MAKE #14 Release Party: The Adam Burke Show

Dec 04, 2013


A night of live television that will not be televised. ACTUALLY…CAN TV did film the show:



· THE ADAM BURKE SHOW with guests
author/translator Aguillón-Mata, author Kyle Beachy, poet Lisa Fishman, cartoonist Anders Nilsen (via satellite), art critic Erin Nixon, poet/filmmaker Nick Twemlow, and musical guest Skech185–(who will also perform a set after the show).

· Also featuring videos from Caroline Picard, Harrison Martin, Nick Twemlow, and Peter Rybchenkov.

· Complimentary food at the craft services table, including vegan sliders from Upton’s Breakroom.

· DJ Richard Every with special guest, Simone Muench, “spinning” film clips.

· Discounted subscriptions, prizes, t-shirts and more.


More about the participants:


The journey of SKECH185 in the culture of hip-hop is one of the most colorful stories to touch the genre. Born Willie McIntyre on January 10, 1985 (hence the name), he entered the rap arena at 16, testing his own abilities at Chicago open mics and hostile freestyle cyphers.

Always an avid and exceptionally intelligent student of rap techniques and timelines, SKECH learned and developed the foundations for his own approach through an advanced method of battle rapping and song writing studying the approaches of everyone from Jay-Z to Labtekwon.

SKECH caught the attention of Galapagos4 at the age of 19 and embarked on a four-year stint with the infamous label. He began work on an album with G4’s own DJ Whitelightning, an instrumentally gritty and verbally abrasive effort that was terminated due to creative differences.

With the release of his highly-acclaimed debut album, “New Age Middle Finger”, he further cemented himself as a voice in Indie Hip Hop and reached the ears as distant as the UK and Japan. Being 1/7 of Chicago progressive rap outfit Tomorrow Kings, they are set to release their debut full length “Nigger Rigged Time Machine” on December 3rd while he works at his follow up record (with long time collaborator Analog(ue) Tape Dispenser) entitled “WARCHURCH: Sons of The Throw Away Age.”




Originally from the UK, Adam Burke began performing stand-up after writing a piece on comedy for a Chicago magazine. Before long, Burke became a fixture at Midwestern shows and showcases. His absurdist, verbose comedy covers not only the vagaries of life in his adopted hometown of Chicago, but also the usefulness of mammoths, dogs who study law, and the importance of gangland grammar. He has appeared on the Bob and Tom show, WGN 720 AM radio, and the Benson Interruption Podcast, and was listed as one of the Top 20 Comedians in Chicago by Comedy.com. Adam has appeared at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland OR, and as part of the Just for Laughs Chicago festival for three years running. In addition, he has opened for a wide variety of comedians including Jeff Ross, Maria Bamford, Bo Burnham, Brendon Burns, and Jake Johannsen.




Aguillon-Mata is a fiction writer and essayist from Mexico City. He has published the collections of stories Quién Escribe (Paisajista) in 2004 and, recently, Tratado (De Una Zona Privada).



Kyle Beachy is the author of the novel The Slide (The Dial Press, 2009) and is an Assistant Professor at Roosevelt University, where he teaches creative writing and lectures on American literature.



Lisa Fishman’s most recent books are _f l o w e r c a r t_ (Ahsahta Press, 2011) and _Current_ (Parlor Press, 2011). She lives in Orfordville, Wisconsin and teaches at Columbia College Chicago.



Anders Nilsen is the author and artist of the graphic novels Big Questions, Rage of Poseidon, and The End, among other works. He has received three Ignatz Awards as well as the 2012 Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize. His work has been translated into numerous languages, and his drawing and painting have been shown internationally. He lives in Minneapolis.



Erin Nixon is an art writer and curator working in Chicago. She is involved in experimental arts programming, self-publishing, editing, writing about alternative art histories, and autonomous creative projects.



Caroline Picard is an artist, writer, and curator based out of Chicago. She is the managing editor for the blog Bad at Sports and founded The Green Lantern Press in 2013. Recent work appears in volumes 1 and 3 of The Graphic Canon (Seven Stories Press), The Coming Envelope (Book Thug), and art ltd. magazine. For more info, please visithttp://www.cocopicard.com/



Nick Twemlow’s first book, Palm Trees, won the 2013 Norma Farber First Book Award. His video works have played Tribeca, SXSW, Slamdance, and many other film festivals. He is a recipient of a Princess Grace Foundation Honorarium in Filmmaking. He teaches creative writing and film at Coe College.

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