Tracers/Nightingale Media Series #006:
PopGoesAlicia LIVE!


Sunday, November 22, 5 pm, Free
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

PopGoesAlicia LIVE! is a pop culture happy hour unlike any other. This interactive talk show invites local writers, comedians, and thinkers to converse about the intersection between pop culture and gender. Accompanied by a rotating panel of three quick-witted Chicagoans offering perspective on anything from Amber Rose to TV shows, professor and performer, Alicia Swiz charms audiences into thinking critically about the media they’re consuming.

This special edition of PopGoesAlicia LIVE! is presented by Tracers Book Club and will focus on issues of sexuality, slut shaming and body politics.

Alicia Swiz is a writer of feminist rants, raves and film critiques, a facilitator of workshops encouraging media literacy, gender, & pop culture studies, and a feminist consultant who works to empower women and girls in living a self-determined life. Alicia is based in Chicago where she is an adjunct professor of Humanities at Harold Washington College.

The Panel:
A lifelong Chicagoan. Felicia is co-founder/Communication Director of Honey Pot Performance, Marketing/Studio Manager at Links Hall, and curator of the 4th annual Columbia College Chicago student exhibition, Engage/Connect. With Honey Pot, Felicia creates and presents original interdisciplinary performance which engages audience and inspires community. In addition to performing, Felicia writes essays & content for online outlets including Sixty Inches From Center Magazine, The Working House Blog, and This Is HCL (the High Concept Laboratories blog). Felicia is an admitted Facebook junkie and sums up her dynamic artrepreneurial life in 3 words—”Creator, Connector, Conduit.”

Marla Depew is a comedic performer and writer. She is a graduate of the Second City Training Center’s writing program, has studied at iO and The Annoyance in Chicago, and has performed at venues and festivals throughout the Midwest, Los Angeles, and New York including Zanies, Laugh Factory, Second City’s Donny’s Skybox and deMaat Theatre, The Lincoln Lodge, Tao Comedy Studio, Broadway Comedy Club, The PIT Loft, Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, and Gilda’s Laughfest. She is the producer of the monthly standup comedy showcase Laughs In The Lounge and a co-producer of Just Dickin’ Around, a women-empowering, queer-friendly standup comedy collective. She is a member of the Rainbow Connection Comedy Tour, a GLTBQ collective that whisks intentionally diverse comedy shows around the Midwest. She is also a founding member of Cell Camp, a sketch troupe that’s performed at various comedy festivals throughout the country, including Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, L.A. Comedy Fest, and Milwaukee Comedy Festival.
@MarlaDepew (follow during Bachelor/ette season b/c that’s when I tweet!)

Kahlil Wilson is a comedian from the Southside of Chicago. He began stand up in 2014, after completing the writing program at Second City Chicago. Kahlil is the producer of the bi-monthly showcase, Rat Pack Comedy. He can also be seen at various other venues around the city. Aside from stand up comedy, Kahlil has spent time working in the radio industry and writing commercial script. Also he is real chill….real….real…..chill.

TRACERS teamed up with The Nightingale for a monthly media series featuring readings, scholars, films, meditation, art, performance, and lively discussions around topics of contemporary feminism. We’re meeting every month. All are welcome. FREE

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The Films of Kelly Gallagher


Saturday, November 14, 7 pm, $7-10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

Filmmaker Martha Colburn once said that animation is like resurrection. Through animation, you are able to bring the dead back to life. In this program of films and animations by Kelly Gallagher, both political and personal histories are resurrected and brought to the forefront, clashing and intersecting with struggles of the present.

Kelly Gallagher is an experimental animator and filmmaker interested in handcrafted filmmaking and exploring the ways in which handmade animations make labor visible. Her theoretical work explores the radical political possibilities of experimental animation, and the ways in which animation can be utilized to visualize stories of resistance. Her films have screened worldwide at film festivals, galleries, and museums including: Ann Arbor Film Festival, Experiments in Cinema, London ICA Artists’ Film Biennial, Cinema Festival of Experimental Film in Paris, Alternative Film/Video Festival Belgrade, Berlin Mobile Kino, and the Lucca Film Festival. She is the recipient of the 2014 Helen Hill Award from Indie Grits and the 2015 Popular Jury Prize at Fronteira Film Festival. She currently resides in Ohio, where she is an Assistant Professor of Media Arts at Antioch College.

Program Details:
Works Like Magic (2012, 2 min loop)
The Herstory of the Female Filmmaker (2009, 15 min)
Pennsylvania (2012, 2 min)
I AM THE MACE (2013, 4 min)
Pearl Pistols (2014, 3 min)
Ceallaigh at Kilmainham (2013, 7 min)
Photographs From My Father (2014, 14 min)
Pen Up the Pigs (2014, 12 min)

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