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What's Happening at Hairpin Arts Center

Screw Belles Updated

Saturday, May 24, 2019 doors open at 7:30 – 10:00

This month at the Hairpin, kicking off our Fourth Fridays Series, we present:
The Screwbelles and Machete Mike

at 8:00p:
The Screwbelles are throwing One Hella Wack 90's Blowout and YOU'RE INVITED!

Serving up some bomb-ass burlesque and variety featuring all your favorite 90's nostalgia featuring the bodacious talents of:


Fannie Applebottom
Alloy Ann
Shirley Blazen
Arcane Trixxxster
Fancy Fontina
Aurora Afterglow

Barb Wire
Colette Coquette & Nick Helden
Sheffield Belmont
Dilly Dally
Bettie Attitude
Bruce Vain
Chip Cornetto

And for our 10:30p set:

Machete Mike is going to deliver a solo show worthy of a band's time slot. A guitar player from Chicago best known for his busking in the Downtown Loop throwing literal shows in Subways and constantly in collaboration with many other artists from Hard Rock and Heavy Metal to rap, hip hop, blues and Jazz.

$15 at the door for both the entire evening of events.

May 30, 2019 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Performing Identities On (& Off) the Page:
Queer Femme Artists of Color

Building on a conversation begun with last Fall's Applied Words: Performing Queerness On (& Off) the Page, this reading and performance panel brings together three Chicago-based queer femme artists of color working across writing and performance who use language, body, and voice to reconsider and confront the limitations and possibilities of identity in diverse ways.

Through three unique reading-performances and a moderated discussion, this evening will explore the performative possibilities of writing to both materialize and transform the experiences and identities of queer femme POC across a broad spectrum.

For more details:

Thank You Piano Forte Chicago

Piano Forte Chicago


We would like to acknowledge and thank Piano Forte Chicago for their generous donation of a digital baby grand piano