If you’re planning on swinging by Transistor on Saturday, February 19th, heads-up: we’re taking the month off. Don’t that let that deter you, though. If you’re in the market for a clock made out of a record or a miniature theramin, Transistor is the place to go. Trust me: you’ll feel about 63% hipper just by walking in the door.
Otherwise, check out the revival of Postmortem, our improvised documentary based on performance days’ obituaries, at the Viaduct Theatre on Western.
The next Frequency will be on Saturday, March 19th at 8pm. As usual, it won’t cost you a dime, and as usual, we will have free drinks and snacks on hand.
A banjo ukulele. The world’s smallest harmonica. An award for “Religious Excellence.” Stickers. A spelling bee. British pop music. Guitars. Patti Smith. Amanda Rountree inciting a riot. An iPad. A manifesto. Beer. Cookies. Mr. Steve. Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.
Two months in, and WNEP’s Frequency is already shaping up to be one of the best ways to spend a Saturday night. If you haven’t made it out, what’s stopping you? The FREE admission? The FREE drinks? The FREE snacks? The smorgasbord of performances? The “anything goes” atmosphere? The opportunity to hang out with the coolest damn theater artists in the city of Chicago, in Transistor, the coolest damn STORE in the city of Chicago?
Here are some photos of some of the things you missed this past Saturday:
You feel about 25% cooler now, right? Give or take? Well, you’re not there yet. There’s still room for improvement. Swing by Transistor on Saturday, December 18th (and any other day up until then), and that percentage will increase. The moment you walk through those doors, people will want to talk to you. You will instantly be cool.
WNEP Theater Presents: Frequency at Transistor, an open-ended invitation to the WNEP wavelength. On the third Saturday of every month, starting at 8pm, the WNEPeeps host a free live theater event showcasing performers of every kind. Anyone is welcome, be they actor, storyteller, musician, comedian, improviser, magician, puppeteer, juggler, filmmaker, dancer, or. . . well, you get the idea.
Transistor is located in the heart of Andersonville, at 5045 North Clark. Equal parts art gallery, CD & record shop, specialty audio electronics boutique, performance space, and more, it is without a doubt one of the hippest, most unique new establishments in the city of Chicago, and is easily accessible by bus, train, and car.
The next Frequency will be on Saturday, December 18th, as mentioned above, and will feature the talents of Ramsen Isaac, Thea Christine, Don Hall, Rebecca Langguth, Shiow-Jiau Yung, Dave Goss, Steve Lund, Matt Ulrich, Amanda Rountree, and more. We’ll have free drinks and snacks on hand, but as always, feel free to bring your own.
If you’re interested in performing, in December or any other month, email Dave Goss, WNEP’s Managing Director, at dave at wneptheater dot org.
If you’re not interested in performing, at least come on out and let us show you a good time. Seriously, what have you got to lose?
Hope to see you there.
Until then, check out these clips from last Saturday’s event. Be warned, though: the one at the bottom is NOT SAFE FOR WORK. Unless you work with us. By the way, there may be more of these to come, so stay tuned.
Recently, every WNEP Company Member was given the following two tasks:
1) To list ten things a person would have to do to understand them as an artist.
2) To list ten things a person would have to do to understand them as a person.
Here’s what Bries Vannon had to say:
1) List ten things a person would have to do to understand you as an artist.
1. Seek art out. Nonstop.
2. Spend far too much time on YouTube watching people lip sync to pop songs in their bedrooms.
3. Come to terms with the idea that ‘hipster’ is not by definition a bad thing.
4. Look under every cultural rock you come across in search of the most underground, experimental work you can find.
5. Develop a taste for ‘repurposed’ art: mash-ups, reinterpretations, samples, bastardizations.
6. Prefer Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive to Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.
7. Listen to Das Racist, Die Antwoord, and Odd Future. Connect those dots.
8. Truly, genuinely feel for the characters in the film Gummo as people.
9. Do it yourself.
10. Give it away.
2) List ten things a person would have to do to understand you as a person.
1. Live in typical small town rural America for at least three years. Go for ten or more if you can.
2. Get a tattoo.
3. Sort and organize everything, even if it’s just in your head. Alphabetically, chronologically, anything.
4. Find pleasure in allowing small parts of your life to be determined entirely at random. A reading list, for example.
5. Dance all the time in the privacy of your own home. Allow yourself to dance in public sometimes, too.
6. Wear bright socks. Sometimes bright shoes. Hell, enjoy bright clothing in general.
7. Vote less, observe more.
8. Spend a summer making rent as a door to door salesman. Added bonus if you are selling steaks that are outside in the truck.
9. Be happy with life and demanding of it.
10. Seek art out. Nonstop.
One thing Bries forgot to mention is that he owns about three thousand pairs of shoes.
Also, he doesn’t know it yet, but Bries will be putting on the DADA at one of the upcoming Frequency shows. Be sure to check him out. And check him out in other shows, too. He’s always doing something around town – mostly with Signal Ensemble and the Right Brain Project.