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

 

"Digital Fountain" - By Jarad Solomon
Jan
13
to Feb 18

"Digital Fountain" - By Jarad Solomon

THIS PIECE IS ONLY VIEWABLE FROM THE OUTSIDE. THE SPACE WILL NOT BE OPEN DURING THIS TIME.

 

The installation “Digital Fountain” is a 24/7 video loop rear-projected into the windows of Comfort Station for the months of January and February. The digital fountain is made to be walked past, and generally lived around. It is always changing, so never the same when examined closely, but also constant and comforting, like running water. More than 100 waterfalls (each running about 5-10 minutes) make the transition between waterfalls unlikely to experience midstroll, it also guarantees a new waterfall on the return walk. Locals can live around the digital fountain for months and still find something fresh and new in its experience.

Jarad Solomon is an artist, designer, and educator based in Chicago, Illinois. Solomon received his BA from UCLA in design media art, and his MFA from SAIC in Art and Technology. Solomon’s work is inspired by collection and methods of abstract analysis. The work manifests in diverse forms between the fields of new media, public installation, and printed matter.

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Opening Reception: Phoebe Chin - Can cacti fall in love, or batatas trace their slips?
Mar
3
6:00 PM18:00
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Opening Reception: Phoebe Chin - Can cacti fall in love, or batatas trace their slips?

The ways in which we try to understand nature are very curious. A reproducing plant is called a parent; a pair of cacti, displayed intimately next to each other, become lovers. With a selection of installations, Chin hopes to draw an attention to the peculiarities in how we interpret and appreciate the natural world –– of how we anthropomorphize, hypothesize, abstract and create stories in order to form knowledge about the non-human.

Phoebe Chin, b. 1996, was born and raised in Singapore, and is currently pursuing her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

 

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Comfort Music: ZRL & Carol Genetti/Peter Maunu
Mar
8
7:30 PM19:30

Comfort Music: ZRL & Carol Genetti/Peter Maunu

Comfort Music presents:

ZRL (Zachary Good, Ryan Packard and Lia Kohl) is a percussion/electronics, cello, and clarinet trio that focuses on consistency and stasis, and the nuances found within carefully crafted sonic textures and timbres. Their material is drawn from both free and structured improvisation, focusing on the balance point where their sound-worlds tangle and collide. They have performed around Chicago at venues such as Elastic arts, High Concept Labs, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Their new self-titled album was released on No Index on May 17th, 2017.

Peter Maunu & Carol Genetti: guitar/violin and vocal improvisation from two fantastic Chicago musicians.

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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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Uninsurable A Documentary Series
Mar
14
8:00 PM20:00

Uninsurable A Documentary Series

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Comfort Film presents

Uninsurable a documentary series.

Uninsurable is a short documentary series that examines the healthcare struggles of everyday Americans. Through intimate portraits of individuals trying to get the care they need to survive,
Uninsurable shows the true cost of the healthcare system in our country.

All episodes of the series will be screened.

ANYA SOLOTAIRE - PRODUCER
MIMI WILCOX - EDITOR & DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
CLARE AUSTEN-SMITH - DIRECTOR

There will be a panel discussion after the screening.

About Uninsurable
UNINSURABLE is a series of short documentaries that explores the challenges of healthcare in America through telling the stories of people across the country. UNINSURABLE sheds light on the
work that needs to be done to ensure that everyone has access to affordable and quality healthcare. This will provide a visual record of the current state of healthcare in America. As we live through this
tumultuous political climate, it aims to cut through politicians’ gesturing and tell real stories of people’s experiences.
Each short will revolve around one person’s story. 

Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.

Free.

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Comfort Music: Beyond This Point + Matthew Duvall
Mar
15
7:30 PM19:30

Comfort Music: Beyond This Point + Matthew Duvall

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Comfort Music Presents:

Beyond This Point + Matthew Duvall

nature | human: Child of Tree

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An investigation of the relationship of humans to the natural world, nature | human: Child of Tree, featuring GRAMMY-winning percussionist Matthew Duvall brings together a set of repertoire that connects the performers to the base materials of percussion–woods, skins, metals, water, stones, seeds–through staged interactions. Paul Lansky’s Threads serves as the framework of a journey through a program including works by Matthew Burtner, Juri Seo, John Cage (Child of Tree), Erik Griswold, and Richard Reed Parry. Excerpted material from lectures by Alan Watts–perhaps the foremost interpreter of Eastern philosophy for the contemporary West–serves as a guiding voice in a program designed to create space for audiences to consider and explore their own connection with the external environment.

This program is made possible by Elevated Chicago, a partnership to create community-based transformations in areas around the city’s train system housed at the Chicago Community Trust.

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

 

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Comfort Music: Fran (solo) & Bill MacKay/Ryley Walker
Mar
22
7:30 PM19:30

Comfort Music: Fran (solo) & Bill MacKay/Ryley Walker

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Comfort Music Presents:

Fran

sexy rock u can cry to

https://franband.bandcamp.com/

Bill Mackay & Ryley Walker

Bill MacKay: 6 string guitar, requinto, glass slide
Ryley Walker: 6 & 12 string guitars

https://billmackayryleywalker.bandcamp.com/

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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 at Comfort Station: Rhyme
Mar
27
7:00 PM19:00

Forms & Features at Comfort Station: Rhyme

All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop moderated by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney. Together, we will explore rhyme, a correspondence of sound that Rilke called the "goddess of secret and ancient coincidences." Participants will explore rhyme in a wide range of poems before composing original verse employing rhyme. Free Admission. No RSVP Required.

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Comfort Music: Matt Piet & Paul Giallorenzo + Josh Berman & Bill Harris
Mar
29
7:30 PM19:30

Comfort Music: Matt Piet & Paul Giallorenzo + Josh Berman & Bill Harris

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Comfort Music Presents:

Matt Piet & Paul Giallorenzo: Double Moog action from two Chicago improvisers.

Josh Berman & Bill Harris: high energy, far reaching cornet and drums duo.

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

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Comfort Music: Tim Stine Quartet
Apr
5
7:30 PM19:30

Comfort Music: Tim Stine Quartet

Comfort Music Presents:

Tim Stine Quartet: 

Tim Stine - guitar
Nick Mazzarella - alto saxophone
Matt Ulery - bass
Quin Kirchner - drums

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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 at Comfort Station: Hybrid Poetry
Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

Forms & Features at Comfort Station: Hybrid Poetry

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

Free Admission
No RSVP Required

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

Forms & Features at Comfort Station: Persona

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

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Gather 2018 Kickoff + Release Party @The Whistler
Feb
1
8:00 PM20:00

Gather 2018 Kickoff + Release Party @The Whistler

Field trip to the Whistler for this one!

Featuring the release of a new online mixtape and three dynamic performances, this  event will kick off 2018 for the Comfort Station’s Gather Series. The evening will feature composer/improviser Katherine Young, sound artist Allen Moore, and the Daniel/Lyons/Billington Trio. This event also marks the online release of the 2017 Gather mixtape, featuring music from artists presented on the first year of the series. All proceeds from this mixtape — and partial proceeds from drink sales at this event — will go directly towards the support of Gather’s 2018 programming.

 

 

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