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A Philosophical Question Answered

On Friday night, the Hyde Park shape-note singers arranged to take part in an event that I think was called Making Music Chicago or something like that. There were supposed to be performances of various kinds of music in Nichols Park and the Experimental Station, which is this . . . cafe and craft space and performance area housed in an old power station just south of the Midway. I've known about this place for years, and I still don't really have much of an idea of what it is that they actually do.

Anyway, we were supposed to have forty minutes for a workshop, which is short for a shape-note workshop, but we really could have made it work. Except that, on account of rain, we got shut down after twenty minutes, which leads me to suspect that the people who run the Experimental Station really did not think this event through. Seriously, it took me more time than that to walk there from my house.

But all was not lost. Just as I got to the Experimental Station, I saw . . . a chicken. Wandering around 61st Street. As I watched this chicken, it dawned on me that a question of great philosophical import was going to be explored in a deeply practical, yet at the same time mystically spiritual, application. The chicken was going to cross the road.

As it turns out, the reason that at least this particular chicken might cross a road, specifically 61st Street, is in fact to get to the other side. So the trip was not all in vain. I have asked a Great Question of the universe, and I have received an answer.

Next up: Sound experiments in one-handed clapping, and the remote felling of trees in uninhabited wilderness locations.


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Jun. 24th, 2013 04:48 pm (UTC)
why shut it down if the event was not outside :( ?

thanks for sharing the results of your research!!
Jun. 24th, 2013 04:52 pm (UTC)
We weren't outside, but some of the other acts were. When the rain came, the organizers got all the outside-scheduled performers to come down to the Experimental Station, where they were sort of crammed into the schedule of the inside performers. I got there on time for our thing, and we had to wait about ten or fifteen minutes for a previously outside performer to finish before we could begin to set up. Then we were kicked out after only twenty minutes so that another performer could come in.

Basically, they were trying to fit two concurrent lines of programming into one space, because they hadn't planned a rain location for the Nichols Park performers.
Jun. 24th, 2013 05:59 pm (UTC)
How annoying. Still it's a tale to tell.
Jun. 24th, 2013 07:54 pm (UTC)
I am glad we showed up to do the singing workshop, because the people who came clearly enjoyed themselves. I am also irritated at the Experimental Station (this isn't the first weird building-use stunt they've pulled) for making us pay for their lack of foresight (rain locations, anyone?).

But watching the chicken cross the road was awesome, in an absurd, meditative kind of way.
Jun. 24th, 2013 10:08 pm (UTC)
It is amazing how many people plan events when they have no concept of event planning. Sorry you didn't get to do your whole gig.

Poor chicken. I wonder where she escaped from. ;-)
Jun. 25th, 2013 03:55 am (UTC)
It's especially frustrating because I really want to like the Experimental Station. They're exactly the type of crunchy, community-based arts collective that I enjoy, in theory. Right up until they reveal that, although crunchily well-intentioned, they really have no idea how to do what they want to do.

I think you can certainly keep backyard chickens in certain parts of Chicago. Hyde Park might well be one of them. I haven't checked. Or maybe this is the chicken that produces the eggs for the cafe at the Experimental Station. Anything's possible, after all . . .
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