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Chicago in War (event schedule)

November 8, 2010

Justseeds is taking part in two events for “Chicago in War” – a month long series of art shows, talks, workshops, and actions meant to refocus public attention on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and its impact on G.I.s and the public at large. An extensive schedule is posted below, along with a link to an article on Common Dreams by Austin McCann.
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/11/08-7

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INTRUSIVE THOUGHTS – An exhibition of work by Veterans of the Iraq, Afghanistan, and Global War on Terror
The National Veterans Art Museum 1801 S. Indianan
5-8PM Opening November 11th
7PM Artist Talks

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Show runs November 11 2010 – May 2011
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10AM – 5PM
Intrusive thoughts are unwelcome involuntary thoughts, images, or unpleasant ideas that may become obsessions are upsetting or distressing, and can be difficult to manage or eliminate. Although they are commonly unseen, there are silent signs of our current occupations in our local communities, households, and memories. This show will feature work by veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Global War on Terror that will bring these signs from the shadows to the forefront and give these traumas a voice in the political and cultural discussion of today.
Artist:
* Jeremy Stainthorp Berggren
* Erica Slone
* Combat Paper Project
* Peter Sullivan
* Jacob Flom
* Jon Turner
* Ash Kyrie
* Chris Vongsawat
* Leonard Shelton
* Joyce Wagner
* Warrior Writers Project
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CHICAGO IN WAR
The distance is great.
The disconnect is great.
The impact is deep.
A project of The National Veterans Art Museum
Chicago in War is a series of events, art shows, and performances that explores the continued rupturing of the traumas of war in everyday America.
The occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan have and will continue to leave deep scars in our hearts and minds; and for some of us these scars are emblazoned on our physical bodies and memories. Too often these occupations are swept from our conscience, into the alleys of our streets, into the corners of our city and our collective minds. If they are ever to come to end, their myriad effects must be recognized, unearthed, uncovered, demystified , and exposed!
November 2010
Nov 1 | NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month for Veterans & Community Members
Based on National Novel Writing Month’s founder Chris Baty’s book “No Plot No Problem”, each week we will break down a terrifying element of the novel-writing process into something anyone can do! The emphasis will be on the freedom to do whatever you choose to make your book a reality. Topics covered will include basic plot building, tips, tricks and fancy elements of good writing, and of course, the secrets to reaching the 50,000 word goal! For writers of all levels of experience.
7-9PM Nov 1, 8, 22, 29 | Mess Hall 6932 North Glenwood Avenue Chicago IL 60626 RSVP to jessacarlstrom [at] gmail [dot] com
Nov 4 | The Face of Iraq: A fundraiser for the Iraqi People – Iraqi Health Now
Iraqi Health Now has been sending medical supplies and other humanitarian aid to Iraq since 2006. In a historic gesture, two American Iraq war veterans, Geoff Millard and Hart Viges from Iraq Veterans Against the War will travel with IHNʼs Haider Al Saedy to Iraq. They will work together to distribute our next shipment of humanitarian aid to the Iraqi people. Watch a short documentary of our efforts in Iraq and help support this next shipment.
7–8:30PM | Lottie’s Pub 1925 W Cortland St Chicago, IL 60622-1038
Nov 5 | Openings: Portraits of American Veterans: a continuing Dialogue
Oil paintings of 15 veterans by Jeanine Hill-Soldner & Veterans Visions: stories & images. Works by veterans from WWII to the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan
5:30–9PM | Sage Gallery, Lakeside Legacy Arts Park 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake
Nov 9 | Chicago Veterans Stand Down
A day long event providing services to homeless veterans such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, and other assistance; attend or volunteer
7AM–4PM | Illinois National Guard Armory 5200 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Chicago IL
Nov 10 | Warrior Writers Workshops for Veterans
The Warrior Writers project brings together recent veterans and current service members to be in creative community and utilize art-making processes. A profound sense of hope comes from the ability to rebuild and transform. Our workshops and events utilize (but are not limited to) writing, drawing, photography, papermaking and music. We also compile artwork into books, performances and exhibits so civilians can begin to better understand veterans’ experiences.
This will be a creative writing workshop lead by Lovella Calica the founder of the Warrior Writers Project. She will use a verity of writing exercises to explore memories of the military and the connections between personal and collective experiences as veterans. Additionally each participant will create their own hand made journal.
5-7 PM | National Veterans Art Museum 1801 S. Indiana Ave. 3rd Floor RSVP to aarhughes [at] ivaw [dot] org
Nov 11 | VVAW/IVAW/VFP Veterans Day Ceremony
IVAW VVAW and VFP come together to honor all that has been lost. Honor the Warrior. Not the War.
11AM | Vietnam Veteran Memorial at the corner of Wabash and Wacker
Nov 11 | Warrior Writers Workshops for Veterans
The Warrior Writers project brings together recent veterans and current service members to be in creative community and utilize art-making processes. A profound sense of hope comes from the ability to rebuild and transform. Our workshops and events utilize (but are not limited to) writing, drawing, photography, papermaking and music. We also compile artwork into books, performances and exhibits so civilians can begin to better understand veterans’ experiences.
This will be a creative writing workshop lead by Lovella Calica the founder of the Warrior Writers Project. She will use a verity of writing exercises to explore memories of the military and the connections between personal and collective experiences as veterans. Additionally each participant will create their own hand made journal.
2- 5 PM | National Veterans Art Museum 1801 S. Indiana Ave. 3rd Floor RSVP to aarhughes [at] ivaw [dot] org
Nov 11 | INTRUSIVE THOUGHT – OPENING
*CHICAGO IN WAR MAIN EVENT*
An exhibition of work by Veterans of the Iraq, Afghanistan, and Global War on Terror
Intrusive thoughts are unwelcome involuntary thoughts, images, or unpleasant ideas that may become obsessions are upsetting or distressing, and can be difficult to manage or eliminate.
Although they are commonly unseen, there are silent signs of our current occupations in our local communities, households, and memories. This show will feature work by veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Global War on Terror that will bring these signs from the shadows to the forefront and give these traumas a voice in the political and cultural discussion of today.
Artist:
Jeremy Stainthorp Berggren, Erica Slone, Combat Paper Project, Peter Sullivan, Jacob Flom, Jon Turner, Ash Kyrie, Chris Vongsawat, Leonard Shelton, Joyce Wagner, Warrior Writers Project
7PM Artist Talks/Presentation
5-8 PM | National Veterans Art Museum 1801 S. Indiana Ave. 3rd Floor
Nov 12 | Songs of Resistance
A night of music about struggle, war, and resistance featuring local musicians; a benefit for Chicago in War and civilian soldier alliance. With artists Al Scorch and his country sole ensemble, I Ching Quartet, Sarah Lazare, Vim and Vigor, & Mezcolanza
8PM–12AM | Cole’s Bar 2338 N. Milwaukee Ave Chicago IL
Nov 14 | OPENING: Operation Exposure- Justseeds/ IVAW
A project of Justseeds and Iraq Veterans Against the War that uses graphic installations to expose the traumas of war in everyday America with an exhibition of posters at Mess Hall along with wheat pasting installations throughout the city.
7:00PM | Mess Hall 6932 North Glenwood Avenue Chicago, IL
Nov 15 | Operation Exposure Hits the Streets
Installations at:
Co-prosperity Sphere – 3219-21 South Morgan Street, Chicago Illinois, 60608
In These Times – 2040 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647-4002
Other selected Chicago Locations
Nov 16 | Windows to the Soul
Art making event with Johanna (Hans) Buwalda exploring windows into the present, past, and future of our personal lives in war time for veterans and their loved ones.
7PM | please RSVP to: info [at] storiesandart [dot] com
Nov. 17 | Vet Art Performance Series “Green Curtain” A New Play By Tim Brien The Vet Art Project
Green Curtain is the first play by Veteran and Artist Timothy Kimo Brien. In his first work he explores what it is to become a Veteran and pulls away the curtain that separates civilians from this world.
6:30-8:00 | 4th Floor Chicago Cultural Center at 77 E. Randolph Street RSVP to vetartprojectchicago [at] gmail [dot] com
Nov. 22 | Veteans Health Issues Panel Discussion
12-1pm | University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine 924 E. 57th St. Chicago, IL Contact nbaltrushes [at] gmail [dot] com for more info
TBA | Follow the Light
Red76 and local veterans present a collective index and reading group
tba | Green Lantern Gallery 2542 W. Chicago Ave.
Booklet Release | Temporary Conversations: Aaron Hughes
Temporary Conversations: Aaron Hughes is a new interview booklet by Aaron Hughes and Nicolas Lampert. The booklet is published as part of the Temporary Conversations series from Half Letter Press.
Copies are available for purchase at http://www.halfletterpress.com/store/.
Pamphlet Available in stores Nov 4th.

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