Events

Film screenings happen every Wednesday at 8pm

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

Music performances happen every Thursday at 7pm

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

All other events happen intermittently

 

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

Comfort Music: Vivian Garcia + Nick Alvarez Trio

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

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

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

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

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

Force & Motion: The Runaways Lab presents the Blue Hour

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

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

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

curated by Tuli Bera

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

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

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

 

 

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May
30
8:00 PM20:00

Released and Abandoned: VHS Trailer-a-rama.

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

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

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

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

Free
No BYOB

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

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May
31
7:00 PM19:00

Comfort Music: Dave Rempis/Russ Johnson Duo

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Comfort Music Presents:

Dave Rempis and Russ Johnson Duo

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

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

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

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

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

Week 1: DIGITAL PRESENCING
Much of the digital forms we interact with have unseen calibration methods, perhaps the most well-known would be facial recognition technology. As technology grows smarter, how can we calibrate ourselves in resistance to these measures? Participants are asked to bring images of their ancestors, however they so define. 

RSVP required: goo.gl/f2FEfc

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

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

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

Full list:
Saturday June 2, 2-5pm: Digital Presencing
https://www.facebook.com/events/325681077958821/

Saturday June 9, 2-5pm: By Invitation Only
https://www.facebook.com/events/163755634315901/

Saturday June 16, 2-5pm: Deep Genealogy Coaching for the Faint of Heart
https://www.facebook.com/events/442047466224012/

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

POWER Project: Kola Nut Collaborative Time Salon - Empathic Economies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Forms & Features Workshop: Poetry of Protest

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

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

POWER Project: Kola Nut Collaborative Time Salon - Collaborative Economies

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

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

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

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POWER Project: Workshop Series: Which Ancestors Do We Run Towards? Week 2
Jun
9
2:00 PM14:00

POWER Project: Workshop Series: Which Ancestors Do We Run Towards? Week 2

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

RSVP required: goo.gl/f2FEfc

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

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

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

Full list:
Saturday June 2, 2-5pm: Digital Presencing
https://www.facebook.com/events/325681077958821/

Saturday June 9, 2-5pm: By Invitation Only
https://www.facebook.com/events/163755634315901/

Saturday June 16, 2-5pm: Deep Genealogy Coaching for the Faint of Heart
https://www.facebook.com/events/442047466224012/

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

POWER Project: Archives + Futures

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

About the creator:
Ivan LOZANO (b. 1981, Guadalajara, Mexico) lives and works in Chicago, where NewCity Art recognized him as a “Breakout Artist” in 2014. He received a MFA from SAIC in 2011. LOZANO was the programming director for the Cinematexas International Short Film festival, co-founder of a feminist video collective (Austin Video Bee) and a net art blog (CTRL+W33D), and founder of an ad-hoc digital press (IMAGE FILE PRESS). His work has been exhibited at the Leslie-Lohman Museum for Gay and Lesbian Art (NYC), the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (Omaha, NE), the National Museum of Mexican Art (Chicago, IL), the Chicago Cultural Center (Chicago, IL), The Hyde Park Arts Center (Chicago, IL), Andrew Rafacz Gallery (Chicago, IL), the Texas Biennial (09 and 13), FotoFest’s Talent in Texas series (Houston, TX), and others.

image credit: (ERIK) RHODES EX-VOTO, 2014, courtesy of the artist.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Digital Deliverance: White Saviorism and the screen
Mev Luna

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

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

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

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

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

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

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POWER PROJECT: Panel: Underground Black QT Freedom Space
Jun
18
7:00 PM19:00

POWER PROJECT: Panel: Underground Black QT Freedom Space

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

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

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

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

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

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

POWER PROJECT: Teach In: Fat Cunt

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

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

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

POWER PROJECT: Fashion Show: Liquorice

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

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

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

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

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

Comfort Society Presents Attachment Theory in Pop Culture with Nora Sharp

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

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

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

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

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

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Comfort Society Presents a Death Café by Lauren Gil
Jul
15
1:00 PM13:00

Comfort Society Presents a Death Café by Lauren Gil

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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May
23
8:00 PM20:00

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

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Comfort Film and Chicago Latino Film Festival Present

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

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

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

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/222566633

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

Trailer: https://youtu.be/oSge02SvKJQ

Runtime: 85mins
Media: Digital Projection

Presented by Chicago Latino Film Festival programmer
Maria Lopez.

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

Free
No BYOB

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

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

Forms & Features at Comfort Station: Persona

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more info, check out www.connectthedots.community

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Force And Motion: Mocrep presents Work Weekend
May
18
to May 20

Force And Motion: Mocrep presents Work Weekend

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Streaming from 5 PM Friday 5/18- 5 PM Sunday 5/20

Work Weekend is a two day-long performance in which four members of Mocrep attempt to redefine their own ideas of time keeping, productivity, and community through ritualized work.  Performers will eschew all markers of modernized time, delving into a schedule of tasks whose execution and duration are determined by means foreign to (and in conversation with) conventional American work structures.  The performance will take place entirely in the Comfort Station and can be viewed via internet live stream (link to come). This performance is a work in progress leading up to Work Week, which will be performed at High Concept Labs June 11-17.

Performers include Deidre Huckabay, Nick Meryhew, Andrew Tham, and Ryan Zerna.

Mocrep (mocrep.org) is a collective creating radically experimental, interdisciplinary, and collaborative performance. Comprising 13 performers, our practice takes sociality as its starting point; our work is predicated on an investment in our relationships with each other, our collaborators, and our communities.

Mocrep blurs and blends disciplines, often calling into question the validity of discipline itself as an organizing principle for art and arts communities. Equal parts music, performance art, video art, and movement, the ambiguity in our varied and fluid practice reflects the complexity of our culture and our relationships. Our work subverts the rigid structures that circumscribe relations among artists and commodify the products of their labor, creating new frameworks for communication between artists, audiences, material, and virtuosity.

Mocrep has presented work at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Arts Club of Chicago, and was one of three ensembles to be invited to the prestigious Ferienkurse fuer Neue Musik Darmstadt in 2016. Its cultural partners in Chicago include Goethe-Institut Chicago, Lumpen Radio, Illinois Humanities Council, Parlour Tapes+, High Concept Laboratories, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and Ensemble Dal Niente. Mocrep has held residencies at Mana Contemporary Chicago and dfbrl8r performance art gallery, and undertakes a residency at Stanford University in 2018.

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Comfort Music: Zacbe Pichardo + Jacob Wick
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

Comfort Music: Zacbe Pichardo + Jacob Wick

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

Zacbe Pichardo is a Grammy-nominated composer and performer who is well-known for his work with Sones de Mexico, the long-running performing ensemble dedicated to preserving and presenting music in the Mexican Son tradition. For this installment, Zacbe will treat the audience at Comfort Station to a solo harp concert

Jacob Wick is a trumpet player and improviser. His recent work for solo trumpet has sought to privilege the perspective of ambient non-human actors - air ducts, airplanes, birds, cement - over his own. His work can be simultaneously challenging, meditative, and invigorating. 

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

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May
16
8:00 PM20:00

16 Guest Curator Series: Zak Piper

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As part of our Guest curator series we welcome Zak Piper as he presents:

APRIL 27 (1968, 10min) -- Only newsreel film ever made in Chicago. Reports on a protest shut down by Mayor Daley at the CPD. Peter Kuttner, one of the filmmakers will be in attendance for a Q&A.

ROYKO AT THE GOAT (1982, 10min) - Mike Royko eats and drinks at the Billy Goat Tavern with his Sun-Times 16" softball teammates and discusses the colorful history of the sport.

Inquiring Nuns Documentary (1968, 1h 6m)
The documentary film features Sisters Marie Arne and Mary Campion, two young Catholic nuns who visit a variety of Chicago locales to ask people the question, "Are you happy?" They meet a variety of individuals ranging from hippie musicians to intellectuals, whose responses are everything from the mundane to the spiritual.

Media - Digital Projection

About Zak Piper: Zak is an Emmy-winning and Producers Guild Award-winning documentary filmmaker most known for producing the critically acclaimed film Life Itself, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and later won a Critics Choice Award. Zak also co-produced the acclaimed films The Interrupters and At the Death House Door among a number of other award-winning feature and short documentaries. Zak is currently producing and directing a number of documentary projects in development or production.

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

Free
No BYOB.

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

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Gather: Forced Into Femininity, Rob Jacobs/Carol Genetti Duo
May
15
7:00 PM19:00

Gather: Forced Into Femininity, Rob Jacobs/Carol Genetti Duo

Gather…

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

Doors at 7, music at 7:30

Free, Suggested Donation $5

 

Forced into Femininity

Lack of courtesy, empathy, taste or consideration.Fear of the earth dying, fear of femininity forever subjugated by man. Despair over complicity in white supremacy, elitism, faceism and ableism.Despair over the extinction of animals,  joy over the extinction of man.

Rob Jacobs is the idea person behind the band Wei Zhongle, who have released 6 albums with many different lineups. In addition, he makes more traditionally song and voice oriented music under his own name. He also likes to improvise with different musicians, one of which is local favorite Carol Genetti.  

Carol Genetti is a Chicago-based vocalist whose work extends to sound and visual art media. Her palette is primordial, existing in a space where “language” and “music” have yet to be formed and formulated into familiar cultural patterns. Genetti’s aesthetic is one of raw power, yet also delicate, subtle, and precise. An exquisite soloist, she is often also heard in the company of other improvising musicians. She has been performing in North America and Europe, mostly as a vocal improviser, mostly in collaborations with other musicians, including Jack Wright, Eric Leonardson, Bob Marsh, Peter Maunu, Olivia Block, Andrew Clinkman, Katherine Young, Jon Mueller, Albert Wildeman, Rob Jacobs and Jim Baker.

 

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Silent Films/Loud Music: Within Our Gates
May
12
8:00 PM20:00

Silent Films/Loud Music: Within Our Gates

Comfort Station, Elastic Arts, and Homeroom jointly present a canonical film as part of Comfort Station’s Silent Films/Loud Music Series on May 12th at Elastic Arts. The silent film Within Our Gates (1920) by Oscar Devereaux Micheaux will be screened with accompanying original music by Chicago composers and performers Paul Giallorenzo and Ben Lamar Gay. Micheaux, an author, film director and independent producer of more than 44 films, is regarded as the first ever major African-American feature filmmaker. 

The Chicago group VAD will also share the evening with Paul and Ben, scoring the short film Light of Faith (1922).

$10 cover to benefit the artists.

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Force and Motion: Estacion Brutalisima
May
11
to May 13

Force and Motion: Estacion Brutalisima

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Estación Brutalisima is a three-night showcase of Chicago's raw and loud, heavy and fast Latinx rock scene. In contrast to the hush and intimate music series that Comfort Station is known for, Estación Brutalisima will use and distort the acoustic tranquility of our venue, and our lawn, to bring you face-melting, mosh-dancing, head-banging jams from three of the city's gems of the local music circuit. 

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Comfort Music: Half Gringa + Mai Sugimoto/Katie Ernst
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

Comfort Music: Half Gringa + Mai Sugimoto/Katie Ernst

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

As Half Gringa, Izzy Olive writes and sings songs about multicultural identity, domestic disputes, and genuine hope set to rowdy rural rock music. Her debut album Gruñona came out last year to much acclaim. 

Mai Sugimoto and Katie Ernst are two of the busiest and most versatile musicians in Chicago’s jazz and improvised scene. Here they will play a rare duo set where their well-honed melodic sensibilities will almost certainly be on display. 

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

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

Guest Curator Series: Hiromi Ueyoshi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Free.
No BYOB please.

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

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Comfort Music: VV Lightbody / The Bridge (Lazro - Abrams - Alvarado)
May
3
7:00 PM19:00

Comfort Music: VV Lightbody / The Bridge (Lazro - Abrams - Alvarado)

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

V.V. Lightbody
Vivian McConnell performs as V.V. Lightbody. Occasionally termed by her as “Nap Rock,” her songs manage to be both light and airy and rich and dense. She performs here solo in anticipation of the release of her upcoming album “Bathing Peach” in early June.

The Bridge is a network French and American musicians structured around collaborative projects designed exchange, production, and diffusion to build a transatlantic bridge. This iteration of the exchange will feature Daunik Lazro of France (saxophones) performing with Chicago’s Joshua Abrams (double bass) and Lisa Alvarado (harmonium). 


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

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

Comfort Music: Akosuen/Rebecca Himelstein + Differential/Dispersion

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Comfort Music Presents:

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

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

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

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

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Apr
25
8:00 PM20:00

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

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

"I'm not sure what you mean?"

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

Media- Digital Projection

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

Free
No BYOB please. 

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

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

Forms & Features at Comfort Station: Hybrid Poetry

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

Free Admission
No RSVP Required

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Record Store Day with Numero Group
Apr
20
8:00 PM20:00

Record Store Day with Numero Group

The 8th Annual Record Store Day Numero Pop Up Store returns this April with thousands of new and used LPs, CDs, 45s, dingers, tapes, tees, tests, and other additional weirdness from our warehouse. We'll have our brand new limited edition LPs W2NG and Creation: We Are Paintermen available for purchase and a few records that won't quite be in stores. Thank you for your continued support.

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Gather: Bone Lattice // She & Them
Apr
20
7:00 PM19:00

Gather: Bone Lattice // She & Them

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Comfort Music: Joe Suihkonen + Helios Quartet

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Comfort Music Presents:

Joe Suihkonen:

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

Helios Quartet:

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

Helios is a chamber jazz project led by trumpeter Emily Kuhn which performs highly improvisational, original music. The Helios Quartet is comprised of members of the larger, nine-piece ensemble, and their small, drummer-less instrumentation lends itself to intimate settings of the music. Members of Helios are active in the Chicago jazz, classical, and Latin music scenes, and the band synthesizes a wide variety of musical influences to create a unique group sound. 
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Comfort Music, every Thursday
Doors open at 7 pm, show starts promptly at 7:30 pm
No cover (donations encouraged and appreciated!)
**No Alcohol is permitted at Comfort Station**

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HBD AB: Celebrating André Bazin's 100th Birthday
Apr
18
8:00 PM20:00

HBD AB: Celebrating André Bazin's 100th Birthday

HBD AB: Celebrating André Bazin's 100th Birthday

Wednesday, April 18th at Comfort Station of Logan Square

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

I VITELLONI (1953)

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

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

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

Media: Digital Projection
Runtime: 103 mins.

Curated by Kat Sachs/Beguiled Cinema.

Free
No BYOB please.

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera

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

Performing Our Future by Appalshop

Performing Our Future by Appalshop

Saturday, April 14

10:30am – 2:00pm

Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Avenue  

Free and open to the public. Donations gratefully accepted.

 

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

10:30am – 2:00pm, with lunch

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

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

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

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Comfort Music Presents:

Mai Sugimoto and Rob Clearfield Duo

Matt Gold Solo

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

Guitarist Matt Gold plays improvised live scores to silent film.

 

 

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Rob Clearfield

 Matt Gold

Matt Gold

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

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The Jangmadang Generation
Apr
10
8:00 PM20:00

The Jangmadang Generation

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Comfort Film welcomes Liberty in North Korea Chicago as they present

The Jangmadang Generation (2017)

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

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

Medial: digital projection.

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

About LiNK: 

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

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

Free
No BYOB please.

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

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