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New MCA After-Hours Series Will Feature Local Food And Artists

By Michelle Meywes Kopeny in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 1, 2015 7:11PM

Dan Deacon will perform at the first Prime Time. Photo by Frank Hamilton

The Museum of Contemporary Art’s after-hours event is getting a new life as the Prime Time series. Their former First Fridays series has been re-imagined and will put a spotlight on local artists and cultural groups.

Now slated for three events a year, Prime Time will have the MCA collaborating with the likes of Pitchfork, The Metro and SmartBar. The inaugural event on Oct. 2 is with concept and project development studio Land and Sea Dept, the team behind the successful restaurants Longman & Eagle, Parson’s Chicken & Fish, and the Cherry Circle Room at the Chicago Athletic Association. They’re also deeply involved in the local arts community.

Continuing their practice of pairing art and music with food and drink, the MCA will bring electro-pop musician and composer Dan Deacon to the first Prime Time, which carries the fitting theme of Prime Time: Vibes. Local artists will also be featured, including Elliot Bergman of indie-pop duo Wild Belle, music and light show Domestic Animal and live screen-printers Hit + Run. Many popular LSD restaurants and bars will be there to provide the food and drink, bringing signature items with them such as Parson’s slushies, and Paul McGee’s tiki drinks from Lost Lake.

Prime Time: Vibes takes place Friday, Oct. 2 from 7-11 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.