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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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

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Comfort Music: Quin Kirchner Group & Ike Nwoye
May
26
7:00 PM19:00

Comfort Music: Quin Kirchner Group & Ike Nwoye

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.

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Comfort Music: Oby & Akenya/Packard (SL/P)
May
19
7:00 PM19:00

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

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

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Comfort Music: The Bridge (Garcin/Rocher/Pruvost) & Billy Tuggle
May
12
7:00 PM19:00

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

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

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Comfort Music: Luna Blues Machine & Dave Miller
May
5
7:00 PM19:00

Comfort Music: Luna Blues Machine & Dave Miller

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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

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School Night: How to Politically Correct
Apr
19
6:00 PM18:00

School Night: How to Politically Correct

 

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.

 

 

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

3rd Annual Pal-entine's Day

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. 

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School Night: SELF-PORTRAIT IN A KANYE MIRROR
Dec
15
6:00 PM18:00

School Night: SELF-PORTRAIT IN A KANYE MIRROR

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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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