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Free Concert Tickets

Hello Odyssey Project family:

If you (and yours) would like free tickets to this February 21st concert at the Logan Center, please reach out to me. As you know, we have a great partnership with Chicago Presents.My only request is that if you request tickets, please show up. We will continue to receive these opportunities indefinitely if there’s genuine interest.If folks are interested in meeting me over coffee with the concert notes, please let me know.There is a pre-concert discussion for ticket holders so just show up early if you’re interested in that.

For the free tickets or more info, please contact me at edudley@uchicago.edu

chicagopresents.uchicago.edu
“[Thomas’s music] explodes with an extroverted boldness of utterance audiences and musicians alike find challenging yet immediate. It’s music that doesn’t sound like anybody else’s—music that insists you pay…

Progressive Conversations, Emerging artists, emerging arts organizations, emerging ideas

Progressive Conversations, "EMERGING"

Joanie Friedman and I are hosting our next Progressive Conversation this Monday, December 16, 2013 at the Chicago Art Department, 1932 S. Halsted, #100, Chicago, Il 60608, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Please join us for the next Progressive Conversation on the topic of “Emerging.” Emerging artists, emerging arts organizations, emerging ideas, and more will be discussed by Mike Nourse (Chicago Art Department) and Tempestt Hazel (Sixty Inches from Center).

Cocktails and snacks will be served. Reconnect and meet new cultural leaders in Chicago. Please click the link below to RSVP.

https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?llr=ksyk5kcab&oeidk=a07e8mr8nt0bc2d173f&oseq

Urban Cottage

Perhaps they’re all dead
No spider I see
Just another web lingering in a stairwell corner
In the house of wood and light
I manage to fight off a creeping heebie jeebie
And forget about the creepy crawler
Crawling up through the floors to hitch a ride on my back

My hair twitches
But I know it’s just the dust
It blankets everything here
Books
Stairs
Chairs
Window ledges
My shoulders
Backside
My hands
The edges of my thoughts
It becomes the carpet where no carpet, draperies or sofa exists

My friend and I whisper
Dust bounces off
Instruments of wood, paper, glass
Carrying our voices from the
First floor to the third
Our voices a symphony for the spiders
Lurking in corners I have yet to discover

I suppose we are their entertainment
Just as mesmerized by the music we make
As I am by the perfume of a little wooden cottage
In the middle of Woodlawn
Spiders clap silently
As we humans tend to our work
Constructing a form of beauty
Out of chaos and loss
–At least we are attempting to do so–
Debris of our construction lies
Outside the window on a low rooftop deck
I imagine, one day, the deck clean, made into a brilliant white by the sun

Me and my Playbook sitting on a silver chair
Watching a Metra ride by
But I’m really sitting on the edge of a plank of wood
A platform step
While dust falls like snow into the crevices of my being
And a Chicago wind hurls itself against the windows
But it doesn’t have the strength to come inside

Only sunlight floods this room
Illuminating doors inside me I didn’t know existed
Enveloping me like a cocoon
While I attempt to weave a dragonfly
Out of bits of wing, leg, eye, antennae
And I know that, today,
I am in a most beautiful place

Nia Gabrielle is a writer, photographer, and a graduate of the Odyssey Project, located in Chicago, Illinois. Nia is always looking for a way to create something whole and beautiful out things broken and made ugly. She is currently a Scholar-in-Residence with Dorchester Projects.

Copyright © February 2013 by Nia Gabrielle

We never thought that there was something better than a donut. After listening to the thoughts of Odyssey art history instructor, Hamza Walker, at the Renaissance Society, we now know that there is!

Thanks to all of he Odyssey graduates, Dorchester scholars-in-residence, and friends for joining us in our latest Progressive Conversation. Beavers Donuts demonstrated in the most delicious way that local, partnership, and community commitment are thriving.

Thank you to the Renaissance Society for a memorable morning.

Stay tuned for our next event at the Hyde Park Art Center on June 7th and don’t forget to RSVP for that FREE event.

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The documentary, the Act of Killing, is being screened tonight at the Siskel Center. Here’s a link with more details:

http://ff.hrw.org/film/gideons-army?city=6

Don’t Miss Tomorrow’s Listening Party at the Washington Park Arts Incubator.FREE EVENT!  

Saturday, April 13th: Off the Record – A Listening Party with Kelan Phil Cohranat the Washington Park Arts Incubator The Washington Park Arts Incubator continues its series of “listening parties.” The premise is simple; a Chicago musician (or any musician that’s just passing through) comes to Washington Park to play some of his or her recorded music, jam out with some live music interludes, and answer some audience questions. Kelan Phil Cohran was born in Oxford Mississippi, 1927 and at the age of 85, he’s still got it. His style ranges from elegant and graceful to raucous and wild. This jazz trumpeter has played with Sun Ra’s Arkestra and is the co-founder of the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians). Not an event to be easily missed, this is your chance to hang out and jam one of Chicago’s music royalty.  

Washington Park Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Blvd. Saturday, April 13, 8pm-11pm. Free. (773)702-2787.arts.uchicago.edu/artsandpubliclife

Cruzar la Cara de la Luna at Benito Juárez Community Academy

The world’s first (and likely best) Mariachi Opera travels to Pilsen with a theatrical experience that has stunned audiences from Paris to Houston with its uncommon sound and emotional poignancy. “Cruzar la Cara de la Luna” or, “To Cross the Face of the Moon,” is not your typical operatic tale of life, death, and all-around tragedy. It is a timeless story of family. Thisbilingual musical journey that follows three generations of theVelásquez family, split across the boundaries of nation and culture. Presented by the Lyric Opera in cooperation with the National Museum of Mexican Art, “Cruzar la Cara de la Luna” combines the raucous energy of Mariachi with the passionate vigor of opera. It’s a combination that has proven hot-only a small number of tickets will be available at the venue the day of.Benito Juárez Community Academy, 1450-1510 W. Cermak Rd. Friday, April 19, 7:30pm and Saturday, April 20, 2pm and 7:30pm. $5. (773)534-7030. benitojuarez.net

Benito Juárez Community Academy, 1450-1510 W. Cermak Rd. Friday, April 19, 7:30pm and Saturday, April 20, 2pm and 7:30pm. $5. (773)534-7030. benitojuarez.net

 

De Cierta Manera at the Dorchester Projects/Black Cinema House

The Black Cinema House at the Dorchester Projects is screening “De Cierta Manera,” or “One Way or Another.” A film produced in the year 1974, it is the first Cuban feature film directed by a woman, Sara Gómez. The film is essentially a love story; a teacher and a factory worker struggle to make it work, as they remain tied to difficult responsibilities and social roles in post-Revolutionary Cuba. A mixture of documentary-style footage with fictional story, Sara Gómez takes an in-depth look at the poor neighborhoods of Havana. “De Cierta Manera”addresses social conflict head on, while maintaining a balance with the film’s core of narrative and emotion.

 

Black Cinema House, 6901 S. Dorchester Ave. Sunday, April 28, 7pm. Free. Seating is limited, RSVPblackcinemahouse@rebuild-foundation.org.blackcinemahouse.org

 

Off the Record – A Listening Party with Kelan Phil Cohranat the Washington Park Arts Incubator

The Washington Park Arts Incubator continues its series of “listening parties.” The premise is simple; a Chicago musician (or any musician that’s just passing through) comes to Washington Park to play some of his or her recorded music, jam out with some live music interludes, and answer some audience questions. Kelan Phil Cohran was born in Oxford Mississippi, 1927 and at the age of 85, he’s still got it. His style ranges from elegant and graceful to raucous and wild. This jazz trumpeter has played with Sun Ra’s Arkestra and is the co-founder of the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians). Not an event to be easily missed, this is your chance to hang out and jam one of Chicago’s music royalty.

 

Washington Park Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Blvd. Saturday, April 13, 8pm-11pm. Free. (773)702-2787.arts.uchicago.edu/artsandpubliclife

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