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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Sep
10
2:00 PM14:00

9/10 Slo ‘Mo Summer Send Off: Day Party at The Promontory

Summer Send Off

TIX: $10 Early Bird I $15 General Admission

Slo ‘Mo returns to The Promontory for our first Day Party, featuring an easy breezy afternoon of slow jams, old school grooves, and steppin' in September with dance lessons lead by Chicago’s Dutchess of Dance Darling Shear. Resident DJ Audio Jack and special guest Selah Say! will be playing favorite throw backs from Chaka, Sade, Tina and favs from today too for you to boogie down to at this groovy gig we’ll ride out til the sun sets. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 day of. The Promontory is accessible via stairs and elevator, and as always at Slo 'Mo parties, the bathrooms will welcome all genders.

 

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Jul
14
to Jul 15

*sold out* Ace Previews Vol. II Pitchfork Afterparty Presented by Slo 'Mo Featuring: Madame Gandhi and more

Ace Hotel Chicago Invites you to:
Ace Previews Vol. II
Pitchfork Afterparty
Presented by Slo 'Mo
Featuring:
Performance by Madame Gandhi
DJ set by Audio Jack
&
Smiles Davis

😛 🌴 🎟

Friday, July 14
10pm
311 N. Morgan
$15
Tickets are sold out!

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Slo 'Mo Party is headed to Pitchfork! We're pumped to present our first after party for Chicago's favorite music festival at the much-awaited Ace Hotel located just blocks from the festival grounds. It's with pride and pleasure that we present one of Pitchfork's performers Madame Gandhi following the festival on Friday, featuring a live, full-band performance by Madame Gandhi as well as DJ sets by her in-house DJ Smiles Davis and Slo 'Mo's own Audio Jack. Get down with the femmergy and experience the brand new, sleek and sexy Ace before the public has the chance, and an exclusive experience with Madame Gandhi who will only appear at the festival and our intimate event at the Ace.

Kiran Gandhi, known by her stage name Madame Gandhi, is an electronic music artist and activist based in Los Angeles. Having gained recognition as the former drummer for M.I.A. and as the iconic free-bleeding runner at the 2015 London Marathon, Madame Gandhi now writes music that elevates and celebrates the female voice.

The Ace is accessible by elevator and we will, as always, feature gender neutral restrooms. Due to the attention and energy surrounding the Ace opening as well as the festival itself, we anticipate these tickets will sell out very quickly, so we're giving Slo 'Mo fam a first chance at snagging them. Tickets (sold out) for YOU will be available Monday, July 3 at 12PM and will go on sale to the public July 5 at 9am. We prioritize space for our queer fam, but you have to get on it! 

 

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Jun
23
to Jun 24

6/23 Slo ‘Mo Presents: Paradise - A Queer Pride Ball in Bloom

Early Bird Tix - $65 - SOLD OUT! | General Admission tix  - $75 

We're here, we’re queer, and in full bloom for Pride Season! This year, PARADISE, our annual queer utopia Pride party, returns with the theme FLORAL FORMAL. We’re bringing the Flower Power to  Michelle's Ballroom for an evening featuring botanically inspired cocktails by Lost Lake and microbrews from Hopewell Brewing. Slo ‘Mo Resident Vibe Curator Audio Jack will be joined by Party Noire’s Rae Chardonnay for a double dose of  DJ magic playing your favorite R&B jams all night long.. Tristen Winfield will bring all her charm as our MC, and Hijo Prodigo and Darling Shear will be judging you- for out Best Dressed Floral Formal Floral so inspired attire is STRONGLY encouraged so that we can create an immersive experience you’ll remember for years to come.

Your ticket includes open bar all night and Lost Lake doesn’t do anything half-way. We are so honored to partner with this phenomenally creative, award-winning team, recently recognized for the second year in a row by Saveur as One of the World’s Best Bars. Anticipate a variety of beautiful cocktail creations featuring the following high quality spirits: Cava Brava Rum, Ford’s Gin, Tequila Cabeza, and  Aylesbury Duck Vodka, a bevy of beers provided by Logan Square’s delish and delightful Hopewell Brewing, and Perrier sparkling water to keep you refreshed.

Treat your bestie or bae with a gift from Asrai Garden, who will be selling floral accoutrements at cost just for Slo 'Mo fam: Flower crowns ($30) & boutonnieres ($10). Place your order in person at 1935 W. North Ave or give them a ring, then pick up & pin on when you arrive at the Ball! We’ll have a Midnight Snack ushered in to soak up those tiki drink delights, and plenty more surprises to be announced as we lead up to the party. Floral decor means photos galore: A custom photobooth will capture you in your best with your baes. Check out our Pinterest board for attire inspo.

CONTEST ALERT: Get in formation with your bestie or boo and plan a botanical storm for the chance to win a luxurious staycation prize package:

- One night stay in a Loft Room at the much anticipated Ace Hotel Chicago in the West Loop🏙

-A bottle of Lost Lake Tiki Private Cask Reunion Island Rum🍾

- A $50 gift certificate to Lost Lake🍹

- Flower crowns for the GLORY from Asrai Garden🌺🌹🌸

Total value: $875!

This "Best Floral Formal Formation" themed contest is for two people 👯 who come with intentionally coordinated looks, and will be judged by style and community icons Darling Squire & Justin Ignatius Mitchell aka Hijo Pródigo so you best BRING IT. Dial up your friend or lover, this competition requires planning! ☎️📝

The Ballroom is located at the corner of California and Belmont. It is .7 miles from the Belmont Blue Line, and accessible by the 77 and 52 buses. There are two free parking lots located on Elston and California. The entrance is street level and on Belmont, with bathrooms located on the first floor for wheelchair accessibility. All bathrooms will welcome all genders, as always!

Early bird tickets are very limited and available for $65, which will increase as we get closer to the party. As always, we prioritize intimacy in our spaces, and thus, capacity is limited. In other words, don’t sleep on those tickets.

Pining to attend but light on cash flow? There are limited volunteer opportunities in exchange for tickets. Email slomoparty@gmail.com to learn more.

Slo ‘Mo Party is a platform! We strive to create as many opportunities as possible with our special events: Our vendors, partners and performers are majority queer, femme and/or POC identified individuals and businesses. The party is lovingly produced by Slo ‘Mo co-founder Kristen Kaza under No Small Plans Productions. Floral graphics created by the fam Lauren Black of Lesbifriends.

Check out pix from our legendary Paradise Pride parties of past!

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May
14
6:00 PM18:00

5/14 Slo 'Mo LA x Ace Hotel Rooftop

After many, many requests, Slo 'Mo is headed west to sunny Los Angeles. We'll be posting up at the Ace Hotel rooftop grooving to slow jams into the sunset with LA's cutest queers, femmes, and non-binary baddies. RSVP to slomoparty@gmail.com and tell your Cali friends! Our ability to continue to tour Slo 'Mo depends on the fam to help us spread the word. Fwd this email, give us a shout on IG @slomoparty or whisper in a cutie's ear; Slo 'Mo is almost here...

Picture yourself at the swanky, sexy Ace...

Yep, it's on Mother's Day; bring her! We'll cue up the Anita Baker and get a champagne cocktail in mom's hand ASAP. 

Jonesing for Slo 'Mo to come to your city? Drop us a line, send a smoke signal, or tag us in your fave venues! 

So we have this thing for hotel rooftops...

Photo's from last year's Soho Pride Pool Party

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Mar
26
11:00 AM11:00

3/26 Slow Jams Yoga with Lauren Ash: Sun Salutation A + B

11am- 1pm |$15 | Reunion | 2557 W. North Ave, Chicago tix avail here

For this special edition of Slow Jams Yoga, resident Reunion yoga instructor Lauren Ash will break down Sun Salutation A and B. A continuation of her January workshop, which explored chadarunga and Sun Salutation A, this is for new yogis who are mystified or challenged by some of these postures, or for anyone who wants a refresher! We'll enjoy music by some of Chicago's most amazing artists from the past and now. Please bring a yoga mat, and a friend who has been wanting to try yoga in a fun, affirming setting! The January workshop was our most popular Slow Jams Yoga yet, so sign-up soon while there's still space! Slow Jams Yoga welcomes all, especially femme-identified, queer-identified folk as well as people of color. No prior yoga experience is required. 

Lauren Ash is a multifaceted creative entrepreneur and visionary most-recognized for her leadership prioritizing black women in the wellness and editorial fields. As the Founder and Creative Director of Black Girl In Om, she promotes holistic wellness for women of color through BGIO’s online publication, wellness sessions, podcast, creative agency, and award-winning social media platforms. As co-founder of Lifestyle with Ivory + Ash, Lauren creates inspiring and educational affirmations on lifestyle goods for women of color. And as co-founder of award-winning Party Noire, she celebrates black womanhood through Black Joy centered parties and community gatherings. 

Lauren currently sits as an artist-in-residence with Arts and Public Life and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago. She is also a consultant for women of color led startups and guides group and private yoga and meditation. Her dedication and sustained attention to representing and unapologetically centering black women across all of her projects has garnered the attention of NYLON, Saint Heron, Vice’s i-D, Thoughtfully Magazine, ESSENCE, and many other platforms where she is recognized as a trailblazer and creative to watch. Lauren earned an MA in American Studies from Purdue University and a BA in Psychology from the University of St. Thomas.

 

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Mar
4
to Mar 5

DAPPER BALL

Hairpin Arts Center -  2810 N Milwaukee Ave

Saturday, March 4 2017 at 8PM

Tickets: Early Bird tix SOLD OUT! $25 general admission tix SOLD OUT!

Hosted by Fawzia Mirza & Tribble

Featuring: Audio Jack & DJ Dapper | Performances | Soul Train Style Swag-Off

Dapper Ball is a celebration of androgynous swag, butch realness and queer culture. Prepare for an evening celebrating the king or queen within you as we roll out the red carpet for community to get your shine (and swag) on.

Hosted by Fawzia Mirza & Tribble, the evening will feature performances, DJ sets by DJ Dapper & Slo ‘Mo’s Audio Jack, and a Soul Train style line dance where you can strut your swag for the chance to win prizes.

You will receive a complimentary drink upon arrival and have the chance to take your photo on the red carpet. Chicago's sexiest cocktail bar, world renowned  The Violet Hour will provide the cash bar featuring custom cocktails, beer and wine. The venue is wheelchair accessible via an elevator and will feature all-gender bathrooms.

As spaces for queer/lesbian/bi women shutter across the country, DAPPER BALL is a moment to celebrate our culture and self-expression through style, performance, dance and community connection. DAPPER BALL aims to be a welcoming space and invites all people who value or identify with the LGBTQ community to join the party. We believe swag is personal so how you express your style at the party is up to you! 

Partial proceeds will benefit Trans Lifeline, a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to the well-being of transgender people. Trans Lifeline runs a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people and are in need more than ever of our support. Consider giving to them at translifeline.org

About the producers:

ABOUT SLO ‘MO:

Slo ‘Mo: Slow jams for homos (and their fans) is Chicago's party for lovers with Kristen Kaza and Audio Jack. Its residency at the Whistler in Logan Square takes place the third Thursday of the month with special Satellite Slo 'Mo programs throughout the city. Slo ‘Mo is a party that unites people of all identities, bodies and expressions through the celebration of slow jams and community. More at www.slomoparty.com / @slomoparty

ABOUT AMFM:

AMFM is a brand and space for artists and the people. We support emerging and established artists by offering a platform for them to showcase their talents and their passions on a larger scale through in-depth Q&A's and content with artists and creatives from all over the globe. AMFM curates and hosts events combining the arts to cultivate community and good vibes, and is known for their dynamic art and music events, like their monthly pop up Jazz Series in Chicago, and their large conceptual events.  More at http://amfm.life / @amfmlife

ABOUT BOI SOCIETY

Boi Society is a creative group of individuals who identify on the queer spectrum around the world. Our mission is to provide education of our community to develop a more positive relationship within society. This relationship will not only promote acceptance, respect and tolerance of all individuals regardless of their identity background, it will also raise awareness and support to the individuals who are members of our community. We are the most diverse illustration of a non-confirming lifestyle. We are not here to label. We honor and represent the entire queer community. More at www.boisociety.com / @boisociety

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Jan
15
11:00 AM11:00

1/15 Slow Jams Yoga with Lauren Ash: Chadarungas for Chicago

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11am- 1pm |$15 | Reunion | 2557 W. North Ave, Chicago 

Buy tickets here

Start your year out with self care at this special edition of Slow Jams Yoga, when resident Reunion yoga instructor Lauren Ash. In this class, she'll break down chadarunga dandasana and other frequently occurring yoga asanas (postures) involved in vinyasa yoga—halfway lift, plank, low plank, upward dog, and downward dog. This is for new yogis who are mystified or challenged by some of thees postures, or for anyone who wants a refresher or wants to dig deeper! We'll enjoy music by some of Chicago's most amazing artists from the past and now. Please bring a yoga mat, and a friend who has been wanting to try yoga in a fun, affirming setting. 

About Lauren: Lauren Ash is the Founder and Creative Director of Black Girl In Om, a lifestyle brand focused on cultivating holistic wellness, inner beauty, and self empowerment for women of color. She is also a certified yoga instructor, wellness curator, and creative writer. She is passionate about building authentic and meaningful community amongst women of color, people of color more broadly, and creatives and inspiring all people to live by their intentions and chase after their curiosities with enthusiasm, faith, and vision.

Lauren’s work has been published in Design*Sponge, Blavity, and she has recently been featured in Teen Vogue, New York Magazine, and Elle.com. She is currently loving all things sports luxe, red wine, travel, and her monthly black joy centered day party she co-founded: Party Noire.

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Dec
31
to Jan 1

Slo 'Mo NYE 2017

Launch into a New Year, time & space with VOYAGER, a cosmic-inspired evening produced by our friends at Canvas. Join Slo 'Mo in our spacey, sexy lounge orbiting above the main floor partygoers, featuring jams from very our own Audio Jack and Slo 'Mo fam Cqqchifruit (Chances Dances, TRQPiTECA), and legendary house DJ Lady DJ, while overlooking anethereal and otherworldly environment.

Slo 'Mo joins an incredible lineup of sounds to take you higher including the jazzy jams of JMSN with a live band; Masego's signature jazz-trap-house sound, and Edamame's sensual beats . 

Tickets include access to the open bar and the full, two-floor Voyager experience. Though currently priced at $115, the price will increase over time so we highly suggest purchasing today. Use the promo code SLOMOPARTY for 10% off tickets.  

Slo ‘Mo friends will be given VIP access to the venue 8PM–2AM through a separate entrance leading directly to the Slo ‘Mo lounge. The venue is wheelchair accessible and the lounge will offer all-gender restrooms.

For special requests including reserving tables for groups of six or more, email slomoparty@gmail.com.  

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Oct
16
11:00 AM11:00

10/16 Slow Jams Yoga: A Seat at the Table with Solange (and Lauren Ash!)

11am- 1pm |$15 | Reunion | 2557 W. North Ave, Chicago

Tickets available here

Whether you're just now falling in love with Solo, or you've been stanning since Sandcastle Disco, you're invited to a soulful yoga flow inspired by this artist who understands the value of taking her time with her art. All yoga experience levels are welcome to roll up their mats at this month's iteration of Slow Jams Yoga at REUNION. All who attend will receive a special quote from the album that will serve as your intention for class. We'll explore, through class and a dialogue, how taking our time to truly focus on our intentions in our daily lives can bring so much meaning to our lives and the lives of others. Bring your own mat! 

About Lauren: Lauren Ash is the Founder and Creative Director of Black Girl In Om, a lifestyle brand focused on cultivating holistic wellness, inner beauty, and self empowerment for women of color. She is also a certified yoga instructor, wellness curator, and creative writer. She is passionate about building authentic and meaningful community amongst women of color, people of color more broadly, and creatives and inspiring all people to live by their intentions and chase after their curiosities with enthusiasm, faith, and vision.

Lauren’s work has been published in Design*Sponge, Blavity, and she has recently been featured in Teen Vogue, New York Magazine, and Elle.com. She is currently loving all things sports luxe, red wine, travel, and her monthly black joy centered day party she co-founded: Party Noire.

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Sep
18
11:00 AM11:00

9/18 Slow Jams Yoga with Lauren Ash: Riri Rewind

11am- 1pm |$15 | Reunion | 2557 W. North Ave, Chicago

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Riri Rewind. Let's move our bodies and breathe deep as we enjoy yet another Slow Jams Yoga session with Lauren Ash. This time, our inspiration is Rihanna, who needs no introduction. From 'Pon de Replay to Needed Me, we'll explore some of her best jams while opening our hearts, minds, and bodies. Maybe this'll turn into a big dance party. Maybe. Register today, grab your friends and let's get to "Work" at Slo 'Mo Sundays. This class tends to sell out; advanced purchase is highly recommended. BYOB (Bring Your Own Mat)!

About Lauren: Lauren Ash is the Founder and Creative Director of Black Girl In Om, a lifestyle brand focused on cultivating holistic wellness, inner beauty, and self empowerment for women of color. She is also a certified yoga instructor, wellness curator, and creative writer. She is passionate about building authentic and meaningful community amongst women of color, people of color more broadly, and creatives and inspiring all people to live by their intentions and chase after their curiosities with enthusiasm, faith, and vision.

Lauren’s work has been published in Design*Sponge, Blavity, and she has recently been featured in Teen Vogue, New York Magazine, and Elle.com. She is currently loving all things sports luxe, red wine, travel, and her monthly black joy centered day party she co-founded: Party Noire.

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Aug
21
11:00 AM11:00

8/21 Slow Jams Yoga with Lauren Ash: Yoga for lazy people

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11am- 1pm |$15 | Reunion | 2557 W. North Ave, Chicago, IL

Tickets HERE

After the big Slo 'Mo five year anniversary celebration, cool down with sexy yoga by our favorite instructor Lauren Ash. If you're not into a lot of up and down, around and around action, this yoga class is for you. We'll take it nice and slow with our yoga flow, as well as the music. Lauren's playlist will feature some lazy, taking-their time artists like Frank Ocean, for example. (Sigh. We love you Frank! We kid). No prior yoga experience is required to enjoy this class. Groove into your week off right with community and treat your body right! This class is a sure fire sell out so buy tickets in advance.

About Lauren: Lauren Ash is the Founder and Creative Director of Black Girl In Om, a lifestyle brand focused on cultivating holistic wellness, inner beauty, and self empowerment for women of color. She is also a certified yoga instructor, wellness curator, and creative writer. She is passionate about building authentic and meaningful community amongst women of color, people of color more broadly, and creatives and inspiring all people to live by their intentions and chase after their curiosities with enthusiasm, faith, and vision.

Lauren’s work has been published in Design*Sponge, Blavity, and she has recently been featured in Teen Vogue, New York Magazine, and Elle.com. She is currently loving all things sports luxe, red wine, travel, and her monthly black joy centered day party she co-founded: Party Noire.

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Aug
18
to Aug 19

Slo 'Mo at the Whistler: We're 5!

The Whistler | 2421 North Milwaukee Ave

Cue the Tony, Toni, Tone - it's our anniversary! 75+ parties later, we are celebrating FIVE YEARS of community and slow jams this Thursday at the Whistler, our home base for half a decade.
Join the whole fam- Kristen, Tess and Audio Jack, when we'll be spinning your favorite jams, popping the bubbly and BBQing in the backyard.

At this milestone, we want to especially thank our family at the Whistler for being supportive, inclusive and welcoming, and all the friends who have walked through the doors of the party not just at the Whistler but our many excursions across Chicago these last five years. This community is beyond anything we ever imagined, and we built it together. Thank YOU for being a part of it. Do you have a special Slo 'Mo memory or sentiment? Share it! Email slomoparty.com or tag it with your photos/vid @slomoparty#slomoparty (We want to see those photos!!) Project is forthcoming...

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Queer Lines
Jul
9
to Jul 10

Queer Lines

Presented by Kristen Kaza, produced by Oh, Snap & Po’ Chop and hosted by Shea Coulee, "Queer Lines" combines visual arts, poetry, and live drag king performance to create a safe space for honest and celebratory conversation regarding the queer and gender-nonconforming experience.

Visual Art by: Andy Bellomo
Poetry by: Marty McConnell, Andy Karol, Tien Tran, Natasha T. Miller, Taylor Mason X, and Tiff Beatty
Drag King Performances by: Po'Chop, O.Snap!, Dusty Bahls, Hot Lunch, and Switch The Boi Wonder

$10 adv, $15 at door
21+

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Soho x Slo ‘Mo Paradise Pride Pool Party
Jun
25
2:00 PM14:00

Soho x Slo ‘Mo Paradise Pride Pool Party

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Slo ‘Mo and Soho House invite you to a  pool party queer dreams are made of. Sweat it out to sexy R&B, disco and dance hall sets with Kristen, Tess, Audio Jack and special guest Hijo Prodigo (Chances Dances) set in a tropical dreamscape on Soho’s roof. The Honey Badger of Burlesque Jeez Louise has saucy poolside performances planned for you featuring Darling Shear, Jade Sotomayor, Po Chop and Jeezy herself. Tropical attire is highly encouraged; prizes for the fiercest looks.

This venue is wheelchair accessible with ground floor entrance and elevator usage to the pool floor where there are also accessible bathrooms.

This event has limited capacity and RSVPs are limited to only a plus one. Email slomoparty@gmail.com with POOL PARTY RSVP in the subject line. You must receive a confirmation email from Slo ‘Mo in order to attend. 

RSVP required; 21+
Free

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Logan Square Arts Festival
Jun
24
to Jun 26

Logan Square Arts Festival

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Slo ‘Mo is taking over the mainstage at Logan Square Arts Fest from 7-9pm before our friend Xenia Rubinos takes the stage! We’re excited to have Slo ‘Mo fam and Honey Pot Performance member Felicia Holman and friends teach the crowd dance moves to Rihanna and Prince favorites while DJ Audio Jack spins favorite Slo ‘Mo jams on the decks.
 

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Old Skool Dance Cardio with Jenn Jones- POSTPONED, NEW DATE TBD
Jun
19
11:00 AM11:00

Old Skool Dance Cardio with Jenn Jones- POSTPONED, NEW DATE TBD

FRIENDS: THIS CLASS HAS BEEN POSTPONED. PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR AN ANNOUNCEMENT OF WHEN ITS NEW DATE AND TIME. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

OLD SKOOL is Dance Cardio that ROCKS.  Learn fly dance moves to all your favorite chart topping pop and hip hop beats from decades past combine with serious fitness in the freshest throwback cardio dance class in Chi-town. Playlists include jams and choreography from featured artists like Michael Jackson, The Pointers Sisters, Missy Elliott, Justin Timberlake and many more!  

About the instructor: Jenn Jones is a part-time choreographer and full-time fan of OLD SKOOL dance cardio as well as a HIIT circuit/bootcamp instructor for Cheetah Gyms Chicago and Google Corporate Fitness - Chicago. She is a certified Group Ftiness instructor and holds special certifications in Kettlebell and TRX formats through Group Fitness HQ.  Her personal weight loss and health transformation has turned into a passion of sharing healthy living to others by way of nutrition and fitness education. Jenn is pumped to bring booty popping and locking to the Slo-mo fam!

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Expanding Pleasure Workshop with Certified Sexologist Rena McDonald
Jun
12
5:00 PM17:00

Expanding Pleasure Workshop with Certified Sexologist Rena McDonald

Are you ready to get unstuck, dive deep, and bring your whole self to your sex life? Join Rena McDaniel, MEd, Certified Sexologist, and pleasure-positive sex therapist and educator, to learn one simple equation that will help you embark on an adventure to turn on your ons, turn off your offs, and dive deep into pleasure with boldness and courage, all by utilizing the latest (and sexiest!) science, of course. You can expect a mix of teaching of the science being desire and arousal with flipboard illustrations, interactive group brainstorming and discussion, small group discussion, and individual reflection. A little bubbly and a snack will be served to loosen you up, if you'd like.

This workshop is designed to be inclusive of all sexual and gender identities, relationship structures, and current relationship statuses. This is accomplished by using inclusive language that doesn't gender bodies or genitals unnecessarily, citing examples from alternative relationship structures and not assuming that monogamous relational structures are the norm or ideal, and focusing on pleasure instead of orgasm, which takes into account possible trauma histories, differences in different bodies' abilities, and different levels of interest in sex.

Bring just yourself, friends, partners, and/or lovers. All are welcome. Come Curious. Leave Adventurous.

What to expect:

  • Learn one simple equation that will jump start your sex life right now, whether you are single or partnered.

  • Take control of your sexuality by learning the latest science of desire and how to get your motor running.

  • Walk away with practical tools and worksheets to explore your turn ons, your turn offs, and how to make both work in your favor.

About the instructor:

Rena McDaniel, MEd, LCPC, is a queer, pleasure-positive sex therapist, educator, and writer, focused on creating conversation and opportunities for personal exploration that expand folk’s capacity for pleasure, audacity, and embodying their most authentic self. You can find her writing and thoughts in publications such as AutoStraddle, The Frisky, Ebony, and Fusion. Rena is currently the Chief Operating Officer and a staff therapist at IntraSpectrum Counseling, an LGBTQ-Affirmative psychotherapy practice in Chicago.

Practicalaudacity.com | Intraspectrum-chicago.com

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Slo ‘Mo at the Promontory: Pride Kick Off
Jun
10
to Jun 11

Slo ‘Mo at the Promontory: Pride Kick Off

Everyone’s family in Slo ‘Mo’s house! Join us for our second annual celebration of LGBTQ Pride at the Promontory, with partial proceeds again supporting Hyde Park’s social justice organization Affinity Community Services. Hosted by Kristen Kaza with sets by DJs Tess & Audio Jack, this Satellite Slo ‘Mo will feature a special tribute to musical ancestors we love who have moved onto the next dimension, including Prince, David Bowie, Maurice White, Aaliyah, Teena Marie, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and more, in addition to other R&B favorites from the 70s to today. This party is about honoring our past, celebrating in the present and supporting our future!

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door and go on sale Thursday, May 26th at promontorychicago.com

The main entrance to the Promontory has a set of stairs but an elevator up to the venue is accessible through the restaurant. The venue will also feature gender neutral bathrooms.

Slo 'Mo: Slow jams for homos (and their fans) is Chicago's party for lovers with Kristen Kaza and DJs Tess and Audio Jack. Its residency at the Whistler in Logan Square takes place the third Thursday of the month with special Satellite programs throughout the city. Slo ‘Mo is a party that unites people of all identities, bodies and expressions through the celebration of slow jams and community. More at www.slomoparty.com

Affinity Community Services is a social justice organization that works with and on behalf of Black LGBTQ communities, queer youth, and allies to identify emergent needs, create safe spaces, develop leaders, and bridge communities through collective analysis and action for social justice, freedom, and human rights.

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Boulevards feat. Slo 'Mo Party at the Hideout
May
6
to May 7

Boulevards feat. Slo 'Mo Party at the Hideout

Boulevards

Join us for a full-out, funk-forward dance party with Slo 'Mo's Audio Jack and Boulevards!

Boulevards is Jamil Rashad, a modern funk songwriter and performer from Raleigh, NC. Following in the footsteps of pioneers like Prince, Rick James and Earth, Wind & Fire, Boulevards synthesizes that with the adventurousness of Talking Heads and Grace Jones, and finally modernizes it with current production values, nodding to Pharrell and Breakbot along with both modern and vintage hip hop. 

This 4-track EP looks back at the post-disco boogie sound while steadfastly looking to the future. Working with producers Isaac Gálvez, Taste Nasa and Rollergirl!, Boulevards has delivered on his promise for party jams. The infectious two-minute incessant bass hook of "Got to Go," the future electro of "Forgot to Mention," the mid-tempo groove of "Honesty" and the Bootsy Collins-meets-Quincy Jones-in-2015 attack of "Sanity" lay down the template for the Shape of Funk to Come. And the funk to come will be Boulevards

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Apr
29
6:00 PM18:00

Howard Brown: Garden of Eve Gala

Join us for Garden of Eve on April 29

Howard Brown Health invites Chicago’s LBTQ women, trans people and allies to come together for an evening of celebration, education and community at Garden of Eve, taking place on Friday, April 29, 6- 10 pm at Ignite Glass Studios in the West Loop.

Eyes will pop and taste buds will sing as party goers enjoy cocktails, heavy appetizers, an Early to Bed pop up shop, silent auction, avant-garden themed décor dreamed up by Kehoe designs and dancing to music spun by Slo ‘Mo!

By your tickets at eve.gesture.com

Early Bird Tickets: $75       LIMITED AVAILABILITY

General Admission Tickets: $100

VIP Ticket: $200

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Slow Jams Yoga: Maxwell + Manifest Edition
Apr
24
10:00 AM10:00

Slow Jams Yoga: Maxwell + Manifest Edition

Lauren has a not-so-secret crush on Maxwell. You don't? Well, you will after this month's version of Slow Jams Yoga. Join Lauren for another body awakening, heart opening, tension releasing yoga session set to Maxwell jams. The practice will exist alongside a mini-manifestation workshop so bring your journal and come with one big thing in mind that you want to manifest starting this spring.

For tickets and more information: www.slomoparty.com/slomosundays

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Slo 'Mo Sunday 4/10: Body Blast Workout Experience w/ HPP's Felicia Holman
Apr
10
10:00 AM10:00

Slo 'Mo Sunday 4/10: Body Blast Workout Experience w/ HPP's Felicia Holman

On Sunday April 10th at 10am, spring into fitness with trainer Felicia Holman as she brings her dynamic Body Blast group fitness class to Rational Park! Featuring a boomin' live set by Slo'Mo's own DJ Tess, Body Blast is a 60-minute total body conditioning workout experience, without equipment (like Ciara said, we 'bout to have a 'Body Party'). All fitness levels & gender expressions welcome. 

So before you hit your favorite brunch spot on April 10th, come to Body Blast at Rational Park and get to "work, work, work, work, WORK, work"!

For tickets and more information: www.slomoparty.com/slomosundays

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Slo 'Mo Sunday 3/20: Slow Jams Yoga w/ Black Girl in Om's Lauren Ash
Mar
20
10:00 AM10:00

Slo 'Mo Sunday 3/20: Slow Jams Yoga w/ Black Girl in Om's Lauren Ash

Back by popular demand from the first Slow Jams Yoga held on Valentine's Day, Black Girl In Om's Lauren Ash leads this slow­-moving, heart opening yoga flow accessible for new and experienced yogis alike. Start of the Spring Equinox grounded and refreshed. Get ready to release all that doesn't serve your path to love yourself and others, and to invite all that supports it during this self-­love oriented yoga practice and moving meditation. BYOM (bring your own mat), although there will be extras on hand if you need one - just email slomoparty@gmail.com if you need one. This yoga session will flow to a slow jams playlist curated by Lauren herself! 

For tickets and more information: www.slomoparty.com/slomosundays

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Mar
17
to Mar 18

Slo 'Mo: I'm So Into You

Love will be right here at the Whistler for our March edition of Slo 'Mo! While we're never short on women powered jams, we'll have an extra dose in honor of Women's History Month, spotlighting Slo 'Mo favorites, SWV. 

SWV (Sisters With Voices) were one of the most successful girl groups of all time with hits like Weak, Right Here/Human Nature, and I'm so into You. While they disbanded in 1998, they reunited in 2005 and are still going strong today, having released their latest album "Still" last month.
 

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Slo 'Mo Sunday 3/13: Art of DJing - A Digital Review w/ DJ Tess
Mar
13
1:00 PM13:00

Slo 'Mo Sunday 3/13: Art of DJing - A Digital Review w/ DJ Tess

Go behind the scenes with DJ Tess for a step-by-step tutorial on how to blend music in digital format and get an informative glimpse into a DJ’s world! We’ll be practicing with your favorite R&B tracks AND we’re taking requests! Come prepared to get into it- ask questions and get acquainted with the art through a fun and educational hands-on experience. Space is extremely limited!

For tickets and more information: www.slomoparty.com/slomosundays

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Slo 'Mo Sunday 2/28: Slo 'Mo Remix Brunch with Live Lynnette's Lynnette Astaire
Feb
28
12:00 PM12:00

Slo 'Mo Sunday 2/28: Slo 'Mo Remix Brunch with Live Lynnette's Lynnette Astaire

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN MOVED TO SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH!

Sunday brunch with Slo ‘Mo! A vegan brunch that is, featuring healthy remixes of some of your favorite comfort foods set to a Slo Mo "remix only" soundtrack curated by wellness expert Lynnette Astaire. Enjoy six courses of sweet and savory superfoods with non­alcoholic beverage pairings selected from her upcoming seasonal eating plan, Live Guide. In addition to the beats and treats, this brunch is an open platform to share wellness tips and questions. Attendees will leave with recipes (and a full belly of deliciousness). Consider it an afternoon detox retreat. Come to refresh and recharge with inspiration to put more plants on your plate.

For tickets and more information: www.slomoparty.com/slomosundays

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