The Op Shop is now part of SHOP

This Op Shop location closed shop in May 2011. We are now a part of the Southside Hub of Production at 5638 S. Woodlawn Ave. Please come visit us there!


Last Week at The Op Shop IV: April 27th – April 28th

Still photo from Volvox Théatron collaborative performance by Kiku Hibino, Yoko Katagiri, and Aiko Kojima

Dear Friends,

We are so honored to have been chosen as the recipients of two grants to help fund our public learning garden and Op Shop programming during the summer.
A special thank you to the Kiwanis Club of Hyde Park and to the Hyde Park Garden Fair for their generous support!

This has been a wonderful two months: thanks to Peter Cassel form MAC realty for the generous sponsorship of this space and everyone who has made this iteration so full of joy and growth! Thank you all! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

This week at the Op Shop:

Wednesday April 27th

8:00 – 11:00 pm – Public Unbirthday Party! In honor of Orin Fraser’s birthday!z
R & B dance party BYOB

Thursday April 28th

6:00 – 10:00 pm – Two Great Events in One

Daniel Tucker: Farm Together Now and Grand Closing Party for Op Shop!
Come out and enjoy the last evening of this Op Shop with us! Daniel Tucker will be here to talk to us about his newly released book: Farm Together Now: A portrait of people, places and ideas for a new food movement. Books will be available for $20 and Daniel will be present for signing. See the calendar for more details. Light refreshments will be served.

Grand Closing Benefit Party
“Give and let live” A fabulous benefit bazaar of agriculture (plants, art and food) to purchase and taste- made by this month’s Op Shop participants! Here is a list of what we will have.

Happy healthy tomato starts will be offered for adoption to loving homes for a donation of $5 (or more – depends on what’s in your pocket) each. All proceeds go to cover this Op Shop and Connect-the-Lots. Cared for with love by Laura, Amber and Lia

Green Cocktails
Wheat grass juice with Champagne or sparkling water by donation

Art, Music and Food for sale by:

Art and editions:
“Dirt” Photograms by Douglas Folgelson,
“Uber Tuber” T-shirts, postcards and buttons! by Eric Bartholomew
Photography by Juila Pagnamenta and Daniel J. Butler

Cd’s by Conrad Freiburg and Project Film

Food: Limited quantity
Local honey by Kristine Greiber: tasting and for sale
Home made Thai rolls by Chef Binbek
Home brew by Mark Yeary: tasting


Time Bank Sign Up!
Sheets will be available for sign up for Op Shop Time Bank!

Seed Bank is still Open for exchange!

Come and get and give for Spring

* * Volunteers needed and appreciated to help take down the Op Shop Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 pm. Time Bank hours will be earned!

* * Tickets available for “Song of the Universal”
a concert of original music composed by Michael Thorn
Saturday April 30th 7:30 pm at the First Unitarian Church – 5650 S. Woodlawn Avenue

Yours with love and gratitude,

The Op Shop

Sunday April 24 – “Desk Theories II” by by Volvox Théatron

Nuclear plants tragedy and radiation emergency in Japan inspired Kiku Hibino to revisit his previous piece, “Desk Theories” (2010), an intensively electricity-dependent multi-media performance, and to create a sequel piece in collaboration with Yoko Katagiri and Aiko Kojima (Volvox Théatron). On site, there was a charity sale of Volvox Théatron logo-ed tote bags handmade by Yoko. Proceeds and all the collected donations will be sent to Japan Chernobyl Foundation, the NPO engaging in relief effort for victims of earthquake and radiation emergency in Japan.

Thursday April 21 – Silent Tongues: Jazz improvisation

Silent Tongues is a six-piece jazz ensemble based in Hyde Park, greatly inspired by the past and current innovations of Chicago free and avant-garde jazz, such as the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. The group has striven to explore collective improvisation, conversations in sound, unfamiliar tones, and unique takes on well-known standards. Silent Tongues has received invaluable mentoring from South Side multi-instrumentalist and composer Mwata Bowden, and look to carry on the tradition of unique jazz music handed down by Bowden and his contemporaries.