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This Friday: Public Space One ‘marching band’ to kick off a night of festivities, fundraising


PS1 at last!
Exciting times ahead for the always-eclectic venue. — photo via Public Space One

If you weren’t already aware, Public Space One (PS1) has moved from their old location in the Jefferson Building on Washington Street to the Wesley Center at 120 N. Dubuque (previously PS-Z). To celebrate the move and raise money for their new home, PS1 is hosting an evening of art and music Friday.

The event kicks off at 4:30 p.m. as the Super Bad Feel Free @rt School Marching and Caroling Band begins a festively discordant march — beginning at the North end of the Ped Mall and ending at the Wesley Center. According to the Facebook event page, the plan is to raise money for the new PS1 while also raising community awareness about PS1’s new location through holiday noise.

From the event page:

Our terribly-vocalized tidings can only be avoided in exchange for monetary tidings as we are unleashing our monstrous untalents in an effort of support for the community-accessible venue for audacious risk-taking and experimental vision in the arts: Public Space One.

Organizer John Engelbrecht says the Free @rt School Marching Band has been meeting on Sundays at PS1 for the past few weeks to prepare for the event. In addition to crafting wooden “marching sticks” to be carried during their march to PS1’s new home, the band has been getting used to playing together during informal jam-sessions.

“It’s a marching band in the loosest sense of the term,” Engelbrecht said. “We just get together with whatever instruments everyone has and make music.”

Following the march to PS1, the One Good Hit drawing show opens at 5 p.m. The show has been curated by a group of six local artists, and will feature drawings from 15-20 artists in total. Those in attendance Friday night will be given an opportunity to add to the exhibition during a “participatory group drawing exhibition” during the opening.

According to Engelbrecht, One Good Hit will also be an opportunity for PS1 to show off their new exhibition space to the public.

“We built two gallery walls this week,” Engelbrecht said. “They’re not entirely finished yet, but they’ll be set up Friday night. It will be cool for people to be able to come and see that there will be a Public Space One exhibition space again.”

After the art show, Followed by Ghosts is set to play their annual winter show alongside Bohemian Ghost, Haunter, and Slemmons Run starting at 8 p.m. The concert will only cost you $2, but further donations to the new PS1 are encouraged. You can also visit PS1’s Razoo page to make donations that will directly support the continued creation and display of local art.


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