Salonathon: Outside Voices! at Logan Square Arts Festival
Jun
24
3:00 PM15:00

Salonathon: Outside Voices! at Logan Square Arts Festival

Oh, HELLO! We've missed you. Since we stopped seeing you in a sparkly haven once a week, we've been thinking a lot about how voices travel in this wild miasma of a world. Whose words get heard? Who gets to be LOUD? Who gets the stage? In our ideal world, YOU DO. Come shout it out with us during this day and week and month and life of Pride! ♥ 

Featuring performances by: 
ALEXA GRÆ 
EMMA CASEY
and MICHA
on Sunday, June 24th from 3-3:45pm at the Logan Square Arts Festival 2018.  

Find out more about the Logan Square Arts Festival and the full line up of events by visiting their event page! https://www.facebook.com/events/1796517833983074/

xoxo,
Salonathon

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Open Television Premieres: New Black TV
Jun
8
7:30 PM19:30

Open Television Premieres: New Black TV

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OTV | Open Television is a platform for intersectional pilots and series, supporting Chicago artists in producing and exhibiting independent work! OTV centers "artists that commercial television networks and art institutions do not develop consistently: artists who identify with multiple identities marginalized by the market and society. OTV experiments with alternative ways to develop, produce, and exhibit art and television. Our programs center artistic expression, intersectionality, Chicago, and digital networking." The platform has partnered with City of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art and is behind the popular shows, Brown Girls & Brujos!

In partnership with Black Cinema House, we will be screening an array of works from local creatives including shorts and episodes from ongoing web-series.


HOOK UPS
By Arnetta Randall -Author
- Black queers date and fall in lust.  


HAIR STORY
By Aymar Jean ChristianSaya NaomiErik Lamar Wallace IIEli MickyMeida Teresa McNealAbra JohnsonPhilly Bigx PhillyRoger FierroAshley Ray-Harris, Jordy PalmerNiki Madison, and Felicia Holman
- Residents of an artsy black & brown co-op tell their wildest stories as they get a new hairdo.


SUR LA NUIT
By ALEXA GRÆ, Jon Wes, and Matthew Ozawa
- A operatic soliloquy to the night, reflecting on love, loss, and identity, presented through the lens of otherness - queer identity, race, familial dynamics, gender, and access into classical art forms.


DARLING SHEAR
By Diana Quinones Rivera
- This documentary series follows choreographer Darling Shear and her group of dancers as they explore their personal understandings of identity, expression, movement, and collaboration.

* The event is free, no RSVP required! *

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Gallery Talk and Screening: Artists Connect — Open Television
Mar
30
12:00 PM12:00

Gallery Talk and Screening: Artists Connect — Open Television

Join us for a screening of Hair Story, The Roach is Coming, and Sur La Nuit! This event is free for Illinois residents, meet in Griffin Court. 

How can performance expand our understanding of art? Philippe Parreno’s installation My Room Is Another Fish Bowl turns viewers into performers at the center of an ever-unfolding narrative—one that they script through their engagement with the installation. Join us for this talk, where scholar-producer Aymar Jean Christian argues that performance deepens art's connection to community and culture. Responding to the exhibition, he discusses how local, digital, community-based video production transforms viewers’ relationship to art by inviting them inside it. 

For three years Christian has explored the possibilities of television as a medium through OTV | Open Television, a research-based platform dedicated to developing Chicago artists and distributing their works online and across the city. The initiative has been recognized by HBO, the Emmy Awards, and the Tribeca Film Festival, and it has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Brooklyn Museum, Frameline Film Festival, and New York Television Festival, among many others. 

After a reading an excerpt from his book Open TV, which argues that the internet transformed television by opening it to new producers, viewers, and patrons, Christian will screen three experimental video works, each of which explores the performance of race, gender, and sexuality using different narrative techniques. 

Hair Story, initiated by Aymar Jean Christian and expanded to a team of writer-performers, is the pilot for Serial Dreamer which follows a diverse group of Chicagoans living a co-op in their everyday lives *and their dreams.* This screening premieres BSAYF by Roy Kinsey, a music video shot by aCeb00mbaP for Futurehood that serves as a dream sequence in the pilot, starring Saya Naomi and Erik Lamar Wallace II.

The Roach is Coming is a film created by Derrick Woods-Morrow. Description: In 2017 I returned home to Greensboro, NC to reconnect with a police officer, who was once just another feral young boy on the playgrounds much like myself. Throughout a 72 hour period, we return to past moments of play, in an attempt to build a future were we could like we once were - two young boys, searching for each other, deep into the bushes, one white & one unaware of his blackness. 

Sur La Nuit is a soliloquy to the night, reflecting on love, loss, and identity. presented thru the lens of otherness - queer identity, race, familial dynamics, gender, and access into classical art forms, created by ALEXA GRÆ.

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7th annual Jeezy's Juke Joint: A Black Burly-Q Revue
Mar
16
8:00 PM20:00

7th annual Jeezy's Juke Joint: A Black Burly-Q Revue

Jeez Loueez Presents
7th annual Jeezy's Juke Joint: A Black Burly-Q Revue

March 16th-17th, 2018
Doors 7pm/Show 8pm
21 AND OLDER

Front Row VIP tables $40/per seat
Tables $30/per seat
GA seating $20/adv $25/door
Standing Lounge $15/adv $20/door
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Hailed as “one of the most important shows you’ll see all year” by Quilt Magazine, Jeezy’s Juke Joint is a jumping, jiving, foot-stomping revue that pays homage to Black burlesque and entertainment with a fabulous line-up of award-winning, show-stopping performers. Ranging from classic striptease to drag to comedy and everything in between, this popular yearly extravaganza event is sure to leave you on the edge of your seat!

Hosted by Jeez Loueez and featuring established and up and coming artists from around the country, each production of Jeezy’s Juke Joint is finely curated into a diverse and rich line-up full of glamour, storytelling, and thought-provoking pieces. Affectionately called the “family reunion of burlesque”, the Juke Joint strives to not only showcase the power and diversity of Black entertainers, but to also bring the beautiful and subversive art of burlesque to audiences of color.

Friday
Jeez Loueez & The Ham Hocks
Nona Narcisse
Miss Toni Elling
ALEXA GRÆ
AngHell
Bill Bullock
Cruel Valentine
Egypt Blaque Knyle
Eva Mystique
Josephine Shaker
Koffee
Po'Chop
Rashida KhanBey
Sylvie Onyx

www.jeezysjukejoint.com

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Salonathon and Activate Present: HIDEAWAY
Sep
28
5:00 PM17:00

Salonathon and Activate Present: HIDEAWAY

Join us on Thursday, Sept. 28th as we transform a downtown Chicago alley into a genre-defying party!

Salonathon & ACTIVATE present
HIDEAWAY: Retreat From the Street

September 28 | Arcade Place Alley - 55 S Wells St.
5:00-10:00pm | Last call at 9:30pm
RSVP at http://activate.loopchicago.com/
(21+ attendees who RSVP get one free drink!)

This party explores the alley as a place to escape. Salonathon will bring its kinetic energy to the Chicago Loop Alliance's ACTIVATE series through an evening of performance and spectacle designed to invite attendees to redefine who they are, rediscover who they want to be, and throw propriety aside.

Featuring performances, installations, and other interventions by:

ALEXA GRÆ, with a voice of liquid gold
ALEXANDER THE AMAZING, with circus magic
CZR PRZ, muralist galore
DAN OSEDIACZ, cardboard fort master (and beloved Beauty Bar Babe)
DIRT RED BRASS BAND, with bombast & verve
DJ DANNY LEROY, with sweet beats for the back streets
ERIN KILMURRAY + DANCERS, with major moves
JYLDO, with slow body rolls for all
MYKELE DEVILLE, with tunes and truth
TARARCHY, wheat paste poster master

... and GLITTERGUTS PHOTO BOOTH will be on site to capture your flights of fancy!

This event is free and open to all ages!*

Produced by AJ WARE & CORRIE BESSE
Curated by JANE BEACHY, BINDU POROORI, JOE VARISCO, WILL VON VOGT, & NICK MARZULLO (PAWN WORKS)
Stage Managed by SKYE FORT
Design Consulting by JOHN WILSON

Salonathon is an engine for experimental work, an inclusive creative community, and a great party. It manifests every Monday night at Beauty Bar as a performance series, and also in the form of residencies, retreats and partnerships beyond. Since 2011, Salonathon has hosted thousands of performances and artists, and has nurtured the development of dozens of new projects and collaborations. Salonathon is a home for underground, emerging and genre-defying art! Learn more at www.salonathon.org.

xoxo,
Salonathon

*21+ attendees must bring a valid ID in order to purchase alcoholic beverages.

 

 

 

 

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THE FLY HONEY SHOW 8
Sep
2
to Sep 3

THE FLY HONEY SHOW 8

The Fly Honey Show is back for the eighth year in a row, now extended to FOUR WEEKENDS and moving to THE DEN THEATRE!

The Fly Honey Show promises an intimate yet explosive celebration of body + sex positivity through a feminist perspective with a carefully curated, rotating set of genre-defying, collaborative and radical performance acts.

Reimagining the classic cabaret, The Fly Honey Show features Chicago’s premiere artists, a live band, and The Fly Honey + Hive: a fierce group of dancers, musicians, actors, designers and performance artists who foster a safe space for advancing gender equality and promoting self-love.

The Fly Honey Show is presented by The Inconvenience + created by countless Chicago artists.

The Den Theatre
1333 N. Milwaukee

10:30 PM
Tickets $20-$80
https://tinyurl.com/flyhoney8

WEEKEND FOUR | AUG 31 - SEPT 2
Aasia LaShay Bullock
ALEXA GRÆ
MICHA
McKenzie Chinn
9.2 Jeez Loueez

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THE FLY HONEY SHOW 8
Sep
1
to Sep 2

THE FLY HONEY SHOW 8

The Fly Honey Show is back for the eighth year in a row, now extended to FOUR WEEKENDS and moving to THE DEN THEATRE!

The Fly Honey Show promises an intimate yet explosive celebration of body + sex positivity through a feminist perspective with a carefully curated, rotating set of genre-defying, collaborative and radical performance acts.

Reimagining the classic cabaret, The Fly Honey Show features Chicago’s premiere artists, a live band, and The Fly Honey + Hive: a fierce group of dancers, musicians, actors, designers and performance artists who foster a safe space for advancing gender equality and promoting self-love.

The Fly Honey Show is presented by The Inconvenience + created by countless Chicago artists.

The Den Theatre
1333 N. Milwaukee

10:30 PM
Tickets $20-$80
https://tinyurl.com/flyhoney8

WEEKEND FOUR | AUG 31 - SEPT 2
Aasia LaShay Bullock
ALEXA GRÆ
MICHA
McKenzie Chinn
9.1. Lily Be

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THE FLY HONEY SHOW 8
Aug
31
to Sep 1

THE FLY HONEY SHOW 8

The Fly Honey Show is back for the eighth year in a row, now extended to FOUR WEEKENDS and moving to THE DEN THEATRE!

The Fly Honey Show promises an intimate yet explosive celebration of body + sex positivity through a feminist perspective with a carefully curated, rotating set of genre-defying, collaborative and radical performance acts.

Reimagining the classic cabaret, The Fly Honey Show features Chicago’s premiere artists, a live band, and The Fly Honey + Hive: a fierce group of dancers, musicians, actors, designers and performance artists who foster a safe space for advancing gender equality and promoting self-love.

The Fly Honey Show is presented by The Inconvenience + created by countless Chicago artists.

The Den Theatre
1333 N. Milwaukee


10:30 PM
Tickets $20-$80
https://tinyurl.com/flyhoney8

WEEKEND FOUR | AUG 31 - SEPT 2
Aasia LaShay Bullock
ALEXA GRÆ
MICHA
McKenzie Chinn
8.31. Morgan Elizabeth-Karadjian McNaught + Maggie Mascal  

 

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The Anti-Inauguration: An Emergency Cabaret
Jan
20
7:30 PM19:30

The Anti-Inauguration: An Emergency Cabaret

On inauguration night, join us at High Concept Labs for The Anti-Inauguration: An Emergency Cabaret, featuring performances that will both energize and prep us to survive the Trump presidency.

Writers, singers, composers, performance artists, filmmakers and comedians share their work and how they’re preparing for the new administration in a cabaret setting. Learn top tips for Lefty survival from Derek McPhatter; sing along to a national anthem served fresh by Alexa Græ; run through some emergency maneuvers with The Laboratory for the Development of Substitute Material; brush up on your legal rights as a protester; get inspired by the words of our activist forefathers/mothers; have a laugh with Elaine Phillips; and yes of course there will be drinking. (If you’re headed to the Trump Tower protests, stop by for a fortifying shot of Anti-Inauguration).

Participating artists include: ALEXA GRÆ; Joshua Kent; The Laboratory for the Development of Substitute Material; Derek McPhatter; Elaine Phillips; Mitsu Salmon; with films by Ginger Krebs/Sara Zalek/Eugene Sun Park; Benjamin Rosenthal.

Beverages and snacks provided.

Curated/Produced by Cynthia Bond in association with High Concept Labs.



High Concept Labs (HCL) supports artists and facilitates dialogue between artists, audiences, and staff. This increases access and transparency to the artistic process and fosters transformational experiences in an environment of experimentation and discovery.

HCL is supported in part by the generosity of The National Endowment for the Arts, The Chicago Community Trust, The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Chicago Dancemakers Forum, The Martha Struthers Farley and Donald C. Farley, Jr. Family Foundation, N.A., The Norwottock Charitable Trust, The Samuel J. Baskin Charitable Trust, Mana Contemporary Chicago, and individual donors.

TICKETS - $10

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THE SUN KING
Nov
15
3:00 PM15:00

THE SUN KING

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Elements 10th Anniversary Concert and Gala

Elements Contemporary Ballet presents a special 10th anniversary one-time matinee performance and gala November 20, 2016 at the newly refurbished Studebaker Theater in downtown Chicago’s historic Fine Arts Building. Commemorating Elements’ 10 years of performance in Chicago, the concert will showcase two of the company’s signature ballets, choreographed by co-founders Mike Gosney and Joseph Caruana. The first act of the program, Pathos, by Artistic Director Gosney, is set to Mozart’s RequiemPathos is a starkly modern interpretation of the much-loved Requiem, fusing classical ballet with a unique contemporary movement vocabulary. Thematically, Pathos is an affecting tale of love, loss, and redemption, harkening back to the supernatural and ethereal motifs of romantic period ballet. The second act of the program features The Sun King, a lush one-act choreographed by Elements’ Resident Choreographer Caruana, based on the life of French monarch Louis XIV and his relationship with his official court composer, Jean-Baptiste Lully. The Sun King (which premiered in 2014 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion) tells the story of ballet’s beginnings at Louis XIV’s court. The ballet features live baroque music by musicians from Haymarket Opera Orchestra, including compositions by Lully. Joining the cast for this performance of The Sun Kingis special guest vocal and performance artist ALEXA GRÆ, who has performed at High Concept Labs, Salonathon and other venues throughout Chicago.

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SEEN BY ALEXA GRÆ
Oct
14
7:30 PM19:30

SEEN BY ALEXA GRÆ

SEEN is a multidisciplinary song cycle by artist ALEXA GRÆ, which seeks to discover ‘what happens when we ask the forbidden question?’ When we ask for what we want from a vulnerable state—are our questions answered? Do we get what we seek? And does this constant state of vulnerability develop into a suit of armor—does it become our own empowerment?

Electronic orchestrations create the musical landscape of SEEN. Musical inspiration is drawn from the world of classical art song and the experimentation of R&B, and is infused with movement and video projections. Come to ask the universal questions of lovers, of society, and of yourself. How are you SEEN in all of the spaces and places you occupy? How do you want to be SEEN?

ALEXA GRÆ‘s work is a combination of artistic disciplines informed by specialized academic training in music composition and opera. Rigorous training as an opera student challenged them to transcend the boundaries of various art forms and to understand cultural boundaries of art in the everyday world. They bridge these chasms by focusing on how art informs identities, socialization habits, self-expression, and the ability to create, creating genre-defying performances that incorporate multiple dance styles, theatrical personas, and experimental storytelling styles. Themes of deconstructing classical forms, beliefs about the feminine and masculine, and channeling greater collective consciousness find an evolving presence in ALEXA GRÆ’s work. Their mission is to identify moments of pure imagination and innocent creation, harnessing the immediate kinship it creates in order to draw us all toward something divine, something as yet to be defined.

The Chicago Queer Arts Mentorship Program (CQAMP) supports Chicago queer arts and artists by partnering emerging artists with established professionals through year-long mentorships focused on project- or career-specific goals. CQAMP fosters artistic partnerships, invests in queer cultural heritage, and supports healthy professional practices under the guidance of Program Director/Creator Joe Varisco.

© High Concept Labs 2016

TICKETS - http://highconceptlabs.org/event/seen-alexagrae/

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Salonathon: Music To My Ears (featuring ICE)
Oct
3
8:30 PM20:30

Salonathon: Music To My Ears (featuring ICE)

What makes your heart sing, your ears ring, your steps spring? What are the beats and feats that move you? How do you listen and what do you hear?  

This Monday brings us a slew of incredible artists, including some Salonathon favorites, AND (!!!) several members of International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), which has been called “one of the most accomplished and adventurous groups in new music” by the New York Times.

Here to break the sound barrier:

ALEXA GRÆ
ALICE TEYSSIER
BEA CORDELIA
BILL BULLOCK
DIANA QUINONES RIVERA
(JESSICA) GRACE SMITH)
JORDY MARILYN
JOSH MODNEY
KATINKA KLEIJN
NATACHA DIELS
REBEKAH HELLER
RYAN MUNCY
ZOE LUBECK

With dancin' tunes by DANNY LEROY till 2am!  

RSVP -  for access to the hosted bar from 8-9pm.

More on ICE performances:
Natacha Diels: Words to Sleep By (Chicago Premiere) for voice, saxophone, bassoon, and electronics
Natacha Diels: Self Portrait to be performed by the composer (WORLD Premiere) 
Dai Fujikura: Eternal Escape for cello
Edgar Guzman: Infinity for bassoon and electronics
Improvisation by Josh Modney and Ryan Muncy

OMG OMG OMG. See you Monday!

xoxo,
Salonathon

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Salonathon: ZIEGFELD FOLLIES w/ Co-Host Darling Shear
Sep
26
to Sep 27

Salonathon: ZIEGFELD FOLLIES w/ Co-Host Darling Shear

ZIEGFELD FOLLIES w/ Co-Host Darling Shear

Girls in pearls and ostrich feather dresses. The greats like Lena Horne, Judy Garland, Red Skeleton, Fanny Brice, Gene Kelly and Kathryn Grayson. The follies consist of song, dance(ballet, jazz and tap), story telling(comical) and comedy(slapstick) to be specific. This was during the time when the stage was ruled by show girls who have legs for days and entertainment was a mistress who seduced you with lavish set designs and breath taking costumes. So come on down to see us Monday night why dontcha?

FEATURING: 

ALEX WALKER
JEEZ LOUEEZ
BABE-A-LON 5
ELIJAH MCKINNON
TILA VON TWIRL
LUCKY STIFF
ALEXA GRÆ
CAROLE MCCURDY
KURRI ORIZOTTI
BIANCA LAROSE

AND MORE! 

Salonathon is created by Jane Beachy and co-curated by Joseph Varisco, Will Von Vogt, & Bindu Poroori. Open the door, step through, visit another world just underneath, just above, just inside, just outside our own. DJ DANNY LEROY taking the big band numbers into the beats for your feets!  

RSVP FOR THE HOSTED BAR DEAL from 8-9pm.

 

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Center On Halsted Limelight Series: ALEXA GRÆ & Steve Abrams
Jul
25
7:00 PM19:00

Center On Halsted Limelight Series: ALEXA GRÆ & Steve Abrams

Each month, Center on Halsted's Limelight Series gives you a closer look at Chicagoland's diverse artistic community.

WHO IS ALEXA GRÆ? is an evening with multidisciplinary opera and movement-based queer performance artist ALEXA GRÆ, the inaugural participant of 2016's Chicago Queer Arts Mentorship Program (CQAMP), a financially supported Institutional Incubation Sponsored Project via High Concept Labs. The evening will share live performance of "Sur la nuit" combining French opera and electronic soundscape in addition to a film preview of the|prince. Following performance ALEXA GRÆ will be joined by mentor Steve Abrams and CQAMP Program Director Joseph Varisco for a conversation with audience.
 


 

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Salonathon 5 Year Anniversary!
Jul
18
to Jul 19

Salonathon 5 Year Anniversary!

Two hundred and sixty weeks and thousands of performances ago, Salonathon was born. Help us celebrate five years and counting of underground, emerging and genre-defying art on Monday, July 18th!  

***NOTE THE SCHEDULE***
7-8pm Red Carpet Hour
8pm Performances Begin
Post-Performance Dance Party till 2am!
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Curated by JANE BEACHY, JOE VARISCO, WILL VON VOGT + BINDU POROORI!

Photography by MB STANTON, GLITTERGUTS + MORE!
Production Mastress-ing by MAGGIE VAUGHN!

RSVP to the Do312 link for access to the hosted bar hour from 7-8pm!

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