Spudnik Press Cooperative

Pal-entine's Day: A Look at our Non-profit Participants

Homeroom is excited to have several Chicago non-profits join our Pal-entine's Day celebration of friendship. Hosted by our own Seth Vanek, we plan to play our version of Friendly Feud with teams from CHIRP RadioElastic ArtsThe Nightingale Cinema and Spudnik Press Cooperative. Who will win?

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Spudnik Press Cooperative is a unique community art space that offers a wide array of services from printing classes to design work to equipment and studio rentals. Founded by Angee Lennard in 2007 out of her one-bedroom apartment, Spudnik Press now boasts a large multi-use space. The Printshop section of Spudnik Press offers printmaking facilities and services to all artists. Those interested in learning more about screenprinting, letterpress, relief, intaglio, offset, and lithography can take one of many classes available throughout the year. The Annex area of Spudnik Press is a beautiful open room for exhibitions, classes and other gatherings. The Annex also has an informative reference library. Whether it’s to have a show poster screened or to join a drawing group, Spudnik Press continues to successfully drawn in people from all parts of Chicago. Having grown considerably since its inception, we can’t wait to see where Spudnik goes from here!

1821 W. Hubbard St, Suite 302    spudnikpress.org

The Nightingale Cinema

Pal-entine's Day: A Look at our Non-profit Participants

Homeroom is excited to have several Chicago non-profits join our Pal-entine's Day celebration of friendship. Hosted by our own Seth Vanek, we plan to play our version of Friendly Feud with teams from CHIRP RadioElastic ArtsThe Nightingale Cinema and Spudnik Press Cooperative. Who will win?

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The Nightingale is a “microcinema” specializing in presenting experimental, emerging, and independent cinema. Founded in 2008 by a group of cinephiles and filmmakers, The Nightingale hosts over 50 screenings annually. The Nightingale goes beyond the typical film screening by pairing film with live music, live-improvised film and other interactive media that engages audiences. After a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013, The Nightingale has upgraded both their digital and 16mm projections as well as their sound systems. Chicago has many options for going to the movies and the Nightingale is a hidden gem where you can see a vast segment of film not shown at your local multiplex.

1084 N. Milwaukee Ave.     nightingalecinema.org

Elastic Arts

Pal-entine's Day: A Look at our Non-profit Participants

Homeroom is excited to have several Chicago non-profits join our Pal-entine's Day celebration of friendship. Hosted by our own Seth Vanek, we plan to play our version of Friendly Feud with teams from CHIRP RadioElastic ArtsThe Nightingale Cinema and Spudnik Press Cooperative. Who will win?

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Now in its 12th year, Elastic Arts has presented over 1300 events across a wide range of mediums. One of the most interesting and welcoming venues in the city, Elastic’s Logan Square space is host to several events each week and curates several ongoing series. Elastic is the type of grassroots, artist-led organization that seamlessly promotes contemporary art exhibitions in their gallery one day and provides space for a concert featuring post-John Cage compositions the next. Elastic’s current series include concerts for many types of music lovers: Improvised Music, Hip-Hop, Electro-Acoustic and a Songwriter Showcase. The biggest project Elastic has embarked on thus far is the wide-ranging website, ChicagoMusic.org. A “ hub for Chicago’s vibrant musical communities, ” the site presents hundreds of listings, reviews, interviews and other content shown through the eyes of local Chicagoans.

2830 N. Milwaukee Ave.   elasticarts.org

 

CHIRP Radio

Pal-entine's Day: A Look at our Non-profit Participants

Homeroom is excited to have several Chicago non-profits join our Pal-entine's Day celebration of friendship. Hosted by our own Seth Vanek, we plan to play our version of Friendly Feud with teams from CHIRP RadioElastic ArtsThe Nightingale Cinema and Spudnik Press Cooperative. Who will win?

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CHIRP (Chicago Independent Radio Project) is a local radio station dedicated to playing under-appreciated music that Chicagoans enjoy. Broadcast live daily from their North Center studios, CHIRP highlights the diversity of Chicago by giving listeners a unique option, quite different from the commercial and corporate FM stations that dominate the airwaves. CHIRP radio is not only a treat for the ears, but through its vast volunteer base greatly helped in the passing of the Local Community Radio Act, allowing for low-powered FM radio broadcasting. While CHIRP waits for the FCC to approve their broadcasting license, listeners can stream CHIRP's friendly and innovating programming online at chirpradio.org.

Interview with Ten x Ten conductor, Francesco Milioto

Access Contemporary Music’s Artistic Director and Conductor, Francesco Milioto talks with Homeroom about musical side of the collaborative Ten x Ten project. Milioto will conduct the Palomar Ensemble at the Ten x Ten Release Concert & Exhibition this Saturday, November 16th at 6:00pm at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

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Homeroom: The Ten x Ten project is unique in that visual artists and composers collaborate from the first stages of the creative project instead of in response to each other's work. As the conductor of the musical portion of the project, did you notice anything different about the pieces as opposed to other musical works because of this collaboration?

Francesco Milioto: 

 I don't think there is necessarily something "different" about these compositions, but simply something abstractly specific! It's hard enough to describe a painting with words, imagine with music! In a way the music ends up being an imitation, or something that parallels the work in a way. That is what I find interesting about each of these pieces, the way the composer is trying to connect to each painting, and what they are trying to say about it.

HR:  The composers used a unique combination of instruments for this project. Can you describe how each instrument might be reflected in the corresponding visual prints?

FM:  I think each composer found a way to use not only each instruments qualities, but all the possible combinations of instruments to suite the idea. As musician will use their imagination and I am sure when asked, a lot of the thoughts would overlap! 

HR: Take us back to the recording process. How is it different to rehearse an ensemble for a recording session rather than a live performance?

FM:  Recording is always different. We can record in shorter chunks of music, though I do like to have takes of the whole piece as well. For either live performances or recordings the goal is to have an arch all the way through... which in recording is difficult, especially when you stop and start! Tempi, tuning, continuity.. etc.. are all much harder to keep consistent in a recording studio.

HR:  What are you most looking forward to at the Ten x Ten Release Concert & Exhibition?

FM:  I am most looking forward to the audience reaction and comments on experiencing both the visuals and music at the same time!

HR:  Which music would you like to have performed at your funeral?

FM:  Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana.

 

Ten x Ten at UIMA

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The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (UIMA) plays host to the Ten x Ten release concert & exhibition this November. Located in the heart of Chicago’s Ukrainian Village, the Institute boasts 2100 square feet of modern gallery space. UIMA is proud to offer not only a regular schedule of fine art exhibits, but also musical and literary events, films, gallery talks and other special events. Currently on view is a selection of works from UIMA’s permanent collection focusing on artwork that was created in Chicago.

In the surrounding “Ukie” neighborhood, it’s easy to bump into both young couples as well as 70 year old Ukrainian ladies out picking up perennials for their gardens at Sprout Home, dining on Middle Eastern food at  Chickpea or stocking up on rye bread and Eastern European treats at Ann’s Bakery and Deli.

The neighborhood has been a hub for Ukrainians since the beginning of the 20th century and currently is home to several Ukrainian churches, banks, a grammar school and other cultural institutions. Eclectic shopping options geared toward the young professional crowd have popped up in the last decade, including the colorful and well-stocked Very Best Vintage, comic book and graphic novel superstore Vigilante Press, modern and vintage eyewear heaven Labrabbit Optics and one of the best places to stock up vinyl and local music in the city: Permanent Records

The Ukrainian Village also offers great dining options, from classic Italian at A Tavola or pub fare taken up a notch at Old Oak Tap to innovative sushi at Arami. If you’re looking for something sweet, try West Town Bakery for vegan options or Hoosier Mama Pie company for some of the best pies you’ll ever taste.

We look forward to enjoying this vibrant neighborhood on November 16th, when Ten x Ten is celebrated with a Release Exhibition & Concert at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art. Tickets are available here

Photo courtesy Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art.

 

Fall Semester begins with Dance, Film, and Music at Experiments in Space & Time

Experiments in Space & Time: Proximity

Saturday, September 21st at 9pm

Elastic Arts, 2830 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL

 

Homeroom is excited to present the first program of our Fall Semester. THE LAW OF PROXIMITY: Close But Not Touching is the first project in a series of experimental performances combining new music, dance and film.

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Experiments in Space and Time: Proximity will include sound and movement pieces by composer Elliott Sharp, dancer Asimina Chremos, choreographer David Lakein, and composer and improviser Christopher Preissing.

In addition to the performance, the audience will be invited to participate in discussions and questionnaires. Along with the input from the crowd, the evening will be documented aurally and visually and include scores, space and time measurements, and notes from each of the collaborators. Please join us for this interactive night of experimental music, dance and film!