Dark Net 101: Online Privacy, Piracy, and Human Experimentation
Nov
11
9:00 pm21:00

Dark Net 101: Online Privacy, Piracy, and Human Experimentation

  • Hungry Brain

On Tuesday, November 11, 9:00 p.m. at the Hungry Brain (2319 W. Belmont) Homeroom presents “Dark Net 101,” a one-night art show about lives online. Topics include the Darknet (Deep Web), Big Data, social networking privacy, data snatching, chat rooms, and BDSM dating sites. Join Homeroom 101 hosts Fred Sasaki and Seth Vanek for art and conversation with mathematician Christina Cowen, digital strategist Nell Taylor, and writer Cassandra Troyan as they explore dark secrets of the internet.

 

Dark Net 101: Online Privacy, Piracy, and Human Experimentation

Tuesday, November 11, 9:00 p.m.

The Hungry Brain

2319 W. Belmont

21+ / $5 suggested donation


101 is an informal lecture and discussion series which takes place on occasional Tuesdays at the Hungry Brain in Roscoe Village. “Dark Net 101” is presented in coordination with Artifice Books, publisher of the newly released Kill Manual by Cassandra Troyan.

 

Christina Cowen found her passion for mathematics at age 9. She has worked as a statistician and marketing analyst for several major companies and is versed in multi-channel marketing and how modeling is used to promote and segment consumers to optimize marketing promotions. As a data scientist she uses Big Data both online and offline to help execute and analyze the success of marketing campaigns and to assist clients with developing strategies for delivering the right message at the right time for consumers.

 

Nell Taylor is the founder and executive director of Read/Write Library (an all-volunteer library in Humboldt Park that collects, preserves, mines, maps, and links Chicago's diverse historical media to enable primary sources to rewrite their city) and a digital strategy consultant (for clients ranging from ad agencies and Fortune 500 brands to Big Data startups). Across these worlds, she spends most of her time using data to make things easier to find online and struggling with the ethics of discoverability—access, efficiency, user experience, identity, vulnerability. She has presented at SXSW Interactive, TEDActive, MIT, UNC, Code4Lib, and the Chicago Colloquium for Digital Humanities and Computer Science. She is not an expert.


Cassandra Troyan is a writer, post-artist, college employee, editor, and activist. Troyan's work investigates the supposedly hidden structures of our desires by rendering visible the daily ways we make meaning in the world, and find ourselves in relation to others. She explores the terror of becoming female amidst the accelerated haze of contemporary popular culture, yet derives pleasure from the nascent negation produced through absurd juxtapositions of submission, surrender, romance, and horror. She is the author of Throne of Blood (Solar Luxuriance), Blacknen Me Blacken Me, Growled (Tiny Hardcore Press), and Kill Manual (Artifice Books). She has curated the reading and performance series Artificial Ear (formally Ear Eater) since 2010.

 

Artifice Books

Artifice is a literary publisher based in Chicago, Illinois. They are an imprint of the mighty Curbside Splendor Publishing. For information or questions, please email editors AT artificemag DOT com.


Fan Fiction 101: Ship, Slash, and Scrub
Oct
14
9:00 pm21:00

Fan Fiction 101: Ship, Slash, and Scrub

  • Hungry Brain

Relief flooded through him and Kirk stopped for a moment, just holding Spock in his hand, not daring to look at him, just letting the knowledge be there between them, that this was going to work...’Welcome to bisexuality, Captian Kirk, where gender has nothing to do with who you want’”  - The Cosmic Fuck by Gayle Feyrer (1986)

Homeroom’s “101” lecture series explores the world of fandom and fan fiction with its latest installment. Writer, musician, and self described “fan-girl” Keidra Chaney will present a history of modern fandom using academic texts as well as first-person narrative. Blogger and fan fic writer Ray Van Fox will give an account of the evolution of fan fiction, from Kirk and Spock’s first kiss, through 50 shades of irresponsible BDSM, up to the bleeding edge of the explicit slash fic blowing up ao3 (the internet’s premier site for self-published fanfic). Both will talk  with hosts Seth Vanek and Fred Sasaki about their own experiences in the current fan culture as well as the particular challenges and advantages of being a fan in the media-saturated era of 2014. 

Homeroom’s "101" is an informal lecture and discussion series which takes place in front of a drinking crowd on occasional Tuesdays at the Hungry Brain in Roscoe Village.

Keidra Chaney is a writer and editor. Her music and pop culture writing has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Newcity, Time Out Chicago, ALARM Magazine, Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, and more. She is the co-founder and managing editor of The Learned Fangirl, a website focused on pop culture, fandom, and online community. Her first foray into fan-fiction was writing real-person fic about her favorite heavy-metal bands as a teen. Check out her writing and blog posts at keidrachaney.com.

Ray Van Fox spends way too much time in front of a computer, but at least 25% of it is spent actually writing (links and excerpts at rayvanfox.com). Ray grew up in Chicago, came out in Iowa, changed pronouns in Seattle, and finds family in queerdom.

101  is an informal lecture and discussion series in which experts and enthusiasts explore popular and subculture in front of a drinking crowd. It takes place on occasional Tuesdays at the Hungry Brain in Roscoe Village.

Songwriter Showcase: Che Arthur (Pink Avalanche), James Deia (Blasted Diplomats), Anthony Cozzi (Radar Eyes), Maigin Blank (Whales)
Oct
10
9:00 pm21:00

Songwriter Showcase: Che Arthur (Pink Avalanche), James Deia (Blasted Diplomats), Anthony Cozzi (Radar Eyes), Maigin Blank (Whales)

  • Uncommon Ground Wrigleyville

The Songwriter Showcase emphasizes the craft of songwriting by inviting songwriters from diverse musical backgrounds to perform without a backing band or a full amplifier rig. $8, all ages. BYOB.

Featuring:

EEE Information Meeting
Sep
30
7:00 pm19:00

EEE Information Meeting

  • Columbia College's Portfolio Center

Join Homeroom and Columbia College for an informational meeting about the 2014-2015 Emerging & Established Artist Exchange. Meet this year's mentors and bring any questions you have!

Emerging and Established Artist Exchange (EEE) offers young artists the experience of working as a professional artist in Chicago through developing their skills of presentation, networking, organization and self-promotion.

This year's mentors are:

RSVP for this free info session at : http://eee-info.eventbrite.com

Walk In/Rock Out! with Lasers and Fast and Sh!t, The Paver, Roommate and Ballcock Assembly
Sep
26
Sep 27

Walk In/Rock Out! with Lasers and Fast and Sh!t, The Paver, Roommate and Ballcock Assembly

  • The Burlington

Homeroom is known for creating genre-bending arts programming across Chicago. In a groundbreaking event, Homeroom will showcase the talents from within their own ranks.  From board members Colin DeKuiper’s Lasers and Fast and Sh!t and Michael Smith’s Ballcock Assembly to staff members Seth Vanek’s Roommate and Billie Howard’s the Paver, it’s going to be an electrifying night to walk in and rock out with Homeroom! All proceeds go toward Homeroom’s Fall and Spring Semesters 2014-2015.

Lasers and Fast and Sh!t

The Paver

Roommate

Ballcock Assembly

DJ Dave Ksander will man the decks in the bar and take requests (a one-time-only special at the Burlington).

Un-other Zine Release
Aug
15
6:00 pm18:00

Un-other Zine Release

  • Uncharted Books

As part of Homeroom's "Emerging and Established Artist Exchange," photographer Gonzalo Guzman created Un-other.com, a website that features intimate portraits of strangers. To celebrate the launch, Gonzalo has created a zine featuring work from the website. The zine will be released with a reception and reading at Uncharted, Logan Square's most beloved used bookseller. 

Racist Jokes 101: #OwnYourWords
Jul
26
9:00 pm21:00

Racist Jokes 101: #OwnYourWords

  • Museum of Contemporary Art
Rebecca O'Neal, Suey Park, Tim Barnes

Rebecca O'Neal, Suey Park, Tim Barnes

Homeroom’s “101” lecture show takes summer vacation at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s “Word Weekend” with a comedy art show about words we use to talk about race and racism. The program features standup comedy and conversation with Rebecca O'Neal, Tim Barnes, and Suey Park plus a short film by poet and filmmaker Nick Twemlow. Homeroom’s regular 101 hosts Fred Sasaki and Seth Vanek will take attendance. Racists will receive free gifts.

There will be a Secret Sticker Club meeting hosted by Oscar Arriola at the museum prior to Racist Jokes 101. This special sticker making session is welcome to everyone who wants to stick it to racism!

Admission: visit www.mcachicago.org for more information.

Connect with us using the hashtgag #WordWeekend.

Procreativity 101 at the Hungry Brain
Jun
10
Jun 11
101

Procreativity 101 at the Hungry Brain

  • Hungry Brain

Homeroom presents “Procreativity 101,” a one-night lecture show about art and family relationships. Topics include play, practice, agency, domesticity, gender roles, “mothernism,” and preconceived notions. Join Homeroom 101 hosts Fred Sasaki and Seth Vanek for an evening of art and conversation with visual artists Alberto Aguilar and Lise Haller Baggesen, curator Allison Grant, poet Jennifer Steele, and maker Tselanie Townsend as they investigate ways to imagine motherhood, imitate art, and live and die with art and one another.

“We Can Smell Like Teen Spirit, Just For One Day (Detail),” 2011 by Lise Haller Baggesen

“We Can Smell Like Teen Spirit, Just For One Day (Detail),” 2011 by Lise Haller Baggesen

Alberto Aguilar was born in Chicago to parents of Mexican descent. He has three brothers and one sister. Upon receiving his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) he married Sonia Leticia Guillen. Together they have four children, half of which are girls. Aguilar also received his MFA from SAIC. Currently he is a tenured instructor of studio art at Harold Washington College—one of the City Colleges of Chicago—and co-coordinator of Pedestrian Project. Pedestrian Project is an initiative dedicated to making art accessible to people from all walks of life. Aguilar's current practice merges his various roles in an attempt to capture fleeting moments, personal discoveries, and his interaction with others in tangible form.

Lise Haller Baggesen left her native Denmark in 1992 to study painting in the Netherlands and relocated to Chicago with her family in 2008. In the meantime, her work evolved from a traditional painting practice toward a hybrid practice including curating, writing, and multimedia installation work.

She has shown internationally in galleries and museums including Overgaden in Copenhagen, the Municipal Museum in the Hague, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Her first book Mothernism will be published in August 2014 by The Poor Farm press and Green Lantern Press, Chicago .

Allison Grant is a Chicago based curator, writer, and artist. Currently, she serves as assistant curator at the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago, where she has worked since 2008. Grant holds an MFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago and a BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design in Media Studies. She currently teaches as an Adjunct Faculty member in the Photography and Art & Design departments at Columbia College Chicago.

Jennifer Steele received her MFA in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago in 2008, and her BM in music business from Howard University in 2006. While at Columbia she served as co-editor of Columbia Poetry Review #21. Currently she teaches digital media literacy for Digital Youth Network and YOUmedia, working extensively to create and develop workshops and curriculum for media arts programming catered toward middle and high school students.  In addition to working with Digital Youth Network, she has taught poetry and creative writing for Chicago based arts and youth organizations including Camp of Dreams, Young Chicago Authors, and Hands on Stanzas. She has also served as managing editor for Polyphony H.S., a national high school literary magazine.

Tselanie Townsend was born in Eugene, Oregon, “A Great City for the Arts & Outdoors,” and spent some developmental years in the Baltimore/D.C. Metropolitan area before moving to Chicago, where she continued to grow, until she stopped at 5'2''. Tselanie has developed many things, including Ilford negative film, a love of graph paper and fine tipped pens, and a taste for hot tea with milk and honey. Tselanie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Film & Video editing from Columbia. She’s a lot of fun—ask anyone.

 

 

Songwriter Showcase
May
24
9:00 pm21:00

Songwriter Showcase

  • Elastic Arts

The Songwriter Showcase emphasizes the craft of songwriting by inviting songwriters from diverse musical backgrounds to perform without a backing band or a full amplifier rig.

The Showcase features two to four songwriters per event who are each encouraged to discuss their song-writing processes and influences in an intimate environment that fosters focused listening and promotes open interaction with the audience. By stripping away the style and posture of a full band, songwriters’ techniques and philosophies become unobscured.

This Showcase features ZigtebraDeer Emerson, Andrea Bauer of Touched By Ghoul and Coupleskate and Ashly Dalene of One Wing Low at Elastic Arts. 

Elastic Mashups: Homeroom + Real Talk Live
May
16
8:00 pm20:00

Elastic Mashups: Homeroom + Real Talk Live

  • Elastic Arts
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ELASTIC MASHUPS - A SHOWCASE OF THE EVERYDAY!

Over the course of 3 days, Elastic is bringing together artists, presenters, and organizations that they've been working with regularly over the past few years, to mix things up and share ideas and turn audiences on to new performers.

Friday 5/16 features Real Talk Live curators and performers, who've been curating a monthly literary, performance, and open mic series at Elastic since 2011, as well as Homeroom, which has been presenting singer/songwriters at Elastic regularly since 2008.  Elastic co-founder and Hip Hop Series curator Sam "samiam" Lewis will be DJing throughout the night.
8PM Doors, 8:30PM Showtime

Homeroom's Songwriter Showcase features:

Donna Polydoros and Tiny Fireflies

Real Talk features:

Emily Rose - Poet/Performer
Janna Sobel - Storyteller/Essayist
Reggie Eldridge - Poet/Performer
J.W. Basilo - Writer/Performer

- See more at: http://elasticarts.org/elastic-mashups-2/#sthash.nwWhOkHl.dpuf

Food Culture 101 at the Hungry Brain
May
13
9:00 pm21:00

Food Culture 101 at the Hungry Brain

  • Hungry Brain

“There can be no more shameful carelessness than with the food we eat for life itself. When we exist without thought or thanksgiving we are not men, but beasts.”

― M.F.K. Fisher, The Art of Eating

 

Homeroom 101 presents “Food Culture 101: The Art of Eating” featuring prominent Chicago cooks, writers, and artists exploring the meeting points of art and cuisine. Seth Vanek and Fred Sasaki will host this special talk show format “101” while discussing foodies, foodism, food activism, and the mix and mingling of hunger, love, security, art, literature, and richness in food and dining.

About

101 is an informal lecture and discussion series in experts and enthusiasts explore sub and pop culture in front of a drinking crowd. It takes place on occasional Tuesdays at the Hungry Brain in Roscoe Village.

Presenters

Cyndi Fecher and Brian Solem are co-editors of Graze, a semi-annual magazine that features writing and art dedicated to themes of food and eating. Graze’s fifth issue will be released on May 3rd with an event at Charnel House in Logan Square.

Eric May is the founder of Roots & Culture gallery and the head chef at Ox-bow School of Art. With a BFA from SAIC and MFA from Northwestern, his work as a chef explores not just the aesthetics of food, but it’s ability to form and shape communities and culture.

Kristina Meyer writes about food and restaurants. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Reader and Time Out Chicago. She has a real thing for Wisconsin supper clubs, Chinese food from the 70’s, and dive bar culture.

[Food] has developed, of late, an elaborate cultural apparatus that parallels the one that exists for art, a whole literature of criticism, journalism, appreciation, memoir and theoretical debate. It has its awards, its maestros, its televised performances. It has become a matter of local and national pride, while maintaining, as culture did in the old days, a sense of deference toward the European centers and traditions — enriched at a later stage, in both cases, by a globally minded eclecticism.  — William Deresiewicz

Persistence of Motion
Apr
26
7:00 pm19:00

Persistence of Motion

  • The Nightingale

EEE student Emerson Sigman and his mentor Lori Felker have worked together to present a theatrical experience combining cinema and performance art. This show might just change the way you think about going to the movies.

Film and performances by:

Marlo Koch
Andrew Maussert-Mooney
Emerson Sigman
Mikel and Amanda Avery
Jared Larson
Ariel Perkins-Fenwick
Jesse Malmed

Persistence of Motion is a one-night exhibition, activating audience engagement. Through a combination of moving pictures and bodies, mediums become blurred and merged. With a consideration for the fundamental aspects of film and gesture, artists and audience will gather to create.

This past fall, Emerson Sigman was chosen from a large group of applicants to participate in Homeroom's Emerging & Established Artist Exchange (EEE). EEE offers young artists the experience of working as a professional artist in Chicago through developing their skills of presentation, networking, organization and self-promotion. As opposed to arts education programs that focus specifically on the artistic techniques of creative work, the EEE mentorship program puts an emphasis on the practical and entrepreneurial elements of an active artistic practice. This event is a great chance to see an up-and-coming artist and to learn more about Homeroom's EEE program.

Songwriter Showcase
Apr
5
9:00 pm21:00

Songwriter Showcase

  • Elastic Arts

The Songwriter Showcase emphasizes the craft of songwriting by inviting songwriters from diverse musical backgrounds to perform without a backing band or a full amplifier rig.

The Showcase features two to four songwriters per event who are each encouraged to discuss their song-writing processes and influences in an intimate environment that fosters focused listening and promotes open interaction with the audience. By stripping away the style and posture of a full band, songwriters’ techniques and philosophies become unobscured.

This Showcase features Ronnie Kuller, Samantha Church, Andrew Pelletier of Minor Characters and more!

Songwriter Showcase at Columbia College
Mar
20
6:30 pm18:30

Songwriter Showcase at Columbia College

  • HAUS at Columbia College

The Songwriter Showcase emphasizes the craft of songwriting by inviting songwriters from diverse musical backgrounds to perform without a backing band or a full amplifier rig.

The Showcase features two to four songwriters per event who are each encouraged to discuss their song-writing processes and influences in an intimate environment that fosters focused listening and promotes open interaction with the audience. By stripping away the style and posture of a full band, songwriters’ techniques and philosophies become unobscured.

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Pal-entine's Day
Feb
8
9:00 pm21:00

Pal-entine's Day

  • HQ

 Pal-entine's Day: a Celebration of Friendship

-Live music by Tiny Fireflies
-DJ John Lombardo of Stationary Heart Recordings
-Friendly Feud, a live game show featuring some of your favorite local non-profits: CHIRP - Chicago Independent Radio Project, Nightingale, Spudnik Press Cooperative and Elastic Arts
-Photobooth
-Live re-enactments of scenes from NBC's show "Friends" by actors from Silent Theatre
-Custom printed Pal-entine's cards
-Much, much more!

facebook event

 

Raffle!

Raffle in support of Homeroom's 2014 Spring and Fall semesters.

Tickets are $5 for 1 ticket, $20 for 5 tickets. 

The raffle will take place on February 8th, 2014 at Homeroom's Pal-entine's Day event. Need not be present to win. Winners will be notified by February 10th, 2014. 

 

 

 

Ten x Ten Listening Party
Jan
4
6:00 pm18:00

Ten x Ten Listening Party

  • Saki Records

Saki Records hosts a Ten x Ten listening party. Stop by to hear the ten brand-new compositions on vinyl and look at the corresponding prints made by ten Chicago artists. 

Ten x Ten 2013 investigates the relationship between color and sound. Through exploring the underlying concepts of synesthesia, both academically and intuitively, artists and composers have worked together to produce artwork that takes the form of both a fine art print and an original score. 

http://www.tenxtenchicago.com/

Featuring:

Lilli Carre and Michael Miller
Edie Fake and Andrew Tham
Jo Dery and Jude Mathews
Aaron Renier and Brain Baxter
Chad Kouri and Marjorie Rusche
Craig Hansen and Betsy Start
Aaron Maurer and Tim Corpus
Ann Worthing and Amos Gillespie
Angee Lennard and Randall West
Renee Robbins and Seth Boustead

Hulk 101
Dec
10
9:00 pm21:00

Hulk 101

  • The Hungry Brain

Hulk 101: ACCIDENT FALLACY

I have a mad impulse to smash something...to commit outrages. —Herman Hesse

I have a mad impulse to smash something...to commit outrages. —Herman Hesse

21+, $5 suggested donation

Artists and writers address Hulk as high art, kitsch, world breaker, god, and Kanye West for discussions and performances about the gender binary, self identity, artistic appropriation, feminism, activism, and supreme media. Other topics include Feminist Hulk, Jeff Koons, glass houses, Jack Kirby, She-Hulk, Greg Pak, and much more. Presentations and performances will include slide-shows, curious clips, and art whatnot. Featured guests:

 

Noah Berlatsky edits the comic and culture website the Hooded Utilitarian and writes for the Atlantic, Salon, Slate, and elsewhere. His book on the first Wonder Woman comics will be out in 2014.

Dana Bassett is an aspiring gossip queen from Miami, FL living in Logan Square. She writes a regular column for the Bad at Sports blog called "What's the T?" and occasionally produces printed newspapers in collaboration with artists and friends.

Lindsey Smith is a Texas born, Chicago-based animation and film student (SAIC). She is a member of the Ladydrawers Comics Collective and is the assistant director and producer on the documentary Comics Undressed, which focuses on the economic, gender-based, and racial representation in the comics industry. 

Rachel N. Swanson is a Queer non-binary comics and fiber artist located in Chicagoland. They make work about science, social activism, Queer people, zombies, and tentacles. You can find their art here or here.

101 is an informal lecture and discussion series which takes place on occasional Tuesdays at the Hungry Brain in Roscoe Village. Hosted by Fred Sasaki and Seth Vanek. Hulk art by Tselanie Townsend.

 

Ten X Ten
Nov
16
6:00 pm18:00

Ten X Ten

  • Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

Ten X Ten 2013

Saturday, November 16

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Exhibition of Prints 6:00
Performance by Palomar Ensemble 7:00

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
2320 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622

Pre-order Tickets

Ten x Ten is a collaboration between 10 visual artists and 10 composers that investigates the relationship between color and sound. Through exploring the underlying concepts of synesthesia, both academically and intuitively, artists and composers work together to produce a single two-part artwork: a fine art screenprint and a composition for small ensemble. This work represents the direct dialogue between the artists and the artforms.  

Each visual artist has created one 10 inch by 10 inch scale print, published by Spudnik Press Cooperative. Each composer wrote a piece performed and recorded by Palomar Ensemble that has been pressed onto 12” vinyl.

The final package will be a suite of 10 prints and a record with 10 corresponding compositions and will be released, presented and performed on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art. 

 

EEE Info Session
Nov
7
6:30 pm18:30

EEE Info Session

  • ​Columbia College Portfolio Center

Emerging & Established Artists Exchange Info Session/Meet the Mentors

Columbia College Portfolio Center, 623 S Wabash, Room 311

Are you a student ages 16-24? Are you ready to bring your work to an audience? Would you like professional assistance? 

Submit your project plans for a chance to work alongside one of three professional mentors who will help guide you and develop your project for maximum impact. 

Mentorship will run November 2013 through April 2014. 

This is a great opportunity to:

  • Learn to manage a project timeline and budget 
  • Engage working artists and established venues 
  • Add professional experience to your body of work

2013-2014 Mentors are: 

 

Barbie 101
Oct
29
9:00 pm21:00

Barbie 101

  • The Hungry Brain

Barbie 101: Love & Imagination

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This educational session features:
  • a close reading of poet David Trinidad’s “Playing with Dolls”
  • a slideshow of weird & oft-times frightening Barbies through the ages, presented by Robyn Pennacchia
  • a hybrid performance-talk about the relationships between little gay boys & Barbie by Tim “TinTim” Jones-Yelvington

Interludes include short videos, lip-synching, “femmebot” poems, abjection, desire, and Jem (and the Misfits).

October 29th, 9:00pm. $5 suggested donation.

 

Experiments in Space + Time
Sep
21
9:00 pm21:00

Experiments in Space + Time

  • Elastic Arts
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Experiments in Space and Time is a research and performance project that investigates relationships among time-based art forms and spectators. The first project, THE LAW OF PROXIMITY: Close But Not Touching, will be presented by Homeroom and NON:op and will present sound and movement pieces by Elliott Sharp, Asimina Chremos, David Lakein, and Christopher Preissing.

Elliott Sharp is an American multi-instrumentalist, composer, and performer. A central figure in the avant-garde and experimental music scene in New York City for over 30 years, Sharp has released over eighty-five recordings ranging from orchestral music to blues, jazz, noise, no wave rock, and techno music.

Asimina Chremos, who will perform remotely from her native Philadelphia via video, is a choreographer and dancer, dually grounded in formal techniques and free improvisation. Chremos’s work explores ongoingness, while seeking new forms through repetition and recursiveness.

David Lakein is a Berlin & Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist, director, choreographer, and performer. His work swirls around the borders between dance, theatre, cabaret, performance art, and social gatherings, incorporating video and installation elements. His work often includes a significant degree of audience interaction, while embracing and confronting the edge between the serious and silly.

Christopher Preissing is a composer, improviser, and collaborator who earned his DMA and MM degrees from the University of Illinois in Urbana while studying with Herbert Brün, Salvatore Martirano, and William Brooks. His recent eight-channel, evening-length score and performance for the Waking Room was described as a “brilliant… sound-crazy score… that might best be described as John Cage on steroids.” (Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune)

Proximity refers to absolute and relative distance in time and space among individual events and sources as they influence the determination of hierarchy, control, fusion, framing, and expectation in the spectator. In addition to the performance, each Experiment will address specific PROXIMITY issues. Preselected “data collectors” will actively participate in discussions and questionnaires. Along with this data, the evening will be documented aurally and visually and include scores, space and time measurements, and notes from each of the collaborators.

Experiments in Space and Time is an ongoing series of research and performance projects that investigates relationships among time-based art forms and spectators. Each event in the series will be based on a specific theme, and will bring together multiple art forms and collaborators to create original works that examine this relationship. In addition to the live presentation, each Experiment will be documented with aurally and visually and include scores, time and space measurements, and questionnaires and discussions. The results will be made publicly available with the goal of digital and print publication.

 

Summer Sessions
Aug
24
5:00 pm17:00

Summer Sessions

  • Illinois Centennial Monument in the Logan Square
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Summer Sessions on Logan Square is a free concert series that takes place at the Illinois Centennial Monument in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago.

The series was started in 2009 by Logan Square residents as a way to bring the neighborhood together around a diverse array of accessible music provided by local groups.

Homeroom is excited to partner with the Whistler to present two concerts on July 27th and August 24th.

The August 24 lineup includes the Runnies, Future Hits and Matt Ulrey’s Loom.

The Runnies deliver a Farfisa organ and guitar driven garage rock beneath Mary McKane’s howling, snarling and scolding vocals.

Future Hits is curriculum-based rock music for kids, families and teachers. Their well crafted tunes inspire folks of all ages to go to the library, look both ways when crossing the street, and take family road trips.

Matt Ulrey’s Loom performs a mature modern jazz, pulling influence from classical, rock and folk. Complex harmonies and rhythms are fluidly explored through beautiful and lyrical melodies and themes.

 

Summer Sessions
Jul
27
5:00 pm17:00

Summer Sessions

  • Summer Sessions

5:00 PM, Free

Illinois Centennial Monument in the Logan Square 
3200 W Logan Boulevard

SUMMER SESSIONS ON LOGAN SQUARE

 

Summer Sessions on Logan Square is a free concert series that takes place at the Illinois Centennial Monument in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago.

The series was started in 2009 by Logan Square residents as a way to bring the neighborhood together around a diverse array of accessible music provided by local groups.

Homeroom is excited to partner with the Whistler to present two concerts on July 27th and August 24th.

The lineup on July 27 includes Deep Sleep, the UnGnomes and Angela James.

Deep Sleep is an electro, dream pop outfit with intricate beats and washed-out melodies perfect for lounging at a picnic.

The UnGnomes combine humor and political/social commentary with punk angst and energy.

Angela James’ songs recall the Nashville country of Patsy Cline with the wistful melodies of her voice soaked in reverb against a melancholy slide guitar.

 

 

Alina Tsvor
Jul
11
6:30 pm18:30

Alina Tsvor

  • Threadless

6:30 PM, Free

Threadless HQ 
1260 W. Madison

ALINA TSVOR PHOTOGRAPHY OPENING

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Photographer and recent Columbia College graduate Alina Tsvor will have her first solo show at Threadless headquarters. Her rich, large-format work blends casual portraiture with vivid urban landscape.

Snacks and drinks provided
Music by DJ Yuya Ohashi

This show was put together in collaboration with photographer Sean Dorgan as part of Homeroom’s Emerging and Established Artist Exchange

 

Summer Sessions Dance Party Fundraiser
Jul
5
Jul 6

Summer Sessions Dance Party Fundraiser

  • The Burlington

10:00 PM, Free

The Burlington 
3425 W. Fullerton

DANCE TO SUPPORT SUMMER SESSIONS

Summer Sessions DJ’s will be manning the decks all night on Friday, July 5th to raise money for the 2013 season. Come have a drink, enjoy the music, and join the raffle for tickets to Pitchfork!

 

Songwriter Showcase
Apr
27
9:00 pm21:00

Songwriter Showcase

  • Elastic Arts

9:00 PM, $8 suggested

Elastic Arts 
2830 N Milwaukee

SONGWRITER SHOWCASE: SHELLEY MILLER, ROCKFALLS, JORDAN BURK & HANNA ASHBROOK

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Homeroom’s Songwriter Showcase emphasizes the craft of songwriting by inviting songwriters from diverse musical backgrounds to perform without a backing band or a full amplifier rig.

Shelley Miller is an accomplished songwriter that can send the listener through multiple emotions in each song. She shifts from confrontational to contemplative or embracing with a simple turn of phrase and melody. Shelley seems embrace contradictions and dichotomies as a way to penetrate a deep truth and uses vivid imagery to weave tales of love, loss and depression.

Rockfalls writes intimate and playful songs delivered with her soft and powerful voice. She performs with both guitar and ukulele and her songs have quality reminiscent of the great American songbook. With hints of jazz and soul, Rockfalls’ melodies are broad and fill her sparse instrumentation and arrangements. Her lyrics are often sad and wishful, but her music is constantly permeated by the simple joy of beautiful music.

Hanna Ashbrook crafts sophisticated songs that belie her youth. Plucked guitar provides a counterpoint for her vocal melodies that slowly rise and fall. At times, her songs seem to capture a single moment, crystalized and delicate, and her voice can be simultaneously vulnerable and strong.

Jordan Burk’s Georgia roots are evident in her folk and country songs. With a twang in her voice and rambling plucked guitars, Burk delivers her songs with an intense sense of forlorn sadness and beauty.

The Showcase features four songwriters per event who are each encouraged to discuss their song-writing processes and influences in an intimate environment that fosters focused listening and promotes open interaction with the audience. By stripping away the style and posture of a full band, songwriters’ techniques and philosophies become unobscured.

Photo by CB Lindsey.

 

EEE Show
Apr
15
9:00 pm21:00

EEE Show

  • Hungry Brain

9:00 PM, Free

Hungry Brain 
2319 W. Belmont

HOMEROOM & COACH HOUSE SOUNDS PRESENT AN EVENING OF MUSIC

As part of Homeroom’s Emerging and Established Artist ExchangeCoach House Sounds present Advance Base, Peninsula and Matt Baron.

Gio Avila, aka Peninsula, is working with Coach House Sounds’ Matt Baron to put together some shows and release his debut album as part of Homeroom’s education program, EEE. Gio was selected for the program because he showed a little ambition and intelligence, and we liked his music.

Come out for a free night of great music.

Songwriter Showcase
Mar
23
9:00 pm21:00

Songwriter Showcase

  • Elastic Arts

SONGWRITER SHOWCASE: YOO SOO KIM OF HEMMINGBIRDS, MARK GOLDBERG-FOSS OF MARCEL MARCEL, LIZA DAY & JULIA KLEE

Homeroom’s Songwriter Showcase emphasizes the craft of songwriting by inviting songwriters from diverse musical backgrounds to perform without a backing band or a full amplifier rig.

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Yoo Soo Kim of Hemmingbirds builds melodies that bounce, twist, and stream across a song. He rapidly builds and releases tension as his songs transition from one motif to another — but each has song has a defined arc and theme that often reveal an overall sense of frustration, alienation, and uncertainty.

Mark Goldberg-Foss of Marcel Marcel uses dissonance and a vocal style that moves between apathy and angst to deliver melancholia melodies. His guitar driven music peaks and recedes, and occasionallys find a sense of comfort and peace, if only for a moment. His songs have inflections of humor and disappointment, but also at times convey a guarded appreciation of life and its imperfections.