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

 

POWER project: Udita Upadhyaya: Of Rest And Repair
Jun
22
6:00 PM18:00

POWER project: Udita Upadhyaya: Of Rest And Repair

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This participatory workshop tends to the tiniest tingles. It brings us together in our longing for comfort and solace. It hopes to gift moments of generosity to the self, to friends, to collaborators, to the audience, and to the space itself. 

Bio:
Udita Upadhyaya is an interdisciplinary artist who engages in the economy of repair. She wonders which bodies have access to literacy? Which to expression? When? And Where? Upadhyaya attempts to reconcile with a cultural fabric where she finds herself in fluctuating positions of power and privilege. She seeks, collects, and stacks stories that reflect upon individual and collective rebellions and resiliencies. Her work spans live art, devised theatre, performative photographs, sculpture, installation, video, writing, text, and fiber arts. Most recently, Upadhyaya has performed and exhibited work at the, Villa Teresa Decorative Arts Museum, Links Hall, Weinberg/Newton Gallery, and she recently a solo show, nevernotmusic, at Roman Susan Gallery, Chicago. Upadhyaya lives and works between Chicago and Mumbai. 

http://www.uditaupadhyaya.com/

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POWER project: Nabil Vega: Chena: The Moss of Time
Jun
23
12:00 PM12:00

POWER project: Nabil Vega: Chena: The Moss of Time

Chena: The Moss of Time is a multimedia project that explores image making and oral histories with individuals at the intersections of being Queer, Muslim and South Asian. Nabil has been traveling for 6 months initiating this project in New York, Boston, Toronto, London, Berlin, Dhaka, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago. For The POWER Project, Nabil will be sharing some of the interviews and photographs produced, and set up a space for listening, viewing and image making with the intention of connecting with communities in Chicago. 

Members of the communities listed above are encouraged to visit and be interviewed by Nabil to grow Chena: The Moss of Time.
Support to the project can be given through @fractured atlas : https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/FiscalSponsorship/profile?id=17092 


Nabil is a Chicago-based Bengali artist working with new media, photography, socially engaged art and performance. Their most notable projects include “Visiting Thahab” (ongoing), a rich exploration of the contemporary presence and experience of the Muslim femme. Vega creates immersive works that examine elements of our lived experiences as they intersect with identity, politics, and queerness. Since 2014 they have been organizing and curating performance and new media works in collaboration with organizations and artist run platforms such as MIX NYC and their own platform VIX: Virtual International Exchange. Nabil is current programmer at The Nightingale, a rough and ready microcinema in Chicago's Noble Square. Vega is recipient of the prestigious Traveling Fellowship (2018) and Springborn Fellowship (2011) from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Their works have been exhibited nationally and internationally in museums, festivals and galleries; including a solo exhibition at the New Bedford Museum of Art (2018) and featured in publications such as The Guardian, Huffington Post, Emergency Index Vol. 6, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post & The Aerogram.

http://nabil.studio

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POWER PROJECT: "Ima Read, Ima Read": collecting a hip hop archive
Jun
23
2:00 PM14:00

POWER PROJECT: "Ima Read, Ima Read": collecting a hip hop archive

We just a couple cunts tryna archive; we celebrate trans queer artists in the hip hop diaspora and document/record these moments and movements to combat ongoing erasure and plagiarism. No one else can hold us like us so, we do this to ensure these legacies and legends are remembered. This workshop will explore: What is needed to tear down barriers to sharing & preserving our lives? How do we document in ways that center our pleasure & joy? How do we explore the depths of our stories?

Bring a piece of your knowledge of what’s cunt to share as we continue collecting a living resource and archive of hip hop culture.

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POWER project: Sonal Aggarwal: Sing to Life
Jun
23
5:00 PM17:00

POWER project: Sonal Aggarwal: Sing to Life

We are vibrational beings. We exist in dimensions of light, sound, and touch. As we move through the world, we move through sweet nourishing vibrations of the earth and feel our hearts expand. And we swim through a lot of noise. Often our vibrational centers become disrupted without us ever realizing it. We close ourselves off in an attempt to protect ourselves from the world. This playshop will explore different ways of rediscovering our power to sing our selves to life. Through the voice and exploration with sound, we can restore personal harmony in an often disruptive world. This playshop/presentation will help participants to release limiting belief systems stored deeply in their most vulnerable places, such as the voice. We will rediscover our relationship to sound and the power to touch each other with our vibration. The earth is not only composed of energetic lay lines, but also song lines. As vibrational beings, is our duty to sing the earth alive.

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Chicas de Hoy: Screening & Panel w/ Lorena Barrera Enciso, Tamara Becerra Valdez, Giselle Mira-Diaz & Nancy D. Sánchez
Jun
24
1:00 PM13:00

Chicas de Hoy: Screening & Panel w/ Lorena Barrera Enciso, Tamara Becerra Valdez, Giselle Mira-Diaz & Nancy D. Sánchez

Through this screening and panel discussion several up-and-coming Latina artists will share with us various aspects of their practices and insights into making video/film-art in today’s current political and artistic climate. Following the screening this facilitated panel discussion with the artists will delve deeply into the many concerns, challenges and the unique gaze of these brilliant makers.

 

Lorena Barrera Enciso is a Mexican filmmaker, painter and performance artist. In her work, she uses her experience as a body with many homes to explore the sense of longing that is inarticulate and without language. The objects and images created in these explorations become the result of frustrated attempts at intimacy. She grew up in Mexico, Switzerland and immigrated to the USA when she was 18. She obtained her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Lorena has exhibited her work at Chicago Filmmakers, Onion City Film Festival, Massachusetts College of Art and Design and Gene Siskel Film Center. www.lorenabarrerae.com

 

Tamara Becerra Valdez uses photography, video and drawing alongside an adoption of methods in archaeology and ethnography to recover traces of history and identity in the everyday landscape. She restages artifacts, seizes overlooked moments and maintains a desire to honor forgotten information and expression found in the urban vernacular. The ephemeral nature of human behavior leaves an impression in her work. She is currently completing a Master’s degree in Fine Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago. www.tamarabecerravaldez.com

 

Giselle Mira-Diaz has worked in several collaborative projects, being a founding member of Toronto Babel Collective; a group of experimental filmmakers. She has participated in the North South Photo Exchange project, at Gallery 44 and part of PANAMANIA. Her work has been exhibited at Gallery 44, ArtScape YoungPlace in Toronto as well as internationally in Osaka Japan, Buenos Aires Argentina, Berlin Germany and Tampere Finland. Giselle’s work explores women’s representation in media, the complexity of immigration, hybrid cultures, heritage and, identity. Her passion is to promote equality and social justice through her collaborative art practice. She is currently completing a Master’s degree in Art Education at the School of the Art Institute Chicago. www.gisellemiradiaz.com


Nancy D. Sánchez decided to add the accent mark onto her last name. The accent mark was taken by the U.S. government during the 80s when her father began legal documentation. Sánchez threads together micro moments with her art. The preservation of history and current life become conductors of the art. Sánchez is a Mexican-American, Chicana, Chicago-native and first generation artist born on the “other side”. She is a bruja, humanitarian, environmentalist, activist and proud granddaughter of a woman who could not read or write. Recordar es resistencia, darle espacio a nuestra historia, es resistencia. siempre, respirar con resistencia. She is currently completing a Master’s degree in Fine Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago. vimeo.com/nancysanchez

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POWER PROJECT: Teach In: Fat Cunt
Jun
24
5:00 PM17:00

POWER PROJECT: Teach In: Fat Cunt

Giggle, wiggle and love on all of the bellies, stretch marks, and body rolls! Since the beginnings of hip hop, fat bodies have had a complicated relationship in every form. Typically, it’s about sexualizing thick thighs and fat asses excluding the fat bellies and double chins that come with.

However, the culture has always broken new ground on the celebration of “undesirable” bodies and fatness from booties to bellies. Join us to discuss and learn about the realities of violence, discrimination, and oppression facing fat people globally - otherwise known as fatphobia - from fat bori dyke Mayadet. After, we’ll sit down to ki about fat folk on shutting down the rap game with Mayadet and a special guest emcee.

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POWER project: Nabil Vega: Chena: The Moss of Time
Jun
25
5:30 PM17:30

POWER project: Nabil Vega: Chena: The Moss of Time

Chena: The Moss of Time is a multimedia project that explores image making and oral histories with individuals at the intersections of being Queer, Muslim and South Asian. Nabil has been traveling for 6 months initiating this project in New York, Boston, Toronto, London, Berlin, Dhaka, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago. For The POWER Project, Nabil will be sharing some of the interviews and photographs produced, and set up a space for listening, viewing and image making with the intention of connecting with communities in Chicago. 

Members of the communities listed above are encouraged to visit and be interviewed by Nabil to grow Chena: The Moss of Time.
Support to the project can be given through @fractured atlas : https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/FiscalSponsorship/profile?id=17092 


Nabil is a Chicago-based Bengali artist working with new media, photography, socially engaged art and performance. Their most notable projects include “Visiting Thahab” (ongoing), a rich exploration of the contemporary presence and experience of the Muslim femme. Vega creates immersive works that examine elements of our lived experiences as they intersect with identity, politics, and queerness. Since 2014 they have been organizing and curating performance and new media works in collaboration with organizations and artist run platforms such as MIX NYC and their own platform VIX: Virtual International Exchange. Nabil is current programmer at The Nightingale, a rough and ready microcinema in Chicago's Noble Square. Vega is recipient of the prestigious Traveling Fellowship (2018) and Springborn Fellowship (2011) from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Their works have been exhibited nationally and internationally in museums, festivals and galleries; including a solo exhibition at the New Bedford Museum of Art (2018) and featured in publications such as The Guardian, Huffington Post, Emergency Index Vol. 6, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post & The Aerogram.

http://nabil.studio

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POWER project: Diana Rose Harper: Transformational Tarot
Jun
25
7:00 PM19:00

POWER project: Diana Rose Harper: Transformational Tarot

Tarot isn’t just for fortune telling--it’s also a powerful tool for radically transforming and more deeply understanding ourselves and our lives. In this workshop, Diana Rose Harper will lead us through a quick intro to tarot, delve into the “scary” cards (e.g. Death and The Tower), and demonstrate how to use tarot as an aid in self-evolution, life transitions, and attaining greater fulfillment. Bringing your own deck(s) is encouraged but not required--Diana will have a few decks from her personal collection available. Everyone should bring a notebook, though, and readiness to exchange readings with others.

Diana Rose Harper:

http://ddamascenaa.com
@ddamascenaa

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POWER project: Adrienne Deeble: FUTILITY I
Jun
26
5:00 PM17:00

POWER project: Adrienne Deeble: FUTILITY I

Historically, salt has been used as a means of purification and protection. In the wake of trauma and loss, FUTILITY I began as a fruitless quest for self-protection and a means of reclaiming space at sites of trauma. Ultimately, the piece became a ritual of security and an exercise in faith outside of a religious doctrine. Throughout the performance of FUTILITY I, Adrienne Deeble uses the mineral to create a ring around her. The surrounding salt will wash away, but the belief that one has power in a world that works against them will persist . Multidisciplinary artist Adrienne Deeble will perform the piece, followed by a workshop on how to safely recreate the performance yourself.

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Drama3 : Telenovela’s Trace in Latina Video Art Screening
Jun
27
6:00 PM18:00

Drama3 : Telenovela’s Trace in Latina Video Art Screening

This final screening in our series explores the importance and effect of television culture and gender on the video art practices of several Latina artists. Through this screening we will discuss works by Cuban and Mexican video artists Carmelita Tropicana, Coco Fusco and Ximena Cuevas as they grapple with representation and gender roles in their, at times severe, campy and hilarious takes on ubiquitous telenovela and T.V. commercial forms. Event sponsored by Video Data Bank.

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POWER Project: Ball, Gag, & Chain
Jun
28
5:30 PM17:30

POWER Project: Ball, Gag, & Chain

Kink and BDSM have left their marks on the backside of hip-hop for decades. From the afrofuturistic visuals of Missy Elliot & Lil Kim to the long legacy of strip clubs and dancers, hip-hop has been in bed with kink and sexual freedom. Cum celebrate sexual freedom for all and bash back at the recent laws that are targeting friends and lovers in the sex trade across hip hop culture and in our communities. Shop and chat with trans & queer makers of color who craft kinky wearables, lingerie, and other goodies to get you off while looking sexy. The evening will end with Mistress Velvet, Chicago’s premiere African dominatrix and a queer black person working in the sex trade as form of reparations, will be giving a demonstration. A portion of money made from everything sold on this night will go to Support Ho(s)e, Alisha Walker’s continued fight against incarceration. 

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POWER PROJECT: Fashion Show: Liquorice
Jun
29
8:00 PM20:00

POWER PROJECT: Fashion Show: Liquorice

Queer BIPOC people are fashion innovators, utilizing aesthetic style simultaneously as an expression of political values and as deeply-rooted culture. Fashion can be used as an artistic tool to dismantle cisnormative gender conventions, and reflect our racial and cultural interpretations of our life experiences. This fashion show, featuring designs by Compton Q and Owé Engobor will showcase the brilliance that is queer gender fluid fashion from afrofuturist designers.

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Citizens' Climate Lobby, Logan Square Meetup
Jun
30
11:00 AM11:00

Citizens' Climate Lobby, Logan Square Meetup

Come learn and contribute by acting against climate change.

Free and open to the public!

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.

Our consistently respectful, nonpartisan approach to climate education is designed to create a broad, sustainable foundation for climate action across all geographic regions and political inclinations. By building upon shared values rather than partisan divides, and empowering our supporters to work in keeping with the concerns of their local communities, we work towards the adoption of fair, effective, and sustainable climate change solutions.

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POWER PROJECT: Which Ancestors Do We Run Towards? Deep Genealogy Coaching for the Faint of Heart.
Jun
30
2:00 PM14:00

POWER PROJECT: Which Ancestors Do We Run Towards? Deep Genealogy Coaching for the Faint of Heart.

DEEP GENEALOGY COACHING FOR THE FAINT OF HEART
Designed for those who struggle with their privilege as well as discomfort with being seen as they are. Conversation will center around the forces of assimilation, how to counter them, and what reclaiming one’s cultural heritage without taking up all the damn space. Participants will be led through a series of exercises designed to become comfortable with being uncomfortable. 

RSVP required: goo.gl/f2FEfc

About the workshop series:
Taking place over three sequential Saturdays, Which Ancestors Do We Run Towards? is an intensive designed to support spiritual stamina and emotional resilience. 

Led by Mev Luna and a series of guest facilitators, each week will focus on a different aspect of intergenerational healing. Exercises focus on visualization and somatic practices while incorporating contemporary theory, technology, and conversation.

Participants are encouraged to attend all three sessions for maximum benefit.

Full List:
Saturday June 9, 2-5pm: Digital Presencing
https://www.facebook.com/events/1985196531574089/

Saturday June 16, 2-5pm: By Invitation Only
https://www.facebook.com/events/163755634315901/

Saturday June 30, 2-5pm: Deep Genealogy Coaching for the Faint of Heart
https://www.facebook.com/events/442047466224012/

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POWER PROJECT: Party: Mira Mi Pum Pum featuring DJ CQQCHIFRUIT
Jun
30
to Jul 1

POWER PROJECT: Party: Mira Mi Pum Pum featuring DJ CQQCHIFRUIT

Afro-Caribbeans play an important role in hip-hop, but their contributions are routinely erased in the culture’s history. Dancehall, reggaeton and hip-hop emerged simultaneously as music of socially and politically oppressed people, and have direct sonic kinship with each other. Celebrate the infamous dancehall queens and reggaeton artists whose aesthetics and musical contributions influenced hip-hop culture. Uplift the existence of queer Caribbean people, who are underrepresented in nightlife spaces and wider pop culture. The party will showcase the first dancehall queen Carlene Smith, Jamaican film star Audrey Reid, reggaeton artist Ivy Queen, and soul train dancer Rosie Perez.  Come dressed in your dancehall & reggaeton best.

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Comfort Society: Milanajuhui
Jul
1
1:00 PM13:00

Comfort Society: Milanajuhui

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During this week's Comfort Society, guests will be invited to interact with our panelists in an interactive performance and conversation utilizing food, our senses, and intuition. Presented by Shivani Patel and Jing Ouyang, and inspired by a 1992 piece performed by Rirkrit Tiravanija.

In 1992, Rirkrit Tiravanija cooked rice and Thai curry for his audiences and blurred the boundary between daily life and institutional art by creating a social space for conversations through food. In our performance, we intend to elaborate on the concept of constructed social experiences as art making and explore the Americanization of Asian food; specifically Indian and Chinese. As a Chinese and an American born Indian living in the United States, we experienced many adaptations of “Oriental” food. The wide acceptance of Asian food is to be celebrated because it constantly helps us refine the way we look at our own cultural identities, but we question the loss of its authenticity since the cultural meanings of the food are re-written in the process of adapting to a broader audience. Inspired by Tiravanija’s piece, we offer an environment for people to participate in creating and sharing Chinese and Indian food, while we facilitate discussions around appropriations of Asian food and the tension between embracing and rejecting cultural appropriations.

Comfort Society is sponsored by Intelligentsia.

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Jul
4
8:30 PM20:30

Silent Films and Loud Music: The Phantom Carriage (1921)

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Silent Films and Loud Music outdoor series presents

The Phantom Carriage (1921)

With a live musical score by

The Blood Sisters

The Phantom Carriage (1921)
Plot: On New Year's Eve, the driver of a ghostly carriage forces a drunken man to reflect on his selfish, wasted life.

Directed by Victor Sjöström
Starring Victor Sjöström
Hilda Borgström
Tore Svennberg
Running time 104 minutes
Silent film with English intertitles.

About The Blood Sisters: The Blood Sisters are an experimental synthesizer music ensemble from Chicago. In their free time, they back a local, obscure rock star.

Silent Films and Loud Music pairs eclectic and unusual local bands with classic silent films.

Movie will start at Sundown.
We ask that you only bring blankets to the outdoor screening to allow everyone a clear view of the screen. Thank you!

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Emily Perez

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Comfort Society Presents Attachment Theory in Pop Culture with Nora Sharp
Jul
8
1:00 PM13:00

Comfort Society Presents Attachment Theory in Pop Culture with Nora Sharp

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This Comfort Society session will introduce attendees to the basic tenets of attachment theory and explore how common attachment patterns show up in popular music and media. If you love music and also want to workshop the struggle of love, this talk is for you. Artists whose music we may consider include The Foundations, Drake, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Outkast, and Mary J. Blige. Group listening with lyrics provided!

Relational attachment theory is foundational to contemporary understandings of how we build and sustain intimacy. Its naming of Anxious, Avoidant, and Secure attachment styles can be a clarifying, informative lens for understanding common relationship challenges. Anyone who has felt incessantly preoccupied about their partner's feelings, or who has found themselves running in the other direction as soon as intimacy presents itself, will see themselves reflected in one or more of these styles. Perhaps more importantly, attachment theory offers the chance for self-awareness that can deliver us from suffering.

By taking material that often lives in the realm of therapy or psychology and analyzing it through the lens of classic jams, we’ll find solidarity in the struggle of common relationship challenges. We’ll see how artists can offer unique insight in our journeys toward interpersonal stability. And we’ll save some time to talk about concrete strategies for working with Anxious and Avoidant patterns that you can carry forward from the afternoon.

About the facilitator: Nora Sharp grew up in Chicago. Nora makes work that blends dance, sound, comedy, cultural commentary, and personal history, and reflects lived experience as a queer white midwestern millennial. In 2018, Nora has been in an artist in residence in Links Hall’s Co-MISSIONS program and at VOLTA Performing Arts as well as a participant in LANDING 2.0 with Miguel Gutierrez at Gibney Dance (NYC) and FIELD/WORK at the Chicago Artists Coalition. Recent collaborations include performances with and for Udita Upadhyaya, Dao Nguyen, the Fly Honey Show, M Wu, and Ayako Kato. Nora facilitates spaces for intra- and interpersonal creative exchange, including Research Project, a bimonthly works in progress performance series at OuterSpace Studios, and an anxiety workshop series at VOLTA. Nora's work is influenced by the pedagogies of somatics, tutoring, organizing, non-violent communication, individual & group therapy, and other contemporary mental health practices. Nora is also in the early stages of building a community-based working artists’ and performers’ emergency insurance fund.

Comfort Society is a weekly speaker series hosted at Comfort Society every Sunday at 1pm from June through October. Comfort Society is proudly supported by Intelligentsia.

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Jul
11
8:30 PM20:30

Silent Films and Loud Music: West Of Zanzibar (1928)

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Silent Films and Loud Music outdoor series returns with a screening of West Of Zanzibar (1928)
with a live musical score by local band
Side Hug

West Of Zanzibar (1928)

Plot: A magician seeks vengeance upon the man who paralyzed him and the illegitimate daughter he sired with the magician's wife.

Directed by Tod Browning
Starring Lon Chaney
Lionel Barrymore
Mary Nolan
Warner Baxter

Running time: 65 minutes
Silent with English Inter-titles.
Media: Digital Projection

About Side Hug: Born out of an ice cream store on the northside of Chicago, Side Hug is the product of a six pack of Modelo's and a January that had too much time in it.
Vocals and rhythm guitar: Lyd Landor
Lead guitar: Allan Cardenas
Drums: Christian Ovalle
Bass: Yuda Goldbloom
https://ineedahugfromtheside.bandcamp.com/

Silent Films and Loud Music pairs eclectic and unusual local bands with classic silent films.

Movie will start at Sundown.
We ask that you only bring blankets to the outdoor screening to allow everyone a clear view of the screen. Thank you!

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

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Comfort Society Presents Heart & Bone Signs
Jul
15
1:00 PM13:00

Comfort Society Presents Heart & Bone Signs

Come learn about the art of hand lettering and sign painting. with Heart & Bone!

Heart & Bone Signs is a Chicago based sign shop, specializing in gold leaf and traditional sign painting. Started in 2012, by Kelsey Dalton and Andrew McClellan, Heart & Bone Signs works with local small businesses and large companies alike to develop and finalize their branding though the use of hand lettering and signage. Trained under local sign painters, Kelsey and Andrew seek to continue the time honored traditions of the trade while preserving the longevity of well crafted signage in the Chicago region and beyond. In the summer of 2018, Heart & Bone Signs will be opening Electro Pepper Gallery. Electro Pepper Gallery is a space committed to the exhibition of art forms based in craft and learned trades.

Comfort Society is proudly sponsored by Intelligentsia Logan Square!

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Jul
18
8:30 PM20:30

Silent Films and Loud Music: The White Outlaw (1925)

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Silent Films and Loud Music outdoor series presents

The White Outlaw (1925)

With a live musical score by

Mkot Pt.

The White Outlaw (1925)

Plot: Scout, a cowboy's beautiful white horse, flees the ranch after being abused by a sadistic ranch hand.He becomes an outlaw stallion, and it's not long before he manages to attract a considerable herd of followers. However, when local ranchers suspect Scout of "rustling" some of their horses to join his herd, they decide to track him down and put him to death. Scout's owner reluctantly agrees, but has his own plan in mind.

Director: Clifford Smith
Writer: Isadore Bernstein (story)
Stars: Jack Hoxie, Marceline Day, William Welsh
Silent film with English Intertitles
Running time: 50mins
Media: Digital Projection

About Mkot Pt.: Mkot Pt. is an intimate duo of sound sculptors experimenting in the realms of avant-garde, classical, musique concrète, electro-acoustic, ambient, noise, free improvisation, and aleatoricism. https://mkotpt.bandcamp.com/

Silent Films and Loud Music pairs eclectic and unusual local bands with classic silent films.

Movie will start at Sundown.
We ask that you only bring blankets to the outdoor screening to allow everyone a clear view of the screen. Thank you!

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

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Gather Presents Curt Oren and The Participatory Music Coalition
Jul
21
7:00 PM19:00

Gather Presents Curt Oren and The Participatory Music Coalition

Gather is pleased to announce Curt Oren and The Participatory Music Coalition on Saturday, July 21st at 7 pm

Curt Oren is an electroacoustic artist and powerpoint presenter who just wants you to be yourself as long as you're not mean. He bakes cookies for every show and usually somebody cries. He's very sorry about that but it's all part of the process. Don't forget to buckle up. Peace

The Participatory Music Coalition began as the sonic subcommittee of the MB Collective, a theater, performance, visual and community collective of artists integrating diverse performative traditions, especially with respect to the South Side Community Art Center and its founder, the great spirit Margaret Burroughs. Musicians of the MB collective began participating in the weekly "Sonic Healing Ministries Free Jazz Sessions" organized and headed by composer/instrumentalist and educator David Boykin. Finding fulfillment and growth through these sessions members began to meet in each other’s homes to experiment, compose, and practice new music. 

Recognizing the spiritual importance of Black American Classical Music, Participatory Music Coalition maintains improvisation as the very core of our creative endeavors because improvisation is the doorway to the spirit-domain, and sound is the primordial vessel of healing to the world.

Our performances proceed through journeys of sound, text, movement, poetry, song, moving images, and cuisine. Both free and planned improvisational offerings will leave plenty of space for guests to contribute and share. We encourage participation by all! By thought, word, deed, and sound, we invite you to celebrate with us the divine unity of all the cosmos that music represents. We welcome your sound, your spirit, your voice and your heartbeat!

(Photo by Ally Almore)

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. Gather is curated by Allen Moore, Nick Meryhew, and Rebecca Himelstein

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Comfort Society: Mark for War 2 - Live! Presented by Eddie Gobbo
Jul
22
1:00 PM13:00

Comfort Society: Mark for War 2 - Live! Presented by Eddie Gobbo

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Back by popular demand! The follow up to the Comfort Society's Summer 2016 lecture on the Golden Age Era of WWE. MARK FOR WAR 2: LIVE is an oral history and analysis of the attitude of WWE/Wrestling (96-2000) from the perspective of a fan.

Eddie Gobbo is veteran of Chicago's heavy music scene and currently fronts the band SOMETHING IS WAITING. He is a graduate of DePaul University. He is the previous writer of a Metalsucks wrestling column MARK FOR WAR, as well as the Decibel Magazine column ENCROTCHMENT, which focuses on the NFL. He resides in Evanston, IL. 

Comfort Society is sponsored by Intelligentsia.

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POWER PROJECT: Pop-Up Shop + Demo: Ball, Gag, & Chain
Jul
28
5:30 PM17:30

POWER PROJECT: Pop-Up Shop + Demo: Ball, Gag, & Chain

Kink and BDSM have left their marks on the backside of hip-hop for decades. From the afrofuturistic visuals of Missy Elliot & Lil Kim to the long legacy of strip clubs and dancers, hip-hop has been in bed with kink and sexual freedom. Cum celebrate sexual freedom for all and bash back at the recent laws that are targeting friends and lovers in the sex trade across hip hop culture and in our communities. Shop and chat with trans & queer makers of color who craft kinky wearables, lingerie, and other goodies to get you off while looking sexy. The evening will end with Mistress Velvet, Chicago’s premiere African dominatrix and a queer black person working in the sex trade as form of reparations, will be giving a demonstration. A portion of money made from everything sold on this night will go to Support Ho(s)e, Alisha Walker’s continued fight against incarceration, and funding sex worker led resilience in the face of FOSTA SESTA.

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Gather Presents Anna Orlikowska and Sam Scranton
Aug
18
7:00 PM19:00

Gather Presents Anna Orlikowska and Sam Scranton

Gather is pleased to announce Anna Orlikowska and Sam Scranton on Saturday, August 18th at 7 pm

Anna Orlikowska is a Warsaw-born visual artist working between Amsterdam and United States. She received an MFA degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2016) and a BFA degree from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (2013).  She has been awarded with prizes and scholarships and has been showing her work internationally. In 2017 she was an artist-in-residence at Residency Unlimited in Brooklyn, New York and at LES Studio Program in New York City. Her practice involves a variety of media ranging from installation, performance, sculpture, video, drawing, text and sound, especially voice. Orlikowska investigates the physicality of sound and its site-specific relations to architecture, its impact on the body and the imagination of the listener.

Sam Scranton 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: High Quality Final Days, an album of speech-generated compositions released on Parlour Tapes+; 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; and HOLOTYPE, premiered by Spektral Quartet. 

Sam has presented nationally and internationally at festivals and conferences such as Composit Festival, NUNC!, New Music Gathering, the International Conference on Music and Minimalism, and Omaha Under the Radar. As part of the band volcano!, Sam has performed onstage in Berlin, Moscow, London, and Paris, with albums released by Leaf Label (UK). 

Currently, Sam lives and works in Chicago, pursuing a doctorate in composition at Northwestern University.

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. Gather is curated by Allen Moore, Nick Meryhew, and Rebecca Himelstein

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Comfort Society Presents a Death Café by Lauren Gil
Aug
19
1:00 PM13:00

Comfort Society Presents a Death Café by Lauren Gil

Please join Comfort Society and speaker Lauren Gil on July 15th for a Death Café at Comfort Station! We'll participate in a community event to get to know one another and to stretch into our own understandings of our values on living and dying in a comfortable and safe atmosphere. After the event, Lauren will share collected and historical wisdom gifted from the dying from her research on therapies at end-of-life.

What's a Death Café? A Death Café is a group-directed discussion over coffee, tea, and cake. The objective is to practice the art of talking openly about our own mortality so as to make the most of our finite lives. Anyone of any age, background, spiritual belief (or lack thereof!) is welcome to attend as the results are enriched by the variety of participants. Let's break the taboo, together!

Who's Lauren Gil? Lauren Gil is a clinical social worker (AM, University of Chicago), trained death doula, community-taught herbalist, lay Borikén historian, semi-professional baker, and end-of-life scholar. Her mission is to provide thoughtful and holistic care to the dying and the ones they love. (Psst: that's all of us)

Comfort Society is a summer series hosted every Sunday at 1pm during the Logan Square Farmers Market. Special thanks to our sponsor, Intelligentsia. 

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POWER project: Britt Julious: From the Journal to the People
Jun
21
6:00 PM18:00

POWER project: Britt Julious: From the Journal to the People

In this informal writing workshop, writer Britt Julious will help participants turn their personal memories, anecdotes, and experiences into universal pieces of writing. Britt will lead two quick writing exercises teaching participants how to turn everyday situations, experiences, and objects into fuel for telling stories about one's life. Later, participants will utilize writing prompts focused on mindfulness and self-care to unlead the untapped creativity coursing through all of us. Participants are encouraged to bring a notebook of their choice. Non-alcoholic drinks, snacks, and a take-home guide will be provided. 


http://brittjulio.us
http://www.blackgirlinom.com/podcasts/2017/12/episode-29-with-britt-julious
https://soundcloud.com/user-32318157-842458283/you-know-you-can-do-it-vogue-with-guest-artist-britt-julious
https://soundcloud.com/user-32318157-842458283/lets-circle-back-to-sade-part-2-with-guest-artist-britt-julious

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Lesbian Longing & Queer Diaspora Screening
Jun
20
6:00 PM18:00

Lesbian Longing & Queer Diaspora Screening

This program will examine the exile of queer Cubans, Puerto Ricans and Argentinians from the lens of lesbian and diasporic filmmakers Susana Blaustein Munoz, Frances Negrón-Muntaner and Kelly Anderson. Unpacking the sense of remorse, loss and isolation felt by displaced queer peoples from Latin America and the Caribbean, these video works provide unique and powerful voices as declarations of queer pride and resistance while intersecting narratives of Afro-Latinidad, immigration and resilience.

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POWER PROJECT: Panel: Underground Black QT Freedom Space
Jun
19
7:00 PM19:00

POWER PROJECT: Panel: Underground Black QT Freedom Space

This panel will explore the underground homes, celebrations, and spaces that love us for all we are. Discussing trans/gnc/queer nightlife, ballroom, and our free spaces away from cis and straight bs. Topics will include changing the landscape of these spaces, chosen kin, and where we see our freedom spaces co-opted or stolen in mainstream culture.

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Connect-the-Dots Presents De-Conditioning! (on the lawn)
Jun
18
7:00 PM19:00

Connect-the-Dots Presents De-Conditioning! (on the lawn)

A riddle: Are you as you are because you are who you are, or are you as you are as you’ve been taught to be?

It is so easy to be born into this world and accept it all as "how it is." How rich would you be if you got a dollar for every time you heard "that'll never change!" As children, we are innocent and open to learning about the world, and we generally assume that the humans around us speak truth. We take whatever truths society presents to us, and we see the world through that lens. As much as we like to believe that we "are just the way we are," most of us are as we are conditioned to be. 

In this conversation series, we will explore the BIG IDEAS that shape our selves and our culture. We will examine our own social conditioning. “I’m not conditioned,” you say? We all are! 

Love, Death, Relationships, Spirituality, Race, Gender, Beauty, Sex, Self-Identity, Education, Work, Money, and more.... We will examine the pop culture narrative, as well as share our own experiences, ask questions, and possibly re-define our relationships with these ideas. We will explore how language can constrict or expand our ability to think about and understand the world, and we will talk about the possibility of a movement that can go beyond the current dualistic labels that limit our imagination for a beautiful world.

ALL PEOPLE ARE WELCOME. There will be snacks. Feel free to bring more snacks if you like.

For more info, check out www.connectthedots.community

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POWER Project: Future Fugitives, a pop-up gallery
Jun
18
6:00 PM18:00

POWER Project: Future Fugitives, a pop-up gallery

Getting free ain’t easy. With increased surveillance and widespread domestic militarization, in the real and online, freedom comes in the little moments - on accident and often with trouble. Whether it be a shared glance, a skipped line of code, a long walk, a distorted image, these loopholes of retreat - a term coined by Harriet Jacobs - are the tools we have to imagine our freedom here and across time. These artists are fugitives, creating refuge and release with their. Each carves out the complex layers of Blackness in otherworldly, virtual, and existential conditions - the types of deep and wide imaginations that can escape the confines of any system meant to destroy or demolish black people.
 

This pop-up gallery will feature 3rd Eye Chakra, Owé Engobar, and Ireashia Monet.

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POWER Project: Kola Nut Collaborative - The Currency Of Social Structure
Jun
17
4:00 PM16:00

POWER Project: Kola Nut Collaborative - The Currency Of Social Structure

This event is part of the Time Salon series. The Time Salon is a facilitated gathering offered by the Kola Nut Collaborative which guides participants through dialogue and practice in communal asset mapping, social economy, and non-monetary exchange. In this intentional space, we challenge the idea that participation in a framework of economic exchange necessitates the use of the dollar as currency.

Workshop: The Currency Of Social Structure: A No-Money Marketplace

While peace circles have recently been used as a locus of restorative justice practice, they are an expansive space where all manner of values can be interrogated and revised through shared dialogue. In the talking circle, communities have a safe space where circle practice and conversation are used to cultivate relationships grounded in shared values. During this circle, we will unpack the nature of value itself and what relationship this bears on the values we bring to our communities. Join us with the questions you have been asking in your own life or use the questions others are asking to investigate your own beliefs.

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POWER Project: Confined Terrain Lecture: The Brown Body in the Landscape, Detention, and Technology
Jun
17
1:00 PM13:00

POWER Project: Confined Terrain Lecture: The Brown Body in the Landscape, Detention, and Technology

CONFINED TERRAIN: The Brown Body in the Landscape, Detention, and Technology

Risa Puleo and Mev Luna will present their respective research into contemporary conditions of incarceration and engage in a dialogue with each other and the audience afterwards. Puleo looks to the borderlands and the work of the art collective Postcommodity (Raven Chacon, Cristóbal Martínez, and Kade L. Twist) to examine the means by which one enters an institution of confinement. While Luna critiques the enthusiasm of technology to “democratize” both the Prison Industrial Complex and Healthcare system, often targeting the same demographics. 

Hunting in the Borderlands: The Politics of Human Capture in Postcommodity’s Coyotaje
Risa Puleo

Digital Deliverance: White Saviorism and the screen
Mev Luna

Image credit: Aerial photograph of the Ramsey Units, January 23, 1995, United States Geological Survey. The Ramsey Unit was once a Prison Plantation located in unincorporated Brazoria County Texas, and was not desegregated until 1963.

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Gather Presents Willy Smart and Ulla Straus
Jun
16
7:00 PM19:00

Gather Presents Willy Smart and Ulla Straus

Gather is pleased to announce Willy Smart and Ulla Straus on Saturday, June 16th at 7 pm

Willy Smart is an artist who works in presentational and propositional forms. Willy makes lectures, sculpture, and publications that propose extended modes and objects of reading and recording. Willy directs the conceptual record label Fake Music

fakemusic.org

Ulla Straus

https://ullastraus.bandcamp.com

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. Gather is curated by Allen Moore, Nick Meryhew, and Rebecca Himelstein

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POWER Project: Workshop Series: Which Ancestors Do We Run Towards? By Invitation Only
Jun
16
2:00 PM14:00

POWER Project: Workshop Series: Which Ancestors Do We Run Towards? By Invitation Only

Week 2: BY INVITATION ONLY
Participants will first be led by a visualization process to design a liminal space to inhabit that is between their contemporary life and a connection with the ancestral realm. Think of it as a spiritual conference room for a select group of ancestral advisory board members. We will discuss, who is invited and how to retire the others gently. Afterwards, participants will be paired to call upon each of their ancestral advisory boards to work through something together and practice restoration. 

RSVP required: goo.gl/f2FEfc

About the workshop series:
Taking place over three sequential Saturdays, Which Ancestors Do We Run Towards? is an intensive designed to support spiritual stamina and emotional resilience. 

Led by Mev Luna and a series of guest facilitators, each week will focus on a different aspect of intergenerational healing. Exercises focus on visualization and somatic practices while incorporating contemporary theory, technology, and conversation.

Participants are encouraged to attend all three sessions for maximum benefit.

Full List:
Saturday June 9, 2-5pm: Digital Presencing
https://www.facebook.com/events/1985196531574089/

Saturday June 16, 2-5pm: By Invitation Only
https://www.facebook.com/events/163755634315901/

Saturday June 30, 2-5pm: Deep Genealogy Coaching for the Faint of Heart
https://www.facebook.com/events/442047466224012/

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POWER Project: Kola Nut Collaborative Time Salon - Mapping Experimental Economies
Jun
14
5:00 PM17:00

POWER Project: Kola Nut Collaborative Time Salon - Mapping Experimental Economies

This event is part of the Time Salon series. The Time Salon is a facilitated gathering offered by the Kola Nut Collaborative which guides participants through dialogue and practice in communal asset mapping, social economy, and non-monetary exchange. In this intentional space, we challenge the idea that participation in a framework of economic exchange necessitates the use of the dollar as currency.

Mapping Experimental Economies: A Brief History of Big Ideas, Excess Capacities, and Unmet Needs

Chicago has historically been home to several experimental economies. The Kola Nut Collaborative has launched an independent research effort to document and develop a shared historical narrative which displays the relationship of these efforts to the present revival of time-banking in Chicago. In the view of the Collaborative, each neighborhood is composed of several informal and social economies which would fit within this framework.

During this Time Salon, we will share some of the narratives drawn from this research. Participants will discuss their own connection to these experimental economies and use this insight as a way to map our current aspirations. We will also determine what assets we already possess within or around us and what assets have not been identified.This mapping process should bring us closer to making our ideas a reality.

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Female Gaze, Death & Queerness Screening
Jun
13
6:00 PM18:00

Female Gaze, Death & Queerness Screening

From the tragic suicide of famed “spit-fire” Lupe Velez the Mexican-born stage and screen actress, comedian, singer and dancer best known for her work in vaudeville and Hollywood come inspiration and reverie by Mexican video performance artist Ximena Cuevas and Chicana video artist Rita Gonzalez. In this screening and discussion we will also investigate duel reflections on death and spirituality from Chicana video artist Osa Hidalgo-de la Riva.

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POWER Project: Archives + Futures : QUEER
Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

POWER Project: Archives + Futures : QUEER

This session's topic is QUEER. Through informal conversations with fellow brown artists about their personal cannons, heroes, and histories, A+F will generate an archive of interviews for future generations to connect to their brown past. During this “soft launch,” Latinx and Native/Indigenous folks are invited to sign up and tell their story in conversation with a panel of their peers. All conversations will be recorded and archived online. 

Audience members are invited to watch the recording session from 7-8pm followed by Q&A. 

Hosted by Ivan Lozano and Gonzalo Reyes Rodriguez

About the creator:

Ivan LOZANO (b. 1981, Guadalajara, Mexico) lives and works in Chicago, where NewCity Art recognized him as a “Breakout Artist” in 2014. He received a MFA from SAIC in 2011. LOZANO was the programming director for the Cinematexas International Short Film festival, co-founder of a feminist video collective (Austin Video Bee) and a net art blog (CTRL+W33D), and founder of an ad-hoc digital press (IMAGE FILE PRESS). 

Co-host

Gonzalo Reyes Rodriguez lives and works in Chicago. He works with photography, video and multi screen installation to examine the slippage between time and the act of image creation. His projects examine political optics as applied to the human body in social contradictions, and through cinema in its accorded roles in recording history and representing society to itself. 

Special Guests:

Oscar Chavez is an artist working in Chicago with absolutely no affiliation to SAIC. He makes paintings & performances and has never lived in a world without the internet.

Marcela Torres uses the tools/methodologies of social activism and education to create works in various media (including workshops, photographs, conferences, videos, live performances, publications and community programming) that operate as forms of embodied research and protest into contemporary racialized American social structure.

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POWER Project: Kola Nut Collaborative Time Salon - Our Social Economies
Jun
11
5:00 PM17:00

POWER Project: Kola Nut Collaborative Time Salon - Our Social Economies

This event is part of the Time Salon series. The Time Salon is a facilitated gathering offered by the Kola Nut Collaborative which guides participants through dialogue and practice in communal asset mapping, social economy, and non-monetary exchange. In this intentional space, we challenge the idea that participation in a framework of economic exchange necessitates the use of the dollar as currency.

Workshop: Our Social Economies: A Community Peace Circle on Value and Values

While peace circles have recently been used as a locus of restorative justice practice, they are an expansive space where all manner of values can be interrogated and revised through shared dialogue. In the talking circle, communities have a safe space where circle practice and conversation are used to cultivate relationships grounded in shared values. During this circle, we will unpack the nature of value itself and what relationship this bears on the values we bring to our communities. Join us with the questions you have been asking within your own life or use the questions others are asking to investigate your own beliefs.

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Group meet up: FRUTAS un groupo que quieren practicar espanol
Jun
10
2:00 PM14:00

Group meet up: FRUTAS un groupo que quieren practicar espanol

Este es un grupo que quieren practicar español y comer comidas! Por favor traiga algo para comer y tambien, puedes preparar para no hablar inglés durante dos horas.

A Spanish conversational group that meets to practice and eat! Open to all levels of fluency. Please be prepared to not speak English for two hours.

The group will meet outside on the lawn!

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POWER Project: Kola Nut Collaborative Time Salon - Between Resistance & Resilience
Jun
10
1:00 PM13:00

POWER Project: Kola Nut Collaborative Time Salon - Between Resistance & Resilience

This event is part of the Time Salon series. The Time Salon is a facilitated gathering offered by the Kola Nut Collaborative which guides participants through dialogue and practice in communal asset mapping, social economy, and non-monetary exchange. In this intentional space, we challenge the idea that participation in a framework of economic exchange necessitates the use of the dollar as currency.

Theme: POWER Project: Between Resistance & Resilience - Lessons from Puerto Rico's Mutual Aid Centers

In 2017, Puerto Rico was struck a tremendous blow when Hurricane Maria made landfall devastating the physical infrastructure of a country already reeling from a financial crisis. In the wake of these combined crises, they were subject to the residual impact of the phenomenon Naomi Klein describes as “disaster capitalism”. Following several incomplete response efforts by local government, US public and private sector agencies, residents took matters into their own hands with the formation of several Centros de Apoyo Mutuos (Mutual Aid Centers). These centers have charged themselves with meeting the basic needs of local communities, providing visible supportive infrastructure, and coordinating assistance from international partners.

Jenna Anast is an actor, performing artist, comedian, social+emotional educator, & righteous individual whose place on the planet is to empower & inspire. She is a founding member of the #LetUsBreathe Collective and a part of Chicago Boricua Resistance. Chicago Boricua Resistance recently deployed a Solidarity Brigade to Puerto Rico in order to aid in disaster relief efforts. Jenna will join this program in order to help us distill lessons from the Mutual Aid Centers developing throughout Puerto Rico.

 

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POWER Project: Workshop series: Which Ancestors Do We Run Towards? Digital Presencing
Jun
9
2:00 PM14:00

POWER Project: Workshop series: Which Ancestors Do We Run Towards? Digital Presencing

DIGITAL PRESENCING

*previously scheduled for June 2nd, but rescheduled to June 9th


Much of the digital forms we interact with have unseen calibration methods, perhaps the most well-known would be facial recognition technology. As technology grows smarter, how can we calibrate ourselves in resistance to these measures? Participants are asked to bring images of their ancestors, however they so define. 

RSVP required: goo.gl/f2FEfc

About the workshop series:
Taking place over three sequential Saturdays, Which Ancestors Do We Run Towards? is an intensive designed to support spiritual stamina and emotional resilience. 

Led by Mev Luna and a series of guest facilitators, each week will focus on a different aspect of intergenerational healing. Exercises focus on visualization and somatic practices while incorporating contemporary theory, technology, and conversation.

Participants are encouraged to attend all three sessions for maximum benefit.

Full List:
Saturday June 9, 2-5pm: Digital Presencing
https://www.facebook.com/events/1985196531574089/

Saturday June 16, 2-5pm: By Invitation Only
https://www.facebook.com/events/163755634315901/

Saturday June 30, 2-5pm: Deep Genealogy Coaching for the Faint of Heart
https://www.facebook.com/events/442047466224012/

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POWER Project: Kola Nut Collaborative Time Salon - Collaborative Economies
Jun
7
5:00 PM17:00

POWER Project: Kola Nut Collaborative Time Salon - Collaborative Economies

This event is part of the Time Salon series. The Time Salon is a facilitated gathering offered by the Kola Nut Collaborative which guides participants through dialogue and practice in communal asset mapping, social economy, and non-monetary exchange. In this intentional space, we challenge the idea that participation in a framework of economic exchange necessitates the use of the dollar as currency.

Theme: Collaborative Economies: A Workshop & Screening of Katie Teague's "Money & Life"

“Money & Life” is a film about transforming our relationship with money by mining the recent history of economic crises for lessons on what it can tell us about human behavior and how the design money incentivizes many of our most destructive impulses. In “Money & Life”, Katie Teague employs expert interviews, testimonies, and dynamic animation in order to craft a new narrative of money which requires humanity to adjust our interaction with the environment and shift our understanding of prosperity in order to build more beautiful possible futures.

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Forms & Features Workshop: Poetry of Protest
Jun
5
7:00 PM19:00

Forms & Features Workshop: Poetry of Protest

All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop led by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney. In June, in celebration of the Art Leaders of Color Network (ALCN) and the Comfort Station’s P.O.W.E.R. project, we read and discuss poetry of protest.The group will explore a wide variety of protest poems. A creative workshop, where participants will be guided through composing an original poem, will conclude the session.

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POWER Project: Kola Nut Collaborative Time Salon - Gift Economies of Scale
Jun
4
5:00 PM17:00

POWER Project: Kola Nut Collaborative Time Salon - Gift Economies of Scale

This event is part of the Time Salon series. The Time Salon is a facilitated gathering offered by the Kola Nut Collaborative which guides participants through dialogue and practice in communal asset mapping, social economy , and non-monetary exchange. In this intentional space, we challenge the idea that participation in a framework of economic exchange necessitates the use of the dollar as currency.

Theme: Gift Economies of Scale: Readings and Reflections on Lewis Hyde's "The Gift"

In “The Gift”, Lewis Hyde mines the history gift, social, and tribal economies as a method for understanding how the artistic creation is not a quantifiable commodity. “The Gift” provides us with a way to understand indigenous economic frameworks and the elements that remain in our modern informal and social economies. In this Time Salon, select passages from “The Gift” will be employed a springboard for discussion on ways that we can disrupt our existing practice and understanding of economics in favor of more just and holistic methods of exchange.

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POWER Project: Kola Nut Collaborative Time Salon - Empathic Economies
Jun
3
4:00 PM16:00

POWER Project: Kola Nut Collaborative Time Salon - Empathic Economies

This event is part of the Time Salon series. The Time Salon is a facilitated gathering offered by the Kola Nut Collaborative which guides participants through dialogue and practice in communal asset mapping, social economy , and non-monetary exchange. In this intentional space, we challenge the idea that participation in a framework of economic exchange necessitates the use of the dollar as currency.

Theme: Empathic Economies: A Listening Session for Dr. Candice Nicole's "Black Lives Matter Meditation for Healing Racial Trauma"

A Listening Session for Dr. Candice Nicole's "Black Lives Matter Meditation for Healing Racial Trauma"Join us In a conversation about the art and practice of local artist Sarita Hernández. For this opening screening and discussion we’ll view and discuss samples of work from legendary documentarians Sylvia Morales and Lourdes Portillo as relates to Hernández' own art making process and beliefs. Join us in unpacking the women-centered, feminist and Chicana practices of Sylvia Morales and academy award nominee Lourdes Portillo and learn more about their contributions to documentary and Chicana film/video herstory.

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May
31
7:00 PM19:00

Comfort Music: Dave Rempis/Russ Johnson Duo

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Comfort Music Presents:

Dave Rempis and Russ Johnson Duo

"Rempis’ musical expression draws on a number of touchstones. While heavily improvisational in nature, his Greek ethnicity, studies in jazz and ethnomusicology, an appreciation for the philosophical underpinnings of contemporary composition, and a love for unforgivingly strident yelps, screeches, and squeals that can encompass the ever-evolving state of human depravity all inform his work."

Trumpeter Russ Johnson is a recent Midwest transplant after spending 23 years as an important member of New York City’s jazz community. He has 7 recordings as a leader or co-leader and performed on more than 75 recordings as a sideman. Russ has worked alongside many of the legendary figures in jazz including Lee Konitz, Steve Swallow, Bill Frisell, and Joe Lovano. In addition, he has recorded and/or performed with a long list of the most prominent musicians currently on the international jazz scene, including Myra Melford, Ken Vandermark, and Tony Malaby. Russ has performed in more than 40 countries across the globe. His groups have recently performed at the Chicago, Winter Jazz Fest (NYC) Hyde Park, (Chicago) and Bergamo, (Italy) jazz festivals.

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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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May
30
8:00 PM20:00

Released and Abandoned: VHS Trailer-a-rama.

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To kick off another season of Released and Abandoned: Forgotten Oddities of the Home Video Era curator Paul Freitag-Fey presents various rare VHS trailers and bumpers. 

The trailers are often better than the movie, so for our first entry in this year's program of the forgotten treasures of the VHS era, we'll be spending two hours watching nothing but the good stuff! Experience fallen celebrities! Ill-conceived kids films! Hidden horrors! Erotic thrillers! Erotic comedies! Erotic dramas! (The late '80s were a sexy time.) Pulse-poounding action! And... other! 

Hosted by Paul Freitag-Fey writer for the DAILY GRINDHOUSE and sponsored by The DailyGrindhouse.

About:
Released and Abandoned: Forgotten Oddities of the Home Video Era is a monthly series curated by Paul Freitag-Fey 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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Force and Motion: nature | human: Spill
May
27
10:30 AM10:30

Force and Motion: nature | human: Spill

Description:

In Eric Griswold's Spill, a "pendulum" filled with rice is uncorked and swung back and forth. Underneath the spilling rice, performers add percussion instruments made from various materials (woods, metals, skins) one by one, slowly altering the resulting timbre, rhythm, and volume of the soundscape. In this interactive public installation of the piece, This work continues to be a centerpiece of beyond this point's nature | human project, which invites audiences to connect artistically and spiritually to the natural world through sound and performance. This free, interactive, public performance of nature | human: Spill is made possible by Elevated Chicago, a Chicago initiative focused on equitable transit oriented development (eTOD). The Logan Square Blue Line station is one of six transit areas served by the Elevated Chicago initiative. Learn more about Elevated Chicago at www.elevatedchicago.org.

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Force And Motion: j e l l o Performance Series "New Spaces"
May
26
1:00 PM13:00

Force And Motion: j e l l o Performance Series "New Spaces"

curated by Tuli Bera

Doors at 7pm. FREE ($5 suggested donation)

The J e l l o Performance Series is a monthly dance/performance art production led by Director, Tuli Bera and Associate Director, Carla Gruby. J e l l o  provides a platform for artists to experiment, create, risk, and try. This is a great opportunity to show and perform past work, current work or works in progress. J e l l o is currently housed by Links Hall and Elastic Arts. For more information, visit: www.jello.dance

Tuli Bera is a performance artist based in Chicago.  She received her BFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  She currently dances with Project Ishti led by Preeti Veerlapati and Kinnari Vora. Most recently she danced in their new work, "Prakriti" which premiered at the 2017 Chicago Fringe Festival. Bera is the director of J e l l o Performance Series housed by Links Hall and Elastic Arts and works as Aerial Dance Chicago's program coordinator.

 

 

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Force & Motion: The Runaways Lab presents the Blue Hour
May
25
7:30 PM19:30

Force & Motion: The Runaways Lab presents the Blue Hour

The Runaways Lab presents a dreamy art installation cum-theatrical performance that investigates desire and memory in the age of mass surveillance. It's called The Blue Hour. Using poet and essayist Elisa Gabbert's intoxicating poetry collection L'Heure Bleue, which was written from the perspective of Judy in Wallace Shawn's play The Designated Mourner, the Runaways will transform the Comfort Station into a zone of multisensory experience and reflection. With an unconventional cast of writers, dancers, and philosophers, this one-night-only performance is not to be missed. 

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Comfort Music: Vivian Garcia + Nick Alvarez Trio
May
24
7:00 PM19:00

Comfort Music: Vivian Garcia + Nick Alvarez Trio

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Homeroom is proud to present Comfort Music on Thursdays in May at Comfort Station where we will pair artists and groups from the city’s (and the world’s) jazz and improvised scene with song-based performers in order to give audiences an opportunity to experience the intimate possibilities to be found in both sound and songform.

Vivian Garcia has been performing in Chicago for nearly 20 years. After studying Flamenco and Rumba traditions in Spain, she has applied her facility with the nylon-stringed guitar to accompanying her rich and intimate original songs, sung in both Spanish and English. 

You may have seen Nick Alvarez plying his craft somewhere on the streets of Chicago with his regular trio containing Beau Barry on tenor sax and Jakob Heinemann on bass. Nick’s drumming style betrays a subtle and dynamic touch with a deep commitment to groove. For this concert, Nick will bring the group indoors to explore the space of the Comfort Station. 

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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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May
23
8:00 PM20:00

The Joy of Sound / La Felicidad del Sonido (2016)

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Comfort Film and Chicago Latino Film Festival Present

The Joy of Sound / La Felicidad del Sonido (2016)
and
Palenque (2017)

This program will highlight two Latin American documentaries, Palenque (25 min.) from Colombia & The Joy of Sound / La Felicidad del Sonido (60 min.) from Panama. Through gorgeous cinematography, music and sounds, these films depict the history, the people and cultural traditions of the two Latin American towns.

Palenque (2017)
Colombia / 25 min. 
Directed by Sebastián Pinzón Silva
Genre: Documentary
Spanish w/ English Subtitles
Synopsis: Guided by motifs of life and death, PALENQUE is an ode to a small town that has greatly contributed to the collective memory of Colombia: San Basilio de Palenque, the first town in the Americas to have broken free from European domination.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/222566633

The Joy of Sound / La Felicidad del Sonido (2016)
Panama / 60 min. 
Directed by Ana Endara Mislov
Genre: Documentary
Spanish w/ English Subtitles
Synopsis: What we hear is a vibration in the air, a vibration no one sees. Sound is invisible, but it drives us; it makes us cry, laugh, remember and dance; it rattles our insides, it moves us. Through a series of outlandish characters, The Joy of Sound takes the viewer on a voyage of the senses, as it reflects on nature, communal life, solitude and silence. 

Trailer: https://youtu.be/oSge02SvKJQ

Runtime: 85mins
Media: Digital Projection

Presented by Chicago Latino Film Festival programmer
Maria Lopez.

About Maria Lopez: A cinephile with a strong affinity for Latin American films, Maria has been a film programmer at the Chicago Latino Film Festival since 2010. Maria has traveled to Peru, Paraguay, Brazil, Argentina, and Chile to attend festivals and scout films to bring to the Chicago Latino Film Festival. She spent a month working as a theater manager for the International Film Festival in Asuncion, Paraguay. She has also programmed and hosted a short film collection for the CAN-TV series Cine Latino: Festival of Short Films and also programmed a collection of Latin American shorts for WTTW- Channel 11. She also served as a jury member for the 10th edition of the UVAQ Festival de Cortometraje Universitario in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico in June of 2017.

Free
No BYOB

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

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Forms & Features at Comfort Station: Persona
May
22
7:00 PM19:00

Forms & Features at Comfort Station: Persona

All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop moderated by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney. In May, we focus on persona, a dramatic, mask-like character the poet creates, assumes, and speaks through. Together, we will read and discuss a wide range of poems before composing original persona poems. Free admission, no RSVP required. 

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De-conditioning! - a conversation series by Connect the Dots
May
21
7:00 PM19:00

De-conditioning! - a conversation series by Connect the Dots

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A riddle: Are you as you are because you are who you are, or are you as you are as you’ve been taught to be?

It is so easy to be born into this world and accept it all as "how it is." How rich would you be if you got a dollar for every time you heard "that'll never change!" As children, we are innocent and open to learning about the world, and we generally assume that the humans around us speak truth. We take whatever truths society presents to us, and we see the world through that lens. As much as we like to believe that we "are just the way we are," most of us are as we are conditioned to be. 

In this conversation series, we will explore the BIG IDEAS that shape our selves and our culture. We will examine our own social conditioning. “I’m not conditioned,” you say? We all are! 

Love, Death, Relationships, Spirituality, Race, Gender, Beauty, Sex, Self-Identity, Education, Work, Money, and more.... We will examine the pop culture narrative, as well as share our own experiences, ask questions, and possibly re-define our relationships with these ideas. We will explore how language can constrict or expand our ability to think about and understand the world, and we will talk about the possibility of a movement that can go beyond the current dualistic labels that limit our imagination for a beautiful world.

ALL PEOPLE ARE WELCOME. There will be snacks. Feel free to bring more snacks if you like.

For more info, check out www.connectthedots.community

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