Although we are opening Version Festival 12 this Tuesday, May 1, with a bookstore opening on May 2 and some other jams on May 3, we think you should come on over to our first big weekend of events on Friday, May 4. Eight new pop up and remixed spaces will open their doors for an evening of action. This will be a good introduction of some of what we have planned for the month of May.  Here are some highlights:

SMALL Showroom Opening Party • 5-10 pm
3219 S. Morgan Street • free
Our big project for 2012 is the Small Manufacturing Alliance (SMALL). This is a showroom that will display over one hundred vendors’ wares. Stop in for some tastings and samplings. Featuring Half Acre, Virtue Cider, Koval Distillery and Few Distillery and many others

Bridgepop SpringPop • 6-9 pm
3143 S Morgan Street • free
BridgePop is a group of resident Bridgeport artists and entrepreneurs who have banded together in a collaborative Pop-up Shop on Morgan Street since November 2011. Their goal is to revitalize the community with exposition of new art, as well as reclaimed and reused articles, in a curated, performative, and  eclectic environment.
Ray Emerick Studios Opening • 6-10 pm
3149 S. Morgan Street, #1 • free
Artist Ray Emerick is a veteran Morgan Street artist.  He joins Version festival by reopening his studio to the public this Ma

Research House for Asian Art • 6-9 pm
3217 S Morgan Street • free
The Research House for Asian Art (RHAA) is a non-for profit organization whose goal is to promote art that is becoming more global and to provide a platform for the ongoing cultural exchange between East and West, in particular with China. This is their first ever show in their brand new gallery.

Dusty Groove Records Party • 7-9 pm

755 W 32nd Street • free
Chicago’s premier record store for all things groovy — making a pop-up weekend appearance in Bridgeport! They’re having a Preview Night on Friday, May 4th, from 7pm to 9pm — open to the public, and with refreshments and music too!

Maria’s Community Bar • 3pm -2 am
960 W 31st Street • free

Join us for our after party for the SMALL Showroom opening.

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