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Printers Ball Wed Jun 25 2014

Creatives Convene at Printers Ball this Saturday!


Grab your tuxes, grab your gowns, the Printers Ball is coming to town! The printmaking and poetry celebration's big tenth anniversary is upon us this Saturday; the schedule is jam-packed, and it isn't difficult to see why. With contributors and curators from the likes of Spudnik Press Cooperative , MAKE Magazine, Black Lodge Press, The Post Family, and the Chicago Humanities Festival involved, it seems that every creative in Chicago has a tie to the event.

As any attendee of Zine Fest or Chicago Alternative Comics Expo will tell you, the culmination of so much talent in one place can inspire a glee akin to ADHD, making this year's Printers Ball theme of "Chatter" an appropriate choice. The festivities promise to be abuzz with staccato pop-up performances, featured artists, book swaps, and hands-on workshops. To name just a few, reading series' Brain Frame*, Danny's, Dollhouse, The Swell, Salonathon, Guild Literary Complex, Next Objectivists, Artificial Ear, Young Chicago Authors, and Urban Sandbox all promise to make appearances.

Between shorter performances, drop into a workshop with featured Brooklyn-based performer and artist Tim Fite, where you will dream up the next big smartphone innovation, create an App Development Template on the Vandercook Press, and then use pencils, crayons, markers, and rubber stamps, to bring the inevitable entrepreneurial goldmines to life!

Last but not least, design and writing icon Chip Kidd will be making a rare visit to Chicago to headline for the festival. Known for his book cover designs and books of fiction and non-fiction alike (as well as his 2012 TED talk) Kidd's presentation on design is not to be missed.

Top all this off with hands-on workshops, a book exchange, and a beer garden curated by Maggie's Packaged Goods, and it sounds like a perfect way to spend a Saturday to us. RSVP here, and then make your way to the Hubbard Street Lofts (1821 W. Hubbard St.) between 4 and 8 pm this Saturday to partake in all the creative goodness! If only because, who knows, that app development workshop could make you a millionaire.

*Remember, Comix-lovers, this is one of your last opportunities to see Brain Frame in action after their Yearbook Party fundraiser this Friday!

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