|Kayce and Chris working on sketches at home|
|Mabel's Wayback Machine |
photo courtesy of Good Stuff House
In addition to Nooo! in 2010, Good Stuff House produced Mabel’s Wayback Machine, a variety show also hosted by The Op Shop 3 in Hyde Park. It featured a range of acts: comedic skits, musical storytelling, spoken word, sing-alongs, chanting, art performance, and puppets made by an 8-year old. Good Stuff House is currently working on comfy installation/environment The Soft Shop, and their new, large scale project, The Great Fire: A Traveling Truck Show.
|Sketches for The Great Fire: A Traveling Truck Show |
Courtesy of Good Stuff House
The Great Fire: A Traveling Truck Show is a project and idea born out of Kayce and Chris's dedication to the idea that art should be about inclusion and accessibility. Both artists' main motives are to "have fun and create an experience." To that end, The Great Fire is a show that includes many performers, actors and artists. The show is a vaudeville/carnival themed traveling truck show that will make at least four stops throughout Chicago neighborhoods beginning in the fall. The theme of the show is based around the great Chicago fire of 1871 and branches from there. "Many Chicago neighborhoods got their start from the fire and the recurring theme of fire [in the show] represents the spirit of Chicago," says Kayce. The four performances are to take place in Logan Square, Pilsen, and Clark Park Playlot and one other location, and are "tailored to each site with neighborhood story lines...With Chicago’s Great Fire of 1871 as a starting point, we will weave together tales of personal and community triumph. We are using the idea of fire symbolically. The Great Chicago Fire destroyed a city in early stages of growth, but established a ground for rebirth and reinvention, which ultimately led to the city’s greatness. This theme of transformation will carry through our story, inspired by historic characters and events from each Chicago neighborhood."
The truck show will feature rhythm and revival music by Poor Elvis, tarot card readings, a throat singer, fire breathing, belly dancing and a snake charmer. The themes of each performance are not only centered around Great Fire events, but also focus on immigrants', workers' and women's rights and neighborhood development. Good Stuff House will also be doing guest workshops in conjunction with the traveling truck show at schools around the city.
And in a just a few weeks, you'll have a chance to meet and interact with Good Stuff House at the 4th Annual Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival! Good Stuff House will have a booth set up near the monument in the Festival Center with some family- friendly activities (which will also be interesting to adults of course!) Stop by their booth and take part in the giant community map and story bank. The giant 8' x 8' map will engage viewers by asking them to draw or create their own piece to pin to the map--whether it be a home, favorite shop, favorite park or a place with a special memory. You can then go to the story bank and tell your own story in the video booth. Good Stuff House will be at the MAAF for all three days, July 20-22, so make sure to stop by and say hello. You'll be glad you did.
For more info, visit Good Stuff House here or The Great Fire website here. To learn how you can get involved, email Kayce at firstname.lastname@example.org.
--Story and Photos by Brooke Herbert Hayes, except where noted