The Ludington Building
1104 S. Wabash Ave.
Friday, from 6 to 11 p.m., The Printers’ Ball returns with a new theme: “Time Warp.” This 8th annual celebration of literary culture is a “one night supernova of books, magazines, and otherworldly ink on paper, distributed freely.” Readers, writers, and artists can expect live music and performances as well as letterpress, papermaking, and bookbinding demonstrations—all free and open to the public.
A few of the event’s features include Zine Warp 2012, a Glitter Guts photo booth, airbrush face painting, a Read/Write Library Beach Party on Mars, Steve Roggenbuck’s outer space love poem stickers, and free carnival food and beer. Bring your own tote, t-shirt, or other “airbrushable swag” for airbrush artistry from Andrew Hannigan.
A full schedule of events as listed on Poetry magazine’s website below:
- 6:00PM–9:00PM: DJ sets by Rob Sevier and Dustin Drase of Numero Group.
- 7:00PM–7:30PM: Ayn Rand: The Game Show: The Baffler hosts this literary quiz show set in the near future, starringAmber Tamblyn and Roxane Gay. Libertarian nonsense reigns supreme across the whole world, and all literature has been rewritten to match the philosophies outlined by Ayn Rand. She’ll be on hand to crown the winners and say mean things about people who are stupid enough to get diseases.
- 7:00PM–8:00PM: “It’s About Time” reading curated by Woman Made Gallery in celebration of 20 years of supporting women’s art and writing, featuring Nina Corwin, Erika Mikkalo, Melissa Severin, Jennifer Steele, and Donna Vorreyeur.
- 7:45PM–8:45PM: An Evening of Contemporary Theremin Music: The Harriet Reading Series presents Will Alexanderand Andrew Joron, two poets whose writing explores the dominion of surrealism projected through the lens of science fiction. Radically experimental, rapturous, and estranging, Joron and Alexander find ways of sounding the impossible through language warped in its lyrical turnings. Two short films by video artist Adam Shecter that venture into pixelated zones on the hither side of the real will also be presented.
- 9:00PM–10:00PM: Don’t Let the Dogs Get You Down: Paul de Jong (formerly of The Books) celebrates Poetry’s centennial with a set of short musical and video compositions based on adulterated finds from 100 years of Poetry magazine.
- 9:00PM–10:00PM: Chic-A-Go-Go Presents: Soul Train Time Machine Dance! Join Miss Mia and Ratso from the all-ages dance show Chic-A-Go-Go as they welcome their idol Clint Ghent, star of Chicago’s original Soul Train show on WCIU in the ’70s, to cohost an hour of dancing to the grooviest hits from the show! Get your head screwed on for the scramble board, your limbs limber for the Soul Train line, and your ears ready for the sounds that will send you w-a-a-y back!
- 10:00PM–11:00PM: Highly amusing Technicolor puppet show and barely contained electronic chaos by swamp boogie sovereigns Quintron and Miss Pussycat.
The 8th annual Printers’ Ball is brought to you by Poetry magazine, Columbia College Chicago’s Silver Tongue Reading Series, Columbia College Chicago’s Center for Book and Paper Arts, Read/Write Library, and MAKE magazine.
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