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Nerd Nite will host an evening of engaging, quirky, and often hilarious semi-academic talks on utopias. Mini-exposition continues from January 26 through January 31 with nightly programming.

Lion VS Gorilla*, in partnership with the Hairpin Arts Center, is proud to announce the opening of the group show for Crystal Palaces in Cockaigne, an art show and mini-exposition on utopias. In the spirit of the medieval myth of Cockaigne, which imagines an ideal land of endless ease, luxury, health, and hedonistic pleasure, this show features work by established and emerging artists on idiosyncratic, futuristic, transhuman, and personal visions of utopias.

Sponsors include Finch’s Beer and Letherbee Distillery.

Featured artists include: Ursula Andreeff, John Bannon, George Berlin, Traci Fowler, Tucker Hagge, Cindy Hinant, Brandon Howe, CJ Hungerman, Taehoon Kim, George Larson, Charlie Megna, Selden Paterson, Jovencio de la Paz, Jack Ryan, Luis Sahagun, Josh Samuels, Thorsten Sahlin, and The Utopia School.

From 1/26 through 1/31, the mini-exposition will continue with **NIGHTLY PROGRAMMING** at the Hairpin Arts Center:

Monday, 1/26 (8:00-11pm): Guided tour of the exhibition and panel discussion with the artists

Tuesday, 1/27 (8:00-11pm): Peanut Gallery will present an utopia-themed drawing night

Wednesday, 1/28 (8:00-11pm): Movie Night, with a very special showing of the classic Pauly Shore movie, Bio-Dome. Come cozy (pajamas are recommended) and come ready to heckle. Waffles and cocktails will be served.

Thursday, 1/29 (8:00-11pm): Story Club will present an evening of stories of utopias.

Friday, 1/30 (8:00-11pm): Nerd Nite will host an evening of engaging, quirky, and often hilarious semi-academic talks on utopias.

Saturday, 1/31 (8:00-11pm): A closing and EDM dance party by Pastel Fractal and friends

{The group show will be available for viewing during each evening of programming.}

*Lion VS Gorilla is a Chicago-based gallery concept, created by Jimmy Bulosan and Heather Phillips in 2011. Inspired by the happenings of the 1960’s and Dada aesthetics, we believe that art should be rowdy, that people should fight for it, and that viewing should never be passive. We see artists and viewers as collaborators in an aesthetic experience.