Cleaning Closets is an oral history project that collects and shares true coming out stories from BOTH sides of the closet door. This includes the perspective of the LGBTQ individuals as well as that of their family and friends. See both sides unfold in this new devised piece.
The Fly Honey Show re-imagines the classic cabaret to create an intimate and explosive celebration of body + sex positivity.
Created and directed by radical choreographer Erin Kilmurray, The Fly Honeys are a fierce group of choreographers, dancers, musicians, actors, designers and performance artists who foster a safe space for advancing gender equality and promoting self-love.
TICKETS ARE GOING QUICK. BUY THEM TODAY FOR AUGUST 10-12 TO SEE BEA CORDELIA IN A FEATURED PERFORMANCE & ENSEMBLE DEBUT.
Join us for the second installment of this series at our new permanent home, The Den Theatre, and hear some of the most talented voices in Chicago share their work.
The groundbreaking exhibition Art AIDS America underscores the deep and unforgettable presence of HIV in art as it introduces and explores the whole spectrum of artistic responses to AIDS, from the politically outspoken to the quietly mournful, surveying works from the early 1980s to the present. This reading brings together queer and trans poets based in Chicago, who will conduct their own poetic tour of the exhibition, reading works inspired by the themes in the show. Featuring poets and multidisciplinary performers Bea Cordelia, T Clutch Fleischmann, Ruben Quesada, and avery r. young.
Cosponsored with the Alphawood Foundation.
More information here.
This year celebrate the holiday season with Ladylike! ALL THE PROCEEDS FROM OUR DECEMBER SHOW WILL BE DONATED TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD.
Ladylike is a storytelling show where women tell the most disgusting stories they've got. Ladylike is a safe space for everyone, inclusive of all femme-identifying and non-binary individuals.
MONDAY December 19
Early show at 8pm, Late show at 10:30pm
FREE ($5 suggested donation)
WITH STORIES FROM
Ladylike is produced by
Allison Dunne, Gena Gephart, Sarah Squirm, & Carly Ballerini
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Follow Ladylike on Twitter @ladylikechicago
QUEER, ILL, + OKAY is an annual multidisciplinary performance series exploring, challenging and reinventing narratives about the lives of queer individuals and their relationships to HIV and other forms of mental and chronic illness. After being diagnosed as HIV+ in 2013, Joseph Varisco, Creative Director of JRV MAJESTY Productions invited an expansive artistic community to create new work around the relationship between queerness, the body, and chronic illness.
AVERY R. YOUNG
DIRTY GRITS AND VASILIOS PAPAPISIOS
KAY ULANDAY BARRETT
PHILLIP LAMBERT X BLAKNBRILLIANT
Dates: December 9-10 and 16-17, 2016
Curtain Times: Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
Tickets: Free. Tickets are on sale now at publicaccesstheatre.org
QUEER, ILL + OKAY will appear at Oracle Theater (1802 W. Bernice Ave. in Chicago) in partnership with AIDS Healthcare Foundation, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Alphawood Foundation Art AIDS America Chicago,
The Chicago Community Trust, FredSays, Howard Brown Health.
Accessibility services will be provided and announced soon. Oracle Theatre is ADA Accessible. For questions or additional information on accessibility please contact Accessibility Director Havalah Grace at firstname.lastname@example.org
QIO first appeared for Poonie's Cabaret at Links Hall in October 2013, DfbrL8r Performing Arts Gallery (2014), and Storefront Theater (2015) sold out to over 1000 audience members. Educational workshops and community conversations were added in partnership with Howard Brown Health to provide information and resources about living with chronic illness. Since first appearing QIO has reached over 5000 artists and audience members.
ABOUT JOE VARISCO:
Joseph Varisco (Producer) performs independent production and development support to underrepresented, HIV+, and queer populations as Program Coordinator of @Art AIDS America Chicago at Alphawood Foundation, co-curator at Salonathon, and Resident Curator for Poonie's Cabaret at Links Hall. Varisco is the creator of the annual performance series QUEER, ILL + OKAY, sits on the Victory Gardens Theater Community Leadership Council, a recipient of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Chicago Community Trust, and Visual AIDS grants and Program Director of the Chicago Queer Arts Mentorship Program via High Concept Labs.
Rape Victim Advocates is hosting “Policing Women's Bodies in Performance,” a panel on the current regulations that prohibit women's full nudity at establishments where alcohol is being served. Is this a manifestation of rape culture that blames women for sexual violence? Or is this a common-sense law to protect the safety of female performers? How does this reflect the ever-changing opinion of what is pornography and what is art? Join RVA and three panelists, Bea Cordelia, Heather Gabel, and Britt Julious, for this exciting discussion.
We will be featuring performances from our panelists before we sit down for the conversation. Contains nudity.
$5 suggested donation.
People of all genders welcome.
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Resistance. Healing. Legacy.
There is a little space we know called Poonie's Cabaret that walks the halls of Links Hall out into the streets of Chicago across years, across disciplines, across generations of makers.
It is important to emerging queer makers to share experimental and promising artistic expression and it NEEDS YOUR HELP!
Join us for a night to remember celebrating curators, artists, friends, family, and colleagues that have grown this beautiful tradition of Poonie's Cabaret since inception to the present. Dig deep, share, love, invite to pay homage to the beauty of this artist and the tradition that has followed in their legacy.
Featured Curators: J'Sun Howard, Rebecca Kling, Carole McCurdy, Joe Varisco
Featured Performances from: Bea Cordelia, Mar Curran, Xena Ellison and Elizabeth Mputu, Paul Escriva and Emilio Rojas
HISTORY OF POONIE'S
Poonie's is named for Poonie Dodson, a much-loved Chicago dancer/choreographer who died of AIDS in the early 90's. Originally inspired by Patrick's Cabaret in Minneapolis, Poonie's Cabaret welcomes all forms of expression and anything which cannot be defined but can be thoroughly enjoyed. It features works in progress from artists working in many different creative realms - dance, music, contact improvisation, puppetry, performance art, theatre, voguing, freestyle rapping, drag, burlesque, cheerleading, stand-up comedy, etc.
Curators chosen by Links Hall select the works shown from among local Chicago artists. Performers and audience members are asked for a $5 donation. Proceeds from the cabaret go to the Links Hall Duncan Erley Coming Out of the Closet Fund.
DUNCAN ERLEY FUND
The Duncan Erley Coming Out of the Closet Fund was established by friends of Duncan Erley to promote and support artists and performers working in the realms of healing AIDS, gay activism, and spiritual and sexual transformation. A Chicago Native, Duncan was an artist, poet, choreographer, dancer, environmentalist, gay activist, gourmet cook, clothing and furniture maker, entrepreneur, and patron of the arts. In the 1970's he collaborated with Jim Self at Links Hall. Annual events in Duncan's honor are produced at Links Hall.
POONIE'S AT PATRICK'S / PATRICK'S AT POONIE'S
In 2011 Poonie's Cabaret began a collaboration with Patrick's Cabaret in Minneapolis. Artists who performed at Poonie's and whose work was deemed ready for touring were presented at Patrick's along with other artists from Minneapolis and Chicago. The Duncan Erley fund supported these artists by covering bus fare and a small per diem.
Poonies at Patrick’s sought to celebrate the LGBTQ community's unique perspective, creativity & diversity, and to build links between the LGBTQ artistic communities, local and international; it showcased the whole spectrum of LGBTQ lives as expressed in theatre, performance art, dance, film, spoken word, and beyond. Performers from every group within the national LGBTQ community have been featured. In 2014, Poonie's Cabaret brought Patrick's back to Chicago, making it the first year in which both cabarets visited each other's home town.
In Northwestern University's Hagstrum Room in University Hall in Evanston, NU Gender & Sexuality Studies alumna Bea Cordelia talks about her revolutionary artistic practice as an up-and-coming poet, playwright, and performance artist who's paving roads for trans/queer folks, then shows you what she's made of.