This week at the Op Shop

Thursday April 21

7:00 – 9:00 pm – 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.

You can hear some of their music here:

Friday April 22

6:00 – 9:00 pm – Sustenance Social: a pilot project for quality of life now

Come and join us for a social gathering of The Hyde Park Village, Good Neighbors, OWL, and the Op Shop community at large. This will be a chance to meet in person those you may have met online, get to know one another, and find out about our various organizations, goals, missions, struggles, and successes. Come share a POTLUCK meal and a drink together and participate in a live “happening” of our own creation with opportunities for input and collaboration on future programs and activities.

Saturday April 23

2:00 – 4:00 pm – “Side Park” A Memory Share of North West Hyde Park

The Op Shop and the Hyde Park Historical Society invite the community to bring memories of this area to share for a special oral history program. Bring photos, ephemera, articles of interest, stories pertinent to North West Hyde Park. Keynote speakers will be Sam Guard and Paul Durica. Community members Ruth Knack and Joe Marlin will also shareto their memories about the NW corner of Hyde Park, lovingly referred to as “Side Park” by the locals. Everyone is welcome to take part! Coffee will be served. Please bring snacks and folding chairs to share!

* check out Paul’s Kickstarter campaign to fund the full-scale reenactment to honor the 125th anniversary of the Haymarket Affair on the original site, near the corner of Randolph and Desplaines.

4:00 – 6:00 pm: The Yogurt Pedaler! Demonstration and talk

Come and learn how yogurt is made with The Yogurt Pedaler: Annie Lambla. After the demonstration Annie will tell us all about the farms she has visited and the “dairy-ing” process.

6:00 – 7:30 pm: BEER! Mini beer making workshop with Mark Yeary. Prost!

Learn how to brew beer at home using commercially available recipe kits. In this demonstration we will make a one-gallon “mini-beer” batch, proceeding from cleaning and preparation to boiling and the cool-down stage. During the boil, we will discuss necessary and optional equipment for home brewing, handling and farming of yeast cultures, use of secondary fermenters, and the bottling process. We will have a limited amount of homebrew available for tasting during the demonstration. Prost!

8:00 – 10:00 pm: Open Mic III

Come to the last Open Mic of this iteration and bring your instruments, voices, poetry, prose, comic acts, dance, and whatever else you want to share! BYOB- Potluck style snacks and drinks.

Sunday April 24

5:00- 6:00 pm.”Desk Theories II”

New Project by Kiku Hibino in collaboration with Yoko Katagiri.
Performance piece: “Desk Theories II” by Volvox, Théatron.
This is a charity event to collect donations for relief efforts for Japanese nuclear contamination victims.

6:00 – 9:00 pm. Last Sunday Potluck Dinner for Op Shop IV

Let’s celebrate the end of Op Shop IV with this last Sunday Potluck Dinner.
Reconnect with old friends, meet new ones and share our favorite dishes!

Theme: Your all time best – what you are known for – dish! It’s a “make Mom and Dad and loved ones proud” night. Bring the secret recipe too! Remember to bring a plate, utensils, glass and napkin. BYOB

Looking forward to seeing you all again! Let’s not be sad, we will reemerge somewhere else, someday very soon!

Ongoing Project and gratitude to Lia Rousset and Amber Ginsburg – Connect-the-Lots!

Hours are irregular – please check the schedule or call 773.710.5464

* Volunteers needed and appreciated!
* Folding Chairs are needed to borrow!

View photos of our progress at our new and greatly improved website.


The Op Shop

This week at the Op Shop

Photo by Lizzy Szwaya

Our benefit party was a real success! A special thanks to Gail Isenberg, Keith Peterson, Project Film, and Doug Folgelson, who together made a wonderful evening of art, music, and delicious and unique cocktails! Plus, we were able to pay off our rent for this Op Shop with the proceeds! Thanks so much to everyone!

Wednesday April 13th 7:00 – 10:00 pm: The Chicago Soundclouders Play Music for Plants

Friday April 15th 6:00 – 8:00 pm: Chef Donna Binbek
Guacamole Bar with Mango Margaritas and/or Mojitos
Cooking demo and cocktail party with Chef Donna Binbek
$10 at door

Saturday April 16th 1:00 – 4:00 pm: Forefront Stitchers
This is a community quilting Project. We will be quilting baby blankets and adult lap blankets for patients undergoing chemotherapy and little ones who are in the neonatal unit at the University of Chicago Hospital. These blankets will be distributed by the “Forefront Stitchers,” a volunteer group at the hospital.

Saturday April 16th 6:00 – 8:00 pm: MMM: Mixes and Microphones – Performances by Peter Weathers and Charles Mahaffee
A systemic, meta-systemic, and meta-meta-systemic presentation on using the mix tape for meaningful communication.
Untitled: An Interactive Performance by Charles Mahaffee. All guests are invited to bring something to read aloud during the course of the performance (this may be anything, a poem, an essay, a lease, a recipe, etc.).

Sunday April 17th 3:00 – 6:00 pm: “Junkyard Playground!” Talk and Fort Cardboard!
Come join us to discuss the history and significance of the Adventure playground movement. Bring the kids, we will have duct tape and cardboard for them to create their own ad hoc junk playground. Please bring junk to play with, any art supplies to make signs and snacks to share. We will also have some things on hand. Check out the website before coming to have an idea. “Soft Junk Playground” will be the title and working theme of Op Shop 5!

Sunday April 17th 5:30 – 6:30 pm: Raw Milk Revolution
Raw milk talk and tasting followed by:

Community Potluck Dinner 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Theme: Kids! Let’s create dishes with children in mind – foods they may love, foods you loved as a child, and/or funny foods or arrangements!
Please bring recipes if you want to share and, as always, everything you need to enjoy our delicious dishes – plate, utensils, glass, and a drink. (In keeping with being green, we do not provide plastic cups, utensils, or plates so please come prepared). Remember, one’s generosity and culinary care is the key ingredient for a successful and delicious potluck! So delighted have we been with the offerings thus far that an Op Shop recipe book is in the works. BYOB

Ongoing Project and gratitude to Lia Rousset and Amber Ginsburg- Connect-the-Lots!

Hours are irregular – please check the schedule or call 773.710.5464

* Volunteers needed and appreciated!
* Folding Chairs are needed to borrow!

View photos of our progress at our new and greatly improved website.


The Op Shop