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Kick-start PLENTY

I just launched my new project on Kickstarter. If you share my feelings about developing local food systems, using crowdfunding to shape communities, or, even better, you live in West Town, Chicago and you want a grocery store at 2036 W Division St. then I hope you will back this project.

Plenty is a neighborhood tailored, locally focused grocery and deli. Catering to health conscious residents and those with underrepresented diets; and supporting regional farmers, urban food projects and small batch producers.

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Andrew Bird & Ian Schneller’s Sonic Arboretum @ MCA

Footage from Andrew Bird's performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago on December 21, 2011. The performance was part of Sonic Aboretum, a collaborative installation with Ian Schenller on view at the MCA between December 6-31, 2011. 

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Pitchfork 2011 Chicago et Paris

For the third year in a row our Post-hippie festival team headed off to another year of the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago's Union Park. Without any real journalistic agenda, unlike last year's videos with Wyatt Cenac  and all the cool people at Flatstock #26, the team set out to take in the festival as one of the crowd. Seen through the eyes of this year's team, playboy James Ewert Jr and graphic designer with a camera Jeff Harvey, here is what it was like at the Pitchfork Music Festival 2011. 

It happens every year. Sometime in mid-to-late July, The Post Family joins throngs of hip urbanites as they descend onto the baseball fields and basketball courts of Chicago’s Union Park for Pitchfork Music Festival, the Mecca of “indie” music. Then, usually two to three months late, sometimes later, we get around to posting the footage and photos of our yearly pilgrimage. In it are the remembered pieces of our yearly pilgrimage. Maybe next year we'll be taking that pilgrimage to Paris.

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Pitchfork/Flatstock 2010 Recap - Ready for 2011

As we start pulling out our neon short-shorts, bandanas, sunglasses & fanny packs, and begin to cover our Northern white bodies in SPF 50 in preparation for the 2011 Pitchfork Music Festival / Flatstock #30, taking place this weekend (there are still tickets left, maybe), we'd like to take a look back at last year's festival and share some, of the really hard work we put into entertaining the world. So, without further self-adoration we present  Flatstock, 2010 a video by The Post Family. 

Mark Brickey from Hero Design Studio & the family festival team take you around Flatstock #26 at Pitchfork Music Festival 2010. Along the way we check in with some of the world class "designers" in the gig poster scene to find out who's tracing, and who's makin' a buck off bootleg merchandise. We talk with some of the long-timers -- the great gig poster makers who've been around even before Arcade Fire needed posters, as well as a newcomer. Most of all we have some fuckin' fun.

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Post at Longman & Eagle

Join us tonight at Longman & Eagle for the reception of our new site specific triangular-rific installation.

Longman & Eagle  
Tuesday June 28, 2011
10:00PM - 2:00AM 
2657 N. Kedzie (Logan Square)

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Help Spudnick & The Gig Poster Project

Help our friends at Spudnick Press put on a great program for Chicago's youth. Support The Gig Poster Project on Kickstarter

The Gig Poster Project is a multi-faceted arts program engaging students with their communities through music and design. This fall, we will work with three Chicago high schools, and over 200 students. Our team of teaching artists will spend three full days at each schools, working in a mix of art and math classes. Students will be introduced to screen printing and basic design. They will then implement these principles by creating their own poster concepts on bristol board with pen, ink, and colored pencils.

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Fruit Love by Sonnenzimmer

Watch out disease, cancer and other various health conditions. Sonnenzimmer and their fruit friends are going to seriously extend the lives of all who eat up this print. The print is available through Plenty's Kickstarter for the next week, but don't wait, Plenty still needs plenty of support and there are a limited number of prints available. Keeping with the theme, the print comes with 2 reusable produce bags. Here's to your health! 

Better Know Your Food: Icons for PLENTY

As people become more aware of food allergies (most, like celiac disease, go undiagnosed) and continue to make choices based on personal beliefs, we wanted our grocery store, Plenty, to be ready to meet these needs. When we first started thinking about how to best communicate product information to our customers we immediatley thought of The Noun Project, and it has become the starting point for a system of simple icons to help customers quickly identify if a product meets their needs. Some of the icons that will be used and developed for the store will be: urban farm, local, regional, organic, gluten free, vegan, allergy free, and more.

Plenty is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to help get the doors open of their shop in Wicker Park / Ukrainian Village. Please donate and help spread the word. http://kck.st/M1wzpJ


Plenty a neighborhood tailored, locally focused grocery and deli. We cater to health conscious residents and those with underrepresented diets; and support regional farmers, urban food projects and small batch producers.

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Andrew Bird & Ian Schneller’s Sonic Arboretum @ MCA

Andrew Bird and Ian Schneller have created a unique sound garden in the MCA atrium, featuring handmade speaker horns crafted in Schneller's Specimen Studios. Bird performed and recorded the music on-site at the MCA, alternating among his violin, guitar, and xylophone, in addition to whistling, resulting in dense and dreamy waves of sound that emanate from different groups of horns as you move through the space. 

The installation on view through December, 31. Next week's ticketed Sonic events are both sold out. There is a waitlist, though there's probably not much hope cause it's going to be sweet. Stay tuned for highlights from the performance here on The Post Family, and make sure you make your way to the MCA before the end of the year.

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Save the Internet! Stop SOPA & PIPA

Today, Congress holds hearings on the first American Internet censorship system. This bill can pass. If it does the Internet and free speech will never be the same. Join all of us to stop this bill. For more information go to fightforthefuture.org/pipa & americancensorship.org.

 

 

EXPO CHICAGO / 2012

EXPO CHICAGO 2012, a Navy Pier sized art expo is being held on 20-23 September, 2012 at Navy Pier. Organizers say the expo is "designed to showcase Chicago as a preeminent international art fair destination." So far 11 galleries have signed up including two from Chicago, Rhona Hoffman Gallery & Richard Gray Gallery. Mo art, mo better, but with a $250 application fee and $22,000 for 400 square feet I think we'll have to sit this one out.

 

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I’m Comic Sans, Asshole

A short monologue from the perspective of the typeface comic sans. Monologue written by Mike Lacher. Filmed & Edited by Joe Hollier.

Shit I Gotta Fucking Get Done Notebook

Usually, it all goes on one list, Shit I Gotta Fucking Get Done. Now they just need a Shit I Get to Fucking Do! notebook too. I'm glad they've at least have one side covered over at Cool Material.