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

 

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

Future Shock (1972) on 16mm

Comfort film Presents:

Future Shock (1972)

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

Media: 16mm projection
Runtime: 43mins

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

Programmed by Raul BenitezNando Espinosa Herrera and Harrison Sherrod.

 

 

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

Comfort Music: Eli Winter/Will Csorba/Evan Morgan

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Comfort Music presents:

Eli Winter/Will Csorba/Evan Morgan

About the artists:

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

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

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

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

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Gather: Sam Scranton // Anna Orlikowska
Aug
18
7:00 PM19:00

Gather: Sam Scranton // Anna Orlikowska

Doors at 7, Music at 7:30

$5 Suggested Donation (FREE)

Anna Orlikowska is a Warsaw-born visual artist working between Amsterdam and
United States. She received an MFA degree from the School of the Art Institute of
Chicago (2016) and a BFA degree from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam
(2013). She has been awarded with prizes and scholarships and has been showing her
work internationally. In 2017 she was an artist-in-residence at Residency Unlimited in
Brooklyn, New York and at LES Studio Program in New York City. Her practice involves
a variety of media ranging from installation, performance, sculpture, video, drawing, text and sound, especially voice. Orlikowska investigates the physicality of sound and its site-specific relations to architecture, its impact on the body and the imagination of the listener.

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

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

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

Comfort Society Presents a Death Café by Alejandro Salinas

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

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

Who's Alejandro Salinas? Alejandro works as Clinical Massage Therapist, Anatomy Instructor at the Soma Institute, Lucid Dream Teacher, and a hospice volunteer. He is a 200hr certified Yoga Teacher and has practiced for nearly a decade. Alejandro is on a mission to relax the planet. He believes that holding space for, and having conversations about death is a major component to relieving our anxieties and fears around this topic.

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

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

Comfort Music: Muyassar Kurdi + Ben Lamar Gay

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Comfort Music presents:

Muyassar Kurdi and Ben Lamar Gay

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

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

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

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

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

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

Forms & Features Poetry Workshop: Ephemeral Poetry

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

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

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

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Released and Abandoned: Beyond The Seventh Door (1987)
Aug
29
7:30 PM19:30

Released and Abandoned: Beyond The Seventh Door (1987)

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

Beyond the Seventh Door (1987)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

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

Lustre: Rehearsal Circle and Preview Film Screening

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Comfort Society is proudly sponsored by Intelligentsia Logan Square!

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

Gather: Liai // Max Guy

Doors at 7, Music at 7:30

Suggest Donation $5 (FREE)

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

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

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

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

Forms & Features Poetry Workshop: Diction

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

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

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

Gather: Ayanah Moor // Udita Upadhyaya

Doors at 7, Music at 7:30

Suggested Donation $5 (FREE)

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Forms & Features Poetry Workshop: Ballad

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

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

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

Gather: Rocio Zavala // Katherine Young + Plucky Plunkers

Doors at 7, Music at 7:30

Suggested Donation $5 (FREE)

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

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

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

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

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

Comfort Society: High Concept Labs Presents

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Comfort Society is proudly sponsored by Intelligentsia Logan Square.

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

PIPS (Puppetry in Progress)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Titles TBA.

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


Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

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

Comfort Society: Sculptures, Animals, Telepathy and More!

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

Comfort Society is proudly sponsored by Intelligentsia Logan Square. 

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

Walking in Between Soundscapes

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

Program

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

Artist Bios

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



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

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


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

Free

Programmed by Raul Benitez

 

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Comfort Music: IKZ
Aug
2
7:00 PM19:00

Comfort Music: IKZ

IKZ is a new collaborative quartet composed of Chicago experimental music expats—Kevin Davis on cello and electronics, Toby Summerfield on guitar, Chris Dammann on double bass, and John Niekrasz on drums. Their music combines open forms and real-time collaboration to create a propulsive, ecstatic mix of noise and improvised sound.

Performers: Kevin Davis, Toby Summerfield, Chris Dammann, and John Niekrasz

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Cosmos a Personal Voyage on 16mm.
Aug
1
8:00 PM20:00

Cosmos a Personal Voyage on 16mm.

Comfort Film Presents

Cosmos A Personal Voyage

Episode One "The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean" (1980)
Carl Sagan opens the program with a description of the cosmos and a "Spaceship of the Imagination" (shaped like a dandelion seed). The ship journeys through the universe's hundred billion galaxies, the Local Group, the Andromeda Galaxy, the Milky Way, the Orion Nebula, our Solar System, and finally the planet Earth. Eratosthenes' successful calculation of the circumference of Earth leads to a description of the ancient Library of Alexandria. Finally, the "Ages of Science" are described, before pulling back to the full span of the Cosmic Calendar. 

Episode Six "Travelers' Tales" (1980)
The journeys of the Voyager probes is put in the context of the Netherlands in the seventeenth century, with a centuries-long tradition of sailing ship explorers, and its contemporary thinkers (such as Constantijn Huygens and his son Christian). Their discoveries are compared to the Voyager probes' discoveries among the Jovian and Saturn systems.

Projection: 16mm projection
Runtime: 120mins

The Adler Planetarium's Vice President of Astronomy & Collections Dr. Andrew Johnston will provide an introduction and do a Q&A after the screening.

Dr. Andrew Johnston oversees the museums’ efforts in astronomy research and engagement, cutting-edge space visualizations, near-space exploration, history of astronomy research, and conservation of and outreach with the Adler’s world-renowned collections. Before joining the Adler team, Dr. Johnston had worked in museums for 30 years, conducting science research and developing new museum programs. Johnston received his PhD in Geographical Sciences from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Also joining us will be neighborhood science group (Honest) Conversations with (Real) Scientists

We would like to thank the CarlSagan.com for allowing us to project this wonderful series. 

This screening will be out on the Comfort Station Lawn weather permitting. 

Free

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

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Comfort Society: Platypus Chicago Presents Capital in History
Jul
29
1:00 PM13:00

Comfort Society: Platypus Chicago Presents Capital in History

"Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past. The tradition of all dead generations weighs like an Alp on the brains of the living...." - Karl Marx, “The 18th Brumaire of Louise Bonaparte”

Platypus member Ant Morales will be presenting an introductory teach-in on the development of human history from a Marxist perspective.

The Platypus Affiliated Society, established in December 2006, organizes reading groups, public fora, research and journalism focused on problems and tasks inherited from the "Old" (1920s-30s), "New" (1960s-70s) and post-political (1980s-90s) Left. To learn more visit https://www.facebook.com/Platypus-Chicago-176591085688601/.

Comfort Society is proudly sponsored by Intelligentsia Logan Square. 

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Comfort Music: Debris + Julian Kirshner Solo
Jul
26
7:00 PM19:00

Comfort Music: Debris + Julian Kirshner Solo

Comfort Music presents:

Debris is a trio featuring Peter Maunu on guitar, mandolin, and violin, Joe Suihkonen on trumpet, and Jakob Heinemann on upright bass.

Drummer Julian Kirshner plays a solo set.

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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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Released and Abandoned: Acting on Impulse (1993)
Jul
25
8:30 PM20:30

Released and Abandoned: Acting on Impulse (1993)

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

Acting on Impulse (1993)
AKA Roses are Dead

Plot: In this behind-the-scenes thriller, a movie actress finds herself accused of hacking up her producer. She tries to flee with two lovers preparing to marry. The three get into all sorts of trouble that ends with the death of the fiancee. Once again, the actress finds herself accused of the crime, but did she do it? -RT

Directed by Sam Irvin
Starring
C. Thomas Howell
Linda Fiorentino
Nancy Allen
Rated: R
Running time: 93 minutes
Media VHS projection.

VHS trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9j6Q2XardI

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

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

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

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

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Comfort Society: Mark for War 2 - Live! Presented by Eddie Gobbo
Jul
22
1:00 PM13:00

Comfort Society: Mark for War 2 - Live! Presented by Eddie Gobbo

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Back by popular demand! The follow up to the Comfort Society's Summer 2016 lecture on the Golden Age Era of WWE. MARK FOR WAR 2: LIVE is an oral history and analysis of the attitude of WWE/Wrestling (96-2000) from the perspective of a fan.

Eddie Gobbo is veteran of Chicago's heavy music scene and currently fronts the band SOMETHING IS WAITING. He is a graduate of DePaul University. He is the previous writer of a Metalsucks wrestling column MARK FOR WAR, as well as the Decibel Magazine column ENCROTCHMENT, which focuses on the NFL. He resides in Evanston, IL. 

Comfort Society is sponsored by Intelligentsia.

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Gather Presents Curt Oren and The Participatory Music Coalition
Jul
21
7:00 PM19:00

Gather Presents Curt Oren and The Participatory Music Coalition

Gather is pleased to announce Curt Oren and The Participatory Music Coalition on Saturday, July 21st at 7 pm

Curt Oren is an electroacoustic artist and powerpoint presenter who just wants you to be yourself as long as you're not mean. He bakes cookies for every show and usually somebody cries. He's very sorry about that but it's all part of the process. Don't forget to buckle up. Peace

The Participatory Music Coalition began as the sonic subcommittee of the MB Collective, a theater, performance, visual and community collective of artists integrating diverse performative traditions, especially with respect to the South Side Community Art Center and its founder, the great spirit Margaret Burroughs. Musicians of the MB collective began participating in the weekly "Sonic Healing Ministries Free Jazz Sessions" organized and headed by composer/instrumentalist and educator David Boykin. Finding fulfillment and growth through these sessions members began to meet in each other’s homes to experiment, compose, and practice new music. 

Recognizing the spiritual importance of Black American Classical Music, Participatory Music Coalition maintains improvisation as the very core of our creative endeavors because improvisation is the doorway to the spirit-domain, and sound is the primordial vessel of healing to the world.

Our performances proceed through journeys of sound, text, movement, poetry, song, moving images, and cuisine. Both free and planned improvisational offerings will leave plenty of space for guests to contribute and share. We encourage participation by all! By thought, word, deed, and sound, we invite you to celebrate with us the divine unity of all the cosmos that music represents. We welcome your sound, your spirit, your voice and your heartbeat!

(Photo by Ally Almore)

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

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Comfort Music: Rob Frye and Hanna Brock
Jul
19
7:00 PM19:00

Comfort Music: Rob Frye and Hanna Brock

Comfort Music presents:

Rob Frye and Hanna Brock play solos and a duo set.

Johanna Brock is a Chicago based violinist, improviser, and composer. Her work fuses an orchestral training with a love for synthesizers, house music, and ragtime. "Blending elements of pop, electronic, jazz and classical music with rhythms and melodies that seem other worldly, Brock has established herself as a truly dynamic force capable of realizing nearly any sonic vision."-Midwest Action
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Rob Frye is a midwestern multi-instrumentalist. A student of woodwinds, he also plays guitar, synthesizer, casio samplers and bike tires. Flux Bikes travels on two wheels, utilizes contact mics, loopers and effects pedals as well as a custom-built solar powered sound system. "[His] saxophone, flute, and drums charge the music of Chicago-based psych/kraut ensembles Bitchin Bajas and CAVE with the manic energy and mutated "classical" sensibilities of Steve Reich and/or Sun Ra." - Hausu Mountain

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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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Jul
18
8:30 PM20:30

Silent Films and Loud Music: The White Outlaw (1925)

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Silent Films and Loud Music outdoor series presents

The White Outlaw (1925)

With a live musical score by

Mkot Pt.

The White Outlaw (1925)

Plot: Scout, a cowboy's beautiful white horse, flees the ranch after being abused by a sadistic ranch hand.He becomes an outlaw stallion, and it's not long before he manages to attract a considerable herd of followers. However, when local ranchers suspect Scout of "rustling" some of their horses to join his herd, they decide to track him down and put him to death. Scout's owner reluctantly agrees, but has his own plan in mind.

Director: Clifford Smith
Writer: Isadore Bernstein (story)
Stars: Jack Hoxie, Marceline Day, William Welsh
Silent film with English Intertitles
Running time: 50mins
Media: Digital Projection

About Mkot Pt.: Mkot Pt. is an intimate duo of sound sculptors experimenting in the realms of avant-garde, classical, musique concrète, electro-acoustic, ambient, noise, free improvisation, and aleatoricism. https://mkotpt.bandcamp.com/

Silent Films and Loud Music pairs eclectic and unusual local bands with classic silent films.

Movie will start at Sundown.
We ask that you only bring blankets to the outdoor screening to allow everyone a clear view of the screen. Thank you!

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

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New West Side Sacred Harp Singing
Jul
17
7:00 PM19:00

New West Side Sacred Harp Singing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Comfort Society: Heart & Bone Signs
Jul
15
1:00 PM13:00

Comfort Society: Heart & Bone Signs

Come learn about the art of hand lettering and sign painting. with Heart & Bone!

Heart & Bone Signs is a Chicago based sign shop, specializing in gold leaf and traditional sign painting. Started in 2012, by Kelsey Dalton and Andrew McClellan, Heart & Bone Signs works with local small businesses and large companies alike to develop and finalize their branding though the use of hand lettering and signage. Trained under local sign painters, Kelsey and Andrew seek to continue the time honored traditions of the trade while preserving the longevity of well crafted signage in the Chicago region and beyond. In the summer of 2018, Heart & Bone Signs will be opening Electro Pepper Gallery. Electro Pepper Gallery is a space committed to the exhibition of art forms based in craft and learned trades.

Comfort Society is proudly sponsored by Intelligentsia Logan Square!

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Comfort Music: Emily Beisel Solo + Adam Shead Solo
Jul
12
7:00 PM19:00

Comfort Music: Emily Beisel Solo + Adam Shead Solo

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Comfort Music presents solo sets from Emily Beisel and Adam Shead

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Bass clarinetist Emily Beisel presents a solo set of both improvised and pre-composed work exploring the interaction of voice and instrument. By pairing the warmth of the bass clarinet and voice with her tube amplifier these intimate sounds are boosted to reveal the inner life of interacting sound waves within the narrow bore of the instrument. Ranging through just intonation, tonal counterpoint, microtonal density and multi-phonic dissonance, Beisel’s set digs into the physical and psychoacoustic impact of voice and instrument performed as one.

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Adam Shead, who holds a BM in Percussion Performance from Columbia College Chicago, Graduate Certificate in World Performance Studies, and MM in Improvisation from The University of Michigan specializes in interdisciplinary performance, composition, and improvisation. Adam has performed at renowned music festivals such as The Chicago Jazz Festival, The Ann Arbor Edge Fest, and The Present is Present Festival in Amsterdam. Adam has performed alongside such musicians as Mary Oliver, Andrew Drury, John Dikeman, Jasper Stadhouders, Tim Daisy, Josh Berman, Dave Rempis, Steve Swell, Ada Rave, Neils Brouwer, Benny Green, and John Hollenbeck. In 2016 Adam was Artist in Residence at The Birdsell Project in South Bend, Indiana and currently resides on the Board of Directors at Slate Arts and Performance in Chicago, IL.

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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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Jul
11
8:30 PM20:30

Silent Films and Loud Music: West Of Zanzibar (1928)

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Silent Films and Loud Music outdoor series returns with a screening of West Of Zanzibar (1928)
with a live musical score by local band
Side Hug

West Of Zanzibar (1928)

Plot: A magician seeks vengeance upon the man who paralyzed him and the illegitimate daughter he sired with the magician's wife.

Directed by Tod Browning
Starring Lon Chaney
Lionel Barrymore
Mary Nolan
Warner Baxter

Running time: 65 minutes
Silent with English Inter-titles.
Media: Digital Projection

About Side Hug: Born out of an ice cream store on the northside of Chicago, Side Hug is the product of a six pack of Modelo's and a January that had too much time in it.
Vocals and rhythm guitar: Lyd Landor
Lead guitar: Allan Cardenas
Drums: Christian Ovalle
Bass: Yuda Goldbloom
https://ineedahugfromtheside.bandcamp.com/

Silent Films and Loud Music pairs eclectic and unusual local bands with classic silent films.

Movie will start at Sundown.
We ask that you only bring blankets to the outdoor screening to allow everyone a clear view of the screen. Thank you!

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

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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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No Kissing Booth
Jul
8
10:30 AM10:30

No Kissing Booth

No Kissing Booth is a durational performance that explores intimacy, consent, friendship, expression, connection, and secrets, with just one rule: No kissing. Willing participants can select an item from a menu of options and join VivianWard on a personalized journey of self-discovery. 

10:30-12:30
2:00-4:00

 

Kristan Saloky is a performance-based media artist. She received her MFA in Fine Art from the Slade School of Fine Art in London, England in 2012. She currently lives and works in Chicago, IL, USA. Working across live performance, video, and installation, her work focuses on identity, sexuality, and embodiment in a world that is increasingly virtual and post-human. 

Rachel Copel is an interdisciplinary theater artist living in Chicago, IL. She has collaborated locally with Od Theatre Co., Redmoon Theatre, Oracle Productions, and Quest Theatre Ensemble, among others. She is a frequent performer at The iO Theatre, The Crowd, and Flat Iron Comedy (RIP). She received her BA from Brandeis University, and will begin her studies towards an MFA at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in October of 2018.

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OPENING RECEPTION: Devin Balara 'What did you expect?
Jul
7
6:00 PM18:00

OPENING RECEPTION: Devin Balara 'What did you expect?

Opening reception: July 7th 6p-9pm
Exhibition: July 5th- 31st

 

This is the opening event for Devin Balara's exhibition in Comfort Station during the month of July 2018. 

What did you expect? What more do you want?

Devin Balara’s work pokes at the clumsy and absurd ways nature is deployed and consumed. Growing up in Florida and recently spending much of her time in coastal Michigan, Balara’s work can’t help but lampoon postcard beach culture and gift shop kitsch- objects that make promises they can’t keep. In this exhibition, cartoonish illustrations are inspired by bad omens, mirages, desert island logic, and the outdoors as both picturesque and unruly. Operating in the tall grass between landscape architect and prop comic, Devin teases out new relationships between sculptural forms and the installation space.

Devin Balara holds an MFA in sculpture from Indiana University and a BFA from the University of North Florida. Her work has been most recently exhibited at Ortega Y Gasset Projects in NY, Grounds For Sculpture in NJ, Spring Break Art Fair in NYC, The Wassaic Projects in NY, and DEMO Projects in IL. She is newly based in Chicago and is working for the summer at Ox-Bow School of Art and Artist Residency in Saugatuck, MI.

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Jul
3
8:30 PM20:30

Silent Films and Loud Music: The Phantom Carriage (1921)

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Silent Films and Loud Music outdoor series presents

The Phantom Carriage (1921)

With a live musical score by

The Blood Sisters

The Phantom Carriage (1921)
Plot: On New Year's Eve, the driver of a ghostly carriage forces a drunken man to reflect on his selfish, wasted life.

Directed by Victor Sjöström
Starring Victor Sjöström
Hilda Borgström
Tore Svennberg
Running time 104 minutes
Silent film with English intertitles.

About The Blood Sisters: The Blood Sisters are an experimental synthesizer music ensemble from Chicago. In their free time, they back a local, obscure rock star.

Silent Films and Loud Music pairs eclectic and unusual local bands with classic silent films.

Movie will start at Sundown.
We ask that you only bring blankets to the outdoor screening to allow everyone a clear view of the screen. Thank you!

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Emily Perez

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Comfort Society: Milanajuhui
Jul
1
1:00 PM13:00

Comfort Society: Milanajuhui

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During this week's Comfort Society, guests will be invited to interact with our panelists in an interactive performance and conversation utilizing food, our senses, and intuition. Presented by Shivani Patel and Jing Ouyang, and inspired by a 1992 piece performed by Rirkrit Tiravanija.

In 1992, Rirkrit Tiravanija cooked rice and Thai curry for his audiences and blurred the boundary between daily life and institutional art by creating a social space for conversations through food. In our performance, we intend to elaborate on the concept of constructed social experiences as art making and explore the Americanization of Asian food; specifically Indian and Chinese. As a Chinese and an American born Indian living in the United States, we experienced many adaptations of “Oriental” food. The wide acceptance of Asian food is to be celebrated because it constantly helps us refine the way we look at our own cultural identities, but we question the loss of its authenticity since the cultural meanings of the food are re-written in the process of adapting to a broader audience. Inspired by Tiravanija’s piece, we offer an environment for people to participate in creating and sharing Chinese and Indian food, while we facilitate discussions around appropriations of Asian food and the tension between embracing and rejecting cultural appropriations.

Comfort Society is sponsored by Intelligentsia.

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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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POWER PROJECT: Which Ancestors Do We Run Towards? Deep Genealogy Coaching for the Faint of Heart.
Jun
30
2:00 PM14:00

POWER PROJECT: Which Ancestors Do We Run Towards? Deep Genealogy Coaching for the Faint of Heart.

DEEP GENEALOGY COACHING FOR THE FAINT OF HEART
Designed for those who struggle with their privilege as well as discomfort with being seen as they are. Conversation will center around the forces of assimilation, how to counter them, and what reclaiming one’s cultural heritage without taking up all the damn space. Participants will be led through a series of exercises designed to become comfortable with being uncomfortable. 

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 9, 2-5pm: Digital Presencing
https://www.facebook.com/events/1985196531574089/

Saturday June 16, 2-5pm: By Invitation Only
https://www.facebook.com/events/163755634315901/

Saturday June 30, 2-5pm: Deep Genealogy Coaching for the Faint of Heart
https://www.facebook.com/events/442047466224012/

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Citizens' Climate Lobby, Logan Square Meetup
Jun
30
11:00 AM11:00

Citizens' Climate Lobby, Logan Square Meetup

Come learn and contribute by acting against climate change.

Free and open to the public!

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.

Our consistently respectful, nonpartisan approach to climate education is designed to create a broad, sustainable foundation for climate action across all geographic regions and political inclinations. By building upon shared values rather than partisan divides, and empowering our supporters to work in keeping with the concerns of their local communities, we work towards the adoption of fair, effective, and sustainable climate change solutions.

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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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