May
4
7:00 pm19:00

Maurice Vagabond & Tim Daisy @ Comfort Station

Photos, left to right, by Mike Bump and Krzysztof Penarski

Vagabond Maurice explores narratives of nerd mythos and Afro-futurism while paying homage to his jazz-hop and soul influences. Vagabond Maurice cathartically traverses with nostalgia-laced rhymes through atmospheric instrumentals helmed by Chinsaku. (Photo by Mike Bump)

Tim Daisy is a Chicago-based drummer, marimbist, and composer working in the fields of improvised and composed music. He has performed and recorded original music for modern dance, sound installations, film, and improvised music ensembles of various configurations since 1997. Tim also owns and operates Relay Records, documenting much of the creative work he has been involved with in Chicago and abroad since 2011. (Photo by Krzystof Penarski)

Homeroom is proud to present Comfort Music on Thursdays in May at Comfort Station (2579 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647). Each evening will see a Chicago hip-hop or soul performer paired with a jazz or improv act. This free series aims to bring together musicians and audiences who rarely share the same venue while presenting two genres thriving in Chicago.

 

May
11
7:00 pm19:00

Kai, the Mind; The Bridge; & Sean Masterson @ Comfort Station

Kai, the Mind is a young Chicago hip-hop and visual artist and founder of Black Tide Entertainment, a creative production company. Kai’s upbeat and playful music exudes ambition and sexuality.

The Bridge is a network French and American musicians structured around collaborative projects designed exchange, production, and diffusion to build a transatlantic bridge. The Bridge encourages meetings and relationships between creative musicians for the purpose of building enduring collaborations. Jean-Luc Guionnet, saxophone and organ, and Pierre-Antoine Badaroux, saxophone will perform.

Sean Masterson is an illusionist and theater performer.

Homeroom is proud to present Comfort Music on Thursdays in May at Comfort Station (2579 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647). Each evening will see a Chicago hip-hop or soul performer paired with a jazz or improv act. This free series aims to bring together musicians and audiences who rarely share the same venue while presenting two genres thriving in Chicago.


This program was made possible in part due to a grant from Illinois Arts Council Agency.

May
18
7:00 pm19:00

Ace da Vinci & Giallorenzo / Maunu @ Comfort Station

Ace da Vinci weaves R&B and jazz into rich hip-hop tapestries while rapping about self-discovery and the desire for peace-of-mind and personal and community growth.

Paul Giallorenzo is a Chicago-based improviser, composer, and producer using piano, synthesizer, keyboards, and electronics in a wide variety of groups and contexts, ranging from jazz and improvised music to electro-acoustic/noise to sound and video performance.

Peter Maunu is a veteran guitarist and violinist and was highly respected in the inner music circles of Los Angeles for session work ranging from Tony Williams, Billy Cobham, Claus Ogerman, Jean-Luc Ponty, and Mark Isham to Bobby McFerrin, the Commodores, and the Pointer Sisters. After years of working LA, Maunu moved to Chicago in 2010’s and immediately immersed himself in the experimental jazz scene.

Homeroom is proud to present Comfort Music on Thursdays in May at Comfort Station (2579 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647). Each evening will see a Chicago hip-hop or soul performer paired with a jazz or improv act. This free series aims to bring together musicians and audiences who rarely share the same venue while presenting two genres thriving in Chicago.

This program was made possible in part due to a grant from Illinois Arts Council Agency.

May
25
7:00 pm19:00

The Need and the Night & Mazzarella / Kirchner @ Comfort Station

The Need and The Night is composed singer Gina Bloom and songwriter Chuck Sansone, both from the retro-soul group, The Congregation. The Need and The Night ventures into groove-driven R&B and soul music.

Saxophonist and composer Nick Mazzarella has been a consistent presence in Chicago's music scene since the early 2000s. His working trio and quintet have served as the primary vehicles for his endeavors as a composer and leader, while as a collaborator or sideman he has performed and recorded with such artists as Tomeka Reid, Makaya McCraven, Hamid Drake, Joshua Abrams, and Rob Mazurek.

Quin Kirchner is a long-time Chicago drummer and composer who is as comfortable playing in jazz as he is rock and funk. He performs with the Quin Kirchner Group, Wild Belle, and Nomo

Homeroom is proud to present Comfort Music on Thursdays in May at Comfort Station (2579 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647). Each evening will see a Chicago hip-hop or soul performer paired with a jazz or improv act. This free series aims to bring together musicians and audiences who rarely share the same venue while presenting two genres thriving in Chicago.

This program was made possible in part due to a grant from Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Jul
13
8:00 pm20:00

Silent Films/Loud Music: Within Our Gates

Comfort StationHyde Park Art Center, and Homeroom jointly present a film as part of Comfort Station’s Silent Films and Loud Music Series. The silent film Within Our Gates  (1920) by Oscar Devereaux Micheaux will be screened with accompanying original music by Chicago composer and performer Paul Giallorenzo. Micheaux, an author, film director and independent producer of more than 44 films, is regarded as the first ever major African-American feature filmmaker.

Within Our Gates (drama/black & white ‧ 1h 19m) tells the story of kindly Sylvia Landry (Flo Clements), who takes a fundraising trip to Boston in hopes of collecting $5,000 to keep a Southern school for impoverished black children open to the public. She then meets the warmhearted Dr. Vivian (William Smith), who falls in love with Sylvia and travels with her back to the South. There, Dr. Vivian learns about Sylvia's shocking, tragic past and realizes that racism has changed her life forever.

Thursday, July 13, 2017
Hyde Park Art Center - 5020 S. Cornell Ave., Chicago

Free but a collection will be taken for the musicians

Sep
9
7:00 pm19:00

Ten x Ten 2017 Debut

Ten accomplished artists and three Chicago arts organizations are uniting to present Ten x Ten 2017: Dual Practices, an artistic project that commissions and presents new audio and visual artworks on Saturday, September 9 at Experimental Sound Studio (5925 N. Ravenswood, Chicago).

Ten x Ten, a project established in 2010, fosters collaboration between visual artists and musicians, explores the collaborative process, and presents artistic concepts and gestures across media.

The 2017 roster of artists all produce compelling work as both visual artists and musicians, and are interested in experimentation and collaboration. The participating artists are Melina AusikaitisAmbrosia BartosekulvaMark BoothCathy HsaioDeidre HuckabayDamon LocksLou MallozziJoseph Clayton MillsAllen Moore and Sadie Woods.

Ten x Ten 2017: Dual Practices is guest curated by Experimental Sound Studio (ESS), a non-profit, artist-run organization focused on sound in all its exploratory cultural manifestations. ESS is working in partnership with Homeroom and Spudnik Press Cooperative, the Ten x Ten founding organizations. Through the collaboration of these three distinct and accomplished organizations, Ten x Ten offers a truly unique opportunity for ten Chicago artists to produce new collaborative artworks.

 


Apr
17
Apr 27

Breakfast Serial: Madeleine Hettich

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The Life of Pattern

Homeroom's 2017 Breakfast Serial continues with artist Madeleine Hettich. Breakfast Serial features guest illustrators sharing sequential art and stories on Homeroom's Instagram: @homeroomchicago. Starting Monday, April 17, Madeleine. will debut "The Life of Pattern". Each weekday morning, a new panel will be revealed until the entire story is told in nine panels.

Pal-entine's Day: A Celebration of Friendship
Feb
12
1:00 pm13:00

Pal-entine's Day: A Celebration of Friendship

  • Hideout

Pal-entine's Day, a Celebration of Friendship. 

Artwork by Tselanie Townsend

Artwork by Tselanie Townsend

Join Homeroom for our 4th annual Pal-entine’s Day celebration of friendship at The Hideout on Sunday, February 12th from 1:00 to 4:00PM. 

Featuring:

Stay til the end to find out who Homeroom’s 2016 Pal of the Year will be! Stay even later for the second night of the Makeout Party

Tickets available via the Hideout, or buy at the door. 

  • Adult Pairs (couples, friends, colleagues, etc.) - $25
  • Solo Adults - $15
  • Kids - $5
School Night: Self Care as Warfare
Jan
24
5:45 pm17:45

School Night: Self Care as Warfare

  • Museum of Contemporary Art
photo and art by Tselanie Townsend

photo and art by Tselanie Townsend

School Night: SELF-CARE as WARFARE

A post-inauguration special

A multimedia “info show” featuring Alice Berry, Asean Johnson, Lakshmi Ramgopal, & Jes Skolnik and “School Night” co-hosts Fred Sasaki and Keidra Chaney.

Arrive early for a musical set by Lykanthea at 5:45pm. 

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”
—Audre Lorde

Homeroom Chicago presents a post-inauguration special “School Night” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago about “Self-Care as Warfare.” Artists, professionals, and activists gather to address de-escalation tactics, media literacy, mental health issues, and suggest strategies for self-preservation for uncertain times.

Tuesday, January 24th, 5:45pm

Museum of Contemporary Art

220 E. Chicago Ave.

visit www.mcachicago.org for more information

 

Breakfast Serial: Zelda Vidal
Aug
25
Sep 9

Breakfast Serial: Zelda Vidal

Homeroom is thrilled to present a new web-based series featuring comic, graphic and visual artists using Instagram as a medium to present new work. For nine days beginning August 25th, Zelda Vidal will create nine images as part of a single work. Each morning, stop by Breakfast Serial to see each new image. Ultimately, the pieces can be scrolled to be read all as one work. See you on Instagram!

@homeroomchicago       @serialbreakfast       #breakfastserial

Breakfast Serial: Regin Igloria
Aug
12
9:00 am09:00

Breakfast Serial: Regin Igloria

Homeroom is thrilled to present a new web-based series featuring comic, graphic and visual artists using Instagram as a medium to present new work. For nine days beginning July 25th, Regin Igloria will create nine images as part of a single work. Each morning, stop by Breakfast Serial to see each new image. Ultimately, the pieces can be scrolled to be read all as one work. See you on Instagram!

@homeroomchicago       @serialbreakfast       #breakfastserial

Comfort Music: Quin Kirchner Group & Ike Nwoye
May
26
7:00 pm19:00

Comfort Music: Quin Kirchner Group & Ike Nwoye

  • Comfort Station

Quin Kirchner Group (Stein/Lepine/Broste/Ulery/QK) & Ike Nwoye

Homeroom joins forces with Comfort Music, Comfort Station’s weekly music series to curate musical performances every Thursday for the month of May. Improvisers from Chicago’s jazz scene split bills with R&B and hip hop artists in four unique evenings of music that highlight Homeroom’s ability to facilitate artistic dialogue between artists and performers across genres.

Comfort Music: Oby & Akenya/Packard (SL/P)
May
19
7:00 pm19:00

Comfort Music: Oby & Akenya/Packard (SL/P)

  • Comfort Station

Oby and Akenya/Packard (SL/P)

May 19th

joins forces with Comfort Music, Comfort Station’s weekly music series to curate musical performances every Thursday for the month of May. Improvisers from Chicago’s jazz scene split bills with R&B and hip hop artists in four unique evenings of music that highlight Homeroom’s ability to facilitate artistic dialogue between artists and performers across genres.

Akenya is a 23-year-old multi-genre singer, pianist, composer, and arranger who is pursuing her dream of becoming a world-renowned, professional musician. Her music places a strong emphasis on jazz and the culmination of hip-hop, funk, pop, classical, world music, and other loves of hers. In the jazz world she has worked with and performed for the likes of Esperanza Spalding, Fred Hersch, Vijay Iyer, Jason Moran, Luciana Souza, and Dave Holland to name just a few. She is also well known in the Chicago hip-hop and soul scenes and has collaborated with some of the city’s leading artists including Chance the Rapper, Noname Gyspy, Mick Jenkins, Eryn Allen Kane, Donnie Trumpet, and the O'My’s. Akenya is currently working on a full LP, Moon in the 4th, as a follow up to her debut EP, Overcome, which was released in 2010. This new album will feature all originals, including her latest single “Disappear,” which premiered last November and can be streamed via soundcloud as well as purchased via bandcamp.

Oby

Oby

Comfort Music: The Bridge (Garcin/Rocher/Pruvost) & Billy Tuggle
May
12
7:00 pm19:00

Comfort Music: The Bridge (Garcin/Rocher/Pruvost) & Billy Tuggle

  • Comfort Station

The Bridge (Garcin/Rocher/Pruvost) & Billy Tuggle

Homeroom joins forces with Comfort Music, Comfort Station’s weekly music series to curate musical performances every Thursday for the month of May. Improvisers from Chicago’s jazz scene split bills with R&B and hip hop artists in four unique evenings of music that highlight Homeroom’s ability to facilitate artistic dialogue between artists and performers across genres.

The Bridge (Garcin/Rocher/Pruvost)

Billy Tuggle

Comfort Music: Luna Blues Machine & Dave Miller
May
5
7:00 pm19:00

Comfort Music: Luna Blues Machine & Dave Miller

  • Comfort Station
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Dave Miller

Luna Blues Machine & Dave Miller

Homeroom joins forces with Comfort Music, Comfort Station’s weekly music series to curate musical performances every Thursday for the month of May. Improvisers from Chicago’s jazz scene split bills with R&B and hip hop artists in four unique evenings of music that highlight Homeroom’s ability to facilitate artistic dialogue between artists and performers across genres.

Luna Blues Machine

The Luna Blues Machine fuses acoustic hip-hop with soul, folk, and any other genre that moves them. Fronted by Sisters Belinda and Maritza Cervantes (Mandolin and Guitar), LBM Stands out as one of the most experimental acoustic music acts working in Chicago today.

Combining major stints in both New York City and Chicago and numerous tours abroad, Dave Miller has cultivated a truly unique, exciting, and inviting approach to songwriting, improvisation, and the guitar. After releasing three albums to wide acclaim with his experimental rock band, Algernon (Cuneiform Records), Miller has once again redefined his parameters and formed Old Door Phantoms with some of the most creative musical minds in Chicago, yielding fascinating results. This time around, Miller has drawn influence from the elegant melodicism of The Beatles, the psychedelic folk of Neil Young & Crazy Horse, and the raw power and improvisational spirit of guitarists Link Wray, Gabor Szabo, and Charlie Christian. The music, although fresh, forward thinking, and avant garde, is grounded in the art of classic songwriting. The melodies linger and the sounds are warm. The songs play out as mind-expanding textures, but always with an air of compassion and familiarity.

Tracked live at Steve Albini's famed studio, Electrical Audio, the album has the sound and feel of being in the same room as the band. At times, this off the cuff quality to the recordings recalls the instrumental swagger of The Band or Booker T & the MGs, while juxtaposing this element with the pulsing experimentalism of Sonic Youth and ambient textures of Brian Eno.

"I count Miller among my favorite modern guitarists. His ability to garb complicated development within lyrical melody fits as comfortably within a traditional organ trio as it does in the subtler compositions he has turned out for his own post-rock projects..." - Grammy award winning music journalist, Neil Tesser

School Night: How to Politically Correct
Apr
19
6:00 pm18:00

School Night: How to Politically Correct

  • Museum of Contemporary Art

 

Free with museum entrance, which is free to Illinois residents on Tuesdays.

Homeroom presents “School Night: How to Politically Correct,” an info show about the awesome love, power, and freedom of political correctness. Comedian Tim Barnes, playwright Kristiana Rae Colon, multimedia artist Tim Jones-Yelvington, and poet H. Melt join School Night hosts Fred Sasaki and Seth Vanek to tease out doctrine, language politics, and stigma amid our burgeoning social landscape and evolving ideals. Topics include how to embody our best selves, respect our fellows, and confront inequities, violence, and demagogues in safe, constructive, and badass ways. Come exercise your civic duty by engaging as citizens of humanity.

Tim Barnes is a Los Angeles born Chicago based comedian and writer. He is a contributor to The AV Club, an occasional host of The Moth StorySlam’s and has written for the NPR quiz show, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! as well as Men’s Health. He is the host of the acclaimed interview/storytelling podcast, It’s All True! featuring conversations with prominent comedians and entertainers including Eddie Izzard, Wyatt Cenac, Greg Proops and more. Chicago Magazine named Tim one of the 16 Chicago Comics You Should Check Out… and The Chicago Tribune has described him as “a smooth wordsmith who is sharp, polished and confident…”

Kristiana Rae Colón is a poet, playwright, actor, educator, Cave Canem Fellow, and co-director of the #LetUsBreathe Collective.  Her play but i cd only whisper had its American premiere at The Flea in New York. Her play Octagon, winner of Arizona Theater Company's 2014 National Latino Playwriting Award and Polarity Ensemble Theater's Dionysos Festival of New Work, had its world premiere at the Arcola Theater in London in September 2015. Her work was featured in Victory Gardens' 2014 Ignition Festival and in 2013, she toured the UK with her collection of poems promised instruments published by Northwestern University Press. In autumn 2012, Kristiana opened her one-woman show Cry Wolf at Teatro Luna in Chicago while her play but i cd only whisper had its world premiere at the Arcola Theater in London. Kristiana is apart of the Goodman Theater's Playwrights Unit, a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists and one half of the brother/sister hip-hop duo April Fools. She appeared on the fifth season of HBO's Def Poetry Jam.

Tim Jones-Yelvington is a Chicago-based writer, multimedia performance artist, and nightlife personality. He is the author of two collections of short fiction—"Evan's House and the Other Boys Who Live There" (in "They Could No Longer Contain Themselves," Rose Metal Press) and "This is a Dance Movie!" (forthcoming, Tiny Hardcore Press).

H. Melt is a poet and artist whose work proudly documents Chicago’s queer and trans communities. Their writing has appeared many places including Lambda Literary, The Offing, and Them, the first trans literary journal in the United States. H. Melt is the author of The Plural, The Blurring. They work at the Poetry Foundation and Chicago's feminist bookstore.  

Homeroom’s School Night is an informal “101 lecture” and discussion series which typically takes place on occasional Tuesdays at venues across Chicago. Experts and enthusiasts explore popular and subculture in front of a relaxed crowd.

 

 

3rd Annual Pal-entine's Day
Feb
5
Feb 6

3rd Annual Pal-entine's Day

  • Cole's

Homeroom presents the 3rd annual...

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

 

Join Homeroom for our 3rd annual Pal-entine’s Day celebration of friendship featuring live music and games at Cole’s Bar in Logan Square. Our very own Seth Vanek (Roommate, Thin Hymns) hosts a round of Friendly Feud that pits local organizations Comfort Station against Chicago Art Department. Who will take the crown from two-time champions Nightingale Cinema?

Homeroom’s 2015 Pal of the Year recipient Matthew Baron (Future Hits, Coach House Sounds) will be on hand to present this year’s award to artist, writer and curator Jordan Martins.

Local crowd-pleasers Dust Bunnies and Deadbeat will also perform live sets.

Dust Bunnies are a four-piece indie outfit who play a unique breed of folk-pop that effortlessly blends psychedelia and dream pop with the garage rock elements to create a world of spacey sounds interlocked with tight beats.

Deadbeat is a full-band psychedelic dance outfit helmed by lo-fi songwriter Jessica Risker. Channeling her solo songwriting into self-described anti-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.
 

Pal-entine’s Day Raffle

The raffle is open to the public and you need not be present to win.

Grand Prize: VIP 3-day passes to Pitchfork Music Festival 2016

First Place: 3-day passes to Pitchfork Music Festival 2016

Second Place: a pair of Cubs tickets

Third Place: gift bag full of Homeroom treats including a Ten x Ten record and art book, gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses


Purchase tickets in-person or at homeroomchicago.org/store/pals

All proceeds go toward funding Homeroom's 2016 programs. 

School Night: SELF-PORTRAIT IN A KANYE MIRROR
Dec
15
6:00 pm18:00

School Night: SELF-PORTRAIT IN A KANYE MIRROR

  • Museum of Contemporary Art
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School Night: SELF-PORTRAIT IN A KANYE MIRROR

This multimedia “info show” features Krista Franklin, Allison Glenn, Lisa Yun Lee with Kevin Coval, J. Johari Palacio, Anthony Stepter and “School Night” co-hosts Fred Sasaki and Seth Vanek. 

Admission: visit www.mcachicago.org for more information

“If you’re a Kanye West fan, you’re not a fan of me, you’re a fan of yourself. You will believe in yourself. I’m just the espresso.”  —Kanye West, September 24, BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe

Artists and educators assemble to reflect on the art and life of Kanye West through the lens of their own personal Yeezus. Topics include career arc, creativity, excellence, insecurity, messiness, self love, and the quest for beauty, truth, and awesomeness.

                    Some day we will try
To do as many things as are possible
And perhaps we shall succeed at a handful
Of them, but this will not have anything
To do with what is promised today
    —”Self-portrait in a Convex Mirror,” by John Ashbery

Homeroom’s School Night is an informal “101 lecture” and discussion series which typically takes place on occasional Tuesdays at venues across Chicago.

Poet and visual artist Krista Franklin was raised in Dayton, Ohio, and educated at Kent State University, where she earned a BA. Influenced by Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, and the writers of the Black Arts Movement, Franklin layers personal, pop cultural, and historical imagery, interrogating race, gender, and class through narrative. Her poetry is included in the anthologies Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade (2006), Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam (2001), and The Bust Guide to the New Girl Order (1999). Franklin is also a visual artist, focusing primarily on collage. In addition to being shown widely in galleries, Franklin’s collages have been featured on the covers of several poetry collections, including John Murillo’s Up Jumps the Boogie (2010) and Lita Hooper’s Thunder in Her Voice (2010). A Cave Canem Fellow, Franklin was a cofounder of the 2nd Sun Salon and of Tres Colony. She has taught for Young Chicago Authors, the Neighborhood Writing Alliance, and ETA Creative Arts. Franklin lives in Chicago.

Allison M. Glenn is a 2015 Curatorial Fellow with the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, writer and Director of Monique Meloche Gallery. Recent exhibitions include Look At Me Now!, moniquemeloche, Chicago (2015) and Queen Bee, Terrain Exhibitions, Chicago (2014). From 2013-2014, Glenn was the inaugural Program Manager and exhibitions curator at the Arts Incubator in Washington Park, the flagship building of the University of Chicago's Arts + Public Life initiative, for which Theaster Gates is the Director. In this position Glenn developed the Exhibitions program, Visiting Artist program, managed and developed the Artist in Residence program, and managed all programs for the Arts Incubator. Curatorial projects at the Arts Incubator include the inaugural Feedback exhibition, Kellie Romany: Gestate, and Illuminated Presence and co-curating Public Dialogue and The Distance Between. Additional exhibition experience includes the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s 2012 MFA Exhibition Curatorial Fellowship; research, writing, and support in preparation for Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980, An exhibition at the Hammer Museum that was part of the Pacific Standard Time initiative of the Getty Research Institute; a 2010 Curatorial Fellowship at Hyde Park Art Center, and independent exhibitions. Her essays have been featured in publications for The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Prospect New Orleans Biennial and The Studio Museum in Harlem. She has been published in Art21, Newcity, and FNewsmagazine, amongst others. Glenn received dual Masters degrees in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism/Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Bachelor of Fine Art Photography with a co-Major in Urban Studies from Wayne State University, in Detroit.

Lisa Yun Lee is the Director of the School of Art & Art History for the University of Illinois Chicago, a visiting curator at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, and a member of the Art History, Museum and Exhibition Studies, and Gender and Women's Studies faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Lisa is also the co-founder of The Public Square at the Illinois Humanities Council, an organization dedicated to creating spaces for dialogue and dissent and for reinvigorating civil society. She has published a book on Frankfurt School philosopher Theodor Adorno titled, Dialectics of the Body: Corporeality in the Philosophy of Theodor Adorno (Routledge, 2004), and researches and writes about museums and diversity, cultural and environmental sustainability, and spaces for fostering radically democratic practices. Lisa received her BA in Religion from Bryn Mawr College, and a PhD in German Studies from Duke University. She is the Co-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at UIC, and she serves on the national boards of the American Alliance of Museums, Imagining America: Artists & Scholars in Public Life, the Ms. Magazine Adviory Board, and the boards of Rebuild Foundation, the National Public Housing Museum, Young Chicago Authors, 3Arts, and the International Contemporary Ensemble.

Kevin Coval is the editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop and is the author of Schtick, L-vis Lives!: Racemusic Poems, Everyday People, Slingshots: A Hip-Hop Poetica and the play, This is Modern Art, co-written with Idris Goodwin. Founder of Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival and the Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors, Coval teaches hip-hop aesthetics at The University of Illinois-Chicago, is a 4x HBO Def Poet and has written for a wide variety of publications including CNN.com, Huffington Post and Fake Shore Drive. The Chicago Tribune’s called him “the voice of the new Chicago” and the Boston Globe says he’s “the city’s unofficial poet laureate”. This is Modern Art is forthcoming in the Spring of 2016 on Haymarket Books and Coval’s A People’s History of Chicago is due out in the Spring of 2017, also on Haymarket Books.

Grand Rapids, Michigan native Anthony Stepter works at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he is both the graduate program coordinator for Museum and Exhibition Studies and the coordinator of public programs and community engagement at Gallery 400. Anthony graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an MA in Visual and Critical Studies. As an independent organizer Anthony has completed curatorial projects for ACRE, Washington Park Arts Incubator, and the 2nd Floor Rear festival. He served as a juror for apexart, collaborated with the Office of Public Culture in Grand Rapids, and in 2014 co-curated Extinct Entities, a month-long performance series of commissioned art works exploring the history of Chicago-based art spaces that no longer exist. In high school he worked at a record store called Beatnics and saved up enough money to buy turntables by making instructional videos for schools and non-profit groups.

Chicago born and Los Angeles raised, J. Johari Palacio is a music enthusiast and tune curator who goes under the pseudonym of The Bored Enthusiast.  The Enthusiast is an interdisciplinary artist who works with all types of sonic pallets (from noise to hip-hop to Brazilian jazz) to create an aural cinematic visual for the listener. Mixed-medium collages, event programming, multimedia production (and deconstruction), drama performances and his writing of creative fiction has taken a strong foothold within his practice. He currently has residencies at Maria's Community Bar and Harbee's Tavern and Liquors, and has guest curated at several different spaces from Chicago to London.

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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:

 

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.

FACEBOOK EVENT

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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