We are incredibly sorry that we have to share all these listings for awesome events and announcements in December.

1. December 3-7 :: Release of Proximity #3 in Miami at NADA Art Fair
3. December 6th :: Two AREA Events
4. December 12th :: Proximity # 3 release party in Chicago
5. December 13th :: Three Walls Crystal Ball
6. December 19th ::: The Animation Festival 2008 at Co-Prosperity Sphere
7. Call for texts Lumpen # 111
8. Young Polish Artists (YPA) - call for participation

Proximity Issue #3 released in Miami at NADA art fair.
December 3 - 7th, 2008
at The Ice Palace,
1400 North Miami Avenue

While the economy turns, we do too, by going south for one week to release Proximity magazine # 3 to the Art fags in Miami. Visit our table at NADA Art Fair.

A 10th anniversary celebration & the Chicago book release party for Public Phenomena
Friday, December 5, 2008, 7:30 PM – 12:00 AM
At the Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan, Chicago

Temporary Services is celebrating their tenth year of existence with a party and concert at the Co-Prosperity Sphere. Art and ephemera from their archives will be on display, and items from their newly created Half Letter Press will be for sale. Free food will be available and all ages are welcome.


The Velcro Lewis Group
(the loudest swamp rock rhythm and power group that you've ever been able to dance to)

Dead Druglords
(recorded salsa & cumbia beats with cardboard exiled criminals from Bogata)

Analog Zebras & Snebtor
(inexplicable sounds & images from Columbia via Lafayette, IN)

$5.00 admission ($15.00 gets you a copy of "Public Phenomena")

At the Co-Prosperity Sphere
3219 S. Morgan St, Chicago

Temporary Services: www.temporaryservices.org
Half Letter Press: www.halfletterpress.com
Co-Prosperity Sphere: http://www.lumpen.com/CPS/

Velcro Lewis Group: http://www.myspace.com/922889

Analog Zebras & Snebtor:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwuY4X8ifKk and http://www.myspace.com/analogzebra
and http://www.myspace.com/snebtor

ABOUT PUBLIC PHENOMENA: What do trees growing through fences, roadside memorials, and handmade basketball hoops have to do with the erosion of public space in our cities? How can a sign asking people not to repair their car in the street be an indicator of personal revolution?

Public Phenomena is a 152-page book of color photographs and writing about instances of original and self-made interventions found in public space. It is the result of years of research on common instances of small changes that impact cities in a big way.


Two AREA Events on December 6th, 2008:
Issue #7 Release Reception and Program & the 2nd Annual Wants and Needs Auction to Benefit AREA

1. AREA Chicago #7 Magazine Release Event: The Inheritance of Politics and The Politics of Inheritance December 6th, 2008 1-4pm
at Jane Addams Hull House Museum, 800 S. Halsted Chicago IL

1pm-2pm Public release of new issue of AREA on the theme of the legacy of 1968 in Chicago,

2pm-4pm Performances, Films and Speaking by:
Nicole Garneau's Uprising performance; Lucky Pierre performing songs for 1968/2008; James Tracy discusses researching the working class Left in Chicago; clips from Bernadine Mellis' "Struggle Baby" in-progress film on children of the New Left, and more

With contributions by and about:
The Chicago Seed, Steve Macek, Alyssa Vincent, Bernie Faber, Abe Peck, Chicago Journalism Review, Cosmic Frog, Free Schools, Blackstone Rangers, Julie Glasier, Rising Up Angry, Euan Hague, Chicago Surrealist Group, Joey Pizzolato, The Woodlawn Organization, Carrie Breitbach, Kartemquin Films, Darcy Lydum, Chicago Area Draft Resisters, SDS, A.L. Gray, Amy Martin, Negro Digest/Black World, Chris Brancaccio, Harper Court, Andrea Baer, Conservative Vice Lords, Chicago Artist Boycott, Maggie Taft, JOIN Community Union, Lauren Cumbia, James Tracy, Amy Sonnie, Africobra, Black Arts Movement, Edna Togba, UIC SDS, Earl Silbar, Sylvia Fischer, Charles Nissim-Sabat, Marilyn Nissim-Sabat, Nelson Peery, Hymie Rochman, Penelope & Franklin Rosemont, Dr. Quentin Young, Aaron Sarver, Rainbow Coalition, Mike James, PLP, April 68 Oral History Project, Sam Barnett, Barbara Jones-Hogu, Monica Barra, Rebecca Zorach, White Privilege Concept, Mike Staudenmeir, Daniel Tucker, Non Profit Industrial Complex, Eric Tang, Eve Ewing, 68 in 08 Elections, Jerome Grand, Rick Perlstein, Daley, BLW, Vietnam, Iraq, Lucky Pierre, Ben Shepard, BLW, Re-enact 68, Bert Stabler, AJ Kane, Mark Tribe, Winter Soldier, Paige Sarlin, Laura Gluckman, Nicole Garneau, Young Lords, Frank Edwards, Sam Greenlee, Judy Hoffman, Tracye Matthews, Kevin Gosztola, Old Left, Eric Triantafillou, Generation X, Dan S. Wang, Theaster Gates, Bob and Margo Crawford, Lincoln Park, Pete Zelchenko, Mark Shipley, Michael Thompson, Cathleen Schandelmeier, Louise Lincoln, Lumpen, and more.

This event is the culmination of a six month long "Project in Residence" at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum organized by AREA Chicago.

And then when you are done, please join us two miles away at our auction benefit party......

2. Second Annual "Wants and Needs" Auction to Benefit AREA
December 6th, 2008 7-11pm
at CAMPO - 511 N Noble (In a carriage house just behind the Italian restaurant on the NE corner of Grand and Noble). See below for directions.

Come Party and Support AREA Chicago.
Help us move towards financial sustainability with grassroots fundraising!

At 930pm there will be an emcee for a Live "Wants-and-Needs" Auction of Skill and Resource Sharing donated by AREA friends, contributors and advisers. Bids for the Service and Skill Sharing Auction will start as low as $5. We can accept cash, check or credit card on site at the party.

Proceeds from AREA's WANTS and NEEDS Party will benefit the spring 2009 issue of AREA, the "Everybody's Got Money Issues" Issue #8.

$10 Donation at the Door, $20 Donation for admission and a t-shirt.
To RSVP or prepay for admission, email areachicago@gmail.com
Cost of admission gets you one complimentary drink. All drinks after are for cheap donation prices.

Auction items range in cost from $5 to $100

If you know you cannot make it and would still like to donate, visit http://areachicago.org/donate/


The party is at 511 N Noble (In a carriage house just behind the Italian restaurant on the NE corner of Grand and Noble). For a map click here .
o From the Jane Addams Hull House Museum, simply hop on the alsted #8 Bus going North, then get off at Grand and either walk west to Noble or take the #65 bus going west. You will have enough time between the events to grab some italian food in the Grand/Noble area.
o From north or south, this location is extremely accessibly from the #9 Ashland Bus. Simply get off at Ashland and Grand and walk east on Grand 3 blocks to Noble.
o If you are coming from the Blue Line, simply walk 9 blocks west of the Grand stop on the blue line, or take a #65 westbound bus.
o From the Kennedy Expressway, simply exit at Ogden/Exit 50A, merge onto N Racine, turn right on W Erie, and turn left and N Noble.



Proximity #3 Release Party
Friday, December 12, 2008, 7:00 PM – 12:00 AM
At The Family Room (1821 W Hubbard St #202)

Please join us as we celebrate the release of the third issue of Proximity
Magazine at the Post Family headquarters, the Family Room. First, we
will be screening some videos that you might have missed, like our new TV show called The Dave the Lightbulb Man Show. We will also feature a few readings by our contributors. And last but not least, we will also be showing art by people featured in this issue, as well as work by the Post Family collective. Please come by for some food and drink and find out more about what Public Media Institute's plans are for 2009. We are starting a sister Proximity publication called Matérial, a printed Proximity poster/calendar called Proximity Buddy and a few more exciting projects.

ThreeWalls announces:
Their 4th annual holiday ball & fundraiser:
Crystal Ball

1513 N Western Avenue, 3rd Floor
December 13th, 2008
Doors at 8 pm, auction at 9:30 pm
Drinks, dancing, live music

$20.00, unlimited drinks
$30.00, includes one piece of ltd. edition stemware (your choice)

CHICAGO: Mark your calendars! Its threewalls annual holiday 'ball' on
December 13th, 8pm at 1513 N Western Ave, 3rd floor.

This year's party, Crystal Ball, will take you to a fantasyland of ice
palaces and wizards, snow queens and magic. So start working on your
costumes and training your fantastic beasts for our best holiday party
to date, featuring our yearly art auction, famed photobooth, fortune
telling and dancing, and a special appearance by The Christmas Wizard.
Best fantasy tattoo gets a prize!

Our auction is shaping up to be a blockbuster event with original
artwork, multiples and editioned prints by local and regional artists
and past residents of the threewalls residency. This is the
opportunity to start or add to your collection or buy a special
holiday gift while supporting the local visual arts.

Scott Speh of Western Exhibitions will play auctioneer, so be ready
with for a raucous time when he auctions off work by Amanda Curtis,
Amanda Ross-Ho, Anne Wilson, Aron Packer, Bebe Krimmer, Brian
McNearney, CamLab, Carmen Price, Carole Lung, Caroline Picard, Chris
Hefner, Chris Millar, Cody Hudson, Craig Doty, Craig Yu, Dani
Leventhal, Daniel Barrow, David Noonan, Deborah Boardman, Deborah
Slabeck-Baker, Diana Guerrero-Maciá, Edra Soto, Ellen Rothenberg, Eric
May, Jason Lahr, Jeanne Dunning, Jesse McLean, Judy Ledgerwood, Julia
Hechtman, Ken Fandell, Lisa Krivacka, Maren Erwin, Matthew Rich,
Melanie Schiff, Michael Dinges, Molly Schafer, Monika Bartholomé,
Nevin Tomlinson, New Catalog, Peter Hoffman, Rebecca Ringquist, Robert
Reinard, Selina Trepp, Sterling Ruby, William Cordova and more…

Ready and waiting to be filled with potion are our annual limited
edition glassware, a set of etched stemware by 2007/08 SOLO artists:
Ann Toebbe, Caleb Jones Lyons, Cayetano Ferrer and Heather Mekkelson.
Each artist's glass is a limited edition of 24 pieces. Glasses are
$30.00 each with free entry to Crystal Ball, or a set for $100.00.

Currently threewalls only annual fundraiser, the holiday ball helps
provide Chicago and region artists with one of the only application
based solo exhibition opportunities in the city, a residency that
brings national and international artists to Chicago to make new work
and network in our community, as well as helping support publications
like PHONEBOOK and Paper & Carriage.

Over the past year the success of the SOLO program has brought
international attention to our first of 7 exhibiting artists, we have
expanded our residency program to become a mobile collaboration with
other art and community organizations in the city and we worked with
artist John Preus on the renovation of our gallery space in order to
create a bookstore for the distribution of artist publications and

We believe in promoting Chicago as an integral site for contemporary
art by cultivating relationships between local artists, residents,
visiting curators, thinkers and writers. threewalls applications and
the success of our program have been fueled by word of mouth: Chicago
is a great place for contemporary art!

Crystal Ball is essential to the development and maintenance of
threewalls, and by helping threewalls, you help cultivate and support
the artists that depend on us.

Join us this year for Crystal Ball and you will make this fundraiser a
success and even a greater time!


The Animation Festival 2008 at Co-Prosperity Sphere

Chicago, Il (November 17, 2008)
Co-Prosperity Sphere
3219-21 South Morgan Street, Chicago, IL. 60608

December 19, 2008
Opens: 7:00pm
Screening begins: 8:00pm

The Animation Festival 2008 presents an eclectic compilation of
visually stunning animated shorts. The screening will consist of a
cross-section of experimental work being made by some of the most
talented contemporary animators of today. They range from Chicago
Underground Film Festival winner Martha Colburn's violent and chaotic
take on American culture, to celebrated Chicago filmmaker Jim
Trainor's darkly subversive visions, and the Canada-based Barry
Doupe's ritualized and dream-like world constructed in 3D landscapes.

A full list of participating artists include:

Lisa Barcy
Inga Birgisdottir
Sean Buckelew
Jude Chaplin
Martha Colburn
Shelley Dodson
Ryan Doherty
Barry Doupe
Erin Dunn
Lauren Gregory
Amy Lockhart
Matt Marsden
Steve Memmons
Seth Scriver
Thomas Suzimoto
Jim Trainor

The show begins at 7:00 PM with a gallery showcase of selections of original artwork from some of the animators, as well as music, popcorn and other concessions. The lights dim at 8:00 as the presentation of the animated shorts begins. The show continues after the screening with more music and drinks.

For more information please contact:
Casey Ellison
213 422-1448

The Bridgeport Art District (B.A.D.) Will also be open for winter art fag action



Call for texts Lumpen # 111
Deadline January 1, 2009

When will this paradigm shift begin?

We don't know what kind of kool-aid you might be drinking, but from our arm chairs in the marshes of Bridgeport it looks like the Obama presidency is looking more like a hallucination we would rather not endure. While we watch the appointments in his cabinet and research his team of annointed advisors they seem to resemble the very people we wanted kicked out when we voted for him.

Some have said that he really has little room to maneuver given the state of the global economic apocalypse. Others think going the way of the Clintons is better than another RepubliCon, but we think they are wrong. There is much much more work that needs to BE DONE than just getting the guy elected. We need to dispel the delerium of our comrades that still have a messiah complex and we need to apply severe pressure on the open arteries of our collective future. This really sucks considering how long the world has endured the pain of the Bush Dark Ages.

And it just makes us sad to think Obama has become an Obummer.

Or has he?

So... we ask you to speak up!

Tell us where you think the President elect and his team of old school insiders should make policy. Reveal the dirty secrets and hidden histories of his new coterie of advisors. Get all Nostradamus on us. We want this issue to contribute to the other substantial conversations going on out there about how we truly Change the way our country conducts ourselves overseas, at home, and in the future. There is a lot of room to begin... For one.. How do we stop the wars? How do we address the bubbles of the Financial banking system? What the hell happened anyways with those banks? And whatever happened to universal healthcare? And where is our bailout? Or maybe you think we should just cool out and give team Obama a chance to actually start their term. . But tell us something! We're worried!

Send us proposals, texts or just forward links to informed analysis and opinion that you think we should share to our readers.

And please.. no poetry..

Deadline for texts January 1, 2009
contact: ed@lumpen.com

Young Polish Artists (YPA) - call for participation

Calling all young (and not so young) Polish artists! We want you to submit your work for a Polish Solidarinose group art show! Please send us your photographs. installations, paintings, drawings, video, music and technology as a jpeg, mp3, url or proposal for possible inclusion in the YPA show this January.

submit to: polska@publicmediainstitute.org

submission deadline: december 20, 2008
show: january 16- 30, 2009
location: co-prosperity sphere (http://www.lumpen.com/CPS/about.html)

please feel free to forward this email to anyone you know that may be
interested in participating.


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