Town Hall: whitewashing Latinx stories

August 09, 2016 at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago.


In the wake of recent casting practices from several Chicago theaters whitewashing Latinx stories and narratives (“Evita” at the Marriott, “In the Heights” at Porchlight, among countless others), join us for this town hall to both heal and create actionable items in response to these recent events.

Important reads:
Part of the Problem: Porchlight’s Casting of “In the Heights” by Jose Nateras

Casting an “authentic” in the heights by Trevor Boffone

Porchlight Music Theatre in Chicago is Presenting IN THE HEIGHTS With An “Authentic” Cast… and Cast a Non-Latino to Play Usnavi… And Here’s What Happened Next… By Tommy Rivera-Vega

Address: 2433 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago
Town Hall: whitewashing Latinx stories

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Luísa Maita – Tue 10/4 at Martyrs’

October 04, 2016 at Martyrs’ in Chicago.


8pm – $15 – 21+
Luísa Maita

Sultry, seductive and infused with that inimitable samba swing, the music of Luísa Maita embodies the modern spirit of Brazil. Inspired by the bustling urban life found in her native city of São Paulo, her first album, Lero-Lero, has a contemporary vibe with influences from alternative pop and downtempo electronic music melded with an acoustic foundation deeply rooted in samba, bossa nova and MPB. Fans of Bebel Gilberto, Céu and Seu Jorge will find much to love in Luísa Maita’s tropical, forward-looking sound, and her sensual yet soulful voice begs comparisons with everyone from Billie Holiday and Sade to Feist, St. Vincent and Cat Power. Hailing from a country overflowing with musical talent, Luísa Maita rises above the fray as one of the most promising young singers of her generation.Inspired by samba, bossa nova and other classic Brazilian styles, Luísa is also heavily influenced by the cool jazz of Billie Holiday and Chet Baker, as well as pop, funk and downtempo electronic music. Her first album as a solo artist, Lero-Lero offers songs that encourage her fellow Brazilians to recognize the beauty and deeper meaning of their lives. “Its inspiration comes from the urban life of São Paulo, its ghettos and its people,” notes Luísa, “The lyrics and the aura of the album focus on the peculiarities of Brazilian daily life, culture and human condition.” In 2006, the Brazilian singer Virgínia Rosa recorded two songs by Luisa in her album “Samba a Dois”. The songs stand out in the CD and encouraged Luisa to compose more. In 2009, Mariana Aydar released her second album with a composition of Luisa and Rodrigo Campos, “Beleza”, one of the best songs of th year by Rolling Stone Brazil magazine. Luisa also appears in four songs of Rodrigo Campos debut album “São Materus Não É Um Lugar Assim Tão Longe” and as the singer of the promotional videos for Rio 2016 Olympic games directed by Fernando Meirelles.[6] Because of these works, Luisa had some great reviews in the Brazilian press without having yet released any solo album. After the release in US, NPR’s All Things Considered said that Luísa is “The New Voice of Brazil”[7] and “if Maita keeps making records this good, she could well be on her way to international stardom”.On November 2010, Luísa made her first North America tour, receiving great reviews from The New York Times, The Washington Post and Boston Globe. During the tour, she also appear on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert and KCWR’s Morning Becomes Eclectic show. In Brazil, the album figured in the list of best albums of 2010 – including the magazines Veja and Rolling Stone Brasil. In July 2011, Luísa received the award for Best New Artist in the twenty-second edition of the renowned Brazilian Music Award and went to her first European tour playing in important festivals like Nuits du Sud in France and Musicas do Mundo in Portugal. In August 2011, the singer returned to North America, performing 30 shows in 26 cities over 45 days and, once again, sell out festivals and concert halls, get enthusiastic review from LA Times.

Address: 3855 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago
Luísa Maita - Tue 10/4 at Martyrs

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Coffee & Vinyl In the Park

August 20, 2016 at Bow Truss Coffee Roasters in Chicago.


We’re providing the boomboxes for a live DJ set at Bowtruss Coffee in Mariano Park.

Come on out and dance in the Park to some classy tunes care of Wine & Vinyl. Hang out with us all afternoon while we drink coffee, demo the Modern Boomboxes in action and cool down with some Gelato.

Open to the public, hope to see you all there!

Address: 1031 N State St, Chicago
Coffee & Vinyl In the Park

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Friendship Chinese Tasting at the Logan

August 13, 2016 at The Logan Theatre in Chicago.


Come out for an evening of FREE hors d’oeuvres tastings in the Logan Lounge provided by our terrific neighbors at Friendship Chinese Restaurant!

If you like what you tried, go ahead and make reservations for a full-on 3-course Dinner & Show deal at Friendship (2830 N. Milwaukee)! Call: (773) 227-0970 to reserve.

Dinner & Show details:
-Buy a 3 course pre-fixed dinner for $28.95 and a beverage from Friendship restaurant
-Recieve a movie pass good for any movie at The Logan

More free Saturday night tastings on August 6th, 20th, 27th from 9:30-11 PM

For info about Friendship Chinese Restaurant check out

Part of Martial Arts Cinema Showdown:

Address: 2646 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
Friendship Chinese Tasting at the Logan

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MTGCardMarket is Hosting a Modern 2K Event!

August 13, 2016 at in Chicago.


You will want to be sure to make plans and join us on August 13th as MTGCardMarket hosts a Modern 2K event! Wether you need to prep for GP Indy, love playing in competitive Modern events or are just looking for a chance to win some extra cash this is the event for you! We look forward to seeing you all here for what should be a great day filled with Modern and of course some sweet cash prizes!

This event has a hard cap of 80 players and we sold out our last Modern 2K event, so if you want to attend please make sure you preregister to guarantee yourself a spot and a chance at the $2000 cash prize pool!

Event Details:
Doors open at 10 am
Event starts at 11 am
Capacity Limit of 80 entries.
Entry is $35 day of event and $30 if you pre-register
**Reminder store credit is not a valid payment method for this event**

Prize Support:
1st – $650.00
2nd – $400.00
3rd/4th – $125.00
5th-8th – $75.00
9th-16th – $50.00

Side events:
We will run On-Demand Side events all day **As seating permits**

8-Player Single Elimination Booster Drafts – $10.00 per player
Prize payout 4-3-2-2

Standard / Modern / Legacy Win-A-Box – $15.00 per player
1st Place – Oath of the Gatewatch Booster Box
2nd Place – 6 packs of Oath of the Gatewatch

**Please note we MAY be streaming this event live on Twitch.TV/MTGCM_Live and will require you to sign a release waiver if we do so**

Pre-Register by following the link below:

Address: 1051 W Belmont Ave, Chicago
MTGCardMarket is Hosting a Modern 2K Event!

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FestaPartier August Happy Hour at Beer & Clark Street Beach

August 19, 2016 at BEER in Chicago.


Our August #FestaPartier Pre #TBOX2016 Friday Night Happy Hour will be at BEER & CLARK STREET BEACH 8pm-11pm with an AWESOME Package Deal including Food Courtesy of Festa!!! Mingle with Royalty and hang out in one of your favorite Wrigley Hotspots!!

Address: 3415 N Clark St, Chicago
FestaPartier August Happy Hour at Beer & Clark Street Beach

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Finding Fanon Screening + Artist Talk

September 16, 2016 at Logan Center Exhibitions in Chicago.


Finding Fanon Film Screening and Artist Talk
Friday September 16, 2016, 7pm
Black Cinema House
7200 S Kimbark Ave | Chicago, IL 60619

Join us at the Black Cinema House for a screening of two films in the Finding Fanon trilogy followed by a conversation with exhibiting artist Larry Achiampong and Yesomi Umolu, Logan Center Exhibitions Curator.

Conceived and produced collaboratively with fellow artist David Blandy, Finding Fanon (2015–present), is a trilogy inspired by the lost plays of the radical philosopher, writer, and humanist Franz Fanon (1925–1961). Throughout the trilogy, Achiampong and Blandy negotiate Fanon’s commentary on race and decolonization in the early 20th century, including its intersection with migration, industrialization, and socio-economic disparities in our globalized and technologically driven society. Finding Fanon 1 uses still and moving images drawn from personal archives, news media, music videos, and Google searches to reveal how the artist’s familial histories intertwine with British colonialism. Set within the simulated environment of the in-game video editor of Grand Theft Auto 5, Finding Fanon 2 combines art-house cinema with digital culture’s Machinima to explore the postcolonial condition.

Presented by Logan Center Exhibitions and Black Cinema House, and co-sponsored by the Nicholson Center for British Studies.

(Image: Larry Achiampong and David Blandy, Finding Fanon 1, 2015. Courtesy of the artist)

Address: 915 E 60th St, Chicago
Finding Fanon Screening + Artist Talk

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New Foes Appear 11 – Chicago’s Monthly Bar Tournament

August 29, 2016 at Emporium Arcade Bar in Chicago.


Back again, every month!

21+ ONLY. Must have ID at door.
Sign ups and Happy Hour 5 – 7pm. Bracket starts at 7:30

$10 Cover gets you 1 free shot and enters you into the Melee singles bracket. Double elimination, see rules below.

If you get knocked out of bracket early, stay for the AMATEUR bracket! $5 for amateur bracket entry + free shot

BYOC – bring your own controller!


Game version: US Nintendo GameCube
Game Settings: 4 Stock, 8 Minute Time Limit, No Items, Pause Disabled

Double elimination. Best of 3. Finals best of 5.
Starter stages: Yoshi’s Story, Fountain of Dreams, Final Destination, Battlefield, Dream Land.
Counter-pick stages: Pokemon Stadium.
Freezing and infinite stalling are not legal.
First stage is decided by banning from the Starter Stages in P1-P2-P2-P1 order.
Winning player is not locked into the same character for the next match, but has to pick before loser selects character.
Following stages decided by winner banning one stage from all stages and then loser choosing.
Any matches that are best of five, there are no stage bans.
You may not choose a stage you have already won on unless mutually agreed to.

$5 per head goes towards Melee Singles Bracket
$3 per head goes towards Amateur Melee Singles Bracket

<16 entrants
70%, 30

50%, 30, 15, 5

45%, 20, 15, 10, 5, 5

40%, 20, 15, 10, 5, 5, 2.5, 2.5

Address: 1366 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
New Foes Appear 11 - Chicago

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Sail Away with Popeye at Room Seven (Tonight)

July 30, 2016 at Room Seven in Chicago.


Saturday July 30th, join us for Sail Away with Popeye Themed Costume Party @ Room Seven hosted by Vueplanet Chicago!
★ Music by MixMaster Suave, DJ Morozoff + Stan (The Sax Man) & Miss DJ Meg
★ Win Prizes for “Sexy Sailor” Costume Contest
★ Free Entry with “Suave, Vueplanet or DJ Morozoff” passwords before 12, discounted after.
★ Table reservations are highly recommended. Please contact Misha to RSVP!

Address: 7 W Division St, Chicago
Sail Away with Popeye at Room Seven (Tonight)

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