The Carnivale of Curiousities took place at Koken on Saturday, Aug 13th. This event featured carnivale-themed and inspired artwork of all mediums, musicians, bellydancers, sideshow and circus performers, fortune tellers and jewelry venders. Photos by Crystal Rolfe.
Naughti Gras has returned to the Koken Art Factory for it's fourth year—and it's bigger than ever. The (NSFW) erotic art show included musicians, performers of all kinds and a variety of wonderful naughty art. Photos by Crystal Rolfe.
"Pajama Jam," an "Urban Camp Experience to celebrate the Summer Solstice," was held from 7 p.m. June 19 to 7 a.m. June 20, attracted a few hundred revelers who stayed up all night. Live music, DJ's and burlesque dancing were the main attractions. Photographer Lee Harris brings back these photos.
This erotic Mardi Gras pre-cursor got underway for a third year at Koken Art Factory on the South Side. There was the usual exhibitions of erotic art and dance, in addition to a "naughti market," new this year. Photos by Egan O'Keefe and Crystal Rolfe.
The Gateway Pole Dance Competition was held at Koken Art Factory (2500 Ohio Ave.) on Saturday, March 2, 2013. The competition had three divisions with the winner of the Elite division moving on to the National competition. "Pole Dancing has evolved into an amazingly diverse acrobatic art form in recent years and this event will celebrate that." Winner Amber Cahill now goes onto the Midwest Elite Performer of the Year 2013. Photos by Steve Truesdell for the Riverfront Times. Since this was a pole-dancing competition, these photos may not be suitable for viewing while in the workplace, obviously.
Metro Trans Umbrella Group held its first art show, "Transcending the Spectrum," at the Koken Art Factory on Saturday, November 23, 2013. The event featured monochrome portraits by Meg Hensley, drag performers, spoken word readings and live music. Photos by Steve Truesdell for the Riverfront Times.
The Koken Art Factory is a factory-sized blank slate, ready to be turned into the theme party palace of your dreams. This special-event mecca hosts a multitude of parties throughout the year, from Halloween monster bashes to Alice in Wonderland avant-art fetes. A few things are common at each Koken event: nude models slinking through the crowd clad only in body paint, live art, DJ's, live local or national musical acts, professional hula-hoop troops freewheeling, burlesque girls teasing the crowd into an uproar and plenty of beautiful people dolled up in their glad rags. No matter what the entertainment, there will be art, and there will be partying. And that's just how we like it.