Thursday, July 29, 2010

Tomorrow Night!!

The sixth annual Printers’ Ball, which this year takes as its theme “Print Loves Digital,” is an annual celebration of literary culture founded by Poetry magazine and other independent Chicago literary organizations. The Printers’ Ball is produced with the Center for Book & Paper Arts and the Student Affairs Offices of Columbia College Chicago.

Sixth Annual Printers’ Ball
The Ludington Building
Columbia College Chicago
1104 South Wabash Avenue
One block west of Michigan Avenue
Friday, July 30, 2010 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Free, all ages

In addition to featuring thousands of magazines, books, broadsides, and other takeaways available free of charge, the Printers’ Ball will showcase live readings, music, and performances and host letterpress, offset, silk-screening, rubber-stamping, and paper-making demonstrations. Christian Wiman, editor of Poetry magazine, will offer a welcome at the beginning of this year’s festivities.

Printers’ Ball 2010 Schedule
Friday, July 30, 6:00 – 11:00 PM
Scheduled Events:

6:00 PM: Christian Wiman introduces Printers’ Ball 2010

6:00 – 9:00 PM: PRINTERESTING.ORG’s “COPY JAM!,” an interactive art print occurrence.

6:00 – 10:00 PM: Dave Tompkins, the author of How to Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop, The Machine Speaks, dee-jays his vocoder playlist, with live vocoder and special guest

7:00 – 7:30 PM: “The Precession,” a digital poem and live performance of original writing and real-time data collection by Mark Jeffrey and Judd Morrissey

8:00 – 10:00 PM: The Show 'n Tell Show, hosted by Zach Dodson and Michael Renaud, with Studio Blue’s Cheryl Towler Weese, Edie Fake, and Isaac Tobin

10:00 – 11:00 PM: Live music by Icy Demons

Ongoing Events:

Printers’ Ball limited-edition Busy Beaver Buttons to the first 500 guests

Red-carpet interviews with Amy Guth, digital news editor for books at the Chicago Tribune and co-host of ChicagoNow Radio on WGN

Gapers Block traffic jam of Chicago lit sites

Gallery presentation of and reading from the Printers' Ball 2010 Art Book, with broadsides featuring the work of the Chicago Printers' Guild and local poets and writers

Book binding by Chicago Books to Women in Prison

DEUSEXPAGINA, a live experiment in literary quantum mechanics and wholly fabricated reviews of wholly fabricated books

Elevated Diction: poems performed live during your elevator ride between floors

The Gnoetry poetry-making machine

"Pandora's Star Box," a poem-film by Carrie Olivia Adams

Public Media Institute’s Mobile Screen-printing Cart

“Text Object,” a featured digital reading provided by Vanessa Place

Video gallery featuring Bound Off, contratiempo, Rattapalax, Switchback Books, and Wholphin DVD, plus metal type animation by students from the London College of Communication

Fresh Squeezed Poetry, poetry written to order by Illinois Arts Council award winners

Plus more with Anchor Graphics, Captain Carpenter, the students and alumni of Columbia College Chicago, and others