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

 

ZINEmercado - the Logan Square Independent Zine Fest
Aug
20
11:00am11:00am

ZINEmercado - the Logan Square Independent Zine Fest

Join us for the 2nd annual ZINEmercado at Comfort Station in Logan Square! This year's edition will be larger and feature zines by several dozen artists, writers, musicians, and photographers. We'll also feature live music by Wet Wallet, and DJ sets by Rebel Betty, BillyTheKidBumbac Joe, and King Hippo!

Zine tablers this year include:
Alamo Igloo Press with Keith & Gina Herzik
Banana Sticker
The Bettys
Blood Fruit Printworks
Brown and Proud Press
Charles H. Kerr Publishing
Corey Hagberg
Cul de Sac Press
David Alvarado
Flatlands / Fltlnds Prss
Fotoflow Press
Half Letter Press
Holy Demon Army Distro
Joe Tallarico
Lupe Garza-Martinez
Michael Morrill
Mike Gamboa
Nathan Pearce
Ocho Manos Press
Rebel Betty Arte
Tara Zanzig
Tom Guenther
Tony Recktenwald
Venadito
Vice Versa Press
YouMedia @ Chicago Public Library
and more!

Admission is free. The Logan Square Blue Line CTA station is 1/2 a block north of Comfort Station. The #56 Milwaukee and the #76 Diversey buses both stop by the Logan Square subway station as well. 

We are currently accepting applications for some open tabling spots. Please write to fotoflow@gmail.com by Saturday, August 12th for more info!

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Comfort Society Presents Paul Booth for a talk about the new Dr. Who
Aug
20
1:00pm 1:00pm

Comfort Society Presents Paul Booth for a talk about the new Dr. Who

Please join Comfort Society for a chat with Paul Booth about the new Dr. Who!

Paul Booth is an associate professor of Media and Cinema Studies in the College of Communication at DePaul University. He researches Fandom, New Media, Games, Technology, Popular Culture, and Cultural Studies, and he teaches classes in media studies, television narrative, convergence and digital media, board games, popular culture, social media, communication technology, and participatory cultures.

He is also the author of Digital Fandom: New Media Studies, which examines fans of cult television programs, and of Time on TV: Temporal Displacement and Mashup Television , which compares time travel on television with social media, and he is the editor of Fan Phenomena: D octor Who , a study of fans of the popular British television show, and has also published over 20 articles in journals such as Communication Studies, Transformative Works and Culture, Television and New Media, Critical Studies in Media Communication, New Media and Culture, Science Fiction Film and Television, and Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies.

His latest book, Crossing Fandoms: SuperWhoLock and the Contemporary Fan Audience, was published earlier this year by Palgrave. Booth is also working on forthcoming books and articles on fandom in media and popular culture, the 'event' of fandom, waves of fandom in fan studies classes, computers in culture, and transmedia.

Comfort Society is sponsored by Intelligentsia.

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Aug
21
11:30am11:30am

Watch the Solar Eclipse on the Comfort Station Lawn

The Great American Total Solar Eclipse is happening this August 21st and Comfort Station will host a viewing out on the lawn. 

The Eclipse will not be full in our area but it will be at 86.71% visability. 

Chicago, Illinois, USA
Partial solar eclipse visible (86.71% coverage of Sun)
Magnitude: 0.889
Duration: 2 hours, 48 minutes, 18 seconds
Partial eclipse begins:
Aug 21, 2017 at 11:54:19 am
Maximum eclipse:
Aug 21, 2017 at 1:19:47 pm
Partial eclipse ends:
Aug 21, 2017 at 2:42:37 pm
Times shown in CDT

Comfort Station will provide CE and ISO certified eclipse glasses. 

Also a live feed of the full eclipse will be projected inside Comfort Station.

Also a live feed of the full eclipse will be projected inside Comfort Station.
There will be music provided by Paisley Babylon.

About Paisley Babylon:"Paisley Babylon got its’ start in San Antonio, Texas in 1997. Founder and sole member Joe Wallace released the cassette-only Synthetic Noises For Beginners there and started a long career making sonic landscapes and taking strange, late-night audio journeys. Since then, Paisley Babylon has released eight full-length albums and contributed to a variety of international compilations. Hear Paisley Babylon on Amazon:http://amzn.to/2uSyA2l"

Weather premitting.

Free.

Programmed by Raul Benitez.

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Aug
23
8:00pm 8:00pm

Unearthed Cinema, the Esoteric and Arcane films of Irving Gamboa

Comfort Film presents a whole month of analogue works on Film in August.

Unearthed Cinema, the Esoteric and Arcane films of Irving Gamboa.

Irving Gamboa is an award winning experimental filmmaker who currently works out of Chicago. His work has been featured in various festivals throughout the United States as well as abroad: Including the Short Film Corner at the Cannes film festival, The Arizona Underground Film Festival, CUFF (Columbia University Film Festival), LAIUFF, and the Los Angeles Art House Film Festival.

Free.

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera

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Lightlessness Productions presents: Abstr/action + Senses i-v
Aug
24
7:00pm 7:00pm

Lightlessness Productions presents: Abstr/action + Senses i-v

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**

Matthew James Manowski, founder of LIGHTLESSNESS Productions presents: Abstr/action + Senses i-v. This series focuses on two elements, time and space, with one unique caveat-chance possibilities through instructions for artists, selected at random. Manowski has cultivated a pool of creators from his work with Mozawa and through his annual, Sources of Light experimental music series. For this series he's dipping into the tremendous talents within. This series of exhibitions are entirely ephemeral and singular experiences, which highlight the fleeting nature of both time and space. Performers, media artists, video artists, poets, writers and composers are given the opportunity to explore and react to the theme of time and space. Each exhibition is durational and will cover an array of artistic material. The overarching insinuation of the Abstr/action + Senses i-v is the merging of discovery, improvisatory fluidity and the merging of art and life. Interpretations of the dimensions we experience as humans shifting in real-time are not limited to the actual space at the Comfort Station, collaborators from other national cities and international cities are included in the explorations of time and space through internet transmissions. 

Artists involved: (in no particular order and in no way an exhaustive list of collaborators)

Cassie Brehmer: Performer, and director (Chicago)
Rick Schlude: Sound artist, videographer (Chicago) 
Perfect Messages: Sound artist and visual artist (Chicago)
Joshua Miller: Audio engineer and sound artist (Chicago)
Lindsey Rae Gjording: Video Artist and writer (NYC) 
Rebecca Lund: Poet and writer (Madrid/NYC)
Carolyn Molloy: Actress and performer (Chicago)
David Means: Composer and professor emeritus (MPLS)
Eaglepose: Video artist and performer (Chicago)
Matt Kauffman: Musician (Chicago)
Zach Barr: Musician (Chicago)

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Aug
30
8:00pm 8:00pm

Released and Abandoned: Whatever Happened to Susan Jane (1982)

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

Whatever Happened to Susan Jane (1982)

Sponsored by the DAILY GRINDHOUSE.

Plot: A bored suburban housewife tracks down a former high school chum and finds her living a bohemian lifestyle in San Francisco.

Director: Marc Huestis
Stars: Ann Block
Francesca Rosa
Lulu
Unrated

Runtime: 60mins
Media: Digital 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.

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Lightlessness Productions presents: Abstr/action + Senses i-v
Aug
31
7:00pm 7:00pm

Lightlessness Productions presents: Abstr/action + Senses i-v

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**

Matthew James Manowski, founder of LIGHTLESSNESS Productions presents: Abstr/action + Senses i-v. This series focuses on two elements, time and space, with one unique caveat-chance possibilities through instructions for artists, selected at random. Manowski has cultivated a pool of creators from his work with Mozawa and through his annual, Sources of Light experimental music series. For this series he's dipping into the tremendous talents within. This series of exhibitions are entirely ephemeral and singular experiences, which highlight the fleeting nature of both time and space. Performers, media artists, video artists, poets, writers and composers are given the opportunity to explore and react to the theme of time and space. Each exhibition is durational and will cover an array of artistic material. The overarching insinuation of the Abstr/action + Senses i-v is the merging of discovery, improvisatory fluidity and the merging of art and life. Interpretations of the dimensions we experience as humans shifting in real-time are not limited to the actual space at the Comfort Station, collaborators from other national cities and international cities are included in the explorations of time and space through internet transmissions. 

Artists involved: (in no particular order and in no way an exhaustive list of collaborators)

Cassie Brehmer: Performer, and director (Chicago)
Rick Schlude: Sound artist, videographer (Chicago) 
Perfect Messages: Sound artist and visual artist (Chicago)
Joshua Miller: Audio engineer and sound artist (Chicago)
Lindsey Rae Gjording: Video Artist and writer (NYC) 
Rebecca Lund: Poet and writer (Madrid/NYC)
Carolyn Molloy: Actress and performer (Chicago)
David Means: Composer and professor emeritus (MPLS)
Eaglepose: Video artist and performer (Chicago)
Matt Kauffman: Musician (Chicago)
Zach Barr: Musician (Chicago)

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Lightlessness Productions presents: Abstr/action + Senses i-v
Aug
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

Lightlessness Productions presents: Abstr/action + Senses i-v

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**

Matthew James Manowski, founder of LIGHTLESSNESS Productions presents: Abstr/action + Senses i-v. This series focuses on two elements, time and space, with one unique caveat-chance possibilities through instructions for artists, selected at random. Manowski has cultivated a pool of creators from his work with Mozawa and through his annual, Sources of Light experimental music series. For this series he's dipping into the tremendous talents within. This series of exhibitions are entirely ephemeral and singular experiences, which highlight the fleeting nature of both time and space. Performers, media artists, video artists, poets, writers and composers are given the opportunity to explore and react to the theme of time and space. Each exhibition is durational and will cover an array of artistic material. The overarching insinuation of the Abstr/action + Senses i-v is the merging of discovery, improvisatory fluidity and the merging of art and life. Interpretations of the dimensions we experience as humans shifting in real-time are not limited to the actual space at the Comfort Station, collaborators from other national cities and international cities are included in the explorations of time and space through internet transmissions. 

Artists involved: (in no particular order and in no way an exhaustive list of collaborators)

Cassie Brehmer: Performer, and director (Chicago)
Rick Schlude: Sound artist, videographer (Chicago) 
Perfect Messages: Sound artist and visual artist (Chicago)
Joshua Miller: Audio engineer and sound artist (Chicago)
Lindsey Rae Gjording: Video Artist and writer (NYC) 
Rebecca Lund: Poet and writer (Madrid/NYC)
Carolyn Molloy: Actress and performer (Chicago)
David Means: Composer and professor emeritus (MPLS)
Eaglepose: Video artist and performer (Chicago)
Matt Kauffman: Musician (Chicago)
Zach Barr: Musician (Chicago)

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Comfort Society Presents Olivia Engobar/Plz Be Careful
Aug
13
1:00pm 1:00pm

Comfort Society Presents Olivia Engobar/Plz Be Careful

“There’s something about how the words soil and soul are the same. There is a universal language, a way in which we are all connected, and by we, I mean me, I mean you,I mean this air we breath, the plants that make this air we breath, the very soil that gives birth to those plants that make this air we breath. Soil is a birthplace. It is the source of all life. It is from the soil that all things sprout. It is from the soil where those things that die return.We can understand the soul because we can understand soil. In fact we can understand everything by just taking a look outside" - Olivia Engobar

Join us for a conversation with fashion designer/environmentalist Olivia Engobor for on topics of ethical fashion, revolution, communion with nature and the role of fashion in the 21st century. Following the discussion, Olivia will give a brief workshop and tutorial on how to create your own clothes through the use of used garments and scrap materials!

About the speaker: Olivia Engobor is a Chicago based artist from Jos, Nigeria whose works focuses on using fashion as a platform to further the discussion of environmentalism and traditional healing practices in urban environments. She works with many different mediums as an artist,most commonly however, she is a designer and creative director. She recently launched an eco-centric clothing line called Plz Be Careful which uses garments as an opportunity to center these topics of environmentalism and spirituality. You can learn more about Olivia and her work atplzbecareful.com.

Comfort Society is sponsored by Intelligentsia. 

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Lightlessness Productions presents: Abstr/action + Senses i-v
Aug
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

Lightlessness Productions presents: Abstr/action + Senses i-v

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**

Matthew James Manowski, founder of LIGHTLESSNESS Productions presents: Abstr/action + Senses i-v. This series focuses on two elements, time and space, with one unique caveat-chance possibilities through instructions for artists, selected at random. Manowski has cultivated a pool of creators from his work with Mozawa and through his annual, Sources of Light experimental music series. For this series he's dipping into the tremendous talents within. This series of exhibitions are entirely ephemeral and singular experiences, which highlight the fleeting nature of both time and space. Performers, media artists, video artists, poets, writers and composers are given the opportunity to explore and react to the theme of time and space. Each exhibition is durational and will cover an array of artistic material. The overarching insinuation of the Abstr/action + Senses i-v is the merging of discovery, improvisatory fluidity and the merging of art and life. Interpretations of the dimensions we experience as humans shifting in real-time are not limited to the actual space at the Comfort Station, collaborators from other national cities and international cities are included in the explorations of time and space through internet transmissions. 

Artists involved: (in no particular order and in no way an exhaustive list of collaborators)

Cassie Brehmer: Performer, and director (Chicago)
Rick Schlude: Sound artist, videographer (Chicago) 
Perfect Messages: Sound artist and visual artist (Chicago)
Joshua Miller: Audio engineer and sound artist (Chicago)
Lindsey Rae Gjording: Video Artist and writer (NYC) 
Rebecca Lund: Poet and writer (Madrid/NYC)
Carolyn Molloy: Actress and performer (Chicago)
David Means: Composer and professor emeritus (MPLS)
Eaglepose: Video artist and performer (Chicago)
Matt Kauffman: Musician (Chicago)
Zach Barr: Musician (Chicago)

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Cosmos A Personal Journey on 16mm
Aug
9
8:00pm 8:00pm

Cosmos A Personal Journey on 16mm

Comfort Film presents a whole month of Analog works on film in August. 

Cosmos A Personal Journey on 16mm.

Two episodes of Cosmos a Personal Journey (1980) on 16mm film will be screened.

Episode 9 "Journeys in Space and Time"
Ideas about time and space are explored in the changes that constellations undergo over time, the redshift and blue shift measured in interstellar objects, time dilation in Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, the designs of both Leonardo da Vinci and spacecraft that could travel near light speed, time travel and its hypothetical effects on human history, the origins of the Solar System, the history of life, and the immensity of space.

Episode 12 "Encyclopaedia Galactica"
Questions are raised about the search for intelligent life beyond the Earth, with UFOs and other close encounters refuted in favor of communications through SETI and radio telescope such as the Arecibo Observatory. The probability of technically advanced civilizations existing elsewhere in the Milky Way is interpreted using the Drake equation and a future hypothetical Encyclopedia Galactica (similar to Rosetta Stone) is discussed as a repository of information about other worlds in the galaxy. 

A discussion of both episodes will be held in partnership with Jimmy S. Dagger of (Honest) Conversations With (Real) Scientists and Shane Larson astronomer at the Adler Planetarium

We would like to thank the Carl Sagan Foundation (carlsagan.com/index_foundation.htm) for giving us premission to screen these films and for their support. 

Free

Programed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

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Comfort Society Presents Rich Alapack
Aug
6
1:00pm 1:00pm

Comfort Society Presents Rich Alapack

"Men and women. Young and old. Gay and straight. Black and white. Tall and short. Rich and poor. Dog and cat. We're all here on this planet no matter where we're from. Our differences and uniquenesses make us all better humans and we should all help each other to get along and succeed." 

The we all live here project was born out of these basic beliefs. Comprised of artists and citizens of the world that seek to include all who want to participate in their work, we all live here's public art installations are on display for all to see, interact with, and interpret in all of our own unique ways. 

Please join Comfort Society as we welcome Rich Alapack, founder of the we all live here project, for a talk about his work and ways to get involved. 

For more info check out: 
Instagram: @wealllivehere
Twitter: @wealllivehere
Tumblr: wealllivehereproject.tumblr.com
Email: info@wealllivehereproject.com

Comfort Society is sponsored by Intelligentsia.

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Lightlessness Productions presents: Abstr/action + Senses i-v
Aug
3
7:00pm 7:00pm

Lightlessness Productions presents: Abstr/action + Senses i-v

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**

Matthew James Manowski, founder of LIGHTLESSNESS Productions presents: Abstr/action + Senses i-v. This series focuses on two elements, time and space, with one unique caveat-chance possibilities through instructions for artists, selected at random. Manowski has cultivated a pool of creators from his work with Mozawa and through his annual, Sources of Light experimental music series. For this series he's dipping into the tremendous talents within. This series of exhibitions are entirely ephemeral and singular experiences, which highlight the fleeting nature of both time and space. Performers, media artists, video artists, poets, writers and composers are given the opportunity to explore and react to the theme of time and space. Each exhibition is durational and will cover an array of artistic material. The overarching insinuation of the Abstr/action + Senses i-v is the merging of discovery, improvisatory fluidity and the merging of art and life. Interpretations of the dimensions we experience as humans shifting in real-time are not limited to the actual space at the Comfort Station, collaborators from other national cities and international cities are included in the explorations of time and space through internet transmissions. 

Artists involved: (in no particular order and in no way an exhaustive list of collaborators)

Cassie Brehmer: Performer, and director (Chicago)
Rick Schlude: Sound artist, videographer (Chicago) 
Perfect Messages: Sound artist and visual artist (Chicago)
Joshua Miller: Audio engineer and sound artist (Chicago)
Lindsey Rae Gjording: Video Artist and writer (NYC) 
Rebecca Lund: Poet and writer (Madrid/NYC)
Carolyn Molloy: Actress and performer (Chicago)
David Means: Composer and professor emeritus (MPLS)
Eaglepose: Video artist and performer (Chicago)
Matt Kauffman: Musician (Chicago)
Zach Barr: Musician (Chicago)

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The Devil & Themselves: films by JB Mabe.
Aug
2
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Devil & Themselves: films by JB Mabe.

Comfort Film presents a whole month of anologue works on Film in August. 

The Devil & Themselves: films by JB Mabe.

The screening is divided into two sections. The first part consists of very short films ranging from 30 seconds to 8 minutes, created from 2008-2014, and totaling 35 minutes. The second part is my earliest completed and titled film from 2008, which I've picked away at
throughout the years.

PART 1:
TO ANOTHER; A tiny poem. 2010
ADDY CHOO; Flipcam, cross processed Kodachrome, old animations. Too much distance from the subject. 2013
MEASURES KINDLING; A fire. A figure. A flash. 2012
PASTORAL; Altering landscape.Cheeky. 2008
TO ITS BLOOM; A sculpture of scraps. 2010
TO QUIT, TO QUIET & TO MARK THE SHAPE; Two Christmastime films. Two sides of the mountain. 2011
NOCTURNE: BLUE AND GOLD - PUNKIN' DOUGHNUTS; Simple elements used for a nighttime portrait. Takes on a little wistfulness in the past couple years. 2010
TO FALL; The interior of Jim & Tammy Faye's PTL theme park. 2010
SMART CHICKENS, RICKETY WORLD; Junkyard cows and animators hands. Title lifted from Charles Simic. 2014
35m

PART 2:
THE DEVIL AND THEMSELVES
The fella who made this is pretty unrecognizable to me. 2008
37m

"But to the end of time certain places of the world remain defined for him as the place where those sensations were; and his only possible answer to the question where anything is will be to say 'there,' and to name some sensation or other like those first ones, which shall identify the spot. Space means but the aggregate of all our possible sensations". -William James

JB Mabe is a filmmaker, programmer, and librarian. Formerly of The Nightingale, Chicago 8 FF, Chicago Underground FF, Chicago Filmmakers & Onion City FF. Screened at New York FF, Ann Arbor FF, Images, Jihlava, and others.

Free.

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

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Comfort Society Presents: Don Eskridge
Jul
30
1:00pm 1:00pm

Comfort Society Presents: Don Eskridge

Comfort Society is excited to welcome Don Eskridge, creator of the Resistance and Abandon Planet! (among other games) to Comfort Station for a talk about his work creating board games and to host a demo of his most recent game creation. Join us for a fun, interactive edition of Comfort Society! For more info, check out www.doneskridge.com.

Comfort Society is sponsored by Intelligentsia.

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Echo Haus vs Lorelei live score to 1915 Alice in Wonderland
Jul
26
8:14pm 8:14pm

Echo Haus vs Lorelei live score to 1915 Alice in Wonderland

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

Echo Haus vs Lorelei live score of

Alice in Wonderland (1915)

Directed by W.W. Young
Based on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
Starring: Viola Savoy
Running time: 52 minutes
Silent with English Intertitles.
Media: Digital Projection

Plot: Alice goes with her sister to a picnic and then she falls asleep and starts dreaming about a wonder land full of talking animals and walking playing cards.

About Echo Haus: 
I sculpt, manipulate, and destroy sound, video, and imagery for my own curiosity and amusement. facebook.com/echohaus/

About Lorelei: Lorelei has recorded, played live and recorded with bands such as Angelspit, Velvet Acid Christ, Go Fight and St. Griselda.facebook.com/OfficialLorelei

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

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

Programed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera

Free.

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

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’. 

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Comfort Society Presents Renata Cherlise
Jul
23
1:00pm 1:00pm

Comfort Society Presents Renata Cherlise

Comfort Society is excited to welcome Renata Cherlise to the Comfort Station. Cherlise is a Chicago-based curator, archivist, and filmmaker, and she is the founder of Blvck Vrchives, a digital collection of photography, video, illustrations, and interviews of moments in Black American and Chicago history. Please join us to hear Cherlise talk about her most recent work and some of the images she has unearthed via the Chicago Sun-Times Archives that tell a visual narrative of everyday life in Chicago. For more info, visit www.blvckvrchives.com. 

Comfort Society is sponsored by Intelligentsia.

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Deadly Pray Gallery at Comfort Station
Jul
23
11:00am11:00am

Deadly Pray Gallery at Comfort Station

The Deadly Prey Gallery will have its collection of West African artwork on display on the Comfort Station lawn weather premittting. 

About Deadly Pray Gallery: Deadly Prey is a Chicago art space championing West African artwork. A large, unique collection of hand painted movie posters and signboards from Ghana, Fante Asafo Flags, antique masks, sculpture and other handmade objects.

Programmed by Raul Benitez.

Free.

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gather: wrtch/travis
Jul
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

gather: wrtch/travis

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 Adam Shanley, 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 month's performance features a double bill of two phenomenal artists, wrtch and travis:

Ambrosia Bartosekulva (wrtch) weaves together the severity of life and the ever present release of the void into dense tapestries using voice and body as sound source. Ambrosia’s most recent release, Rabbit Holes (andotherexits), was composed and produced after experiencing death during a heart attack. In follow up to the soft, comforting caress of their September release, Sympathy for the Creator, RHAOE displays a rare penchant for versatility and depth. 

https://wrtch.bandcamp.com/

 

=travis.  23SEP46.  Itawamba County, Mississippi. Chickasaw/Yoruba.   Male.  
=Northwestern University.  BA/1990; MA/1993.
Honors: AlphaSigmaLambda/Natl. Honor Society.

Post-Grad Perform. Study w/Dr. Dwight Conquergood.

=1963-69/US Navy.  Awards/Medals: Armed Forces Expeditionary Mdl; Good Conduct Mdl; Nat’l Defense Svc Mdl; Navy Unit Commendation Mdl; Repub. of Vietnam Campaign Mdl; Vietnam Svc Mdl.

FaceBook       WWWeb         Tumblr           ONO   

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Comfort Film Presents the Little Mexico Film Festival
Jul
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

Comfort Film Presents the Little Mexico Film Festival

Comfort Film once agian partners with the Little México Film Festival.

The Little Mexico Film Festival will screen selections from the 2016 festival. 

Program lineup:

Africana
Dir: AMIN ELHAG
USA / Drama / 7min
The corrupt African politicians are stealing people money, and invested it in the west! How many schools, hospitals, factories, houses, and highways this money can build? The question is why is the most civilized and democratic countries are accepting and investing in a stolen money

Dream of spider
Islamic Republic of Iran / Animation / 1:22min
Dir: Ario Saffarzadegan

Marimar
México / Documentary / 1.30min
Dir: Esmeralda Salgad
The reflection of a mexican mother, telling her story of sacrifice and dedication, just for love.

Marital Aids
Canada / Fiction / 11min
Dir: Liz Taylor

When Marital Tensions Boil Over, One Enterprising Company Sends Stunt Doubles to Deal With the Flak

The endless river
Islamic Republic of Iran / Fiction/ 3min
Dir: Mohammad Mohammadian
A young boy is sitting next to a droughty river, watching the barren land while fantasizing about fishing. Drown in his daydreaming, he coughs and comes back to his senses, gets up and walks along the river.

La sequía
Costa Rica / Drama / 12min
Dir: Jose Morales
An Indian can not express their emotions in the midst of a physical drought

Last Judgement

USA / Animation / 3min
Dir: JUNYI XIAO
50 years ago, China, a man involved in a group violent.

Full Color
Islamic Republic of Iran / Animation / 48seg.
Dir: Ario Saffarzadegan
Simple story about technology

La noche de todos los santos
España/ Fiction/ 15min
Dir: GUSTAVO VALLECAS
Seventy-five years after the Civil War, strange occurrences torment Spain on All Souls’ Eve, causing unprecedented historic events and the emergence of journalists from around the world.

Modern Man
USA / Experimental / 4min
Dir: Robert Lyons
An animated tribute to one of the world's all time great comedian philosophers, George Carlin, based on his relentlessly poignant and self reflective monologue "I'm a Modern Man". This film is a cut-out style animation anijam and was created by students from my animation classes at Philadelphia's University of the Arts from 2009 to 2013. The inspiration for this project began when George Carlin was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American humor in 2008. He did not live to attend this event in his honor and was the first person to receive this award posthumously.

Miles to go before i sleep
Finland / Documentary / 13min
Dir: HANNA HOVITIE
A young Congolese woman shares her story of becoming a victim of child trafficking and being thrown into a whirlwind of drifting between continents.

Red
Islamic Republic of Iran / Animation / 2min
Dir: Ario Saffarzadegan
A different short story about Little Red Riding Hood.

Media: Digital Projection.
Arturo Lizalde the Director of the Festival will be in attendance to intorduce the program and talk about the 2017 Festival.

About the Little Mexico Film Festival: The Little México Film Festival or LiMe Film Fest an itinerant & international festival of short films by independent filmmakers, was founded in 2010 in the Little Village Chicago Il. to provide a constructive platform for filmmakers of any skill level and provide an opportunity to explore issues that affect communities through dialogue. 
limefilmfest.com

Free

Programmed by Nando Espinosa Herrera and Raul Benitez.

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Digital Gnosis live score of A Trip to the Moon (1902)
Jul
19
8:20pm 8:20pm

Digital Gnosis live score of A Trip to the Moon (1902)

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

Digital Gnosis live score of

A Trip To The Moon (1902)
&
The Impossible Voyage (1904)

Along with music to Archival NASA Space Footage.

Directed by Georges Méliès
Starring: Georges Méliès
Bleuette Bernon
François Lallement
Henri Delannoy
Running time: 16mins
Media: Digital Projection
Silent

Plot: A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon.

The Impossible Voyage (1904)
Directed by Georges Méliès
Based on Journey "Through the Impossible"
by Jules Verne
Starring: Georges Méliès
Fernande Albany
Jeanne d'Alcy
Running time: 20mins
Silent
Media: Digital Projection

Plot: Using every known means of transportation, several savants from the Geographic Society undertake a journey through the Alps to the Sun which finishes under the sea.

About Digital Gnosis: Dimensional Music & Media. digitalgnosis.org


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

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

Programed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

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Once In a Lifetme: Bad Sister!
Jul
18
8:00pm 8:00pm

Once In a Lifetme: Bad Sister!

Not based on anything even remotely resembling a true story, BAD SISTER (2016) combines the "crazy imposter" and "student seduction" subgenres for an extra-juicy slice of Lifetime insanity! This one wastes no time getting into the good stuff, with fake nun/con woman/sexual predator Sister Sophia (Alyshia Ochse) giving herself stigmata while lusting after a dopey teenager within the first 20 minutes of the movie! No celebrity cameos in this one, but there are enough dream sequences and semi-blasphemous sex scenes to qualify as Lifetime's answer to THE YOUNG POPE. 

Featuring commentary from The A.V. Club's Katie Rife and Chicago Underground Comedy's own Meredith Kachel! 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.

Once in a Lifetime is a comedy/parody/riffing show with commentary from local Chicago Comedians and hosted by AV Club's Katie Rife. 

This event is Free!

 

 

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Comfort Society: The Politics of Sex Work
Jul
16
1:00pm 1:00pm

Comfort Society: The Politics of Sex Work

We are excited to announce this roundtable discussion with Red Schulte and the Support Ho(s)e organization to learn about their efforts to build a radical community for sex workers in Chicago, calling for the decriminalization of prostitution and demanding that sex workers, along with ALL workers, are guaranteed a full range of health, social, and legal services; and working conditions free from harassment, violence, and exploitation. A part of the Comfort Station's Comfort Society 2017 series of talks, which is sponsored by Intelligentsia Coffee. 

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Within Our Gates (1920) with a live score by Paul Giallorenzo
Jul
13
8:00pm 8:00pm

Within Our Gates (1920) with a live score by Paul Giallorenzo

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Comfort Film, The Hyde Park Art Center and HOMEROOM Presents
The 5th Annual Silent Films and Loud Music Series.
At the Hyde Park Art Center.

Within Our Gates (1920) 

with a live score by Paul Giallorenzo & Ben Lamar Gay.

Directed by Oscar Micheaux
Written by Oscar Micheaux
Running time: 79 minutes
Language: Silent (English intertitles)
Media: Digital Projection
With an introduction by Floyd Webb of  Black Word Cinema Chicago.


Plot: Abandoned by her fiancé, an educated black woman with a shocking past dedicates herself to helping a near bankrupt school for impoverished black youths.

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

Programed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

Free.

This screening will be at the Hyde Park Art Center.

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

Comfort Music: Nitin Jayakumar

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

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

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

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

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

ALEXA GRÆ and MIAH LUZ
with a live score of

“The Passion of Joan of Arc” (1928)

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

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

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

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

Programed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

Free.

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Silent Theatre Company live score of LuLu
Jul
11
8:00pm 8:00pm

Silent Theatre Company live score of LuLu

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

Silent Theatre

LULU (2017)
with original composition and live musical accompaniment by Isaiah Robinson

Director: Tonika Todorvoa
Filmmakers: David A. Holcombe
Adam Blaszkiewicz
Media: Digital Projection
Silent with intertitles.

Made in partnership with Soft Cage Films.

About Silent Theater of Chicago: Silent Theatre seeks to provide opportunities for aesthetically awake moments through performance, music and art. silenttheatre.com facebook.com/pg/silenttheatrechicago

About Soft Cage Films: To produce socially relevant films that use experimental techniques to challenge traditional notions of society.
softcagefilms.com

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

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

Programed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

Free.

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

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’. 

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

Between Friends Yard Sale

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

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

Comfort Music: Jenn Romero, Daniel Bonespur & Nora Barton

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

Volcano Radar live score of

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

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

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

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

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

Free.

Programed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

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

Yhelena Hall: And the Names I Forgot

Anna Nelson: The Study of What Remains


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

Exhibition Dates: July 1st - July 30th


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

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

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

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

 

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

Screening: the 39th

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

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

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

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