At Columbia College’s seventh annual Manifest Urban Arts Festival, visitors can see the work of seniors and graduate students from all departments. More importantly, though, they can grab swag and see countless free shows.  The fest is centered along S. Wabash, from E. Congress to E. 11th, and includes 14 participating galleries and five stages, with a trolley connecting the locations.  A complete guide to the festival is available here. Some (free) highlights:

  • Screen print demo and giveaway: From 11 AM to 5 PM at Anchor Graphics (623 S. Wabash), students will demonstrate the screen printing process.  Visitors can make an 11x 17 poster from three predetermined images.
  • The Rocky Horror Sign Picture Show: A cast of American Sign Language students performs dance and movement numbers while signing the dialogue to a screening of Rocky Horror.  “Not family friendly.”  From 4 to 6 PM at the Sherwood Conservatory (1312 S. Michigan).
  • Live music: Past Manifest festivals have featured big-name artists like Common, Lupe Fiasco, and Ozomatli.  This year, organizers have opted for 18 student bands instead.  Concerts will take place at the Band Stage (E. Balbo and S. Wabash) from 11 AM to 9 PM.  In addition, the DJ Stage (823 S. Wabash) will feature a simultaneous lineup, including DJ Scenery and Kid Color.  The complete schedule is available here.
  • Coffee: Exhausted visitors can grab a free cup at the Parents and Guests Welcome Center (623 S. Wabash, Hokin Annex, Floor 1).