“Root Vegetables in History” with Keith Peterson

Come and hear Keith Peterson speak on the topic “Root Vegetables in History” at the Op Shop, on Wednesday March 9, at 2:00 pm. Be stunned and amazed at strange facts about our tuberous, bulbous, and taprootish friends underground. Free admission.

THIS WEEKEND at the Op Shop

Saturday May 15th

• DJ Curt Spins from 3-7:30 p.m.

• Silvita Diaz and Adam Rose 7:30-8:30 p.m.
“En Falda Roja” by Silvita Diaz and “Auto Body” a performance by Elena
Choreographer: Silvita Diaz Brown Dance Work: “En Falda Roja” (A Symbol of women’s fight for freedom and their families safety in the Mexican Revolution; through courage, passion, and Love). music edition by Adam Rose costume design by Silvita Diaz Brown.
“Auto Body” a performance by Elena. Auto Body is a dance work about cars and auto-cannibalism by Elena of Antibody Dance. You must first learn to consume yourself before you can consume others. By Adam Rose

Sunday May 16th

• Community Potluck Dinner
Join us for our lovely + family friendly Community Potluck Dinner from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Bring a dish and or drink to share and let’s have dinner!

The Op Shop Extended Through May!

Thanks to your generous donations and support, the Op Shop will be continuing through the month of May at it’s present location! We have many new projects, events, performances, happenings (daily) in the works. Check our calendar for up-to-date information. During this week of transition, we will continue with our ongoing projects.

Second Life
A month long indoor yard sale which collects stories, objects and curiosities of all kinds. Please donate all your wonderful unwanteds to the Op Shop to help support this project and find things you have always wanted, realize you need, and never knew you secretly coveted.

Our garden exchange has many beautiful plants and annuals for sale or trade.

Sunday Community Dinner!
May 9, 5:30 – 9:00 pm
We are hosting our fifth Sunday Night Community Potluck Dinner! Bring an egalitarian dish of your favorite kind, maybe something to drink as well, and the charm of your presence! We look forward to sharing time, food, drink and company every Sunday while The Op Shop lives. This is an all ages, family event so bring the littles and the bigs and let’s have dinner!

Op Shop: Adhocity
1530 E. 53rd St. (the former Hollywood video store at 53rd and Lake Park)
Hyde Park, Chicago
Our website: http://www.theopshop.org
Our blog: https://theopshop.wordpress.com/
Questions? info@theopshop.org

Through June 12
Open Wednesday through Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

This Weekend at the Op Shop…


Fri, April 30, 8:00 – 9:00 pm
We anticipate that April’s collision will be a compelling juxtaposition of dynamic movement and moody, hazy washes of sound. Zelienople has long been a smoldering presence in Chicago’s experimental rock scene; the trio’s newest release, Give It Up (Type Records) is a murky, cinematic expanse of effects-laden guitars, subtle percussion and distant vocals. Versatile improvisers Jennifer Kayle and Lisa Gonzales of The Architects bring decades of collaborative experience and adroit movement research to the table. With their meticulous attention to each layer of spontaneous composition, they will likely provide a playful and unpredictable counterpoint to Zelienople’s glacial sounds.
Suggested donation of $5 for both bands.

Fri, April 30, 9:00 – 10:00 pm
Lakesigns is two drummers, two guitarists, one bassist, one saxophonist, and hints of distorted ukulele and reverberated harmonica. Lakesigns, from Hyde Park, Chicago, makes layered rock music with a jazzy edge that sneaks up on you and feels good. Hear tracks at http://www.myspace.com/lakesigns. $5 donation.


Market Days
Sat, May 1, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
On Saturdays, the United Church of Hyde Park will present “Market Days”, an ever evolving array of treasures for your enjoyment, perusal and purchase!
This will be their last Market day so make sure you come out and support them!

DJ Curt Spins
Sat, May 1, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
DJ Curt Spins for the last evening of art, performance, video installations, seed bartering, curiosity exchange, Potluck salon style exhibition reveal, exquisite mural reveal and general celebration! More to come, TBA Details following

Butter Elbow Animation Screening
Sat, May 1, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Butter Elbow Animation Screening Time: 7:00-8:30 pm Date: May 1st 1. Introduction to Butter Elbow!! 2. Mobile Animation Station’s Final Work Premiere An introduction to the Mobile Animation Station and the members! Screening the final project! A stop motion animation created by four artists: Wei-Lun Lin, Samantha Lotti, Kiel Darling, and Vicky Yen during the Op Shop hours~ 3. FELLOW ANIMATORS SHOWCASE A 40 minutes long animation screening! Featuring students work from SAIC and Chicago base artist Jim Trainor!! 4. Q and A session

The Artichoke Ensemble
Sat, May 1, 8:00 – 9:00 pm
Domenico Scarlatti was a very understated man in the 18th Century. He was a composer of many musical lives, traveling and living in Italy, Spain, Portugal, and England. Although little is known of the harpsichordist, he left behind 550 massive and impressive works of art for the solo keyboardist. While he was not the greatest composer of the classical era, he was certainly one of the most innovative. His works capture the essence of folk song, dance as well as technical mastery unmatched until the 20th century. His 550 works are layered with odd rhythms, harmony, and melody. Our concert will feature discussions about this impressive collection as well as events in his life. We will explore art and innovation from the classical period to today. We have selected various sonatas from this collection and transcribed them for Jazz. Names would be; Jason Mortensen – sax Paula Palmer – violin Garrett Schmid – guitar Tony Morrison – bass Steve Bass – drums

Potluck Salon style exhibition grand closing!
5:00 – 9:00 pm
Come and celebrate the artists work who participated in the potluck, maybe even collect some art!
Support your local artists and have a great time at the party!


Oral History Interviews
Sunday, May 2nd, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Come share your tales with Paul Durica and Zach Abubeker. Interview participants are asked to recall everyday interactions, details, and experiences connected to the site of the Op Shop but are also invited to talk about 53rd Street and Lake Avenue, Harper Court, and the broader Hyde Park community. At the conclusion of the Op Shop’s occupancy, the existing video archive will be donated to the Hyde Park Historical Society.

Sunday Community Dinner!
Sunday, May 2nd, 5:30 – 9:00 pm
We are hosting our fourth Sunday Night Community Potluck Dinner! Bring an egalitarian dish of your favorite kind, maybe something to drink as well, and the charm of your presence! We look forward to sharing time, food, drink and company every Sunday while The Op Shop lives. This is an all ages, family event so bring the littles and the bigs and let’s have dinner!

if you enjoyed THE MYSTERY OF AL CAPONE’S VAULTS at the Op, be sure to attend THE BATTLE OF THE HALSTED VIADUCT, as part of VERS10N FESTIVAL.

a dramatic historical reenactment & art party
Sunday, May 2nd, 2:45 – 4:00 pm
at 16th St & S. Halsted, Pilsen


In late July 1877, blue-collar workers from Bridgeport and Pilsen left their streetcars, ships, trains, and factories to clash with police, federal troops, and state militia at the Halsted Street Viaduct. The event, never formally memorialized at the site until now, was part of “The Great Upheaval of 1877,” which began in Baltimore as a railroad strike against wage cuts, then spread across the nation. Thirty workers died at the Viaduct, 100 were wounded, and at least thirteen cops were injured. The New York Times reported rocks flying from workers’ hands, police shooting guns and swinging clubs, and “no less than 10,000 men present … they were bent on violence and hesitated at nothing.” THE BATTLE OF THE HALSTED VIADUCT is a full-scale, live dramatic reenactment presented by PAUL DURICA’S Pocket Guide to Hell Tours in partnership with Version Festival 10. Dueling historians ALLAN PINKERTON and ALBERT R. PARSONS will narrate the event in real time, with the finest costumes and facial hair. An art project built on original research, attention to detail, and respect for history, THE BATTLE IS FREE AND WELCOME TO ALL, including children.

> as a member of THE 12TH ST STATION POLICE
(hats, stars, paper mustaches provided)
> as a member of THE RAGAMUFFIN TROOP
> as a member of THE HOWLING MOB
(safe projectiles provided)
(spectators are participants, too)


QUESTIONS? Email pocketguidetohell@gmail.com