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 Society: Kamilah Rashied Presents My Pressure Suit
Sep
23
1:00 PM13:00

Comfort Society: Kamilah Rashied Presents My Pressure Suit

My Pressure Suit is an autobiographical work of prose, short stories and other musings by writer and performer Kamilah Rashied. What began as a private journal, in the wake of personal turmoil and in response to the Black Lives Matter and Me Too movements, became a series of public readings, performances and discussions. Part text, part performance, part public forum–this project explores identity, self actualization, and power dynamics informed by race and gender. Previous presentations from this work have taken place at MCA Chicago, Salonathon, Chicago Artist Coalition, ACRE Artist Residency and the 2019 Fly Honey Show. 

Comfort Society is sponsored by Intelligentsia Logan Square!

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Forms & Features Poetry Workshop: Diction
Sep
25
7:00 PM19:00

Forms & Features Poetry Workshop: Diction

All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop led by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney. In September, we focus on the diction of poetry, exploring how word choice and vocabulary shapes tone and voice.

The group will read and discuss a wide variety of poems and conclude with a guided creative writing workshop, where participants will compose an original poem.

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Released and Abandoned: Pucker Up and Bark Like a Dog (1989)
Sep
26
8:00 PM20:00

Released and Abandoned: Pucker Up and Bark Like a Dog (1989)

Released and Abandoned: Forgotten Oddities of the Home Video Era presents:

Pucker Up and Bark Like a Dog (1989)

Plot: A socially isolated and extremely shy Los Angeles painter finds his dream girl in the form of a struggling actress and finds himself at last finding the confidence to exhibit his work in this off-beat romantic comedy.

Director: Paul S. Parco
Stars: Jon Gries, Lisa Zane, Christopher Maher
Runtime: 94 min
Media: VHS Projection

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

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

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

Free.

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Comfort Society: Climate Change Advocacy with Shan Agrawal
Sep
30
1:00 PM13:00

Comfort Society: Climate Change Advocacy with Shan Agrawal

The session will begin with understanding the basic science behind climate change. But without delving too deep into the statistical repercussions of climate change, we will talk about empathy, values and feelings that are associated with climate change. I will be sharing some powerful stories as to why some people get really motivated to do something about climate change. And eventually, I will help you find those stories for yourselves. We will have a very open conversation about these emotions. Through thoughtful thinking and some introspection, we will try to leverage our passion and found-interest to empower ourselves for action against climate change. 

Comfort Society is sponsored by Intelligentsia Logan Square.

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Comfort Film Halloween: Demon Wind (1990)
Oct
3
8:00 PM20:00

Comfort Film Halloween: Demon Wind (1990)

Comfort Film Halloween 2018.

All of October we feature films just for Halloween curated by Paul Freitag-Fey with films provided by the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA)!

Demon Wind (1990)

Plot: With the need to investigate the mysterious death of his grandparents, Cory and his friends assemble back to the old farm where it all began, sixty years earlier.

Directed by Charles Philip Moore
Starring Eric Larson
Francine Lapensée
Rufus Norris
Jack Forcinito
Stephen Quadros
Mark David Fritsche
Sherry Leigh
Running time: 96 mins
Media: digital projection.

We would like to thank AGFA for providing the films for October.

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

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Comfort Film Halloween: Sometimes Aunt Martha Does Dreadful Thing
Oct
10
8:00 PM20:00

Comfort Film Halloween: Sometimes Aunt Martha Does Dreadful Thing

Comfort Film Halloween 2018.

All of October we feature films just for Halloween curated by Paul Freitag-Fey with films provided by the American Genre Film Archive! 

Sometimes Aunt Martha Does Dreadful Things (1971)

Plot: Two over the top eccentric fugitives become roommates in Miami to avoid the law, while one dresses as the others aunt in drag, leading to deception and murder.

Director: Thomas Casey
Stars: Abe Zwick, Wayne Crawford, Don Craig 
Runtime: 95 min
Media: Digital Projection

We would like to thank AGFA for providing the films for October.

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

Free.

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Comfort Film Halloween: Truth or Dare? A Critical Madness (1986)
Oct
17
8:00 PM20:00

Comfort Film Halloween: Truth or Dare? A Critical Madness (1986)

Comfort Film Halloween 2018.

All of October we feature films just for Halloween curated by Paul Freitag-Fey with films provided by the American Genre Film Archive! 

Truth or Dare? A Critical Madness (1986)

Plot: Mike Strauber catches his wife Sharon in bed with his best friend Jerry. He gets mad and takes off to embark on an adventure of murder and self-mutilation in demented games of truth or dare.

Directed by Tim Ritter
Starring John Brace 
Mary Fanaro 
Joel D. Wynkoop 
Terence Andreucci 
Raymond Carbone
Running time: 90 minutes
Media: Digital projection. 

We would like to thank AGFA for providing the films for October.

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

Free.

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Gather: Ayanah Moor // Udita Upadhyaya
Oct
20
7:00 PM19:00

Gather: Ayanah Moor // Udita Upadhyaya

Doors at 7, Music at 7:30

Suggested Donation $5 (FREE)

As a kid, Ayanah Moor could be found hand drumming beats on elementary school desks and scratching 45’s on her beige Fischer Price turntable. Her claim to fame is the 7th grade band class in which she befriended Missy Elliot. Later they collaboratively performed in a school talent show with Missy rhyming over Ayanah’s beat boxing. After some djing in the early-aughts, these days she most often spins vinyl for friends at home dinner parties with her wife and fellow artist, Jamila Raegan. Ayanah Moor works across various media to create paintings, prints, drawings and performance where notions of blackness and gender identity take shape. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Printmedia at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has exhibited at DePaul Art Museum, Chicago; The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Adobe Books, San Francisco; ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives—University of Southern California Libraries; Subliminal Projects, Echo Park, CA, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, New Zealand; and Proyecto ‘ace, Buenos Aires, among others. Ayanah Moor completed her BFA at Virginia Commonwealth University and MFA at Tyler School of Art.

Udita Upadhyaya is an interdisciplinary artist who uses her body and the details of her medical, cultural, and social biography as her primary art material. Her work spans live art, devised theatre, performative photographs, sculpture, installation, video, writing, text, and fiber arts. Upadhyaya’s interdisciplinary education and subsequent professional practice across filmmaking, international relations, and market research informs her research and community based approach to creative practice.

In her sound based work, Upadhyaya delves into the privilege of being able to lose a language, to have a language to spare. She wonders which bodies have access to literacy? Which to expression? When? And Where?

Most recently, Upadhyaya has performed and exhibited work at the, Villa Teresa Decorative Arts Museum, Links Hall, Weinberg/Newton Gallery, Defibrillator Gallery at Zhou B, and a solo show, nevernotmusic, at Roman Susan Gallery, Chicago. Upadhyaya lives and works between Chicago and Mumbai. http://www.uditaupadhyaya.com/

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

 

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Forms & Features Poetry Workshop: Ballad
Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

Forms & Features Poetry Workshop: Ballad

All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop led by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney. In October, we  explore the ballad, a form derived from popular folk song that narrates a tragic, comic, or heroic story.

The group will read and discuss a wide variety of poems and conclude with a guided creative writing workshop, where participants will compose an original ballad.

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Comfort Film Halloween: Malatesta's Carnival of Blood (1973)
Oct
24
8:00 PM20:00

Comfort Film Halloween: Malatesta's Carnival of Blood (1973)

Comfort Film Halloween 2018.

All of October we feature films just for Halloween curated by Paul Freitag-Fey with films provided by the American Genre Film Archive! 

Malatesta's Carnival of Blood (1973)

Plot: The Norris family get jobs working at a seedy old carnival as a cover for searching for their missing son who disappeared after visiting said carnival. Eccentric manager Mr. Blood turns out to be a vampire while the evil owner Malatesta rules over a gaggle of ghastly ghouls who watch silent movies when they aren't feasting on human flesh.

Directed by Christopher Speeth
Starring Janine Carazo
Jerome Dempsey
Daniel Dietrich
Lenny Baker
Hervé Villechaize
William Preston
Running time: 74 minutes
Media: Digital Projection

We would like to thank AGFA for providing the films for October.

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

Free.

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Gather: Rocio Zavala // Katherine Young + Plucky Plunkers
Nov
17
7:00 PM19:00

Gather: Rocio Zavala // Katherine Young + Plucky Plunkers

Doors at 7, Music at 7:30

Suggested Donation $5 (FREE)

Rocio Zavala is a sonic/visual experimentalist currently based in the Chicagoland area, originally from Mexico. She performs with self-made electronic instruments, often integrating light and the electricity of the human body as modulators. Through this practice, she explores soundscapes to access the materiality and metaphysics within wave spectra and listening. 

Katherine Young makes electroacoustic music using expressive noises, curious timbres, and kinetic structures to explore the dramatic physicality of sound, shifting interpersonal dynamics, and tensions between the familiar and the strange. As an improviser, Katherine amplifies her bassoon and employs a flexible electronics set up for solo and collaborative performances. The LAPhil, Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW, Ensemble Dal Niente, Third Coast Percussion, Spektral Quartet, Weston Olencki, Nico Couck / Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, Fonema Consort, and others have commissioned her music. She’s excited about coming-soon projects with Lucy Dehgrae for Resonant Bodies Festival, WasteLAnd and RAGE, Distractfold Ensemble’s Linda Jankowska, Callithumpian Ensemble, and Yarn/Wire. She’s releasing new music this year with Michael Foster & Michael Zerang, Wet Ink, and Amy Cimini (as Architeuthis Walks on Land). (Photo Credit Deidre Huckabay)

Plucky Plunkers (Jonathan Hannau and Kelly Sheehan) has ambiguous beginnings and ambiguous endings. Touting the banner as Chicago’s best and only toy piano duo they seek to engage audiences in riveting concerts that have been described as, “Pretty cool I guess”, and “Yea it was fun to listen to”. They collaborate regularly with composers in and around the city and seek to push the toy piano medium to some arbitrarily high level through eclectic programming and death-defying stunts. Jonathan is a proud Schoenhut artist who plays with not one but two upright toy pianos, each with its own unique sound. His comrade Kelley is a proud BC toy piano artist who plays on a two and a half octave baby grand. Unfortunately, this difference has created a bitter rivalry in the administration and their own pride and hubris keeps them from reaching godlike fame in the toy piano world. 

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

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Image of the Beast (1980)
Sep
19
8:00 PM20:00

Image of the Beast (1980)

Comfort Film Presents:

(This screening was originally on September 12th but we wanted to show the second film in the series A Distant Thunder on the 12th so we moved Image of the Beast to September 19th.)

Image of the Beast (1980)

Plot: Third and best known entry in the Mark IV series of fundamentalist apocalypse films. Fundamentalist Christian guerrilla David helps condemned dissidents escape, attempts to subvert the computerized Mark of the Beast, and generally tries to survive as prophecy unfolds in the rise of the Antichrist to the pinnacle of his power and the beginning of God's war on sinful man.

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

Directed by Donald W. Thompson
Starring:
William Wellman Jr.
Susan Plumb
Patty Dunning
Russell S. Doughten Jr.

Running time: 93 minutes
Media: Digital Projection

Comfort film explores this pioneering film series in the genre of Christian Scare films. A Thief in the Night was reportedly watched by over 300 million people world wide. The series heavily influence the later Left Behind series. 

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

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Comfort Society: Police Encounters - Know Your Rights
Sep
16
1:00 PM13:00

Comfort Society: Police Encounters - Know Your Rights

First Defense Legal Aid is a Chicago-based not-for-profit that provides free legal representation to individuals in police custody using a nationally unique, 24/7/365 police custody hotline, 1-800-LAW-REP4. Attorneys travel to police stations and advocate for clients during the critical 48-72 hours after arrest when most suspects are unrepresented and when the potential for police coercion, false confessions, and police abuse is at its highest. FDLA also conducts know your rights outreach throughout the city, particularly in communities most impacted by overwhelming police presence.

Daniel Massoglia is an attorney at First Defense Legal Aid. (He also does Freedom of Information Act litigation.) When he’s not litigating FOIA or working to defend civil rights, he’s probably watching Netflix, playing music, or playing soccer in Logan Square.

On September 16, 2018, Daniel will speak about the realities of representing people under investigation for alleged crimes at Chicago police stations as well as basic know your rights information for use in the event of a police encounter.

Comfort Society is proudly sponsored by Intelligentsia Logan Square!

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Gather: Liai // Max Guy
Sep
15
7:00 PM19:00

Gather: Liai // Max Guy

Doors at 7, Music at 7:30

Suggest Donation $5 (FREE)

Lia is the audio/visual project of Lo Bise, a Chicago-based experimental electronic
musician and recent graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Working
largely with digital platforms such as Ableton Live and Max MSP, they create pieces
inspired by Minimalist composition, techno and ambient.

Max Guy’ multi-media work takes the form of performance, sculpture and installation,
clumsily giving form to existential crises, moral and ethical dilemma. He received his
BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011, and MFA from the Department of in Art, Theory and Practice at Northwestern University in 2016. Max has performed and exhibited at DEMO Project, Springfield, IL; Bar4000, Sector 2337 and Prairie, Chicago, IL; AZ-West, Joshua Tree National Park, CA; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Signal Gallery, New York, NY; Ghost, Deep River, CT; What Pipeline, Detroit, MI; Federico Vavassori, Milan, and the Manila
Institute, New York, NY.

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

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A Distant Thunder (1978)
Sep
12
8:00 PM20:00

A Distant Thunder (1978)

Comfort Film Presents:

A Distant Thunder (1978)

Plot: The second film, A Thief in the Night being the first, A Distant Thunder continues the story of Patty, a young woman living in the "end times" referred to in biblical prophecy. This action suspense thriller finds Patty living as a fugitive, trying to hide from the ever increasing evil around her. Relentlessly pursued and finally captured by the forces of UNITE, she is given a choice: Either receive "the mark" or face death.

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

Directed by Donald W. Thompson

Starring: Patty Dunning

Sally Johnson

Sandy Christen

Thom Rachford

Maryann Rachford

Russell S. Doughten Jr.

 

Running time: 76 minutes

Media: Digital Projection

Comfort film explores this pioneering film series in the genre of Christian Scare films. A Thief in the Night was reportedly watched by over 300 million people world wide. The series heavily influence the later Left Behind series.

 

Free

 

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

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Comfort Society: How to Be Less of an Asshole Using Astrology
Sep
9
1:00 PM13:00

Comfort Society: How to Be Less of an Asshole Using Astrology

Used poorly, shallow understandings of astrology become just another tool assholes use to dismiss entire groups of people or treat others like trash. But astrology can also be a way of improving our relationships by deepening our empathy and compassion for ourselves and others. Astrodork Diana Rose Harper will talk a bit about some astro basics and demonstrate how things like Sun, Moon, and Ascendant signs can help us help each other be better humans.

Comfort Society is proudly sponsored by Intelligentsia Logan Square!

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Beer & Bands for Comfort Station
Sep
8
4:00 PM16:00

Beer & Bands for Comfort Station

Dos Santos
Campdogzz
Phoelix
Dim

It's that time of year again! Come join us on September 8th, and enjoy free, live music in the heart of Logan Square while supporting Comfort Station! Grab a drink with your fellow patrons while enjoying local musicians, artists, and independent record labels for a day-long concert at the foot of our beloved monument.

A $20 Advance ($25 Day of) wristband grants you access to an ever-frothing beer garden featuring complimentary Goose Island brews and White Claw bubbles.

DJ sets from Bric-A-Brac Records and Scottie McNiece of International Anthem

THIS EVENT IS FREE! HOWEVER, THIS IS A FUNDRAISER! PLEASE CONSIDER PURCHASING A BEER GARDEN WRISTBAND (if you are 21+) TO SUPPORT OUR CAUSE!

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A Thief in the Night (1977)
Sep
5
8:00 PM20:00

A Thief in the Night (1977)

Comfort Film Presents

A Thief in the Night (1977)

Plot: The story of Patty, a young woman caught up in living for the present with little concern for the future. She meets and marries a young man and her life seems great, until one moment she awakens to find her husband gone and the radio reporting millions of people have mysteriously disappeared. As dramatic, earth shaking events begin to unfold around her, Patty realizes she is living in the end times spoken of in biblical prophecy. Adventure and suspense build to a though-provoking climax in this powerfully gripping film.

Directed by Donald W. Thompson
Starring Patty Dunning
Mike Niday
Colleen Niday
Maryann Rachford
Thom Rachford
Duane Coller
Russell S. Doughten, Jr.
Clarence Balmer

Running time 69 min.
Media: Digital Projection

Comfort film explores this pioneering film series in the genre of Christian Scare films. A Thief in the Night was reportedly watched by over 300 million people world wide. The series heavily influence the later Left Behind series. 

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vi1mReM8GYU

Free

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

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OPENING RECEPTION: 'Rest In Place'  - Alberto Aguilar and Alex Bradley Cohen
Sep
1
5:00 PM17:00

OPENING RECEPTION: 'Rest In Place' - Alberto Aguilar and Alex Bradley Cohen

Rest in Place
Sept 1st - Sept 30th
Opening Reception: 9/1 5-8pm
Viewing Hours: 1p-4p 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29


Through gestural modifications the Comfort Station will be transformed into a chapel for those in need of respite. A sanctuary. A safe house for free expression, free play, free meditation, free worship and closeness. The chapel will be the latest in a continuous collaboration between Alberto Aguilar and Alex Bradley Cohen. During this month long exhibition guest performers will contribute to a communal worship/meditation service in the modified space. On another day Alex and Alberto will give an artist talk where they will speak of past collaborations. Rest in Place is a safe space in which individuals are invited to slow their minds and bodies and enjoy art that comforts, holds, and listens.

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Lustre: Rehearsal Circle and Preview Film Screening
Aug
31
8:00 PM20:00

Lustre: Rehearsal Circle and Preview Film Screening

dropshift dance and Chicago based filmmaker Nadia Oussenko collaborate in a one night event at Comfort Station! Join us for a participatory guided movement experience that will stabilize and ground your body, followed by a preview screening of dance film, Lustre.  This work explores an adaptable, physical state and our connection to the natural world and its processes of life and death. 

dropshift dance is a provocative, inquisitive and authoritative investigator of movement. Conceived through a collaborative incubation laboratory of movement, sound, and visual installation, the work engages audience with dialogue, choice and experimental practice. Led by artistic director, Andrea Cerniglia, the group develops work through a rigorous process of studio investigation to create performances that energize the space and create an alternate world for the performer and viewer. To learn more, visit dropshiftdance.com.

Nadia Oussenko is a Chicago-based choreographer, filmmaker, photographer, and educator. She has been combining her training in choreography and interest in film since 2004. Oussenko has had her works featured nationally and internationally, and she has collaborated with a number of Chicago artists. She holds an MFA in Dance at the University of Illinois. To learn more, visit

**weather permitting, this event will happen on the lawn

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Comfort Music: Marvin Tate + Spectralina
Aug
30
7:00 PM19:00

Comfort Music: Marvin Tate + Spectralina

Comfort Music presents: 

Marvin Tate + Spectralina

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Spectralina is the audio-visual performance project of Dan Bitney and Selina Trepp; collaborators, lovers and magicians. 

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Tate’s music has for the past twenty years evolved around layered cacophony, dis-jointed/personal narratives, with lyrical nods, to blues, beat and existentialism. The outré Soul-man and cosmic crooner combines social upheaval, with dark humor and unapologetic imagery to create surreal/rban and everyday characters trapped in David Lynch-type vignettes.

Marvin Tate in his many incarnations (Poet, Talk-Show Host, Performance Artist, Time traveler, Soul Agitator, Singer-Songwriter and Funk-Meister) has worn many hats in his twenty-plus career. He often calls upon all of his alter-egos to help him discover new foundation, with help from musical guests including: Mike Reed,Greg Ward, Ben Lamar Gay, Tatsu Akoi, Dave Boykin, Matt L, Khari Lemuel (The Black Monks of Mississippi) Dan Bitney, Fred Lonberg Holms, P Michael (Ono), George Blaize (D-Settlement) Adam Fitz, Avery R. Young and Angel Bat Dawid to name a few.

 

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Released and Abandoned: Beyond The Seventh Door (1987)
Aug
29
8:00 PM20:00

Released and Abandoned: Beyond The Seventh Door (1987)

Released and Abandoned: Forgotten Oddities of the Home Video Era presents:

Beyond the Seventh Door (1987)

Plot: After being released from prison, Boris is ready to go on the straight and narrow - until he meets up with a former girlfriend, who convinces him to break into his boss's old estate. The two find themselves in an elaborate trap for potential thieves.

Director: Bozidar D. Benedikt
Writer: Bozidar D. Benedikt (as B.D. Benedikt)
Stars: Lazar Rockwood, Bonnie Beck, Gary Freedman
Runtime: 83min
Media: VHS projection.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epZMiH9258U

This screening will be outside out on our lawn, weather permitting. 
Otherwise it will be inside Comfort Station.

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

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

This screening will be outside out on our lawn, weather permitting. 
Otherwise it will be inside Comfort Station.

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

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Forms & Features Poetry Workshop: Ephemeral Poetry
Aug
28
7:00 PM19:00

Forms & Features Poetry Workshop: Ephemeral Poetry

All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop led by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney. In August, we explore ephemeral poetry, verse written on a variety of physical objects.

The group will explore the connections and tensions between the physical and poetic in a wide range of ephemeral poems, and conclude with a guided creative writing workshop, where participants will compose an original ephemeral poem.

All materials will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring an object that relates to an ongoing poetic project. Please note that these objects will be irreversibly altered during the workshop.

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Comfort Society: Platypus Chicago Presents Sight-Passages
Aug
26
1:00 PM13:00

Comfort Society: Platypus Chicago Presents Sight-Passages

It has been widely acknowledged that modernist painting as such began with Manet’s Dejeuner sur l’herbe or perhaps with his Olympia, but the foundation for these works—in Manet’s own self-understanding—had been lain by the Realism of Gustave Courbet. Later, in the aftermath of the Imperialist crisis, the Surrealists, now reeling from the over-ripeness of modernism, turned back to the fatal problem through which Realism had originally emerged: the insoluble contradiction between the subject and object of art. This teach-in will look to describe the historical-aesthetic resemblance between a portrait by the painter Gustave Courbet, his Rêverie (Portrait of Gabrielle Borreau) of 1862, and a portrait by the poet Paul Éluard, his “Lady Love” of 1924.

Comfort Society is proudly sponsored by Intelligentsia. 

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Comfort Music: Muyassar Kurdi + Ben Lamar Gay
Aug
23
7:00 PM19:00

Comfort Music: Muyassar Kurdi + Ben Lamar Gay

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Comfort Music presents:

Muyassar Kurdi and Ben Lamar Gay

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Muyassar Kurdi (b. 1989 in Chicago) is a New York City-based
interdisciplinary artist. Her work encompasses sound art, extended
vocal technique, performance art, movement, photography, and film. She
has toured extensively in the U.S. and throughout Europe. A versatile
improviser, Muyassar has composed and performed music for voice,
harmonium, piano, lyre, autoharp, theremin, bass, and cello. She
currently focuses her attention to interweaving homemade electronic
instruments and sculpture into her vocal and dance performances,
stirring a plethora of emotions from her audience members through
vicious noise, ritualistic chants, and meditative movements. Most
recently she completed SEVEN VOICES, a multi-channel project for seven
voices, which was recorded during her artist residency at EMS in
Stockholm February 2018.

Performance highlights include: The Rubin Museum of Art, Issue Project
Room, Cafe OTO, Chicago Cultural Center, Center for Contemporary Art
Laznia, Bond Chapel, Fridman Gallery, University Galleries, and Judson
Memorial Church.

Recent collaborators include Daniel Carter, Diana Policarpo, Ka Baird,
Tomomi Adachi, Arrington de Dionyso, Yasuno Miyauchi, Lucie Vitkova,
Tyler Damon, Bradley Eros, Laraaji, and Patrick Holmes, among others.

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Ben LaMar Gay is a composer/cornetist who moves components of sound, color and space through folkloric filters to produce brilliant electro-acoustic collages.  

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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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Public Art, Past & Present
Aug
21
8:00 PM20:00

Public Art, Past & Present

The second installment of Pentimenti Productions ongoing partnership with Media Burn Independent Video Archive, Public Art, Past & Present is a special screening of short documentaries about public art, hosted at the Logan Square multi-disciplinary space, Comfort Station. The Monumental Art of Marc Chagall (1974) follows the titular French artist as he creates the Four Seasons Mosaic. Director Chuck Olin uses the style of direct cinema along with interviews, to show Chagall's artistic process, and the evolution of his piece from model to its final unveiling in Chicago. Produced for the Chicago Council on Fine Arts, Chicago's Miró (1981) provides an overview of the surrealist's life and work, while chronicling the creation of the famous statue, Joan Miró Chicago. These two films, both courtesy of the Media Burn Archive, will be followed by three short pieces by acclaimed local artist Maria Gaspar made for her 96 Acres project, including: Not Just Another Day (2015), PARK (2016), and Stories from the Inside/Outside (2015). The juxtaposition of these two bodies of work will create a fruitful post-screening discussion between Maria Gaspar and Pentimenti sterographer and Media Burn board member Ben Kolak about the evolving role of public art in Chicago, questions about its intended audience, issues of place & access, and more.

Founded in 2012 and led by artist, Maria Gaspar, 96 Acres Project is a series of community-engaged, site-responsive art projects that involve community stakeholders’ ideas about social and restorative justice issues, and that examine the impact of incarceration at the Cook County Jail on Chicago’s West Side. 96 Acres uses multi-disciplinary practices to explore the social and political implications of incarceration on communities of color. Through creative processes and coalition building, 96 Acres aims to generate alternative narratives reflecting on power and responsibility by presenting insightful and informed collective responses for the transformation of a space that occupies 96 acres, but has a much larger reaching outcome.

Media Burn Archive collects, restores and distributes documentary video and television created by artists, activists and community groups, with a mission to preserve audiovisual records of history and culture and to engage audiences with their creative reuse. Media Burn is a project of the Fund for Innovative TV, which has been producing challenging documentary video and television since 1990.


Programmed by Raul BenitezNando Espinosa Herrera, and Harrison Sherrod.

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Comfort Society Presents a Death Café by Alejandro Salinas
Aug
19
1:00 PM13:00

Comfort Society Presents a Death Café by Alejandro Salinas

Please join Comfort Society and speaker Alejandro Salinas 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, Alejandro will share collected and historical wisdom gifted from the dying from his 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 Alejandro Salinas? Alejandro works as Clinical Massage Therapist, Anatomy Instructor at the Soma Institute, Lucid Dream Teacher, and a hospice volunteer. He is a 200hr certified Yoga Teacher and has practiced for nearly a decade. Alejandro is on a mission to relax the planet. He believes that holding space for, and having conversations about death is a major component to relieving our anxieties and fears around this topic.

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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Gather: Sam Scranton // Macie Stewart
Aug
18
7:00 PM19:00

Gather: Sam Scranton // Macie Stewart

Doors at 7, Music at 7:30

$5 Suggested Donation (FREE)

Sam Scranton is a composer/performer working at the intersection of music,
performance art, and installation. He has been described in New Music Box as "an artist taking wholehearted risks" and in the New York Times as a "killer drummer."
Recent projects include: High Quality Final Days, an album of speech-generated
compositions released on Parlour Tapes+; We Are Predatory, Air-Breathing, for alto sax, accordion, percussion, MIDI playback and TTS voice, commissioned by Gyre
Ensemble; HOLOLITH, a durational work of speculative music, commissioned by
Mocrep; and HOLOTYPE, premiered by Spektral Quartet.
Sam has presented nationally and internationally at festivals and conferences such as
Composit Festival, NUNC!, New Music Gathering, the International Conference on
Music and Minimalism, and Omaha Under the Radar. As part of the band volcano!, Sam
has performed onstage in Berlin, Moscow, London, and Paris, with albums released by
Leaf Label (UK).
Currently, Sam lives and works in Chicago, pursuing a doctorate in composition at
Northwestern University.

Macie Stewart is a violinist and vocalist, active both as a free improviser and as a pop musician with her group Homme.
 

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

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Comfort Music: Eli Winter/Will Csorba/Evan Morgan
Aug
16
7:00 PM19:00

Comfort Music: Eli Winter/Will Csorba/Evan Morgan

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Comfort Music presents:

Eli Winter/Will Csorba/Evan Morgan

About the artists:

Eli Winter is a songwriter and guitarist from Houston attending
the University of Chicago. Since releasing his first single Take No
Notice/Woodlawn Waltz on Impossible Colors last year, he's wowed
musicians and audiences alike on all manner of guitars, most recently
opening for Ryley Walker on his 21st birthday. His first full-length
record, The Time To Come, will be released on Blue Hole Recordings
later this year, featuring rollicking 6-string jaunts, sweeping
12-string epics and a healthy serving of improvisation.

Will Csorba has released five records already since last August.
The Cornfields saw a triumphant return to his stunning solo guitar
compositions. Irrelephant evoked the likes of Pelt with its sprawling
harmonium and fiddle drones. On Who's Been Giving You Corn?, he
entered into conversation for the first time with flatpicker Cameron
Knowler in a collection of fresh takes on oldtime staples. Csorba and
Knowler have since gone on to form the Fossil Lickers, variously
featuring fiddlers James Trimble and Mark Lewis, guitarist Evan
Morgan, and multi-instrumentalist Sage Lyford. The group will bring
their ever-expanding repertoire of traditional and original tunes,
with maybe a couple solo pieces from Csorba.

Evan Morgan is a guitarist and filmmaker from Houston, TX currently living in Durham, NC. His playing draws equally from improvisers like Tashi Dorji and Bill Orcutt, contemporary AP pickers like Daniel Bachman and Sarah Louise, and his periodic involvement with Houston old-time group the Fossil Lickers. It is also heavily informed by his growing interest in the overlap between music and avant-garde film, particularly with regard to approaches to composition and editing. He recently released prepared guitar work on a split cassette with Falter Father out on Spare No Expanse and his debut solo guitar record "Between the World and Small Things" will be released on Blue Hole Recordings this summer.

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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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Future Shock (1972) on 16mm
Aug
15
8:00 PM20:00

Future Shock (1972) on 16mm

Comfort film Presents:

Future Shock (1972)

Future Shock is a 1972 American short documentary film directed by Alex Grasshoff and narrated by Orson Welles. It was screened at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, but wasn't entered into the main competition. Describes the constant, bewildering barrage of new technologies and all the resulting societal changes those technologies bring about.

Media: 16mm projection
Runtime: 43mins

The whole month of August Comfort Film presents films in either 8mm or 16mm format.

Programmed by Raul BenitezNando Espinosa Herrera and Harrison Sherrod.

 

 

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Comfort Society: High Concept Labs Presents
Aug
12
1:00 PM13:00

Comfort Society: High Concept Labs Presents

Comfort Society is excited to welcome Andy Slater and Aquil Charlton to talk about their work. Slater and Charlton are currently part of the High Concept Labs Sponsored Artist Program, which is a highly selective 4-month residency available to artists from a wide range of disciplines. To learn more, visit http://highconceptlaboratories.org/mission-history/

Andy Slater:
http://highconceptlaboratories.org/andy-slater/
http://www.thisisandyslater.com/

Andy Slater is a legally blind musician, audio engineer, author, and disabilities advocate. He describes his sonic work as “art made because of his disability”. Due to his visual impairment, his ears function as navigation, safety, and problem solving tools. Because of this, he listens with great detail and focus making it hard not to listen critically.

Andy began composing experimental music as a teen in the early 90s. He moved to Chicago in 1994 to attend classes in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Sound Department. After a decade away from school he returned in 2010 to complete his education. He graduated from SAIC in 2013 with a BFA focusing in sound composition and music history.

Andy has a large catalog of recorded music dating back 30 years that includes robotic synthesizer music, art-metal, acid-rock, musique-concrete, as well as scoring and sound design for film. He currently heads the experimental funk septet, the Velcro Lewis Group. Andy is an engineer at Chicago’s Frogg Mountain Recording studio where he obsesses over making every sound he hears perfect. It’s the curse of the overactive ear.

Andy has exhibited and performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, Sonophilia Sound Festival (Lincoln, UK), National Employment Lawyers of America conference, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Elastic Arts, Defibrillator, Comfort Station, Enemy, Buddy, Dogmatic, Workman, Bodies of Work, Quimby’s Bookstore, the Empty Bottle, and Hideout. He has been featured in the Chicago Reader, WLS ABC7, Clickhole, WFMU’s Free Music Archive, Ten By Ten, Jane magazine, High Times, Vice. He was the winner of the 2008 Miss Greenpoint Pageant pie-eating contest.

Aquil Charlton:
http://highconceptlaboratories.org/aquil-charlton/
http://urbangateways.org/people/aquil-charlton/

A skilled rapper, DJ, and electronic musician, Aquil Charlton (AyQue) leverages his creative agility to reach a wide range of audiences. He performs electronics with live PA quartet, The Present Elders, and has backed Open Mike Eagle on synthesizers. As a lead vocalist and songwriter with hip-hop and soul band, Animate Objects, AyQue has also opened for Lauryn Hill, Dilated Peoples, The Wailers, Mint Condition, Chingy, Kardinal Official, and others. Even offstage, Aquil maintains the respect of his peers for his continued dedication to teaching and community organizing work. He teaches deejay, music production, and songwriting through organizations like Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education, After School Matters, Urban Gateways, and Chicago Public Schools. He also leads public music production and instrument making workshops using recycled materials from his self-designed “Mobile Music Box,” which he moves throughout Chicago by bicycle. Since returning from a residency and four-city tour in Russia, AyQue has written an album with producer Justin Raymond and produced a tribute to radical songwriter Eugene McDaniels which he developed during a residency at the University of Chicago in 2016. Currently, he is preparing to release these projects while raising a three-year-old genius.

Comfort Society is proudly sponsored by Intelligentsia Logan Square.

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PIPS (Puppetry in Progress)
Aug
11
4:00 PM16:00

PIPS (Puppetry in Progress)

PIPS is a friendly, informal gathering for testing out new puppet and object-based work.

Are you new to puppetry and want a low stakes way to test the waters? Are you an old hand with a new project? Are you a dancer, comics artist, performance poet, teacher, lifeguard, engineer just curious about what puppetry looks like today? Everyone is welcome! 

Bring whatever you're working on, no matter how rough, and get encouragement and feedback from other Chicago puppet-folks, – or just come to see what's up and join in the conversation.

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Comfort Film Presents: Educational and PSA films on 16mm.
Aug
8
8:00 PM20:00

Comfort Film Presents: Educational and PSA films on 16mm.

Comfort Film will present Educational and PSA films on 16mm from the collection of Comfort Film programmer Raul Benitez.

If you would like to share some of your 8mm or 16mm films please bring them in and we will project those.

Titles TBA.

All month of August Comfort Film will present films in either 8mm or 16mm format.


Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

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Comfort Society: Sculptures, Animals, Telepathy and More!
Aug
5
1:00 PM13:00

Comfort Society: Sculptures, Animals, Telepathy and More!

Adrian Wong has spent the bulk of the past decade working with Feng Shui practitioners, geomancers, energy manipulators, sound healers, and telepathic animal communicators in his sculptural practice. For Comfort Society, he will be joined by some special four-legged guests to share a few of his projects, ongoing research, and anecdotes from his process.

Comfort Society is proudly sponsored by Intelligentsia Logan Square. 

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Walking in Between Soundscapes
Aug
4
9:00 PM21:00

Walking in Between Soundscapes

Join us for a night of experimental music, departing from the use of soundscapes, acoustic instruments, walkings, and microtonal improvisations, by New York City and Chicago based artist Eric Leonardson, Jenn Grossman, Amanda Gutierrez, and Stuart Jackson. 

Program

Amanda Gutiérrez, in collaboration with Jenn Grossman
Eric Leonardson
Jenn Grossman
Stuart Jackson

Artist Bios

Eric Leonardson, a Chicago-based audio artist, serves as the Executive Director of the World Listening Project, founder and co-chair of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, and President of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology. He is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Sound at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). As a performer, composer, and sound designer, Leonardson created sound with the Chicago based physical theater company Plasticene (1995-2012). Leonardson performs internationally with the Springboard, a self-built instrument made in 1994 and often presents on acoustic ecology to new audiences. Leonardson earned a Master of Fine Arts (Time Arts) degree at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1983, and his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (Visual Art) at Northern Illinois University in 1980. He is a recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Media Arts Fellowships (2002 and 2006), and was a 2013 Copeland Fellow at Amherst College.



Amanda Gutiérrez, explores the experience of home, belonging, and cultural identity by bringing into focus details of everyday practices whose ordinary status makes it particularly hard for us to notice their key role in defining who we are. Trained and graduated initially as a stage designer from The National School of Theater, Gutiérrez uses a range of media such as sound art and performance art to investigate how these conditions of everyday life set the stage for our experiences and in doing so shape our individual and collective identities. Approaching these questions from immigrants’ perspectives continues to be of special interest to Gutiérrez, who completed her MFA in Media and Performance Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently elaborating the academic dimension of her work as a Ph.D. student at the University of Girona, Spain. Gutiérrez has held numerous art residencies in FACT Liverpool in the UK, ZKM in Germany, TAV in Taiwan, Bolit Art Center in Spain, and her work has been exhibited internationally in venues such as The Liverpool Biennale in 2012, and currently at Harvestworks in NYC. A recipient of a grant from the National System of Art Creators, in Mexico. http://www.amandagutierrez.net/ 

Jenn Grossman is a sound and experiential media artist based in Brooklyn. She thinks about sound psycho-spatially, treating our sensorial realities as portals into the surreal, subconscious, and otherworldly, often re-framing ephemera by displacing it into a new environment, sounding it through objects, or creating immersive experiences that expand perception. This has taken the form of installations, compositions, sound sculpture, ambient soundscape, spatial sound works, public interventions, and sound/movement collaborations with dancers and filmmakers. She has installed works, performed, and presented papers at various festivals and conferences such as the Governor’s Island Art Fair, Platforms II at MoMA PS1 Printshop, the She Resonates Series at Pioneer Works, the New York Transit Museum's PLATFORM series, Reverse Gallery, Open Source Gallery, for the Megapolis Audio Festival, the Mixed Signals: Surround series at Future Space, CT::SWaM, the Quadrophonic series, Standing Waves at Knockdown Center, the Deep Listening Conference’s Cistern Dream Session, 60x60 Surround Sound at Harvestworks, NYU's Precarious Sounds//Sounding Sanctuary Conference and the Sounds, Images & Data Conference, Brown’s OPENSIGNAL Festival, Lancaster University's Women in Sound/Women on Sound Symposium, the University of Amsterdam's Sound Signatures Conference, University of Toronto's FOOT Festival, the Ende Tymes Festival, the Megapolis Audio Festival, and in unconventional public spaces. https://www.jenngrossman.net/


Stuart Jackson is a percussionist and uilleann piper from Virginia, now based in Queens, NY. An active performer of traditional and contemporary music, he is devoted to an in depth engagement with musical work primarily from the 20th century. The graphic scores of John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and others are not only perceived as artifacts from recent music history, but radical blueprints that provide practical means for discovering new sound worlds. 
Since 2015, he has been an artist in residence every July and August at the West Street Schoolhouse in Aaronsburg, PA. While there he has presented percussion and electronic music concerts in unique venues such as defunct ballrooms and barns. Recent performances include engagements with the Soho Rep Theatre, the Wordless Music Orchestra at the King’s Theatre in Brooklyn, a solo performance at Wesleyan University, and a concert at Trinity Episcopal Church in Staunton, VA. 
In addition to using the uilleann pipes as a sound source in realizations of contemporary music, he has also studied the traditional music of pipers Seamus Ennis, Tommy Reck, Leo Rowsome, Patsy Touhey, and others. He currently is a traditional music instructor at the Irish Arts Center in Manhattan. 
http://stuartwjackson.weebly.com

Free

Programmed by Raul Benitez

 

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