Save Our Poonie's!

Save Our Poonie's!

Sun, November 20, 2016

7:00 pm

Links Hall

Chicago, IL

$15

"Resistance. Healing. Legacy.

There is a little space we know called Poonie's Cabaret that walks the halls of Links Hall out into the streets of Chicago across years, across disciplines, across generations of makers.
It is important to emerging queer makers to share experimental and promising artistic expression and it NEEDS YOUR HELP!

Join us for a night to remember celebrating curators, artists, friends, family, and colleagues that have grown this beautiful tradition of Poonie's Cabaret since inception to the present. Dig deep, share, love, invite to pay homage to the beauty of this artist and the tradition that has followed in their legacy."

JRV MAJESTY Productions
JRV MAJESTY Productions
JRV MAJESTY Productions is a multimedia production company offering development and production resources and services to LGBTQIA & Gender Non-Conforming artists and organizations.
BEA CORDELIA
BEA CORDELIA
BEA CORDELIA is an award-winning, Chicago-bred writer, [solo] performer, & teaching artist, specializing in issues of gender, sex[uality], queerness, & the body. Six of her plays have been produced to date and many of her poems and essays published, including the self-published chapbook of poetry 28.06 // Dear Sylvia. Her "life-changing" autobiographical solo show Chasing Blue recently featured in The Brick’s inaugural Trans Theatre Festival in Brooklyn after a wildly successful workshop production last year at Northwestern University. She has been featured at the Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, the Green Mill, Links Hall, Salonathon, The Fly Honey Show, the Chicago Home Theatre Festival, OUTspoken! LGBTQ Storytelling, Homolatte, Sappho’s Salon, and many more events and venues throughout Chicagoland. After winning the Agnes Nixon Playwriting Award for the second consecutive year at Northwestern in 2014 she had the pleasure of meeting Agnes Nixon herself and working as a guest writer on All My Children. Last year she also wrote an award-winning academic thesis on the intersection of body image and law in the German transgender community based on original research she conducted in Berlin. She just finished developing her first-ever multimedia installation in a Chicago Performance Lab residency at University of Chicago, and was recently made a 2016 Creative Writing Fellow with Luminarts Cultural Foundation. Her audiences have called her work “life-changing” and akin to a “religious experience”; one person stated, “She makes me feel things that I hate feeling but I NEED TO FEEL.” *Photo by Christian Wilson Photography*
REBECCA KLING
REBECCA KLING
REBECCA KLING is a Washington, D.C. based transgender artist and educator who explores gender and identity through solo performance pieces and educational workshops. Her multidisciplinary performances incorporate conversational storytelling, personal narrative, humor, and more. Kling takes the position that sharing accessible queer narrative with a wide audience is a form of activism, and that understanding combats bigotry. In 2013, Kling was named as part of the inaugural Trans 100, a list celebrating excellence in the transgender community. In 2014, she was named as one of the Guild Literary Complex’s 25 Writer’s to Watch. She has received praise from The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Reader, CitiBeat Cincinnati, Overly Theatrical, and elsewhere. Kling regularly speaks and performs at high schools, universities, and theatre festivals around the country

Kling’s writing has been published at Jezebel and The Guardian, in Chicago IRL issues 1 through 4, Bodies of Work, the Center for Classic Theatre Review, and elsewhere. Her book, No Gender Left Behind, was released in 2013. For a behind-the-scenes look at her writing process, check out her blog.

In early 2016 Kling joined the National Center for Transgender Equality as the Community Storytelling Advocate, where she works to elevate the voices of transgender people and allies. She is a graduate from Northwestern University’s Department of Performance Studies with an Adjunct Major in Animate Arts.
xena x. ellison
xena x. ellison
xena x. ellison (NEW ORLEANS, LA 1994) is a Louisiana native of Black descent. He studied Creative Writing at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and later he attended the University of North Texas where he shortly studied Women and Gender Studies, Critical Race Theory, and Creative Writing. She currently attends Delgado Community College where she studies Graphic Design. Xena X. Ellison uses new media and performance to explore the relationships between mysticism(s), fundamentalism(s), and conditioning(s) of late capitalist 22nd century virtual reality subject
ELIZABETH MPUTU
ELIZABETH MPUTU
ELIZABETH MPUTU is one of many virtual vessels of radical femme consciousness spiraling into control within the parameters of the digital realm, swallowing up what data comes into their path and spitting out whatever indigestible truths come out. Black African. Queer. Unapologetically Thotful and Reclusive.
J'Sun Howard
J'Sun Howard
J'Sun Howard is from Chattanooga, TN. A Chicago Dancemaker’s Forum grantee, 2014, his choreography has appeared at local venues Links Hall, Northwestern University, Sonotheque, Lincoln Square Theatre, Insight Arts/Center for New Possibilities, Epiphany Church, and Rumble Arts. In 2009, J'Sun was selected to be a LinkUp Residency to deepen his artistic practice at Links Hall and in 2010 he was granted the Julius Margolin "Youth in Labor" Award to protest at the gates of the School of Americas in Fort Benning, GA. He has also performed at Patrick\'s Cabaret (Minneapolis, MN), had work commissioned by the Chicago Academy School for the Arts, and been a sponsored artist at High Concept Laboratories. J’Sun has performed for many choreographers including Malcolm Jason Low, Asimina Chremos, Sara Wookey, Paige Cunningham, Selene Carter, but most extensively with collaborators Darrell Jones and Damon Green in their research of (e)feminized ritual performance, which received a 2013 Juried Bessie Award in support of Hoo-Ha (for your eyes only). His collaboration, Utopic Monster Theory, with poet Jennifer Karmin has been performed in exhibitions "I Can't Breathe" at ARC Gallery, "Law and Disorder" at Women Made Gallery, and Small Traffic Press's production of Poets Theater Festival (San Francisco, CA), and the IN>Time Performance Festival. His literary work can be read in the journals: Chicago IRL, Inkwell, Danspace’s Constellations and Influences, Garland Court Review, Storyglossia, 3rd Language, Bird's Thumb, and Manifold, The Body.
MAR CURRAN
MAR CURRAN
MAR CURRAN is a queer Chicago-based writer in a variety of mediums, editor, organizer and DJ. They have worked with In Our Words, Word Is Out, All The Writers I Know, and currently QUILT-Magazine, as well as performing at Salonathon, Homolatte, and in many a Chicago living room. Curran's artistic interests are based around uncomfortable levels of honesty and humor as a basis or reflection.
Joe Varisco (Curator)
Joe Varisco (Curator)
Joseph Varisco performs independent production and development support to underrepresented, HIV+, and queer populations as Program Coordinator of Art AIDS America at Alphawood Foundation, co-curator at Salonathon, and Resident Curator for Poonie’s Cabaret at Links Hall. Varisco is the creator of the annual performance series QUEER, ILL, & OKAY (QIO), sits on the Victory Gardens Community Leadership Council, a recipient of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Chicago Community Trust, and Visual AIDS grants and Program Director of the Chicago Queer Arts Mentorship Program via High Concept Labs.
CAROLE McCURDY (Curator)
CAROLE McCURDY (Curator)
CAROLE McCURDY is a Chicago-based artist who harnesses her nervous energy as a movement performer and visual artist. She received a 2016 Lab Artist award from the Chicago Dancemakers Forum and is a Fall 2016 Sponsored Artist at High Concept Laboratories. Her work addresses grief and anxiety, duty and resistance, and the absurd mysteries of embodiment. Last millennium she worked as a copy editor, but since then she’s been privileged to study with many masters of butoh dance, including Natsu Nakajima and Yoshito Ohno, and also with great teachers of Argentine tango. She has performed at spaces including the Chicago Cultural Center, Epiphany Dance, Links Hall, Hamlin Park, High Concept Laboratories, Defibrillator Gallery, and Movement Research (NY). In 2014 she danced under viaducts in downtown Chicago and then toured Indonesia with Nicole LeGette’s blushing poppy Dance Club. In 2008–09 she was awarded a six-month artistic residency at Links Hall, where she created and showed her ensemble piece Alas. For Redmoon Theater’s 2006 Twilight Orchard event in Columbus Park, McCurdy created A Cure for Scurvy, a performance installation one reviewer described as “an example of the way dread can be created virtually out of thin air.”
Venue Information:
Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.linkshall.org/