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The Annual Printers' Ball Goes Into A TIME WARP!

By Maggie Hellwig in Arts & Entertainment on Jul 9, 2012 3:00PM

The theme for The 8th Annual Printers' Ball: TIME WARP!

On July 20, the Poetry Foundation and Poetry Magazine are presenting their yearly masquerade. In honor of Poetry's centennial, this year's theme boasts the TIME WARP!, encouraging everyone to sport a costume of the present, past, or future, and preparing the attendees for plenty of dancing as per usual.

At the eighth Printers' Ball, there will be tons of exhibits and smaller events going on, paired up with the busy schedule. Artist Andrew Hannigan will be hanging around to decorate that blank t-shirt that you should absolutely bring with you. The Chicago Printers Guild has completed a fresh batch of Poetry Magazine's postcards, displaying some awesome work from its poets over the past 100 years. There will be a collection from the 2012 Zine Fest, a Glitter Guts photobooth, face painting, food, beer, and a lot more.

The main schedule is chocked full of things to do and see. For you, we have a basic layout of the evening, and some highlights that you don't want to miss. Don't forget to pre-register for a commemorative poster!

6-9 p.m.
D.J. sets from Rob Sevier and Dustin Drase of The Numero Group.

7-7:30 p.m.
"Ayn Rand: The Game show": hosted by The Baffler. The premise of this game show is situated in the near future, when everything has been rewritten to suit Ayn Rand's hardcore Darwinian philosophies.

7:45-8:45 p.m.
"An Evening of Contemporary Theremin Music" will incorporate a reading from two surrealist, nearly uncategorized, poets Will Alexander and Andrew Joron. Also, two short films from the dissonant world of Adam Shecter.

9-10 p.m.
"Don't Let the Dogs Get You Down" will be an hour-long celebration of Poetry's centennial, commemorating the achievements of the magazine through music and video compilations, hosted by Paul De Jong.

9-10 p.m.
"Soul Train Time Machine Dance": all ages dance party hosted by Chic-A-Go-Go!.

10-11 p.m.
Quintron and Miss Pussycat share their intense sounds and vibrant puppet shows (trust us, it's pretty awesome).

Friday, July 20, The Ludington Building: 1104 S. Wabash Ave, 6-11 p.m., you may pre-register here, but the event is FREE and open to the public, formal attire not required and costumes are encouraged.