Chicago Black Social Culture Map: Queer Nightlife & Youth Culture/Northside

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Center on Halsted

3656 North Halsted Street

Chicago, IL 60613

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Our final installment for 2019 returns to house and nightlife’s queer roots and formations, this time on the North side of the city.

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Chicago Black Social Culture Map: Queer Nightlife & Youth Culture (Northside Edition)

Our final installment for 2019 returns to house and nightlife’s queer roots and formations, this time on the North side of the city. Explore the importance of iconic spots like the Belmont Rocks and public events like Black Pride as engines of black, brown, and white queer nightlife at intersection and at odds. Reminisce on the pure pleasure of Medusa’s hybrid youth culture mix and the hole it left when the club closed. Tackle some of the challenging issues of black, brown, and white queer communities all navigating nightlife together in the defined space of Boystown and Belmont.

Co-sponsored by the Chicago Black Social Culture Map, Honey Pot Performance, the Modern Dance Music Archiving Foundation, and the Center on Halsted.

The CBSCM exists to preserve Chicago's black social cultural lineage - past, present, and future - through an experience that is both fun and informative. In Fall 2018, we launched this interactive digital initiative with a community archiving day including panel discussions, archiving stations, and hands on demonstrations of the online map. In 2019, we are growing that experience into a series of roving map and archiving days focused on the social scene across the city’s South, West, and North sides. Each day features public spaces, personalities, and cultural history connected to specific city geographies.

Bring your photos, flyers, fashion, and stories to be archived on site and added to the digital map!

PANEL SESSIONS

12:30 - 1:30PM | Pleasure & Nightlife on the Northside

Charles Matlock, Executive Director, The Dance Music Foundation (Moderator)

James Vincent , DJ at Boystown Clubs Pangea Bar and The ClubHouse (Panelist)

Sylvester Dorsey, Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus Board Member | House Head (Panelist)

Troy Winston, Founder of the Imported Taste Dance Crew (Panelist)

Michael Ezebuku, DJ at Rialto Tap, Dingbat's, the Riveria, & Pangea (Panelist)

1:40 - 2:40PM | Navigating Black & Brown Queer Intersections in Boystown

Lori Branch - DJ (Moderator)

Philip Weatherspoon, Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus (Panelist)

Lorenzo Owens, Singer/Musician (Panelist)

Isaac King, Host for The Sip (Panelist)

3:00-4:00PM | Medusa’s Multiplicities: Youth Culture & the Mingling of Punk, House & New Wave

Kimeco Roberson, Artist, Vocalist, and Arts Administrator (Moderator)

Howard Bailey, Bouncer at Medusa's, owner of various nightlife spots including Lit-X, Slick's, Beat Parlor (Panelist)

Leroy Fields, Video & Promotions Director at Medusa's (Panelist)

Joe Bruno, Party Promoter & Dancer with Diamond Corp. (Panelist)

4:00-4:45PM | Community Archive Closing Share with the Blackivists

4:45PM - 6:00PM | 2019 CBSCM Wrap Up DJ Set

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The CBSCM team includes Honey Pot Performance members Meida McNeal, Jo de Presser, and Abra Johnson as well as collaborators Duane Powell, Larissa Johnson, and Kimeco Roberson. Additional partners include Skylah Sensahrae of Actively Archiving, and Lauren Lowery of the Modern Dance Music Research & Archiving Foundation, and Micah Salkind.

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Please note guests are encouraged to arrive early. Reserved tickets do not guarantee entry once capacity is reached.

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Center on Halsted

3656 North Halsted Street

Chicago, IL 60613

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