Past Events

December 8, 2018

Hairpin Arts Thank You Dec 8 2018On December 8, 2018, from 6pm - 11pm, THANK YOU will explore the concepts of gift-giving and hand-crafting. We will use our own hands to create gifts. We will make treasure from trash and imbue lifeless materials with love. We will explore what it means to be a giver and a receiver. Each person will have the chance to exchange gifts with a stranger (what's a stranger anyway, but a friend not yet made?). We will eat together. We will explore gift-giving in the form of sharing stories and songs and random talents, for these are gifts too!

Local Chicago artisans will be selling their wares. If you are buying gifts this year, buy local! Support artists and craftspeople. If we don't support them, they will disappear, and Target & Friends will replace them all.

Please join us for an evening of merriment, hygge, and gift exchange! All are welcome. Come even if you know no one else going - you are invited!

6:00pm - 7:00pm: Happy Hour (free mulled wine during happy hour!)

6:00pm - 9:00pm: Gift-making; Dinner!

9:00pm: Stranger Gift Exchange!

9:15pm: Show & Tell! - Everyone is invited to participate in telling stories or jokes, sharing odd talents, playing songs; you can burp the alphabet, show us the gift you made, say a few words about the holidays; do a handstand, get everyone to pose for a picture; maybe your contribution will be to listen and witness everyone else; the list goes on!

There is a $1 - 20 sliding scale suggested donation to cover the cost of materials, although no one will be turned away. Please honor the honor system and pay what you can afford to contribute. Libations will be available. There will be food - if you help serve it, you eat for free!

Saturday November 17, 2018

Birthday Tamale Jam 11-17-18

We spent two days making tamales, and we have all of Lily Be's students sharing stories to help raise money for future events and programming at Hairpin Arts Center.

Ana Arrendondo
Nichole McClelland
Frank D'alessandro
Veronica Cervantes
Julie Hilvers
Sophia Monroy
Noe Castro
Dayna Bateman
Laura Carroll
Jilnar Monsour
Gretchen Henninger
Cinnamon Cooper

Hosted by Jenny DeLessio and The Birthday Gal - Lily Be

COME ON OUT AND SUPPORT truth and vulnerability and Chicagoans making sense of the world with their stories.

We have music by Dj Pipcraz and Osiris Kephera.

tickets are $10 at the door and cash bar.

Come to celebrate Lily's 40th birthday and support the artform that saved her life so that she could see this very monumental year in her life.

Thursday November 8, 2018

NEW-FNFVF-LOGOThe mission of First Nations Film and Video Festival is to advocate for and celebrate the works of Native Americans filmmakers and new works and films that break racial stereotypes and promotes awareness of Native American issues. All films screened are written and/or produced and directed by Native American artists from the United States, Canada, Central and South America, and Mexico.

7-9pm – THU 11/8 – The Other 51%!

Apache Kid, US Army Scout – Victoria Sutton – 0:39:51

TICHO – Adriana Ronquillo Vásquez – 0:17:22

Mino Bimaadiziwin: The Good Life – Sierra Karaszewski – 0:32:45

Pageant Perfect – Samantha McDanel – 0:12:22

Light – Sarah Hennigan – 0:14:55

Vintage and Mimosas

$5 Early bird ticket sales extended!

Have you invited your friends to join you for Vintage & Mimosas? A Sunday afternoon featuring vintage attire and accessories, fall looks and an intimate conversation with couture designer Verneccia Etienne. Yes, the same Verneccia from TLC's Hayley Ever After.

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All ticket purchases and event purchases will help in our effort to rebuild lives and reduce recidivism. #ShopWithPurpose

Thank you Scene Chicago for your support!

Join us at the Hairpin for Saturday night Jazz! September 29
Asian Improv aRts presents - Sudden Impact Night
Asian Improv aRts Midwest

pinkl anaya quartet7pm: Acevedo/Bryerton/Chan/Suihkonen Quartet
Joe Suihkonen - trumpet
Jeff Chan - tenor saxophone, flute
Ausberto Acevedo - contrabass
Jerome Bryerton - drums and cymbals

8pm: Tabiji Quartet
Nick Anaya - tenor sax
Sam Frampton - electric guitar
Chris Dammann - bass
Jimmy Pinkl - drum set

What: Workshop Performance of "How to Get Fired" a new play by Kim Morris, directed by Errol McLendon.
Where: Hairpin Arts Center
When: Monday, September 24th at 7:00pm
Tickets: Donations Welcome

How to Get FiredYour New Hire Orientation Has Been Scheduled.

Welcome to Napkin Folders of America, America's preeminent professional association for the people and business that fold napkins. Recent changes in management mean one thing: opportunity! We're excited to show you the endless possibilities for your future as an employee here at Napkin Folders of America. We are most definitely not staging a coup.

Welcome aboard! Please join us for our first workshop presentation of "How To Get Fired" a new play by Kim Morris directed by Errol McLendon. This fun script will have you considering the best way to put in your two weeks notice. Bring a friend, a coworker, maybe your boss, and some cash to have a drink at the bar. See you Monday night!

A Place For Us at Hairpin Arts

A Place for Us, a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign MFA Regional Group Exhibition, curated by Heather Darcy Bhandari.

Please join us for the opening of A Place for Us Exhibition Opening, Saturday August 4th from 6 pm to 8 pm. 7 Artists from the Art Graduate Student Organization (AGSO) currently enrolled un the MFA program within the School of Art + Design, will present an exhibition of broad ranging mediums.

The Exhibition is curated by Heather Darcy Bhandari, a well-known author of Art/Work: Everything You Need to Know (and Do) As You Pursue Your Art Career. Bhandari is also the Director of Exhibitions at Smack Mellon, a nonprofit exhibition and studio space program in Brooklyn, New York. She is also an independent curator, adjunct lecturer at Brown University, and a consultant to several for-profit and nonprofit arts institutions.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign MFA Regional Exhibition: The Art Graduate Student Organization (AGSO) is a student organization of artists currently enrolled in the MFA program within the School of Art + Design. Collectively, the group throughout the year creates programming such as exhibitions, studio events, and various gatherings to foster community and engage the public. In efforts to promote our program and students, AGSO has developed a yearly Regional Visitor Curator Program.

CORRECTION! When we first published on our website we had Heather Darcy Bhandari as Katheryn Darcy Bhandari. Our apologies for the error! If you want to stop in to see the exhibition, please let us know.

Art Plus Community

Dear Friends,

The Hairpin Arts Center is opening its doors and inviting you to an evening of music, art and conversation on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 7 pm.

This invitation is to everyone - People from all walks of life and experiences are invited to consider becoming involved in all that we do at The Hairpin Arts Center. What talents do you have? What vision, resources and connections could you bring to the Hairpin? What do you love about the Hairpin Arts Center? What would you like to learn? What would you like to see happening at the Hairpin that is not currently happening? And what are you willing to contribute to make it happen?

If you are interested in finding out about Board or Committee participation, Volunteer opportunities, Programing input, Artistic Expression and Collaboration or just meeting your neighbors, please join us. If you are interested in exploring ways to support our work and programing through fundraising or membership, please join us. Learn about our vision of converging Art and Activism.

The possibilities are limited only by your creative imagination. Join us and help deepen the purpose, activities and support of this great facility.

Ana MunteanuThe evening’s schedule:
- Art Center Doors open @ 7pm
- Music of Ana Munteanu starts promptly @ 7:30pm
- Meet the Hairpin staff @ 8:15pm for questions, suggestions and possibilities
- Event ends @ 10pm

There will be snacks, beer, and wine, compliments of the Hairpin Arts Center.

With Sincere Gratitude and Excitement to See You in the Flesh,

Gretchen, Tonika & Gillian

Date: August 16, 2018
Time: 7 pm to 10:00 pm
Place: Hairpin Arts Center 2810 N. Milwaukee Ave., 2nd Fl

Tatsu AokiOne night only! Two renowned musicians come together for an evening of music. Suggested donation - pay what you can! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see and hear 2 exceptional musicians.
This Sunday, at the Hairpin Arts Center. Concert is 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

Tatsu Aoki is a leading advocate for the Asian American community, as well as a prolific composer and performer of traditional and experimental music forms, a filmmaker, and an educator. He was born in Tokyo in 1957 to Toyakimoto, an artisan family proficient in Okiya, the tradition of working as booking and training agents for geisha in downtown Tokyo. Starting at the age of four, Aoki was part of his family performance crew and received the essence of traditional Tokyo geisha cultural training and studies, which combine history with creativity. In the late 1960s, upon Tokyo’s economic and social decline, which forced many traditional family businesses to close, and his grandmother’s passing, he shifted his training to American pop and experimental music. By the early 1970s, Aoki was active in Tokyo’s underground arts movement as a member of Gintenkai, an experimental ensemble that combined traditional music and new Western forms. In the same period, he started his work in small-gauge and experimental films, influenced by his biological father, who was a movie producer at Shintoho Studio.

Flamenco Chicago Summer 2018

A City Divided

Saturday June 9, 2018 | 6 PM - 12 AM

Echoes of Chicago encourages their community to unpack the divisive issues that Chicago faces. This is a self-reflective event for Chicagoans to take a moment and consider the things that divide us, why they divide us, and what can help us overcome them to improve Chicago. 100% of profits will benefit Somos Logan Square and The Firehouse Community Arts Center with Chicago CRED.

But don’t worry, it’s still a party: a celebration of community members willing to come together, rise above the reasons that divide us, and consider, unpack, and challenge them.

A City Divided will include:

  • An Art Gallery featuring over 20 local artists
  • A marketplace featuring local Artisans, Nonprofits, and Businesses
  • Local Music Performances
  • Arts and Crafts tables at our Creative Corner
  • Beers and Spirits
  • A Themed Photo Booth
  • The Echoes Superhero, Windy, Performed by Grace DeSant
  • Stand-up Comedy by Keegan Buckingham
  • And more!

Chicago CRED
Their singular purpose is to achieve a transformative reduction in Chicago gun violence. They believe the best solution for ending gun violence is recruiting men most likely to be perpetrators or victims of shootings and transition them to jobs in the legal economy that pay as much or more than what they earn in the violence-plagued illegal economy.

The Firehouse Community Arts Center
The FCAC is changing the world through youth and young adults in the arts within a faith community. They believe the arts is a powerful tool and the “creative spark” for redemptive transformation.

Somos Logan Square
Somos Logan Square is a community organization of current and former residents of Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. They organize for affordable housing, and against evictions, rising rents and developments that are imposed without taking the community’s voice into account. They are opposed to the negative impacts of gentrification. They believe that housing is a human right, that everyone deserves a home, and that development should be driven by the community.

Master of Ceremony:
Jurisdiction Da Necessity

Live Music:
Rest You Sleeping Giant
Henry Geraghty
Amir Prince Yateem aka PSU the Hurt Hogon
Jade Brinae
Signal the Launch

Marketplace Vendors:
Art By Markas O
Artistic Kind
David B. Hall
Dead Poet Accessories
Kingston James & Co
The Regardless Collection

Check back here and at for updates!

Echoes of Chicago is a nonprofit whose mission is to create affordable, innovative arts and music events that promote Chicago culture and community while raising awareness and funds for local nonprofits.

We are entirely volunteer-run and donate 100% of each event’s profits to local nonprofits.

When a drop hits, it ripples...

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FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018
7:00 PM 9:00 PM

Map and directionsArnold Schoenberg

For our final CLOSE ENCOUNTER, we invite you to paint or draw the spectacles that percolate within your mind as we play–with a little help from a professional artist, of course. We're beside ourselves to have Katherine Desjardins, on faculty at the University Of Chicago, as our painting instructor and inspirer for this event.
Schoenberg himself was a pretty exceptional painter, using self-portraiture as a way to unlock his own interior life, and with the aid of some...talent juice...we’re intrigued to see what emerges for you as you put brush to canvas–while we provide the musical inspiration.

-selections from-
Arnold Schoenberg – String Quartet No. 4
Elliott Carter – Fragments 1 & 2 for String Quartet
David Fulmer – A new Spektral commission

Tickets on line here

One day Event!! Saturday, May 19, 2018, 7 pm to 10 pm

Specks of EarthIn Specks of Earth, we have approached this exhibition with ideas of nature, organism, symbiosis and hierarchy in mind. It is our belief that, although humans have worked towards isolating ourselves from natural systems, we are inseparable from the cycles of growth, labor, and decay that exist in all organic forms of life. While human systems may seem complex and expertly designed, they pale in comparison to longstanding natural phenomena. One teaspoon of dirt alone holds millions of organisms– tiny unicellular structures that coordinate with the complexity of our largest cities. Through this lens, the exhibition is meant reflect the expansive intricacy that connects our constructed world with the unseen, organic systems that sustain life as we know it.

With both strange and traditional elements, installation and 2D artworks, Specks of Earth attempts to deconstruct the hierarchical view of nature that puts humanity at the top. It is not our objective to reduce the human experience to a teaspoon of dirt, but rather to draw parallels between the macro and micro in hopes of revealing something normally imperceptible. Pulling together a diverse body of work and a group of artists of many of identities and backgrounds, our mission is to distort the scale, multiply perspectives, and vex viewers into new, unfamiliar understandings. Playing on familiarity and discomfort, we work to expose the complexity of our environments big and small, physical and social, as well as answer the questions that are posed by such a task. Who and what make up an environment? How is a space defined by visibility/invisibility? Where does labor take place and whom does it benefit? Where are undetectable forces at play? How can we acknowledge, honor, and challenge such forces? In Specks of Earth we hope to ask and explore these difficult question and more.

Specks of Earth has been organized, curated, and produced by the Exploring Professional Social Practices class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with the generous assistance of instructor Jimmy Bulosan and the organizers of Hairpin Arts Center.

Featuring Artists:

Maya Cartland
Franka Del Santo
Sofia Diaz
Elle Erickson

Kathryn Sara
Grace Kang
Soyoung Lee
Pingyu Ma

Bean McGourty
Corrie Merrill
Aletta Ren

Josh Spelman-Hall
Martel Tinsleyw/ Stevie Stevens
Amy Wilson

Women in Focus Chronicle 12 Chicago Neighborhoods over 12 months

A comprehensive new exhibition of fine art photographs by members of the artist-initiated, non-profit group Women in Focus-Chicago (WIF) opens on Friday, April 13, 7:00 to 10:00 pm gala celebrating the city’s diversity. The show is the culmination of a year of work by WIF photographers who visited a different Chicago neighborhood each month, capturing thousands of images representing the people, sights, and culture of Bronzeville, Chinatown, Downtown, Historic Pullman, Hyde Park, Lincoln Park and the Lakefront, Logan Square, Pilsen, Rogers Park, Uptown, the West Loop, and Wicker Park. Curated by two well-known experts on both photography and Chicago neighborhoods, Richard Cahan and Charles Osgood, the Hairpin exhibition marks the debut of the full project. The full project includes 74 archival fine art prints, with 5-7 photographs representing each of the 12 neighborhoods.

Women in Focus-Chicago (WIF) 12 Neighborhoods

Women in Focus-Chicago (WIF) 12 Neighborhoods

The Hairpin exhibition marks the debut of the full project, following a preview exhibit at Café Sel Marie last summer and the inclusion of select works in Jackson Junge Gallery’s “In the ‘Hood” show over the 2017 holiday season. The full project includes 74 archival fine art prints, with 5-7 photographs representing each of the 12 neighborhoods.

Read Tribune article to learn more

Photographers: Susan Aurinko, Annette Nieves, Kristin Cass, Adeline Sides, Barbara Calabrese, Anne Evans, Wendy Love, Debbie Poulin, Kirsten Fenton, Elaine Coorens

Gallery Hours: Saturday, April 14, 2018 and Sunday, April 15, 2018 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.