Arts & Crafts Picnic
Aug
9
4:00 pm16:00

Arts & Crafts Picnic

  • Cup & Spoon Cafe

Come hungry! Bring the kids! 

Join Homeroom for an afternoon of family-friendly culinary and craft delights. This benefit for Homeroom's 2015 Fall Semester will include slow roasted pork shoulder, dishes from many of Chicago's best restaurants, a crafts auction featuring local artisans, premium summer beverages, live music and kids' activities.

Reserve your space today! $25 for one, $40 for two. All accompanied children 18 and younger are FREE!

Your ticket price includes:

  • All you can eat (and the food will be amazing!)
  • All you can drink
  • Music by The Wandering Boys
  • Kids activities

In addition to delicious slow-roasted pork shoulder by Dan Mathias, beverages, sides and dessert will be provided by:

The silent auction will feature handmade crafts and experiences from local artisans including:

 

Ten x Ten 2015 Release Event
Sep
12
9:00 pm21:00

Ten x Ten 2015 Release Event

  • Elastic Arts

Ten x Ten 2015 Release Event
Saturday, September 12, 9:00pm
Elastic Arts, 3429 W Diversey Ave. #208  

At this culmination celebration of Ten x Ten 2015, the screen prints are presented and final compositions are performed live. For more information and to reserve your collection and ticket, visit tenxtenchicago.com.


SCHOOL NIGHT: Political Correctness 101 (event postponed due to illness)
Jun
23
Jul 10

SCHOOL NIGHT: Political Correctness 101 (event postponed due to illness)

  • The Arts Club of Chicago

SCHOOL NIGHT: Political Correctness 101

This event has been postponed due to illness. A future date will be announced shortly. 

Homeroom presents a “School Night” performance, presentation, and discursive exchange with artists and professionals about taboo, art and activism, and how we can negotiate safer workspaces. Topics include open discussion, making demands, radical thinking, breaking silence, and the resistance and resilience of language.

H. Melt addresses queerness and sexual violence, organizational critique, and how to demand an end to rape culture; Damon Locks presents a short animation made in collaboration with Rob Shaw and 11 incarcerated artists from Stateville Prison titled Freedom/Time. Locks will discuss the project, created for The Jane Addams Hull House Museum and Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project (P+NAP), and making art directly connected to political activism and alarm ringing; and Cassandra Troyan will facilitate a field report on how to address issues of gendered violence and sexism in creative communities.

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H. Melt is a poet and artist born and raised in Chicago. Their work proudly documents Chicago's queer and trans communities. H. Melt’s writing has been published by Chicago Artist Writers, Gapers Block, Lambda Literary, Newcity, Original Plumbing, and Windy City Times. They are the author of SIRvival in the Second City and the forthcoming The Plural, The Blurring. They currently works at the Poetry Foundation.  

Damon Locks is a visual artist and vocalist operating in the Chicago area since 1988. A graduate of SAIC, his visual work often revolves around people and their landscape; the narrative themes of protest, unrest, and tension are woven throughout. In recent years, he has lent his artistic and teaching talents to organizations such as P+NAP, Art Reach, the Center for Urban Pedagogy, and the Jane Addams Hull House Museum and UIC. Since the late 80’s he performed with Trenchmouth, The Eternals, and Rob Mazurek’s jazz group the Exploding Star Orchestra. He regularly creates music as an improvisor in different ensembles and deejays a monthly night.

Cassandra Troyan is a writer, organizer, and ex-artist. They are the author of three books, THRONE OF BLOOD (2013), BLACKEN ME BLACKEN ME, GROWLED (2014), most recently KILL MANUAL (Artifice Books, 2014) and the chapbook HATRED OF WOMEN (Solar Luxuriance, 2014). Their work 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. Their writing or interviews have appeared in or forthcoming from: The New Inquiry, Chicago Review, Entropy Mag, Shifter Magazine, Harriet: The Blog at the Poetry Foundation and Kenning Editions. They received their MFA in Visual Art from the University of Chicago and work with sex workers, prisoners, and feminists in Chicago, IL where they currently, mostly, live. onemurderleadstoanother.com

Moderated by Fred Sasaki and Seth Vanek as part of Homeroom's 101 Series

Songwriter Showcase with Thomas Comerford, Axons and more...
Jun
12
9:00 pm21:00

Songwriter Showcase with Thomas Comerford, Axons and more...

  • Elastic Arts

 

Homeroom's longest-running program continues with songwriters that span roots and folk to electro-pop. 

The performers for Songwriter Showcase are:

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 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. 

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Axons (a.k.a. Chicago-based songwriter, singer and producer Adele Nicholas) playfully skews and recombines sounds drawn from a diverse palette of 90s indie rock, top 40 pop, electronica and hip hop. Axons' live shows feature Adele performing as a one-woman band, looping percussion, synths, guitars and vocals to create lush sonic landscapes in real time.

Thomas Comerford is a fine craftsman of words, melodies and harmonies whose sound the Chicago Reader describes as “a time capsule from an alternate past, as though a band of 70s Nashville malcontents had learned to harness the beauty of David Bowie in his prime. This isn’t classic rock, but it feels like something classic indeed.” 

Deadbeat is American lo-fi solo artist Jessica Risker, who also performs as lead singer of the electro-rock outfit Absinthe & The Dirty Floors. Channeling her songwriting into self-described folk “apatheticisms,” Deadbeat draws influence from the musical stylings of Beck, the do-it-alone attitude of Bob Dylan, and the poetic musings of Daniel Johnston. 

Rebecca Francescatti is a prolific songwriter and recording engineer, whose music straddles the groove between city and country. She can often be heard at various residencies around Chicago with her bands Rebecca F. and the Memes and Night Jogger. Rebecca recently made waves for her involvement in a copyright infringement lawsuit against Lady Gaga (2011).  Her autumn 2014 essay, “Why You Should Care That Lady Gaga’s Suing Me for $1.4 Million” touched a nerve among songwriters, musicians, and world citizens fed up with the global corporate monopoly on culture.

Emerging & Established Artist Exchange: Zelda Vidal at Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE)
Jun
6
Jun 7

Emerging & Established Artist Exchange: Zelda Vidal at Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE)

  • CAKE

Zelda Vidal will present her watercolor illustrations at a shared table with Gabi Aaron at this year's Chicago Alternative Comics Expo. 

Zelda Vidal is a participant in the 2014/15 Emerging and Established Artist Exchange - a program that offers young artists the experience of working as a professional artist in Chicago through developing their skills of presentation, networking, organization and self-promotion. She was paired with mentor Aaron Renier, a cartoonist, illustrator and author. 

In this mentorship program, college students who are seriously engaged in a specific artistic discipline apply to work one-on-one with an established Chicago artist working in the student’s field of interest. Over the course of several months, the emerging and established artists work together to develop and execute a single project for the student, whether it be an exhibition, concert, reception, screening, or any recognizable outcome that results in professional traction.

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo [CAKE] is a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, inspired by Chicago’s rich legacy as home to many of underground and alternative comics’ most talented artists– past, present and future. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue amongst independent artists, small presses, publishers and readers.

Emerging & Established Artist Exchange: Megan Mills Film Screening
May
16
8:00 pm20:00

Emerging & Established Artist Exchange: Megan Mills Film Screening

  • Nightingale Cinema

The End

A Collection and Collaboration of Artists

Storytelling Showcase Highlights a Variety of Young Female Artists

Megan Mills is a participant in the 2014/15 Emerging and Established Artist Exchange - a program that offers young artists the experience of working as a professional artist in Chicago through developing their skills of presentation, networking, organization and self-promotion. She was paired with mentor Morgan Lord, a writer, actor and improviser. 

In this mentorship program, college students who are seriously engaged in a specific artistic discipline apply to work one-on-one with an established Chicago artist working in the student’s field of interest. Over the course of several months, the emerging and established artists work together to develop and execute a single project for the student, whether it be an exhibition, concert, reception, screening, or any recognizable outcome that results in professional traction.

"The End," is a showcase of under-21 storytelling in a variety of mediums. Young female artists will share their narrative-focused work. Reality meets the absurd and truth meets fiction in this mash-up of genre and personality: where one stops the other begins.

Sara Livingston, Columbia College Associate Professor of TV and Film says, “[Storytelling] gives us a real window into other people’s lives and other people’s experiences.” “The End” seeks to encourage young artists to relate and connect with each other through these shared stories.

A short film by Megan Mills, also titled “The End”, will be debuted. The film is a documentary and presentation of storytelling that seeks to uncover “what makes a good story” and “why storytelling is important.”

Storytelling is deeply ingrained in all human life, giving structure to history, education, and overall culture. The impact of storytelling has not lessened, instead enhanced through the development of mass media. What has changed over time is the mediums through which stories are told. This is what the event seeks to highlight, presenting all kinds of stories told in a diverse range of forms.

“The End” will include performances from Katie Mae Weber and Natalie Silverman, screenings of short films by Elizabeth Regan and Valarie Green, and paintings by Mia Neumann.

Megan Mills is a writer and filmmaker originally from Los Angeles. She is a Californian Art Scholar, having graduated from the California State Summer School for the Arts for creative writing in 2012, and has studied at the Upright Citizens Brigade. With a focus on sketch and screenwriting, she emphasizes and highlights aspects of storytelling in her work. Her short documentary “The End” revolves entirely around the concept of storytelling and what makes a good story.

Katie Mae Weber is a young actress and comedian from Denver. She focuses on encapsulating the spirit of her generation through storytelling and humor. Past roles of hers include Lucy from Avenue Q, Dotty in Noises Off, and involvement in a show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. At “The End” she will be sharing the magically realistic, epic poem of growing up with her “devil” of a little sister.

Natalie Silverman is an actress, stand-up comedian, and improvisor originally from Massachusetts.

Valarie Green wants to make the world a funnier place. Having previously worked with nonfiction film and television projects, she’s started venturing into fictional scripts and digital shorts, such as her film, “This Is Snot Happening,” the tale of a congested boy who dreams he is a militaristic booger inside his own nose. Her influences include shows such as The Office, The Mighty Boosh, and Master Chef Junior.

Elizabeth Regan is a filmmaker and comedic writer studying television in Chicago. Her film, “Shit Happens” received the audience favorite award at its screening due to its fast-cut editing style and relatable poop-humor. Catch her upcoming experimental film “To-Go” on May 16th at The Nightingale!

Mia Margita Neumann is not just one type of artist; she is a painter, film photographer, performer, cinematographer, illustrator, sculptor, curator, seamstress, feminist, writer and activist. Coming from a long line of artists, Mia was born to create. Art is recorded in her genetic makeup. Everything she touches develops into bizarre ways to let her creativity breathe. Once she becomes inspired by something, she will not stop until it becomes a reality. Mia is small but mighty, planted in Chicago but her head is in the stars.

 

Songwriter Showcase with Dave Davison of Maps & Atlases and more...
Apr
24
9:00 pm21:00

Songwriter Showcase with Dave Davison of Maps & Atlases and more...

  • Elastic Arts

Homeroom's longest-running program returns for the spring with a rockin' lineup of well-known Chicago bands. 

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 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.

The performers for Songwriter Showcase are:

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Ten x Ten 2015: Improvised Music Series Working Performance
Feb
19
9:00 pm21:00

Ten x Ten 2015: Improvised Music Series Working Performance

  • Constellation

The long-running Improvised Music Series from Elastic Arts makes a guest appearance at Constellation as part of Ten x Ten 2015’s eight-month production pairing ten musicians with ten visual artists to create collaborative recordings and fine art prints. The Improvised Music Series: Working Performance is a rare opportunity for the public to witness the creative and collaborative process as it happens. Relying heavily on improvisation, each musician-artist pair will workshop their ideas and experiment with how to translate ideas from sound to image, and vice versa.  Each musician will direct the ensemble as they develop their compositions. At the same time, the audience will be able to watch projections of the artists visually responding and refining their designs in real time.

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Witness the entire artistic process by following us at tenxtenchicago.com

Ten x Ten is a collaborative project between visual artists and musicians under the curatorial guidance of three distinct Chicago organizations: Elastic Arts, Homeroom, and Spudnik Press. Now in it’s fourth iteration, the project has expanded to include four innovative events. With Elastic Arts Foundation as guest curator, the project highlights the genre of jazz and investigates how artists across media interpret improvisation. Curators Dave Rempis and Paul Giallorenzo have selected ten musicians to create an ensemble that will perform the new works commissioned through this project. Each musician will compose one track, each created in partnership with a visual artist. Homeroom curator Colin Palombi has invited ten visual artists to design a corresponding 18” x 18” artwork that will be produced in an edition of ten hand printed serigraphs. A limited edition catalog of the prints will be paired with the vinyl record and distributed as a collectable compilation. 

Graphic Notation 101: Ten x Ten 2015 Kick-off!
Feb
8
4:00 pm16:00

Graphic Notation 101: Ten x Ten 2015 Kick-off!

  • Spudnik Press Cooperative

Ten x Ten 2015 Kick Off Event: Graphic Notation 101

Free lecture with Katherine Young and Jordan Martins.

Meet the 2015 Ten x Ten artists and musicians!

Since the early 20th century, artists have found inspiration in the pure abstraction of instrumental music. There has been a rich history of synaesthetic approaches to relating color to timbre and tonality in both scientific and highly subjective ways. More recently, music notation incorporating graphic elements outside of the traditional staff have served as a way to travel the territory between improvisation, chance operations, and non-traditional composition while negotiating the balance between the interpretive power of the performer and the single-sourced autonomy of the composer. With the help of composer and bassoonist Katherine Young and visual artist and musician Jordan Martins, Graphic Notation 101 will explore the history of some of these practices as well as underline the compositional and interpretive techniques as play.

Jordan Martins is a Chicago-based visual artist, curator, educator, and musician. He received his MFA in visual arts from the Universidade Federal da Bahia in Salvador, Brazil in 2007 and has been an instructor at North Park University since 2008. As Co-Director of the Comfort Station, he oversees general programming, gestates new projects, and coordinates partnerships with outside organizations and artists. Martins’s visual work is based in collage processes, including mixed media two dimensional work, photography, video, and installation. His recent work is primarily concerned with visual codes, camouflage, and gestalt theory. As a musician, Martins collaborates with Angela James and Quarter Mile Thunder, in addition to improvised performances with musicians from varied backgrounds. He co-founded the Comfort Music series in 2011, directed the Relax Attack Jazz Series from 2011-2013, and is currently on the programming committee for the Chicago Jazz Festival.

Composer, bassoonist, and improviser Katherine Young creates acoustic and electro-acoustic music that has been described by the New York Times as “raw, wailing, coloristic,” and New Music Box has noted “her visceral approach to sound…her attentiveness to the smallest details of timbre; her adventurousness in using instruments in unexpected ways.” Ensemble Dal Niente, Talea Ensemble, Flux Quartet, String Orchestra of Brooklyn, Spektral Quartet, Fonema Consort, Till by Turning, and others have performed her compositions. Her solo work as well as her work with her quartet Pretty Monsters has garnered praise in The Wire, Downbeat, and All About Jazz . In addition, her multi-movement installation-performance piece Diligence Is to Magic as Progress Is to Flight, written in close collaboration with violinist Austin Wulliman, is recently out on Parlour Tapes+  as a stereo recording and do-it-yourself cassette installation box set.


Ten x Ten is a collaborative project between visual artists and musicians under the curatorial guidance of three distinct Chicago organizations: Elastic Arts, Homeroom, and Spudnik Press. Now in it’s fourth iteration, the project has expanded from one to four events over the course of eight months.  The focus of Ten x Ten 2015 is to bring together visual artists and musicians that incorporate improvisation into their art practice. With Elastic Arts Foundation as guest curator, the project highlights the genre of jazz and investigates how artists across media interpret improvisation. Curators Dave Rempis and Paul Giallorenzo have hand-selected ten musicians to create an ensemble that will perform the new works commissioned through this project. Each musician will compose one track, each created in partnership with a visual artist. Homeroom curator Colin Palombi has invited ten visual artists to design a corresponding 18” x 18” artwork that will be produced in an edition of ten hand printed serigraphs. A limited edition catalog of the prints will be paired with the vinyl record and distributed as a collectable compilation.

Please join the Ten x Ten mailing list to hear updates as the project develops over the course of the year and visit tenxtenchicago.com for weekly blog updates.

 

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Pal-entine's Day
Feb
7
Feb 8

Pal-entine's Day

  • The Nightingale

Homeroom presents the 2nd annual...

Pal-entine's Day, a celebration of friendship. 

Join for us for an evening of friendship, music, games and prizes.

  • Friendly Feud featuring teams from CHIRP RadioCircle SalonNightingale Cinema & Saki Records
  • DJ Karin Fjellman of Toast & Jam and CHIRP Radio spinning the best dance tunes
  • Delicious cocktails by Zita Brizzi of Black Rock
  • Friends-themed video art throughout the night
  • Photobooth
  • A short ambient set by We Used To Be Friends
  • Mild weather--forecasters never get it wrong!
  • Silent auction with a chance to score VIP tickets to Pitchfork Music Festival 2015 and more!

This event has very limited space, get your tickets today! $10 at the door. All proceeds go toward funding Homeroom's 2015 programs. 

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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!

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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.