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Random Acts of Love 2-14-19

Random Acts of Love

Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 7 PM – 11 PM CST
At Hairpin Arts Center
2810 N Milwaukee Ave, Fl 2nd, Chicago, Illinois 60618

This Valentines Day at the Hairpin, we are exploring & celebrating LOVE, in all its forms. What is the history of LOVE as an idea? What does LOVE mean to you? You love your lover, you love your mom, and you certainly love that sandwich shop down the street - so what is love? Is it a feeling? A way of being? Is it exclusively reserved for certain people in your life, or an inclusive phenomenon, meant to be shared amongst all? Why do people fall in love instead of leaping into love? Are our ideas of love healthy? Does who you are affect how you love?

We are asking these questions and more on this one-night-only Valentines Day extravaganza filled with visual and performing arts and immersive components.

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Don't Be Scurred 2-22-19

Don’t Be Scurred: Pathways to Liberation

Feb 22 at 6 PM – Mar 2 at 11 PM
At Hairpin Arts Center
2810 N Milwaukee Ave, Fl 2nd, Chicago, Illinois 60618

In the show, “Don’t Be Scurred: Pathways to Liberation”, we reflect on intersectional political, communal, and spiritual issues facing people of the diaspora. “Don’t Be Scurred” is reflective of the past and present of African Diasporic history. “Pathways to Liberation” invokes Afro-futurist ideals to envision a better future for people of the African-Diaspora. We should fearlessly, reach towards possibility while celebrating our collective strength, creativity, and perseverance. This show aggregates the unique and inspiring voices of young Black/African-Diasporic artists, reflecting their current experiences, allowing them to vocalize their visions of the future.

Featured Artists Include:

Abdullah Quick
Chase Calloway
Darian Thomas
Darius Thomas
Deja Moton

Kristopher Wright
Eseosa Edebiri
Freddie Lambright
Landon Tate

Liz Gomez
Morgan Nicolette
Raelis Vasquez
Rod Sawyer

Zena Organista
Dio Aldridge
Anastasia Nesbeth
Daniel Overbey

Presenting Partners:

The Studio BlackSheep * Backyard Series * Wild Tongues * Petty Butter * Lewis Taylor Productions

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From Script to Screen – Film Club

Age: 8-11 years old (Grades 3-5)
Location: Hairpin Arts Center (2810 N Milwaukee Ave) Class Schedule: 10 weeks from March 13th through May 15th
Time: Wednesdays 4:30p-6pm
Price: $200/child (discount for siblings and low-income)

A weekly young filmmakers' class with a focus on collaboration. The class will collaborate as a team to produce one short film during the 10 week course. Students will experience the process of developing an idea, writing a script, planning the film shoot, rehearsing, basic acting, shooting the film, and basic editing techniques.