[Sa. 3.7.15] Liz Revision, BenmeR @ Emporium for Chiditarod 1pm-5pm #rodx


Fight hunger this Saturday and partake in the spectacle of “probably the world’s largest mobile food drive.”

Chiditarod is an Epic Urban shopping cart race based on dog sled racing, a charity food drive, costumed beauty pageant, talent show, fundraiser and chaos generator all in one. All proceeds benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the CHIditarod Foundation.

Donate at least $10 now to help SGC move up the leaderboard (currently 6th place).

This is a checkpoint for Chiditarod Chicago, so on Saturday there will be sweaty costumed people running around, food for purchase, arcade games to play, and an an actual race in progress. The soundtrack will be provided by real humans:

1-2:30: Liz Revision (Glitchy techno / arcadetronica)
2:30-5pm: BenmeR (Live visuals)

Catch the starting line at 12:30 pm at Wollcot and Hubbard to witness an effluence of creative costumed humanity setting off on their race courses. Racers will arrive at Emporium Arcade Bar around 1pm.

I’ll be playing an upbeat, dancable arcadely-themed set, with melodic minimal techno, 8bit, glitchy weirdness, IDM, etc. And playing some new Quantazelle tracks for fun. Yeehaw.

Facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/364415780431841

WHAT: A day party at a barcade (Emporium) with lots of costumed fools running around playing games and racing shopping carts for charity, music and live video.
WHO:  The Secret Gentlemen’s Club host their checkpoint at Emporium for Chiditarod X, featuring DJ sets by BenmaR and Liz Revision.
WHEN: Saturday, March 7, 2015. 1pm – 4pm
WHERE: Emporium, 1366 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL 60622

Photos from 2014 at Club Foot

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A mildly interesting yard sale

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A couple of weeks ago, I was working in the apartment when I realized that the boxes I have to move around were TOO MANY BOXES. I thought “OK, this is ridiculous. I’ve got so many half-finished projects and bits of things stashed around when I bet other people could do way more fun things with them.”

So, it’s officially Fall Clearance time.

I’ve got prices on a lot of things, but they’re just on there as suggestions. Come poke around in my treasures, if you find them valuable, you go have fun with them.

I haven’t even gotten to the Fractalspin and Zelle inventory yet. I’ll have an official studio sale / sample sale before the end of October.

Yee haw.

Sat. October 4: 10am – 4pm
Sun. October 5: 9am – 4pm
On the 2600 block of Fairfield near California.

Here’s a quirky yard sale that not only has your standard kitchen and home stuff, we’ve also got things to inspire your creativity along with little treasures collected from traveling.


There will be household items and gadgets, Halloween costumes and wigs, audio and computer cables and adapters, coats, little treasures, and fun gifts. We’ve even got a “bowl-of-fruit” original painting, but with a surreal twist. You’ll see.

For the crafters, you’re in for a treat with parts and specialty hand tools, cables, wires, fake flowers, cute little boxes and containers and such. We’ve also got a bunch of blank pleather purses for a fraction of retail that are just begging for something fun to be done to them. Get a jump start on your holiday gifts now!

If you’re into playing with electronics, you’ll find all sorts of random audio adapters, cables, and power cables to help you finish that project you’re stuck on, or it will inspire you to a start a new one. If you’re handy with a soldering iron, you’ll appreciate our collection of cables and parts and grab bags of components like capacitors, diodes, and resistors, too.

Some things of note:

Black PVC Purse Forms
Fake Flowers
Jump rings: 4mm, 5mm
Specialty pliers
Bottles and jars
Little gift boxes

Cat5 Cable
Audio Adapters
Audio Cable
Power Cables, Extension Cords
Wireless Router
CRT TV with RF Modulator, Digital Receiver & Remotes

Halloween Costumes & Wigs
Adult Coats & Jackets
Kid’s T-Shirts
Scarves & Costume Jewelry

Rival Cooktop
Tea Kettle
Cookie sheets
Storage Containers
Glass Mugs

I’ll be at BlueBazaar this Saturday in Pilsen with some nerdy plushies and geeky gifties


Pop-up retail events are super trendy these days, and I’ll be part of one in Pilsen (through Fractalspin) on Saturday just to maintain my credentials.

I kid! It’s actually a craft fair called Blue Bazaar, a fundraiser for a neat entrepreneurial technology-slinging non-profit called Blue 1647. It’s a year-old nonprofit technology innovation center focused on “education, workforce development, business acceleration, and economic development in technology”-related things. What that means is they have classes, office space rental, a incubation program and three (3!!!) 5th generation Makerbot 3D printers, free computer usage for members, classrooms, and office rentals to entrepreneurs and budding organizations to aid in making their visions reality (as if the 3D printer thing wasn’t enough). Also, Harper Reed–who might have helped with a presidential thing a while back–is on the board, which might have helped make me aware of them. Pretty cool, right?

So, the cause is great, and I didn’t have plans that day, and it just so happens I have a bunch of inventory that I’d rather not have to pack when I move to the new place. I’ll put “magic stickers” (some people call them Sale Tags) on some neat things I sell that will give some lucky folks a sizable discount when they walk away with cool things like Circuit Board Luggage Tags, Cable Ties, Microcontroller Cufflinks, Goofy Plush Hearts,Giant Testicles, Magnetic DNA Plushies, and more.

If you’ll be on the South side on Saturday and you’ve had your eye on something, now’s the time to negotiate. Ask away!

Here are some of the other artist / vendors who are exhibiting:

Lucky Skye

No Rush Imagery

Tortoise Belly

Knock Down Barns wooden game

Come out and say hello, and check out neat stuff on a Saturday!

Event Details:
What: Entrepreneur and Innovation Fair
Where: Blue 1647 at 1647 S. Blue Island Ave. Chicago, IL
When: May 17 10AM – 6PM
Cost: Free and Open to the Public