Aug
5
4:00 PM16:00

Old Gold Featuring Tess & Jazabella

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Free | 21+ | Wheelchair accessible

Our day party Old Gold returns for its third edition with a very special guest all the way from sunny LA! Jazzabella will be joining Tess on the decks for a double dose of easy, breezy vintage vibes at the Ace Hotel's rooftop bar Waydown, spinning all-vinyl from 4pm til the sun sets. 

About Jazzabella: Staying true to the vinyl culture for ten years, Priscilla Anguiano-Martinez aka DJ Jazzabella has made a name for herself amongst DJs and music aficionados alike rocking crowds from LA to Barcelona to Amsterdam. Last year, the LA-based and born artist founded the all-female DJ crew Girls Gone Vinyl LA, a collective featuring "all girls, all vinyl, all styles." This Sunday she'll bring her love for jazz, disco, soul, hip hop and house to Chicago flying with her records cross country to join Old Gold resident DJ Tess on the decks. Don't miss this super special, one-time-only set! Follow her at @djjazzabella and check her sound at: https://www.mixcloud.com/Jazzabella90/

The family has spoken and it is settled: While intended to be a summer series only, Old Gold will continue throughout 2018 first Sundays at Waydown with Tess, Kristen & special guests! Same, simple format for the most pleasurable experience: All vinyl, all day, all love, always free. Mark your cals for: 8/5, 9/2, 10/7, 9/4 & 12/2 and stay tuned for special guest DJ announcements... 

"Old Gold: Grown Music for Grown People" takes place the first Sunday of each month in summertime with host Kristen Kaza and DJ Tess + a rotation of special guests spinning vintage vinyl vibes of R&B, funk, disco & house. All vinyl, all day, all good vibes, always free. A sister party of "Slo 'Mo: Slow Jams for Queer Fam," "Old Gold" invites queer family & allies of all generations, races, identities, and expressions to join in the groove. Age ain't nothin but a number! Grown is a state of mind and sense of self. As with all Slo 'Mo parties, we unite and bond over our love for the music. 

Big love to Slo 'Mo fam Chi Nwoso (@lineandletter on IG) for the original artwork! ♥

Ace Hotel & Waydown are wheelchair accessible spaces. Gender inclusive restrooms will be offered at Waydown during Old Gold parties. If you need to chat about accommodations, email us: slomoparty@gmail.com . This series is free.99 & 21+

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Old Gold: Feat. Tess & Nina Ramone
Jul
1
4:00 PM16:00

Old Gold: Feat. Tess & Nina Ramone

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 Free.99 I 21+

Our day party Old Gold returns for its second edition after a beautiful kick off in June! Exciting news: The reunion with Slo 'Mo co-founder Tess was so magical that she's staying on to DJ the series through August. ♥ Come get those easy, breezy day party vibes at the Ace Hotel's rooftop bar Waydown and groove to all-vinyl vibes til the sunsets. Our beloved fam Nina Ramone aka Aay Preston-Myint will give us a proper send off set as special guest of our July edition. Come give farewell kisses to this Chances Dances organizer, incredible artist and community member before they head West to San Fran.

There are only two Old Golds left! July 1 & August 5 are your next opportunities to experience this joyful, intergenerational, dose of nostalgia. From Chaka to Sade, this is the rooftop summer party you've been wanting. 

"Old Gold: Grown Music for Grown People" takes place the first Sunday of each month in summertime with DJ Tess & and a rotation of special guests spinning vintage vinyl vibes of R&B, funk, disco & house - and it's free.99. Queer family & allies of all generations, identities, bodies and expressions are welcome to join in the groove. Age ain't nothin but a number! Grown is a state of mind and sense of self. As with all Slo 'Mo parties, we unite and bond over our love for the music. 

Big love to Slo 'Mo fam Chi Nwoso (@lineandletter on IG) for the original artwork! ♥

Ace Hotel & Waydown are wheelchair accessible spaces. Gender inclusive restrooms will be offered at Waydown during Old Gold parties. If you need to chat about accommodations, email us: slomoparty@gmail.com . This series is free.99 & 21+

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Queer the Pier: A Sonic & Visual Journey through Queer Club Culture
Jun
23
to Jun 24

Queer the Pier: A Sonic & Visual Journey through Queer Club Culture

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Free | All ages

As part of "Pride at Navy Pier Presented by American Airlines"

Celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride at “Queer the Pier," a sonic and visual journey through the history of queer club culture. Join us when over 50 of Chicago’s LGBTQ+ artists & entrepreneurs for an evening of free performances headlined by the legendary Cece Peniston, celebrating 20 years of the gay anthem “Finally.”  

Slo ‘Mo’s Audio Jack kicks off the festivities in the Miller Lite Beer Garden  with R&B, disco and house favorites. Puerto Rican vocalist, songwriter, musical theater composer and actor MICHA performing latin rhythms followed by “queer club anthems” from Diana Ross to Robyn performed by Adam Ness & special guests, including Ric Wilson, Bethany Thomas, Tasha, Alexa Grae & Angele Anise and other secret surprises. Following the concert, Kokorokoko presents a fashion show highlighting queer club looks through the decades in the categories of Disco, Leather, Vogue and Club Kid modeled by over 20 Chicago LGBTQ+ nightlife personalities, emceed by bearded beauty Lucy Stoole with choreography by Darling Shear, historical research by Miss Meadows and a live soundtrack by Hijo Prodigo.  Legendary performer Cece Peniston headlines the evening, followed by the Navy Pier Aon Summer Fireworks set to house music, with Lady D closing the show spinning house & disco classics.

5-7pm - Audio Jack of Slo ‘Mo

7pm - Micha

8pm - Adam Ness & friends

9pm - Queer Club Fashion Show

9:30pm - Cece Peniston

10:15pm - Navy Pier Aon Summer Fireworks

10:30pm - DJ Lady D

“Queer the Pier” is a part of the Pride at Navy Pier Presented by Bank of America daylong program. Click here For a full listing of events at the Pier beginning at 11am. This event is free and all ages and takes place in the Navy Pier Miller Lite Beer Garden at the most eastern end of the Pier. Plan ahead: 10,000 people attend the Navy Pier fireworks and the journey is long down to the beer garden. The Pier is wheelchair accessible, though may become very crowded with high attendance, so please contact slomoparty@gmail.com so we may connect you for additional accommodations should you need them. Parking is available for $28. CTA,  bikes and ride shares are recommended! 

“Queer the Pier”  is produced under No Small Plans Productions by Kristen Kaza. Photography by Miss Meadows with graphic design by Ruby Western, featuring: Adam Ness, Darling Shear, Sky Cotton and Benji Morino. Our thanks also go to Shannon O'Brien for  makeup design and queer owned salon Logan Parlor for hairstyling Queer the Pier. 

 

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Slo'Mo  Fam Summer Jam
Jun
17
to Jun 18

Slo'Mo Fam Summer Jam

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Summa, summa, summatime! Slo ‘Mo Party is kicking off Pride Week with a family BBQ & queer hip hop show. After BBQ hangs with Queer women-owned catering company Midwest Methods (s/o to Tera Murray!), head inside to Sleeping Village's stunning new music venue for performances by Chicago’s Roy Kinsey & duo Mother Nature, and DJ sets featuring hip hop & R&B classics by resident DJ Audio Jack and Slo 'Mo fam Hijo Prodigo. Ticket includes entry to the concert; food is available for purchase...while it lasts!

Wheelchair accessible venue & all-gender bathrooms will be featured during Slo 'Mo.

A ticket is required to enter the party.

Located in Avondale, Sleeping Village is the newest venture of our Whistler family. The bar and patio upon entry are free and open to the public, .while the attached music venue in the back is a ticketed space. We have been excited about bringing Slo 'Mo to their newest addition for months and can't wait to make use of the state-of-the-art sound system and beautiful space!

Sleeping Village is a wheelchair accessible venue & all-gender bathrooms will be featured during Slo 'Mo. 

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Old Gold
Jun
3
4:00 PM16:00

Old Gold

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FREE.99 

It's a summertime rooftop day party, y'all! "Old Gold: Grown Music for Grown People" kicking off June 3rd featuring DJs Tess & Cut Cuz (Claudette Cut Cuz Becton) spinning vinyl at the Ace Hotel’s breezy rooftop bar Waydown. Taking place the first Sunday of each month in summertime, Old Gold spotlights a rotation of local DJs spinning vintage vinyl vibes of R&B, funk, disco & house - and it's free.99. Queer family & allies of all generations, identities, bodies and expressions are welcome to join in the groove. Age ain't nothin but a number! Grown is a state of mind and sense of self. As with all Slo 'Mo parties, we unite and bond over our love for the music. 

We are so excited for Slo 'Mo's co-founder Tess to return with a one-time-only, all-vinyl set, like back in the early Slo 'Mo days seven years ago! Vocalo radio regular and the first woman to graduate from Scratch Academy Cut Cuz joins Tess on the decks for a double dose of easy, breezy throwbacks.

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Chicago Sky WNBA Pride Night
Jun
1
8:00 PM20:00

Chicago Sky WNBA Pride Night

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Calling all sporty queers: Chicago WNBA teamChicago WNBA team Chicago Sky has invited the Slo ‘Mo family for their Pride game night when they’ll play the Connecticut Sun. Ticket includes access to the Sky Deck (which has its own bar), three drinks, food and a ticket. 

For the $40 ticket, you must buy a minimum of a pair. To make sure you’re seated with friends - buy your seats together! Our seats will all be right under the deck for kiki-ing and easy access to the bar. 

The Sky Deck is wheelchair accessible. Email us at slomoparty@gmail.com to let us know if you’re going so we can stay keep the qrew organized. 

Note: We are not organizers of this event; this is an outing to add to our Pride month lineup that is activity over alcohol/bar focused (though no shade if you partake in both!) If there are other outings like this you’re interested in, or want to organize one for the fam, email us! 

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Slo 'Mo Thursday
May
24
to May 25

Slo 'Mo Thursday

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Our community is simply the best! Celebrate queer family & joy at our May edition of Slo 'Mo with resident Audio Jack joined by Bonita Appleblunt on the decks. We'll play music by and inspired by the legendary, can-do-it-all, long legged diva Tina Turner, the only female artist to garner concurrent Grammy nominations for pop, rock, and R&B and whose Break Every Rule tour is the biggest, by attendance, for a female artist ever, bringing in over 4 million people. Channel your inner Proud Mary and join us on the dance floor for queer communion, joy generating vibes. 

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An Intentional Turn Up with Slo 'Mo Party
Dec
14
8:00 PM20:00

An Intentional Turn Up with Slo 'Mo Party

An event in celebration of Aziza Barnes' BLKS

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Slo 'Mo is headed to Steppenwolf! A part of the BLKS Salon Series celebrating poet Aziza Barnes's play, "The Slo 'Mo Intentional Turn Up" features performances by queer women of color weaving themes of self-care and sensuality, including: Musician, actor & author Stella Akua Mensah; dynamic duo emcees Mother Nature; “raptivist” and movement strategist & organizer Bella BAHHS. Hosted by the Honey Badger of Burlesque Jeez Loueez (Jeezy's Juke Joint) with iconic Slo ‘Mo sounds spun by Audio Jack, this is the intentional turn up of the season you don’t want to miss.

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Doors are at 730PM with showtime of 8PM sharp. Seating is very limited and tickets are only $5 - buy in advance to secure yours here

Support our ur performers:
Bella Bahhs (www.bahhsnotbars.com
Mother Nature Barz (www.mothernaturebarz.com)
Stella Mensah (soundcloud.com/stellaakuamensah)
Hosted by Jeez Loueez (jeezloueez.me)
Jams by Audio Jack (soundcloud.com/audiojackdjs)

About BLKS:

F**ked up sh*t happens. After an unsavory wake-up call, Octavia decides to put off her troubles and have one last turn up with her friends. In poet Aziza Barnes’s ingenious portrait of a day in the life of four young black women discovering life’s uncomfortable truths in New York City, BLKS explores the joy and anguish of growing up and out. Riotously funny and distinctly rendered, Barnes’s playwriting debut marks the arrival of a truly original contemporary American voice.
Attendees of the BLKS Salon Series receive $15 tix to BLKS the play, running at Steppenwolf Dec 7-Jan 28. 

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Art After Dark in partnership with Slo 'Mo Party
Nov
17
9:00 PM21:00

Art After Dark in partnership with Slo 'Mo Party

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Our own DJ Audio Jack is a featured performer at the epic museum party takeover After Dark at the Art Institute. Slo 'Mo family can get $10 off tickets by using the code AD20 at checkout!

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Experience late-night access to the exhibit Tarsila do Amaral: Inventing Modern Art in Brazil, followed by live performances by Twinsmith and Audio Jack, to keep you dancing all night. Try complimentary snacks throughout the evening, and a cash bar featuring a signature cocktail. Attendees must be 21+, and valid ID is required upon entry.

This event is hosted by the Evening Associates. Please use the Modern Wing entrance at 159 East Monroe Street.

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Oct
11
to Oct 28

10/11-10/28 Lost & Found: An Exhibit Exploring Chicago’s Dyke Spaces of the ‘70s & ‘80s

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“Where have all the dyke bars gone?" "Lost & Found: An Exhibit Exploring Chicago’s Dyke Spaces of the ‘70s & ‘80s,” named after one of the longest-running Chicago dyke bars, reveals and revels in the rich history of Chicago’s once-thriving lesbian scene. Presented by Howard Brown Health, the Midwest's largest LGBTQ Community Health Center, the series aims to elevate the conversation around erasure by asking the collective community how we can move forward to build environments that foster community and advance queer liberation. The exhibit sources its archival pieces of foregone eras from Gerber Hart Library & Archives and Windy City Times, and is curated by Ruby Western (curator of AKR: A Beauty Salon and writer of OpenTV's Afternoon Snatch) and produced by Kristen Kaza ( Producer of Slo 'Mo Party, Co-Director of Reunion). The exhibit opens October 11(National Coming Out Day) at Reunion Chicago, at 2557 W. North Ave in Humboldt Park. Reunion is a wheelchair accessible storefront featuring all-gender restrooms.

Exhibit Dates: 

Wednesday, October 11 7-10pm: Queer Comedy Night - Opening night kicks off on National Coming out Day with hilarious & heartwarming stories from Chicago’s queer comics. Experience the exhibition from 7-8 followed by the performance, and enjoy the Pop Up Dyke Bar throughout the evening - SOLD OUT!

All proceeds benefit Howard Brown Health.

Saturday, October 14 11am-3pm: Queer Family Day - Bring the whole family for a free day of fun, including queer family portraits, recordings by StoryCorps, and artmaking activities - Free

Wednesday, October 18 6-9pm: The public is welcome to visit the exhibit and explore at their leisure - Free

Saturday, October 21 11am-4pm: Curator Hours- Complete with guided tours on the hour starting at 12pm, last one at 3pm.  - Free

Monday, October 23 - 6-9pm: Dyke spaces of the '70s-'80s - A panel featuring women who owned and produced lesbian spaces and parties of yore & the launch of Howard Brown’s #ChicagoHealthLooksLike assessment.

Saturday, October 28 9pm-1am: Closing night with Slo 'Mo Party- The exhibition concludes with a party presented by long running, much beloved community turn up “Slo ‘Mo: Slow Jams for Queer Fam.”  Produced by Kristen Kaza with grooves from the 70s to today by Audio Jack, this joy generating party welcomes people of all identities, expressions and generations to unite on the dance floor - Tickets on sale: $15 *limited availability* 

 

 

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