Following are our previous events

DADAChicago 2016

October 21-November 6
Doors Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday 6-9 p.m.

760 N. Milwaukee, Chicago
(Chicago & Ogden)

Everything is free and open to the public.


Opening October 21, 6-9 p.m.

Saturday October 22
7:30 "Fantastic Steve Smith Experimental and Punk Band"

Friday, October 28
8:00 John Malarkey Guitar and song

Saturday, October 29
7:30 Dada Improv featuring Ethan Burke, Xerxes Flores & Lydia Howe by the Annoyance Theater

Sunday, October 30
5:00 dachi-dacago: You're invited to come to dachi-dacago, a collaborative arts event with mail art, poetry performances, DADA100 cut-up maker, improbable portrait-making, movie tracing machine, and more. Participants include the Bay Area Correspondence School, Read/Write Library, Janina Ciezadlo, Keith M. Kelley, Penelope Rosemont, Vittorio Carli, Charlie Newman, Duane Vorhees, Dan Godston, and special guests.

Friday, November 4
7:30 "Marvelous Freedom", film by Devin Cain

Saturday, November 5
7:30 John Malarkey, guitar and song

Sunday, November 6
8:00 Do It Yourself Dada sculpture

Join us as we celebrate
100 years of DADA
the imagination breaking free,
dreams running rampant,
the mind on FIRE!

Organized by the
Chicago Surrealist Group,
the Friends of DADA, with other
outstanding works and contributors.

For more information

DADA Chicago 2016

Join us as we celebrate 100 years of DADA—dada enlightenment, dada the great joke. DADA year in Zurich, dada shows in New York, dada festivals in Japan, grand dada happenings planned by San Francisco’s City Lights, but nothing, nothing, nothing for Chicago. So we have taken it upon ourselves to organize an exhibition and events in the true spirit of dada. We will have a Cabaret Voltaire, an Andy Warhol look-alike contest, a do-it-yourself dada night, a dada seance, dada games, dada films/music/ poetry/ performance, and outrageous dada celebrations of the piracy of pleasures, and the pleasures of piracy.

In the spirit of Do It Yourself Dada, we urge you to come, construct and be photographed with your own found-object sculpture. (We provide the pieces, you put them together). Come play the dada game “This belongs in a Museum.” Our museum could be the Museum of Alternate Realities and Space Travel or the Museum of Totems and Sexual Magic. (Bring a common household object and explain its complex function). Do not miss the dada seance; it will be visited by Tristan Tzara, Hugo Ball, and —or maybe being Chicago, it might be Memphis Minnie, John Dillinger and Black Hawk.

Penelope Rosemont, editor of Surrealist Women: An International Anthology, friend of two of the most celebrated dadaists André Breton and Man Ray (who else can make that claim), will give a talk and tour of the works. Celebrate dada Halloween, come dressed as the Addams family, bring your Frankenstein and Dracula dolls or puppets. It’ll be a Monster Mash!

Organized by the Chicago Surrealist Group, the Friends of Dada, with other outstanding works and contributors. And participating in the Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival organized by the Borderbend Art Collective.

Events and dates will be posted at the end of September.

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