Events

Film screenings happen every Wednesday at 8pm

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

Music performances happen every Thursday at 7pm

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

All other events happen intermittently

 

Comfort Music: Joe Suihkonen + Helios Quartet
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

Comfort Music: Joe Suihkonen + Helios Quartet

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Comfort Music Presents:

Joe Suihkonen:

Joe Suihkonen is an improviser, composer, and multi-instrumentalist residing in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. After graduating Oberlin Conservatory in 2016, he has become an emerging artist in Chicago’s avant-garde, jazz, and rock music scenes. This solo performance will be given with guitar and voice and will use compositions and improvisations to probe the idea of “American Vernacular Guitar Music”

Helios Quartet:

Emily Kuhn - trumpet
Max Bessesen - saxophones
Mercedes Martinez - voice
Evan Levine - bass

Helios is a chamber jazz project led by trumpeter Emily Kuhn which performs highly improvisational, original music. The Helios Quartet is comprised of members of the larger, nine-piece ensemble, and their small, drummer-less instrumentation lends itself to intimate settings of the music. Members of Helios are active in the Chicago jazz, classical, and Latin music scenes, and the band synthesizes a wide variety of musical influences to create a unique group sound. 
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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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Gather: Bone Lattice // She & Them
Apr
20
7:00 PM19:00

Gather: Bone Lattice // She & Them

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

Gather is an experimental music series bringing musicians from different scenes, backgrounds, practices, disciplines, and communities together for connection and artistic exchange. We curate this series with our attention toward introducing musicians who may not otherwise cross paths and whose works dialogue in compelling ways. By doing so, we hope to leave potential for collaboration and familiarity amongst different experimental music forms in Chicago. 

Mix dirt noise from the corners of an internet browser with dreamy synths and get these heavy introspective trips thru epic electronic bummer tunes and washes of decaying electronics. Bone Lattice is an ongoing collaboration between Anthony A Dunn (Terran Wretch) and shawné michaelain holloway. Mixed with visuals and a reading, you're invited to follow their improvisation in multiple mediums.

She & Them feature the somewhat unlikely pairing of country-folk artist namatamago and actress/singer/songwriter Laser of the Bride. While starring in the 2007 film The Go-Getter, Laser of the Bride was asked by director Martin Hynes to perform a duet with namatamago, who had agreed to helm the movie’s soundtrack. The two recorded a cover of Richard & Linda Thompson’s “When I Get to the Border” and later reconvened in Portland, where they began recording Laser’s original songs (which the actress had previously demoed for years, but kept secret) in namatamago’s studio. Drawing upon analog production techniques and a shared love of vintage pop bands, the duo emerged with Volume One, a collection of songs that introduced Laser of the Bride as a singer/songwriter in her own right, out now on Bodymilk Tapes.

Bone Lattice: https://bonelattice.bandcamp.com/album/i

She (Laser of the Bride): https://bdymlk.bandcamp.com/album/feminization-hypnosis-tape-1

Them (namatamago): https://bdymlk.bandcamp.com/album/do-not-freeze

 

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Forms & Features at Comfort Station: Hybrid Poetry
Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

Forms & Features at Comfort Station: Hybrid Poetry

All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop moderated by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney. Together, we will explore hybrid poetry, liminal forms that trouble, cross, and blur literary genre boundaries. Participants will read and discuss a wide variety of hybrid poems before composing original hybrid texts.

Free Admission
No RSVP Required

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Apr
25
8:00 PM20:00

Guest curator series presents "I'm not sure what you mean?"

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As part of our Guest curator series we welcome Rebecca Ladida and Jess Lee as they present

"I'm not sure what you mean?"

A program about queer ambiguities, awkward intimacies and tentative initiations. 
The feeling of being lost in translation and the necessity to make new languages, with all of the hesitations, uncertainties and ellipses this entails. 


Part I
When the Kid Was a Kid (2011), Anahita Ghazvinizadeh, Iran, 16:55
(Persian with English subtitles)

2 Snakes (2014), Kristin Li, Canada, 9:30 (English subtitles)

My mother and her sister always argued in arabic, i never understood what was said (2016), Rami George, USA, 5:04
(English with English subtitles)


Part 2
Sweet Affliction (2017), Jess Lee, Canada, 7:28 (English)

Playing Games, Hannah Welever, USA, 5:35 (English)

Lucid Noon, Sunset Blush (2015), Alli Logout, USA, 21:58 (English) 

Media- Digital Projection

For the months of April and May the Guest curator series invites independent film programmers to Comfort Film to share their vision of what film means to them.

Free
No BYOB please. 

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

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Comfort Music: Akosuen/Rebecca Himelstein + Differential/Dispersion
Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

Comfort Music: Akosuen/Rebecca Himelstein + Differential/Dispersion

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Comfort Music Presents:

Akosuen & Rebecca Himelstein (record release)
Akosuen is a composition project involving sounds that focus on breathing cycles, chronic pain, and mediation on both quiet and extremely loud sounds. The Akosuen ensemble has appeared as solo synth and voice, operatic voice and violin, a trio playing prepared piano and percussion, a six-piece doom band, and an eight-member female chorus.

Rebecca Himelstein is an interdisciplinary artist who tracks cultural forms and processes understood as normal or natural through repetitive and rule driven interactions with them.

Differential/Dispersion is the solo project of keyboardist Jason Hoffman from the power ambient group CHORD. This project fuses dark ambient and drone using techniques from acousmatic and improvised music. 

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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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Guest Curator Series: Hiromi Ueyoshi
May
9
8:00 PM20:00

Guest Curator Series: Hiromi Ueyoshi

As part of our Guest curator series we welcome Hiromi Ueyoshi
as she presents

Black Is...Black Ain't (1995)

About: The final film by filmmaker Marlon Riggs, Black Is...Black Ain't, jumps into the middle of explosive debates over Black identity. 

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZoRIkdoDlQ

Directed by Marlon Riggs
Media: Digital Projection
Runtime: 87 mins.

About Hiromi Ueyoshi : Hiromi programs the Queer Film Series which has screened at Hume.

For the months of April and May the Guest curator series invites independent film programmers to Comfort Film to share their vision of what film means to them.

Free.
No BYOB please.

The Comfort Station Curator Series is programmed by Raul Benitez andNando 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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Comfort Society Presents a Death Café by Lauren Gil
Jul
15
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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HBD AB: Celebrating André Bazin's 100th Birthday
Apr
18
8:00 PM20:00

HBD AB: Celebrating André Bazin's 100th Birthday

HBD AB: Celebrating André Bazin's 100th Birthday

Wednesday, April 18th at Comfort Station of Logan Square

Join us as we celebrate the 100th birthday of renowned French film critic André Bazin (What is cinema? Vol. 1 & 2, The cinema of cruelty, et al) with a screening of Federico Fellini's I VITELLONI (1956), a film he professed as having "profound originality," and select readings of his work from local film critics Kat Sachs, Michael Smith, Marilyn Ferdinand and more. There might also be cake.

I VITELLONI (1953)

Plot: Fausto Moretti, having seduced Sandra Rubini, the sister of his friend and companion Moraldo Rubini, is forced to marry her. After their honeymoon, he takes a job as a salesman of religious objects in a small shop. He isn't changed by his marriage and still looks for women, with his friends, when and where they can find them. He even tries to seduce the wife of his boss and is fired. After each episode, Sandra forgives him. He and his friends of similar temperament are content to be idle, chase girls and leave the work and job-hunting to others. After spending the night away from home with a girl, Sandra cannot forgive anymore and runs off with their child. Fausto and his friends search all over for them, fearing the worst. -IMDB

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O85C952ueSU

Directed by Federico Fellini
Starring: Alberto Sordi
Franco Fabrizi
Franco Interlenghi
Leopoldo Trieste

Media: Digital Projection
Runtime: 103 mins.

Curated by Kat Sachs/Beguiled Cinema.

Free
No BYOB please.

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera

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Performing Our Future by Appalshop
Apr
14
10:30 AM10:30

Performing Our Future by Appalshop

Performing Our Future by Appalshop

Saturday, April 14

10:30am – 2:00pm

Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Avenue  

Free and open to the public. Donations gratefully accepted.

 

Comfort Station is hosting a presentation and workshop with the Kentucky-based grassroots media organization Appalshop, focusing on their “Performing Our Future” initiative that shares ways that arts and culture can catalyze equitable development in communities with histories of economic exploitation or disinvestment. This program will be led by Ben Fink, lead organizer of “Performing Our Future” and co-leader of the Letcher County Culture Hub cooperative network. For nearly 50 years Appalshop has led and amplified grassroots efforts that challenge stereotypes, work towards achieving justice and equity, and celebrate cultural diversity. Informed by national research partnerships, including with Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life, Appalshop is exploring how “Performing Our Future” can be a model of successful cultural and economic development in rural and urban communities across the country. This program is open to everyone, but particularly geared toward artists and cultural workers whose practices have traditionally been motivated by or focused on community-building efforts, social justice issues, or group empowerment efforts. Likewise, it welcomes community organizers/activists who have traditionally involved arts and culture in their work or have a strong motivation to learn ways to do so. 

10:30am – 2:00pm, with lunch

This program is made possible in part by a grant from Illinois Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly. 

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Comfort Music: Mai Sugimoto & Rob Clearfield + Matt Gold Solo
Apr
12
7:00 PM19:00

Comfort Music: Mai Sugimoto & Rob Clearfield + Matt Gold Solo

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Comfort Music Presents:

Mai Sugimoto and Rob Clearfield Duo

Matt Gold Solo

Saxophonist Mai Sugimoto and pianist Rob Clearfield play an improvised duo set.

Guitarist Matt Gold plays improvised live scores to silent film.

 

 

 Rob Clearfield

Rob Clearfield

 Matt Gold

Matt Gold

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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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The Jangmadang Generation
Apr
10
8:00 PM20:00

The Jangmadang Generation

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Comfort Film welcomes Liberty in North Korea Chicago as they present

The Jangmadang Generation (2017)

"North Korea's Millennial Generation is shaking things up in the hermit kingdom. They grew up relying on themselves, not the regime, and they have a completely different mindset from the previous generation.

Featuring hidden camera footage from inside North Korea, coupled with firsthand experiences told by eight North Korean defectors, this film is about resilience, creativity, and a quiet rebellion that is growing even in the most difficult of circumstances."

Medial: digital projection.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8_4WNNptYU

About LiNK: 

Every year, thousands of North Koreans risk their lives to escape political and economic oppression. Even if they make it to China, they face grave danger because the Chinese government arrests and forcibly repatriates North Korean refugees. If sent back, they undergo interrogation and are at risk of extremely harsh punishments including torture, forced labor, forced abortions, and internment in a political prison camp. Even if they manage to evade the authorities in China, their illegal status forces them to work in invisible industries and leaves them vulnerable to exploitation by sex traffickers and unscrupulous employers. In these dire circumstances, many North Korean refugees do not have the resources or connections to get themselves out of China. That’s where LiNK comes in.

We rescue refugees without cost or condition, and ensure their safety and dignity on their journey to freedom. After hearing countless stories of North Koreans who have struggled to pay or even find brokers, or were exploited and abused by brokers and other individuals while in search of freedom, we committed to providing a way for North Koreans to make it to safety and freedom without cost or condition. We have steadily garnered information about escape routes through China and Southeast Asia and have established relationships with individuals on the ground who can help us move refugees safely across borders. The free passage model ensures that refugees are treated with dignity and respect throughout the risky journey, and allows them to begin their new lives in freedom without the burden of broker loans.

Free
No BYOB please.

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

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Comfort Music: Tim Stine Quartet + Alex Koi/Ben Willis/Kirsten Carey/Phil Sudderberg
Apr
5
7:30 PM19:30

Comfort Music: Tim Stine Quartet + Alex Koi/Ben Willis/Kirsten Carey/Phil Sudderberg

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Comfort Music Presents:

Alex Koi/Ben Willis/Kirsten Carey/Phil Sudderberg

Three fantastic musicians in town from Detroit, joined by Chicago's own Phil Sudderberg. Alex and Ben will also be performing with Saajtak on Saturday April 7th at Slate Arts and Performance.

Alex Koi - vocals
Kirsten Carey - guitar
Ben Willis - bass
Phil Sudderberg - drums

Tim Stine Quartet: 

Tim Stine - guitar
Nick Mazzarella - alto saxophone
Matt Ulery - bass
Quin Kirchner - drums

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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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Guest curator series Ytasha Womack
Apr
4
8:00 PM20:00

Guest curator series Ytasha Womack

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As part of our Guest curator series we welcome
Ytasha L. Womack as she presents

A Love Letter to the Ancestors From Chicago (2017) 
and
Akounak tedalat taha tazoughai (2015)
(Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Red in It)

A Love Letter to the Ancestors From Chicago

Plot: A love letter to the ancestors from the streets of the Windy City, this Afrofuturist short film demonstrates that rhythm and dance bridge all times and spaces.

Directed by Ytasha Womack
Featuring: 
YAHKIRAH BEARD
SARAH CIGAN
FANTA CELAH
GIRA DAHNEE
HAROLD DENNIS
JOSHUA ISHMON
KENNETH 'DJEDI' RUSSELL
OBI SOULSTAR
TIFF TAP

Media: Digital Projection
Runtime: 14 mins.

Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Red in It

Plot: A revolutionary story of guitars, motorcycles, cell phones, and the music of a new generation
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7FUMKO8vRA

Director: Christopher Kirkley
Writer: Christopher Kirkley
Stars: Fatimata Falo, Rhaicha Ibrahim, Ahmoudou Madassane

Media: Digital Projection
In Tuareg with English Sub-titles.
Runtime: 75mins. 


For the months of April and May the Guest curator series invites independent film programmers to Comfort Film to share their vision of what film means to them.

Free.
No BYOB please.

The Comfort Station Curator Series is programmed by Raul Benitez andNando Espinosa Herrera.

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Opening Reception: Surface vs. Sap
Mar
31
6:00 PM18:00

Opening Reception: Surface vs. Sap

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In their first collaboration together, artists Nico Gardner and Lauren Carter continuously shift between the personal and the general, the specific and ambiguous, creating new work in conversation with each other. With a primary focus on desire, ritual, identity, and the expression of human need, Surface vs. Sap addresses the power and persuasive nature of mundane, domestic objects.

Ordinary household possessions become intertwined in a person’s daily life as symbolic evidence of a sense of selfhood and identity. These metaphors are employed in this exhibition to explore the universal relationship between people and objects. The artists' use of found or purchased items is a starting point to explore themes that ultimately result in a collaboration of both material culture and making.  Riffing off of each other's frequencies and disrupting their respective practices, the artists create new works that highlight similarities in their decision making while embracing their respective differences.  

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Comfort Music: Matt Piet & Paul Giallorenzo + Josh Berman & Bill Harris
Mar
29
7:30 PM19:30

Comfort Music: Matt Piet & Paul Giallorenzo + Josh Berman & Bill Harris

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Comfort Music Presents:

Matt Piet & Paul Giallorenzo: Double Moog action from two Chicago improvisers.

Josh Berman & Bill Harris: high energy, far reaching cornet and drums duo.

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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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Cuban Documentaries from Faraway Places
Mar
28
8:00 PM20:00

Cuban Documentaries from Faraway Places

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Comfort Film and Americas Media Initiative - AMI presents

Cuban Documentaries from Faraway Places
First time in Chicago.

These short documentaries reveal life outside of the urban centers and off the beaten track. Monteros takes us deep into the Cienaga de Zapata swamp near the famous Bay of Pigs where life can be rough. DeMoler filmed in far eastern Granma province documents a small town loosing its livelihood. Swan, Black Neck, White Neck follows a small town teacher in Central Cuba. 
Films made available courtesy of the filmmakers, EICTV and ICAIC.

DeMoler (The Mill )
2004. Directed by Alejandro Ramírez Anderson. 12 min.
Sugar mill workers and local residents discuss their
feelings in the face of the mill's impending disassembly.

Monteros
2006. Directed by Alejandro Ramírez Anderson. 37 min.
A community of hunters, Monteros from Cienaga de
Zapata, in Matanzas province, face daily challenges from
nature and the traditions of the community, Beasts of the
Southern Wild–style.

Cisne cuello negro, cuello blanco
(Swan Black Neck, White Neck)
2009. Directed by Marcel Beltran. 13 min.
Sergio Abel, a grade-school teacher in a small town in
central Cuba, videotapes his life. Despite his difficult
circumstances, he lends keen insights into the images he
takes and his students' aspirations for the future.


Presented by the Americas Media Initiative (AMI).

Q&A to follow films with Alexandra Halkin, AMI director. 

Media: Digital Projection.

Free

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

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Forms & Features at Comfort Station: Rhyme
Mar
27
7:00 PM19:00

Forms & Features at Comfort Station: Rhyme

All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop moderated by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney. Together, we will explore rhyme, a correspondence of sound that Rilke called the "goddess of secret and ancient coincidences." Participants will explore rhyme in a wide range of poems before composing original verse employing rhyme. Free Admission. No RSVP Required.

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Comfort Music: Fran (solo) & Bill MacKay/Ryley Walker
Mar
22
7:30 PM19:30

Comfort Music: Fran (solo) & Bill MacKay/Ryley Walker

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Comfort Music Presents:

Fran

sexy rock u can cry to

https://franband.bandcamp.com/

Bill Mackay & Ryley Walker

Bill MacKay: 6 string guitar, requinto, glass slide
Ryley Walker: 6 & 12 string guitars

https://billmackayryleywalker.bandcamp.com/

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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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Chicago Conservation Corps (C3)
Mar
20
6:00 PM18:00

Chicago Conservation Corps (C3)

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Spring 2018 Sustainability Leadership Training Series
The Chicago Conservation Corps is now recruiting for its Spring 2018 Sustainability Leadership
Training Series. Learn from community and environmental leaders about urban sustainability challenges and opportunities for change, then lead a sustainability service project in your community with support and resources from the Nature Museum.
To participate in the training course, you must be an adult Chicago resident, attend an orientation, and submit an application. The 8-week course will be held at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (2430 N. Cannon Dr.) on Wednesdays, April 11 – May 30, 6:15-8:45 p.m.. A $125 fee covers course participation; financial assistance is available upon request.
Attend an orientation to learn more; visit www.naturemuseum.org/c3
or call 773-755-5100 x5039 to reserve a space.

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Gather: KIKÙ HIBINO & ESHOVO
Mar
17
7:00 PM19:00

Gather: KIKÙ HIBINO & ESHOVO

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

Gather is an experimental music series bringing musicians from different scenes, backgrounds, practices, disciplines, and communities together for connection and artistic exchange. We curate this series with our attention toward introducing musicians who may not otherwise cross paths and whose works dialogue in compelling ways. By doing so, we hope to leave potential for collaboration and familiarity amongst different experimental music forms in Chicago. 

ESHOVO is a writer and music artist from Washington, D.C. studying at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work investigates perceptions of blackness and Afrocentricity in the americas and the western world. Through creating work that strains the margins of fine art and commodified fields in music, Eshovo desires to be a vessel that communicates his opposition to the subsequent misrepresentations of Africans in western arts and culture.  

Chicago-based and Japanese-born sound artist KIKÙ HIBINO has been producing cross-genre electronic music.
From chamber music for media productions to digital micro sound for art installations, he has collaborated internationally with a wide variety of artists and scholars, including Kawaguchi Takao (Dumb Type), Curtis Roads (Computer music), Theaster Gates (Contemporary artist), Mike Weis (Zelienople) and Norma Field (Literal scholar).
The publication, The Wire once described his music as "trying to cram in as many memories as possible before it all disappears" and that the music "concerns itself with themes of capturing and preserving fleeting moment" (2007, issue 279).

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Comfort Music: Beyond This Point + Matthew Duvall
Mar
15
7:30 PM19:30

Comfort Music: Beyond This Point + Matthew Duvall

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Comfort Music Presents:

Beyond This Point + Matthew Duvall

nature | human: Child of Tree

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An investigation of the relationship of humans to the natural world, nature | human: Child of Tree, featuring GRAMMY-winning percussionist Matthew Duvall brings together a set of repertoire that connects the performers to the base materials of percussion–woods, skins, metals, water, stones, seeds–through staged interactions. Paul Lansky’s Threads serves as the framework of a journey through a program including works by Matthew Burtner, Juri Seo, John Cage (Child of Tree), Erik Griswold, and Richard Reed Parry. Excerpted material from lectures by Alan Watts–perhaps the foremost interpreter of Eastern philosophy for the contemporary West–serves as a guiding voice in a program designed to create space for audiences to consider and explore their own connection with the external environment.

This program is made possible by Elevated Chicago, a partnership to create community-based transformations in areas around the city’s train system housed at the Chicago Community Trust.

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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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Uninsurable A Documentary Series
Mar
14
8:00 PM20:00

Uninsurable A Documentary Series

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Comfort Film presents

Uninsurable a documentary series.

Uninsurable is a short documentary series that examines the healthcare struggles of everyday Americans. Through intimate portraits of individuals trying to get the care they need to survive,
Uninsurable shows the true cost of the healthcare system in our country.

All episodes of the series will be screened.

ANYA SOLOTAIRE - PRODUCER
MIMI WILCOX - EDITOR & DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
CLARE AUSTEN-SMITH - DIRECTOR

There will be a panel discussion after the screening.

About Uninsurable
UNINSURABLE is a series of short documentaries that explores the challenges of healthcare in America through telling the stories of people across the country. UNINSURABLE sheds light on the
work that needs to be done to ensure that everyone has access to affordable and quality healthcare. This will provide a visual record of the current state of healthcare in America. As we live through this
tumultuous political climate, it aims to cut through politicians’ gesturing and tell real stories of people’s experiences.
Each short will revolve around one person’s story. 

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

Free.

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Guest curator series: Dane Haiken
Mar
11
8:00 PM20:00

Guest curator series: Dane Haiken

As part of our Guest curator series we welcome

Dane Haiken as he presents

DUETS:

FILMS ON DUALITY & DIALOGUE.

"Sooner or later, every filmmaker goes back to scenes like this: two people, in a room, talking... It's scenes like this that tell you what they really care about." – Tony Zhou, Every Frame A Painting

A shorts collection on that most elemental feature of film grammar: the duet. Two characters talking, the audience gaming out what each one wants, how they will get it, and whether they got it. Join guest programmer Dane Haiken in exploring variations and abstractions on the theme of duality through seven local short films.

Program:

this (2016), Lyra Hill, 3 min

The Wayward Wind (2017), Monica Thomas & Steve Delahoyde, 4 min

Blacklight Dream (2017), Troy Lewis, 11 min

Discontinuity (2016), Lori Felker, 15 min

Hallowstide (2017), Stephen Socki, 4 min

How to Abandon Ship (2012), Robin McKay, 11 min

Solo (2017), T.Will, 12 min

Wham (2017), Robert Carter, 3 min

 

More TBA.

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Total Runtime: 60 min

Media: Digital Projection

For the months of April and May the Guest curator series invites independent film programmers to Comfort Film to share their vision of what film means to them.

Free.

No BYOB please.

The Comfort Station Curator Series is programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

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Comfort Music: ZRL & Carol Genetti/Peter Maunu
Mar
8
7:30 PM19:30

Comfort Music: ZRL & Carol Genetti/Peter Maunu

Comfort Music presents:

ZRL (Zachary Good, Ryan Packard and Lia Kohl) is a percussion/electronics, cello, and clarinet trio that focuses on consistency and stasis, and the nuances found within carefully crafted sonic textures and timbres. Their material is drawn from both free and structured improvisation, focusing on the balance point where their sound-worlds tangle and collide. They have performed around Chicago at venues such as Elastic arts, High Concept Labs, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Their new self-titled album was released on No Index on May 17th, 2017.

Peter Maunu & Carol Genetti: guitar/violin and vocal improvisation from two fantastic Chicago musicians.

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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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Opening Reception: Phoebe Chin - Can cacti fall in love, or batatas trace their slips?
Mar
3
6:00 PM18:00
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Opening Reception: Phoebe Chin - Can cacti fall in love, or batatas trace their slips?

The ways in which we try to understand nature are very curious. A reproducing plant is called a parent; a pair of cacti, displayed intimately next to each other, become lovers. With a selection of installations, Chin hopes to draw an attention to the peculiarities in how we interpret and appreciate the natural world –– of how we anthropomorphize, hypothesize, abstract and create stories in order to form knowledge about the non-human.

Phoebe Chin, b. 1996, was born and raised in Singapore, and is currently pursuing her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

 

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Gather 2018 Kickoff + Release Party @The Whistler
Feb
1
8:00 PM20:00

Gather 2018 Kickoff + Release Party @The Whistler

Field trip to the Whistler for this one!

Featuring the release of a new online mixtape and three dynamic performances, this  event will kick off 2018 for the Comfort Station’s Gather Series. The evening will feature composer/improviser Katherine Young, sound artist Allen Moore, and the Daniel/Lyons/Billington Trio. This event also marks the online release of the 2017 Gather mixtape, featuring music from artists presented on the first year of the series. All proceeds from this mixtape — and partial proceeds from drink sales at this event — will go directly towards the support of Gather’s 2018 programming.

 

 

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"Digital Fountain" - By Jarad Solomon
Jan
13
to Feb 18

"Digital Fountain" - By Jarad Solomon

THIS PIECE IS ONLY VIEWABLE FROM THE OUTSIDE. THE SPACE WILL NOT BE OPEN DURING THIS TIME.

 

The installation “Digital Fountain” is a 24/7 video loop rear-projected into the windows of Comfort Station for the months of January and February. The digital fountain is made to be walked past, and generally lived around. It is always changing, so never the same when examined closely, but also constant and comforting, like running water. More than 100 waterfalls (each running about 5-10 minutes) make the transition between waterfalls unlikely to experience midstroll, it also guarantees a new waterfall on the return walk. Locals can live around the digital fountain for months and still find something fresh and new in its experience.

Jarad Solomon is an artist, designer, and educator based in Chicago, Illinois. Solomon received his BA from UCLA in design media art, and his MFA from SAIC in Art and Technology. Solomon’s work is inspired by collection and methods of abstract analysis. The work manifests in diverse forms between the fields of new media, public installation, and printed matter.

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Gather: Studio Magick (organized by Sadie Woods)
Dec
15
7:00 PM19:00

Gather: Studio Magick (organized by Sadie Woods)

This month's iteration of the series, titled Studio Magick, is curated and organized by curator and artist Sadie Woods. 

Studio Magick highlights the studio practices of featured artists Omari Ferrell, A.J. McClenon, and Brother El exploring themes of community and storytelling. Join us for a night of experimental sound and music performances, and participate in our open mic!

7:00pm - Open Mic, Omari Ferrell
Theme: Appreciation + Self Discovery, feat. Tyran Freeman, Lyric, Herick + Guests

8:00pm - Sharks, Adolescence and Being the Darkest Girl in the Pool, A.J. McClenon
Sharks, Adolescence and Being the Darkest Girl in the Pool is a multi-media performance and experimental film series that speaks to the hunting of black and female bodies through non-linear storytelling that features coming of age stories exploring family, the sport of fishing, swimming, grief and the politics of sexual identity. 

9:00pm - Live PA, Brother El


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Brother El is an electronic music composer and multidisciplinary artist raised in the hip hop ascetic and DIY movement. His sets often include sequencers, synthesizers, drum machines and samplers for live improvisation and beat-making performances. His unique style has been described as Chicago’s pulse, the breath of hip hop, the heartbeat of club respiration and the clashing fusion of South Side meeting ancestral roots. Brother El is the founder of independent record label The Beat Bank, and performs collaboratively as a member experimental electronic acts Makers Of Sense and The Present Elders. Brother El has performed in local and national institutions including: The University of Chicago, Old Town School of Folk Music, The Department of Cultural Affairs, The Oakland Museum of Contemporary Art, Knobcon, and Loyola University.

Omari Ferrell, a founding member of the Young Fugitives Youth Ensemble, is an actor, artivist, writer, and emerging filmmaker. He has performed in multiple street a d experimental performances and competitions, including the August Williams Monologue Competition and Louder than a Bomb Slam Team Festival. Also, a signee of Lily's Talent Agency; Ferrell has booked roles in Chicago P.D., and the XQ Institute's, 'I Want To Learn' campaign.

A.J. McClenon is a Chicago-based artist, writer and musician by way of D.C. A.J.'s work sets personal narratives alongside empirical data, centering blackness, queering femininity, and leveling hierarchies of truth. A.J. is the co-director of Beauty Breaks workshop series and co-founder of F4F domestic space, and is currently a Sponsored Artist at High Concept Labs. A.J. has studied at The New School, and holds a BA from the University of Maryland College Park and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Comfort Music: TBA & Four Letter Words
Dec
14
7:30 PM19:30

Comfort Music: TBA & Four Letter Words

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Comfort Music presents sets by TBA and Four Letter Words:

About Four Letter Words:

Four Letter Words is a Chicago-based acoustic trio collectively-lead by Jake Wark (tenor saxophone); Matt Piet (piano); and Bill Harris (drums). Their first recorded outing, Blow, has been described by Budd Kopman of All About Jazz as a "highly intelligent, extremely intense and deeply rewarding debut recording." All three members provide original compositions to the group's repertoire, resulting in a wide range of tunes: some groove-based and others freely structured, some made of fragments of melody and others unrelentingly melody-driven. All of their work is designed to allow for an emphasis on free improvisation and group interplay. Four Letter Words and its members play together and in other configurations throughout Chicago.

Jake Wark – tenor saxophone

Matt Piet – piano, keyboards

Bill Harris – drums

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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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Comfort Music: Quinn Tsan + Sarah Leginsky, Jess McIntosh, Emily Nott
Dec
7
7:30 PM19:30

Comfort Music: Quinn Tsan + Sarah Leginsky, Jess McIntosh, Emily Nott

Comfort Music presents sets by:

Quinn Tsan + Chris Church

https://quinntsan.bandcamp.com/

Sarah Leginsky, Jess McIntosh and Emily Nott

glassmountainmusic.com

joybirdmusic.com

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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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Immunity
Dec
6
7:00 PM19:00

Immunity

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Comfort Film Presents:

Immunity

A Dramatic screenplay reading of the exciting political thriller by
Vera Brooks.

Plot: Five undocumented immigrants agree to take part in an experimental microchip embedding procedure in return for citizenship, only to discover that the experiment has a far more nefarious purpose.

About Vera Brooks: Vera Brooks was the co-founder and Executive Director of Chicago ScriptWorks (CSW), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to producing a series of staged screenplay readings, created to provide a public forum for new works and fresh voices. From 2003 to 2011, Chicago ScriptWorks produced over 30 staged readings. Vera holds a Liberal Arts Degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also has a Certificate in Screenwriting from the UCLA Professional Screenwriting Program.
roatanfilmproduction.com


Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

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