21Minus | Love & Liberation at Museum of Contemporary Art

21Minus | Love & Liberation at Museum of Contemporary Art

“The moment we choose to love we begin to move against domination, against oppression. The moment we choose to love, we begin to move toward freedom, to act in ways that liberate ourselves and others. That action is the testimony of love as the practice of freedom.”
—bell hooks

Liberation is defined as the act of being freed from imprisonment, slavery, or some type of captivity. Love and liberation are two things that go hand in hand. One cannot exist without the other. There are different kinds of love: self, familial, platonic, romantic, community, cultural–– the bounds are limitless. How has love acted as a liberating force in your life? Contributing youth artist are asked to consider the theme of “Love and Liberation” broadly and to interpret this prompt creatively in their submissions.

ASL and CART captioning are provided.

https://visit.mcachicago.org/events/21minus-love-and-liberation/

#OTVTonight: A Window Into Love at Museum of Contemporary Art

Love is a universal language; it transcends identity and culture. Love is more than a feeling; it is a tough invitation that encourages sacrifice and commitment. Love is a never-ending journey that is always beginning. But what is love in the absence of compassion and wonder?

#OTVTonight, your favorite intersectional Late Show, returns to MCA Chicago for an intimate evening filled with care and admiration for the stories that help us to cultivate a bond that is strong enough to heal, prepare, and transform unstable foundations.

Join us in the Edlis Neeson Theater for the premiere of handpicked titles inviting us to open a window into love, interspersed with artist interviews, live DJ sets, pop-up performances and more — all hosted by OTV’s Co-Founder and Executive Diva, Elijah McKinnon. Remember, the future of television is intersectional. If you don’t believe it, let OTV show you.

For live updates on #OTVTonight: A Window Into Love, visit bit.ly/otvtonight.

 

https://visit.mcachicago.org/events/otvtonight-a-window-into-love/

Family Day | Migration Stories at Museum of Contemporary Art

Join us to celebrate the last Family Day of the season!

Sueños Music Festival will be raffling two pairs of tickets for the Sueños Music Festival event.

Join us as we bring together incredible local artists for a day of workshops and interactive experiences.

Salvador Andrade will be leading a collaborative workshop using found objects that draw inspiration from Mexican textiles.

Mr. Pintamuro, known for his captivating artwork that merges Aztec and Mayan storytelling with Japanese anime, will share his expertise and creativity with families.

Printmaker Atlan Arceo will guide participants of all ages through a workshop on various print techniques for all ages.

The Mexican Consulate of Chicago is collaborating with us to share two stories from Home is Somewhere Else, directed by Carlos Hagerman and Jorge Villalobos, which is a unique and timely animated documentary that tells stories of immigrant youth, exploring each character’s inner world alongside their colorful hopes, and dreams for a better future.

Don’t miss our family workshop, Tell Me About Your Wings, to learn more about the traditional techniques of indigenous cultures in Mexico, such as the Wixárika, in commemoration of Jorge Marín’s sculpture Wings of Mexico.

Last but not least, Borderless Magazine will be conducting family interviews for all ages to highlight stories that will be published in the near future!

Designed and led by Chicago artists, Family Day is a monthly program that allows families and youth to connect and engage with contemporary art through activities and performances for all-ages. Enjoy FREE admission while taking part in workshops, open studio sessions, gallery tours, performances, and more.

Activities are facilitated in English and Spanish with ASL interpretation provided.

 

https://visit.mcachicago.org/events/family-day-migration-stories/

Talk | Roundtable on Virginia Jaramillo at Museum of Contemporary Art

In celebration of the opening of Virginia Jaramillo: Principle of Equivalence, join us for a roundtable conversation on Jaramillo’s profound commitment to abstraction with the exhibition’s originating curator, Erin Dziedzic, Catherine Morris, Sackler Senior Curator for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, and Iris Colburn, MCA Curatorial Associate.

Please note that Courtney Martin is no longer able to participate.

English and Spanish CART captioning and American Sign Language (ASL) will be provided.

 

https://visit.mcachicago.org/events/talk-roundtable-virginia-jaramillo/

Hershey Felder as Monsieur Chopin – A Play with Music at Writers Theatre

Days after the February 1848 revolution, Fryderyk Chopin is teaching a piano lesson in Paris. Set in the Polish pianist-composer’s intimate salon, Chopin shares with his students secrets about the piano and secrets about himself—as well as playing some of his most beautiful and enduring compositions. In a tour de force performance, virtuoso actor/pianist Hershey Felder brings to life the romantic story and music of the man once called the “Poet of the Piano.”

 

https://www.writerstheatre.org/hershey-felder-s-chopin-in-paris

Keep it Going at the Russ Tutterow Theatre

In partnership with former Technical Director Glenn B. Rust’s Graduate Thesis Project, Keep it Going presents an afternoon of new works that you can watch in the theatre or from the comfort of your own home!

Beginning the afternoon we will have Interrobang by Resident Playwright Arlene Malinowski followed by the final performance of Access Fellow Deb Stein’s HAND, Foot, HAND. Following the performances there will be a thirty-minute talkback and an afterparty!

Keep it Going is designed to highlight technologies and practices that allow for more accessible theatre.

-You can join us at the Russ Tutterow Theatre to see the performances in person or virtually at https://www.youtube.com/@chicagodramatists6747
-Live captions will be provided for both in-person and virtual audiences.
-Additional seating will be available both in the house and on the stage including wheelchair accessible seating.
-The event will be a relaxed performance. House lights will remain at half. Audience members are welcome to exit and reenter the space at any point for any reason. We will asked phones be silenced, but texting is allowed. Audience reaction is also encouraged. If something stirs a response out of you, or if you need to ask a question of the folks you’ve come with, feel free!
-Scent & Allergen Free Space
-Masking Recommended

The in-person performance is Pay What You Will with all payments made going to support the Access Fellowship. The Chicago Dramatists Access Fellowship for Deaf & Disabled Artists is in honor of Charles and Dorothy Malinowski, who were revered storytellers in the Deaf Community. Fellows receive two free classes, one free Script Lab, and more!

The virtual performance is completely free!

Whether you’ll be joining us at the Russ Tutterow Theatre or logging in on our YouTube channel to join the talkback in the chat, we cannot wait to see you there!

Accessibility: All-Gender Restrooms, Captioning, Sensory Friendly, and Wheelchair Accessible.

https://chicagodramatists.app.neoncrm.com/np/clients/chicagodramatists/event.jsp?event=2064&

#OTVTonight: A Window Into Love at Museum of Contemporary Art

Love is a universal language; it transcends identity and culture. Love is more than a feeling; it is a tough invitation that encourages sacrifice and commitment. Love is a never-ending journey that is always beginning. But what is love in the absence of compassion and wonder?

#OTVTonight, your favorite intersectional Late Show, returns to MCA Chicago for an intimate evening filled with care and admiration for the stories that help us to cultivate a bond that is strong enough to heal, prepare, and transform unstable foundations.

Join us in the Edlis Neeson Theater for the premiere of handpicked titles inviting us to open a window into love, interspersed with artist interviews, live DJ sets, pop-up performances and more — all hosted by OTV’s Co-Founder and Executive Diva, Elijah McKinnon. Remember, the future of television is intersectional. If you don’t believe it, let OTV show you.

For live updates on #OTVTonight: A Window Into Love, visit bit.ly/otvtonight.

Accessibility: Sensory Friendly, ASL, English and Spanish captions, quiet spaces

https://visit.mcachicago.org/events/otvtonight-a-window-into-love/

Sensory-Friendly Morning

Sensory-Friendly Morning is a free program for all people who benefit from visiting the MCA without large crowds and other sensitive environmental elements. This includes visitors with sensory sensitivities, disabilities, autism, PTSD, dementia, and more. On these mornings, lighting at the museum is dimmed, sounds from artworks and environmental noise is kept at a minimum, a quiet space is available to visitors for breaks, and a Chicago-based artist facilitates a sensory-friendly art-making experience.

Sensory-Friendly Morning aims to be a welcoming space to experience contemporary art in a judgment-free environment.

Hershey Felder as Monsieur Chopin – A Play with Music at Writers Theatre

Days after the February 1848 revolution, Fryderyk Chopin is teaching a piano lesson in Paris. Set in the Polish pianist-composer’s intimate salon, Chopin shares with his students secrets about the piano and secrets about himself—as well as playing some of his most beautiful and enduring compositions. In a tour de force performance, virtuoso actor/pianist Hershey Felder brings to life the romantic story and music of the man once called the “Poet of the Piano.”

Accessibility

Opened Captioning available on Thursday, April 25th, 2024. Assistive listening devices, wheelchair accessible, and ASL interpretation available upon request.  For information about scheduling an ASL Interpreter for your performance, contact boxoffice@writerstheatre.org or 847-242-6000. We ask for at least 2 weeks prior to scheduled performances in order to prepare ASL interpreters.

https://www.writerstheatre.org/hershey-felder-s-chopin-in-paris

Nana at Trapdoor Theatre

Trap Door Theatre’s 30th Anniversary Season closes with Olwen Wymark’s splendid dramatization of Zola’s Nana: a story of sexual and financial greed in nineteenth-century Parisian society, depicting the rise and tragic downfall of a young courtesan.
Managing Director Nicole Wiesner and Resident Choreographer Miguel Long team up again to direct this reimagination, first produced at Trap Door in 2002.
This Friday, May 3rd performance includes open captioning.

Accessibility: Open Captions, Captioning, and All-Gender Restrooms

https://trapdoortheatre.com/nana-2024/

Play For All at Chicago Children’s Museum

Chicago Children’s Museum’s Play for All initiative creates a community where play and learning connect for visitors of all abilities. Play for All invites children and families with disabilities to come and experience CCM’s inclusive, multisensory exhibits and programs.

The museum will open at 10 a.m. for pre-registered children and families with disabilities and CCM members before opening to the public at 11 a.m. The first 250 children and families with disabilities who register will receive FREE admission! Pre-registration is required for free admission.

Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible, Accessible & All-Gender Restrooms, Sound-reducing Headphones, Open Captions, Assistive Listening Devices, Quiet Spaces.

https://www.chicagochildrensmuseum.org/play-for-all

Sensory-Friendly Morning at Museum of Contemporary Art

Sensory-Friendly Morning is a free program for all people who benefit from visiting the MCA without large crowds and other sensitive environmental elements. This includes visitors with sensory sensitivities, disabilities, autism, PTSD, dementia, and more. On these mornings, lighting at the museum is dimmed, sounds from artworks and environmental noise is kept at a minimum, a quiet space is available to visitors for breaks, and a Chicago-based artist facilitates a sensory-friendly art-making experience.

Sensory-Friendly Morning aims to be a welcoming space to experience contemporary art in a judgment-free environment.

Accessibility: sensory-friendly

https://visit.mcachicago.org/events/sensory-friendly-morning-8/

Hands Up! Body with Tellin’ Tales Theatre

Tellin’ Tales Theatre’s Hands Up! Body delves into the impact of body demands and perceptions in our daily lives. Body dissatisfaction, changes in physical ability, and aging are just some of the topics explored. Each story examines the vulnerability, challenges, and wisdom built from the writer’s experience. Our bodies look and work exactly as they are supposed to, each with its own unique beauty. Video clips from Momenta, a dance company inclusive of artists with disabilities will be included in the performance. This performance is co-sponsored by Northeastern Illinois University and the Disability Cultural Center. Learn more and order tickets at: https://tellintales.org/

Accessibility: ASL interpretation

The Band’s Visit- Open Caption Performance at Writers Theatre

In a small Israeli desert town where every day feels the same, a lost bus arrives carrying an Egyptian Police Band. With no hotel and no buses until morning, the musicians are taken in for the night by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, these misplaced musicians bring everyone together in the way that only music can. Winner of 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, The Band’s Visit is a beautifully intimate show, perfectly suited for the Nichols Theatre, about the unifying power of music.

Accessibility: open captions, assistive listening devices

https://www.writerstheatre.org/BandsVisit

Beeping Egg Hunt at Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo is excited to share our first ever Beeping Egg Hunt with you!

Saturday, March 30
$25 (Best for ages 1-12)
50% OFF ($12.50) ticket with promo code BEEPINGEGGS

For Beeping Egg Hunt tickets, select 8am or 9am in the Green Zone. Follow the link below.
https://tickets.lpzoo.org/events/f7c3a3ea-2aaf-3f29-7f05-39cdbdd0a91d?utm_source=EventsEmail.2.6.24&utm_medium=Email%20&utm_campaign=Spring%20Egg-Stravaganza&utm_id=Spring%20Egg-Stravaganza

Get ready to hop into springtime fun at the zoo with our family favorite event, Spring Egg-Stravaganza!

Create lasting memories with your little ones as they embark on an “egg”-citing exploration throughout the zoo. Choose from one of six egg-hunting zones with varied levels of difficulty, accessibility, and terrain types. Each zone features age and ability recommendations along with different potential animal sightings to ensure fun for all ages.
Your ticket includes:

Egg hunts with up to 12 candy- and/or toy-stuffed eggs per child
Photo opportunities with spring characters and a costumed bunny character
Free rides on the Endangered Species Carousel and Lionel Train Adventure
A kid-friendly DJ on the South Lawn to keep kids dancing
A giant bubble activity
Animal chats, fun springtime learnings, and craft areas
Outdoor activities and games

Parents and non-egg-hunters must also purchase a ticket to enjoy all the other “egg”-cellent festivities throughout the morning.
https://tickets.lpzoo.org/events/f7c3a3ea-2aaf-3f29-7f05-39cdbdd0a91d?utm_source=EventsEmail.2.6.24&utm_medium=Email%20&utm_campaign=Spring%20Egg-Stravaganza&utm_id=Spring%20Egg-Stravaganza

Please email access@lpzoo.org with questions.

What’s Your Like at Malarkey Comedy

The Tellin’ Tales Theatre’s Improv Team
“What’s Yours Like” is inspired by a theme developed by the audience at the start of each show. Then, improvisers with and without disabilities leap into action and develop humorous and unpredictable narratives in real time. This time stand-up comics with and without disabilities open for us! Sponsored by Bodies of Work.

Accessibility: ASL interpretation

https://malarkeycomedy.com/tellin-tales

What’s Your Like at Malarkey Comedy

“What’s Yours Like” is inspired by a theme developed by the audience at the start of each show. Then, improvisers with and without disabilities leap into action and develop humorous and unpredictable narratives in real time. This time stand-up comics with and without disabilities open for us! Sponsored by Bodies of Work.

Accessibility: audio description

https://malarkeycomedy.com/tellin-tales

Live Arts | Wu Tsang: MOBY DICK; or, The Whale at Museum of Contemporary Art

About the Event
In MOBY DICK; or, The Whale, award-winning filmmaker and visual artist Wu Tsang embarks upon a feature-length, silent-film telling of Herman Melville’s great American novel. The film features original orchestral music composed by Caroline Shaw and Andrew Yee with Asma Maroof, which is performed live by the Chicago Sinfonietta.

This adaptation, written by Sophia Al Maria and directed by Tsang, follows the white whale above and below the surface of the water, developing a visual cosmology that resists the exploration and exploitation of the earth under imperial colonialism. Tsang’s approach pairs the classic story of the whaler’s ”floating factory” with the beginnings of the film industry. MOBY DICK; or, The Whale was shot entirely on a soundstage combining silent-era filmmaking techniques with Virtual Production, a virtual reality game engine projecting surreal ocean environments.

The narrative is interwoven with extracts by the Sub-Sub-Librarian, a character played by acclaimed poet Fred Moten, and tackles the novel’s subterranean currents, encountering the resistance of the ship’s hydrarchy, or organizational structure, and collectives of “mariners, renegades, and castaways,” as described by historian C.L.R. James. Exploring overlapping histories of industrialism, extractivism, colonialism, ecological and spiritual crisis, the film creates a multilayered surreal filmic adaptation of the 1851 novel.

The MCA’s presentation of MOBY DICK; or, The Whale is organized by Nolan Jimbo, Assistant Curator.

Accessibility: audio description, CART captioning

https://visit.mcachicago.org/events/live-arts-moby-dick-or-the-whale/

Play For All Adaptive Sports Event with DARE2TRI at Chicago Children’s Museum

Calling ALL champions to Chicago Children’s Museum! Participate in event activities, including roller sled hockey, handcycling, wheelchair racing, bocce, Judo, group exercises, and See & Touch Prosthetics display. All of our inclusive, multisensory museum exhibits and programs will also be available during Play For All.

The first 500 children and families with disabilities who register will receive free admission.

The museum opens at 10 am for Play For All guests and members exclusively and at 11 am to the general public.

Accessibility: assistive listening devices, quiet spaces, wheelchair accessible

https://www.chicagochildrensmuseum.org/play-for-all

Family Day | Quilts and Stories at Museum of Contemporary Art

In January, artists A. Martinez and Gaby Martinez take over the MCA with their collaborative quilt making inspired by Faith Ringgold. Additionally, musician Ben LaMar Gay performs for families to interact with his music, and KIDO Chicago, the award-winning kids boutique in the South Loop, has a pop-up at the museum.

Designed and led by Chicago artists, Family Day is a monthly program that allows families and youth to connect and engage with contemporary art through activities and performances for all-ages. Enjoy FREE admission while taking part in workshops, open studio sessions, gallery tours, performances, and more.

Activities are facilitated in English and Spanish with ASL interpretation provided.

https://visit.mcachicago.org/events/family-day-quilts-and-stories/

Family Day | Pocket Con at Museum of Contemporary Art

Pocket Con, Chicago’s only comics convention for children and youth, is coming to Family Day at the MCA! Meet creators, attend workshops and panels, play teen-created video games, and try out costuming and art in a space that celebrates and welcomes diversity.

Designed and led by Chicago artists, Family Day is a monthly program that allows families and youth to connect and engage with contemporary art through activities and performances for all ages. Enjoy FREE admission while taking part in workshops, open studio sessions, gallery tours, performances, and more.

Activities are facilitated in English and Spanish with ASL interpretation provided.

About Pocket Con

Pocket Con was established with the goal of promoting literacy and creativity in young people, increasing visibility for artists and writers of color, and facilitating networking and mentorship opportunities. It is intended to be a celebration of diversity in creativity that presents no economic barriers to anyone. Pocket Con features the works of artists and writers of color, women, and LGBTQ+ creators, with a special focus on characters and creators of color.

Accessibility: ASL interpreted

https://visit.mcachicago.org/events/family-day-pocketcon/

Sensory-Friendly ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo

Sensory-Friendly Night at ZooLights Presented by ComEd and Invesco QQQ

Wednesday, December 6
4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Admission is $7 (or free with promo code SensoryFriendly23)
All ages

Lincoln Park Zoo is offering Sensory-Friendly ZooLights, in which guests with disabilities, sensitivities, autism, dementia, or chronic illness as well as members of the Deaf community can experience the zoo grounds, animal buildings, and holiday lights in a comfortable and inclusive environment.

Sensory-Friendly ZooLights is for all people who benefit from visiting the zoo without crowds and other sensitive environmental elements. Modifications include limited capacity, static light displays, muted attractions, and music at low volume.

During Sensory-Friendly ZooLights, the Gift Shop and food and beverage locations will be open around Main Mall with all of ZooLights’ regular offerings. The AT&T Endangered Species Carousel and Lionel Train Adventure will operate with music and noises muted. Not all animal buildings may be open, and as always, animals have the option to go to their indoor or outdoor habitats.

CLICK HERE to purchase ZooLights tickets. Use promo code SensoryFriendly23 at checkout for your complimentary tickets while supplies last.

View the zoo’s accessibility map and accessibility page to help plan your visit. For more information on ZooLights, visit lpzoo.org/zoolights.

Lincoln Park Zoo is certified Sensory Inclusive by KultureCity. Please download the free KultureCity app with Lincoln Park Zoo’s social narrative either on iOS or Android.

FAQs

Where can I enter?

You can enter from:

East Gate, located in the zoo parking lot at Cannon Dr., and Fullerton Ave.

West Gate, located at Webster Ave., and Stockton Dr.

Fisher Bridge Gate, located between the zoo’s parking lot and Stockton Dr., on the bridge over Nature Boardwalk.

Is parking available?

Paid parking is available at the zoo’s parking lot located at Fullerton Parkway and Cannon Drive (2300 N. Cannon Drive). The zoo is also accessible by train via the Armitage and Fullerton stations and by bus via the 22, 36, 151, and 156 routes.

What if it rains?

All Lincoln Park Zoo events take place rain or shine. Animal buildings will be open and the carousel is covered.

What can’t I bring to Sensory-Friendly ZooLights?

There is no smoking at Lincoln Park Zoo for the health of the animals in our care. See our Code of Conduct here.

Pets are not allowed at the zoo, but licensed service animals are welcome.

If you have questions, please email access@lpzoo.org.

https://www.lpzoo.org/event/zoolights/

POTUS at Steppenwolf Theatre Company

It’s just another (omg, wtf, lmfao) day at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. When a White House PR nightmare spins into a legit sh*tshow, seven brilliant and beleaguered women must risk life, liberty, and the pursuit of sanity to keep the commander-in-chief out of trouble. POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive is a bawdy and irreverent look at sex, politics and the women in charge of the man in charge of the free world. Who knew that global crisis is always just a four-letter word away.

Free Dance Day at Loyola Park

Free Dance Day brings together people of all ages and experience levels to enjoy a day filled with dance classes, performances, and festivities, all for free!
This annual open-house style event is a chance to try out dance classes in a relaxed, communal setting. Visit Synapse’s home studio as an Arts Partner in Residence with the Chicago Park District to try out a free movement class, bring kids to try ballet and hip hop classes, and see the Synapse Performance Troupe perform.
Come for Free Dance Day, then stay for the free Boo! Bash presented by Loyola Park, which includes a DJ dance party, crafts, snacks, and a Halloween-y photo booth.
Schedule and registration details available at www.synapsearts.com.

Accessibility: ASL interpreter, large print programs, quiet spaces

https://synapsearts.com/free-dance-day

ASL Storybook of “Red: A Crayon’s Story” at Oak Park Public Library

Experience Red: A Crayon’s Story like you never have before! This storybook video features Deaf American Sign Language master signer Crom Saunders signing the words to the animated book, with music and sound effects bringing the story to life. Then we’ll watch and play along with fun interactive games conducted by students and teachers from the Indiana School for the Deaf.

Crom will visit in person and play theater games with the kids after the video. This event will have a live interpreter.

Best for kids in preschool and elementary school and their family and friends.

 

More information at https://oakpark.librarycalendar.com/event/asl-storybook-red-crayons-story

Eurydice at Writers Theatre

Eurydice is a play about newlywed and newly dead Eurydice arrives in the underworld without memories or language where she struggles to recover her humanity with the aid of the father she lost years ago. When Orpheus arrives to rescue her, Eurydice must choose between staying with her father or escaping with her husband—between life and death. Pulitzer & Tony nominated North Shore native Sarah Ruhl infuses the ancient myth with humor, poetry, hope & sneaky surprises as this classic heroine finds her voice.

Run time: 1 hour and 20 minutes, no intermission

Accessibility: Assistive Listening Devices, Open Captions, Digital Document, Wheelchair Accessible

https://www.writerstheatre.org/eurydice

 

Sensory-Friendly Morning at Lincoln Park Zoo

On Sunday, September 24 from 8-10am, Lincoln Park Zoo is offering Sensory-Friendly Morning hours for guests with disabilities, chronic illness, or Deaf to experience the zoo grounds and animal buildings in a comfortable and inclusive environment. Modifications include limited capacity and muted attractions. This is a free event, but it does require advanced registration.

Sensory-Friendly Morning is a free program for all people who benefit from visiting the zoo without crowds and other sensitive environmental elements. This includes guests with sensory sensitivities, disabilities, autism, PTSD, and dementia to name a few.

During Sensory-Friendly Morning, Gift Shop will be open at 8am and Landmark Café will sell beverages starting at 8:30am. AT&T Endangered Species Carousel and Lionel Train Adventure will operate with music and noises muted. Not all animal buildings may be open, and some animals may not be in their public viewing spaces.

At 10am, the zoo will be open to the public and begin typical operations.
View the zoo’s accessibility map HERE and accessibility page HERE to help plan your visit.

Lincoln Park Zoo is certified Sensory Inclusive by KultureCity. Please download the free KultureCity app with Lincoln Park Zoo social story. iOS Android

Guests may only enter at West Gate and East Gate, and they need to present their registration email to zoo ushers.

Paid parking is available at the zoo’s parking lot located at Fullerton Parkway and Cannon Drive (2300 N. Cannon Drive). The zoo is also accessible by train via the Armitage and Fullerton stations and by bus via the 22, 36, 151, and 156 routes.

All Lincoln Park Zoo events take place rain or shine. We have some wonderful animal buildings you can still enjoy if it rains, and the carousel is covered.

There is no smoking at Lincoln Park Zoo for the health of the animals in our care.

Pets are not allowed at the zoo, but licensed service animals are welcome.

For any questions, please email access@lpzoo.org.

Accessibility: sensory friendly

https://sensory-friendly-morning-at-Lincoln-Park-Zoo.eventbrite.com

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

Blown fuses, real and metaphorical, punctuate the action with flashes of pent up energy in this acclaimed play. The diminutive heroine frequently plunges the dilapidated house she shares with her alcoholic mother into darkness by playing her dead father’s records at a volume matched only by the soulful power of her vocal impressions. Little Voice has a hidden talent: she can emulate every chanteuse from Judy Garland to Edith Piaf. She hides in her room, crooning and dreaming of love, while her disheveled mother mistakes a seedy agent’s interest as affection rather than enthusiasm for the gold mine buried in her daughter’s throat. This is an engaging fairy tale of despair, love and finally hope as LV finds a voice of her own.

This performance includes captioning.

All gender, accessible restrooms are available on site.

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

Blown fuses, real and metaphorical, punctuate the action with flashes of pent up energy in this acclaimed play. The diminutive heroine frequently plunges the dilapidated house she shares with her alcoholic mother into darkness by playing her dead father’s records at a volume matched only by the soulful power of her vocal impressions. Little Voice has a hidden talent: she can emulate every chanteuse from Judy Garland to Edith Piaf. She hides in her room, crooning and dreaming of love, while her disheveled mother mistakes a seedy agent’s interest as affection rather than enthusiasm for the gold mine buried in her daughter’s throat. This is an engaging fairy tale of despair, love and finally hope as LV finds a voice of her own.

This performance includes captioning, audio description and a touch tour (tentatively scheduled for 2pm.)

All gender, accessible restrooms are available on site.

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

Blown fuses, real and metaphorical, punctuate the action with flashes of pent up energy in this acclaimed play. The diminutive heroine frequently plunges the dilapidated house she shares with her alcoholic mother into darkness by playing her dead father’s records at a volume matched only by the soulful power of her vocal impressions. Little Voice has a hidden talent: she can emulate every chanteuse from Judy Garland to Edith Piaf. She hides in her room, crooning and dreaming of love, while her disheveled mother mistakes a seedy agent’s interest as affection rather than enthusiasm for the gold mine buried in her daughter’s throat. This is an engaging fairy tale of despair, love and finally hope as LV finds a voice of her own.

This is a sensory-friendly performance.

All gender, accessible restrooms are available on site.

Sensory-Friendly Morning at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Sensory-Friendly Morning is a free program for all people who benefit from visiting the MCA without large crowds and other sensitive environmental elements. This includes visitors with sensory sensitivities, disabilities, autism, PTSD, dementia, and more. On these mornings, lighting at the museum is dimmed, sounds from artworks and environmental noise is kept at a minimum, and a quiet space is available to visitors for breaks. During Sensory-Friendly Mornings, preregistered individuals and their families can visit the museum to explore exhibitions at their own pace, and join a Chicago-based artist for a sensory-friendly art-making experience. The museum is closed to the general public until 11:30 am; at that time, the lights and artworks return to usual operations.

Sensory-Friendly Morning aims to be a welcoming space to experience contemporary art in a judgment-free environment.

Accessibility: sensory-friendly, ASL interpreted, captioning, low lighting, quiet room, Spanish captioning, wheelchair accessible

https://visit.mcachicago.org/events/sensory-friendly-morning-6/

Bronzeville Vendor Fair and Wildflower Music Festival at IIT

Join us on June 24, 2023, from 10 a.m.–9 p.m. for the inaugural Bronzeville outdoor vendor market and bazaar that will take place on 33rd Boulevard between Michigan Avenue and State Street. Shop among the area’s finest merchants, makers, and artists. Dance to the music provided by Greater Bronzeville musicians and vocalists. Bring the entire family—there is something for everyone including a bouncy house where you will supervise your kids!

The Wildflower Music Festival stage will feature Chicago’s most well-loved and popular musical artists. Senabella Gill, also known as the Bronzeville Diva, will host the events on the Wildflower stage. Gill is a renowned, multi-awarded jazz vocalist, music activist, youth mentor, and founder of The Chicago Living Legacy Awards. The Office of Community Affairs and has partnered with the Cultural Access Collaborative to make this event accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing. The equipment is being loaned by Cultural Access Collaborative with special thanks to the Chicago Academy of Sciences and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

https://www.iit.edu/events/bronzeville-vendor-fair-and-wildflower-music-festival

Headlining acts for the Bronzeville Vendor Fair and Wildflower Music Festival include:

Mae Koen
Mae Koen

Mae Koen’s specific harmonic talents took her on the road with Aretha Franklin from 1997 to 2004 and again in 2013 to 2017. Koen appeared with Franklin at her last Chicago performance at Ravinia in September 2017. She has also appeared with Frankin on several television shows including those hosted by David Letterman and Jay Leno in addition to The View, Good Morning America, and the Rosie O’Donnell Show. On the televised limited VH1 series Diva’s Live, you can see Koen not only singing with Franklin, but also offering up support vocals for Mariah Carey, Shania Twain, Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion, and Carole King. Franklin has even made special mention of Koen being among her favorite background singers in her 1999 memoir From These Roots. Locally, Koen is constantly sought after to offer her expertise in background and lead vocals on many local projects. You can see Koen with the MAC 180 Band, the Leland Project, the Steeley Dan tribute band Bad Sneakers, Chicago-based jazz vocal quartet Vocal Poynt, and a host of other various and diverse acts.

Band members include June “Obie Copeland on bass, Brady Williams on drums, and Theodis Rogers on keyboard.

Performance time: 12:30–1:20 p.m.

Tony “TOCA” Carpenter—Toca Live!
Tony Carpenter

Tony Carpenter is an urban percussionist who began his percussive journey in the early 1970’s when he began exploring the traditional rhythms of West Africa and performed with African dance troupes such as Julian Swains’ Inner-City Dancers and Najwa Dance Troop. Carpenter has played with many masters congueros including, Mongo Santamaria, Armando Peraza, Alex Acuna, and Giovanni Hidalgo. His performances include playing R&B, gospel, and jazz. The melodious tones of his unit, “TOCA LIVE,” is a sound that is memorable. He has combined rhythms with his favorite jazz classics, which he calls cultural jazz. Carpenter has performed with many great artists of all genres, such as Leroy Hudson, Tyron Davis, The Emotions, Jerry “The Ice Man” Butler, Ramsey Lewis, The Soul Children of Chicago, Kim Stratton, Malachi Thompson, and currently tours nationally with a-list performers.

Band members include Toca on conga percussions, Malcolm Banks on drums, Roger Harris on keys, James Perkins on sax, Kelvin Djembe Olu on dunn dun Uche’ on Shakara percussion.

Performance time: 1:50–2:45 p.m.

The Alan Burroughs and The AB Band
Alan Burroughs

Alan Burroughs is a native of Chicago and has been in the music industry for more than 20 years. He has followed a path that embraces jazz, rock, blues, and a myriad of other musical styles. He has traveled nationally and has shared the stages with artists such as Miles Davis, Art Porter, Phillip Bailey, KoKo Taylor, The Dells, and countless others. Burroughs is currently in the studio recording his second album.

Band Members include Alan Burroughs on lead guitar.

Performance time: 3–3:50 p.m.

D’Erania and Jahari Stampley
Jahari Stampley and D’Erania Stampley

D’Erania Stampley and Jahari Stampley are aptly entitled as a “mother -son duo.” These two are Internationally renowned, Grammy-awarded musicians who play with the most sought out and favored jazz musicians on local and international stages. The two are delighted to join the Wildflower Music Festival stage. Jahari, being the multi-talented musical phenom he is, will be using his musical super powers playing piano, keys, electronic drums, while mom D’Erania will play with him on sax and upright bass. This mother-and-son duet will be a phenomenal addition that is an unforgettably electric, soul-stirring performance!

Band members include D’Erania on upright bass and sax and Jahari on keys and electronic drums.

Performance time: 4:10–5:15 p.m.

Mario Abney and The Abney Effect
Mario Abney

Mario Abney is a singer, songwriter, master trumpeter, and bandleader originally from New Orleans. Last year, Mario Abney & The Abney Effect were featured on Good Morning America for Mardi Gras and became a regular on the HBO series Tremé. He developed his chops in Chicago at Fred Anderson’s legendary Velvet Lounge. Abney has been compared to the genius of Miles Davis and the leadership and insight of Art Blakely. He fuses the art of jazz music with the soul, spirituality, and freedom of New Orleans.

The Abney Effect was established in 2010 and has since produced amazing concerts at well-known establishments all over the country and overseas. The Abney Effect is currently featured at Andy’s Jazz Club every Tuesday night and has upcoming or past performances at Untitled Supper Club, Adorn Bar & Restaurant (Four Seasons),Shedd Aquarium, and private events.

The Abney Effects’ longevity, notoriety, talent, and energy has created a lot of buzz, evidenced by their prominent online presence, concert attendance, and album sales.

Band members include Abney on trumpet, Micah Collier on bass, Frank Morrison on drums, and Josh Atkin on sax.

Performance time: 5:30– 6:35 p.m.

The Frank Russell Band
Frank Russell

Chicago bass guitarist Frank Russell was the recent recipient of the prestigious 2020 Jeff Award for Best Original Music In A Play, in collaboration with the legendary Ladysmith Black Mambazo. To date, Russell is the only bass guitarist to grace the cover of Chicago Jazz Magazine. He has performed with Ramsey Lewis, Wallace Roney, Freddie Hubbard, Alphonse Mouzon, Ken Chaney, Henry Johnson, Robert Irving III, and many more.

Joining Russell on the Wildflower stage will be his star-studded lineup consisting of Irving III on keys, Corey Wilkes on trumpet, Marco Villarreal on lead guitar, Steve “Kwame” Cobbs on drums, and featuring international vocalist Yvonne Gage.

Performance time: 7–8:45 p.m.

The SoundShirt at West Side Story at Lyric Opera

Lyric Opera is prototyping an innovative new experience for audiences who are deaf or hard of hearing called the SoundShirt, built by CuteCircuit. While the orchestra and artists perform on stage, microphones capture the sound. Computer software transforms the sounds into touch data, and the data is broadcast wirelessly to the SoundShirts. SoundShirt wearers experience the feeling of music rendered on their upper body through haptic actuation in real-time in a fully immersive way.

We’re prototyping the experience during our summer musical, West Side Story, and inviting a few outside guests who are hard of hearing and deaf to participate and experience it. There will be a follow-up survey seeking feedback. Seats and shirt sizes are limited, and tickets are free.

For questions, please write to [bdunn@lyricopera.org](mailto:bdunn@lyricopera.org).

https://www.lyricopera.org/shows/upcoming/2022-23/west-side-story/

 

Talk | Barak adé Soleil with SHIFT Community Participants at MCA

Please join us for a communal dialog with award-winning artist Barak adé Soleil and members of the local Black and Brown neurodiverse and disabled community who are part of adé Soleil’s newly commissioned work SHIFT.

SHIFT, a multidisciplinary project for the MCA’s Frictions series, has two components:

An installation located on the first floor of the MCA during the performance’s run, intentionally next to a spiraling staircase that goes up to the museum’s fourth floor. Barak is creating a film that will be installed and projected onto a diamond-like platform. In this dreamlike video installation, bodies both at rest and as they shift are visible onscreen at life-size and larger-than-life scale. The presence of Black neurodiverse and disabled bodies is amplified from many angles, infiltrating the architecture of the museum’s iconic public stairwell. Whereas these bodies might otherwise be violently misinterpreted as either lazy or near death, adé Soleil offers rest—and the intimacy of everyday gestures—as forms of political resistance for Black people.
A gathering on Saturday, May 6, where members of the Disability community will join adé Soleil in a “promenade” throughout the museum’s public areas; at times they will ascend the staircases and take up space to make visible and apparent the power of community presence. The use of the word promenade is intentional, drawing from its definition: “to take a leisurely public walk, ride, [wheel] or drive so as to meet or be seen by others.”
SHIFT is curated by Tara Aisha Willis, Curator of Performance & Public Practice at the MCA.

Access Information
ASL interpretation, CART captioning, and live audio description are provided. AD devices are available at the museum, and audience members may also use their personal devices to access the audio description through a URL provided on-site.

This event has relaxed viewing protocols and sensory-friendly lighting.

ASL provided.Audio description available.Haptic elements used.

https://visit.mcachicago.org/events/talk-barak-ade-soleil-with-shift-performers/

Sensory-Friendly Morning at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Sensory-Friendly Morning is a free program for all people who benefit from visiting the MCA without large crowds and other sensitive environmental elements. This includes visitors with sensory sensitivities, disabilities, autism, PTSD, dementia, and more. On these mornings, lighting at the museum is dimmed, sounds from artworks and environmental noise is kept at a minimum, and a quiet space is available to visitors for breaks. During Sensory-Friendly Mornings, preregistered individuals and their families can visit the museum to explore exhibitions at their own pace, and join a Chicago-based artist for a sensory-friendly art-making experience. The museum is closed to the general public until 11:30 am; at that time, the lights and artworks return to usual operations.

Sensory-Friendly Morning aims to be a welcoming space to experience contemporary art in a judgment-free environment.

Accessibility: Sensory-Friendly. ASL Interpretation

https://visit.mcachicago.org/events/sensory-friendly-morning-5/

Amplify Series World Premiere at Epiphany Center for the Arts

Join LYNX Project for the most-anticipated event of their 2022-23 season: the World Premieres of the 2022-23 Amplify Series. The Amplify Series commissions classical composers to set texts by autistic poets, who are primarily nonspeaking, to music. LYNX has commissioned over 40 writers and composers, generating over four hours of new music. The Amplify Series World Premiere Concert celebrates this year’s powerful and poignant new works, featuring the following poets, composers, and performers:

Poets:
Amelia Bell
Sofia Ghassaei
Matthew McGrath
John-Carlos Schaut
Parker Scheu

Composers:
Eugenia Cheng
Shane S. Cook
Corinne Klein
Paul Novak
Matthew Recio

Performers:
Veena Akama-Makia, mezzo-soprano
Pauline Tan, mezzo-soprano
Samuel James Dewese, baritone
Florence Mak, pianist
Michael Tran, clarinetist
Kimberly Jeong, cellist

Accommodations:
Relaxed performance atmosphere (movement, fidgets, stims welcome in our space)
Sensory-relief space outside concert hall
No clapping — handwaving and snapping for applause
For additional information about accommodations, or to make a request, please contact Michelle Ravitsky at michelle@lynxproject.org.

https://www.lynxproject.org/calendar/2023/5/20/world-premiere-of-2022-2023-seasons-amplify-series-commissions

CineYouth Film Festival 2023: Chicagoland Screening at FACETS

The exhilarating work of Chicago’s next generation of filmmakers is showcased in this eclectic collection that celebrates the vast array of creative expressions emerging from our city. These films will screen with Open Captions, and the Q&A will feature Live Captioning.

Note: Films in this program contain themes or language that may not be suitable for all ages.

Accessibility: open captions, live captions

https://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/film/cineyouth2023-chicagoland/

Sensory-Friendly Morning at Lincoln Park Zoo

On Sunday, May 14 from 8-10am, Lincoln Park Zoo is offering Sensory-Friendly Morning hours for guests with disabilities, chronicle illness, or Deaf to experience the zoo grounds and animal buildings in a comfortable and inclusive environment. Modifications include limited capacity and muted attractions. This is a free event, but it does require advanced registration.

Sensory-Friendly Morning is a free program for all people who benefit from visiting the zoo without crowds and other sensitive environmental elements. This includes guests with sensory sensitivities, disabilities, autism, PTSD, and dementia to name a few.

During Sensory-Friendly Morning, Gift Shop will be open at 8am and Landmark Café will sell beverages starting at 8:30am. AT&T Endangered Species Carousel and Lionel Train Adventure will operate with music and noises muted. Not all animal buildings may be open, and some animals may not be in their public viewing spaces.

At 10am, the zoo will be open to the public and begin typical operations.

View the zoo’s accessibility map HERE and accessibility page HERE to help plan your visit.

Lincoln Park Zoo is certified Sensory Inclusive by KultureCity. Please download the free KultureCity app with Lincoln Park Zoo social narrative. iOS Android

Guests may only enter at West Gate and East Gate, and they need to present their registration email to zoo ushers.

Paid parking is available at the zoo’s parking lot located at Fullerton Parkway and Cannon Drive (2400 N. Cannon Drive). The zoo is also accessible by train via the Armitage and Fullerton stations and by bus via the 22, 36, 151, and 156 routes.

All Lincoln Park Zoo events take place rain or shine. We have some wonderful animal buildings you can still enjoy if it rains, and the carousel is covered.

There is no smoking at Lincoln Park Zoo for the health of the animals in our care.

Pets are not allowed at the zoo, but licensed service animals are welcome.

For any questions, please email access@lpzoo.org.

Accessibility: sensory-friendly

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sensory-friendly-morning-at-lincoln-park-zoo-tickets-617752734057

Crafting Care with Maggie Bridger at Curb Appeal Gallery

We are delighted to be hosting Maggie Bridger on April 15 as part of her Crafting Care series. In anticipation of her performance “Scale”, Maggie is holding open crafting sessions centered around collectively creating objects of care—including masks, blankets, and cushions. The culmination of our care work, made visible in the items we craft together, will likely be put to use in the performance of “Scale” in May! Feel free to come by Curb Appeal from 2:00-4:00pm on 4/15, and bring any crafting projects you might want to work on.

Additionally, this is the second-to-last week to experience Molly Joyce’s “Perspective” a sound and video work that grapples with the myriad ways in which people experience disability. The work is open captioned. Sound descriptions and image descriptions accompany the video, too.

Curb Appeal is wheelchair accessible. We also have a gallery dog (Momo) who will be present at this program. We’ll continue to mask inside, in consideration of one another. Email us for address and access information: info@curbappeal.gallery.

https://www.curbappeal.gallery/

Maggie Bridger | Scale at High Concept Labs

Limited capacity. Advanced registration is required.
Masking is required for this performance.

Using the pain scale as a primary source material, Scale places medicalized methods of quantifying pain in conversation with alternative ways of reading and attending to pain emerging from the disability community, ultimately proposing new ways of caring for the bodymind in dance. These complex interactions between medicalization, care, and community are explored through movement, video, and the use of access tools for both performers and audience members. Scale invites audience members to attend to their own embodied experience of the piece, offering pillows, blankets, and other care objects as tools for curating the way they engage with and experience the work. Scale poses questions around the ways that we perceive pain, ultimately reaching toward a more compassionate and disability-informed way of creating and performing dance.

Each performance is followed by a Crafting Care event that serves as a sort of informal “talk back” with some of the artists, as well as an opportunity to join in the crafting practice that informed much of the work of Scale. Audience members are encouraged to bring their own crafting projects, participate in a group embroidery project, or simply share space and chat about Scale in community with the artists and other audience members.

COLLABORATORS
Performers: Maggie Bridger, Jordan Brown, Joán Joel, Alex Neil-Sevier, Robby Lee Williams
Costumes and Visual Art: Reveca Torres
Sound Design: Shireen Hamza
Crafters: Margaret Fink, Sandy Guttman, Alison Kopit, Ashley Miller
Access information

ACCESS DURING PERFORMANCE
Captions, American Sign Language, audio descriptions, opportunities to rest, and sensory notes are incorporated into the performance in ways that we hope generate a unique, thoughtful experience for each audience member. The methods we’re using to incorporate these elements into the performance are experimental and may differ from the ways these tools are encountered in other arts spaces. We are continuing to learn, develop, and experiment alongside our community and welcome feedback on these elements, particularly from members of the community that rely on these various tools to access performance.

COVID Protocols:
Masking is required in the performance space. Mana Contemporary, though, is a shared building that does not require masking and there may be unmasked people outside of the performance space. You are welcome to bring your own mask or grab one of the high quality masks available to audience members in both adult and child sizes at the building’s entrance. All performers will be masked, though there is a moment in the work where performers layer masks one on top of the other, which may cause their masking to be less effective for a short period of time.

Arriving at Mana & Wayfinding:
All audience members will enter the ramped entrance to Mana Contemporary located on the west side of the building near the Throop street entrance to the parking lot. Audiences will then be guided through the building to the performance space by the performers, two of whom use ASL and will be able to guide Deaf and hard of hearing audience members. The first 30 minutes of the performance time is dedicated to audience arrival and getting situated in the performance space, so there is no need to rush or worry about arriving precisely on time. There is time to rest, chat, and get settled.

A library around the corner from the performance space will be used as a “quiet space” that folks can use to get a break from the performance, if needed.

Access Tools and Sharing Space:
The show runs about an hour and a half with the first half hour dedicated entirely to audience members arriving and getting settled for the performance. Upon entering the space, audience members will be offered access devices and care tools to help them feel as comfortable as possible throughout the performance. Some of the tools we have available are:

4 blankets
3 small weighted blankets
9 pillows
2 large beanbags
Yoga mats/exercise mats
Instant hot and cold packs
Stim tools
3 ear defenders

In addition to these, you are very welcome to bring your own tools/devices. We invite you to move, stim, rest, and generally make yourself comfortable during the performance. Our tools/devices will be cleaned with scent-free detergent/cleanser between each performance.

We ask that audience members refrain from wearing any scented perfume, cologne, lotion, etc. However, Mana Contemporary is a shared space where tenants will sometimes burn incense or use other scented products. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee a fully scent-free environment.

https://highconceptlabs.org/events/maggie-bridger-scale

Talk | Access Praxis: Cripistemology and the Arts at MCA

The MCA Advisory Partner organization Bodies of Work invites you to Access Praxis, a collaborative and participatory event in The Commons. Combining theory and practice, “praxis” is ideas in action.

For this iteration, we are joined by disabled artist-researchers Alana Ackerman, Stephanie Alma, Tommy Carroll, Justin Cooper, and Nic Wyatt as they explore their embodied experience of disability through a series of videos detailing their crip epistemologies. Following the video presentation, they will be joined by Dr. Carrie Sandahl, co-director of Bodies of Work, and Liza Sylvestre and Christopher Jones, co-founders of Crip*: Cripistemology and the Arts, for a moderated discussion on the disability experience and the valuable knowledges that stem from it.

This will be a hybrid program held in-person at the MCA Chicago and virtually. American Sign Language interpretation, CART-captioning, and verbal description will be provided in the video presentation and the panel discussion. The MCA Commons is wheelchair accessible and offers gender neutral facilities. While masks are not required for entry to the museum, we encourage masking for all in-person attendees. For any other access needs please contact Daniel Atkinson at DAtkinson@mcachicago.org.

https://visit.mcachicago.org/events/access-praxis-cripistemology/

Alonzo King LINES Ballet Family Matinee at Harris Theater for Music and Dance

Alonzo King LINES Ballet returns to the Harris stage for the first time since 2015. The celebrated contemporary ballet company, whose mission is to nurture artistry and the development of creative expression in dance, through collaboration, performance, and education, will perform in a matinee program for children and families.

Accessibility: ASL interpreter, assistive listening devices, large print programs, sensory-friendly, quiet spaces, wheelchair accessible

https://www.harristheaterchicago.org/alonzo-king-lines-ballet/family

“Molly Joyce: Perspective” Exhibition Opening at Curb Appeal Gallery

Curb Appeal Gallery is pleased to announce their inaugural exhibition and the Chicago debut of Molly Joyce’s Perspective. Begun in 2019, Perspective is a sound and video work that captures perspectives of the disability experience. Created through interviewing over 40 participants around topics that encompass elements of disability—including care, interdependence, weakness, and cure—Joyce has composed and performed a work that invites audiences to consider the kaleidoscopic and nuanced experiences that inform what it means to be disabled. Created with disability aesthetics and accommodations in mind, Perspective features open-captioned videos, lending a sense of visual primacy to the stories of the disabled participants and their valuable perspectives. In addition to screening Perspective, Curb Appeal is delighted to host a brief conversation between Joyce and one of the project interviewees, Chicago artist Andy Slater (from 7:00-7:30pm).

Accessibility: Curb Appeal is wheelchair accessible. In addition to open captioning on the video work, we will provide ASL interpretation and CART-captioning for remarks and a brief conversation between Molly Joyce and Andy Slater. Masks are required for entry and will be provided if needed. Please note, Curb Appeal is an apartment gallery and doubles as a home to our gallery dog.

https://www.curbappeal.gallery/

Hands Up! Misunderstood Minds at the Northeastern Illinois University Stage Center

Hands Up! Misunderstood Minds is performing lived at the Northeastern Illinois University Stage Center (3701 W. Bryn Mawr) on Saturday, March 11 at 8:00 pm. Tellin’ Tales Theatre’s Hands Up! Misunderstood Minds explores shared experiences around mental illness. Personal stories intertwine into a beautiful and heartwarming account of individual journeys with mental health. The goal of the performance is not to lead people to conclusions, but to give them a more informed perspective on the topic. The show will incorporate video images of Project Onward visual artists with mental and developmental disabilities. Learn more and order tickets at TellinTales.org

Accessibility: ASL interpreter, all gender restrooms, wheelchair accessible

https://tellintales.org

Family Day | Expressions at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Designed and led by Chicago artists, Family Day is a monthly program at the MCA for all families and youth. Enjoy FREE admission while taking part in workshops, open studio sessions, gallery tours, and performances.

For this Family Day, families are invited to engage in programs and activities focused on performance, movement, poetry, and storytelling.

Family Days are organized by Christiana Castillo, Manager of Learning, Youth Interpretive Programs. If you have any questions about Family Day programming, please email Christiana Castillo at ccastillo@mcachicago.org.

https://visit.mcachicago.org/events/family-day-expressions/

ASL interpreter and all gender restrooms

Family Day | Inspire at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Designed and led by Chicago artists, Family Day is a monthly program at the MCA for all families and youth. Enjoy FREE admission while taking part in workshops, open studio sessions, gallery tours, and performances.

For this Family Day, engage in programs and activities focused on performance, movement, and self-expression.

Family Days are organized by Christiana Castillo, Manager of Learning, Youth Interpretive Programs. If you have any questions about Family Day programming, please email Christiana Castillo at ccastillo@mcachicago.org.

https://visit.mcachicago.org/events/family-day-inspire/

ASL interpreter and all gender restrooms

“Plaid as Hell” by Cat McKay

PLAID AS HELL is an honest, slightly raunchy, queer comedy which introduces us to Cass, who is hoping her annual camping trip will go well this year. But with her best friend Emilie sniping at Cass’s new girlfriend Jessica, not to mention the serial killer on the loose, the weekend is off to a rocky start.

https://babeswithblades.org/fall-2022-plaid-as-hell/

 

MCA | Sensory Friendly Morning

Sensory-Friendly Morning at the MCA is a free, sensory-friendly program for neurodiverse visitors of all ages. Preregistered individuals and their families can visit the museum before it opens to the public and explore exhibitions at their own pace. Lobby lights are less intense and a quiet space is available for breaks.

Sensory-Friendly Morning aims to be a welcoming space to experience contemporary art in a judgment-free environment.

https://mcachicago.org/Calendar/2021/01/Sensory-Friendly-Morning#about-this-event

Family Day | Uplift

About the Event
Designed and led by Chicago artists, Family Days are monthly programs at the MCA for all families and youth. Enjoy FREE admission while taking part in workshops, open studio sessions, gallery tours, and performances. On December 10, engage in programs and activities focused on uplifting visual art-making and bomba and plena performances.

Family Days are organized by Christiana Castillo, Manager of Learning, Youth Interpretive Programs. If you have any questions about Family Day programming, please email Christiana Castillo.

Schedule
Artist-Led Activity: Cityscapes Coloring and Collage Station with Rebel Betty
11 am–3 pm
The Commons

Chicago artist Rebel Betty leads youth and families through a collaging activity with a social justice lens connected to the MCA exhibition Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990s–Today. Using Alia Farid’s colorful textile work Mezquitas de Puerto Rico (2014) as a reference, color in or arrange a cityscape using markers, crayons, and/or collage materials.

Artist-Led Performance: Las Bompleneras
11:30 am–12:30 pm
4th-floor lobby

Las Bompleneras is an all-women group from Chicago that has been uplifting and bringing visibility to the role and power of women in Puerto Rican Bomba y Plena since 2010.

Featured performers: Ivelisse Diaz, Anissa Vega, Lauren Brooks, Maya Fernandez, Dania Vega

https://visit.mcachicago.org/events/family-day-uplift/

Family Day | Express Yourself Through Movement

Designed and led by Chicago artists, Family Days are monthly programs at the MCA for all families and youth. Enjoy FREE admission while taking part in workshops, open studio sessions, gallery tours, and performances. On November 12, engage in programs and activities focused on movement and self-expression.

Family Days are organized by Christiana Castillo, Manager of Learning, Youth Interpretive Programs. If you have any questions about Family Day programming, please email Christiana Castillo.

Schedule
Artist-Led Performance | Freedom From and Freedom To
11 am–1 pm
Kovler Atrium

Watch movement and sound performers fuse their diverse artistic backgrounds and practices to create unique interactive experiences in a celebration of movement and sound. The audience is invited to randomly select a combination of artists, who then must perform together.

Featured Performers: Tuli Bera, Orlando Johnson, Shalaka Kulkarni, Erin Peisert, Peter Redgrave, Cristal Sabbagh, Matt Williams, Emmett Wilson, Christina Martin, Gaby Martinez, Luc Mosley, Katinka Kleijn, Scott Rubin, Eli Sabbagh, Ishmael Ali, Ralph Darden, Rob Frye, olula negre, Brianna Tong, and Hunter Diamond

Artist-Led Activity | Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
11 am–3 pm
The MCA Atrium; Dr. Paul and Dorie Sternberg Family Gallery and Ed and Jackie Rabin Gallery on the museum’s third floor; MCA Learning Studios

Get energized and slow down through movement with Teaching Artists from Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Engage with Teaching Artists in social and emotional learning-based movement activities based around each of these themes:

Mind (eye see, mind see): What do you observe, what do you imagine?
Heart (I feel…): Write it, create it, share it.
Body (mindfulness): Breathe, stretch, and actively rest.
Featured Teaching Artists: Jamie Brunson, Rebeca G Griffin, and Daisy Rueda

Artist-Led Activity | SkyART
11 am–3 pm
The Commons

Join Teaching Artists from SkyART and slow down with mindful visual art activities.

Featured Teaching Artists: Michael Rangel, SkyART Project Imact Program Manager, and Ellen Tritschler, SkyWAY Program Manager

https://visit.mcachicago.org/events/family-day-express-yourself-through-movement/

Youth-Led Programming | Hip-Hop & Healing: Intersecting Paths to Abolition

Join Circles & Ciphers’ Youth Care Collective (YCC) to discuss how restorative justice is connected to hip-hop and how it meets at the intersection of prison abolition. This includes sharing examples of the earliest roots of hip-hop in Chicago, and how hip-hop and the arts can be used for harm prevention and reduction for a world where prison systems do not exist. This workshop centers on the importance of checking in, community building, and sending positivity and encouragement, as participants write letters to youth currently incarcerated in Cook County Jail.

Participating facilitators and artists: Nikia Watkins, Justine Ogbevire, and Shayne Khaalvin

Youth-Led Programs are organized by Christiana Castillo, Manager of Learning, Youth Interpretive Programs. This is an ASL-interpreted, youth-led event. If you have any questions about Youth-Led programming, please email Christiana Castillo.

About The Event
Youth-Led Programming | Hip-Hop & Healing: Intersecting Paths to Abolition
November 05, 2022
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Free Tickets
The Commons
ASL is available for this event.

Circles and Ciphers discusses the violence the carceral system causes. This event features explicit music. Ages 13+

https://visit.mcachicago.org/events/youth-led-programming-hip-hop-healing-intersecting-paths-to-abolition/

CounterBalance 2022

12TH ANNUAL COUNTERBALANCE

SEPTEMBER 24TH & 25TH, 2022
presented by Access Living, Bodies of Work, MOMENTA, and ReinventAbility.

IN-PERSON PERFORMANCES
(A virtual viewing option will be available in October)

Hoover-Leppen Theatre
CENTER ON HALSTED
3656 N. Halsted

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
7:30pm
Doors open at 7:00pm

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
2:00pm
Sensory Friendly Performance
Doors open at 1:30pm

ACCESS FEATURES
Wheelchair Accessible, ASL Interpretation, Open Captioning, Audio Description, All Gender Restrooms

SAFETY PROTOCOLS
Masks Required
Proof of Vaccination
or Negative Covid Test