For his first installation, Joseph Harris has placed his drawings, text pieces, 3-D printed and laser-cut objects, and personal artifacts throughout the Experimental Station entryway, tied together with words and writings directly on the walls. Two large projections feature videos of Joseph’s performance style and a slideshow of his graphic designs, drawings, and photographs.
Arts & Events
South Side Weekly brings a "Collecting Oral Histories" Workshop to Experimental Station's kitchen, led by writer, editor, playwright Miles Harvey. Learn the best practices in oral history gathering, including how to conduct oral history interviews around sensitive topics. RSVP is required!
"In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens" Exhibit Reception and Panel Discussion with Tonika Johnson, Melissa Blount, and Essence McDowell
Tonika Johnson, Melissa Blount, and Essence McDowell work within diverse artistic practices (including photography, quilting, painting, and writing) to honor and center Black women’s voices and histories. At this Public Newsroom with City Bureau, inspired by Alice Walker’s writings on Black women’s creativity, these artists will discuss their work as embodiments of Black women’s intergenerational and unconventional creative practices. Find out how they are redefining connections between creative work and resistance to oppression, exploring the relationship between Black women and the archive, and monumentalizing Black women within our creative lineages.
From the acclaimed playwright of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf comes a choreopoem about one night of dreams and memories from a young, African American woman. A collage of dreamlike memories and poetic editorials, Boogie Woogie Landscapes is a funny, moving, and surprising piece of theatre from one of America’s most incisive poets/playwrights.
This is a partnership with Court Theater’s Spotlight Reading Series, which aims to rediscover plays by writers of color largely missing from the American stage and absent from the traditional canon.
This week at the Public Newsroom we’ll draw connections to how reporting on the 1919 riots relates to the coverage of segregation nearly half a century later and what, if anything, has changed today. Our featured guests for the evening are Ethan Michaeli, author of The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America (2015), and City Bureau Co-Founder Darryl Holliday.
Resist. Reimagine. Rebuild. Coalition (R3) "Free the City/ Heal the City" Strategy Summit - mayoral election debrief and strategy session, group voting
What will the next mayor of Chicago commit to in the first 100 days of a new administration?
How we hold the new City leadership accountable?
We demand the run-off candidates commit and clarify key issues!
Come gather with the Resist. Reimagine. Rebuild. Coalition for a mayoral election debrief and strategy session.
On Saturday, March 30th, from 1-3PM, South Side Weekly brings a "Reporting Basics" workshop to Experimental Station's kitchen, led by journalist Adeshine Immanuel. Learn how to you get the information you need for a good story. As an experienced reporter, Adeshine will share about seeking out sources, conducting effective interviews, and doing research. RSVP is required!
"Through the Lens" Workshop with Tonika Johnson: On the Potential of Black women’s Self-Portraiture to Reclaim Narratives of Black life
From newspaper covers to Instagram snapshots, images have the potential to shape and transform narratives. Join us for a discussion led by artist Tonika Johnson on the potential of Black women’s self-portraiture to reclaim narratives of Black life. Bring objects or clothes with significance to you to photograph in a self-portraiture and storytelling workshop. Childcare will be provided!
5th Wave Collective is a Chicago-based classical music ensemble dedicated to the performance and promotion of music by female composers. “Salute to Chicago” features performances of works by female composers who have ties to Chicago.
Happy Birthday, Public Newsroom! City Bureau’s weekly workshop series turns 100 in March, and we want YOU to join the party. Featuring cake and dancing with local TV legend Chic-A-Go-Go!
Cultural healing is the reason for this seasonal open mic and community building series. During a challenging time of year for many Chicagoans we gather on the Southside over warm food, creative expression, good discussions, and great company to provide a salve for ashy spirits.
Hosted by J Bambii. Guest Artist: Manasseh.
There are 8,000 miles of roads and paths in New York City and for the past six years Matt Green has been walking every street, park, cemetery, beach, and bridge. Executive produced by Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg, “The World Before Your Feet” is a “walkumentary” that Hyperallergic calls “A celebration of using what short time we all have to better connect with the world.”
WHPK’s long-running Pictures and Sounds showcase of experimental music combined with visuals comes to Experimental Station and features prominent artists from Chicago’s free jazz/improvised music scene: Norman Long with Cher Jay, Angel Bat Dawid with the Brothahood, Marvin Tate, and Jonathan Woods.
Self-Care=Resistance Pop-up Jam (March) - Gather At The Pines featuring Asher Gamedze (South Africa) and Rudra Xristián
Self-care = Resistance (Julian Otis and Angel Bat Dawid) welcomes South African percussionist Asher Gamedze to the circle to share his sounds. Rudra Xristián will install his kinetic sculptures, that guests can play or interact with, among 30 pine trees to create a “sound forest” in our event space.
Enjoy this Chicago winter's most convivial and unique cocktail experience, to take place indoors in a wintry North woods setting. Mingle among the trees while enjoying signature drinks by our local mixologists at The Promontory and beer by Chicago’s own Half Acre Beer Company. Chef Ursula Adduci of Sazón will provide eats and DJ Audio Jack will provide beats!
Do not miss this fun one-night-only event in support of Experimental Station. Dress suggestion: North woods chic!
Tickets to Wintry Mix are $100 and can be purchased at exp.st/wintrymix
Come by Experimental Station to share some homemade bread and spreads before listening to Selina Trepp talk about her pieces hanging in our entryway space. During this event, guests will be invited to join in making music for Selina’s new animated work in progress.
The BLK Bike Panel & Discussion: honoring historic Black cyclists, highlighting Black-led Chicago cycling groups, and connecting cycling advocates
The BLK Bike Panel & Discussion is an event that is autonomously organized by a few cyclists on the Southside with the intention of getting black cyclists in a room to discuss collaborations, barriers that stunt our collective efforts to get more black people riding, and ways in which to overcome those obstacles.
Backyard Series and Ano Bank$’ “One Drop” brings together visual and performing artists in celebration of the African diaspora. Artists include: Ano Bank$ , Mani Jurdan, Amare Symone, Kimanisho, Banks Performance Project, Izzy, DDesigns, Felix Barnes, and Recothegreat. Painting experience with Unladylike Chi. Food vending by Kayafresh.
Youth-led 20th Ward Candidate Forum presented by The Triibe, Good Kids Mad City, and South Side Weekly
Moderated by the Editor-In-Chief of thetriibe.com, Tiffany Walden, join us for a 20th Ward Candidate Forum at Experimental Station. Find out which candidate will best serve our community's interests in the 20th Ward of Chicago, which includes Back of the Yards, Englewood and Woodlawn. Hold elected officials accountable by being present and informed. This is a youth led forum that will uplift their voices because they are our PRESENT and our FUTURE!
Winter Blue: February with Guest Host J. Bambii and Feature Artist Elijah Carter - Cultural Therapy for the Season
Winter Blue is a yearly music series during the winter months of Chicago for people to peacefully come together and enjoy loving company, warm food, dope music and good vibes. Winter Blue features local artists with soulful, Hip-hop, experimental electronic and funky sounds as well as an open mic.
February’s Winter Blue has J. Bambii as guest host and Elijah Carter as the feature artist.
Join ECLIPSING and Experimental Station for a closing ceremony of the ECLIPSING: Death & Transformation festival! This performative event, led by Angel Bat Dawid and Julian Otis of Self Care = Resistance, will feature a participatory healing exercise drawing from black ancestral traditions of hush harbours.
Poncili Creación and Gaspare Nasuto - Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival Neighborhood Tour
The 12-day, city-wide Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival showcases an entertaining and eclectic array of puppet styles from around the world including marionettes, shadow puppets, Bunraku puppets, tiny toy puppets, and distinctive, innovative styles of contemporary puppetry. The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival is a mission-driven program of Chicago-based theater company Blair Thomas & Co. Founded in 2002, Blair Thomas & Co. is recognized as an international contributor to contemporary puppetry and a creator of uniquely expressive spectacle theater.
Winter Blue is a yearly music series during the winter months of Chicago for people to peacefully come togehter and enjoy loving company, warm food, dope music and good vibes. Winter Blue features local artists with soulful, Hip-hop, experimental electronic and funky sounds as well as an open mic.
Join us for an exclusive preview screening of the music videos from the highly anticipated album SYNERGY. Produced and performed entirely by Chicago Women, the album features Jovan Landry, Tweak’G, Tee Spirit, JuJu MinXXX, Sundé, Jade The Ivy, Sauda Muse and Glitter Moneyyy. The music videos were made by filmmakers Briana Clearly and Sonia Jordan, with an accompanying all women crew. After the screening, participate in a discussion with the artists and filmmakers about the project and the issues it addresses. The screening is free and open to the public, complimented with light refreshments.
“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” ~ Audre Lorde
Self-Care = Resistance is a community gathering for collective expression through music, dance, poetry, rap, and beyond. Bring yourself, your instrument, your pen and let's mediate. Angel Bat Dawid (composer/clarinetist/vocalist/pianist), Gira Dahnee (Vocalist/Piano) of the Participatory Music Coalition and Julian Terrell Otis (vocalist/theatrical improv) will help lead you on this musical journey.