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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

 

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New West Side Sacred Harp Singing

Come and sing shapenote music at Comfort Station! All are welcome, no experience necessary, and it is free!

This event marks the beginning of monthly singings on the 2nd Tuesday (usually) of each month. For the inaugural gathering, Kenan Serenbetz will lead a short singing school for the first half hour, followed by a traditional singing from the 1991 Denson Edition of the Sacred Harp. Loaner books will be available, and there will be a break for socializing and snacks.

About Sacred Harp (taken from fasola.org): Sacred Harp is a uniquely American tradition that brings communities together to sing four-part hymns and anthems. It is a proudly inclusive and democratic part of our shared cultural heritage. All events welcome beginners and newcomers, with no musical experience or religious affiliation required — in fact, the tradition was born from colonial “singing schools” whose purpose was to teach beginners to sing and our methods continue to reflect this goal.

Sacred Harp “singings” are not performances. There are no rehearsals and no separate seats for an audience. Every singing is a unique and self-sufficient event with a different group of assembled participants. The singers sit in a hollow square formation with one voice part on each side, all facing inwards so we can see and hear each other. However, visitors are always welcome to sit anywhere in the room and participate as listeners.

For more information, please visit:
https://fasola.org/
http://shape-note.uchicago.edu/
https://fasola.org/resources/Grayson_Beginners_Guide_2012.pdf

To hear/see what the singing may be like, and to get a sense of the vastness of the tradition, please refer to:
https://youtu.be/xEvDCQ-Zkws
https://youtu.be/m34OaYzG9NE
https://youtu.be/gnDUZmYcEnM
https://youtu.be/y8bKu52cv6o
https://youtu.be/4aCHWxc3pT8?t=1m38s
https://youtu.be/h42vaBNZLUo
https://youtu.be/1egiOo6BGR8?t=1h20m32s

We hope to see you there! Any questions/concerns can be directed to kserenbetz@gmail.com.