It's Happening!

If it's experimental, unusual, and hilarious, It's Happening!

It's Happening!

Mon, December 19, 2016

8:30 pm

Links Hall

Chicago, IL

Suggested Donation: $8

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It's Happening!
It's Happening!
It’s Happening! is an experimental variety show that combines standup comedy, the vibe of a Jazz music club, with variety acts ranging from dance, fringe theatre, and performance art. The host of the evening is Bill Bullock, alongside a house band led by Ben Lamar Gay and dance performances from Links Hall. It’s Happening! is a monthly performance series presented by Constellation and Links Hall that explores the intersections between experimental live performance.
Bill Bullock, Host
Bill Bullock, Host
Bill Bullock is a Comedian, performer, and show-producer. He has been performing all over Chicago and beyond for 5 years. He has been a co-producer on two successful shows in Logan Square, Chicago, including Congrats on Your Success, and Cole’s Chicago Cabaret. A performer in the comedy Sketch group, Actual Murderers, Bill was named the best comedian in Logan Square by Logan Squarist, 2015.
Ben LaMar Gay, Band Leader
Ben LaMar Gay, Band Leader
Ben LaMar Gay is a composer/cornetist/vocalist/producer who moves components of sound, color and space through folkloric filters to produce brilliant electro-acoustic collages. His unification of various styles is always in service of the narrative.
Darling Shear: Coeur Enchanté
Darling Shear: Coeur Enchanté
COEUR ENCHANTÉ re-stages famous songs and ballets from 1940/50's classic films. Tapping into this time capsule Shear's ensembles occupies an alternate reality where she takes on the spritely role of instigator, antagonist, and inspiration that drives the ensemble's varied characters to their crescendo.

While the dance work is being created for the stage the process of its creation and performance is being documented by collaborating film maker Diana Quinones Rivera. The Film follows Darling Squire a mixed media post-gender artist in her day to day as she balances life between being a classical dancer and her old Hollywood night life persona Darling Shear.

DARLING SHEAR
I am a Chicago Native but I have roots in Atlanta where I started my dance training. I attended North Springs Charter School of the performing arts where I got my training in Ballet, Modern, Jazz and African. I began dancing professionally right out of high school and in that time from 2008 to 2011 I worked with many great choreographers. The highlights for me were working with Bubba Carr choreography/artistic director to Cher for 12yrs and counting, Rhonda Henriksen soloist with Hubbard Street and Twyla Tharp, Tracy Vogt former Philadanco dancer, Hinton Battle the Original Scarecrow from the broadway production of “The Wiz” and Lauri Stallings Hubbard street soloist and founder/artistic director of gloATL. I moved back to Chicago the summer of 2011 to start my company Suna Dance a collaborative artist group and had our first performance in November of 2011. I am a freelance dancer/choreographer in the city and have worked with The Fly Honeys of the The Inconvenience and various other dance troops and was also an apprentice with the Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre.

Diana Quiñones Rivera has been exploring dance and music through her filmmaking since she moved to New York in 2005. Mentored by legendary filmmaker, the late Albert Maysles, Diana has filmed artists and their works inspired by Albert's continuous collaboration with artists of various disciplines all throughout his life. Her dance film, It’s a Feeling, Dancing with Jeff Selby was screened at the Dance on Camera Film Festival at Lincoln Center in 2014 and at the Cinedanse Film Festival in Quebec in 2015. Diana obtained a B.A. in Film and Literature at University of Puerto Rico and a Post Graduate certificate in Filmmaking at London Film School. A new resident of Chicago, Diana is currently in development of a feature length documentary about radical Bomba artists in today's Puerto Rico.
Mike Gifford
Mike Gifford
Michael Gifford is a pathetic and often unintentionally funny disturbed homosexual. He is a graduate of the Second City Training Center Conservatory Program, the Annoyance Theatre Training Center and he is a resident member of The Shit Hole. He currently lives in Chicago where he writes, performs, and louses around at home… alone. Despite himself he has amazing parents and the most supportive friends anybody could ever ask for.
T Murph
T Murph
T. Murph is an Internationally known comedian who has been featured on nationally syndicated shows such as Chicago Fire, Comedy Centrals Key & Peele, and the 2014 ReBoot of BET ComicView. In a very short time Murph has achieved a huge amount of success, he has even Headlined shows in Dubai!

T. Murph has been featured in the Comedy Central Sponsored New York Comedy Festival and theTBS Just For Laughs festival. You can catch Murph performing regularly in and around Chicago, when he's not on the road. He produces a show at Comedy Bar every 1st Sunday, and a show at Jokes & Notes every 3rd Thursday. He's also a regular at The Laugh Factory and Zanies. In other words you have plenty of chances to catch one of his shows. #BookTMurph #TheUnGroomedComedyTour
Venue Information:
Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.linkshall.org/