SALON 46: TIME - The Beginning and The End of Everything
THANK YOU to everyone who came out to experience the TIME Salon! Special thanks to the artists who shared their talents with us and to Catalyst Ranch for their hospitality!
xoxo The Plagiarists
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Image by Elissa Shortridge
Join us and witness a fresh group of artists share brand new pieces exploring the theme of TIME-The Beginning and The End of Everything. Enjoy a "timely" adult beverage, laugh, shed a tear, and be inspired as you experience an evening you won't soon forget.
Time: The Beginning and The End of Everything
Monday, February 27th, 8:00 PM
PLEASE NOTE THE NEW LOCATION FOR THIS EVENT!
656 W. Randolph, Suite 3W, Chicago, IL 60661
Curated by Eileen Tull
Featuring the work of the following artists:
Lindsey Charles Mari DeOleo Nick Freed Elizabeth Gomez Nestor Gomez Kate Healy Charles Minard Onicia Muller Emily Nikfar King Reza RC Riley Anna Rose Wolfe
This is a free event! Come early, grab a drink and join us for a thought-provoking evening of original work.
About the Artists:
Lindsey Charles is an actress/singer/writer/illustrator who you can most often find singing in a girl girlpop-grindcore band called The Cell Phone. Sometimes super talented people ask her to participate in various projects where she can try out new ideas and keep flexin' those drama muscles. Come see more of Lindsey's dramatic babbling at a Cell Phones show! www.cellphonesband.com
Mari DeOleo is a Dominican immigrant who was raised in the heart of Amish country, Pennsylvania. She was drawn to comedy at an early age. Mari spent her childhood watching and imitating the great clowns from film/TV -- Dick Van Dyke, Lucille Ball, Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, the Marx Brothers and the Stooges. Mari then took to the pulpit translating my father's sermons into English every Sunday. The power of relaying inspiration to audiences became her secret desire. Mari began her formal training in clown, the visual arts and classical voice in high school. She continued to explore physical comedy through commedia in college while earning her technical theatre degree. After college, Mari was a preschool teacher and everything that she learned from children at play has become part of her comedy pedagogy. After a year in the Chicago theatre scene, Mari began focusing on comedy and began studying improv, storytelling, clown, bouffant, idiot, rap and acting with Dean Evans, Mark Frost, Michael Gellman, Craig Uhlir, Jonathan Pitts, Jay Sukow, John Hildreth and John Gilkey. While also building up her production management experience with Chicago Improv Productions, Events With Benefitz, the Chicago Fringe Festival and various storefront theatres throughout Chicago. Mari is currently a freelance production manager, comedic performing artist, teaching artist and independent producer. She recently started, PlayLab Productions, a comedy group that focuses on building experimental comedy content that inspires audience to play. Ultimately, her goals are to create comedic content that engages audiences in new ways.
Nick Freed is an actor, writer, director, and Plagiarist who has performed across Chicago with Griffin Theatre, Raven Theater, WildClaw, Right Brain Project, and more. When not theatering, he writes about music and pop culture for Consequence of Sound, where he is host of the bi-monthly video series, "Masterpiece Review," as well as with Vice's music site, Noisey.
Elizabeth Gomez is a Chicago-based comedian, storyteller, writer, and experienced spoon on nose balancer. She is a founder of the Windy City Rollers (all female roller derby league); cast member of the Kates; and founding writer at Drinkers with Writing Problems. Her biggest dream is to help Idris Elba put on his tie.
Nestor Gomez was born in Guatemala and moved to Chicago in the mid 80's. He told his first story at a Chicago Moth Slam as a way to finally get over stuttering. Surprisingly, he won the slam that night and has not stop telling sharing stories ever since. He currently holds the record for the Most Moth Slam wins in Chicago. However if you ask him he will tell you that his greatest accomplishment is making his mother proud, his kids and winning the heart of his fiancé "sweet Mel". You can find more information about Nestor on his website http://www.nestorgomezstoryteller.com
Kate Healy is a writer, model, performer, and creative producer. She wants to start blending poetry with installation art and see what happens. Find her at http://www.kate-healy.com!
Charles Minard uses a bittersweet mix of personal memoir, comedy, tragedy, and stories about growing up as a trans person, a woman, a man, a child, and now - an adult- to bring you into his world. Dating, parents, hormones, boobs, and being a "crazy person" are all fodder for his work.
Created on St Maarten. Based in Chicago. Onicia D. L. Muller writes, says funny things, and enjoys hanging with creative minds. You can read her weekly column, Just Be Funny in The Daily Herald's weekender or on her blog. She pays her bills as a creative project manager. Find her online at OniciaMuller.com or as @OniciaMuller
Emily Nikfar is a Columbia College Chicago graduate and holds a BA in Acting. She has been performing around the city for three years and has fallen for solo performance and storytelling since graduating college. She recently performed with the Fly Honey Show and Playlab's "Hot Buns and Beefcakes Linda Belcher's Love Connection."
King Reza (Mike Reza) is an Independent Chicago-Based Singer/Songwriter/Producer/Actor. His album "ways" (Produced by Brad Kemp) was released in August 2016. He is currently working on his second album "PERSPECTIVEZ" and collaborating as much as possible with other kindred spirits seeking to make an impact on the Universe. SoundCloud.com/theycallmereza Facebook: kingrezaofficial
R.C. Riley is a queer warrior woman, writer, performer, and storyteller who began writing as a means of healing after a sexual assault. She has told stories at Tenx9, Loose Chicks, Sappho's Salon, and in her living room to any neighbors and friends that will listen! R.C. honed her writing skills at Chicago Dramatists Theater, and will be debuting her solo show, Wrong Way Journey in May as part of Three Cat Productions' SOLO Chicago Festival. R.C.'s work challenges heteronormative views and seeks to find justice for and liberate those who have felt left out, forgotten, ignored, and unloved by our society. She (and her 11 year-old activist off-spring) have been featured fighting for justice in the Chicago Magazine and Design Observer.
Eileen Tull is a storyteller, performance artist, poet, comedian, and one-woman-show person. Her work investigates feminism, body image, addiction, and, above all, seeking joy. She has performed throughout the country, from San Francisco to New York City, including in the SF Fringe, New Seeds Festival, United Solo, the Cincy Fringe, the Minnesota Fringe Festival, and the Dallas Solo Festival. Her work has been seen all over Chicago in theatres, bookstores, art galleries, bars and other non-traditional spaces with folks at Chicago Dramatists, 20% Theatre, Salonathon, Hobo Junction, Second City, You're Being Ridiculous, Pride Films and Plays, Abbie Fest, and Collaboraction. Eileen co-curates Sappho’s Salon at Women and Children First bookstore, a monthly performance series for female-identifying, trans, and non-binary artists exploring gender, sexuality, and feminism in their work. She is a teaching artist in schools all over Chicago, and her work as a creative activist was recognized by The White House in 2016.
Anna Rose Wolfe is an actor / performance artist. She is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, where she earned a BA in Acting and a minor in Gender Studies. Anna performs regularly with The LIVINGroom, a solo performance ensemble. She has been featured in venues and fests around Chicago, such as Life Line Theater’s Fillet of Solo Festival, Greenhouse Theatre Center’s Solo Celebration, Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins Festival, National Cool Shorts, Flat Iron Comedy, Greenhouse Theatre Center's SoloPerformance Lab, and most recently The Election Monologues.
About Plagiarists Salons
The Plagiarists' mission is to steal from literature, visual art, history, and the culture at large to create new creative expression that finds the familiar in the strange, the unique in the commonplace, and ultimately enlarges the world. Plagiarist Salons are another way we put our theory into practice, providing a forum for artists to share their work and ideas with one another. They occur twice a year, with a single curator assembling group of artists creating a variety of works around a theme that relates to our season. Past salons have featured short plays, full-length readings, songs, dances, puppet shows, radio plays, readings of comic books, essays, a talk show, even the pilot for Christopher Piatt's Paper Machete. This salon focuses on our season's theme, TIME: The Beginning And The End of Everything. Each performer is exploring an aspect of time: the past, the present, or the future in a kaleidoscope of genres and forms.
Our manifesto is “The Ecstasy of Influence,” an essay by Jonathan Lethem about cultural ownership and artistic influence which articulates our ideals and ideas about art and creation. We believe that art is a gift given to its audience and that drawing on those gifts to make your own work is how the artistic creation process works. We select our projects as a group, write much of our work collaboratively, and encourage collaborators to have a voice in its development.
Salon 46: TIME - The Beginning and The End of Everything