Happy Birthday, Public Newsroom! City Bureau’s weekly workshop series turns 100 in March, and we want YOU to join the party. Featuring cake and dancing with local TV legend Chic-A-Go-Go!
Arts & Events
5th Wave Collective is a Chicago-based classical music ensemble dedicated to the performance and promotion of music by female composers. “Salute to Chicago” features performances of works by female composers who have ties to Chicago.
"Through the Lens" Workshop with Tonika Johnson: On the Potential of Black women’s Self-Portraiture to Reclaim Narratives of Black life
From newspaper covers to Instagram snapshots, images have the potential to shape and transform narratives. Join us for a discussion led by artist Tonika Johnson on the potential of Black women’s self-portraiture to reclaim narratives of Black life. Bring objects or clothes with significance to you to photograph in a self-portraiture and storytelling workshop. Childcare will be provided!
This week at the Public Newsroom we’ll draw connections to how reporting on the 1919 riots relates to the coverage of segregation nearly half a century later and what, if anything, has changed today. Our featured guests for the evening are Ethan Michaeli, author of The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America (2015), and City Bureau Co-Founder Darryl Holliday.
From the acclaimed playwright of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf comes a choreopoem about one night of dreams and memories from a young, African American woman. A collage of dreamlike memories and poetic editorials, Boogie Woogie Landscapes is a funny, moving, and surprising piece of theatre from one of America’s most incisive poets/playwrights.
This is a partnership with Court Theater’s Spotlight Reading Series, which aims to rediscover plays by writers of color largely missing from the American stage and absent from the traditional canon.
Cultural healing is the reason for this seasonal open mic and community building series. During a challenging time of year for many Chicagoans we gather on the Southside over warm food, creative expression, good discussions, and great company to provide a salve for ashy spirits.
Hosted by J Bambii. Guest Artist: Manasseh.
There are 8,000 miles of roads and paths in New York City and for the past six years Matt Green has been walking every street, park, cemetery, beach, and bridge. Executive produced by Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg, “The World Before Your Feet” is a “walkumentary” that Hyperallergic calls “A celebration of using what short time we all have to better connect with the world.”
WHPK’s long-running Pictures and Sounds showcase of experimental music combined with visuals comes to Experimental Station and features prominent artists from Chicago’s free jazz/improvised music scene: Norman Long with Cher Jay, Angel Bat Dawid with the Brothahood, Marvin Tate, and Jonathan Woods.
Self-Care=Resistance Pop-up Jam (March) - Gather At The Pines featuring Asher Gamedze (South Africa) and Rudra Xristián
Self-care = Resistance (Julian Otis and Angel Bat Dawid) welcomes South African percussionist Asher Gamedze to the circle to share his sounds. Rudra Xristián will install his kinetic sculptures, that guests can play or interact with, among 30 pine trees to create a “sound forest” in our event space.
Enjoy this Chicago winter's most convivial and unique cocktail experience, to take place indoors in a wintry North woods setting. Mingle among the trees while enjoying signature drinks by our local mixologists at The Promontory and beer by Chicago’s own Half Acre Beer Company. Chef Ursula Adduci of Sazón will provide eats and DJ Audio Jack will provide beats!
Do not miss this fun one-night-only event in support of Experimental Station. Dress suggestion: North woods chic!
Tickets to Wintry Mix are $100 and can be purchased at exp.st/wintrymix
Come by Experimental Station to share some homemade bread and spreads before listening to Selina Trepp talk about her pieces hanging in our entryway space. During this event, guests will be invited to join in making music for Selina’s new animated work in progress.
The BLK Bike Panel & Discussion: honoring historic Black cyclists, highlighting Black-led Chicago cycling groups, and connecting cycling advocates
The BLK Bike Panel & Discussion is an event that is autonomously organized by a few cyclists on the Southside with the intention of getting black cyclists in a room to discuss collaborations, barriers that stunt our collective efforts to get more black people riding, and ways in which to overcome those obstacles.
Backyard Series and Ano Bank$’ “One Drop” brings together visual and performing artists in celebration of the African diaspora. Artists include: Ano Bank$ , Mani Jurdan, Amare Symone, Kimanisho, Banks Performance Project, Izzy, DDesigns, Felix Barnes, and Recothegreat. Painting experience with Unladylike Chi. Food vending by Kayafresh.
Youth-led 20th Ward Candidate Forum presented by The Triibe, Good Kids Mad City, and South Side Weekly
Moderated by the Editor-In-Chief of thetriibe.com, Tiffany Walden, join us for a 20th Ward Candidate Forum at Experimental Station. Find out which candidate will best serve our community's interests in the 20th Ward of Chicago, which includes Back of the Yards, Englewood and Woodlawn. Hold elected officials accountable by being present and informed. This is a youth led forum that will uplift their voices because they are our PRESENT and our FUTURE!
Winter Blue: February with Guest Host J. Bambii and Feature Artist Elijah Carter - Cultural Therapy for the Season
Winter Blue is a yearly music series during the winter months of Chicago for people to peacefully come together and enjoy loving company, warm food, dope music and good vibes. Winter Blue features local artists with soulful, Hip-hop, experimental electronic and funky sounds as well as an open mic.
February’s Winter Blue has J. Bambii as guest host and Elijah Carter as the feature artist.
Join ECLIPSING and Experimental Station for a closing ceremony of the ECLIPSING: Death & Transformation festival! This performative event, led by Angel Bat Dawid and Julian Otis of Self Care = Resistance, will feature a participatory healing exercise drawing from black ancestral traditions of hush harbours.
Poncili Creación and Gaspare Nasuto - Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival Neighborhood Tour
The 12-day, city-wide Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival showcases an entertaining and eclectic array of puppet styles from around the world including marionettes, shadow puppets, Bunraku puppets, tiny toy puppets, and distinctive, innovative styles of contemporary puppetry. The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival is a mission-driven program of Chicago-based theater company Blair Thomas & Co. Founded in 2002, Blair Thomas & Co. is recognized as an international contributor to contemporary puppetry and a creator of uniquely expressive spectacle theater.
Winter Blue is a yearly music series during the winter months of Chicago for people to peacefully come togehter and enjoy loving company, warm food, dope music and good vibes. Winter Blue features local artists with soulful, Hip-hop, experimental electronic and funky sounds as well as an open mic.
Join us for an exclusive preview screening of the music videos from the highly anticipated album SYNERGY. Produced and performed entirely by Chicago Women, the album features Jovan Landry, Tweak’G, Tee Spirit, JuJu MinXXX, Sundé, Jade The Ivy, Sauda Muse and Glitter Moneyyy. The music videos were made by filmmakers Briana Clearly and Sonia Jordan, with an accompanying all women crew. After the screening, participate in a discussion with the artists and filmmakers about the project and the issues it addresses. The screening is free and open to the public, complimented with light refreshments.
“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” ~ Audre Lorde
Self-Care = Resistance is a community gathering for collective expression through music, dance, poetry, rap, and beyond. Bring yourself, your instrument, your pen and let's mediate. Angel Bat Dawid (composer/clarinetist/vocalist/pianist), Gira Dahnee (Vocalist/Piano) of the Participatory Music Coalition and Julian Terrell Otis (vocalist/theatrical improv) will help lead you on this musical journey.
Join us for a celebration of the new anthology, The Long Term: Resisting Life Sentences Working Toward Freedom. For this event, we will be joined by editors Alice Kim, Erica Meiners, Audrey Petty, Beth Richie, and contributors Tara Betts, Daniel Cooper, Monica Cosby, Mathilda de Dios, Krista Franklin, Mary L. Johnson, Patrick Pursley, David Stovall, Damon Williams, and others. There will also be a showcase of brief videos and artwork created by PNAP students and visual artists featured in the book.
Organized by the Prison and Neighborhood Arts Project and The Invisible Institute.
The Demonstration will exhibit workshops, live demonstrations, and vendors featuring Underground Equity Artists - showcasing the core competencies of our member’s individual brands. Each Artist invited will act as a vendor or demonstrator with the autonomy to sell or create their merchandise live at our pop-up.
Newsroom employment and revenue from advertisement for newspapers have declined significantly in the United States. The local news crisis has left many communities in the dark. But it’s also led to new opportunities to transform what local media looks like.
"Environmental Concerns" Closing Event: “Chainsaw Lowering” Public Performance and Tasting with Erik Peterson and Angel Bat Dawid
Erik Peterson's 16' double chainsaw sculpture has sat on a ledge in Experimental Station for 7 years. To close out our Environmental Concerns project, we will lower the sculpture from its second story perch and have it permanently exit the building (hopefully via a Resource Center truck!). This will provide an opportunity to reflect on the stasis, atrophy, and renewal that exists within ecosystems - reflecting Experimental Station's history and the annual cycle of life within William Hill's green spaces. Before the chainsaw sculpture leaves, guests' senses will be engaged through sound, performances, tastings, and olfactory delights.
TOMTE (Gnome) - shadow puppet theater performance
Sunday, November 4, 10:30-12:30
Doors open at 10:30AM, performance starts at 11 followed by a hands-on workshop
Designed and performed by Tom Lee with Storyteller Lisa Gonzales
Adapted from “The Tomten” by Astrid Lindgren from a poem by Victor Rydberg
”Tomte is a Swedish gnome who takes care of a family and their farm, though they never see him. On a cold winter night, Tomte teaches us about the importance of kindness and looking after all living things.”
Free and all are welcome. Reserve here or first-come, first serve at the door. For more information, please contact Matthew Searle, Assistant Director of Experimental Station at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773.241.6044.
This event is part of the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival’s Neighborhood Tour which provides free, family-friendly puppetry performances in neighborhoods with the ultimate aim of cultivating a widespread and diverse audience for internationally significant, culturally transformative works of puppetry.
Lisa Gonzales is a dance maker, performer, and associate professor at Columbia College Chicago. Interested in the complex array of meanings revealed by bodies in relationship to environment, Gonzales’ work often investigates some aspect of the power and frailty inherent in humanness. She has shown her work in diverse spaces such as DTW in New York, The Dance Center of Columbia College and Links Hall in Chicago, the historic Lu-Ling Theater in Taipei, Taiwan, at the Dostoyevsky Theater in St. Petersburg Russia, in Helsinki, Finland, and in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.
Gonzales is co-founder of The Architects (a dance collective dedicated to the performance of improvisation) and considers the politics of a collectively organized group teaching collaboratively and making performance work improvisationally and non-hierarchically to be an important artistic and social practice. She has been described as a performer of “stunning power and nuance” by the New York Times. Gonzales attended Middlebury College and received her MFA from the Ohio State University. She is grateful to her mentors and collaborators for inspiring her life-long commitment to dance and creative practice.
Born in Korea and raised in Hawai’i, Tom Lee is a designer, director, and puppet artist. His work frequently incorporates live-feed video and projection design with puppetry, exploring the synthesis of manipulated objects, miniatures, and figures with the language of film and animation. Growing up in Hawai’i, Mr. Lee was exposed to Asian theatre traditions that have had a profound impact on his work. Following the professional acting program at Carnegie Mellon University, his interest in performance and design found their synthesis in puppet theatre.
Lee’s puppetry performance includes War Horse on Broadway and Madama Butterfly with the Metropolitan Opera, among many others. Tom has created numerous original pieces, including Shank’s Mare, a collaboration with Japanese puppet master Koryu Nishikawa V, which will tour to Japan this summer. Shank’s Mare received the 2016 Arlyn Award for Outstanding Puppetry Design. Tom is a recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Designers and taught design and puppetry at Sarah Lawrence College for ten years.
Tom and Lisa were introduced while working on the puppet piece, Hiroshima Maiden, by Dan Hurlin.