So Crazy it Just Might Work.

May 1, 2013 · Print This Article

So we will definitely be rolling down to River North on May 2nd from 5-8, (Thursday night.) Because someone (Claire Molek and co.) wrote this…

The Brave New Art World is an arts unification movement dedicated to the service of consciousness:


We maintain there is infinite, inherent value in the practice, product and distribution of art as a vehicle for consciousness. This vehicle inevitably affects every ripple of human society and therefore art is for everyone; it demands to be shared.

In this year and in this time, all classist and elitist projection represents fear and is from here on irrelevant. All value is determined in and of itself, and all conceptual activity is inherently valuable. Every exchange of idea and/or energy is conceptual, and cannot be devalued by tradition, market or judgment.

It is paramount we share our practices with one another in the fullest sense of our shared existence. We must assemble with regularity, hospitality, transparency, and acceptance.

By taking part in this movement you ultimately purpose your value as an individual, and as a member of the human race. Thereby we progress our civilization as a whole with every thought, action, expression or motion. Today we step forward in the awareness of our shared responsibility to one another and to real life, in and of our shared values; in truth, community, and growth.

And we at B@S want us all to march toward truth, community, and growth, (as long as we manage to do it with a health disrespect for authority but love for one another.)

Check it out here… Yup, CLICK THIS.


Tonight Bad at Sports on a WBEZ Panel?

April 23, 2013 · Print This Article



Hey. Duncan (me) is on a panel tonight.

Here are the details.

FREE – Suggested Donation $5

Mayne Stage

1328 W. Morse Avenue
Chicago, IL 60626


WBEZ – Chicago Public Media

You know what they say about opinions, right? Now more than ever, in this brave new digital world, everybody’s got one. But criticism does something more—something vital to all of the arts communities it serves. Join your host Jim DeRogatis and an illustrious panel of local critics as they discuss their role in the new media landscape. We’ll also enjoy some dramatic readings of noteworthy critiques by Chicago actors, and you’ll have the chance to challenge what the “experts” are saying as the audience is invited to go interactive via Twitter!

Panelists include:
•    Sarah Zupko, editor the Chicago-based Pop Matters Web site
•    Andrew Barber, editor of the hip-hop blog Fake Shore Drive
•    Donna Seaman, who writes about books for Booklist and other outlets
•    LaShawn Williams, the arts editor of the Gapers Block Web site
•    Leah Pickett, who writes about pop culture for the WBEZ blogs
•    Kris Vire, one helluva great theater critic
•    Jim “Tankboy” Kopeny, ace music writer at Chicagoist
•    Duncan MacKenzie, co-founded and contributes to the Bad at Sports art blog
•    Drew Hunt, who reviews movies for the Chicago Reader
•     AND… a special guest who will appear incognito (as many food critics must)

Here is a link… LINKY



Ox-Bow Benefit Friday after SAIC’s MFA show?

April 9, 2013 · Print This Article

As many of you know this Friday will be busy.

If the regular handful of events and openings was not enough, then you will be excited to add the SAIC MFA show (of which I was involved as a guess curator) and then round out your night with a little bit of Ox-Bow benefiting. Many of the Bad at Sports family have participated in Ox-Bow and I am very fortunate to be teaching there this summer. If you have to pick one or the other here is a hint: the MFA show will be there Saturday, the opportunity to be in Bill Padnos’s home and collection will not be.

Here is their info.


After more than a decade of inviting you to the Chicago Winter Benefit, we are taking a break in 2013 to introduce: The Ox-Bow Drive Series. An amazing roster of Ox-Bow friends will open their homes to host small events in order to raise funds for Ox-Bow.

You are invited to the 2nd party in our series at the Ukrainian Village home of Bill Padnos, former Ox-Bow Managing Director, a long-time supporter and, collector of Ox-Bow art. 

Featuring Mexican food by Ox-Bow Chef Eric May ( 

$25 per person.


2018 W. Thomas Street, two blocks south of Division
Damen Bus north to Thomas Street
Street parking available

More information:
Please call J.R.: 312-629-6158
or email:

Changes… Caroline Picard “tagged in” as Managing Editor for the text side of B@S and Meg Onli picks up a Warhol Grant! Oh my.

December 19, 2012 · Print This Article

Dear B@Sers,

We are super excited about a couple of things…

In the beginning of December, Caroline Picard began acting as the Managing Editor for the Bad at Sports blog. As you know she has been writing for B@S for about two years now and we are super excited to have her taking on this roll. The blog has made tremendous strides since Meg Onli jump started it in 2008. In the coming months — particularly in the month of January — new contributors will begin to emerge as we start to see her carve out a new monthly rhythm. She will tell you more about it as she gets rolling.

And while we are looking back to those magic days with Meg we must note that her Black Visual Archive ( picked up a Warhol Grant. Hell Yes! Meg, we could not be more proud. More from her site here… (sorry it took us so long to post something.)

Your Pals,
Duncan and Richard.

Benefiting All of Us…

November 27, 2012 · Print This Article

The holidays are here again and that means it’s time for all of us to throw down on behalf of our favorite arts organizations.

Two that a few of us are involved in have events THIS WEEKEND!!!

Friday November 30th ACRE benefit at Heaven Gallery!

Saturday December 1st Industry of the Ordinary vs. Bad at Sports in a Keg Race (aka. a serious piss up) at Autotelic Gallery.

COME GET DRUNK WITH US. (I mean support good causes and good art.) You have TWO chances.

More below…

ACRE’s Annual Benefit & Auction on November 30 @ Heaven Gallery
November 30th, 2012

6-8pm - Elemental Cocktail Hour – $75
8pm-1am - Zodiac Spectra – $50/$25
11pm-1am - Lunar Late Night – $15

Heaven Gallery
1550 N Milwaukee Ave
ACRE is proud to announce our annual fundraiser at Heaven Gallery on November 30th.

Celebrate ACRE with an art auction and dance party. See into your future with personal tarot readings and astrological matchmaking, take in a performance by Spectralina and dance in DJ Jean Shorts‘ custom cosmic atmosphere.

We invite you to draw inspiration from the Zodiac and don attire befitting this stellar event!Make sure to check ACRE’s horoscope style blog to guide you.
Auction and Raffle featuring art works by:

Lauren Anderson, Caitlin Arnold, Claire Ashley, Zachary Buchner, Alex Chitty, Katy Cowan, Lorraine Dauw, Dan Devening, Chris Duncan, Paul Erschen, Ron Ewert, Edie Fake, Scott Fortino, Ben Funke, Aron Gent, Chiara Keeling Gonzalez, Jacob Chris Hammes, Jebediah Johnson, Jenny Kendler, Natalie Krick, Matt Lane, Meg Leary, Laura Letinsky, Sofia Leiby, Sarah Mosk, Jessie Mott, Laura Hart Newlon, Matt Nichols, Kristina Paabus, Michael Rea, Josh Reames, Joseph Rynkiewicz, Anna Shteynshleyger, Montgomery Perry Smith, Oli Watt, Sarah Weber, Andrew Norm Wilson and more.

Preview art works here.

Pre-order your tickets now and receive a discount on your admission!

ACRE Rising: Elemental Cocktail Hour – 6pm-8pm
Admission: $75
Pre-order: $70

Join us for a special preview event. ACRE’s celebrated chefs will be serving an array of beautiful dishes inspired by the Zodiac. This unique menu will be paired with elemental cocktails based on earth, wind, fire and water created by the accomplished mixologists at Hornswaggler. You will have the opportunity to select and purchase auction items before the main event begins and enjoy personal tarot readings by Claire Pentecost and lively music from Tip Top Records‘ David Warn.

ACRE Rising: Zodiac Spectra – 8pm-1am
Admission: $50/$25 for Students and ACRE Alumni
Pre-Order: $45/$20

Your admission includes unlimited drinks at our open bar sponsored in part by Lagunitas Brewing Co., access to a silent art auction with works from ACRE residents and friends, as well as the opportunity to participate in a raffle of artworks and unique gift items. Students and ACRE alumni are offered a special door price of $25.


ACRE Rising: Lunar Late Night – 11pm-1am
Admission: $15

Want to participate in ACRE Rising but can’t arrive until later? We would love to have you. Enjoy a reduced door price and our open bar from 11pm to 1am. Although the ACRE auction and raffle will be closed, you can still dance the night away with DJ Jean shorts and show ACRE your support.


We deeply appreciate your attendance and support for this event. Your participation will help ACRE continue to provide meaningful support for emerging artists from across the country.


November 17, 2012
Autotelic Studios + Third Thursday = Micro-Residency
We just wanted to give you a heads up…As some of you may know, what once stood as Autotelic Gallery now functions as a shared art studio housing the work spaces of seven local artists. This Fall, Autotelic Studios teamed up with local arts syndicate Third Thursday Symposium to form a collaborative project called Twofold Projects, and we are developing a Micro-Residency program that is set to open up in the Autotelic storefront! The deadline for submissions is coming up fast, so we wanted to make sure we spread the word far and wide!  And, a little birdie told us that you appreciate a good brew… we’re having a Keg Race to fund the Micro-Residency and keep the tuition cost low for the participating artists.***Join us on December 1st, 2012 for the Industry of the Ordinary vs. Bad At Sports Keg Race!***International performance duo Industry of the Ordinary will be pitted against the infamous Bad At Sports podcast crew in a good old fashioned beer drinking contest. Anyone and everyone can participate by getting sponsors to pledge money for each beer they consume at the event. At the end of the evening, we’ll tally the Dixie cups and announce the winner! The fine, fine folks at Moonshine Brewery have been gracious enough to donate beer for the event… so who wouldn’t want to get in on that bubbly tastiness! Want to get in on the drinking and help raise some moolah? Send out this form to your friends and get them to sponsor your boozing! Just have them enter your name in the “Who are you sponsoring?” section and have your drinks on somebody else’s dime ;) RSVP to our Facebook event and invite your friends!

Want to apply for the residency? Get more details about the Micro-Residency and how to apply by visiting our website, here. 
The deadline for Winter/Spring session applications is midnight, December 1st, 2012. 

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