Thursday, April 19, 2012

Screens 'n' Suds Chicago

On April 27, the eve of Dark Lord Day, an event will take place that you won't want to miss. People from all over will gather at the Pilsen Social Club (1804 S. Racine) from 6p-11p to enjoy craft beer and the art of screen printed posters. The most important part however, is why this event is taking place, other than to have a good time of course. If you know me or my friend Matt Herakovich, you may recall our efforts several years back to organize Mass Out, a huge art show benefiting the Illinois chapter of MS Society. Things didn't go as planned, the project regrettably lost steam and the event never came to fruition.

That changes now.

Luckily, we met Ric Hersh. Ric, along with a few friends, founded Screens 'n' Suds. The concept is very similar to Mass Out, but with a track record. Now in it's fourth year, Ric and company decided to take the event and branch out to other cities creating a series of Screens 'n' Suds events across the country. Once we learned of this, we immediately jumped on board, and have been helping bring Screens 'n' Suds to Chicago.

Artist's from around the country have donated time and their work for the cause. There will be exclusive beer-inspired screen printed posters available for sale as well as additional works from the artists. Some of the artists include: Steve Walters from Screwball Press—tentatively scheduled to appear, Jim Pollock of Pollock Prints—who will definitely be in attendance, Basemint Designs, and Gumball Designs just to name a few. And while all the beer-inspired art may make you thirsty, we'll have Goose Island, Metropolitan, 5 Rabbit, Breckenridge and even more breweries to take care of you.

Upon entry, there will be a $5 suggested donation at the door. Donations collected at both the door and the bar as well as sales from the beer-inspired art, will be presented to MS Society.

In addition, we have a Dark Lord Day ticket to raffle off! A $10 donation, gives you a chance at winning a ticket to the "C" time frame. The drawing will take place at 10pm at the Screens ’n’ Suds event. You do not need to be present. However, if you aren't present, you're responsible for meeting up with Ric to get your ticket the next morning. The proceeds from the raffle will go straight to MS Society. Paypal or cash / credit at the the event. Please include your name and telephone number if you paypal.

Finally, to take this one step further, just down 18th street, Nightwood Restaurant will be donating 100% of sales made from a selected pasta dish. Even better, if you can't make it out Friday night, don't fret! You can stop in any time all week from April 23-28 to support this cause. If you haven't paid them a visit, you're doing yourself a disservice. The food is amazing. Enjoy yourself, and know you're supporting something bigger.

Get involved, have fun, and fight against Multiple Sclerosis!