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#HereToo-COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO and American Origami
A collaboration in conjunction with American Epidemic: Guns in the United States
This October, the Museum of
Contemporary Photography (MoCP) at Columbia College Chicago has
partnered with Columbia College Chicago’s Theater Department, and #HereToo
for an evening of two distinct, devised plays examining America’s gun
violence epidemic through different lenses. The plays have been created
in conjunction with the current exhibition American Epidemic: Guns in the United States, on view at the MoCP through February 20, 2022.
American Origami, based on Andres Gonzalez’s photographic project on view in American Epidemic,
looks back at seven mass shooting events across America, beginning with
Columbine and culminating in the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman
Douglas in Parkland, FL.#HereToo’s
inspiration begins with the Parkland shooting and the March for Our
Lives movement that emerged and weaves together national, regional, and
Chicago stories of survivorship and gun violence prevention activism.
"We are so proud to bring this interdisciplinary project into fruition,”
says Karen Irvine, Chief Curator and Deputy Director at the MoCP. “This
collaboration has allowed us to not only explore the traumatic impact
of gun deaths and injuries in the United States, but also the important
connections between visual art, performance, and activism."
The plays will be performed in theater spaces that have an upgraded
filtration system and increased cleaning measures. The theaters are
limited to 75% capacity. All patrons, regardless of vaccination status,
will be required to wear a mask at all times. General admission tickets
are $15. Discounted tickets for students and senior citizens are $10 and
can be purchased on the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department’s website. Information about tickets is available at 312 369-6101 during weekdays.
About the MoCP
The Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago is
the world’s premier college art museum dedicated to photography. As an
international hub, the MoCP generates ideas and provokes dialogue among
students, artists and diverse communities through groundbreaking
exhibitions and programming.
The MoCP is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization accredited by the
American Alliance of Museums. The MoCP is supported by Columbia College
Chicago, the MoCP Advisory Board, the Museum Council, individuals, and
private and corporate foundations.
American Epidemic: Guns in the United States has been generously supported through the National Endowment for the Arts.
Navy Pier Hosts Chicago LIVE Again! Festival September 24-25
Join Navy Pier tomorrow at 5pm for the kick-off of Chicago LIVE Again!—a
free, two-day outdoor festival to celebrate Chicago’s arts and
entertainment industry. Held on Friday, September 24, and Saturday,
September 25, the event will include live performances from Broadway in
Chicago, Chicago Children’s Choir, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Puerto
Rican Arts Alliance, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Joffrey Ballet,
Black Ensemble Theater, Lyric Opera's Ryan Opera Center and other
esteemed cultural institutions and artists.
will run continuously on two main stages, the Lake Stage in Polk Bros
Park and the East End Stage, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and from
noon to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. The festival is standing room only, but
guests are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets and grab
food on the go from a variety of sit-down and/or carry-out restaurants
at the Pier.
The full list of Chicago LIVE Again! performers
is available on the Navy Pier website and will be updated as more
performances are finalized leading up to the event. Navy Pier will also
host a special fireworks display on September 25 at 9:45 p.m., courtesy
of an anonymous donor, as a tribute to the return of theater in
Chicago. View full press release here.
will be required to show COVID vaccination card or proof of a negative
test within the past 48 hours to access the designated performance
areas. Alternatively, free rapid testing will be available on site for
all guests age 2 and over. To help guests prepare for the fall arts
season, vaccinations also will be available during the two-day event.
Click here to view Navy Pier’s COVID-19 operations and updates.
Can you feel it? Autumn is in the air! Nothing says cozy like
curling up with a blanket, your favorite warm beverage, and a great
book! In this edition of our Intersections newsletter, we have recommendations for however you define "comfort read."
Plus, check out our Oh the Horror! audiobook playlist and, in recognition of Banned Books Week, our new CBWP Bundle.
We also need to take a moment to level with you: we're hearing some
pretty worrisome things about the publishing supply chain and the
headaches it will create during the fall and into the holiday season.
While we'll do our best to have all the books you hope to gift this
year, please do NOT wait until the last minute to start your holiday
shopping! Avoid the anxiety and get started today.
If you need gifting inspiration, this newsletter includes staff
recommendations, forthcoming books that we're excited about for kids,
teens, and adults as well as pre-order exclusives, and more!
best middle grade novels remind us that the lives of even the most
unremarkable children are full of miraculous moments. Elfie Oster is the
latest in Kristin Mahoney’s roster of extraordinary young characters
whose ordinary existences have extraordinary depth. Elfie’s disastrous
first day at Hampshire Academy, and its fallout for her school year, is
relatable for all ages, and I loved every minute of this charming book.
book is glorious! I love the sense memories Zentner creates in his
books! In this one, it was the Country Crock container used for
leftovers (a memory I have from my own Southern childhood). I also love
that he gives dignity to characters who are often deemed insignificant.
Cash’s fish-out-of-water story at Middleford Academy made me feel joy
and sadness, anger and lots of tears--both the painful and the cathartic
As the weather turns, we celebrate the eeriest of seasons... check out our OH THE HORROR! audiobook playlist HERE for the books that will get you ready to carve pumpkins and maybe sleep with the lights on...
Spotlight on Publisher:
In celebration of August's Women in Translation month, we want to highlight the publisher HarperVia, an
imprint dedicated to publishing extraordinary international voices,
offering readers the chance to encounter other lives and other points of
view via the language of the imagination. Check out some of their fall
The coziness in this book came
from seeing my own thoughts reflected in the main character's thoughts.
Agatha's observations of her world are told with gorgeous writing and a
deadpan humor that made me feel whole while reading it.
feel like existing as a Black person in this country - specifically a
queer, Black woman - means that every day I am gaslit by those in power,
those who desperately wish they were in power, and those who would do
anything to keep me from ever experiencing power. They've spent a lot fo
time telling me and mine that the way we feel is our fault, our issue.
But I remember the first time I read this book and realizing how much of
my experience is by design, literally decided and fought hard for by
white men. And I felt more angry than a victim. This book is a major comfort to me.
These are both story collections, which are perfect for sinking into a story with a good cup of coffee as I wait for the weather to start to turn.
by Yoon Choi: A sense of melancholy pervades these stories of Korean
Americans, and each character sinks beneath your skin. I read these
stories slowly, carefully. Choi creates entire universes in 40-page
loved this queer witchy romance! Emmy Harlow left her magical hometown
of Thistle Grove almost a decade ago, paving a new life for herself in
Chicago after a devastating heartbreak. She returns from her
self-imposed exile to fulfill familial obligations and be the arbiter in
a traditional spellcasting tournament. Her first evening in town, Emmy
runs into Talia Avramov, an old acquaintance who is still as beautiful
and badass as ever. Talia is fresh from a bad breakup with Gareth
Blackmoore, who was the catalyst for Emmy's running away all those years
ago. Hijinx and revenge ensue! John Tucker Must Die meets Practical Magic, with lush storytelling, cozy autumn vibes, and a steamy sapphic romance.
There Is Nothing So Whole as a Broken Heart is
an amazing anthology filled with tales of Jewish anarchism by mainly
queer and trans Jews. This book is helping me work through the grief of
losing a recent family member and reconnecting me to the power of Jewish
resistance to all state systems of oppression and control.
As prison abolitionists, we work toward a future in which no
person, young or old, is incarcerated. While Liberation Library’s work
is centered on young people, we frequently receive book requests in the
mail from incarcerated adults across the country. These writers often
express how reading can transport them from their cells, be a balm to
their loneliness, and stimulate their minds.
While we are able to connect these incarcerated writers with
organizations that send books to adult prisons, Liberation Library wants
to do more to address the isolation imposed by imprisonment.
Liberation Library is asking supporters to learn about the impact
of letter writing and consider sending a one-time note or becoming a
penpal to an incarcerated person. Find out more about becoming a penpal HERE.
Chicago Books for Women in Prison Bundle
collaborating with Chicago Books for Women in Prison to offer a special
bundle of three books every quarter. With many prisons still on
lockdown due to COVID, it is even more critical to get books in the
hands of incarcerated people. This quarter, in honor of Banned Books
Week (September 26–October 2), we're highlighting that the largest book
ban in the United States is in state and federal prisons across the country.
When you purchase a BUNDLE, a W&CF bookseller will select three books that have been censored in some prisons but are
available to send to others. CBWP will hand-select the books that go to
each person based on their requests. View the CBWP wishlist HEREto
see the types of books that are frequently requested by women and trans
people nationwide. Help make sure CBWP always has them in stock.
Explore more of this Fall's big titles and the promotions for them!