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The Anti-Inauguration: An Emergency Cabaret

  • High Concept Labs 2233 South Throop Street Chicago, IL, 60608 United States (map)

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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