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

 

OPENING RECEPTION | "It's Just Color " New Prints on Fabric by Cassie Tompkins
Apr
1
Apr 29
art

OPENING RECEPTION | "It's Just Color " New Prints on Fabric by Cassie Tompkins

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 1st, 2-5pm
Exhibition Dates: April 1st - April 29th

It’s Just Color is an exhibition of screen-printed and dyed fabric monoprints of imagined environments capturing the tableau of everyday phenomena. Using a language of geometric and organic shapes and the sensorial experience of color, Tompkins works as an improviser, balancing compositions through intentional and serendipitous marks. Through the demonstration of opposites, she fuses elements found in design and abstract painting. This process employs both industrial and traditional craft techniques that magnify the beautiful and the grotesque. Her work is grounded on philosophical notions found in quotidian life. Moments that blur boundaries between material objects and cognitive experiences, encourage viewers to reconsider their own surroundings through material and designed transformations.

Cassie Tompkins was born in 1979 and grew up in the small farm and factory town of Sterling, Illinois. In 2001 she graduated with a BFA in photography from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and in 2010 received a BFA with a concentration in visual communication design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has worked with many different mediums, including photography and printmaking, almost always exploring light, pattern, color, and the little bits of beauty that are found within any environment. Cassie currently works as part of the Design team at the Art Institute of Chicago,is a freelance designer for Illinois Humanities, and is a FIELD/WORK resident at the Chicago Artist Coalition.

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

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

  • Comfort Station

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Free
NO BYOB

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

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

 

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

Chaz Prymek & Matthew Sage

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

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

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

Jeremy Cunning & Dustin Laurenzi

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

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

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

Piano Power Turns 10


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

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

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

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

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

Comfort Film Presents Machinima Report

  • Comfort Station

Comfort Film Presents
MACHINIMA REPORT

Curated by Video Game Art Gallery

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

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

Free
No BYOB

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

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

Mouth Muffins with Holly Arsenault

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


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

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

Mouth Muffins with Holly Arsenault

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


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

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

Werewolves, Clowns, Perverts, and Cops

  • Comfort Station

Comfort Film Presents:

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


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

Total Running Time: 92 minutes
Media: Digital Projection

cheeviesfilms.com


Free
No BYOB

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera

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

Estación Brutalísima: Cabrona

Music at 8, doors at 7

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

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

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

Estación Brutalísima: Los Black Dogs

Music at 8, doors at 7

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

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

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

Estación Brutalísima: Espejos

Music at 8, doors at 7

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

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

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

Comfort Film presents: Open TV Re-Presents

  • Comfort Station

Comfort Film presents

Open TV Re-Presents

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

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

Program: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Free
No BYOB

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HCL: Jeanette Andrews and Mike Oleon of Rough House

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

HCL: Viewing Hours

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

 

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

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

HCL: Stephan Moore, Becky Grajeda, Kristina Isabelle

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

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

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

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

 

Latrodectus
May
24
8:00 pm20:00

Latrodectus

  • Comfort Station

Comfort Film presents

Latrodectus
A shorts film program curated by Stephen Lanus.

1) Calumet by Alex Thompson (~15min)
2) Chicken Tuesdays by Brandon Daley (~10min)
3) Latrodectus by Stephen Lanus (~15min)

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

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

Chicken Tuesdays:
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No information necessary since we can simply describe it as a special screening of a brand new short from an award winning local filmmaker that is about to premiere on the festival circuit. I can get more if you'd like though.

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

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

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

Media: Digital Projection
Free
No BYOB

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

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

Silent Eagles, Jabbering Parrots

Performance times: 

May 26th, 7-9pm

May 27th, 7-9pm

 

Silent Eagles, Jabbering Parrots:

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

 

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

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

Silent Eagles, Jabbering Parrots

Performance times: 

May 26th, 7-9pm

May 27th, 7-9pm

 

Silent Eagles, Jabbering Parrots:

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

 

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

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

Released and Abandoned: WNFU Halloween Special

  • Comfort Station

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

WNUF Haloween Special.

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

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


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

Free
No BYOB

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.


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

Gather: Jen Hill & Eli Namay/Anton Hatwich

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

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

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

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

http://www.elinamay.org/

http://www.antonhatwich.com/

 

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

Comfort Music: Jim Dorling & Graham Stephenson

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

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

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

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

Released and Abandoned: The Kill-Off (1989)

  • Comfort Station

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

THE KILL-OFF (1989)

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

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

Running time: 110 minutes
Media: VHS Projection.

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

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

Free
No BYOB

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

Trailer http://dai.ly/x54uvk9

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

Comfort Music: Ishmael Ali Solo/Chainlink Trio

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

Ishmael Ali

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

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

Chainlink Trio [Hunton, Krouse, Pappalardo] 

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

 

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

Sinema Obscura presents: Animation Compilation @Comfort Station

  • Comfort Station

Sinema obscura presents: Animation Compilation at Comfort Station

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

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

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




Free
No BYOB


Program by Raul Benitezand Nando Espinosa Herrera

Viewing Hours
Apr
8
1:30 pm13:30

Viewing Hours

 

It’s Just Color

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

Viewing Hours: 1:30-4:30pm

Comfort Film and Odd Obsession Present: Incall
Apr
7
8:00 pm20:00

Comfort Film and Odd Obsession Present: Incall

  • Comfort Station

Comfort Film and Odd Obsession Present: Incall

Plot: Kasey is down on his luck. He has no family or friends except for an obnoxious, overbearing female (Beth) who always seems to show up at the wrong time (is it love?). To make ends meet, Kasey does “incall” massage from his apartment. Unfortunately, some of his married, middle aged, male clients are more interested in things OTHER than massage. Enter Marco, a sexy drifter, in the country under mysterious circumstances. After the accidental death of one of his massage clients, and through a bizarre set of circumstances, Kasey enlists the help of Marco to dispose of the body. What started as an accident soon becomes intentional as the duo lure unsuspecting men to their deaths. Its a race against time to get enough cash together to leave the country before they’re caught by the police, the landlord or the obnoxious Beth! How will this sex charged thriller end? Wouldn’t you like to know?!

 

Doors open at 7pm movie starts at 8pm.

Directed by Brock Riebe
Starring : 
Brock Riebe
Ben Muller
Lillian Lamour
Runtime: 140 min
Genres: Horror
Media: Digital Projection
Film maker and crew in attendance. 

Free
NO BYOB

Programed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera

Comfort Music: The Art of Percussive Storytelling with Cory Hills & Deidre Huckabay
Apr
6
7:00 pm19:00

Comfort Music: The Art of Percussive Storytelling with Cory Hills & Deidre Huckabay

Photo Credit - Maren Celes

Photo Credit - Maren Celes

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

Eighth Blackbird Chicago Artists Workshop Presents - The Art of Percussive Storytelling with Cory hills & Deidre Huckabay.

Multi-percussionist, composer, and improviser Cory Hills thrives on breaking down musical barriers through creative, interdisciplinary projects. He has received degrees from Northwestern University, Queensland Conservatorium, and the University of Kansas, and was awarded a research fellowship to Institute Fabrica. Currently, Hills is an active performer, composer, and recording artist in Los Angeles, as well as a member of the Grammy-nominated Los Angeles Percussion Quartet.

Hills is an artist for Innovative Percussion, Remo, Sabian, and Black Swamp Percussion. For more information please visit www.splatboombang.com.

Deidre Huckabay is a Chicago-based performer, writer, photographer, and event producer. She is a flutist with degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Duquesne University. Her work reflects a solitary, interior world, drawing on a musical life that requires long hours alone and listening. As a flutist, she has extensively toured the U.S., Europe, and Latin America. Deidre performs with the Eastman BroadBand and Manual Cinema, and has recorded for Urtext and Bridge Records. She is co-owner of the experimental cassette tape label Parlour Tapes+ and a regular contributor to Cacophony Magazine.

deidrehuckabay.com

https://www.instagram.com/huckabayda/

cacophonymag.com

The Greatest House in the World/ La Casa Mas Grande del Mundo
Apr
5
8:00 pm20:00

The Greatest House in the World/ La Casa Mas Grande del Mundo

  • Comfort Station

Comfort Film in conjunction with the Chicago Latino Film Festival present:

The Greatest House in the World/ La Casa Mas Grande del Mundo

Plot: Every morning Rocío, a sweet Mayan girl with her head in the clouds, accompanies her pregnant mother while she tends sheep in the Guatemalan highlands. When her mother starts having premature contractions and is rushed to the hospital, Rocío has no choice but to take over her mother’s chores. She loses a lamb…and then the whole herd. Night is falling, the fog is rising and Rocío will have no choice but to face her fears as she goes in search of the herd in this sweet fable full of dazzling widescreen imagery.

Directed by Ana V. Bojorquez and Lucía Carreras
Genre: Drama
Guatemala/Mexico/2015
Runtime: 74 min
Mayan and Spanish w/ English Subtitles
Media: Digital Projection

Maria Lopez from the Chicago Latino Film Festival will be in attendance to talk about the film and the upcoming 33rd annual Latino Film Festival. 

About the Chicago Latino Film Festival:
The Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) is produced every April by the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC), a pan-Latino, nonprofit, multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to developing, promoting and increasing awareness of Latino culture among Latinos and other communities by presenting a wide variety of art forms.chicagolatinofilmfestival.org/about

Free
No BYOB

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera

 

 

An Evening of Cinematic Works by Layne Marie Williams
Mar
31
7:00 pm19:00

An Evening of Cinematic Works by Layne Marie Williams

  • Comfort Station

Comfort Film Presents

An Evening of Cinematic Works by Layne Marie Williams.

A Fundraiser to support Layne's new film project "Scutly".

Program:

A sneak peek at Layne's new project "Scutly"

An Atramentous Mind
A police officer is confronted with his own abuse of power and his newfound perspective saves him from making a deadly mistake.
A film by Lonnie Edwards & Layne Marie Williams

Divinity 4:02
In DIVINITY, two young women explore the concept of women as heaven on earth, using only bare-bones technology, paint, 
nd original poetry.

DollFace 18:00
DOLLFACE tackles the web-like topic of the institution of marriage.
Examining both the good and the bad, the film endeavors to explore everything from the societal, religious, and racial pressures surrounding the mystery of marriage, through the characters of Dot and Max, a contemporary interracial couple faced with the curse of ultimate incompatibility.

The Stonebirds 18:00
Conceived by Tess McChesney Kunik, 
HE STONEBIRDS ricochets between Mount Olympus and the mortal world, bearing witness to sexual violence through time and space, committed against goddesses and humans alike. Through found footage, interviews, dance, and narrative collage, the film explores the notion of the fallen woman and art as a means of rebuilding after abuse.

Ritual 6:10
The protagonists from .DIVINITY. return in RITUAL (Prt 2) to proclaim their sexual being battle cries against feminine slander and oppression.

The Adventures of Miss Glitch 6:30
THE ADVENTURES OF MISS GLITCH is a companion piece to PLANT ME HERE; a devised immersive experience based on the poetry of Jason Rosenberg. Curated by Emma Arrick for BRAT Productions. 

Bild Lilli Splash 4:02
BILD LILLI SPLASH ponders the idolatry of the female form and dives head first into the rebellious destruction of that mysticism. Incorporating life-size dolls and stop motion, it begs the question:
What depth is there to plasticity?

Media: Digital Projection

The screening is Free but donations are welcome to support Layne's new film project "Scutly".

About Layne Marie Williams
ayne Marie Williams is an award winning director/filmmaker located in Chicago, IL.
She is the Founder and Director of Women Of The Now: A creative movement, film company, and social media group that supports and empowers women in the arts. Layne Marie is the Co-Founder/Director of The Women's Film Festival originating in Philadelphia, PA, and is in the developmental stages of bringing a form of the festival to Chicago. Her most recent film DollFace was an official selection of the Driftless Film Festival, Chicago Feminist Film Festival and the Women’s Only Entertainment Film Festival, and received The Award of Recognition: Women Filmmakers by The IndieFest. Layne Marie's work has been screened at Comfort Station, The Mineral Point Opera House, The Nightingale, The Dojo, CANVAS, The Chicago Public Library, FEED Arts and The Women's Film Festival.





Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa.

NO BYOB

Comfort Music: DEADBEAT & Rami Atassi / Tatsu Aoki
Mar
30
7:00 pm19:00

Comfort Music: DEADBEAT & Rami Atassi / Tatsu Aoki

 

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

Jessica Risker will be performing as DEADBEAT. A mix of "lo-fi folk apatheticisms and bits of gold" with electronic sounds.
https://deadbeatbeatbeat.bandcamp.com/


Rami Atassi & Tatsu Aoki began collaborating in 2015. Since then, they have worked together on numerous projects including SKYLANDING — The Music of Yoko Ono by The Miyumi Project. They share a love of sonic exploration anchored in hypnotic rhythms. As a duo, their sounds range from quiet & ambient to loud & chaotic, with a healthy dose of groove and melody along the way. This is their first duo performance in 2017.

Learn more about them at:
tatsuaoki.com
ramiatassi.com

Drama Class: Video! Video! Zine's April Issue
Mar
29
8:00 pm20:00

Drama Class: Video! Video! Zine's April Issue

  • Comfort Station

Comfort Film Presents

Drama Class: Video! Video! Zine!'s April Issue

Drinks Get Spilled, But That's an Accident by Weird Paul Petroskey
But Who Will Be Famous, When We Are Dead? by Sid Branca
Baby Shower by Cricket Arrison
lol by Sonia C
October Morning, Southern New York by James Chrzan
was blind but now by Ryan Goh
INFINITE HOPEFULNESS by James St Findlay
Hingst Gloucester by Andrey Slaschilin
Another's Window by Grace Mitchell
My Favorite Room by I. Benedetti

The worked was picked by a Jury consisting of Claire Jade Wong, Caleb Foss, Shir Ende, Caitlyn Ryan, Matthew Yasuoka, Char Williams, Krister Larson, Amanda Konkol, A.J. McClenon, Amina Ross, Holly Arsenault and Kiam Marcelo Junio.

Perfromance by Amanda Sukenick!!!
Amanda ‘Oldphan’ Sukenick will be performing a piece featuring The Janitor, and his summation of the horrors of sentient life on planet earth, and his argument for sentient extinction. Based off of Sukenick’s 2016 short film, The EFIList, which was inspired by the Youtube Vlogs of Antinatalist Philosopher Inmendham.

About Video! Video! Zine
Video! Video! Zine is devoted to obtaining visibility for moving image makers. Through monthly open calls, we motivate and encourage makers to participate, no matter what skill level or knowledge of moving image. We also hope to inspire through monthly guest curated “5 videos you must see” and interviews of moving image makers who need a spotlight.
By doing this Video! Video! Zine hopes to become an accessible submission-based Internet archive of amazing moving images from around the world. videovideozine.com/wp/about/

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa




No BYOB

Viewing Hours
Mar
25
11:00 am11:00

Viewing Hours

Last chance to view the works of Sae Jun Kim. Gallery is open from 11am-2pm Saturday March 25th.

Sulky Driver & Matt Jencik/ Whitney Johnson Acetone Organ Duo
Mar
23
7:00 pm19:00

Sulky Driver & Matt Jencik/ Whitney Johnson Acetone Organ Duo

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

Sulky Driver
Sulky Driver is a solo outfit of Donny Mahlmeister. The project takes its influence from the roots of early American and European electronic music akin to Ashra, Cluster, Suzanne Ciani and Brian Eno, and intersects it with a guitar tradition steeped in drone and modal playing such as Richard Thompson, John Fahey, Tom Verlaine and Daniel Lanois. 

Donny Mahlmeister has been involved of a variety of ensembles; A Tundra, Judson Claiborne, Collections of Colonies of Bees, Early Day Miners, Colossal, and continues to work with Bora Bora, The Shape Of, and Will Phalen. 
http://www.lostobjectsrecords.com/donny-mahlmeister/

&

Matt Jencik/ Whitney Johnson Acetone Organ Duo
http://handsinthedarkrecords.com/weirdtimes/
http://matchess.tumblr.com/music

Mar
16
7:00 pm19:00

Comfort Music: Adam Shanley & Cinchel

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

"Adam records under the name Eyesore, because he feels that if every song sounded like the closing track on Women's "Public Strain" the world would be a much better place and he strives to write songs that make him feel as moved as that one does. The band consists of Adam on guitar, guitar, guitar, and sometimes another guitar, and also bass, keys, and drum machine. His music consists of harmonic experiments that draw from his background as a music theorist and classical guitarist. Adam moved to Chicago from Eugene, Oregon after completing a PhD in music theory and intermedia music technology in 2016, and currently lives in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood with two dogs and a wife who stayed with him despite a year of him listening almost exclusively to Anton Webern and Cannibal Corpse. You can listen to Adam's music at quartertonality.bandcamp.com. His electronic music can be found at soundcloud.com/quartertonality"

"Cinchel uses various computer and outboard effects to abstract live instrumenation and sculpt it into ambient/drone peices. For this evening he will focus on live improvisational processing and layering of solo guitar. some recent examples can be found here: http://cinchel.bandcamp.com/

 

The Poetry Foundation Presents: Forms and Features "Pantoum"
Mar
13
7:00 pm19:00

The Poetry Foundation Presents: Forms and Features "Pantoum"

Forms & Features: Pantoum

03/13/2017, 7-9 pm

All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop led by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney. In March, we explore the pantoum, a form born of Malaysian oral poetry that draws heavily upon repetition, rhyme, and juxtaposition.

Participants will read and discuss a wide range of pantoums. A creative workshop, where participants will be guided through composing a pantoum of their own, will conclude the session.

OPENING RECEPTION | "The Beginning and End of things." work by Sae Jun Kim
Mar
4
2:00 pm14:00
art

OPENING RECEPTION | "The Beginning and End of things." work by Sae Jun Kim

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 4th, 2-5pm

Exhibition Dates: March 4th - March 25th

 

“My sculptural work [in The Beginning and End of things. ] explores the composition of our contemporary environment through points of intersection between organic nature and the formulated landscapes of civilization. The natural characteristics of water, trees and earth are observed through experimental interactions with concrete, metal, carbon and other fabricated objects. Through conversion of these material, the understanding of formulated nature is further questioned with sense of place and time.” -Sae Jun Kim

Korean born artist Sae Jun Kim creates sculptural installation that embody his fascination with the points of intersection between nature and the controlled, manufactured landscape of civilization. Kim’s work utilizes concrete, metal and other industrial materials. The sculptures are either installed within specific natural settings, or presented independently. His work has been included in several exhibitions throughout the Chicago area, including Evanston Art Center. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is a recipient of the Shaping the Future award bestowed by the Remet corporation. Sae Jun Kim currently lives and works in Chicago, Illinois where he is a co-founder and resident artist of Fat City: an artist commune, residency and gallery.

Comfort Music: Parlour Tapes + / Ensemble Pamplemousse Record Release
Mar
2
7:00 pm19:00

Comfort Music: Parlour Tapes + / Ensemble Pamplemousse Record Release

 

Pamplemousse presents a video potpourri of proliferous and beautiful explosions through exquisitely intertwined introversion and exhibitionism. Playfully questioning traditional concepts of sound and music performance, Pamplemousse links acoustic and electronic sound worlds by blending innovative methods of sound production with extended instrumental techniques. Each of the Pamplemousse members specializes in a unique aspect of composition, from Greenwald’s micro-detailed instrumental writing to Marino’s experimental theatre with electronics to Jacobs’ electro-mechanical musical robotics. Their work plays with conventional perspectives of quality and taste with a critical eye and a whimsical grin.

Tonight’s event will be a screening of the videos along with drinks, snacks and special appearances from members of Ensemble Pamplemousse and Parlour Tapes +.

 

Released And Abandoned: Population: One (1986)
Dec
28
8:00 pm20:00

Released And Abandoned: Population: One (1986)

  • Comfort Station

Released And Abandoned: Forgotten Oddities Of The Home Video Era

Population: One (1986)

Plot: Population: 1 is a 1986 punk rock musical film.
After the nuclear annihilation of the planet, The last member of a small society of survivors finds himself trapped in an underground control room, where he recounts the history of his world through musical numbers. -IMDB

Directed by Rene Daalder
Written by Rene Daalder
Media: VHS Projection

About: Released and Abandoned: Forgotten Oddities of the Home Video Era is a Bi-monthly series curated by Paul Freitag-Fey from the Daily Grindhouse featuring odd and lost/forgotten movies from the VHS era.

This will be the last screening of this season until we start programming again in April. 

Free
No BYOB.

Gather: Salmon/McClenon/Acierto
Dec
17
7:00 pm19:00

Gather: Salmon/McClenon/Acierto

Gather…

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

On December 17th, the Comfort Station is proud to present the work of Mitsu Salmon, A.J. McClenon, and Alejandro Acierto in an evening of performances exploring the voice, communication, and storytelling.

AJ McClenon is a writer, performer and visual & sound artist based in Chicago.  AJ's work sets personal narratives alongside empirical date - leveling and questioning the hierarchies of truth.

http://www.ashleyjmcclenon.com/ 

Mitsu Salmon creates original performance, sound and visual works, which fuse multiple disciplines. She was born in the melting pot of Los Angeles to a Japanese mother and American father. Her creation in differing mediums, the translation of one medium to another, is connected to the translation of differing cultures and languages. 

http://www.mitsusalmon.com/

Alejandro T. Acierto is an artist and musician whose work is largely informed by the breath, the voice, and the processes that enable them. He has exhibited artworks at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Issue Project Room, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, Salisbury University, SOMArts and presented performance works at Rapid Pulse, the Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival, Center for Performance Research, and Center for New Music and Technology. 

http://alejandroacierto.com/

 

Comfort Music: Caleb Willitz & Matthew Shelton
Dec
15
7:00 pm19:00

Comfort Music: Caleb Willitz & Matthew Shelton

Comfort Music, every Thursday

Doors open at 7pm, show starts promptly at 7:30pm

No cover (donations encouraged and appreciated!)

**No Alcohol is permitted at Comfort Station**

Two of Chicago's finer songwriters who never take the easy way out, though their music is easy to listen to.......But it's not easy listening.......But it's not like it's a CHORE either. .....Come hear for yourself.

CW: https://calebwillitz.bandcamp.com/
MS: https://flexyourlovemuscles.com/

Caleb Willitz
Tara Smith
Rami Atassi
Fred Lonberg-Holm

Free admission, donations encouraged not required.

GrindHouse
Dec
14
8:00 pm20:00

GrindHouse

  • Comfort Station

GRINDHOUSE!!!

Amir George and Lewis Vaughn present their latest works Decadent Asylum and Silverhead in a Grindhouse format with trailers and special clips before and in between each film.

Decadent Asylum
2016, digital, no RT

A three part spiritual journey. The pupil becomes the practitioner, the pratictioner transforms into the alchemist.


Silverhead
2016, digital, 19 mins

In 2008, a 300lb ax murderer terrorizes the streets of Chicago as a calculated hunter tracks him.

More details TBA.
Free.
No BYOB.

Protest Banner Workshop with Aram Han Sifuentes
Dec
11
2:00 pm14:00

Protest Banner Workshop with Aram Han Sifuentes

Sunday 2-5pm

Come sew protest banners. 

I'll teach you how to sew if you don't already know. 

Bring your sewing machines if you'd like. We'll have some machines already there. 

Some materials will be provided but if you have random fabrics, threads, fabric markers, fabric paints, paper, markers, paint, etc bring them! 

 

You can make your own banner that you can take with you at the end to use. Or you can help sew collective banners that others will use when complete. 

 

Children are welcome

Comfort Film Presents: Twisted Oyster Film Festival 2016
Dec
10
7:30 pm19:30

Comfort Film Presents: Twisted Oyster Film Festival 2016

  • Comfort Station

Comfort Film is a venue for the 2016 Twisted Oyster FIlm Festival

December 9th, 2016 - screenings begin at 7:30PM

Animation

Sea Child
Dir: Minha Kim
United Kingdom
0:07:51

Boats on the Grassland
Dir: Noriko Ishibe
United Kingdom
0:04:11

STOLEN SHOES
Dir: Noriko Ishibe
United Kingdom
00:01:30

Tea with a Straw
Dir: Noriko Ishibe
Japan
00:02:24

Fox Tale
Dir: DOOSUN SHIN
Writer: DOOSUN SHIN
Korea, Republic of
00:02:18

The belief
Dir: Amir Vahedi
Writer: Amir Vahedi
Iran, Islamic Republic of
00:02:30

Refugee Camp
Dir: Saeed Naghavian
Writer: Saeed Naghavian
Iran, Islamic Republic of
00:01:44

EXpulpaMACHINA
Dir: +anima team
+anima team
Greece 00:05:39

For the birds
Dir: Diek Grobler
Writer: Ronelda S Kamfer
South Africa
00:02:30

Smoke gets in your eyes
Dir: Katty vandenberghe, Anni Snyman
Writer: Joan Hambidge
South Africa
00:04:12

What about the law
Dir: Charles Badenhorst
Writer: Adam Small
South Africa
00:03:14

Afro Crab
Dir: Chen Liang Yu
Chen Liang Yu
Taiwan
00:04:04

5 MINUTE INTERMISSION

darKleto (antimedia diptych – chapter #1)
Dir: Gaetano Accettulli, Vito Livio Squeo
Writer: Gaetano Accettulli, Vito
Italy
00:06:48

pinKsects (antimedia diptych – chapter #2)
Dir: Gaetano Accettulli
Writer: Gaetano Accettulli, Vito
Italy
00:05:37

INSIDE OF US
Dir: Miranda Pla
Writer: Miranda Pla
United States
00:01:52

Insolation
Dir: L�a Fabreguettes
L�a Fabreguettes
France
00:05:00

Another Day in Paradise
Dir: bellopropello
Switzerland
00:02:26

Doni
Dir: Delphine Delannoy
France
00:02:08

Ego
Dir: Pei Hsin Cho
Taiwan
00:04:30

Hermit
Dir: Pei Hsin Cho
Taiwan
00:05:33

Teun
Dir: Thanut Rujitanont
Thailand
0:04:00

Balance
Dir: Gabor Ulrich
Hungarian
0:05:15

Thriller, Suspense, Psychological

The Scared One
Dir: Romain Lafargue, Thibault Lafargue
Writer: Romain Lafargue, Thibau
France
00:13:21

CRASPEC
Dir: David Le Meur
Writer: David Le Meur
France
00:15:00

Polarity
Dir: Alessandro Davoli
Writer: Luca Bertolini, Alessandr
Italy
00:09:36

TOTAL RUNNING TIME 2:08:44
Media: Digital HD Projection

About the Twister Oyster Film Festival:
The Twisted Oyster Film Festival is a short film and video art exhibition presented by Kinetic Art Projects and Pia Cruzalegui in Chicago, IL., USA.
The focus of Twisted Oyster is to highlight independent, experimental short films and video art produced by auteurs from around the globe. Works that will engage diverse audiences on a range of aesthetic and content.
This year the Film Festival takes place November 18, 2016 – December 2, 2016 and celebrates the creative outlet of filmmakers who want to share a story. The films we present are relevant to our community and address some of our most current, critical challenges and also provoke reasons for hope and optimism.
twistedoysterfilmfestival.com/about

Free
No BYOB

Comfort Film Presents: Twisted Oyster Film Festival 2016
Dec
9
7:30 pm19:30

Comfort Film Presents: Twisted Oyster Film Festival 2016

  • Comfort Station

Comfort Film is a venue for the 2016 Twisted Oyster FIlm Festival

December 9th, 2016 - screenings begin at 7:30PM
Drama (Fantasy, Romance)

NEW MOON
Dir: ANDRÉA PRADO
Brazil
13:22

Inside the Wolf’s Belly: Adventures of Little Red Cap
Dir: Lidiya Huzhva
Ukraine
09:22

Shanghai, Baku
Dir: Teymur Hajiyev
Azerbaijan
20:15

A Draft
Dir: Yuliya Myronenko, Pavlina Strilkovska
Ukraine
04:07

THE DARK
Dir: K V R MAHENDRA
India
14:00

Masked
Dir: Andréa Prado
Brazil
14:33

5 Minute Intermission.

Fashion

MOR FATI
Dir. and Writer: Raphaël Lopez, Quentin Caffier
France
07:20

Documentary - Part 1

Dirty Roses
DIr: Petra Terzi-Stone
Greece
05:00

Bekendor
Dir: Anastasiya Kharchenko
Ukraine
30:00

BETI
Dir: Shivain Arora
Writer: Pihu Gupta
India
03:2

OMNIPRESENCE (English Version)
Dir: Anderson Rodrigues
Brazil
08:20

A minute (Un minutito)
Dir: Javier Macipe
Spain
07:55

TOTAL RUNNING TIME 2:24:11
Media: Digital HD projection.

About the Twister Oyster Film Festival:
The Twisted Oyster Film Festival is a short film and video art exhibition presented by Kinetic Art Projects and Pia Cruzalegui in Chicago, IL., USA.
The focus of Twisted Oyster is to highlight independent, experimental short films and video art produced by auteurs from around the globe. Works that will engage diverse audiences on a range of aesthetic and content.
This year the Film Festival takes place November 18, 2016 – December 2, 2016 and celebrates the creative outlet of filmmakers who want to share a story. The films we present are relevant to our community and address some of our most current, critical challenges and also provoke reasons for hope and optimism.
twistedoysterfilmfestival.com/about

Free
No BYOB

Nestle / Baby & Hide & Skeletons (Tape Release Party!)
Dec
8
7:00 pm19:00

Nestle / Baby & Hide & Skeletons (Tape Release Party!)

Comfort Music, every Thursday

Doors open at 7pm, show starts promptly at 7:30pm

No cover (donations encouraged and appreciated!)

**No Alcohol is permitted at Comfort Station**

A Double Headliner Concert in Celebration of the Release of a Full Length Album Recorded Collaboratively Between the Baby and Hide and SKELETON$ B(r)ands.

This album, titled Soft Skills, will be available for purchase, December the 8th, 2016, in the neighborhood of Logan Square in the City of Chicago, Illinois - and released commercially, via Cassette and Digital Music Retailing by The SHINKOYO Company.

FEATURING!

>>> NESTLE (Cyrus Pireh, Rob Lundberg, Ryan Packard)
https://nestleband.bandcamp.com/releases

******** THE BABY & HIDE & SKELETONS BAND (Jeremy Keller, Matt Mehlan, Ryan Packard)
https://babyandhide.bandcamp.com/

Come visit and share some HOLIDAZE SPIRITS and purchase a cassette of music made in the Winter Season, between the years 2004 and 2014.

http://shinkoyo.com/

Comfort Station
2579 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

$10 admission goes to the traveling musicians!

Comfort Film Presents: Animate Objects: An Indie Cartoon Night
Dec
7
8:00 pm20:00

Comfort Film Presents: Animate Objects: An Indie Cartoon Night

  • Comfort Station

Comfort Film Presents:

"Animate Objects: An Indie Cartoon Night"
Curated by Rob Steinberg

Animations ranging from the abstract to the disgusting to strange unknown worlds. Explore the illusion of moving frames. It will be quite bodacious.

Derek Weber
Ri Crawford
Jim Trainor
Penelope Gazin
Kaitlin Martin
Katie Kapuza
Ryan Bock
Randall Wayne Parker
Jack Mulkern
Sarah Squirm
Daniel Guidara
Kenny Reed

And More

Free
No BYOB.