Hope some of you can make it out to this event. I will be there at night. Looking forward to seeing friends and collaborators, meeting new people, and visiting with keyholders, current and past. Matthias the radical poet activist is gonna be working the grills!
MESS HALL SUMMER PARTY
What happens when you launch acts of generosity into the world? How can they form the basis for growing circles of reciprocity and trust? Almost 6 years ago, the founders of Mess Hall, receiving the offer of a $1-a-month storefront, committed the space to this and subsequently many other experiments in culture, conviviality and exchange. The originary gift arose from property owner Al Goldberg’s desire to further incubate the arts community of Rogers Park. Given this opportunity, we make space and time available to projects not likely to pass the test of marketability or even authorized fundability. Come celebrate generosity with us at the best summer party ever!
SATURDAY JUNE 27, Mess Hall, 6932 N. Glenwood
4:00 pm - ?
DON’T MISS IT!! Come celebrate generosity with us at the best summer party ever!
Savor the flavor of Bobby Seale BBQ recipes! http://www.bobbyqueseale.com/
Pick up a copy of the book Let’s Re-Make the World: http://letsremake.info/blog/2009/04/a-new-book-project/
Bring kids and plastic bottles with caps to make Lava Bottles. Eat! Drink!
Toss into and grab from The Swap: bring stuff to give away/take stuff home with you.
FREE FAMILY PORTRAITS! ETRATOS LIBRES DE LA FAMILIA! 무료초상화들! libérer les portraits de famille! freien Family Porträts! RETRATOS DE FAMILIA! GRATUITOS WOLNY RODZINA PORTRETY! ...teach us how to write “free family portraits” in other languages!
ReFab Happening from noon to 5:00
Featuring culinary & political recipes of Bobby Seale, as found in Barbeque’n with Bobby.
Here’s an excerpt:
DECLARATION: BARBEQUE BILL OF RIGHTS
WHEN IN THE COURSE OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT it becomes necessary for us, the citizens of the earth, to creatively improve the culinary art of barbe-que’n in our opposition to the overly commercialized bondage of “cue-be-rab” (barbecuing backwards); and to assume, within the realm of palatable biological reactions to which the laws of nature and nature’s God entitle us, a decent respect for all the billions of human taste buds and savory barbeque desires; we the people declare a basic barbeque bill of rights which impels us to help halt, eradicate, and ultimately stamp out “cue-be-rab!” As the commercialized backwards “bottle-back” recipe methods pursue and invariably evince a design to reduce our backyard-picnics into burnt, half done, bland, badly seasoned, improperly pit-qued entrees, then it is the right of we the barbeque lovers of the world, to alter the cue-be-rab phenomenon and creatively change our recipe process for a more righteous saucy, down-home, wood-smoking, delectable, baste-marinating, barbeque’n methodology.
THE BASIC “RIGHTS” OF HICKORY SMOKE PIT BOBBY-QUE’N
CERTAIN “RIGHTS” ARE ABSOLUTELY BASIC to pit-smoking. You’ll see them repeatedly in the recipes that follow, but here they are in summary form. If you follow these basic steps, your barbequed meats will always come out tasting qued down to the bone.
1. Preparing Baste-Marinades: Always use recipe amounts of hickory liquid smoke.
2. Marinating Meat Entrees: 30-minute hot marinade, or 4 hours at room temperature or overnight in refrigerator.
3. Baste-Soaking Hickory Wood Chips: Spread out over white-ash-hot charcoals for smoke-flavor barbequing.
4. Sear Seasoning: Browning and sealing in any coated meat seasonings before pit-basting.
5. Constant Basting: Baste meat entrees with blended hickory flavored marinade (do not use sugar content sauces).
6. Cover Top Pit: Keep down after each basting method and adding more baste-soaked hickory wood chips as needed.
7. Glaze on Barbeque Sauces: Only after meat entree is mostly cooked and/or done
From the intro of the book: Let’s Re-Make The World
This book is a collection of documentation and writing around exhibitions and seminars that took place over several years and one ocean. It represents collaboration between the organizers, Ydre Nørrebro Kultur Bureau (YNKB) and The Library of Radiant Optimism for Let’s Re-make the World (Brett Bloom + Bonnie Fortune), and the participants at those exhibitions and seminars. It represents ideas bubbling up and then fading or conversely, gaining traction and sustainability among a dispersed group of practitioners. It represents a beginning. The book will serve not as a definitive guide to a movement, but as a compendium of ideas for social change, cultural work, organizational strategies, and poetic gestures that have been brought up at the four events catalogued here. Those events are:
The Radiantly Optimistic Poster Show, YNKB, Copenhagen, Denmark, December 16, 2006 – February 15, 2007.
The Radiantly Optimistic Poster Show II + Ungdomshuset Poster Show (co-organized with Malene Nielsen), Mess Hall, Chicago, IL, June 2007.
What We Know of Our Past. What We Demand of Our Future: A three-day gathering to talk about socially-engaged, political, and critical artwork, its international
iterations, history, and future, Mess Hall, January 18-20, 2008.
Let’s Re-make the World III: For 3 days YNKB was transformed into a seminar installation with, a kitchen (Folkekøkken) serving free food, a dining room, a hotspot, and
a seminar space with a “democratic wall” constantly collecting statements from the participants. Six invited international speakers from England, Germany, and the
United States, presented and discussed critical art projects for social change, followed by statements from the participants and the Sunday workshop worked out a joint
statement. Havblik Audio and Peter Dacke played experimental music closing long days of discussion, YNKB, February 22-24, 2008.
Start with a ReFab Happening, noon-5:00: What is ReFab?
ReFab uses the talents of book artists and new media artists to repurpose objects that otherwise might just go to the landfill. Here’s how it Works: Part exquisite corpse, part homage to Henry Ford, ReFab is a collaborative art workshop that seeks to repurpose unwanted items and give them new life. YOU bring an unwanted item to Mess Hall, anything from a gum wrapper to a broken television set – no object is too insignificant or too unwieldy – and place it on a conveyor belt. WE will then work on it in an assembly line of sorts, each of us will use a set amount of time to manipulate the object provided. The objects may be painted, burned, encased in wire, printed on, exorcised, pierced, decoupaged, filled with candy, anthropomorphized, photographed, gift wrapped, played like a musical instrument, written about and/or dipped in wax. The item will be documented as it undergoes its transformation, and before-and-after pictures will be displayed on the ReFab website.