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

 


Comfort Music: Parlour Tapes+ presents Carrie Frey & Jenna Lyle
Nov
16
7:30 PM19:30

Comfort Music: Parlour Tapes+ presents Carrie Frey & Jenna Lyle

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Comfort Music and Parlour Tapes+ Present:

Parlour Tapes-er Jenna Lyle and Violist of Power and Grace Carrie Frey team up to teach you, yes YOU, the ins and out of the bassoon in their multi-faceted, deeply informative presentation entitled "How to Play the Bassoon (with a viola)." Don't miss this prime opportunity for post-instrumental-distinction enlightenment. Featuring instructional video demonstrations by Bassoon legend Katherine A. Young.

About Carrie:

Carrie Frey loves working with open, inquisitive performers and composers to push the limits of herself, her instrument, and the sounds that the two of them can make in various combinations. An enthusiastic proponent of new music, she has premiered over 140 compositions. 

In New York City, Carrie performs regularly with Petros Klampanis GroupAeon Ensemble, Wet Ink Large Ensemble, ensemble mise-en, and toy piano/toy viola duo Wind-Up Elephant.

Her string trio, Chartreuse, has sought after the essential sounds of meat grease, horseshoe crabs, water, creaky ships, Hardanger fiddles, elephants in love, hurdy gurdies, and starlings, among many others. This season, Chartreuse will join the inaugural Barnes Ensemble; perform at the Chicago Arts Club, Lancaster New Sounds, and the West Coast Permutations Series; and record their first full-length album.

As a member of deturtle (now distortoise), a double trio blending Chartreuse with guitarist Matthew Gold, drummer Nathan Friedman, and bassist Matthew Adomeit, Carrie wrote two tunes (Dandy LionPearls) that the band included in their 2013 tour of the U.S. Northeast. She recently premiered her own work for laptop and viola, threeand organizes an annual Minimalistmas festivity around her holiday adaptation of Terry Riley’s In C: Carrie Freiley’s In C(hristmas).

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

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Nov
12
4:30 PM16:30

Cimmfest screening of: David Bowie: The Last Five Years

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Comfort Film is proud to be a venue for the 2017 Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (CIMMFest).

David Bowie: The Last Five Years (2017)

Director: Francis Whately
Stars: David Bowie, Earl Slick, Gail Ann Dorsey
Documentary
After a decade of public silence, David Bowie entered perhaps the most unexpected and daring stage of a career filled with changes. Featuring a wealth of previously unseen footage and key collaborators on his last two albums and the stage musical Lazarus, this is an intimate portrait of Bowie in the final phase of one of the defining creative lives of our time, returning to the core themes of spirituality, alienation, and fame that define his work.
"Lazarus".

About Cimmfest: Founded in 2008, the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (CIMMfest) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization dedicated to exploring the relationship between music, movies, and visual media in all its forms. Bringing together films and filmmakers, music and musicians, art and artists, industry and audiences from around the world, CIMMfest celebrates creativity and discourse that showcase the power of collaboration. cimmfest.org/about/


Free
No BYOB

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Nov
12
2:00 PM14:00

Untitled Event

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Comfort Film is proud to host the 2017 CIMMfest Student Film Showcase, a program we're hosting for the second year in a row for the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival. 

Program:
Student Film Competition (TRT app. 90min + time for audience vote; all short fiction)
1) Fail-Safe
Directed by Jon LeVert
10 minutes
Two cops investigate the home of a prominent journalist whose latest story targets their police department.

2) Gate Money
Directed by Evan Skorepa, Aaron Buangsuwon, and Jacob Smyth
8 minutes
An ex-convict struggles to reintegrate into society while trying to reconnect with her child.

3) The Great Wall of Vicky Lynn
Directed by YuYing Chien
15 minutes
Vicky Lynn's traditionalist mom demands the best grades, the better to get her daughter into Harvard. But the Taiwanese-American teenager has other ideas, involving her high school's hip hop dance club.

4) Mahal
Directed by Jay Españo
18 minutes
Arthur, a retired musician, wants desperately to reconnect with his Alzheimer's-stricken wife. When he finds an old music box that triggers bits and pieces of her memory, he discovers an unsettling truth about himself.

5) Maximilian the Great
Directed by Sebastián R. Melchor
15 minutes
A stage magician with a silver tongue, mounting debts, and an irresistible tendency to outsmart himself sets up his most elaborate trick yet.

6) Thank You for the Music
Directed by Spencer Frankeberger
9 minutes
Budding music therapist Kenny shares his passion for music with third graders at a school where he is interning but struggles to communicate with Sally, a deaf student.

7) When We Listen
Directed by Amr Moustafa
15 minutes
After losing her family and the life she once knew, Syrian refugee Amal lands in Canada, seeking a safe place and someone to listen to her pain.

This program is curated by Nina Wieda and will feature seven films by student filmmakers from around the world. As describe by Curator Weida, "this is a heart-wrenching bunch of films, dealing with immigration, imprisonment, police corruption, disability, Alzheimer's, but also music friendship, and love that transcends all". Stay tuned for the official line up of films. In the meantime, invite your friends. Tell them this is the only, offical free venue for CIMMfest 2017.

Free and open to the public.
No BYOB.

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Nov
11
12:00 PM12:00

Cimmfest 2017 Shorts Film program at Comfort Film.

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Comfort Film is proud to be a venue once agin for Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (CIMMFest)

Presenting three Shorts Film programs.

Saturday Nov. 11
12pm
Shorts Program 1: Personality Crises (TRT 84:57)
1) So It Goes (short fiction)
Directed by Justin Carlton
12 minutes
A home-studio singer (screen queen Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is in a creative funk until she meets an oddball bike guy (Ryan Kattner, of Philly experimental band Man Man) for a spontaneous rendering of Van Morrison’s “Jackie Wilson Said.”

2) "Talk Talk" – Kerosene Stars (music video)
Directed by Eden Ames
3 minutes
A femme fatale with Jekyll and Hyde inclinations seduces a suspicious detective.

3) Jon and the Wolf (short fiction)
Directed by Ryan Maples
18 minutes
Geeky Jon is hopelessly hot for teacher – namely, his lovely guitar tutor, Michelle – but she only goes for older jerks. Inspired by legendary rock god Luke Wolf, Jon remakes himself in the Wolf’s image and sets out to win his teacher’s heart.

4) "In the Wind" – Shawn Lidster (music video)
Directed by Julian Grant
4 minutes
When you've lost everything, all you need is love. A post-apocalyptic, steampunk, stop-motion letter of hope.

5) Apocalypse Rock (short fiction)
Directed by Brian Pennington
24 minutes
It’s the end of the world as he knows it, and Tom Harper feels like rocking. From his radio bunker, the last DJ blasts out blazing tunes in hopes of reaching any rockers left alive — or just staying sane.

6) "Jack and the Giant" - A Love Like Pi (music video)
Directed by Kim Pimmel
4 minutes
Analog FX video follows a solitary circle through a journey of wonder, struggle, and celebration.

7) Inward Edward (short fiction)
Directed by Sonia Suvagau
20 minutes
In this dark musical, a pill-popping marriage counselor faces his own deep troubles while he, quite literally, sees the real problems faced by the couples seeking his help.

1:45pm
Shorts Program 2: Magnificent Obsessions (TRT 79:49) 
1) Sweet Pie (short doc)
Directed by Pierce Cravens
10 minutes
Years after giving up his music career to raise a daughter and sell books in the nude in small-town Arizona, Paul Winer — aka Sweet Pie, “the baron of bare-assed boogie” — makes a triumphant return to the New York stage. 

2) Chorus (short fiction)
Directed by César Tormo García
4 minutes
After loudly rehearsing a song in her room, a punky teen endures a lecture from her exacting father on the immutable rules of rock ’n’ roll song structure.

3) The Memories Station (short doc)
Directed by Derek Frank
17 minutes
A warm profile of Bob Bittner, the owner/operator of a family of fan-supported New England radio stations that offer listeners a respite from the harried digital world with a nostalgic blend of American popular music from the ’40s to the ’80s.

4) "Space Hustlin'" – Space Hustler (music video)
Directed by Josh Stone
6 minutes
A kid stuck in detention daydreams the origin myth of a futuristic interstellar hip-hop savior. 

5) Locked Outside (short fiction)
Directed by Ross Richardson
7 minutes
A pair of Parisian skater girls roll from arrondissement to arrondissement to a Tarantino-movie soundtrack, plucking moments of escape from everyday life while being unknowingly pursued by a guy with designs on their boards.

6) Tav Falco: Make Me Know You're Mind (short doc)
Directed by JP Olsen and Kristen Nutile
13 minutes
The mercurial mondo Memphis rocker and "art-action provocateur" is captured at the outset of his 2015 North American tour in a short that will leave you hoping there's a Falco feature in the works.

7) Reborn (short doc)
Directed by Andrew Margetson
5 minutes
After recovering from a terrible foot injury, Lauren Cuthbertson, principal dancer at Britain's Royal Ballet, reflects on the brutal reality of being a top ballerina and performs a mesmerizing solo piece.

8) The Man Is the Music (short doc)
Directed by Maris Curran
19 minutes
Outsider artist Lonnie Holley invites us into his world, where he uses his music and found-object art to create beauty in response to the trauma of a life lived on the edges of society.


3:30pm
Shorts Program 3: Dark and Troubling Things (TRT 83:10)
1) Psychogenic Fugue (short fiction)
Directed by Sandro Miller
20 minutes
John Malkovich re-enacts famous scenes from the David Lynch oeuvre as only he can, and adopts the guise of Lynch himself to drop nuggets of gnomic wisdom, in this trippy homage by noted Chicago photographer/filmmaker Sandro, made in collaboration with Lynch’s meditation-minded foundation.

2) "Night" – Reptoids (music video)
Directed by Yeva Dashevsky and Conor McCaffrey
2 minutes
A madman stalks his victims in genuine 16mm in this old-school horror homage from Chicago's own Reptoids.

3) Melodica (short fiction)
Directed by Rachel Monosov
27 minutes
A young couple and an older woman have a collective existential breakdown in a remote and incredibly designed house. An ominous meditation on reality and art co-scored by CIMMfest's George Lepauw.

4) "Stardust" – Next Is Best (music video)
Directed by Etienne Fu-Le Saulnier
4 minutes
A recently deceased woman must defeat Death in an underworld dance battle to make it back to the land of the living.

5) Black Guitar (short fiction)
11 minutes
Directed by Devin Casario
Troubled troubadour and grieving father Anton drinks and debauches his way through a dark night of his soul, half-heartedly trying to resurrect his music career but mostly looking for oblivion.

6) The Letter Carrier (short fiction)
Directed by Jesse L. Martin and Rick Cosnett
18 minutes
A whistling nightmare stalks the Blue Ridge Mountains in 1860, hunting for children to sell into slavery. This is the musical story of one family's attempt to live their lives while keeping a weather eye out for the letter carrier.




About Cimmfest: Founded in 2008, the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (CIMMfest) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization dedicated to exploring the relationship between music, movies, and visual media in all its forms. Bringing together films and filmmakers, music and musicians, art and artists, industry and audiences from around the world, CIMMfest celebrates creativity and discourse that showcase the power of collaboration. cimmfest.org/about/


Free
No BYOB

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2017 First Nations Film And Video Festival
Nov
10
7:30 PM19:30

2017 First Nations Film And Video Festival

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.Join us for a special selection curated and presented by Ernest Whiteman, director of the FNFVF. 

The program for the night includes the following pieces.

GET A JOB (1:30:00)

Advent (9:13)

No Reservations (11:04)


GET A JOB (1:30:00) Feature FIlm

Two friends attempt to find the dignity of gainful employment while bumbling through life and sharing the Aloha Spirit in Hawaii. Funny experiences enhance their journey while they share their special musicality and hilarious charms. The film entertains and the award winning soundtrack is woven seamlessly throughout the storyline. The Barefoot Natives, Willie K and Eric Gilliom, platform 18 original songs in the “GET A JOB” musical showcase. The story is laugh-out-loud funny as the duo finds their true salvation is in family, OHANA.

Brian Kohne (Native Hawaiian)


Advent (9:13)

A little alien boy comes to explore the Earth while trying to blend in. He has it all under control….until he discovers what it’s like to have a real human connection.

Directed by: Jonah T. Begay (Navajo Nation)


No Reservations (11:04)

What if the moccasin was on the other foot? NO RESERVATIONS is political satire inspired by true-life events, giving a hypothetical look at what life would be like if the roles in Standing Rock were reversed. Protests erupt as an upper-middle class Caucasian neighborhood attempts to thwart the construction of a pipeline from an Indigenous Corporation. Starring Lorne Cardinal as Joseph Stillwater, No Reservations aims to provide an alternative point of view of the political threads that have become so tense after the events in North Dakota. Bravely challenging its viewer from the perspective of both First Nations and Caucasian cultures, the film presents a unique point of view in its statement, and a voice of accountability to the Indigenous people of North America.

Written and directed by: Trevor Carroll (Ojibwe)

About First Nations: The purpose of the First Nations Film and Video Festival Inc. is to provide an appropriate venue for Native American film and video makers of all skill levels.
The First Nations Film and Video Festival Inc. advocates for and celebrates the works of Native American film and video that break racial stereotypes and promotes awareness of contemporary Native American issues and society. fnfvf.org/blog/about-us/

TOTAL PROGRAM TIME: 1:50:17 (9:43)

Free and open to the public.
No BYOB.

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Comfort Music: Parlour Tapes+
Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

Comfort Music: Parlour Tapes+

Parlour Tapes+ presents Thursdays in November - Details TBA

Featuring Kate Barutha, Daniel, Dehaan, Deidre Huckabay, and Ryan Ingebritsen, all in absentia.

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

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Nov
8
8:00 PM20:00

The Origins of Wit & Humor

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Comfort Film presents:

The Origins of Wit & Humor

A comedy writer's need for approval leads him to order an elixir that bends his world into a surreal landscape of comedy tropes, which forces him to explore his own worth outside the writer's room.

Directed by : Christian Gridelli
Written by : Christian Gridelli & Hunter Norris

Starring:
Joe Hursley
Steve Lemme
Runtime: 92 minutes
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If you can't make the screening you can rent/own the film on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Vudu or by going to owhfilm.com

DIRECTOR BIO: A graduate of Columbia College Chicago, Christian Gridelli is a former producer for the History Channel and has been actively creating content for over a decade. Over the course of that decade, Christian has been cowriting, directing, and producing short films and web content with his collaborator, Hunter Norris, under the moniker of DimeStore Films. Their first, feature length comedy, “The Origins of Wit & Humor”. It has played at over a dozen film festivals and has taken home "Best Comedy" at Philadelphia Independent as well as "Best Actor" at the Hill Country Film Festival.Christian never it made it past Webelos and was born on the dining room rug.

Writers/Directors will be in attendance.
Free.

No BYOB

Programmged by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

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Prose Power: An All-Ages Open Mic Night
Nov
7
6:30 PM18:30

Prose Power: An All-Ages Open Mic Night

We want to hear your bars, your songs, poems and more! You've been sitting on some new stuff; don't keep it to yourself - come share it at Comfort Station on Tuesday, November 7th. This event is free and all ages. High school and elderly attendance encouraged - all are welcome. There's a lot of talent in Logan Square. This is an effort to give it a stage outside of the bars and 21+ or otherwise inaccessible spaces. Sign up at 6:30pm , first performer at 7pm. 

Hosted by Jed Lickerman.

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Opening Reception - Where House Used To Be by Daniel Hojnacki
Nov
4
5:00 PM17:00

Opening Reception - Where House Used To Be by Daniel Hojnacki

Exhibition: Nov 4th- Nov 26th

Daniel Hojnacki’s exhibition “Where House Used to Be” reflects on the universal memories of spaces we call “home”. Using personal inherited archives as a catalyst to express a fascination into visualizing how the house is remembered and forgotten. Hojnacki reminisces on our collective evolution of memory and the persistence of the reality to those memories over passing time.

Using traditional photographic processes and materials in unconventional ways, Hojnacki allows material experimentation to guide him. His process-focused practice produces work which appears organic, mysterious and texturally rich, evoking a sense of time and place without clearly calling it out.

Transforming the already home-like structure of Comfort Station, Hojnacki will invite the viewer to contemplate a domestic landscape as he attempts to piece together disjointed parts of memories lost and forgotten to time. 

Hojnacki received a BA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2011. He is an educator for youth in the Chicago area at After School Matters and Marwen Foundation. Hojnacki’s work has been shown nationally and internationally including the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago,IL), Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (Milwaukee, WI), Tormenta Gallery (La Plata, Argentina), ‘Untitled’ Art Space (Vancouver, BC), Johalla Projects (Chicago, IL), The Franklin (Chicago, IL) and Chicago Art Department (Chicago,IL). His work has been reviewed and published by Hyperallergic, New City Art, LVL 3 Artist of the week, and Specimen La Revue (Lyon, France). He has been awarded the Community Assistance Arts Program Grant (CAAP Grant), the Albert P Weisman Award, and residencies at Residencia Corazón (Argentina) and the HATCH Projects.

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Nov
3
7:30 PM19:30

Lost Landscapes a night with Rick Prelinger.

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Comfort Film in partnership with the Film Studies Center at the University of Chicago presents:

Lost Landscapes a night with Rick Prelinger.

Rick Prelinger will present selections from Lost Landscapes of San Francisco film. He will be in attendance. 

Rick Prelinger is an archivist, filmmaker, and educator. He teaches at UC Santa Cruz and is a board member of Internet Archive. His films made from archival material have played at festivals, museums, theaters, and educational institutions around the world. Lost Landscapes of San Francisco (11 episodes, 2006-2016) plays every autumn in San Francisco. He has also made urban history films in Oakland and Detroit, and is currently producing a New York film for an autumn premiere. He thanks Internet Archive and its staff for making this film possible. 

If you ever used moving images, audio or images from the Internet Archive this would be a good screening to come to and thank Rick Prelinger for that.

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

Free. 
No BYOB.

This screening preceds Rick Prelinger's event at the Film Studies Center which you can find about here. http://filmstudiescenter.uchicago.edu/events/2017/lost-landscapes-los-angeles

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 Comfort Music: POWER POWER POINT POINT
Nov
2
7:00 PM19:00

Comfort Music: POWER POWER POINT POINT

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Comfort Station and Parlour Tapes+ presents:

POWER POWER POINT POINT

Featuring Sam Scranton and Ben Zucker.

Join Sam Scranton as he invokes the light of a thousand suns in the name of high quality and compliance with quality system requirements. With the mellow sounds of garbage percussion, gentle flickers of flame and fragrance from Yankee Candles, and hopefully, a TV with some stuff on it, Sam will create a ceremonial atmosphere designed to give rest to weary visitors— a purposive rest that will renew one's inner drive toward a future built on high quality.

Hello. I’m your host, Ben Zucker. You’re listening to a special live episode O UR GAB, a composition in the shape of a podcast. Or maybe it’s a podcast in the shape of a composition. Who knows. You will hear words in the shape of music, and music in the shape of words. These words may be about things. We are here to offer you a listening experience where you will take nothing for granted, to learn and hear and question. There will be stories, there will be interviews with special guests, there will be things neither of us can anticipate. All that’s left to do now is to begin. You are encouraged to sit back, turn the volume up, and make a cup of coffee, the way you might listen to another podcast. But this is not another special live episode of a podcast. This is O. UR. GAB.

Sam Scranton (b. 1981) is a composer/performer working at the intersection of music, performance art, and installation. He has been described in New Music Box as "an artist taking wholehearted risks" and in the New York Times as a "killer drummer". Recent projects include: We Are Predatory, Air-Breathing, for alto sax, accordion, percussion, MIDI playback and TTS voice, commissioned by Gyre Ensemble; HOLOLITH, a durational work of speculative music, commissioned by Mocrep; HOLOTYPE, premiered by Spektral Quartet; and MIMIC, an evening-length musical rite developed in close collaboration with Ellen McSweeney for presentation at Omaha Under the Radar Festival. Sam has presented his music nationally and internationally at festivals and conferences such as Composit Festival, New Music Gathering, and the International Conference on Music and Minimalism. As part of the band volcano!, Sam has performed onstage in Berlin, Moscow, London, and Paris, with albums released by Leaf Label (UK). In early 2018, Parlour Tapes+ will release his debut solo album, High Quality Final Days. Sam lives and works in Chicago, pursuing a doctorate in composition at Northwestern University.

Experimenting with musical relationality and constellating concepts amongst people, objects, and histories, Ben Zucker actively merges practice as a composer and multi-instrumentalist improviser. Recent commissions include the LA Percussion Quartet, Musica Nucleo Nova, and Outset Dance. He performs as a singing and noisy vocalist, trumpeter, pianist, and percussionist around the world, including at the Banff Centre, Southbank Centre, the New York Fringe Festival, as a founding member of The Improviser's Choir and electro-salsa collective Arcadio, and on solo records for Not Art Records and Verz Imprint. Formerly resident in Connecticut, London, and Berkeley, Ben is currently a PhD student at Northwestern University in Chicago.

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

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Nov
1
8:00 PM20:00

The Akankshow Tv Movie

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Comfort Film Presents:

The Akankshow TV movie

Inspired by 100% real events, The Akankshow is a comedy webseries that follows 25-year-old Akanksha—still new to the Real World, still bitter about having grown up in the third world. 

Born in India and bred in Saudi Arabia, Akanksha has wanted nothing more all her life than to follow in the footsteps of her idols—a bunch of white men she grew up watching on SNL—and to eventually become American. Following college in small-town Indiana, she moves to Chicago to study at The Second City, and here, moves in with a performance artist who runs a marijuana bakery out of their apartment, befriends a group of weirdos who spend their Friday nights Tindering and wondering why she wouldn't want to move to Belgium or Iceland instead, and works shitty customer service jobs everyone assumes she should be good at because she's Indian. She falls in love, makes mistakes, and never remembers to learn from them, as she tries to reconcile who she is with who she's always wanted to be. 

In the movie, we follow Akanksha on her first date, a group hang with her friends that quickly devolves into something bigger than any of them were ever expecting, and finds herself in a fantasy so reminiscent of her history that she isn't even sure she's comfortable with it. All she's ever wanted to be is American, and she's figuring out that maybe it's not all that cracked up to be! 

Starring:
Akanksha Cruczynski
Zaq Keller
Bide Akande
Samira Naimi
Alex Marshall
Sean Cairns

Created by: Akanksha Cruczynski

Directed by: Alex Marshall

Written By: Akanksha Cruczynski and Julian Axelrod

Director and cast wil be in attendance. Learn more atfacebook.com/akankshow

Free
No BYOB.

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

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38-hour Screening: A Thing of Great Power and Size has Gone Missing (October 7, 2001 - Present) 
Oct
27
to Oct 28

38-hour Screening: A Thing of Great Power and Size has Gone Missing (October 7, 2001 - Present) 

In the name of the " Global War on Terror," the U.S. has initiated and sustained military action in Afghanistan, Iraq and beyond. After sixteen years of armed conflict, war has become normalized in the U.S., constant but distant. Now with the nation’s focus on the increasingly possible failure of the U.S. government, these conflicts have become even more invisible.

At the Comfort Station during October, 2010, Lucky Pierre will present A Thing of Great Power and Size has Gone Missing (October 7, 2001 - Present). The project will feature an extensive timeline citing historical, political, and social events occurring during the U.S. led war on terror, including the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. The focus will be on the human body and its destruction and exploitation during the time of these conflicts (the collective body, individual soldiers, civilian casualties and, enemy combatants held against international law). The timeline acts as a visual marker and memorial to the many bodies now disappeared due to these ongoing conflicts.

A Thing of Great Power and Size has Gone Missing (October 7, 2001 - Present) contrasts the disappearance of those bodies in the collective consciousness with the cultural saturation of the idealized bodies of popular films that act as a distraction. These movies, corresponding to the 16 years of war, will act as source material for the opening event “lectures,” and re-edited versions screened for final event. By using the highest-grossing domestic films from the war years, we will explore the interconnectedness of American values, cultural production, national/military policy, as well as official and alternative methods of historicizing.

EVENTS:

Opening Event: 16 Lectures Concerning 16 War Years Saturday, October 7
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

On the 16th anniversary of the launch of Operation Enduring Freedom the U.S invasion of Afghanistan, Lucky Pierre invites 16 guests to give 10 minute presentations on one of the years corresponding to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Closing Event: 38-hour Screening Friday, October 27, 8:00 AM to Saturday, October 28, 10:00 PM

Lucky Pierre will screen for 38 hours the highest grossing films for each of the war years. The films have been re-edited to remove human bodies while maintaining the original runtimes - condensing and measuring 16 years of war into 2,280 minutes of now altered entertainment product. While each of the films is being screened, timeline entries correlating to the year of that film are removed from the gallery wall. At the end of the screening all timeline entries will have been removed leaving the gallery space empty.

The re-edited films screened include:

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

  • Spider-Man (2002)

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

  • Shrek 2 (2004)

  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

  • Spider-Man 3 (2007)

  • The Dark Knight (2008)

  • Avatar (2009)

  • Toy Story 3 (2010)

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (2011)

  • Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

  • American Sniper (2014)

  • Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) 

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Comfort Music: The ERA Dance Crew, Matt Mehlan's Love & Apathy
Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

Comfort Music: The ERA Dance Crew, Matt Mehlan's Love & Apathy

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Comfort Music presents sets by:

The ERA Dance Crew, Matt Mehlan's Love & Apathy, Jessica Ray, Sherae Rimpsey
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THURSDAYS in October at Comfort Station are curated by Matt Mehlan (of SKELETON$ / Uumans / Shinkoyo) & featuring a new band (w/ double drums from Ryan Packard & Phil Sudderberg and double bass from Ayanna Woods & Charlie Kirchen) performing songs from a forthcoming LP titled "The Mehlans", out October 27th on Artist Pool / Shinkoyo.

Each Thursday brings MUSIC, PERFORMANCE, and/or DANCE from a Dream Team of the finest purveyors of Fresh Ideas and a General Joyous Creativity.
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Comfort Music, every Thursday
Doors open at 7 pm, show starts promptly at 7:30 pm
No cover (donations encouraged and appreciated!)
**No Alcohol is permitted at Comfort Station**

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Halloween at Comfort Film: The Brain (1988)
Oct
25
8:00 PM20:00

Halloween at Comfort Film: The Brain (1988)

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Released and Abandoned: Forgotten Oddities of the Home Video Era presents a whole month of films for Halloween at Comfort Film.

The Brain (1988)

Plot: With the help of an alien organism, a man brainwashes audiences through television; a troubled high school student is determined to stop them. -IMDB

Director: Ed Hunt
Stars: Tom Bresnahan, Cynthia Preston, David Gale
Runtime: 94 min
Media: VHS Projection

Sponsored by the DAILY GRINDHOUSE and curated/hosted by Paul Freitag-Fey.

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.

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Gather: Jenna Lyle and Weston Olencki/Hope Esser
Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

Gather: Jenna Lyle and Weston Olencki/Hope Esser

Doors at 7, show at 7:30

Donations accepted

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

Gather is an experimental music series bringing musicians from different scenes, backgrounds, practices, disciplines, and communities together for connection and artistic exchange. We curate this series with our attention toward introducing musicians who may not otherwise cross paths and whose works dialogue in compelling ways. By doing so, we hope to leave potential for collaboration and familiarity amongst different experimental music forms in Chicago. This program features a new collaboration by composer/performers Jenna Lyle and Weston Olencki, as well as a new work by performance artist Hope Esser.

Weston Olencki and Jenna Lyle premiere a new collaborative work.  Zooming in on Weston's face as he hyper-sustains a fundamental tone, Weston Plays a Bb; for metal Bb trombone with horizontal slide apparatus and mouthpiece, sound and graphics video, wall outlet-powered electronics, human performers aged 24 and 32 (5'8" and 5'3" respectively); explores the interplay between real and manufactured environments, resonances, and depictions of the body. From what begins a singular action, Lyle and Olencki propagate an overflow of information and sensory stimulation.

Hope Esser is a Chicago-based artist working in performance, garment, sculpture, and video. She earned her BA in Studio Art and Art History from Oberlin College (2007) and her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2012), where she was awarded the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship and the James Nelson Raymond Fellowship. She has been an artist-in-residence at Triangle Arts Association, ACRE, Hatch Projects, the Watermill Center, and Ox-Bow, where she was a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Scholarship. She has performed, screened, and exhibited internationally, including at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (Indianapolis), the Watermill Center (Long Island), Gallery 400 (Chicago), ExGirlfriend Gallery (Berlin), Grace Exhibition Space (Brooklyn), Links Hall (Chicago), the Arts Club of Chicago (Chicago), Defibrillator Gallery (Chicago), La Esquina Gallery (Kansas City), and Roots & Culture (Chicago) among others.
 

For Gather, Esser will presenting a new live work called Fishing.

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Comfort Society Presents Chicago Ghost Stories with Amelia Cotter
Oct
22
1:00 PM13:00

Comfort Society Presents Chicago Ghost Stories with Amelia Cotter

We are super excited to have Amelia Cotter for Comfort Society just in time for Halloween! During this lecture, she will be hitting the highlights of Chicago's haunted history and taking questions from the audience on all things spooky.

Amelia Cotter is an author and storyteller with a special interest in the supernatural, history, and folklore. Her books include This House: The True Story of a Girl and a Ghost, Maryland Ghosts: Paranormal Encounters in the Free State, and the children's book Breakfast with Bigfoot.

Amelia grew up in Bel Air, Maryland, where she developed a love for historic, abandoned, and haunted places as a young child. She was fascinated by scary stories and urban legends and fancied herself one day writing about the supernatural. When she was eleven, Amelia fell in love with a local abandoned house and its resident ghost that later became the inspiration for her first book, This House. As a teenager, Amelia had many nighttime adventures with friends, ghost hunting and suburban exploring around Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Upon moving to Chicago, Amelia also dove into the world of Midwest ghostlore. Her nostalgia for the haunted history of her home state prompted her to research and compile Maryland Ghosts, and she became a tour guide with Chicago Hauntings ghost tours, giving tours around the city. Amelia has traveled throughout the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic, exploring haunted places and speaking to audiences of all ages about the supernatural and why it fascinates us. In mid-2014, after attracting attention from television producers for her expertise on Maryland and Chicago ghostlore, Amelia joined the cast of the paranormal reality television show The R.I.P. Files.

Learn more about her here: http://www.ameliacotter.com/p/biography.html

Comfort Society is proudly sponsored by Intelligentsia.



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Comfort Music: Jessie Marino, Matt Mehlan, Rob Lundberg, D. Hall
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

Comfort Music: Jessie Marino, Matt Mehlan, Rob Lundberg, D. Hall

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Comfort Music presents sets by:

Jessie Marino (Ensemble Pamplemousse), Matt Mehlan's Love & Apathy, Rob Lundberg (JOBS), David Hall
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THURSDAYS in October at Comfort Station are curated by Matt Mehlan (of SKELETON$ / Uumans / Shinkoyo) & featuring a new band (w/ double drums from Ryan Packard & Phil Sudderberg and double bass from Ayanna Woods & Charlie Kirchen) performing songs from a forthcoming LP titled "The Mehlans", out October 27th on Artist Pool / Shinkoyo.

Each Thursday brings MUSIC, PERFORMANCE, and/or DANCE from a Dream Team of the finest purveyors of Fresh Ideas and a General Joyous Creativity.
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Comfort Music, every Thursday
Doors open at 7 pm, show starts promptly at 7:30 pm
No cover (donations encouraged and appreciated!)
**No Alcohol is permitted at Comfort Station**

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Oct
18
8:00 PM20:00

Halloween at Comfort Film: Unmasked: Part 25 (1989)

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Released and Abandoned: Forgotten Oddities of the Home Video Era presents a whole month of films for Halloween at Comfort Film.

Unmasked: Part 25 (1989)

Plot: Jackson is a lonely serial killer who is really beginning to question the point of all his killing. He is losing focus on why he started to kill in the first place. The future looks bleak until he meets a blind girl, Shelly, who begins to show him that life isn't so bad. It is all up to Jackson to decide if he's going to stop killing and start learning responsibility and think about finding a real job and starting a family. -IMDB

Director: Anders Palm
Stars: Gregory Cox, Fiona Evans, Edward Brayshaw
Runtime 1hr 25min
Media: VHS projection.

Sponsored by the DAILY GRINDHOUSE and curated/hosted by Paul Freitag-Fey

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.

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Oct
14
6:00 PM18:00

Twisted Oyster Film Festival 2017

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Comfort Film is a venue for the 2017

Twisted Oyster Film Festival

Featuring short films by Female Film Makers.

Program TBA
Free

About the Twister Oyster Film Festival: Now in its third year, the Twisted Oyster Film Festival leads the way in search of works that push the boundaries of content and narrative with a mission to bridge culture, society and technology. For 2017, we seek to highlight women creators, directors and artists from all over the world, whose works are meaningful, innovative and go in tandem with our times. twistedoysterfilmfestival.com/home/

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

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Oct
13
6:30 PM18:30

Poetry in Motion

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Chicago is known for its world famous hip hop musicians, and hard hitting street style. Music is intertwined into Chicago's DNA, history and future. A look at the dark side takes us deep into Chicago's rituals of life and death!

Featuring:

Aaron Johnson, Forging a Heritage

Eric Scholl, Divine the Lives of Nicole and Grace

Ytasha Womack, Letter to the Ancestors

Lonnie Edwards, Layne Marie Williams, An Atramentous Mind

Robin Starbuck, The Stag's Mirror

Jordan Holmes, DXTR Spits: Trap Nerd

Timothy Fryett, Of a Few Days



Come vote for your favorite films of the night. 

Remember your donation allows us to support independent and diverse filmmakers by providing them with a local network to distribute and screen their films.

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Halloween at Comfort Film: Project Nightmare (1987)
Oct
11
8:00 PM20:00

Halloween at Comfort Film: Project Nightmare (1987)

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Released and Abandoned: Forgotten Oddities of the Home Video Era presents a whole month of films for Halloween at Comfort Film.

Project Nightmare (1987)

Plot: Two men in a deserted area without knowing how they got there, are trying to escape from an unknown force that pursues them. They soon discover that a secret government experiment is responsible for their situation.

Director: Donald M. Jones
Stars: Charles Miller, Seth Foster, Elly Koslo
Runtime: 74 min
Media: VHS projection.

Sponsored by the DAILY GRINDHOUSE and curated/hosted by Paul Freitag-Fey

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.

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16 Lectures Concerning 16 War Years: A Thing of Great Power and Size has Gone Missing (October 7, 2001 - Present) 
Oct
7
6:00 PM18:00

16 Lectures Concerning 16 War Years: A Thing of Great Power and Size has Gone Missing (October 7, 2001 - Present) 

In the name of the " Global War on Terror," the U.S. has initiated and sustained military action in Afghanistan, Iraq and beyond. After sixteen years of armed conflict, war has become normalized in the U.S., constant but distant. Now with the nation’s focus on the increasingly possible failure of the U.S. government, these conflicts have become even more invisible.

At the Comfort Station during October, 2010, Lucky Pierre will present A Thing of Great Power and Size has Gone Missing (October 7, 2001 - Present). The project will feature an extensive timeline citing historical, political, and social events occurring during the U.S. led war on terror, including the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. The focus will be on the human body and its destruction and exploitation during the time of these conflicts (the collective body, individual soldiers, civilian casualties and, enemy combatants held against international law). The timeline acts as a visual marker and memorial to the many bodies now disappeared due to these ongoing conflicts.

A Thing of Great Power and Size has Gone Missing (October 7, 2001 - Present) contrasts the disappearance of those bodies in the collective consciousness with the cultural saturation of the idealized bodies of popular films that act as a distraction. These movies, corresponding to the 16 years of war, will act as source material for the opening event “lectures,” and re-edited versions screened for final event. By using the highest-grossing domestic films from the war years, we will explore the interconnectedness of American values, cultural production, national/military policy, as well as official and alternative methods of historicizing.

EVENTS:

Opening Event: 16 Lectures Concerning 16 War Years Saturday, October 7
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

On the 16th anniversary of the launch of Operation Enduring Freedom the U.S invasion of Afghanistan, Lucky Pierre invites 16 guests to give 10 minute presentations on one of the years corresponding to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Closing Event: 38-hour Screening Friday, October 27, 8:00 AM to Saturday, October 28, 10:00 PM

Lucky Pierre will screen for 38 hours the highest grossing films for each of the war years. The films have been re-edited to remove human bodies while maintaining the original runtimes - condensing and measuring 16 years of war into 2,280 minutes of now altered entertainment product. While each of the films is being screened, timeline entries correlating to the year of that film are removed from the gallery wall. At the end of the screening all timeline entries will have been removed leaving the gallery space empty.

The re-edited films screened include:

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

  • Spider-Man (2002)

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

  • Shrek 2 (2004)

  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

  • Spider-Man 3 (2007)

  • The Dark Knight (2008)

  • Avatar (2009)

  • Toy Story 3 (2010)

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (2011)

  • Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

  • American Sniper (2014)

  • Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) 

GALLERY HOURS:

October 20, 1:30 to 4:30 PM 

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Halloween at Comfort Film: Iced (1988)
Oct
4
8:00 PM20:00

Halloween at Comfort Film: Iced (1988)

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Released and Abandoned: Forgotten Oddities of the Home Video Era presents a whole month of films for Halloween at Comfort Film.

Iced (1988)

Plot: A group of childhood friends are invited to the opening of a posh ski resort, unaware that an old nemesis has murderous plans in mind for them.

Directed by Jeff Kwitney
Starring:
Debra De Liso
Doug Stevenson
Elizabeth Gorcey
Ron Kologie
Running time: 126 minutes
Media; VHS projection.

Sponsored by the DAILY GRINDHOUSE and curated/hosted by Paul Freitag-Fey

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.

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Fall Artist's Roundtable: Howard, Gray, Harris & Smith
Oct
1
2:00 PM14:00

Fall Artist's Roundtable: Howard, Gray, Harris & Smith

A discourse with Movement Matters interview subjects to discuss the intersection dance, performance and the of difficulties of black and brown people in a predominately white dance world.

SYMPOSIUM PARTICIPANTS
J'Sun Howard is a Chattanooga native and a Chicago-based dancemaker and poet. J’Sun has recently received a nomination to participate in an emerging artist laboratory at Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC), and a 3Arts Award nomination. A 2014 Chicago Dancemaker’s Forum Lab Artist awardee, his choreography has appeared at local venues Links Hall, Northwestern University, Sonotheque, Lincoln Square Theatre, Insight Arts/Center for New Possibilities, Epiphany Church, Rumble Arts, and Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery. 

Dedrick Deddy Banks Gray is a native of Chicago, IL who began dancing in his early teens. He continued his training at Columbia College Chicago earning a BA in Marketing and Dance. Dedrick is an alumnus of Jacobs Pillow School of dance (Jazz to Hip Hop). He has worked with and performed the works of noted choreographers including Onye Ozuzu, Matthew Williams, Camille A. Brown, Moncell E. Durden, Darrell Jones, Francine Ott, Kelsa Robinson, Dianne McIntyre, Ni’ja Whitson, D.Saleba Grimes, Red Clay Dance Company, and Urban Bush Woman. 

William Harris, Dancer, Ground Rhythm Dance Project

Kia Smith, Dancer, Red Clay Dance Company, Deeply Rooted, Chicago Fringe Opera

Organized and moderated by Michael Workman, Founder and Director ofBridge, a (501) (c) (3) organization, reporter and columnist at The Chicago Tribune, Guardian US, Newcity & Sixty Inches From Center

ABOUT MOVEMENT MATTERS
A biweekly column at Sixty, seasonal symposia series and periodic performance initiative, Movement Matters investigates work at the intersection of dance, performance, politics, policy and issues related to the body.

Supported in part by a grant from the Illinois HumanitiesIllinois Speaksprogram. Additional program support is provided by Art Intercepts, the Chicago Dancemakers Forum, Links Hall and Audience Architects.

A program of Movement Matters, The Neo-Judson Project: Dance, Performance, Art, Politics & Philosophy and Bridge, a 501(c)(3) organization.

Thanks to our sponsor Revolution Brewing for their generous support of the Movement Matters series

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Comfort Music: Chicago Mobile Gallery + Vodstrup
Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

Comfort Music: Chicago Mobile Gallery + Vodstrup

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Comfort Music Presents:

Chicago Mobile Gallery, with a performance by Vodstrup (Bart Woodstrup)

About Vodstrup:

"Vodstrup is an artist working in time-based, electronic media with particular emphasis in the integration of sound and visuals. This audiovisual work culminates into the development of custom software capable of live, real-time performances of audio and video synthesis. When this work is compiled into a narrative format it is often enveloped by an ironic overtone, resulting from an investigation of sociological peculiarities, and derived from his personal philosophies. Examples of this work, termed Live Cinema, have explored topics of Internet dating services, pharmaceutical commercials, NASCAR, and brand/product placement. His work has been performed at many significant venues such as Recontres Internationales (Paris/Berlin), SEAMUS, Siggraph, Spring in Havana (Cuba), Version>03, Neuberger Museum, Currents 2013, and the National Gallery of Art. In 2005 he was a founding member of Pauline Oliveros’ telepresence ensemble Tintinnabulate. When he is not teaching in the Time Arts department of Northern Illinois University, he can be found hacking solar powered LED lawn lamps, inventing ways to carbon-neutrally power his plethora of electronic gadgets, or taking long walks with his pet, Rutt Etra. For his performance at Comfort Station Vodstrup will improvise soundscapes recently commissioned by New Delhi artist Uday Kulkarni for a collaborative album entitled Eureka."

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

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Sep
27
8:00 PM20:00

Released and Abandon: Shredder Orpheus (1990)

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

Shredder Orpheus (1990)

Director: Robert McGinley
Starring: 
Robert McGinley
Megan Murphy
Steven Jesse Bernstein
Amy Denio
Plot: Skateboarder named Orpheus and friends go to Hell to stop television signals that are brainwashing America.
Runtime: 90mins
Media: VHS projection.


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

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Viewing for Greetings from Logan Square: Real Photo Postcards from the early 20th Century//COMING SOON
Sep
24
10:30 AM10:30

Viewing for Greetings from Logan Square: Real Photo Postcards from the early 20th Century//COMING SOON

Greetings from Logan Square: Real Photo Postcards from the early 20th Century

COMING SOON

Photos and Installation by Logan Square Preservation and Jillian Hansen-Lewis

Opening Reception: Sunday September 3rd, 10:30-1:00pm

Exhibition Dates: September 3rd - September 30th

Greetings from Logan Square: Real Photo Postcards from the early 20 th Century Is a Historical photography exhibit curated by Andrew Schneider, in partnership with Logan Square Preservation.

COMING SOON is a site-specific text installation by Jillian Hansen-Lewis in conjunction with the Chicago Architecture Biennial. In the installation, Jillian weaves the language of advertising and affection, interlacing the inside andoutside with comfort.

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