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

Filed under: artist in attendance, feminism, Uncategorized


RUN OF LIFE Experimental
Documentary Series


Monday, November 23, 7 pm, $10
Constellation, 3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL
Purchase tickets here.


NATURAL LIFE by Tirtza Even
(2013, 77 min, video)
Preceded by a demo of the interactive online version of the project led by Tirtza Even

NATURAL LIFE is a threefold experimental documentary comprised of a 77-minute, single-channel video, a gallery installation and an interactive online archive. The piece challenges inequities in the U.S. juvenile justice system by depicting, through documentation and reenactment, the stories of five individuals of different age, gender, economic background and race, who were sentenced to Life Without Parole (Natural Life) for crimes they committed as youth. The youthful status and/or lesser culpability of these youths, their background and their potential for rehabilitation, were not taken into account at any point in the charging and sentencing process. The five will never be evaluated for change, difference or growth. They will remain in prison till they die.

There are over 2500 inmates in the U.S. who are serving a Life Without Parole sentence for a crime they committed as juveniles. The U.S. is the only country in the world that allows Life Without Parole sentencing for youth.

The project’s goal is to portray the ripple-effect that the sentence has had not only on the incarcerated youth and their victims, but also on the community at large. More than fifty hours of interviews with individuals who were involved with the crime, the arrest and the sentencing of the featured inmates were recorded. Among them judges, lawyers, police officers, reporters, wardens, teachers, child psychiatrists, legal experts and victims’ family members.

The interviews were coupled with staged scenes from court and from the main characters’ crime setting, as well as with detailed images of life in prison, reenacted by a group of high-school actors, and shot at an abandoned prison in Michigan


Tirtza Even has been a practicing video artist and documentary maker for the past fifteen years. She has produced both linear and interactive video work representing the less overt manifestations of complex and sometimes extreme social/political dynamics in specific locations (e.g. Palestine, Turkey, Spain, the U.S. and Germany, among others). Her work has appeared at the Museum of Modern Art, NY, at the Whitney Biennial, the Johannesburg Biennial, as well as in many other festivals, galleries and museums in the United States, Israel and Europe, and has been purchased for the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (NY), the Jewish Museum (NY), the Israel Museum (Jerusalem), among others. She has been an invited guest and featured speaker at numerous conferences and university programs, including the Whitney Museum Seminar series, the Digital Flaherty Seminar, Art Pace annual panel, ACM Multimedia, The Performance Studies International conference (PSI), The Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts conference (SLSA) and others.

RUN OF LIFE is a collectively curated experimental documentary and expanded media series held at Constellation every third Monday of the month. The series pairs a recent feature experimental documentary with a short nonfiction work in any number of mediums – performance, video short, interactive presentation, audio doc, etc. At each event, a post screening Q&A will be moderated by either a local expert engaged in the movie’s subject matter or an artist involved in the making of the work. RUN OF LIFE seeks to join experimental and documentary media audiences while exploring emerging tactics within representations of reality; the empathetic connection that is built through sensory experience rather than factual arguments; and aesthetic shifts in documentary that come with the breakdown of the fourth wall. RUN OF LIFE is programmed by Jillian Hansen-Lewis, Sally Lawton, Christy LeMaster, Jenny Miller, & Beckie Stocchetti and presented by Constellation Chicago in collaboration with the Nightingale Cinema.

Programmed by Beckie Stocchetti

Filed under: artist in attendance, documentary, experimental, video

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