel Headrick, Steve Himmer, Laura Jackson, Micah Jackson, Jesper Juul, Robert Moore, David Rosenberg, Seth Sanders, Aditya Sood, Molly Wright Steenson, Holly Swyers, Laura Trippi and David Weinberger.

More info here; press release here.

Cremaster 1&2

Cremaster 1 & 2, sculptural films by Matthew Barney. Landmark Century Centre, 2828 N. Clark (at Diversey), showtimes to be announced. Runs 5/30 - 6/1. Check the Reader listing here; read Gapers' Block entry here.

Eric Schlosser at Barbara's in Oak Park

Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation and Reefer Madness, will be at Barbara's Bookstore, 1110 W. Lake St. in downtown Oak Park at 7:30pm. Free. Call 708.848.9140 for details.

Pindeldyboz at the Hideout

PINDELDYBOZ presents an evening of music, readings, and short films. 8pm May 29th at The Hideout, 1354 West Wabansia Ave. Readings by David Barringer, Todd Dills, Elizabeth Ellen, Dave Reidy, Paul Toth and Claire Zulkey; short films by Steve Delahoyde and Waki Gamez; music by The Spring; and featuring Pboz contributor Peter Vaeth Admission $5, with all proceeds going towards the printing of Pindeldyboz Vol. 4 For more information, go to Pindeldyboz.com.

Chicagobloggers at El Cid #2

Chicagobloggers get-together at El Cid #2, 2645 N. Kedzie on Logan Square, 7:30pm. Hang out with other local bloggers and enjoy fine Mexican food and drinks.

Pole at Empty Bottle

Pole (Stefan Betke) is performing his excellent brand of lush, glitchy dub at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 21+, 9pm, $10.

Opera Graduate Recital

Alison Janes, lyric coloratura soprano, gives her graduate recital in opera. Selections from Bellini, Schumann, Mozart, Liszt and Bernstein. At DePaul University Concert Hall, 804 W. Belden. Free! More info on Janes' site.

Cremaster 3

Cremaster 3, a sculptural film by Matthew Barney. Landmark Century Centre, 2828 N. Clark (at Diversey), showtimes to be announced. Runs 5/23 - 5/29, again on 6/5. Check the Reader listing here; read Gapers' Block entry for dates of the rest of the Cremaster cycle.

Jason Fried (37signals) at Columbia

Catch Jason Fried, head honcho of 37signals, at Columbia College Chicago. He'll be giving a lecture on contingency design concepts and the top 10 rules for creating successful contingency design.

623 South Wabash, room 405 - 5:00pm

Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Blogger Meet-Up

Weblogger Meet-Up at Southport Lanes, 3325 N. Southport Ave. 8pm. Free, but you're buying your own drinks and food. More info here; info on other Chicago Meet-Ups here.

The World Goes 'Round

"The World Goes 'Round" is a one-night-only cabaret performance of the music of Kander & Ebb (you may have heard of them; they wrote a little show called Chicago). The May 19 show benefits HealthWorks Theatre, and features some of Chicago's best-known cabaret performers, including Alexandra Billings, Nan Mason, Tom Michael, Michael McAssey, Suzanne Palmer, Stephen Rader, and Honey West. HealthWorks is a 15-year-old company that creates educational theatre for young audiences. For tickets or more info, call 773-929-4260 or go to HealthWorks' site.

Deadtech: art+technology

Deadtech, an art + technology-themed space, presents the fifth installment in a monthly Decomposure series presenting music by "local, nearby, and frequently visiting Chicago composers." This month's show features compositions by Brian Labycz and Koutaro Fukui. The next show is on Sunday, May 18th, 8pm. $5 donation requested. Deadtech is located at 3321 W. Fullerton.

Fast Forward Film Festival

The Fast Forward Film Festival is an event that gives groups of filmmakers (videomakers) 24 hours to produce a three-minute video based on a set topic. The topics are distributed at 7:30 Friday night, and the screening of the finished products is Saturday, May 17, at open-end Gallery, 2000 West Fulton, 8pm. Admission is five bucks.

May Fest Chicago

Mayfest in Lincoln Square, Lincoln and Leland Aves. May 16-19. Beer, brats and German music. Thursday, May 16: 5pm-11pm; Friday-Sunday noon-11pm. Traditional May pole dance 2pm Sunday. Admission is free, food and drink are not.

Adult. at Empty Bottle

Adult. (intentional period) is playing at The Empty Bottle on Friday, May 16. Come check out the Detroit duo that inspired the (is it dead yet?) electro craze that's been sweeping the nation.

Twirly Girl at Early to Bed

May 15th at 8 pm. Early to Bed, 5232 N. Sheridan, is hosting a "hands on" tassel-twirling workshop with Twirly Girl Amelia Ross-Gilson, a professional burlesque artist. Women only. Workshop fee $10. More info at 773/271-1219 or at early2bed.com.

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood will be reading from her new book, Oryx and Crake, at 7:30 on May 14. The reading is sponsored by Women & Children First, but will take place at Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St. This is a ticketed event -- one ticket free with the purchase of each copy of Oryx and Crake; get one companion ticket by also purchasing any of Atwood's previous books. More info: 773/769-9299.

Six Characters in Search of an Author

Chcago's own Gift Theater Company presents Six Characters in Search of an Author: As the cast rehearses for their new production of 'Our Town' six fictional characters, in search of an author, interrupt them. The cast and crew try to get the family to leave the theatre, but become intrigued with their tale. Performances begin May 1 and run thru June 15, 2003 at The Raven Studio theater [6157 North Clark Street].

Lonesome Halos benefit

Lonesome Halos benefit for Doctors Without Borders, 9 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at Lyons Den, 1934 W. Irving Park Road. $10 donation. Also appearing: Rockin' Billy and the Wild Coyotes.

Green & Growing plant sale

Get the latest varieties of flowers, herbs, and vegetables at this garden-season kickoff sale and celebration. Includes demonstrations and workshops on planting and caring for your garden treasures. Sponsored by GreenNet, the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance and the University of Illinois Extension Chicago Master Gardener Program.

SATURDAY, MAY 10, 2003
Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: Free admission, great prices on plants

Garfield Park Conservatory
300 North Central Park Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60624

The Stray Show

The Stray Show, May 9-12. Fifty art exhibitors, a video/lecture room as well as a lounge and nightclub, all in a 37,000 ft2 warehouse. 1418 North Kingsbury (near North and Clybourn -- directions here. Opening night celebration will take place on Friday, May 9th, from 7pm to Midnight. Saturday, May 10, 1pm-9pm; Sunday, May 11, and Monday, May 12 from 1pm to 7pm. $10 general admission / $3 for students and seniors.

Art Chicago 2003

Art Chicago 2003: May 9-12 in Navy Pier's Festival Hall. 12pm-8pm Friday and Saturday, 12-6 Sunday and Monday. $12 general admission.

Dolorous Canter, One Last Walk show

One Last Walk, Dolorous Canter, Stankstar and Paper Bag Dropout at the Gaia Movement at 1318 N. Milwaukee in Wicker Park. Show is 7pm, all ages and $5 dollars. Emotional hardcore for your ears.

Six:

Chcago's own Gift Theater Company presents Six Characters in Search of an Author, by Luigi Pirandello Performances begin May 1 and run thru June 15, 2003 at The Raven Studio theater [6157 North Clark Street].

Advent, G-Flame, Diz and more

The following artists are performing their variations on techno at Smartbar on Thursday, May 08: Steve Rachmad, Diz (live), Advent (live), G-Flame (live) and Derrick Carter (techno dj set). Admission is $7, or free for those in attendance last Saturday. Smartbar is located at 3730 N. Clark, 21+, 10pm.

Default_One: Gramaphone showcase 25

Default_One Gramaphone Techno showcase at the Metro featuring: - The Advent - Rino Cerrone - Steve Rachmad - Mike Dearborn - Josh Werner & Marko Katic - Mani and an extended 6-hour set at Smartbar by - John Acquaviva 11pm-5am 18+ entry, 21+ to drink tickets $25 Metro 3730 N. Clark Chicago, IL 773.549.0203

Cinco de Mayo Parade & Festival

Cinco De Mayo Festival & Parade, 26th-31st Marshall Blvd. May 1-4. A celebration of Hispanic culture -- live music, food, carnival rides, a soccer tournament and a parade on Sunday. May 1 & 2: 3pm-10pm, May 3 & 4: 10am-10pm. Free!

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