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

 

Latrodectus
May
24
8:00 pm20:00

Latrodectus

  • Comfort Station

Comfort Film presents

Latrodectus
A shorts film program curated by Stephen Lanus.

1) Calumet by Alex Thompson (~15min)
2) Secret Screening (~10min)
3) Latrodectus by Stephen Lanus (~15min)

Calumet:
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Shot in 2013, Calumet chronicles one evening in the life of a couple struggling with aging. It was awarded the Special Jury Award at the 2014 Rome International Film Festival and has screened at the World Arts Festival, Chicago Onscreen Festival and Cut! Film Festival.

Director Alex Thompson recently directed his debut feature, Brother Sister, and is in post-production on two serialized dramas, The Humbler and Drive Slow, the latter of which is in association with Free Spirit Media and Runaway Train. He is also the producer of Runaway Train's previous features, King Rat and Our Father, which are completing post-production this spring.




Latrodectus:
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Latrodectus is a bizarre black comedy that explores the perils of dating, sexuality, and gender from an unusual perspective. It revolves around a young man who goes on the date of a lifetime - a date with dire implications.

It was written, directed, edited, and executive produced by Stephen Lanus - along with the help of about 25 other supremely talented individuals around the Chicago area. It was shot at the end of September 2016 in Humboldt Park, Logan Square, and Wicker Park over three days. This is Stephen's second directorial effort, and he hopes to begin work on a first feature in 2018.

Film makers will be in attendance and we will have a Q&A with each.

Media: Digital Projection
Free
No BYOB

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

Daily Grindhouse Presents: Lucasploitation
May
24
10:00 pm22:00

Daily Grindhouse Presents: Lucasploitation

  • Comfort Station

Daily Grindhouse Presents: Lucasploitation

Comfort film and The Daily GrindHouse present:

Lucasploitation

A Brief History of Star Wars rip-off's
Hosted by Dailygrind House assistant editor
Mike Vanderbilt

TOUGH FILMS FOR THE ROUGH CROWD!
Visit dailygrindhouse.com for more, sucka!

More Details to be announced....

Free
No BYOB

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera

Comfort Music: Home Room Presents - The Need and the Night & Mazzarella / Kirchner
May
25
7:00 pm19:00

Comfort Music: Home Room Presents - The Need and the Night & Mazzarella / Kirchner

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**

The Need and The Night is composed singer Gina Bloom and songwriter Chuck Sansone, both from the retro-soul group, The Congregation. The Need and The Night ventures into groove-driven R&B and soul music.

Saxophonist and composer Nick Mazzarella has been a consistent presence in Chicago's music scene since the early 2000s. His working trio and quintet have served as the primary vehicles for his endeavors as a composer and leader, while as a collaborator or sideman he has performed and recorded with such artists as Tomeka ReidMakaya McCravenHamid DrakeJoshua Abrams, and Rob Mazurek.

Quin Kirchner is a long-time Chicago drummer and composer who is as comfortable playing in jazz as he is rock and funk. He performs with the Quin Kirchner Group, Wild Belle, and Nomo

Homeroom is proud to present Comfort Music on Thursdays in May at Comfort Station (2579 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647). Each evening will see a Chicago hip-hop or soul performer paired with a jazz or improv act. This free series aims to bring together musicians and audiences who rarely share the same venue while presenting two genres thriving in Chicago.

This program was made possible in part due to a grant from Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Silent Eagles, Jabbering Parrots
May
26
7:00 pm19:00

Silent Eagles, Jabbering Parrots

Performance times: 

May 26th, 7-9pm

May 27th, 7-9pm

 

Silent Eagles, Jabbering Parrots:

As a white vocalist whose primary inspiration comes from black female artists, I find it essential to create physical works, objects and paintings, which call out and question the inherent appropriation within my performance practice. Acrylic product-portraits of microphones in object-drag as parrots sensualize this self-parody, making the critique itself a consumable toy. Sparkle-vinyl surfaces each garnished with a Beanie- Baby-esque tag emphasize the paintings’ product-hood and mock the ability of whiteness to turn a slippery profit from it’s own humiliation and criticism. Placing these paintings on the walls of spaces that I activate through performance both amplifies and humbles the work enacted, like totems meant for balancing energies within the room. “Silent Eagles, Jabbering Parrots,” sees objects in quotation marks as Susan Sontag may have in “Notes on Camp”, coated in dense layers of context and identity, in dissonance and singularity, in irrepressible stylization. As alternative facts, click-bates, cheap news, and hyper-social media environments swarm and multiply, truth and fiction are sublimated into squares and rectangles, listening on your walls, masquerading robotics as customer service. In this aviary, the birdwatcher’s gaze is reversed. Your voice may be present, but it’s often drowned out by jabbering. I hope to trap this trauma in surrealist riddles, fighting for its extinction with company.

 

Jake Vogds is a multidisciplinary performance artist/singer working in sculpture, painting, visual media, and costume. In June of 2014, he was awarded the Shapiro Center’s EAGER Research Grant for his Queer Mixed Realities Collective from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has performed and exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Defibrillator, Links Hall, Chicago Artist Coalition, Sector 2337, Three Walls Gallery, and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, among others. He received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2014) on a presidential merit scholarship. After teaching performance this past fall at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Vogds is currently preparing for several 2017 solo exhibitions throughout the Chicago area and abroad. 

Silent Eagles, Jabbering Parrots
May
27
7:00 pm19:00

Silent Eagles, Jabbering Parrots

Performance times: 

May 26th, 7-9pm

May 27th, 7-9pm

 

Silent Eagles, Jabbering Parrots:

As a white vocalist whose primary inspiration comes from black female artists, I find it essential to create physical works, objects and paintings, which call out and question the inherent appropriation within my performance practice. Acrylic product-portraits of microphones in object-drag as parrots sensualize this self-parody, making the critique itself a consumable toy. Sparkle-vinyl surfaces each garnished with a Beanie- Baby-esque tag emphasize the paintings’ product-hood and mock the ability of whiteness to turn a slippery profit from it’s own humiliation and criticism. Placing these paintings on the walls of spaces that I activate through performance both amplifies and humbles the work enacted, like totems meant for balancing energies within the room. “Silent Eagles, Jabbering Parrots,” sees objects in quotation marks as Susan Sontag may have in “Notes on Camp”, coated in dense layers of context and identity, in dissonance and singularity, in irrepressible stylization. As alternative facts, click-bates, cheap news, and hyper-social media environments swarm and multiply, truth and fiction are sublimated into squares and rectangles, listening on your walls, masquerading robotics as customer service. In this aviary, the birdwatcher’s gaze is reversed. Your voice may be present, but it’s often drowned out by jabbering. I hope to trap this trauma in surrealist riddles, fighting for its extinction with company.

 

Jake Vogds is a multidisciplinary performance artist/singer working in sculpture, painting, visual media, and costume. In June of 2014, he was awarded the Shapiro Center’s EAGER Research Grant for his Queer Mixed Realities Collective from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has performed and exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Defibrillator, Links Hall, Chicago Artist Coalition, Sector 2337, Three Walls Gallery, and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, among others. He received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2014) on a presidential merit scholarship. After teaching performance this past fall at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Vogds is currently preparing for several 2017 solo exhibitions throughout the Chicago area and abroad. 

Released and Abandoned: WNFU Halloween Special
May
31
8:00 pm20:00

Released and Abandoned: WNFU Halloween Special

  • Comfort Station

Released and Abandoned: Forgotten Oddities of the Home Video Era returns with a screening of

WNUF Haloween Special.

Originally broadcast live on October 31, 1987, the 'WNUF Halloween Special' is a stunning expose of terrifying supernatural activity that unfolded at the infamous Webber House, the site of ghastly murders. Local television personality Frank Stewart leads a group of paranormal investigators including Catholic exorcist, Father Joseph Matheson and the prolific husband-and-wife team Louis and Claire Berger. Together, the experts explore the darkest corners of the supposedly haunted Webber House, trying to prove the existence of the demonic entities within. Did they find the horrific truth or simply put superstitious rumors to rest?

Runtime 83mins
VHS Projection
This will be an outdoor screening weather premitting othewise it will be inside Comfort Station.


About:
Released and Abandoned: Forgotten Oddities of the Home Video Era is a monthly series curated by Paul Freitag-Fey and sponsored by the DAILY GRINDHOUSE. Featuring odd and lost/forgotten movies from the home video era some never distributed in theaters or on DVD. 

Free
No BYOB

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

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.
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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.

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’. 

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’. 


Compassionate Communication / Non-Violent Communication Workshop
May
23
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’. 

HCL: Stephan Moore, Becky Grajeda, Kristina Isabelle
May
21
7:00 pm19:00

HCL: Stephan Moore, Becky Grajeda, Kristina Isabelle

Stephan Moore’s creative work is primarily concerned with the creation and perception of sonic environments. His practice encompasses field recording, physical programming, studio production, audio spatialization, loudspeaker construction and interactive software design, and has manifested as sound installations, sound designs and scores for dance and theater productions, solo and group performance works and improvisations, and recordings.

Becky Grajeda is a sound artist and designer based in Chicago, Illinois. She primarily creates works of sound assemblage, multi-channel sound installation and performance. These frequently include field recordings of the sounds of machinations and moving bodies and/or involve abstracting vocal inflection, intonation, and intended meaning in speech. In her works involving speech, she calls attention to the multiplicity of meanings, interpretations, and translations of a text, and how those can change when a text is spoken and depending on the speaker of a text. In her recent performance works, she examines the voice as a conveyor of a person’s physical, emotional, lingual, and geographical histories.

Kristina Isabelle Dance Company has a singular mission: to engage its audiences in a contemporary dance experience that combines serious-minded, rigorously technical movement with a groundbreaking, multidimensional approach and playful, unpredictable sense of humor. Many performances literally take the art form to new heights by incorporating dancers on stilts to create perspective-altering dancescapes.

High Concept Labs (HCL) supports artists and facilitates dialogue between artists, audiences, and staff. This increases access and transparency to the artistic process and fosters transformational experiences in an environment of experimentation and discovery.

 

HCL: Viewing Hours
May
21
11:00 am11:00

HCL: Viewing Hours

Open hours for viewing Mariel Harari and Anthea Behm’s work

 

High Concept Labs (HCL) supports artists and facilitates dialogue between artists, audiences, and staff. This increases access and transparency to the artistic process and fosters transformational experiences in an environment of experimentation and discovery.

HCL: Gather Series: Deidre Huckabay, Courtney Mackedanz, Vaudeo Motion
May
20
7:00 pm19:00

HCL: Gather Series: Deidre Huckabay, Courtney Mackedanz, Vaudeo Motion

Deidre Huckabay is a Chicago-based flutist, performer, and event producer. She holds degrees from Eastman School of Music and Duquesne University. Inspired by this classical background, Huckabay’s work introduces psychological etudes into a rigorous practice. Applying surrealist and psychoanalytic techniques of collage, automatism, and dream analysis, Huckabay’s work reconsiders her musical practice as an exploration of personal history and unconscious desire.

 

Courtney Mackedanz approaches dance-based performance making from the round-about-outside. Trained primarily in the visual arts, before making a dance Mackedanz typically first reads, writes, draws, stress-eats—and then finally begins to work. Her family name comes from the German for “to make dance”—thus Mackedanz attributes her oblique process to attempting to keep up with her namesake. Mackedanz employs a sense of humor and play that is atypical of her family’s traditionally stoic nature, though her serious side is evident in her commitment to dance as an intellectually rigorous medium.

 

Vaudeo Motion is a collaboration between dancer Nora Sharp and the audio-video artists Ben Baker-Smith and Evan Kühl, who have been working together as the synaesthetic media duo Vaudeo Signal since 2010.

Ben and Evan explore the manipulation of analog signals in real time using an instrument made up of uniquely integrated, customized audio-video hardware.

Nora creates dance movements that empathize with viewers and facilitates spaces where people feel welcome, connected, and acknowledged.

 

High Concept Labs (HCL) supports artists and facilitates dialogue between artists, audiences, and staff. This increases access and transparency to the artistic process and fosters transformational experiences in an environment of experimentation and discovery. Highconceptlabs.org.

HCL: Jeanette Andrews and Mike Oleon of Rough House
May
20
2:00 pm14:00

HCL: Jeanette Andrews and Mike Oleon of Rough House

Jeanette Andrews is a contemporary illusionist and artist who specializes in creating interactive sensory illusions. Combining a lifetime of craft with influences not typically seen in magic performances such as interactive performance art, immersive theater, quantum physics, and philosophy, she has forged a unique take on this ancient art form.

Her work centers on creating sensory illusions that reveal the dynamic process of perception. She explores how illusions construct reality and highlights astonishing aspects of everyday life through moments of psychological impossibilities. Andrews’ vision is to bring back the prestige of illusion as a high art form, and modernizing historic magic illusions by having them performed by the viewers themselves.

 

Rough House is an interdisciplinary puppet and object-based theater company based in Chicago. It is built on the belief that theater should be wild, beautiful, brutal and always sincere.

While the empathetic nature and imaginative possibilities of puppetry enable the company to relate stories in a way that human actors never could, Rough House embraces visible human players on stage rather than hide them behind mask or curtain.  After all, a puppet without a performer is a little more than an inert object. This visibly intimate interaction symbolizes the fight for the enduring humanity that resides within the analog and the low-fi amidst a world of ubiquitous digitization. In utilizing found and recycled objects, the company seeks to bring new life to the old artifacts that society is quick to dispose of and eager to forget. Its work strives to balance the Elegant with the Rough.

 

High Concept Labs (HCL) supports artists and facilitates dialogue between artists, audiences, and staff. This increases access and transparency to the artistic process and fosters transformational experiences in an environment of experimentation and discovery. Highconceptlabs.org.

HCL: a.pe.ri.od.ic, Emma Draves, Runaways Lab
May
19
7:00 pm19:00

HCL: a.pe.ri.od.ic, Emma Draves, Runaways Lab

a.pe.ri.od.ic is a Chicago-based performance collective featuring post-Cagean notated, acoustic, experimental music. Founded in 2010, a.pe.ri.od.ic’s repertoire explores the indeterminacy of various musical elements including instrumentation, structure, pitch, and/or duration. Drawn to works of sparseness, contemplation, and quietude, this “daring group” (Chicago Reader) focuses on scores primarily notated with prose. The ensemble is devoted to performing works of the Wandelweiser collective, in addition to other living experimental composers based primarily in the US and Europe.

Emma Draves is a dance artist and educator examining identity, narrative, and emotional landscape. Draves’ work draws from her multi-disciplinary training in modern, ballet, bharatanatyam, and Laban Movement Analysis.

The Runaways Lab is a Chicago theater company that produces work free from expectations of traditional theatrical performance. Our audience engages with the thrilling, DIY nature of our theatre that is stripped to basic carnal and emotional experiences.

High Concept Labs (HCL) supports artists and facilitates dialogue between artists, audiences, and staff. This increases access and transparency to the artistic process and fosters transformational experiences in an environment of experimentation and discovery. Highconceptlabs.org. Artists performing: Stephan Moore, Jeanette Andrews, Courtney Mackedanz, Anthea Behm, Becky Grajeda, Kristina Isabelle, Deidre Huckabay, a.pe.ri.od.ic, Vaudeo Motion, Mike Oleon of Rough House Theater, and Emma Draves.

Comfort Music: Home Presents Ace Da Vinci & Giallorenzo/Manu
May
18
9:00 pm21:00

Comfort Music: Home Presents Ace Da Vinci & Giallorenzo/Manu

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**

Homeroom is proud to present Comfort Music on Thursdays in May at Comfort Station (2579 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647). Each evening will see a Chicago hip-hop or soul performer paired with a jazz or improv act. This free series aims to bring together musicians and audiences who rarely share the same venue while presenting two genres thriving in Chicago.

Ace da Vinci weaves R&B and jazz into rich hip-hop tapestries while rapping about self-discovery and the desire for peace-of-mind and personal and community growth.

Paul Giallorenzo is a Chicago-based improviser, composer, and producer using piano, synthesizer, keyboards, and electronics in a wide variety of groups and contexts, ranging from jazz and improvised music to electro-acoustic/noise to sound and video performance. 

Peter Maunu is a veteran guitarist and violinist and was highly respected in the inner music circles of Los Angeles for session work ranging from Tony Williams, Billy Cobham, Claus Ogerman, Jean-Luc Ponty, and Mark Isham to Bobby McFerrin, the Commodores, and the Pointer Sisters. After years of working LA, Maunu moved to Chicago in 2010’s and immediately immersed himself in the experimental jazz scene.

Comfort Film presents: Open TV Re-Presents
May
17
8:00 pm20:00

Comfort Film presents: Open TV Re-Presents

  • Comfort Station

Comfort Film presents

Open TV Re-Presents

OpenTV will screen several web series some never screened here in Chicago.

About Re-Presents: In between the first and second cycles we’ll be re-releasing existing web series through Open TV Re-Presents. Open TV Re-Presents is basically our “re-runs.” I’ve asked a select group of artists and producers to combine all the episodes of their series into one “binge-able” file for Open TV beta.
Why re-release series already online? While we like to think of the internet as accessible, in truth people miss interesting and great projects all the time. Algorithms hide programs from us. We get distracted with the hours of video uploaded to the web every minute, not to mention new releases in film, video games, music, art, etc. People tell me all the time they miss programs they swore their social networks would have caught. We clearly need a secondary market for indie TV.
Open TV Re-Presents starts an archive of original series by queer, trans, cis-women, and artists of color. I’m curating shows I find artistic, focused on great writing even in the absence of technical sophistication or lengthy narratives. Some series sacrifice traditional cinematic quality to tell a fuller story, whereas others tease audiences with a short story in order draw them in to fully realized world.
Whatever their relationship to production value, each of these series is historically significant and marks an evolution in television stories by and about queer people. Curl up and enjoy with generosity and love

Program: 

OUTTAKES- is a lo-fi web series about two trans guys. It is based on the genre of the transition video, videos created by people in the process of transitioning their gender. These videos, created all over the world in bedrooms and living rooms on laptops and webcams, are a way for trans* people to share experiences and information, and to feel less isolated by reaching out and building community online.

MELODY SET ME FREE- Set in a record label ran by dame diva KK Queen (played by Linzy), Patience O'brien (also played by Linzy) continues her journey of being in love and singing. However, she soon realizes it is not the dream she dreamt in MELODY SET ME FREE. 

KISSING WALLS- KISSING WALLS is a 3-part comedy that explores work, sex, and friendship between queer 20-somethings living in Chicago.

FILIPINO FUSIONS- FILIPINO FUSIONS is a cooking show by Kiam Marcelo Juino, star of Open TV Presents: Nupita Obama Creates Vogua! In this show Kiam hosts as Jerry Blossom and shows us how to make Filipino food with a vegan twist.

Kiam Junio from Filipino Fusions and Zak Payne and Nathaniel Tenenbaum for Kissing Walls will be in attendance.
weareopen.tv/represents/

About OpenTV: Open TV is a platform for indie arts and artists. We incubate art and artists commercial television studios and networks cannot develop consistently. We believe television is an art but must also showcase different types of art outside of the competition format we see on reality TV. We believe television must be open to diverse identities and their experiences, so we are committed to developing work from artists most often left out of commercial production: queer, trans, and cis-women and people of color. All Open TV artists keep their intellectual property and distribution agreements are non-exclusive. weareopen.tv/about/

Free
No BYOB

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

Once In A Lifetime: Stalked By My Doctor!
May
16
8:00 pm20:00

Once In A Lifetime: Stalked By My Doctor!

  • Comfort Station

Having an unwanted suitor is never fun, but the heart surgeon who saved your life becoming obsessed with you and giving you weird dolls and shit? That's downright creepy. The only thing that could make this situation worse is if...oh shit, your doctor is Eric Roberts. Fuck. 

Featuring Eric Roberts screaming both "I'M UNFRIENDING YOU!" and "I'M A DOCTOR!" at various points throughout the film, the latter while ripping up garbage bags in the alley behind a mall, this one is the classic WTF over-the-top Lifetime movie we always want, but so rarely get. Based on absolutely nothing true at all, thank God. 

Featuring commentary from The A.V. Club's Katie Rife and Danette Chavez! Oh, and did we mention it's free? The venue does not allow alcohol, but there are plenty of cocktail bars in Logan Square for pre- and post- gaming. Or so we hear.

Estación Brutalísima: Espejos
May
14
8:00 pm20:00

Estación Brutalísima: Espejos

Music at 8, doors at 7

Espejos is a Chicago based punk band with a post-punk influenced sound, powerhouse drumming, and aggressive musical energy.

Estación Brutalísima is a unique 3-day musical performance program that will showcase 3 local Latinx bands that explore heavy, loud sounds in various ways. In contrast to Comfort Station's usual musical programming which emphasizes intimate performances, Estacíon Brutalisima wiIl use the active acoustics of our space as an amplifier to reach an audience outside of our building. In keeping with the dynamic and creatively stimulating programming offered by Comfort Station, Estación Brutalísima is an innovative vision to bring diverse musical experiences to our audiences and to activate our space for Latino community participation in an open and accessible environment.

Estación Brutalísima: Los Black Dogs
May
13
8:00 pm20:00

Estación Brutalísima: Los Black Dogs

Music at 8, doors at 7

Los Black Dogs is a Mexican rock n roll band from Chicago. Born and raised in Mexico, the band draws its influences from old rock and roll from the 60`s and 70`s. The music has the swing, swagg, attitude, rhythm, and the big balls of rock n'roll. Los Black Dogs is not a vintage rock and roll band, but a new band that plays rock and roll.

Estación Brutalísima is a unique 3-day musical performance program that will showcase 3 local Latinx bands that explore heavy, loud sounds in various ways. In contrast to Comfort Station's usual musical programming which emphasizes intimate performances, Estacíon Brutalisima wiIl use the active acoustics of our space as an amplifier to reach an audience outside of our building. In keeping with the dynamic and creatively stimulating programming offered by Comfort Station, Estación Brutalísima is an innovative vision to bring diverse musical experiences to our audiences and to activate our space for Latino community participation in an open and accessible environment.

Estación Brutalísima: Cabrona
May
12
8:00 pm20:00

Estación Brutalísima: Cabrona

Music at 8, doors at 7

Cabrona is a high-energy bilingual punk band that aims to unravel hidden stories with a sound that acknowledges lineages to Latin America and the disruption of belonging to two different cultures. The 4-piece band (including a mariachi violinist) incorporates various styles to shape a unique sound that speaks to underrepresented narratives on stage and in the music world.

Estación Brutalísima is a unique 3-day musical performance program that will showcase 3 local Latinx bands that explore heavy, loud sounds in various ways. In contrast to Comfort Station's usual musical programming which emphasizes intimate performances, Estacíon Brutalisima wiIl use the active acoustics of our space as an amplifier to reach an audience outside of our building. In keeping with the dynamic and creatively stimulating programming offered by Comfort Station, Estación Brutalísima is an innovative vision to bring diverse musical experiences to our audiences and to activate our space for Latino community participation in an open and accessible environment.

Comfort Music: Home Room Presents, Kai, the Mind; The Bridge (France) & Sean Masterson
May
11
7:00 pm19:00

Comfort Music: Home Room Presents, Kai, the Mind; The Bridge (France) & Sean Masterson

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**

Kai, the Mind is a young Chicago hip-hop and visual artist and founder of Black Tide Entertainment, a creative production company. Kai’s upbeat and playful music exudes ambition and sexuality.

The Bridge is a network French and American musicians structured around collaborative projects designed exchange, production, and diffusion to build a transatlantic bridge. The Bridge encourages meetings and relationships between creative musicians for the purpose of building enduring collaborations. Pierre-Antoine Badaroux , saxophone, will perform. Both an avant-garde performer and a great arranger of early jazz from the 20’s and the 30’s, Badaroux is a very dynamic actor of European contemporary music. His work centers on an exploration of the relationship the forms of memory and of writing, of the undetermined and the improvised. Whether it is through the process of interpretation at the helm of the Hodos ensemble, of composing with his sextet, of improvising solo, of archiving as a producer for the labels Umlaut Records and Remote Resonator, of deconstructing bebop with the Peeping Tom quartet or meticulously reconstituting dance music from the 30s with the Umlaut Big Band, his endeavors are always grounded in this multiplication.

Sean Masterson is an illusionist and theater performer.

Werewolves, Clowns, Perverts, and Cops
May
10
8:00 pm20:00

Werewolves, Clowns, Perverts, and Cops

  • Comfort Station

Comfort Film Presents:

Werewolves, Clowns, Perverts, and Cops: 
Short Films from the Chicago Underground


Program:
The Lazy Werewolf - Derek Braasch and Anthony Cooney (6 min)
Cops 2 - Cleveland Moore (10 min)
The Clown Dies at Midnight - Derek Braasch (18 min)
BloodSpray: The Musical - Mike Vanderbilt and Pat O'Sullivan (10 min)
Don't Pull Out - Alan Smithee (3 min)
Necroplasmosis - Henry Frias Leon (15 min)
Yes - Anthony Desmond (13 minutes)
Leaf Blower Massacre - Anthony Cooney (17 min)

Total Running Time: 92 minutes
Media: Digital Projection

cheeviesfilms.com


Free
No BYOB

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera

Compassionate Communication / Non-Violent Communication workshop
May
9
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’. 

Forms & Features: Simile
May
8
7:00 pm19:00

Forms & Features: Simile

All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop led by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney. In May, we focus on the simile, a comparative construction that creates meaning through likeness and unlikeness.

 

The group will explore the aspects and effects of simile in a wide variety of poems. A creative workshop, where participants will be guided through composing an original poem employing simile, will conclude the session.

Mouth Muffins with Holly Arsenault
May
6
7:00 pm19:00

Mouth Muffins with Holly Arsenault

A mom hair wig, matching Winnie the Pooh overalls and shirt, the smell of banana chocolate chip muffins, the sound of spitting, the sensation of powder drying out your mouth, gargling, the sound of wet banana mush and spit smacking as it lands in a bowl, gargling, the taste of fresh baked muffins. An interaction between a family muffin recipe, its ingredients, and the mouth. Embodying the super mom and the mother bird, Holly carefully measures out each ingredient using the volume of their mouth.


Holly Arsenault's work attempts to articulate twisty hard to put into words emotions and feelings or occasionally sensations, through actions with objects. Many feelings translate better to grunts or violent arm movements or the tension of thread wrapped very tightly around something rather than to something systematic like language. The objects in their work dictate the emotional actions of their performances. These actions in turn make narratives, understanding and making sense out of them is not important, whats important is that they are being told.

Mouth Muffins with Holly Arsenault
May
5
7:00 pm19:00

Mouth Muffins with Holly Arsenault

A mom hair wig, matching Winnie the Pooh overalls and shirt, the smell of banana chocolate chip muffins, the sound of spitting, the sensation of powder drying out your mouth, gargling, the sound of wet banana mush and spit smacking as it lands in a bowl, gargling, the taste of fresh baked muffins. An interaction between a family muffin recipe, its ingredients, and the mouth. Embodying the super mom and the mother bird, Holly carefully measures out each ingredient using the volume of their mouth.


Holly Arsenault's work attempts to articulate twisty hard to put into words emotions and feelings or occasionally sensations, through actions with objects. Many feelings translate better to grunts or violent arm movements or the tension of thread wrapped very tightly around something rather than to something systematic like language. The objects in their work dictate the emotional actions of their performances. These actions in turn make narratives, understanding and making sense out of them is not important, whats important is that they are being told.

Comfort Music: Homeroom Presents Vagabond Maurice & Tim Daisy
May
4
7:00 pm19:00

Comfort Music: Homeroom Presents Vagabond Maurice & Tim Daisy

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**

Vagabond Maurice explores narratives of nerd mythos and Afro-futurism while paying homage to his jazz-hop and soul influences. Vagabond Maurice cathartically traverses with nostalgia-laced rhymes through atmospheric instrumentals helmed by Chinsaku. (Photo by Mike Bump)

Tim Daisy is a Chicago-based drummer, marimbist, and composer working in the fields of improvised and composed music. He has performed and recorded original music for modern dance, sound installations, film, and improvised music ensembles of various configurations since 1997. Tim also owns and operates Relay Records , documenting much of the creative work he has been in volved with in Chicago and abroad since 2011. (Photo by Krzysztof Penarski)

Comfort Film Presents Machinima Report
May
3
8:00 pm20:00

Comfort Film Presents Machinima Report

  • Comfort Station

Comfort Film Presents
MACHINIMA REPORT

Curated by Video Game Art Gallery

The first ever VGA screening of Machinima: works of animation created through the real-time graphics engines of video games. The evening will offer a series of machinima shorts that serve a dual purpose: to report on the current state of Machinima as a technique and community and also to illustrate what Machinima can report on in the world and culture at large in a way that is unique to the practice.
More details TBA.

About Video Game Art Gallery:
Founded in 2013 in the lively game community of Chicago, Video Game Art (VGA) Gallery seeks to increase cultural appreciation and education about one of the most important mediums of the 21st century -- video games --through exhibition, study, and sale. VGA Gallery is an Illinois 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.
videogameartgallery.com

Free
No BYOB

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

Piano Power Turns 10
Apr
29
3:00 pm15:00

Piano Power Turns 10


Piano Power hosts a free, family-friendly music event from 3-6pm!

Help Piano Power celebrate ten years of music education in Chicago and the North Shore at this open-house-style, musical extravaganza.

Featuring perforances by our amazing teachers and students, light refreshments, and lots of good vibes. Come for the music, stay to learn more about the work we do!

Piano Power is a collaborative community of music students, parents, and teachers in Chicago and the North Shore. Our goal: to foster a lifelong love of music in our students, and to make lessons convenient and stress-free for our families and teachers. For more info visit pianopower.org.

Comfort Music: Mathew Sage, Chaz Prymek & Jeremy Cunningham, Dustin Laurnezi
Apr
27
7:00 pm19:00

Comfort Music: Mathew Sage, Chaz Prymek & Jeremy Cunningham, Dustin Laurnezi

 

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**

Chaz Prymek & Matthew Sage

Matthew Sage is an educator, publisher, artist and musician living in Chicago. He records sounds as "M. Sage" and participates in various other solo and group recording projects, including Visit with Chaz Prymek. He runs Patient Sounds, a private press record label and book publisher. 

Chaz Prymek is a musician from the mountain west. He plays as Lake Mary, as well as in groups including Visit, Nevada Greene and more. Prymek's Lake Mary project has seen releases on Patient Sounds, Scissor Tail Editions, Wounded Knife, and more. 

Together, Prymek & Sage perform improvisatory americana, ambient pastoralia, and minimalist free music for acoustic and electric instruments.

Jeremy Cunning & Dustin Laurenzi

Chicago improvisers Jeremy Cunningham (drums) and Dustin Laurenzi (saxophone/electronics) share a common fascination with melody, sound and rhythm that has brought them together in countless configurations since their first meeting in 2012. Collaborations with guitarist Jeff Parker, bassist Matt Ulery, saxophonist Nick Mazzarella, and other leading forces in Chicago’s improvised music community have highlighted Cunningham and Laurenzi’s empathetic playing and personal approaches to their instruments, however the transparency of the duo setting allows these two like-minded musicians’ voices to shine even more directly.

Patiently building improvisations around melodies, speech samples, and sequences, the duo makes use of various electronics to create spontaneous compositions out of improvised frameworks. Their sound is informed by the rich history of their collective experience performing jazz, folk, post-rock, and beat music.

TIPS 4 Tingles : a live ASMR experience curated by Hanna M. Owens
Apr
26
8:00 pm20:00

TIPS 4 Tingles : a live ASMR experience curated by Hanna M. Owens

  • Comfort Station

TIPS 4 TINGLES : a live ASMR experience curated by Hanna M. Owens

Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is an experience characterized by a static-like or tingling sensation on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine. It has been compared with auditory-tactile synesthesia. Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) signifies the subjective experience of 'low-grade euphoria' characterized by 'a combination of positive feelings, and a distinct static-like tingling sensation on the skin'. It is most commonly triggered by specific acoustic, visual and digital media stimuli, and less commonly by intentional attentional control. -Wikipedia

On the evening of April 26 from 8-10pm, artist and organizer Hanna M. Owens will offer personalized ASMR therapy sessions on willing guests. 

Throughout the night there will be a loop video installation of work by artists Tony Bomboni and Nia M. Your ASMR Queen.

ASMR therapy, usually delivered via internet video, is a ritual that many utilize to aid with anxiety, insomnia, and relaxation. Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or ASMR, is the tingly, soothing sensation you may feel in your head, scalp, neck or shoulders when triggered by certain audio and/or visual cues, such as watching someone clean windows or hearing ice tinker in your glass. Often we feel this when getting a haircut or when someone whispers in our ear. You may be surprised by which triggers work on you; just writing this puts me in the zone. 

If you would like to reserve a 5-15 minute session with Hanna for a specific time, you can email her directly to secure your spot at hannamowens [at] gmail [dot] com. 

About Hanna’s practice: 
hannamowens.com
hannamowens.com/asmr-therapy

This collaboration is an effort of the CHICAGQ curatorial program. Learn more about our projects at chicagq.tumblr.com. 


Free
NO BYOB

Gather: Jen Hill & Eli Namay/Anton Hatwich
Apr
21
7:00 pm19:00

Gather: Jen Hill & Eli Namay/Anton Hatwich

Gather…
…makers of diverse experimental sound and music practices for connection and creative exchange. A series curated by Adam Shanley, Allen Moore, Nick Meryhew and Rebecca Himelstein.

We are excited to present work by composer and performer Jen Hill, as well as improvisations by Anton Hatwich and Eli Namay.

As always, this performance is free. Any donations go directly to the performing artists.

http://www.jh-sound.com/

http://www.elinamay.org/

http://www.antonhatwich.com/

 

Comfort Music: Jim Dorling & Graham Stephenson
Apr
20
7:00 pm19:00

Comfort Music: Jim Dorling & Graham Stephenson

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**

Jim Dorling sings and writes the songs for the Pillowhammer. He plays in DRMWPN and is the guy who made and sets up the Dreamachine for that loose collective. He improvises and used to be in Town and Country.

Graham Stephenson is a trumpet player who uses amplification to explore otherwise inaudible aspects of the instrument. Sound-streams and textures arise from intense, direct, physical engagement in improvisational performance.

Released and Abandoned: The Kill-Off (1989)
Apr
19
8:00 pm20:00

Released and Abandoned: The Kill-Off (1989)

  • Comfort Station

Released and Abandoned: Forgotten Oddities of the Home Video Era returns with a screening of

THE KILL-OFF (1989)

Plot: Business at The Pavilion bar is down so Pete and Rags decide that the best way to get The Pavilion off the skids is to turn it into a strip joint. --IMDB

Directed by Maggie Greenwald
Starring:
Cathy Haase
Loretta Gross
Andrew Lee Barrett

Running time: 110 minutes
Media: VHS Projection.

Hosted by Paul Freitag-Fey writer for the DAILY GRINDHOUSE.

About:
Released and Abandoned: Forgotten Oddities of the Home Video Era is a monthly series curated by Paul Freitag-Fey from the Daily Grindhouse featuring odd and lost/forgotten movies from the home video era some never distributed in theaters or on DVD. 

Free
No BYOB

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

Trailer http://dai.ly/x54uvk9

Comfort Music: Ishmael Ali Solo/Chainlink Trio
Apr
13
7:00 pm19:00

Comfort Music: Ishmael Ali Solo/Chainlink Trio

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**

Ishmael Ali

Ishmael Ali is a guitarist, composer, and improviser based out of Chicago. His work focuses on exploring sound through free jazz, collaborative improvisation, and experimental music. Current projects include a quartet that explores parameter-based improvisation and non-traditional forms, a quartet that draws from the music of Paul Motian, and For The Birds, a sextet that performs compositions based on bird calls.

In addition to performing, Ishmael curates the Autotelic Series, an experimental music series happening on the first Wednesday of every month in Chicago.

Chainlink Trio [Hunton, Krouse, Pappalardo] 

Chainlink is a collaborative, improvising trio including Chicago drummer Emerson Hunton, Chicago pianist Eric Krouse, and Brooklyn bassist Dan Papallardo. Their music focuses on long-form compositional structures, free improvisation, and high-intensity odd time signatures.

 

Sinema Obscura presents: Animation Compilation @Comfort Station
Apr
12
8:00 pm20:00

Sinema Obscura presents: Animation Compilation @Comfort Station

  • Comfort Station

Sinema obscura presents: Animation Compilation at Comfort Station

Featuring animated shorts from some of your favorite Chicago filmmakers. Including:
Gretchen Hasse, Bob Fisher, Tucker Dryden, HWfilms Vince, Curtis Randolf and more!!

Lineup:
Storm + City Night : Gretchen Hasse
Massacre at Fort Lookout : Vince Tasso (Happily Wasted Films: HWFilms)
Meter Maid : Teirza Scaccia (MusenPet / MrMastodon)
And We Were Young : Tucker Dryden
More TBA

About Sinema Obscura:
A pop-up style theater that can be found at various locations around the city.facebook.com/Sinema-Obscura-113518742376924/




Free
No BYOB


Program by Raul Benitezand Nando Espinosa Herrera

Viewing Hours
Apr
8
1:30 pm13:30

Viewing Hours

 

It’s Just Color

New Prints on Fabric by Cassie Tompkins
Exhibition Dates: April 1st - April 29th

Viewing Hours: 1:30-4:30pm