Events

Film screenings happen every Wednesday at 8pm

Outdoor Film screenings are at dusk (sundown) out on the Comfort Station lawn.

Music performances happen every Thursday at 7pm

Art openings happen the first Saturday of every month, and are displayed for the entirety of the month

All other events happen intermittently

 

So You Want to Join A Co-op? A Talk with Charis Rose of The Dill Pickle Co-op
Jun
28
12:30 pm12:30

So You Want to Join A Co-op? A Talk with Charis Rose of The Dill Pickle Co-op

Charis Rose is a chef and food educator and currently runs the produce department at the Dill Pickle Food Co-op in Logan Square. She is a trained cheesemaker and baker, and has cooked in restaurants, schools and collaborative kitchens all over the country, including Goat Lady Dairy or Durango Natural Foods. Before her career in food, she was a community organizer, working on environmental and social justice campaigns in many states in the U.S. In her free time, she bikes, dances, and walks her miniature dachshund Etta James.

The Dill Pickle Food Co-op is a community owned grocery store, located in the heart of Logan Square that offers healthy food choices and the benefits of cooperative practice to build a vibrant local community and more sustainable world. We meet community needs and strengthen area diversity through products, services, and education.
 

The Power Project: The 39th
Jun
28
8:00 pm20:00

The Power Project: The 39th

  • Comfort Station

As part of the The POWER Project at Comfort Station Logan Square
Comfort Film Presents a screening of

The 39th (2017)

Laura Fallsgraff, DIRECTOR
Adam Wisneski, PRODUCER AND CINEMATOGRAPHER
Josh Kanipe, EDITOR
Danny Alpert, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Documentary
Running time: 30mins
Media; Digital projection.

Amidst political scandal and fiscal crisis, 26-year-old activist Will Guzzardi believes that he can mobilize a movement to upend Illinois’ dysfunctional political system. But he chose to run against the daughter of one of the best connected politicians in Chicago — and the establishment is not going to let her go down without a fight. THE 39TH follows Guzzardi as he grows up, from activist to politician, and learns what it really takes for an outsider to win — and govern — within a political machine.
kindlinggroup.org/39th

Director Laura Fallsgraff will be in attendance and a panel will follow the screening. Panelist TBA.




Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.


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Suggested Donation: $10. Your donation goes toward supporting the P.O.W.E.R. Grant. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

The P.O.W.E.R. Project is a collaborative effort between Comfort Station and the Art Leaders of Color Network (ALCN). Throughout the month of June, the project will host a series of lectures, workshops, self-care exercises, and more in the aim of creating an ‘empowerment hub’ where people inspire each other to engage in a multitude of social justice practices.

Donations collected at each P.O.W.E.R. event, will go toward the P.O.W.E.R. Grant, a fund for participating artists with projects in alignment with the P.O.W.E.R. Project’s vision.
comfortstationlogansquare.org/the-power-project/

 

 

Screening: the 39th
Jun
28
8:30 pm20:30

Screening: the 39th

Laura Fallsgraff is the Director of Engagement at Kindling Group, a nonprofit film production company in Chicago. Laura studied international development at Georgetown University (B.S.) and George Washington University (M.A.), and first dipped her toe into documentary at GWU’s Institute for Documentary Film. After writing for video and digital content for President Obama’s re-election campaign, she joined Kindling Group as a director, producer, and impact producer. She has produced and led campaigns for Kindling's films @home and Radical Grace, as well as Kindling's current feature in production, No Small Matter. She loves nothing more than bringing online organizing and compelling storytelling together to inspire change.

Adam Wisneski got his start in journalism, winning both state wide and national multimedia awards for his documentary work. He joined the Obama campaign in 2011 as a cinematographer, and spent 15 months on the road and on Air Force One telling stories about supporters and filming President Obama. As a part of Obama's inner circle, he documented every campaign stop at union halls, doughnut shops, firehouses and campaign rallies across America, capturing iconic moments that helped lead to Obama's victory in 2012. Adam Wisneski is now the Creative Director of HardPin, a video production company he co-founded with other members of Obama's 2012 campaign video team. HardPin consults and completes projects for companies and organizations like The One Campaign, Microsoft, Legendary Entertainment and the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Josh Kanipe is a six time Telly award winning editor and producer with 15 years of experience crafting video projects for clients diverse as major motion picture studios to national political campaigns to local non-profit organizations. After years of editing and producing projects for the biggest names in Hollywood - including Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Walt Disney Company, Focus Features and Universal Music Group - creating everything from 15 second promo spots to long-form documentaries; Josh was brought onto President Obama's reelection team in 2011 as the campaign's first video editor. There, he edited many of the campaign's most crowd-pleasing and inspiring videos. Josh believes in the power of film and continues to find inspiration in telling people's stories.

Yhelena Hall: And the Names I Forgot / Anna Nelson: The Study of What Remains
Jul
1
Jul 30
art

Yhelena Hall: And the Names I Forgot / Anna Nelson: The Study of What Remains

Yhelena Hall: And the Names I Forgot

Anna Nelson: The Study of What Remains


Opening Reception: Saturday, July 1st, 4-7pm

Exhibition Dates: July 1st - July 30th


The work in And the Names I Forgot is designed as a long-term plant habitat. In this body of work, Yhelena Hall  uses plants that remind her of places she belonged to, people she used to know, and create a continuum of experience that gives her a chance to revisit and rethink. By putting together plants that do not usually coexist, Hall refers to the place where contradiction can be found together - the memory.

In The Study of What Remains, Anna Nelson creates objects as a process of understanding why the world is broken and fallen, why Nelson – and those around her – suffer and feel pain. She documents the discovery of hope surrounded by corrupted ideas and inevitable blemishes. Through the process, Nelson comes to an understanding of grace and an acceptance of imperfection.

Yhelena Hall, born in Ukraine, studied painting and graphic art at the Kharkiv State Art College. Hall received her MFA at the State University of New York at New Paltz, concentrating in Sculpture. Currently, based in Chicago, Yhelena continues working with sculptural media creating process-based and functional pieces.

Anna Cooper Nelson was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. She received a BA in visual communications and a BA in general art from Judson University in Elgin, IL. Nelson currently lives and works in Chicago, IL

 

Volcano Radar live score of “L'Inferno" (1911)
Jul
5
8:28 pm20:28

Volcano Radar live score of “L'Inferno" (1911)

  • Comfort Station

Comfort Film Presents The 5th Annual
Silent Films and Loud Music Series

Volcano Radar live score of

“Eclipse de Solar De 1938"
Uruguay
Running time: 7:30 minutes
Media: digital projection
First Uruguayan film to be preserved from nitrate to digital.
&
“L'Inferno ”(1911)
Directed by: Francesco Bertolini
Adolfo Padovan
Giuseppe De Liguoro
Starring: Salvatore Papa
Arturo Pirovano
Giuseppe de Liguoro
Augusto Milla
Running time: 68 minutes
Silent film with intertitles.
Media: Digital Projection

Plot: Loosely adapted from Dante's Divine Comedy and inspired by the illustrations of Gustav Doré.

About Volcano Radar: Noise Funk… Post Jazz… Avant Rock… Experimental Improvisation… Soundscape…
Volcano Radar is a fusion of ecstatic improvisational energy and Apollonian intellect. A power quartet fueled by dual free jazz/noise/avant guitarists Elbio Barilari and Julia A. Miller, Volcano Radar moves fluently through a stylistic range from noise-funk improvisation to structured sonic forms.
volcanoradar.com

Silent films and Loud music pairs unconventional bands with classic silent films. 

All screenings will be out on the Comfort Station Lawn weather permitting otherwise it will be inside Comfort Station. 

Free.

Programed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

Comfort Music: Jenn Romero, Daniel Bonespur & Nora Barton
Jul
6
7:00 pm19:00

Comfort Music: Jenn Romero, Daniel Bonespur & Nora Barton

Comfort Music, every Thursday
Doors open at 7pm, show starts promptly at 7:30pm
No cover (donations encouraged and appreciated!)
**No Alcohol is permitted at Comfort Station**

Jenn Romero
Treasured songwriter and main voice behind indie pop band The Jellies. Heartfelt and tender lyrics buoyed by classic pop song structures, with one of the more disarming voices among Chicago songwriters.
https://thejellieschicago.bandcamp.com/music


Daniel Bonespur
Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter Daniel Bonespur has recorded an eclectic and unpredictable body of work over the past 7 years. With lyrics and music that alternate between old-fashioned sincerity and odd bursts of humor, surrealism, and theatrics, his work defies easy categorization. He recently spent 3 months traveling Europe, playing dozens of shows in far flung locales.
https://danielbonespur.bandcamp.com/music


Nora Barton
A Chicago-based cellist and educator, Nora embraces versatility within many different genres. Her collaborations range from experimental improvisation to movement-inspired “marching band” to preparing classical works for community performances. Nora also works as a session musician and performs regularly with local rock bands and songwriters, including Mucca Pazza, a.pe.ri.od.ic, Poi Dog Pondering and ExtraOcular, among many others. She holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Roosevelt University.
https://norabarton.com/

Between Friends Yard Sale
Jul
9
10:00 am10:00

Between Friends Yard Sale

This event is a Yard Sale to benefit Between Friends -- a nonprofit agency dedicated to building a community free of domestic abuse.   It's on Sunday, July 9at 10 am - 4 pm at the Comfort Station in Logan Square.  You can donate items to be sold at the yard sale by just dropping it off on the day of. Thank you!

Compassionate Communication / Non-Violent Communication Workshop
Jul
11
7:00 pm19:00

Compassionate Communication / Non-Violent Communication Workshop

"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there." - Rumi

Compassionate Communication / NVC is a practice that strengthens your ability to observe and connect with your feelings and needs, and the feelings and needs of others. The practice can build empathy in relationships, deepen friendships, heal communities, resolve conflicts, and lead to greater self-awareness. This practice group is open to anyone to participate, even if you have never heard of compassionate communication before, and the atmosphere will be relaxed and informal. We'll be working with different communication exercises following what’s alive in the group and exploring concepts described in Marshall Rosenberg’s book, ‘Nonviolent Communication’. 

ALEXA GRÆ & MIAH LUZ live score of The Passion of Joan of Arc
Jul
12
8:25 pm20:25

ALEXA GRÆ & MIAH LUZ live score of The Passion of Joan of Arc

  • Comfort Station

Comfort Film Presents The 5th Annual
Silent Films and Loud Music Series

ALEXA GRÆ and MIAH LUZ
with a live score of

“The Passion of Joan of Arc” (1928)

Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer
Starring: Renée Jeanne Falconetti
Eugène Silvain
André Berley
Maurice Schutz
Running time: 110 minutes
Media: Digital Projection
Silent Film with English intertitles.

Plot: A chronicle of the trial of Jeanne d'Arc on charges of heresy, and the efforts of her ecclesiastical jurists to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions.

Silent films and Loud music pairs unconventional bands with classic silent films. 

All screenings will be out on the Comfort Station Lawn weather permitting otherwise it will be inside Comfort Station. 

Programed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

Free.

 Comfort Music: Nitin Jayakumar
Jul
13
7:00 pm19:00

Comfort Music: Nitin Jayakumar

Comfort Music, every Thursday
Doors open at 7pm, show starts promptly at 7:30pm
No cover (donations encouraged and appreciated!)
**No Alcohol is permitted at Comfort Station**

Nitin is a singer-song-writer based in Chicago, Illinois originally from Bangalore, India. His music can be broadly categorized as a acoustic folk, best listened to on a rainy day with a cup of coffee. He mixes simple melodies with complex lyrics, and is always looking for ways to reinvent and reinvigorate his music.

Compassionate Communication / Non-Violent Communication Workshop
Jul
25
7:00 pm19:00

Compassionate Communication / Non-Violent Communication Workshop

"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there." - Rumi

Compassionate Communication / NVC is a practice that strengthens your ability to observe and connect with your feelings and needs, and the feelings and needs of others. The practice can build empathy in relationships, deepen friendships, heal communities, resolve conflicts, and lead to greater self-awareness. This practice group is open to anyone to participate, even if you have never heard of compassionate communication before, and the atmosphere will be relaxed and informal. We'll be working with different communication exercises following what’s alive in the group and exploring concepts described in Marshall Rosenberg’s book, ‘Nonviolent Communication’. 


Can I Hug You?
Jun
27
2:00 pm14:00

Can I Hug You?

Rape Victim Advocates (RVA) is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the healing and empowerment of sexual assault survivors through non-judgmental crisis intervention counseling, individual and group counseling, and medical and legal advocacy in the greater Chicago metropolitan area. RVA provides public education and institutional advocacy in order to improve the treatment of sexual assault survivors and to effect positive change in policies and public attitudes toward sexual assault.

Weirdo Sounds: A Workshop for Kids 7yrs and up
Jun
27
10:30 am10:30

Weirdo Sounds: A Workshop for Kids 7yrs and up

Andy Slater is a legally blind musician, audio engineer, author, and disabilities advocate. He describes his sonic work as “art made because of his disability”. Due to his visual impairment, his ears function as navigation, safety, and problem solving tools. Because of this, he listens with great detail and focus making it hard not to listen critically.

Andy began composing experimental music as a teen in the early 90s. He moved to Chicago in 1994 to attend classes in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Sound Department. After a decade away from school he returned in 2010 to complete his education. He graduated from SAIC in 2013 with a BFA focusing in sound composition and music history.

Andy has a large catalog of recorded music dating back 30 years that includes robotic synthesizer music, art-metal, acid-rock, musique-concrete, as well as scoring and sound design for film. He currently heads the experimental funk septet, the Velcro Lewis Group. Andy is an engineer at Chicago’s Frogg Mountain Recording studio where he obsesses over making every sound he hears perfect. It’s the curse of the overactive ear.

Andy has exhibited and performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, Sonophilia Sound Festival (Lincoln, UK), National Employment Lawyers of America conference, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Elastic Arts, Defibrillator, Comfort Station, Enemy, Buddy, Dogmatic, Workman, Bodies of Work, Quimby’s Bookstore, the Empty Bottle, and Hideout. He has been featured in the Chicago Reader, WLS ABC7, Clickhole, WFMU’s Free Music Archive, Ten By Ten, Jane magazine, High Times, Vice. He was the winner of the 2008 Miss Greenpoint Pageant pie-eating contest.

Mexican Literature: Why you should be reading a few bad hombres and mujeres. With author and editor Gerardo Cárdenas Co-sponsored by the Lit & Luz Festival
Jun
26
7:00 pm19:00

Mexican Literature: Why you should be reading a few bad hombres and mujeres. With author and editor Gerardo Cárdenas Co-sponsored by the Lit & Luz Festival

Gerardo Cárdenas is a Mexico City-born writer and journalist. He lived in Mexico City, Miami, Washington, D.C., Brussels and Madrid before settling down in the Chicago area in 1989. He is the author of the short story collection A veces llovia en Chicago (2013), the poetry collections En el pais del silencio (2015) and Silencio del tiempo (2016), the play Blind Spot (2016) and the editor of the short fiction antology Diaspora (2017). He has won several local, national, and international awards, and his poetry, short fiction, and articles have been published in print and electronic outlets and anthologies in Mexico, the United States, Spain, Venezuela, Chile and the Dominican Republic. He also occasionally jumps on stage for Teatro Aguijon on the North Side for whom he has acted in a few plays, and wrote and acted in an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Spanish Storytime with Poets / Los poetas Daniel Borzutzky y Rachel Galvin leerán alternadamente y compartirán historias.
Jun
26
10:00 am10:00

Spanish Storytime with Poets / Los poetas Daniel Borzutzky y Rachel Galvin leerán alternadamente y compartirán historias.

Daniel Borzutzky crecio en Pittsburgh, Pennsulvania, de herencia chilena. Sus recientes libros de poesía son The Ecstasy of Capitulation (2007), The Book of Interfering Bodies (2011), y The Performance of Becoming Human (2016). Es el editor de poesía de Intercambio de MAKE y es el ganador del 2016 National Book Award for Poetry.

Rachel Galvin es la autora de Pulleys & Locomotion y traductora de Hitting the Streets de Raymond Queneau, ganador del premio Scott Moncrieff. Poetry and the Press in Wartime, 1936-1945 (Oxford University Press) y Lost Property Unit (Green Lantern Press serán disponibles en 2017. Es profesora asistente en la Universidad de Chicago.

Jun
25
8:00 pm20:00

Animations to Keep Us Strong

Animations to keep you strong and sane

These hand drawn animations are to be used as an antidote to the toxic environment we currently find ourselves in. We have the power!

All About Agave with Lou Bank, founder of S.A.C.R.E.D.
Jun
24
4:00 pm16:00

All About Agave with Lou Bank, founder of S.A.C.R.E.D.

Lou Bank is Founder of S.A.C.R.E.D. SACRED is a USA-based, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation founded by Lou Bank that helps raise money to send to these towns to aid in the building of these libraries; to help replant the agave, to ensure the economic engine doesn't die; and to underwrite the cost to maintain and replicate the water-preservation systems these towns have established to buffer against drought. The fund-raising generally takes the form of tasting events, where participants who make a donation to one of the projects in Mexico are treated to samples of rare agave spirits from these towns. In this way, we like to think we're leveling the playing field: destroying our brain cells while building theirs.

Jun
22
7:00 pm19:00

Lakanthea

Ramgopal is an electronic musician who performs under the name Lykanthea and is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. http://lykanthea.com

Spanish Storytime with Poets / El poeta José Luis Moctezuma leerá fragmentos de sus libros favoritos para niños.
Jun
22
10:00 am10:00

Spanish Storytime with Poets / El poeta José Luis Moctezuma leerá fragmentos de sus libros favoritos para niños.

Story Time with Poets!

Jueves 22 de junio, 10:00 a.m. El poeta José Luis Moctezuma leerá fragmentos de sus libros favoritos para niños.

¡Es tiempo de que los poetas nos cuenten historias!

Acompáñenos en Comfort Station para que algunos de los mejores poetas de Chicago lean historias en español.

¡Habrá snacks y bebidas!

¡Es un evento gratuito!

Join us at the Comfort Station for stories read in Spanish by three of Chicago’s best poets.

Thursday, June 22nd 10 a.m.

Poet Jose-Luis Moctezuma reads from his favorite books for kids.
Ages 8 and under, though all are welcome!
Snacks and drinks!
FREE!

The Comfort Station is the small, historic building on Milwaukee Ave, across the street from the Logan Square Monument. We host community events, art shows, movies, concerts, and more. Come visit!

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Jun
21
6:00 pm18:00

Men who S.E.W. (Support and Empower Women)

6 pm Men who S.E.W. (Support and Empower  Women)

An afternoon roundtable style conversation with guys who are interested in supporting and empowering women. Men who S.E.W features guest speakers, and  collaborative knitting, sewing, and other crafts. This month’s guest speaker is Anna Hovet.

 

 Anna Hovet is the Lead Designer of HOVET Apparel (formally Anna Hovet). Known as the "Queen of Comfort", designer Anna Hovet was born and raised in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Anna moved to Chicago and earned her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007. Hovet has become one of most recognized names in Chicago fashion. Anna also owns a private tutoring company, Sophic Standard LLC, and teaches fashion illustration at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. AnnaHovet.com

Napping Station
Jun
19
6:00 pm18:00

Napping Station

Napping Station
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Host: Ada Cheng

Join us for a plush, comfortable environment with multiple napping pods and other restful options, fresh pillow cases and blankets available for new nappers. Speakers throughout the space. Water and tea available. 

The following information will be distributed at this event:

-Sleep and Poverty

-Racial Differences in Sleep Patterns

-Sleep Disparity/Socio-economic status


- Readings are available in print, and (possibly) digital
- Conversation led by Ada Cheng
- Share stories about sleeping and inequality
- Intermittent napping

Til the Grid Turns Green
Jun
18
10:00 am10:00

Til the Grid Turns Green

An afternoon featuring workshops and discussions curated by Chicago-based farmers and activists exploring community gardening, sustainability, the food suppy chain, farming in your backyard, the bartering economy, and what "local" actually means. The goal is to look deeper into the landscape of Chicago;s urban farming community and agricultural sector to move forward in a way that takes into account Chicago's socio-economics. 

Activities:

-Panel Discussion with representatives from each level of the food supply chain

-Talk and lecture by various farmers,organizers

-20 minute workshop on starting plants at home lead by Rossette Saraih from Chicago Mushroom Company

-"Face Your Waste" Game Show hosted by Corbin the Compost Worm

Feelin': The Black Roots of Chicago House Music & Beyond
Jun
17
Jun 18

Feelin': The Black Roots of Chicago House Music & Beyond

House Music: From Chicago to Detroit

A live DJ set exploring the midwest house & techno music. This event will also feature informational zines about the roots of house music and its early connection to African-American and gay audiences in Chicago. 

"...You see, house is a feeling that no one can understand really unless you're deep into the vibe of house. House is an uncontrollable desire to jack your body. And, as I told you before, this is our house and our house music. And in every house, you understand, there is a keeper. And, in this house, the keeper is Jack. Now some of you who might wonder..."

Mr, Fingers, Can you feel it? 1986

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Too-PoC
Jun
16
7:00 pm19:00

Too-PoC

As all eyes fall on America during our time of social, racial, gender, climate and political dysfunction co-occurring alongside technological, medical, electric automobile, and renewable energy infrastructure innovation, we tend to ask ourselves where do we go next?

What do we do now? And how do we reclaim our dignity in a nation mired by hate, intolerance, oppression, and rampant individualism. As a potential inroad to addressing some of these hyper complex dynamics of our current times "Too-Poc" provides an inclusive art exhibit of young, local Chicago artists working in the meeting grounds of social identity and self expression. Opening on the birthday of Tupac Amaru Shakur, born Lesane Parish Crooks, the show looks to the musician as an example of a person of color who elegantly and skillfully navigated the turbulent waters between activism, authenticity, self-awareness, and artistic production, Whereas many may criticize some of the work shown here as too black, too brown, too asian, or too preoccupied with social justice and identity politics, we, the artists participating, feel that it is our responsibility and pleasure to tackle these numerous issues in a way that is exploratory, real, personal, communal and alive. 

What About Chicago- A Live Podcast Recording
Jun
15
7:00 pm19:00

What About Chicago- A Live Podcast Recording

What About Chicago? is a weekly audio show/podcast exploring the cutting edge of live art, music and cultural performances going on in and around the great city of Chicago. it is hosted by accomplished Musician/Raconteur Rahim (Rageing) Salaam and his mysterious Conscience. The live podcast session will include members form Studio Mosaic, and a special guest, addressing relevant topics concerning the P.O.W.E.R project as a whole. 

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The POWER Project: CRIME DROUGHT
Jun
8
1:00 pm13:00

The POWER Project: CRIME DROUGHT

Kicking off Week 2 of the P.O.W.E.R. Proejct, Trap House Chicago presents 'Crime Drought'--- a public conversation exploring restorative justice in neglected neighborhoods across Chicago and the world. 

Facilitator Mashaun Ali Hendricks is a restorative justice practitioner and visual artist. He is a result-oriented practitioner and educator in restorative justice philosophy and practices, specializing in providing training and professional development for youth services providers, including K - 12 teachers and school administrators, community organizations, and criminal justice systems. He is a social justice visionary committed to resolving social issues that lead to instances of crime and violence in under-served and disadvantaged communities. As a visual artist, Mashaun owns the streetwear brand, Trap House Chicago.

Trap House Chicago uses street wear and dialogue to create awareness of community love and social justice. To learn more about Trap House Chicago, visit https://www.traphousechicago.us/

Power Project Screening: Stranded by the State
Jun
7
8:00 pm20:00

Power Project Screening: Stranded by the State

  • Comfort Station

As part of the The POWER Project at Comfort Station Logan Square
Comfort Film Presents:

Liz Kaar's documentary series:

Stranded By the State

A documentary series focusing on the long-term toll the Illinois budget crisis has had on everyday people across the state.

We will screen all episodes of the series with a Q&A/Panel discussion after the screening.
Liz Kaar will be in attendance with panalist TBA.
...
This series was produced with funding from the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund, a project of The Voqal Fund administered by Chicago Filmmakers and co-produced with In These Times and Kartemquin Films.

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera


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Suggested Donation: $10. Your donation goes toward supporting the P.O.W.E.R. Grant. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

The P.O.W.E.R. Project is a collaborative effort between Comfort Station and the Art Leaders of Color Network (ALCN). Throughout the month of June, the project will host a series of lectures, workshops, self-care exercises, and more in the aim of creating an ‘empowerment hub’ where people inspire each other to engage in a multitude of social justice practices.

Donations collected at each P.O.W.E.R. event, will go toward the P.O.W.E.R. Grant, a fund for participating artists with projects in alignment with the P.O.W.E.R. Project’s vision.

The POWER Project: Writer Circle
Jun
5
10:00 am10:00

The POWER Project: Writer Circle

“What are the words you do not yet have? What do you need to say? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence.” 
― Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

Inspired by the feminist and visionary writing of Audre Lorde, June Jordan, Toni Morrison, Octavia Butler, Aurora Levins Morales, Arundhati Roy, and other amazing writers, this Writer Circle is a brave space for writers of all shapes, sizes, genders, abilities, and ages to come, take part in timed free-writing exercises, and share your genius writing (we dare you!) with other nerds, er, WRITERS. 

This event is FREE and open to all who come with respect and a commitment to creating a safer space.

"Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe."
--Arundhati Roy

The POWER Project | Beauty Breaks: Words We Carry
Jun
4
3:00 pm15:00

The POWER Project | Beauty Breaks: Words We Carry

Beauty Breaks is a participatory art work in the form of a workshop series. This iteration highlights BLACK LINGUISTICS through darkness, sound and ancestry. Amina Ross, will lead Dark and Lovely: undoing the dark vs. light dichotomy in spiritual speech. From this meditative space the workshop will transition into an experimental sound performance and exercise led by A.J McClenon. This session will end with a conversation prompted by Jamillah Hinson on the importance of oral history. This session is accompanied by a walking meditation by Aniysa Alexander. 

Snacks and drinks available throughout the duration of the event. MORE INFO @ Beautybreaks.info

Suggested Donation: $5 - $15. Your donation goes toward supporting Beauty Breaks and the P.O.W.E.R. Grant. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

The P.O.W.E.R. Project is a collaborative effort between Comfort Station and the Art Leaders of Color Network (ALCN). Throughout the month of June, the project will host a series of lectures, workshops, self-care exercises, and more in the aim of creating an ‘empowerment hub’ where people inspire each other to engage in a multitude of social justice practices.

Donations collected at each P.O.W.E.R. event, will go toward the P.O.W.E.R. Grant, a fund for participating artists with projects in alignment with the P.O.W.E.R. Project’s vision.

The POWER Project: Making In The Margins - A Zine Workshop
Jun
4
1:00 pm13:00

The POWER Project: Making In The Margins - A Zine Workshop

What is the place of zines in archives? How do they expand traditional definitions and limitations of the archive/archiving practices? How do zines function as radical and accessible pedagogical tools? What power lies in self-publishing? 

Join Chicago-based multimedia artist Tamir Williams for an introductory workshop to zine making and an exploration of how this practice can serve as a form of resistance, radical archiving, self-advocacy, and self-care among marginalized communities. Participants will also produce their own zines using provided materials. 

**Suggested Donation: $5 - $15. Your donation goes toward workshop materials and supporting the P.O.W.E.R. Project Grant. Reserve your spot ahead of time: http://bit.ly/2qsAdFo. If the ticket price presents an undue financial burden, please contact The P.O.W.E.R. Project directly.**

About our facilitator:
Tamir Williams is a Chicago-based visual artist and a self-identified "ARTivist" committed to the use of transformative visual practices. The Black body and the racial, gender, and sexual myths surrounding it are at the core of their artistic inquiry. Williams aims to create "counter-myths" to this misnaming, utilizing influences from Black culture, rituals, and history. Their curatorial practices are based in troubling and expanding the narratives present in the Western visual field. Their work has been exhibited both locally and nationally. Williams holds a B.A. in American Studies and French from Middlebury College. They are currently a Ph.D. student in History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania.

About the P.O.W.E.R. Project
The P.O.W.E.R. Project is a programming partnership between Comfort Station and the Art Leaders of Color Network (ALCN). Throughout the month of June, the project will host a series of lectures, workshops, self-care exercises, and more in the aim of creating an ‘empowerment hub’ where people inspire each other to engage in a multitude of social justice practices.

Donations collected at each P.O.W.E.R. event, will go toward the P.O.W.E.R. Grant, a fund for participating artists with projects in alignment with the P.O.W.E.R. Project’s vision.

The POWER Project: 'Sunday Reset' Urban Hike
Jun
4
8:30 am08:30

The POWER Project: 'Sunday Reset' Urban Hike

Starting Location: Bloomingdale Ave & N. Humboldt Blvd
Ending Location: Comfort Station
Suggested Donation: $7
Programmed by Nina Yeboah, Facilitated by Viva Yeboah

Make room for some quiet in your week. Join us as Viva Yeboah (pictured above) leads us on a reflective hike through Logan Square. We will meet on the 606 Trail (at W. Bloomingdale Ave & N. Humboldt Blvd) and end at Comfort Station. The hike will take approximately one hour to complete. Please:
Eat beforehand
Bring water
Wear comfortable walking shoes
Use appropriate sun protection like sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses
Bring a yoga mat or blanket to rest at Comfort Station (optional)

Fruits and other snacks will be available during our fellowship at Comfort Station. 

Suggested donation: $7. Your donation will go towards the P.O.W.E.R. Project Grant. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

About our hike leader:
Viva Yeboah is a nature lover who enjoys connecting people to the beauty that surrounds us, from our forest preserves to Lake Michigan and our city parks. In 2012, she founded the Chicago network of Outdoor Afro. Since then, she has organized local and national recreational and nature events with a focus on Black joy and history in each space. With each outing, Viva encourages attendees to embrace their local surroundings, connect with nature and each other.

About the P.O.W.E.R. Project
The P.O.W.E.R. Project is a programming partnership between Comfort Station and the Art Leaders of Color Network (ALCN). Throughout the month of June, the project will host a series of lectures, workshops, self-care exercises, and more in the aim of creating an ‘empowerment hub’ where people inspire each other to engage in a multitude of social justice practices.

Donations collected at each P.O.W.E.R. event, will go toward the P.O.W.E.R. Grant, a fund for participating artists with projects in alignment with the P.O.W.E.R. Project’s vision.

 The POWER Project: 'Black & Blue' Indigo Dye Workshop
Jun
3
2:00 pm14:00

The POWER Project: 'Black & Blue' Indigo Dye Workshop

Indigo is a plant of the Old World and the New. Through it, and its use as a dye, we learn the histories and cultures of Africans on the continent and in the Americas. Join us for a short lecture and dye workshop led by Banke Abioye.

The workshop will provide fabric to be dyed, but please feel free to bring any item (e.g., a t-shirt, skein of yarn, or cloth) made of natural fibers (such as cotton, wool, ramie, silk, angora, alpaca, etc.) that you’d like to dye. Please wear clothes you don't mind being stained and comfortable shoes (for a short walk around Comfort Station). This workshop is intended for adults and youth ages 15+.

**Workshop Fee: $10 - 25. This is a ticketed event. Please secure your spot through ticketleap: https://powerproject.ticketleap.com/indigo**

About our facilitator:
Banke Abioye is an educator, environmentalist, and crafter. She has spent time traveling around the country learning about natural dyes, basket weaving, and ceramics. Banke uses locally foraged materials, such as Black Walnut, Coreopsis, and Dandelions in her natural dye craft. Banke is eager to explore and share her natural dye craft with others. Originally from Oakland, CA, she's lived in Chicago for nearly a decade.

About The P.O.W.E.R. Project:
The P.O.W.E.R. Project is a programming partnership between Comfort Station and the Art Leaders of Color Network (ALCN). Throughout the month of June, the project will host a series of lectures, workshops, self-care exercises, and more in the aim of creating an ‘empowerment hub’ where people inspire each other to engage in a multitude of social justice practices.

**Donations collected at each P.O.W.E.R. event, will go toward the P.O.W.E.R. Grant, a fund for participating artists with projects in alignment with the P.O.W.E.R. Project’s vision.**

The POWER Project | Free School Session 001: Living in the Wake
Jun
3
12:00 pm12:00

The POWER Project | Free School Session 001: Living in the Wake

The Free School, a project of Chicago Reading Africa, is motivated by the belief that communal reading is critical reading. We utilize essays, fiction, poetry and visual arts by black artists to engage social ideas most relevant to Black life. In this session, our facilitator, Nina Yeboah will lead us through reading and writing activities that will engage us in a conversation about the unique precarity of Black life in the Americas.

This class is intended for adults and youth 16+. Please bring your own notebook and a writing utensil. To ensure accessible accommodations, please email info@comfortstationlogansquare.org

**Suggested Donation: $5 - $15. Your donation helps to fund the P.O.W.E.R. Project Grant. Reserve your spot ahead of time: http://bit.ly/2r1ieqW. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.**

Thanks to a donation from Candor Arts, our foundational text, In the Wake: On Blackness and Being by Christina Sharpe, will be made available during The P.O.W.E.R. Project’s Study Lounge 10am - 12pm on June 3rd.

About our facilitator: Nina N. Yeboah is a fiction writer and personal essayist. She was the 2016 Voices Rising Fellow at Vermont Studio Center, a 2016-2017 FIELD/WORK resident at the Chicago Artists Coalition and is an alum of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. In addition to her writing practice, she leads the arts discussion group, Chicago Reading Africa.

About the P.O.W.E.R. Project: The P.O.W.E.R. Project is a programming partnership between Comfort Station and the Art Leaders of Color Network (ALCN). Throughout the month of June, the project will host a series of lectures, workshops, self-care exercises, and more in the aim of creating an ‘empowerment hub’ where people inspire each other to engage in a multitude of social justice practices.

About Candor Arts: Candor Arts publishes books about life, learning, and healing. Operating on the basis of open communication, the efforts of the organization are rooted in the support of its authors and collaborators. Specializing in handmade artist book editions, we produce a growing range of design and print projects driven by each author's vision.

The POWER Project: Study Lounge
Jun
3
Jun 4

The POWER Project: Study Lounge

Bring your own reading material or enjoy the offerings of The POWER Project: Intersectional Zine Library and The POWER Project | Free School Session 001: Living in the Wake

The lounge is open Saturday, June 3 10am - 12pm & Sunday, June 4 11am - 1pm. 

*Donations collected at each P.O.W.E.R. event, will go toward the P.O.W.E.R. Grant, a fund for participating artists with projects in alignment with the P.O.W.E.R. Project’s vision.*

About the P.O.W.E.R. Project
The P.O.W.E.R. Project is a programming partnership between Comfort Station and the Art Leaders of Color Network (ALCN). Throughout the month of June, the project will host a series of lectures, workshops, self-care exercises, and more in the aim of creating an ‘empowerment hub’ where people inspire each other to engage in a multitude of social justice practices.

The POWER Project: The Free Zone
Jun
2
Jun 7

The POWER Project: The Free Zone

The Free Zone is meant as a space for relaxation. Drop in at any time during the designated hours with your yoga mat or blanket and enjoy some snacks. We’ll be projecting short films, music videos, and other moving images with aesthetic or thematic relationship to other P.O.W.E.R. Project events. Suggested Donation: $5. Your donation goes toward supporting the P.O.W.E.R. Project Grant. The Free Zone is accessible to all regardless of ability to donate. 

Event Schedule:
Friday, June 2nd - 2pm-6pm
Tuesday, June 6th - 1pm - 7pm*
Monday, June 5th - 3pm-7pm
Wednesday, June 7th - 1pm - 5pm**

*Projections inspired by The POWER Project: 'Black & Blue' Indigo Dye Workshop

**Projections inspired by The POWER Project | Free School Session 001: Living in the Wake

"Oh, and did I say everyone in the movie would be beautiful, in the quotidian way of black people who are lit from within by the power of living in the free zone of ideas and creativity?" - Elizabeth Alexander, foreword of 'Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?'

About the P.O.W.E.R. Project
The P.O.W.E.R. Project is a programming partnership between Comfort Station and the Art Leaders of Color Network (ALCN). Throughout the month of June, the project will host a series of lectures, workshops, self-care exercises, and more in the aim of creating an ‘empowerment hub’ where people inspire each other to engage in a multitude of social justice practices.

Donations collected at each P.O.W.E.R. event, will go toward the P.O.W.E.R. Grant, a fund for participating artists with projects in alignment with the P.O.W.E.R. Project’s vision.

The Intersectional Zine Library
Jun
2
Jun 7

The Intersectional Zine Library

The P.O.W.E.R. Project is co-produced by Comfort Station and the Art Leaders of Color Network (ALCN). Throughout the month of June, the project will host a series of lectures, workshops, self-care exercises, and more in the aim of creating an ‘empowerment hub’ where people inspire each other to engage in a multitude of creative social justice practices.

The theme of the Intersectional Zine Library is 'Healing and Empowerment'. The library, curated by Euree Kim, recognizes that zine-making practices have been used as a powerful tool for people withdisabilities and queer people of color as self-advocacy and activism. The collection includes zines produced by artists, activists and community organizers from local communities and beyond. The library invites you to read the zines, donate your own, or request zines you think should be included.

The Intersectional Zine Library will be open during the following hours:
Friday, June 2nd: 12pm - 6pm
Saturday, June 3rd: 10am - 12pm
Sunday, June 4th: 11am - 3pm
Monday, June 5th: 12pm - 6pm
Tuesday, June 6th: 12pm - 6pm
Wednesday, June 7th: 12pm - 6pm

**Suggested Donation: $5. Your donation goes toward supporting the P.O.W.E.R. Project Grant, a fund for participating artists with projects in alignment with the P.O.W.E.R. Project’s vision. The library is accessible to all, regardless of ability to donate.**

About Nina Yeboah:
Nina Yeboah is a Chicago-based fiction writer, personal essayist, and arts programmer. She was the 2016 Voices Rising Fellow at Vermont Studio Center, a 2016-2017 FIELD/WORK resident at the Chicago Artists Coalition and is an alum of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. In addition to her writing practice, she leads the arts discussion group, Chicago Reading Africa.

About Euree Kim:
Euree Kim, a disability activist and co-founder of Nothing About Us Without Us (NAUWU). NAUWU aims to raise awareness of intersectional issue of social oppression and create positive change for proper representation of minorities and inclusive environment. The project ranges from workshops, publications, and discussions in collaboration with different groups.

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