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Redmoon presents the large-scale spectacle, public art event: The Astronaut's Birthday at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago - September 2010

A unique large-scale space adventure: Redmoon and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) of Chicago, combine forces to present a new public art spectacle, The Astronaut’s Birthday.

Inspired by science fiction films from the 1950s and the golden age of comic books, the performance begins as an astronaut floating in space decides to make one final transmission to Earth.

Employing creative new technologies, live performers, and hand-illustrated shadow imagery, the audience can view 80-foot-tall comic book-like images on the MCA’s façade. The performance is presented in the windows of the MCA’s front façade while audiences of up to 1,000 a night are seated outdoors in the MCA Plaza. Event launch begins September 9th through the 26th!

The Astronaut’s Birthday unites the talent of Redmoon Artistic Director Frank Maugeri, Redmoon core artist Jim Lasko, Marvel Comics illustrator Chris Burnham, writer Tria Smith, composer Jeff Thomas and Chicago-based illustrator Donovon Foote, along with a team of local comic book illustrators and early career artists. Redmoon gives special thanks to the participation of board member Tony Fitzpatrick as the event's narrator.

This project is in collaboration with Columbia College that is engaging students in an apprenticeship program under the direction of professional artists for the performance.
Redmoon's internship program is working with production, administration, and build shop participants within different capacities to expose everyone to this large-scale public spectacle.

Your contribution will directly fund Redmoon's Internship program and the Columbia College apprenticeship program that gives emerging artists and students the opportunity to be active participants in "The Astronaut's Birthday".

***Redmoon is a 501c3 tax exempt organization. All contributors will receive a tax exempt donation receipt. If you have any questions, please contact Redmoon Development: 312-850-8440 x114.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT & FOR SPREADING THE WORD!

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    REDMOON BOMBASTIC MEMBERSHIP - A LIMITED NUMBER OF COURAGEOUS CONTRIBUTORS WILL RECEIVE FULL AND INTIMATE ACCESS TO REDMOON’S NEW EXPERIMENTAL COMMUNITY! Full details available at: redmoon.org/membership

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    RESERVED VIP SEATING AT REDMOON'S FAMILY-FRIENDLY ANNUAL EVENT "2010 WINTER PAGEANT" - WITH AN INVITATION TO ARRIVE EARLY TO MEET THE PERFORMERS!

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    A VIP INVITATION TO REDMOON'S "FIRST LOOK 2011" FOR YOU AND A GROUP OF YOUR INVITED GUESTS. GET AN INSIDER'S VIEW ON NEW PROGRAMMING INITIATIVES, WITH A PRIVATE TOUR OF REDMOON CENTRAL'S PERFORMANCE SPACE, BUILD SHOP, CREATIVE LAB AND ARTISTIC OFFICES, LED BY ARTISTIC DIRECTOR FRANK MAUGERI WITH REDMOON STAFF.

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    AN EVENING OF WINE & HORS D' OEUVRES AT REDMOON CENTRAL W/ REDMOON ARTISTIC DIRECTOR FRANK MAUGERI AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER REBECCA HUNTER WITH A PRIVATE TOUR OF REDMOON CENTRAL'S PERFORMANCE SPACE, BUILD SHOP, CREATIVE LAB AND ARTISTIC OFFICES, LED BY MEMBERS OF REDMOON'S STAFF.

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    A COMPLETE BEHIND-THE-SCENES EXPERIENCE OF AN UPCOMING 2011 REDMOON EVENT THAT INCLUDES WITNESSING PARTS OF THE CREATION, MOMENTS OF THE REHEARSAL PROCESS, 2 FREE TICKETS TO THE EVENT AND A POST SHOW DISCUSSION FOR YOU AND YOUR GUESTS WITH ARTISTIC DIRECTOR FRANK MAUGERI.

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    PRESHOW BACKSTAGE TOUR OF THE MCA FACADE FOR "THE ASTRONAUT'S BIRTHDAY", OPPORTUNITY TO MEET THE CORE CREATIVE AND ARTISTIC TEAM, 4 TICKETS TO THE EVENT AND A POST SHOW DISCUSSION FOR YOU AND YOUR GUESTS WITH ARTISTIC DIRECTOR FRANK MAUGERI.

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    ORIGINAL, HAND DRAWN "ASTRONAUT'S BIRTHDAY" IMAGES USED IN THE EVENT'S LARGE-SCALE PROJECTIONS, SIGNED BY SELECT MEMBERS OF THE ILLUSTRATION TEAM. FRAMED AND DELIVERED TO YOUR FRONT DOOR BY A MAN IN A PINK GORILLA SUIT SINGING THE SONG OF YOUR REQUEST.

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