showcase program


Introducing the amazing Compact Disc (1982)

Towards 2000 debuted on the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) in 1981. It was a half-hour program showcasing developments and inventions in science & technology. One of the early highlights was this report about the arrival of the next big thing in home entertainment – the compact disc.

Presenting the third annual all-comics issue of Lumpen magazine, including comic work by groundbreaking local and international artists. This issue has a loose theme of “Radio” which correlates to the launch 105.5 WLPN, which is a brand new non-commercial radio station based out of Bridgeport that will showcase underground and innovative programming and feature distinctly curated music from a variety of genres as well as cultural commentary, not unlike the variety of comics and artists in Lumpen magazine.

With comics by:

David Alvarado, Sharmila Banerjee, Nate Beaty, Ben Bertin, Kevin Budnik, Andy Burkholder, Jessica Campbell, Danielle Chenette, Mark Connery, Krystal Difronzo, Margaux Duseigneur, Edie Fake, Sarah Ferrick, Leif Goldberg, Keith Herzik, Andrew Holmquist, Clay Hickson, Lyra Hill, Emily Hutchings, Juliacks, Blaise Larmee, Sarah Leitten, Ben Marcus, Marieke McClendon, Ian Mcduffie, Max Morris, Paul Nudd, Onsmith, Jason Overby, George Porteus, Grant Reynolds, Eric Rivera, Aaron Renier, Joe Tallarico, Mike Taylor Matthew Thurber, Tim Tvedt, Two Tone Comix, Lale Westvind, Gina Wynbrandt, Leslie Wiebeler, Mickey Zachilli

There will also be an art exhibition including many contributors to the issue on Friday, October 9th from 7-11pm at the Co-prosperity Sphere (3219 S. Morgan St. in Chicago)

Copies of the magazine and refreshments will be available at the opening.

“We all started working together on Grease in September 2014,” when the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical about Founding Father Alexander Hamilton was in rehearsal. “I would press pause and talk about the Revolutionary War and then pause again for the dawn of the ’60s. The idea was about how to access the celebratory spirit of Grease — how to own and embrace the fact that we’re doing it live, this show about the first time you fall in love, have freedom.”

Kail hopes the trend for live presentations will extend to non-musicals as well. That’s of course where much of Golden Era TV got golden — the live broadcasts on Playhouse 90 and other programs that showcased the country’s emerging talents.

In the meantime, Kail himself is quickly returning to just such a project, staging Sarah Burgess’ new play Dry Powder at the Public Theater with a cast including Claire Danes, Hank Azaria and John Krasinski. “It’s a new and thrilling play by a writer to be reckoned with,” he said. Just the sort of thing success lets you dive in to.