Listen to Your Elders! (Film Screening)
Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

Listen to Your Elders! (Film Screening)

LISTEN TO YOUR ELDERS!

A film screening about the incarceration and resettlement of Japanese Americans

At The Nightingale
1084 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60642

This is a free event!

Homeroom and the Japanese American Service Committee (JASC) present a special film screening documenting the forced removal, illegal detention, and resettlement of Japanese Americans during and after WWII. Screening is hosted by KEIDRA CHANEY and FRED SASAKI, with special guests RYAN YOKOTA and ANNA TAKADA.

LISTEN TO YOUR ELDERS! It’s not too late—what happened then is happening again. How can you help?

Homeroom and the JASC invite you to listen to Japanese Americans who experienced forced removal from their homes and illegal detention by order of the United States government due to race prejudice. Learn how to talk about American concentration camps then and now. Experts will be on hand to talk through the culture and context of the films and provide a guide to language about Japanese Americans in World War II. How and why did over 20,000 Japanese Americans resettle in Chicago after the war?

Chicago is a place of radicalism and refuge—please join us!!

In 1975, the JASC received a federal grant to produce films and materials as part of an Issei Gerontology Project, which focused on first generation Japanese immigrants in Chicago. Four 16mm films were produced, which have not been screened in their entirety in over 40 years. In the Chicago community, this collection of first generation Japanese immigrant interviews is vitally important and exceedingly rare. The oral history interviews captured in these films and in the related materials in the JASC archival collection represent a historical archive and legacy that is unique not only in Chicago, but in the nation as a whole. In detailing their immigration history and their stories of incarceration and resettlement, they are a testimony to the importance of safeguarding civil and human rights in the U.S

The program will also feature Resettled Roots, a historical documentary that examines the vast migration of Japanese Americans to Chicago following their unconstitutional incarceration during World War II. Using first-hand accounts, Resettled Roots shares personal stories from this period known as "resettlement," and challenges common narratives of "internment" to consider the immediate aftermath and lasting legacies of wartime incarceration.

Ryan Yokota is the Director of Development and Director of the Legacy Center at the Japanese American Service Committee. He manages the Legacy Center Archives and Library, which function to preserve and promote the history of Japanese Americans in Chicago. He received his Ph.D in East Asian-Japanese History at the University of Chicago and his M.A. in Asian American Studies at UCLA and also received his B.A. at UCLA, double majoring in English and History.

Anna Takada is the Oral History Project Coordinator at the Japanese American Service Committee in Chicago, where she records first-hand experiences of World War II incarceration and resettlement of Japanese Americans. Her position is a continuation of the oral history project that was a part of the Then They Came For Me exhibition at Alphawood Gallery where she worked as the Outreach Coordinator and Exhibitions Assistant. Anna received a B.A. in Social and Cultural Analysis, specializing in Africana Studies and Asian Pacific American Studies from New York University.

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Israel Martínez: Music and Dialogue
Oct
18
6:30 PM18:30

Israel Martínez: Music and Dialogue

Lit & Luz Festival
Israel Martínez: Music and Dialogue

Ace Hotel Chicago
311 N Morgan St, Chicago, Illinois 60607
FREE

Israel Martínez is a sound artist and experimental musician from Mexico. He has been part of the Artists in Berlin Program from DAAD, and the MuseumsQuartier’s residence program in Vienna. He has published recordings and editorial work through Sub Rosa, Errant Bodies Press, Aagoo, The Wire, Hatje Cantz; and is co-founder of the record labels and collectives Abolipop and Suplex.

Israel will perform and then be joined in conversation by multidisciplinary artist Jared Brown.

In partnership with MAKE Literary Productions and Ace Hotel Chicago.

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CHICAGO—MAKE Literary Productions is proud to present the sixth annual Lit & Luz Festival of Language, Literature, and ArtOctober 12-19, 2019, at venues throughout Chicago.

This year’s festival theme, “Movement,” asks the participants and audience to consider migration, social movements, and bodies in motion.

The festival features more than a dozen free, bilingual events, including conversations, film screenings, live storytelling, and much more. Award-winning Mexican American author Luis Alberto Urrea will present the festival's Lit & Luz Keynote Address with Luis Alberto Urrea at the Chicago Cultural Center on Sunday, October 13 at 3 PM. The festival’s closing event is on Saturday, October 19, when the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago partners to present the Live Magazine Show from 6-8pm. The “Live Magazine Show” is a ticketed program in which paired Mexico- and US-based participants debut their multimedia creative collaborations.


~~~~~For the full festival schedule, visit http://www.litluz.org~~~~~

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Water Music on the Beach
Aug
25
1:00 PM13:00

Water Music on the Beach

Water Music on the Beach is an annual series of live performances initiated in 2012 that highlights Chicago’s proximity to Lake Michigan. Compositions and scores reflect, react to, or personify the sounds of water. Join us for experimental performances on the water at Lane Beach, 5915 North Sheridan Road, at the intersection of Thorndale and Sheridan. 


Performers will include Edbrass Brasil, Quin Kirchner, Alexander Massa, AJ McClenon, and others TBA. The programming for this event is a collaboration with Comfort Station and Homeroom

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Physics for Listeners: Vinyl Release Show
Jun
1
8:30 PM20:30

Physics for Listeners: Vinyl Release Show

The Chicago trio ZRL (Zachary Good, Ryan Packard, and Lia Kohl) will perform commissioned compositions by Ben Lamar Gay, OHMME, Sam Scranton, and Ayanna Woods, each of whom developed the works in collaboration with the ensemble. This event celebrates the release of the four realized pieces on vinyl record.

Physics for Listeners is a commissioned concert series that presents new work from Chicago composers working in contemporary classical, jazz/improvised, and experimental rock. At its core, Physics for Listeners is an exploration of the techniques and approaches of composers from distinct traditions.

With the input of ZRL, the project’s resident ensemble, Homeroom asked four composers to each create a unique composition with the trio. While each of the composers is the main author of the music, the compositions were developed over several months in collaboration with ZRL. Physics for Listeners encourages collaboration, experimentation, and dialogue amongst the composers and musicians, providing insight into the similarities and differences that define each composer and their approach, including how each works with the performing musicians.

Tickets available at the source link below.

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Physics for Listeners pre-concert party
Jun
1
7:00 PM19:00

Physics for Listeners pre-concert party

Join us for a gathering of patrons, Homeroom staff, and Physics for Listeners participants to celebrate the record release of Physics for Listeners. This event will serve as a pre-concert party that includes food catered by NaKorn Urban Thai and two drink tickets.

We will fill up the back patio of Hungry Brain and from there walk together to Constellation for the performance. This is a perfect opportunity to support Homeroom while mingling with the artists and audience who make its programming possible.

Tickets available at the source link below.

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Physics for Listeners: A Composers' Concert
Nov
19
8:30 PM20:30

Physics for Listeners: A Composers' Concert

Physics for Listeners: a Composers’ Concert is both a a commissioned concert series and recording project that presents new work from Chicago composers practicing diverse traditions, approaches, and techniques. This concert will shine a light on the beginning stages of each composition as the ensemble runs the early sketches of each composers’ vision.

In 2018, Homeroom began work with ZRL, an improvising trio of Chicago musicians proficient at multiple musical traditions as well as working with traditional notation, graphic scores, and improvisation. From there, Homeroom and ZRL commissioned four composers to share in the collaborative process: Ben Lamar GayOHMME (Macie Stewart & Sima Cunningham), Sam Scranton, and Ayanna Woods. Hailing from various compositional traditions including jazz, contemporary classical, rock, and experimental improvisation, each composer will create works for ZRL to perform, record, and release on 12" vinyl.





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Homeroom's 10 Year Anniversary: Class of 2008 Reunion
Jun
9
to Jun 10

Homeroom's 10 Year Anniversary: Class of 2008 Reunion

Celebrate Homeroom's tenth year of existence at Elastic Arts where we will dance, laugh, cry, sing, and rehash old rivalries at our 10 Year Reunion. The party will feature music from some of Chicago's best DJ's and bands, including the reunion of perennial favorites Tiny Cover Band. Expect spiked punch from The Whistler, Motor Row Brewing beers, and comedian MC Bill Bullock.

This event guarantees to be a great time. Let's celebrate ten years of uniting Chicago communities and the arts! Get tickets today: https://www.artful.ly/store/events/15227

 

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Silent Films/Loud Music: Within Our Gates & The Light of Faith
May
12
8:00 PM20:00

Silent Films/Loud Music: Within Our Gates & The Light of Faith

Comfort StationElastic Arts, 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 composers and performers Paul Giallorenzo and Ben Lamar Gay. Micheaux, an author, film director and independent producer of more than 44 films, is regarded as the first ever major African-American feature filmmaker.

The Chicago group VAD will also share the evening with Paul and Ben, scoring the short film The Light of Faith (1922).

Cover is $10 to benefit the participating artists. Advance tickets are encouraged and can be purchased here.

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An Exquisite Crawl
May
12
4:00 PM16:00

An Exquisite Crawl

Homeroom and MAKE Literary Productions present a three-venue crawl featuring three unique, exquisite-corpse stories created through collaborations between some of Chicago’s finest writers and musicians. 

Through this arts-packed, spring crawl along Milwaukee Ave, attendees will witness the unveiling of three separate exquisite corpse stories—each created by a group of four writers and musicians. Using the well-known exquisite corpse drawing practice as a model, the participants will pass off a written line or a line of music to the next participant. That individual will then continue the story, knowing only the single proceeding final line. These ~10-minute tales will each contain music, spoken word, a combination of the two, and an element of surprise for the participants and audience alike.

Participants include Kyle Beachy, Jim Becker, Deidre Huckabay, Mabel Kwan, A.Martinez, Tarnynon Onumonu, Jeffrey Sherfey, Mai Sugimoto, Andrew Tham, Michael Zerang, and more! 

Locations include Sector 2337 (2337 N. Milwaukee) at 4:00PM, Galerie F (2415 N Milwaukee Ave) at roughly 4:45PM, and The Whistler (2421 N Milwaukee Ave.) at roughly 5:30PM. Event begins at Sector 2337. Free beer courtesy of Revolution Brewing will be offered at Galerie F. The Whistler is a 21+ venue. This event is totally free.

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Ten x Ten 2017 Redux
Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

Ten x Ten 2017 Redux

Functioning as both a retrospective of prior iterations of Ten x Ten and a rekindling of Ten x Ten 2017, this event will invite the audience to enjoy musical performances from 2017 artist pairs Allen Moore & Sadie Woods and Melina Ausikaitis & Ambrosia Bartosekulva while taking in Ten x Ten screen prints from the beginning of this program to now.

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School Night: Anger Management/Working with Rage
Feb
21
8:00 PM20:00

School Night: Anger Management/Working with Rage

School Night is an informal lecture and discussion series hosted by Keidra Chaney and Fred Sasaki. Our hosts check in one year after the inauguration to discuss ways to rage against apathy, fatigue, and nihilism with "Anger Management/Working with Rage."

Our panel will be comprised of Megan Stielstra (author of The Wrong Way to Save Your Life), Diddle Knabb (editor of Fem Rag Lit Magazine), and Michi Trota (editor of award-winning blog Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction & Fantasy). 

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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.

 

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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Apr
17
to 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.

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Pal-entine's Day: A Celebration of Friendship
Feb
12
1:00 PM13:00

Pal-entine's Day: A Celebration of Friendship

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
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School Night: Self Care as Warfare
Jan
24
5:45 PM17:45

School Night: Self Care as Warfare

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

 

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Breakfast Serial: Zelda Vidal
Aug
25
to 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

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