1084 N MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO

Book Launch & Salon

Saturday, November 9th, 7 PM
$5-10 sliding scale (no one turned away)

Please join us as we celebrate the release of

Xandria Phillips’ debut poetry collection, HULL &

Raych Jackson’s debut collection EVEN THE SAINTS AUDITION.


Rachel “Raych” Jackson is a writer, educator, and performer. While teaching third and fourth grade in Chicago Public Schools, Jackson competed in numerous national poetry teams and individual competitions. Her poems have gained over 2 million views on YouTube. She is the 2017 NUPIC Champion and a 2017 Pink Door fellow. Jackson recently voiced ‘DJ Raych’ in the Jackbox game, Mad Verse City. Her latest play, “Emotions & Bots”, premiered at the Woerdz Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland. Jackson wrote a room dedicated to her city for 29Rooms’first installment in Chicago, through Refinery 29. She co-created and co-hosts Big Kid Slam, a monthly poetry show in Chicago. Jackson’s work has been published by many— including Poetry Magazine, The Rumpus, The Shallow Ends, and Washington Square Review. Her debut collection EVEN THE SAINTS AUDITION released September 24th through Button Poetry. She currently lives in Chicago.

Even the Saints Audition: A book of poems exploring the relationship between blackness, shame, and what it is to live a life tied to the church. Rich with historical context and a deeply engaging personal narrative.


Xandria Phillips is a poet and visual artist from rural Ohio. They are the author of Reasons For Smoking, which won the 2016 Seattle Review chapbook contest judged by Claudia Rankine. Their poem “For a Burial Free of Sharks” won the 2016 Gigantic Sequins poetry contest judged by Lucas De Lima. Xandria has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, where they are the First Wave Poetry Fellow. Their poetry has been featured in Black Warrior Review, Crazyhorse, Poets.Org, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere.

HULL explores emotional impacts of colonialism and racism on the Black queer body and the present-day emotional impacts of enslavement in urban, rural, and international settings. HULL is lyrical, layered, history-ridden, experimental, textured, adorned, ecstatic, and emotionally investigative.



Filed under: artist in attendance, autobiography, black and brown, collaboration, essay, experimental, lecture, performance, poetry, queer, reading, social justice

differently, Molussia

a film by Nicolas Rey

Thursday, September 19th, 7 PM, $7-10 suggested donation – cash only
***This event will be held at Cinema Borealis
1550 N Milwaukee Ave.

Nicolas Rey in person!

The Nightingale (at Cinema Borealis) is proud to present “differently, Molussia” (2012) a film by Nicolas Rey of L‘Abominable film lab collective. “differently, Molussia” is a film in nine chapters, shown in random order, and based on fragments from the anti-fascist, posthumously published 1931 novel “Die molussische Katakombe” (The Molussian Catacomb) by Günther Anders. Prisoners sitting in the pits of an imaginary fascist state, Molussia, transmit one another stories about the outside world like a series of political and philosophical fables. “differently, Molussia” has screened worldwide including venues such as the Forum Expanded section of Berlinale (Germany), Views from the Avant Garde at NYFF (New York, NY), and the Northwest Film Center (Portland, OR).

“The sequencing of the reels – i.e. the stories and the way certain motifs, aesthetic strategies, and cinematic devices are introduced and worked through – is interchangeable; what carries over from reel to reel are the colors and textures. Few works so perfectly combine cinesensuality and Marxist dialectics.” — Olaf Möller, Film Comment

Nicolas Rey was born in 1968. Unlike the famous American director, his name is not a pseudonym. Nor is he the son of the French experimental filmmaker Georges Rey. He is also not related to the other Nicolas Reys who live at Place de Paris, although he often gets their mail. Since 1993, he makes films that combine elements of photography, documentary film, and experimental film. He is also a co-founder of the collective film lab L‘Abominable.

France, 2012, 16mm, 81 minutes



Filed under: 16mm, artist in attendance, experimental, film, hand-processing

Kamau Patton: The Sky Above

Saturday, October 26th, 7 PM, $7-$10 suggested donation (cash only)

Artist in attendance!

The Sky Above: a video work and experience by Kamau Patton
(2014, US, digital, 66 min total)

In Partnership with Machine Project as part of the Getty initiative “Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.”, Machine Project asked artists to take on the whole environment of Los Angeles and create performances shot on video and edited into short experimental films in response to notable architectural sites throughout the city.

As part of The Machine Project Field Guide to L.A. Architecture, artist Kamau Patton engaged with a series of buildings in Los Angeles via a chartered helicopter, while performing a sound work composed for the flight. Accompanied by a cameraman and sound engineer, the entire flight was streamed live to Machine Project’s storefront space and the web.

Kamau Patton is an interdisciplinary artist and art educator. His work is an examination of history and culture through engagement with archives, documents, stories and sites. His research focuses on questions of human ecology, environment, memory, cyberspace, telematics, and transmission technologies. Patton’s projects take form as expanded field conversations, always becoming, continuing and undergoing transformation.Patton received his MFA from Stanford University in 2007 and his BA in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.



Filed under: artist in attendance, cityscape, documentation, experimental, sound

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