Events

Thu, Dec 1, 2016 - Sun, Dec 11, 2016

MCA Stage Presents ONEOFUS with Julie Atlas Muz & Mat Fraser: Beauty and the Beast
Join us for a Burlesque Freak Show with stars Matt Fraser and Julie Atlas Muz

Fri, Nov 18, 2016

OUTTAKES: The Eighth Annual Disability Culture Cabaret
Be prepared for some serious fun!

Thu, Nov 10, 2016

Soma Land: Water-Based Movement and Disability Culture with Petra Kuppers, Ph D
Join us for a talk with Petra Kuppers, a disability rights activist and scholar discussing her current work in water based well being programs.

Sat, Sep 17, 2016 - Sun, Sep 18, 2016

LookOut Series
A new American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation of ART

Tue, Apr 19, 2016

Exploring Disability Identity and Disability Rights through Narratives
A book tour talk by Ravi Malhotra

Fri, Apr 8, 2016

Night Two of Conversations on Police Brutality Against Disabled People of Color: Black Kripple Delivers Poetry and Lyrics
Join us for the second night of poetry and lyrics with Leroy Moore about police brutality against disabled people of color

Fri, Feb 19, 2016

The "good" body (Chicago Edition): A performative lecture by Baraka adé Soleil
Join us for a performative lecture with award-winning artist Barak adé Soleil

Tue, Feb 9, 2016

Beauty in Exile: A Lecture and Discussion with Riva Lehrer
Featuring clips from the film "Self-Preservation: The Art of Riva Lehrer"

Fri, Feb 5, 2016

Performance of "A Little Bit of Not Normal" - written and performed by Arlene Malinowski
Join us for an intriguing one-woman show that explores the stigma of mental illness

Fri, Dec 4, 2015

Chicago Documentaries and Disability: A Conversation
Join co-hosts Carrie Sandahl & Matt Lauterbach for a conversation with the creative minds behind 4 fascinating documentaries about disability

Fri, Nov 13, 2015

Outtakes: 7th Annual Disability Culture Cabaret
Join us for the 7th Annual Disability Culture Cabaret featuring a live performance of poetry, spoken word, comedy and film

Sat, Sep 19, 2015

Counter Balance: Integrated Dance Concerts
Join us for a matinee and evening performance of integrated dance to celebrate 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Fri, Sep 18, 2015

Integrated Dance Movement Workshop with Alice Sheppard
For dancers of all abilities

Wed, Sep 9, 2015 - Sun, Sep 13, 2015

ReelAbilities Film Festival
Join us for the largest festival in the United States dedicated to sharing the human experience of disability through film and art

Fri, Aug 7, 2015

Disability Culture Performance: Poetry and Prose Dedicated to the Memory of Pennie Brinson (1958-2015)
Join us for a night of poetry and prose in honor of Pennie Brinson

Fri, Jun 5, 2015

The Devil's Advocates
Sparkling wit and audacious humor with two of the disability community’s most celebrated storytellers, Tekki Lomnicki and Mike Ervin

Fri, May 15, 2015

An Evening of Comedy and Live Music
Join us for an entertaining evening of music and comedy with two renowned Chicago comedians and live music

Fri, Apr 24, 2015

Disability and Sexuality: Everything you wanted to know about Disability and Sex but were afraid to ask...
Join us for an evening of frank and juicy talk about crip-sex as well as a crip-sex fair providing free goodies and important information

Thu, Apr 23, 2015

Workshop: Uteri Clit-chat
Join us for a hands-on creative workshop and share your stories about reproduction, sexuality and the body

Thu, Apr 23, 2015

Bethany Stevens, J.D., M.A. presents: Pushing Pleasure, Stripping Ableism and Embracing Cripsex
Join us for an engaging talk with Bethany Stevens discussing disabled people advocating for pleasure as a political act against ableism

Tue, Apr 14, 2015

In the Spotlight? Deaf or Disabled Artists Persuing Careers in the Theatre
Join us for an exciting panel featuring Robert Schleifer and others discussing their careers as disabled and Deaf theatre artists

Tue, Apr 7, 2015

New Art Emerging from Disability and Deaf Cultures
Join us for an exciting panel featuring Chicago based artist Riva Leher and other panelists discussing Disability and Deaf art and culture

Fri, Mar 13, 2015

Fifth Annual Battle of the Bands: DANCE TO THE MUSIC
Bands showcase their distinctive musical styles!

Fri, Jan 23, 2015

Disability and Sexuality Lecture Series: The exceptional and the ordinary - The Cruel Optimism of HIV 'chronicity' in the post socialist landscape
Join us for an exciting lecture exploring biological citizenship, chronicity and the overlaps between global HIV/AIDS and disability activism

Fri, Nov 14, 2014

Outtakes: 6th Annual Disability Culture Cabaret
Come join us for a live performance of poetry, spoken-word, music, comedy and touchable artwork

Fri, Sep 26, 2014

Writing the Disability Experience
Local authors read from new work

Fri, Jul 18, 2014

Disability, Institutions and Prisons: Connecting deinstitutionalization and prison abolition
Join us for a talk with Liat Ben Moshe about the complex relationship between disability, prisons and the deinstitutionalization movement

Fri, Jun 20, 2014

Counter Balance V: An Evening of Physically Integrated Dance
Featuring: Yulia Arakelyan, Erik Ferguson, Kris Lenzo, Linda Mastandrea, & Alice Sheppard with Special Video Tribute to Lisa Bufano

Sun, Apr 13, 2014

Crip Slam: Excertps from Sins Invalid Come to Chicago!
Featuring performance by artists and never before seen video clips.

Fri, Apr 11, 2014

Sins Invalid: An Unshamed Claim to Beauty Lunch and Discussion
Discussion with artists from Sins Invalid on disability, gender, race, sexuality and how they intersect through disability justice!

Fri, Apr 11, 2014

Excerpts from Sins Invalid Come to Chicago!
Chicago premiere of film and performance excerpts from Sins Invalid.

Fri, Dec 13, 2013

We Were There: Stories of Disability History
A presentation and conversation with disability rights activist Corbett O'Toole, participant in the 1977 San Francisco 504 sit-in

Thu, Dec 12, 2013

Don't Call me Inspirational: A Reading and Conversation with Harilyn Rousso
Join us for a reading and discussion with Harilyn Rousso

Fri, Nov 22, 2013

Fourth Annual Battle of the Bands: Dance to the Music
Join us for a night of music and dancing with off beat originals, party music with a rock edge and pop covers

Thu, Nov 14, 2013

Impromptu, informal artist's talk by Kevin Connolly
Join us for an impromptu, informal artist's talk by Kevin Connolly

Sat, May 25, 2013

BOW Festival Event: Eleanore and the Timekeeper
Award winning filmmaker Daniele Wilmouth introduces her film about an aging woman and her developmentally disabled son

Fri, May 24, 2013

BOW Festival Event: Christine Sun Kim: Pardon me, where is the kitchen?
Featuring TED fellow Christine Sun Kim, a deaf Korean performance artist who investigates the physicality of sound

Fri, May 24, 2013

BOW Festival Event: Ball and Other Funny Stories About Cancer
Join us for a performance by Brian Lobel who brings together a trilogy of work about his experiences with cancer

Thu, May 23, 2013

BOW Festival Event: Northwestern University's Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program Realities and Representation: Roundtable Discussion of Good Kings, Bad Kings
Featuring discussion with writer activist Mike Ervin and Rebecca Garden of SUNY Upstate Medical Center

Thu, May 23, 2013

BOW Festival Event: Intersection/Intervention Workshop, Disability in Museums
Join us for a workshop exploring how museums function as unique spaces to reframe and expand conversations about disability.

Thu, May 23, 2013

BOW Festival Event: Four Films by Stephen Dwoskin
Featuring four films by prominent avant garde artist that explore the body and its discontents

Wed, May 22, 2013

BOW Festival Event: NoBody's Perfect film screening
Join us for the award winning documentary film about a group of 11 physically disabled people who agree to pose nude for a book of photos

Tue, May 21, 2013

BOW Festival Event: Reinventing Story-Tekki Lomnicki, The Miracle and New Disability Storytelling
Featuring solo performance by Tekki Lomnicki and an award-winning film reinterpretation, followed by a discussion

Sun, May 19, 2013

BOW Festival Event: Beneath the Blindfold Film Screening and Discussion
Featuring Q and A with directors

Sun, May 19, 2013

BOW Festival Event: A Little Bit of Not Normal
A one woman show

Sun, May 19, 2013 - Wed, May 22, 2013

BOW Festival Event: The Birdfeeder Doesn't Know Performance
Featuring Q and A with director and cast

Sat, May 18, 2013

BOW Festival Event: Poetry off the Shelf: Jim Ferris and Barry Silesky
Poetry Reading featuring Jim Ferris and Barry Silesky

Sat, May 18, 2013

BOW Festival Event: Good Kings, Bad Kings Reading and Book Signing by Susan Nussbaum
Reading and Book Signing of Good Kings, Bad Kings with Susan Nussbaum

Fri, May 17, 2013

BOW Festival Event: Counter Balance IV
Dance Performance featuring Lisa Bufano

Thu, May 16, 2013 - Sun, May 19, 2013

BOW Festival Event: Still Alice
A world premiere adaptation based on the New York Times bestselling novel

Thu, May 16, 2013 - Mon, May 20, 2013

BOW Festival Event: Back to Back Theatre-Ganesh Verses the Third Reich
Join Australia’s leading independent theatre for this cleverly interwoven tale-within-a-tale

Wed, May 15, 2013

BOW Festival Event: Opening Celebration: Framing the Festival
Honoring Chicago playwright Susan Nussbaum, with keynote speaker Simi LInton, and a panel discussion to follow!

Wed, May 15, 2013 - Sat, May 25, 2013

Bodies of Work: Festival of Disability Arts and Culture
Join us for an eleven-day, multi-venue Chicago event featuring visual and performing arts that highlight the work of artists with disabilities!

Fri, May 10, 2013 - Thu, Jun 20, 2013

Humans Being II Art Exhibition
Humans Being II is an exhibit that focuses on the experience of disability as explored through contemporary art.

Fri, Mar 8, 2013

Disability Culture Movement Workshop with Petra Kuppers
Introducing core concepts of disability culture through video and participatory exercises

Thu, Mar 7, 2013

Event with Petra Kuppers: The Olympias: Heart Athletes & Disability Culture Presentation followed by Helping Dance
Join us for Disability Culture Presentation followed by Helping Dance

Thu, Nov 8, 2012

Noche de Poetas (Poetry Night): Disability Poetics: Bodies Language and the Word
Join us for an open mic with local poets and award winning poet Lynn Manning

Sun, Oct 7, 2012

Crip Slam Presents: Breakdown Services-Tales of a Reluctant Superstar
Ann Colby Stocking navigates her way through auditions, studios, and the elusive meaning of "making it"

Fri, Oct 5, 2012

Outtakes: The Fourth Annual Disability Culture Cabaret
Join us for a night of featured artists at this years Disability Culture Cabaret

Wed, Sep 26, 2012

UIC's Asian American Studies Program proudly presents: CAN - A documentary film by Pearl J. Park
A powerful documentary about one man's experience with the stigma and shame of mental illness in Asian American Culture

Tue, Sep 25, 2012

UIC's Asian American Studies Program proudly presents: CAN - A documentary film by Pearl J. Park
A powerful documentary about one man's experience with the stigma and shame of mental illness in Asian American Culture

Fri, Aug 10, 2012

A Summer of Disability Arts and Culture! World Premiere of New Solo Performances directed by Tekki Lomnicki
"Body Language," a performance showcase featuring disabled solo performers from the Bodies of Work summer workshop

Fri, Mar 2, 2012

Poetry Reading from Beauty is a Verb
Featuring readings from the recently published book of poetry

Thu, Oct 20, 2011

African American Men with Disabilities in Hollywood Movies: Controversial Clips from an Unexpected Trend
Join us for a free viewing and discussion of film clips that portray African American men with disabilities

Sat, Apr 2, 2011

Young People's Festival of Disability Arts and Culture
Join us for an exciting day of workshops, performances, activity stations and information booths