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

 


Released And Abandoned: Population: One (1986)
Dec
28
8:00 PM20:00

Released And Abandoned: Population: One (1986)

Released And Abandoned: Forgotten Oddities Of The Home Video Era

Population: One (1986)

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

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

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

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

Free
No BYOB.

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Gather: Salmon/McClenon/Acierto
Dec
17
7:00 PM19:00

Gather: Salmon/McClenon/Acierto

Gather…

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

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

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

http://www.ashleyjmcclenon.com/ 

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

http://www.mitsusalmon.com/

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

http://alejandroacierto.com/

 

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Comfort Music: Caleb Willitz & Matthew Shelton
Dec
15
7:00 PM19:00

Comfort Music: Caleb Willitz & Matthew Shelton

Comfort Music, every Thursday

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

No cover (donations encouraged and appreciated!)

**No Alcohol is permitted at Comfort Station**

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

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

Caleb Willitz
Tara Smith
Rami Atassi
Fred Lonberg-Holm

Free admission, donations encouraged not required.

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GrindHouse
Dec
14
8:00 PM20:00

GrindHouse

GRINDHOUSE!!!

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

Decadent Asylum
2016, digital, no RT

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


Silverhead
2016, digital, 19 mins

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

More details TBA.
Free.
No BYOB.

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Protest Banner Workshop with Aram Han Sifuentes
Dec
11
2:00 PM14:00

Protest Banner Workshop with Aram Han Sifuentes

Sunday 2-5pm

Come sew protest banners. 

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

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

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

 

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

 

Children are welcome

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Comfort Film Presents: Twisted Oyster Film Festival 2016
Dec
10
7:30 PM19:30

Comfort Film Presents: Twisted Oyster Film Festival 2016

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

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

Animation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5 MINUTE INTERMISSION

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

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

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

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

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

Doni
Dir: Delphine Delannoy
France
00:02:08

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

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

Teun
Dir: Thanut Rujitanont
Thailand
0:04:00

Balance
Dir: Gabor Ulrich
Hungarian
0:05:15

Thriller, Suspense, Psychological

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

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

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

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

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

Free
No BYOB

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Comfort Film Presents: Twisted Oyster Film Festival 2016
Dec
9
7:30 PM19:30

Comfort Film Presents: Twisted Oyster Film Festival 2016

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

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

NEW MOON
Dir: ANDRÉA PRADO
Brazil
13:22

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

Shanghai, Baku
Dir: Teymur Hajiyev
Azerbaijan
20:15

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

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

Masked
Dir: Andréa Prado
Brazil
14:33

5 Minute Intermission.

Fashion

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

Documentary - Part 1

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

Bekendor
Dir: Anastasiya Kharchenko
Ukraine
30:00

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

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

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

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

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

Free
No BYOB

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Nestle / Baby & Hide & Skeletons (Tape Release Party!)
Dec
8
7:00 PM19:00

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

Comfort Music, every Thursday

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

No cover (donations encouraged and appreciated!)

**No Alcohol is permitted at Comfort Station**

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

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

FEATURING!

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

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

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

http://shinkoyo.com/

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

$10 admission goes to the traveling musicians!

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Comfort Film Presents: Animate Objects: An Indie Cartoon Night
Dec
7
8:00 PM20:00

Comfort Film Presents: Animate Objects: An Indie Cartoon Night

Comfort Film Presents:

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

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

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

And More

Free
No BYOB.

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2016 Chicago Paranormal Film Festival
Dec
4
10:00 AM10:00

2016 Chicago Paranormal Film Festival

Comfort Film Presents:

2016 Chicago Paranormal Film Festival

2016 Festival Schedule
(You are free to enter in and out of screenings throughout the day.)

10:00AM DOORS OPEN 30min
10:30AM BLOCK A 90min

CAUSE OF MY DEATH 80min
"Paranormal Activity" meets "Quarantine". Two girlfriends, one hunted condominium complex, zero normal people. 
Girls are trapped in building with no exit, no chance to escape. 
After few hours of total mess, one of the girl disappears and become crazy just like other tenants.

12:00PM INTERMISSION 15min
12:15PM BLOCK B 90min

ANGEL BACK 7min
Two young people, Alex and Marina, feel in love and discover they can’t live with one another. A strong connection is developed between them and they decide to marry. Alex dies in an accident while abroad and Marina struggles with the loss of her boyfriend even as she grows old, trying to get in touch with his spirit.

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE WOODS 7min
A man's obsession drives him into the heart of the forest to confront the beast that dwells within.

HUMAN RESOURCES 75min
In this ghost story for the 99%, a young woman who lands a new job discovers that the skyscraper she works in is haunted by victims of the corporation's cutthroat pursuit of profit. Unable to ignore injustices embodied by the disembodied, she sets out to reveal the truth and stop her bosses before their seemingly benign business operations kill again.

01:45PM INTERMISSION 15min
02:00PM BLOCK C 90min

WILD MEN 90min
The inept cast and crew of a surprise hit reality-tv show travel deep into the Adirondack mountains for their second season to find proof that Bigfoot exists. Any remaining skepticism they have is ripped to pieces.

03:30PM INTERMISSION 15min
03:45PM BLOCK D 90min

SHELF ELF 9min
Hang your stockings. Say your prayers. This is Shelf Elf. A home invasion horror/comedy based on that little creep that floods your Facebook and Twitter feeds every December. This Christmas, all will be shelved!

BLACK WIDOW 2min
A Passionate Kiss with fatal end

WHAT GOES UP 6min
When a man wakes up in a mysterious place, he is forced to face his demons.

HEART OF DUST 6min
A former psychiatric patient returns to the now abandoned and decaying asylum to reflect upon his memories as a patient, struggling to free himself from feelings of institutionalization. He recalls a female patient who would play the piano, lifting the spirits of the other residents. Based on true stories.

CARMILLA 65min
After being buried alive as a heretic in the 17th century, Carmilla awakens from her grave in northern Iowa and begins her conquest of a small town.

05:15PM INTERMISSION 15min
05:30PM BLOCK E 90min

THEIR DREAMS OF LISBON 25min
Douglas Runnicles is struggling to come to terms with the death of his wife Fiona and his gay son Neil in a car accident. One day, he sees a young gay man, Simon, at Portobello Beach who looks strikingly like his dead son. Douglas becomes obsessed with the young man.

A GHOST STORY 24min
Follow Carl, a tenacious opportunist and self-proclaimed ghost-hunter, through his heart-stopping venture in this dark comedy.

1954 22min
Ghost tours deliver scary stories, and that’s about it. However, if the tour happens to bill itself as a special engagement involving the year 1954, then you can expect an experience that exceeds expectations, including those for survival. 

THE HALLOWEEN GIRL 19min
Ten years after her tragic death on Halloween night, Charlotte begins to reappear to her mother, Marie, in a series of nightmares - or are they? Only adding to her distress is the news that her young son, Luke, now has a mysterious teenage friend he calls ‘The Halloween Girl’ - and her name is Charlotte. Has Charlotte really returned - and is Marie’s dark secret now in danger of being revealed…?

07:00PM INTERMISSION 15min
07:15PM BLOCK F 90min

INTO THE OTHER SIDE 16min
A man and his paranormal group try to uncover what is lurking at a haunted manor in Indiana.

SUPER DOG 15min
A sweet movie about a young boy with post traumatic stress disorder who struggles to let his imaginary dog go. A unique twist reveals what caused his disorder while intertwining supernatural and spiritual influences. Recently awarded "Best of Show" at the Tupelo Film Festival" and stars the famous boy who wrote the viral White Boy Privilege.

SILENTLY WITHIN YOUR SHADOW 14min
As their relationship grows, Lucette's obsession for ventriloquism and her dummy Hugo starts to strain her relationship with Jace. To Luctette Hugo is more than just a dummy, he’s her best friend and represents her ambition as an artist, to her, he’s very much real.
But to Jace Hugo is just a puppet, or is he?
ghost-hunter, through his heart-stopping venture in this dark comedy.

THE MIDNIGHT SHIFT 14min
A man on the run takes cover as a taxi driver on the midnight shift. Soon he discovers that things are not what they seem when he picks up a mysterious figure as a client...

DEMONIC ATTACHMENT 13min
Jennifer Ryan is sick. After seeing countless doctors and specialists without getting any answers, she turns to her last resort. But what she finds out may haunt her forever...

ENGAGEMENT 10min
In the art exhibition, a southern woman designer Juan Zeng(cast:Yao Zhang) won the first prize by a Yulan flower endshield which is entitled "the life beyond" . As the leading character in the story suddenly died, the truth behind the endshield and the change under the bodhi tree during the last 50 years both became unveiled with Juan Zeng's way back home. 

GUILTY 8M
A young Irish mobster struggles with the harsh realities of his brutal profession.

08:45PM INTERMISSION 15M
09:00PM AWARDS 60M

10:00PM END OF EVENT

About Paracon:
The Chicago Paranormal Film Festival is an annual event featuring all independent films of the supernatural / paranormal genre including reality documentaries. The event also features special guest speakers, workshops and vendors relating to the paranormal! chicagoparacon.com

Free
NO BYOB
You are free to enter in and out of screenings throughout the day.

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OPENING RECEPTION | "More than a feeling" work by Caroline Claflin and Noel Fetting-Smith
Dec
3
6:00 PM18:00

OPENING RECEPTION | "More than a feeling" work by Caroline Claflin and Noel Fetting-Smith

Opening Reception: 12/3 6-9pm
Exhibition: 12/3 - 1/1


Caroline Claflin and Noel Fetting-Smith collaborate in More than a feeling, a show opening at Comfort Station in December. Artwork will include prints, video, sculpture, painting, and animation.

The two will show original works inspired by the rhetoric surrounding fact vs. feeling in 2016, a year marked by a historic lack of empathy and understanding in the public arena. In an age of Orwellian data mining, the parroting of biased information is an inevitable condition of our digital life. We see what pleases us and our opinions are reinforced by algorithm. 

Influenced by the history of Comfort Station as a restroom, Claflin and Fetting-Smith mount a one-man, one-woman show - Claflin and Fetting-Smith will work within this binary to reflect and the nature of bias present in all aspects of our digital and non-digital lives.

Caroline Claflin and Noel Fetting-Smith met over ten years ago in Providence, Rhode Island and have collaborated in the past to create video, installation, and performative artworks together. Claflin, 29, is a Massachusetts native whose work encompasses video, animation, drawings and prints. She graduated with her BFA in animation from the Rhode Island School of Design before going on to earn an MFA at the University of Pennsylvania. Fetting-Smith, 29, studied painting at Brown University and just recently completed an MFA in sculpture at SAIC here in Chicago. His work examines social advocacy and educational reform through sculpture and performance.

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Comfort Film presents: Twisted Oyster Film Festival 2016
Dec
2
7:30 PM19:30

Comfort Film presents: Twisted Oyster Film Festival 2016

Comfort Film at Comfort Station Logan Square is the venue for the second annual Twisted Oyster Film Festival curated and presented by Kinetic Art Projects and Pia Cruzalegui in Chicago, IL., USA.

December 2nd, 2016 - screenings begin at 7:30PM
- SciFi/Fanatsy, LGBT, Comedy (satire)

Fantasy The Leap (SciFi), Dir: Yale Yang, USA
19:44

Survival (SciFi), Dir and Writer: Masoud Hatami, Iran
08:00

JANO (SciFi), Dir and Writer: Vadir Sotelo, Mexico
03:00

Cheers, Maestro! (SciFi), Dir: Andrew Kanivchenko, Russia
25:00

Abduction (SciFi), Dir and Writer: Jose Antonio Ayala Galindo, Mexico
15:23 —— 8 minute Intermission ——

The Border (LGBT), Dir: Lukas Väth, Germany
13:00

Let You Help You (Satire), Dir: Ivette Dumeng, David Meyers, United States
08:25

The System Which We Accepted (Satire), Dir: MANICKAM G, India
11:30

The Disposal (Satire), Dir and Writer: Austin Lewis, United States
21:39

Total Runtime: 2:05:41

Media: Digital HD projection.

About the Twister Oyster Film Festival:
The focus of Twisted Oyster is to highlight independent, experimental short films and video art produced by auteurs from around the globe with works that will engage diverse audiences on a range of aesthetic and content.
This year the Film Festival takes place November 18, 2016 – December 10, 2016 and celebrates the creative outlet of filmmakers who want to share a story. The films we present are relevant to our community and address some of our most current, critical challenges and also provoke reasons for hope and optimism.
twistedoysterfilmfestival.com
The Twisted Oyster Film Festival is curated and presented by Kinetic Art Projects and Pia Cruzalegui in Chicago, IL., USA. Free
No alcohol

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Moment of Truth: Christian Horror and "Scare" Films: Worm (2007)
Nov
30
8:00 PM20:00

Moment of Truth: Christian Horror and "Scare" Films: Worm (2007)

Comfort Film presents a bi-monthly film Series
Moment of Truth: Christian Horror and "Scare" Films.
Curated and Presented by Jason Coffman.

Theme: 
Teenagers in Hell

Worm (2007, 30 minutes, dir. Karen Seimears) 

M 10.28 (1999, 50 minutes, dir. Bruce Neubauer)

Unsurprisingly, Hell is a fairly popular subject in Christian cinema. "Worm" is the Christian teen scare film pared down to its barest essentials: Adam is in Hell, which is a black void where his shouting echoes massively. He is utterly alone. He remembers events from his life, mostly those when he should have taken the opportunity to come to Jesus, and screams at his past self in hopes of changing his fate. In "M 10.28," independent filmmaker Bruce Neubauer shows what happens when a teenage girl sneaks away from a church lock-in to go to a party with boys and beer. She ends up in a Hell where monstrous demons torment the damned in claustrophobic caves, lined with bars and barbed wire.

Jason Coffman will present each film and have a brief Q&A after.

Media: HD Digital Projection.

Free
No Byob.

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Arts Radio Storytelling Workshop
Nov
28
7:00 PM19:00

Arts Radio Storytelling Workshop

Share excerpts from in-progress radio programs and podcasts about the arts with other sound story-tellers and get feedback! Or just come and listen to others' work and offer your opinions. Hosted by the WFMT Radio Network, this new monthly workshop series is a salon where creative ideas can get nurturing attention, new collaborations can be forged and those who attend can get inspired about the power of radio to get people thinking about the role of the arts in society. While the WFMT Radio Network tends to create and spread radio programs/podcasts about music (classical, jazz, experimental, folk), literature/poetry, oral history (the Studs Terkel Radio Archive), programs about any types of art are welcome. Whether you're a professional radio producer or a complete newcomer yearning to use audio to explore the role of the arts in today's world, we welcome you.

 

 

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Protest Banner Workshop, with Aram Han Sifuentes
Nov
20
1:00 PM13:00

Protest Banner Workshop, with Aram Han Sifuentes

Sunday 1-4pm

Come sew protest banners. 

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

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

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

 

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

 

Children are welcome

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Temple Music XXV (ft. Aisthemata & Diode Milliampere)
Nov
19
7:30 PM19:30

Temple Music XXV (ft. Aisthemata & Diode Milliampere)

The 25th and final Temple Music of the 2016 season is nigh. It's been a lovely ride so far! Aisthemata will be providing ASMR inspired environments and Diode Milliampere with some tracker techno. It shall be a prime evening for varied and entrancing tones! The furnace will be on and the vibes will be high.

Aisthemata
https://aisthemata.bandcamp.com/album/critical-forest
https://soundcloud.com/aisthemata

Diode Milliampere
https://thump.vice.com/en_us/article/diode-milliampere-ms-dos-interview
https://diodemilliampere.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/diodema

An early evening event perfect for a segue into your Saturday night. There is no alcohol allowed. Please donate to the artists. Please keep in mind that Comfort Station is a safe space and any hateful speech will not be tolerated.

Come out to enjoy the sounds that surround you and respect the space!

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Comfort Film presents:   Chicago's Only Castle  The History of Givins' Irish Castle and Its Keepers (2011)
Nov
18
8:00 PM20:00

Comfort Film presents: Chicago's Only Castle The History of Givins' Irish Castle and Its Keepers (2011)

Comfort Film presents: 

Chicago's Only Castle
The History of Givins' Irish Castle and Its Keepers (2011)

If you love seeing images of and hearing about Chicago’s history of the late 1800’s and beyond, this film is for you. Chicago’s Only Castle: The History of Givins’ Irish Castle and Its Keepers is a 1 ½ hour documentary about a treasure in Chicago that few people know about. The compelling stories of the five keepers of the Castle unfold against the backdrop of Chicago’s rich history, including the Great Chicago Fire, the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, the cable-car era, the dawn of the automobile, and the Century of Progress International Exposition of 1933-34. 

The film will be screened at Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave., in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago on Friday, November 18, at 8:00 p.m. Seats are limited, so come early. Filmmaker Errol Magidson will be present for Q and A.
chicagosonlycastle.org

Documentary
Producer: Errol Magidson
Directors: Josh Van Tuyl and Errol Magidson
Media: HD digital projection
Runtime: 87 min

Free.

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Peace on Earth Film Festival: Amazon Gold (2012)
Nov
16
8:00 PM20:00

Peace on Earth Film Festival: Amazon Gold (2012)

Comfort Film Presents:

Peace on Earth Film Festival screening of

Amazon Gold (2012)

RIVER OF GOLD is the disturbing account of a clandestine journey into Peru’s Amazon rainforest to uncover the savage unraveling of pristine jungle. Ron Haviv and Donovan Webster, two war journalists, led by Peruvian Enrique Ortiz, bear witness to the apocalyptic destruction in the pursuit of illegally mined gold with consequences on a global scale. Flash forward four years to a massive intervention by the Peruvian government. What will be the fate of this critical region of priceless biodiversity as these extraordinarily beautiful forests are turned into a hellish wasteland?

Documentary
Director: Reuben Aaronson
Writers: Esteban Arguello, Donovan Webster
Stars: Sissy Spacek, Herbie Hancock
Run time: 53 minutes
Media: Digital HD projection.

About Amazon Gold and the Amazon Aid Foundation
Amazon Aid Foundation works to educate and empower people to protect the Amazon through art, science, and multimedia. Our goal is to preserve the rainforest for future generations to enjoy.
amazonaid.org amazongoldfilm.com

There will be a discusion about the film and the topics it raises after the screening.

About the Peace on Earth Film Festival:
Peace on Earth Film Festival (POEFF) is a nonprofit film festival established to celebrate and encourage the work of independent filmmakers from around the world on the themes of peace, nonviolence, social justice and an eco-balanced world. Through the power of motion pictures, the Festival endeavors to enlighten and empower individuals, families and communities to step out of the ignorance of conflict, violence and divisiveness into the light of communication, compassion and understanding.
peaceonearthfilmfestival.org

Free
No BYOB.

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DCASE Individual Artists Program (IAP) Workshop
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

DCASE Individual Artists Program (IAP) Workshop

Kalena Chevalier, Director of the Grants Program for the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events (DCASE) will lend her expertise to attendees seeking grant funding from the Individual Artists Program.  The workshop will review updates to grant guidelines and eligibility requirements, review criteria and provide guidance to help applicants prepare the strongest, most competitive applications. Following the presentation, there will be time for applicants to speak with DCASE staff and ask questions.  As there are many new components to the Program for 2017, attending one training class is mandatory. To RSVP for this event, please go to http://iapworkshopsoffsite.eventbrite.com

 

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Forms & Features at Comfort Station: Epistle
Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

Forms & Features at Comfort Station: Epistle

All experience levels are welcome to a poetry discussion and workshop led by Poetry Foundation Library staff member Maggie Queeney. In November, we examine the epistle, a poem addressed to a specific person and located in a specific space and time. Together, we will read and discuss a wide range of epistles before composing our own epistolary poems.

 Image by Art Chantry

Image by Art Chantry

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Comfort Film Presents: The First Nations Film and Video Festival
Nov
13
7:00 PM19:00

Comfort Film Presents: The First Nations Film and Video Festival

Comfort FIlm is happy to be a venue once again for the 2016 First Nations Film and Video Festival.

Program

#stillhere 0:01:20
Corrina's Letter 0:02:17
Never Give Up 0:08:43
Kaeyas Msek Oskeken 0:35:53
kiskisiwin | remembering 0:06:14
What if....You Had To Choose? 0:07:14
Family of Sorrow 0:10:29
Ohero:kon: Under the Husk 0:26:46
The Foreverlands 0:26:55

Total Program Time: 2:05:51

About FNFVF
The purpose of the First Nations Film and Video Festival Inc. is to provide an appropriate venue for Native American film and video makers of all skill levels.
The First Nations Film and Video Festival Inc. advocates for and celebrates the works of Native American film and video that break racial stereotypes and promotes awareness of contemporary Native American issues and society.
fnfvf.org/blog/about-us/

Free
No BYOB.

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Comfort Music: Sources of Light | Phase II
Nov
10
7:00 PM19:00

Comfort Music: Sources of Light | Phase II

Comfort Music, every Thursday

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

No cover (donations encouraged and appreciated!)

**No Alcohol is permitted at Comfort Station**

Interdisciplinary artist and Director of Lightlessness Matthew James Manowski is opening up Pandora’s box for the second straight year. Sources of Light | Phase II his sound art festival, is pushing modern and highly experimental composers and their work into the city. Last year he launched its first manifestation in Seattle. Now after a cross-country move its Chicago’s turn. He recently described Sources of Light, as an innovative platform for sound artists and experimenters to exhibit new audio projects. Phase II will feature four artists to premiere brave new sound etchings, the roster includes:

Alessa aka Pollination Tech, a creature of the queer and underground scene in Chicago who has slowly made her transition from host/promoter to DJ/producer. Her mixes create a darker environment, melding industrial, techno, noise, new wave and the like. For Sources of Light | Phase II she'll be combining her fabrication knowledge with audio to transport you to her realm.

David Means, the Minneapolis-based Composer, Arts Professor and 2016 recipient of the McKnight Composer Fellowship, will present Black Mountain/Blue Ridge: Two piezo transducers which sample the vibrations of flexible wires attached to a four-sided notational pyramid. The score suggests pitches and percussive actions which become audio signals that are live processed and sent into various time, frequency, and timbrel shifts using digital touch pads.

Rick Schlude, a Chicagoland engineer/artist is set to present a project rooted in his experiences over the last two years relating to: infrastructure, city planning, bureaucracy, government-mandated quotas/regulations and their influences. 

Matthew James Manowski will be performing as his alter-ego/moniker Perfect Messages. Under this guise, Manowski conjures up an atmosphere of hazy texture by manipulating various electronic devices, speckled with dynamic frequencies, shadowy looping and stark vocal cuts. His abstracted sound designs seep relentlessly into the auditory field.

Manowski’s art career has been profoundly shaped through his collaborations with a wide range of collaborative/experimental groups over the last 10 years. He studied Sociology and Intermedia Arts at Metropolitan State and recently acquired his MFAL from Seattle University. He has exhibited work in Minneapolis, Saint Paul and Seattle at various galleries and performance spaces. Manowski works within but not exclusively with: video, sound, block printing, visual design, photography, writing and performance. Currently he runs the Chicago-based collective Lightlessness. He also recently joined Mozawa, the Chicago-based interdisciplinary performance organization. 

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Comfort Music: Spoken Word By RJ Eldridge + Tatsu Aoki & Fred BBriet Double Bass Duo
Nov
3
7:00 PM19:00

Comfort Music: Spoken Word By RJ Eldridge + Tatsu Aoki & Fred BBriet Double Bass Duo

Comfort Music, every Thursday

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

No cover (donations encouraged and appreciated!)

**No Alcohol is permitted at Comfort Station**

Co-presented by HOMEROOM

RJ Eldridge is a multidisciplinary artist, writer and educator. A graduate of the University of South Florida’s graduate program in Africana Studies, where his studies focused on literature and critical theory, Eldridge has engaged widely on the role of the arts in constructing identity, and seeks to help expand the dimensions of contemporary discussion on the intersections between performance, history, race, ontology and myth. His current projects include a collection of lyric essays and visual works that inquire about time, race and yearning in a shifting moment.

He made a national television debut in September 2013 as a performer in the NAACP Image-Award nominated series, Lexus Presents: Verses and Flow, and stars in the short film Akata. He lives and works in Chicago.

 

Double bass duo: Tatsu Aoki & Fred BBriet. This lineup is part of an ongoing project called "The Bridge" which is a sort of musical exchange between Chicago and Europe. 

“Jazz” music has always crossed stylistic or national borders, to better exalt dizzying,“dissimilar singularities,” and their stirring power. However, projects that deeply associate French and American musicians are not that common, for lack of time, for lack of resource, the music industry preferring event-driven encounters to lasting relationships, isolated fusions to shared mutations. Thus was born the idea to build a transatlantic bridge – The Bridge – that would consistently cross both parties, in both directions, to recreate the conditions of true sharing, through space and time.

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Comfort Film Presents: Panorama Ephemera (2004)
Nov
2
8:00 PM20:00

Comfort Film Presents: Panorama Ephemera (2004)

Comfort Film presents:

Panorama Ephemera (2004)

Director: Rick Prelinger
Writer: Rick Prelinger (story)
Runtime: 89:35 min
Media: Digital HD projection.

About: 
Composed of sequences drawn from a wide variety of ephemeral (industrial, advertising, educational and amateur) films, touring conflicted North American landscapes. The films' often-skewed visions reconstruct a history filled with horror and hope, unreeling in familiar and unexpected ways.

PANORAMA EPHEMERA focuses on familiar and mythical activities and images in America (1626-1978). Its cast includes children, animals, farmers, industrial workers, superheroes, pioneers heading West, crash test dummies, and many others. Many creatures, objects, and substances that often seem too familiar to notice take center stage, including pigs, corn, water, telephones, fire, and rice. At first resembling a compilation, it soon reveals itself as a journey through American landscape and history, and the story begins to emerge between the sequences.

The film consists of 64 self-contained film sequences ranging from 5 seconds to 4 minutes in length arranged into a narrative. Unlike many films made using archival footage, it's primarily a combination of sequences rather than a collage of individual shots. While other found-footage or archival films speak as if in words, syllables or even phonemes, PANORAMA EPHEMERA speaks in sentences and paragraphs.
archive.org

Free.
No BYOB.

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Halloween Live Drawing by Rachal Duggan
Oct
30
2:30 PM14:30

Halloween Live Drawing by Rachal Duggan

Join us for a special Halloween-themed live drawing event with illustrator Rachal Duggan! Rachal will be creating drawings on request from an illustration menu.

SPECIAL HALLOWEEN MENU:
Witch Portrait
Zombie Portrait
Ghost Fart Butt Portrait
 

Rachal Duggan, RADillustrates, is an Illustrator in Chicago. Her clients include the Chicago Reader, the Pitchfork Review, Newcity and Tom Tom Magazine. She also teaches illustration workshops; most notably Portrait Illustration. Rachal's work has been exhibited internationally and she regularly collaborates with other illustrators and artists.

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Comfort Society Presents: Busy Beaver Button Museum
Oct
30
1:00 PM13:00

Comfort Society Presents: Busy Beaver Button Museum

Comfort Station is proud to present a lecture by Joel and Christen Carter of the Busy Beaver Button Museum. Christen and Joel will give A Very Brief History of the US as told through buttons.

Since pinback buttons were patented in 1896, people have found many ways to express their life events through buttons.  We created the Button Museum to show how people commemorated noteworthy times in their lives by creating and collecting these wearable mementos. The words, artwork, printing style, color, and size were the final result of a vision they wanted to communicate or be a part of.

Comfort Society is a weekly lecture series held Sundays at 1 during the Logan Square Farmer's Market. Lecture topics range from the useful to the unexpected. Sponsored by Intelligentsia Coffee.

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