The Chicago Television Project: Chicago Children’s TV Show

Sunday, April 14, 3:00pm and 5:00pm
Gallery Cabaret, 2020 North Oakley Avenue

2012 Propeller awardee the Chicago Television Project presents Chicago Children’s TV Show, an unauthorized homage that celebrates the past and present of children’s programming. Performed by Pocket Guide to Hell, Chicago Children’s TV Show will look at locally produced children’s programming, once rich and varied but now largely non-existent. 

Join Fred Sasaki (the Magician); Kenneth Morrison (the Clown); Professor Justin Amolsch and his Big Brass Band; and Martin Billheimer (the Star) as they welcome special guests from the Chic-A-Go-Go, Adventure Sandwich, Barrel of Monkeys, Elephant & Worm, and Aloft Loft circus.

With music by the Old Town School of Folk Music’s Young Stracke All-Stars and cartoons by Lilli Carre, Drew Dir, and Emily Kuehn.

Prizes for the Grand Prize Game donated by Busy Beaver Button Company; Derek Erdman; Kathleen Judge; Hansen Mansion; Barrel of Monkeys; Poetry; Drinking & Writing Theater; the Haymarket Pub & Brewery; Victory Gardens Theater; Wee Hairy Beasties; Uncle Fun; and the Chicago History Museum.

Chicago Children’s TV Show is the second installment of the Chicago Television Project and was preceded in November by Studs’ Place. Audience members will learn about Kukla, Fran, & Ollie; Garfield Goose & Friends; Super Circus, and other locally-produced children’s programs beloved by many Chicagoans. The new episode will also highlight the work of contemporary individuals in the city committed to producing fun and engaging programming for children. The 3:00pm show is for children and families and the 5:00pm show is for everyone else. Each show lasts 75 minutes and the shows are free.

Pocket Guide to Hell is a series of interactive walks, talks, and reenactments dealing with Chicago’s past. Recent events include the Studs Terkel 100th Birthday Party at the Newberry; Behind the Scenes with the Mediums at the Chicago Cultural Center; and The Compass Players Revisited at Jimmy’s Woodlawn Tap.