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Miss Representation more than just a feminist documentary

Thanks to my new status as an official Gapers Block staffer, I had the chance to attend the YWCA’s sold out screening of Miss Representation. The night was amazing and potentialy life changing. Check out the first snip from my review and the documentary’s preview below:

It would be easy to blow off Miss Representation as just another panties-in-a-bunch feminist documentary; and I imagine a good majority of the penis-clad population  might do just that and not read past the word feminist. But at the risk of sounding like a naggy bitch, please don’t. Miss Representation is not just another “Annie get you guns” feminist mantra meant only to enrage the vags and turn us all into lesbians. Miss Representation is the story about our society; it is a story about the increasingly bruised and bloody relationships between the media and the women; and the lesson of this story is how shitty media hurts vags and penises alike. So if you have a vagina or just love vaginas in all their equal glory, this documentary is your story as well.

Click here to read more
 

Newest Miss Representation Trailer (2011 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection) from Miss Representation on Vimeo.

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Give Your Voice a Choice Event: 8/25 Heartland Cafe

I’m MCing an awesome event tomorrow night called Give Your Voice a Choice. Mostly as a shameless plug for the event but also because I think it’s worth sharing, I’ve included my introduction and my story of choice below. The event is 6 to 9 at Heartland Cafe and more deets can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=106511572779697

“The event tonight is about choice. Not just choice as it is defined redundantly in the media in the battle over abortion, but the broader choices everyone faces when dealing with reproduction. From deciding to tie your tubes at 30 to deciding to have a child at 40 to deciding to end an unplanned pregnancy, from abstinence to monogamy to the Kama sutra, from condoms to IEDs to that weird ring thing, we all make choices regarding our reproduction. Yet we often feel alone in our struggles, dilemmas and ultimate choices.

The Chicago Chapter of the National Organization of Women is thrilled to bring together members of the community as well as local musicians to talk about choice and bring together our voices.

We would like to thank everyone who contributed at the door. If you would still like to contribute please feel free to come up to the table and pick up a brochure and make a contribution. All the proceeds tonight will go to benefit the Chicago Abortion Fund, who provides financial assistance to low-income women wishing to end their unplanned pregnancies. You can read more about the fund including their participants’ stories at www.chicagoabortionfund.com.

We would also like to thank our three musicians tonight who will be donating their time and talent including Anne-Marie Akin, Gabrielle Schafer, & Glad Fanny. They also have CDS and merchandise for sale at the table.

Also we would like to give a big thank you to all of our speakers who agreed to share their stories.  We are lucky enough tonight to have Terry Cosgrove from Planned Parenthood as well as Representative Kelly Cassidy here, as well as many other members of the community. If you have not already signed up to tell a story but wish to do so, there is a sign up sheet at the table and there will be time in the middle of the event for volunteer speakers.

To kick off the night, I’m going to share some facts and figures with you.

After sitting on my shelf for more than a year, I am finally reading “Half the Sky.”

The book gives quite a few scary facts about the state of women in the 21st century especially regarding maternal health.

Some of the most shocking to me were that there is one maternal death every minute and for every death at least ten other women suffer significant injuries such as fistulas or serious tearing.

Additionally unsafe abortions cause the deaths of seventy thousand women annually and cause serious injuries to another 5 million. Five Million Women.

 

That is big number. So large in fact that we tend to not be able to grasp it and it rolls into our heads with all the other horrible atrocities of the 21st century.

Scientists have proven that facts, numbers and “objective” figures when dealing with humanitarian issues don’t trigger our consciences or pull at our heartstrings. Stories do. Connecting with an individual story evokes the compassion needed for greater humanity in the world.

So with that in mind, I’m going to tell my story.

My senior year in college I went to study abroad in Argentina. I stayed with a middle-income family in a working-class barrio. They had a maid, I’ll call her Tia, who lived with them. During the day we would watch soap operas, eat little cookies and occasionally exchange our thoughts on the boludos on the screen. Our relationship was superficial and other than the fact that she was from the North part of the country and was relatively poor, I didn’t know much about her.

Then one day I came into the kitchen and Tia was crying. No not crying, but sobbing, shaking in  her shoulders as she washed dishes in the sink. Of course I asked her what was wrong but when she tried to explain with her northern accent and rapidly more desperate words, I couldn’t understand her. I patted her shoulder, and asked if I could do anything. She gave me a cup of coffee.

My host family later explained that Tia’s 16-year-old daughter, I’ll call her Maria, had run away with her motorcycle-riding 20 year old boyfriend. Tia blamed herself for not being there. But there was nothing she could do. Tia’s abusive ex-husband had custody of the children and all Tia could do was send the children some extra money for school supplies.

I left for the weekend to go on a trip to the beach. When I came back there was Maria, looking more morose than one would think possible of a 16 year old girl. She had bags under her eyes and walked slightly hunched. She did not talk to me and left the room anytime I came in.

My host family explained later. Maria had run away to get an illegal abortion. It had gone wrong. She couldn’t stop bleeding. They took out her uterus. She would never have children. The motorcycle-riding boyfriend was no where in sight. Maria’s father did not want her back in his house.

Before I left I gave her my hair dryer and black converses. I didn’t know what else I could say or do that would somehow lessen the hurt of what had happened and how her life would never be the same.

When I got back to the states I went to visit my family and catch up with life from the past year. I was chatting with my cousin, when she told me she had had an abortion while I was gone. It was an unplanned pregnancy. She found out when she was only a few weeks pregnant. She took a pill and continued her 2nd year of nursing school. She graduates this May.

When I asked her if I could share her story she said sure but she also said “There’s not much to share. I don’t really think about it ever. Maybe that is offensive to some people. But it just isn’t a part of my life.”

I often think about the difference in the futures of two young girls because of access to reproductive rights, because of a country’s laws over those reproductive rights and in the end because of luck of where they were born. And in the end, it is their stories that ahve convinced me that access to abortion and reproductive health is a right of every woman.

When we were talking about creating this event 9 months ago, we were all surprised and comforted by the similarities we had in our stories. We wanted to share this comfort and connection with a larger community by sharing our stories. Thank you for joining us tonight and enjoy the event.”

 

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Local DV group giving alternative view of Odd Future’s violent lyrics

Odd Future is scheduled to play at Pitchfork this weekend to the delight of fans and the dismay of local domestic violence groups. Their performance is sure to alight mixed emotions in Chicago; critics and fans are hailing the band as the “next big thing of their generation” while domestic violence groups have voiced concern over the group’s violent lyrics towards women.

Over the past year, Odd Future has made a name for itself with its intense hip hop beat, shock-value lyrics, and strong underground following. The group rejects any attempts at critics to define their music and they don’t bother to try to defend their hateful lyrics towards women. In typical 19-year-old fashion they “do what they want.”

Yet domestic violence groups in Chicago are quick to point out that Odd Futures fantasy raps are a reality for many women in Chicago. In order to remind festival goers of these realities, the d.v. group Between Friends will be handing out over 5,000 fans over the weekend with a list of resources for women who have experience violence. The group raised $1,700 in two weeks for the campaign and will now have a booth inside Pitchfork.

“We do respect the fact that they [Pitchfork producers] have the right to have the music that they feel people are interested in at their fest,” says Between Friends Programs Director Yesenia Maldonado. “But we’d like to make sure that they have the resources available while they’re there. This is a huge venue and we really want for people who haven’t heard these shocking lyrics—maybe they’re coming for another band and this is the first time they’ll be hearing [Odd Future]—we want to make sure that we let them know that this is something that we’re taking notice of, and we really want to get the other view out there as much as possible.”

There is something about blaringly different Odd Future that makes critics rush to proclaim them the next big thing, each critic trying to up the anty with hyperbolic predictions of Odd Future becoming the voice of a generation (obviously ignoring half of the future generation that would not like to be violently raped). They praise the harsh lyrics of rape and violence as an expression of naïve youth and assume because people can’t understand it, it must be new and good.

Even those critics who are critical of the band, always seem to end on an apology, as if it is their fault they don’t love the narrative of repeated violence against women. Although most will agree Odd Future has the right to exist and be produced, it is also important that the group be honestly critiqued and reviewed, glorified AND condemned.

Personally although I accept Odd Future’s right to make music, I think their music sucks and I have no desire to listen to a 20-year-olds fucked up fantasy about rape that is all too imaginative for him and all too real for many women. I think it is unhealthy for this to be proclaimed the voice of a generation when it is clearly only the fantasy of a few.

Odd Future gives one voice of a generation and groups like Between Friends are thankfully giving the other, to show the realities of domestic violence in our world. I for one am happy at least someone is willing to stand up and say this music is crap.

Check out an interview with Pitchfork founders here: http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/2011-05-02/pitchfork-odd-future-endorsing-rape-or-showcasing-art-85888

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New Threats to Access to Abortion in IL

Last month was the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the supreme-court decision that gave American women access to the safe abortions. For the past 38 years, abortion has been legal, at least on paper. Being 25, I can’t imagine a United States of America where abortion is illegal; nor I can imagine a United States where the abortion isn’t a highly controversial topic impolite for dinner conversation but appropriate for graphic posters outside medical clinics.

But while abortion is legal, little by little, access to abortion has been restricted over the past 38 years. States have made abortions after 20 weeks illegal, they have made it financially challenging for clinics to receive funding or they have put mandatory wait times between consultations and abortion procedures.

Illinois is no exception. This month the Agriculture Committee of the house will bring a bill HB1919 to the floor. The bill will require abortion providers to show patients an ultrasound of the fetus before an abortion is performed. The bill will then require patients to wait one hour before the procedure can be performed. It is obvious that this bill has no medical relevance. An ultrasound is not necessary for an abortion nor is forcing a woman to wait an hour is a paper gown before receiving a procedure she and her doctor has decided is necessary. This bill will put an extra burden on abortion clinics who already have more demand than time available.

ACLU is hosting a Rally for Choice: Women are not livestock event in Springfield 15 March 2011

For today’s young American women, who may have had an abortion or who may need an abortion in the future, an America doesn’t exist where abortion isn’t illegal. Yet every year politicians chip away a little at what constitutes legal. And quite frankly, it just isn’t their decision. We may not know a world without abortion but we know we want to keep access to abortion available for ourselves, our friends and for future generations. On Tuesday March 15th there will be a Rally for Choice in Springfield. Take the day to voice your opinion and to tell the state legislation that women’s choice does not belong on the Ag Committee’s agenda. Register here on the ACLU website.

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Walk for Choice! Young People Show Up To Support Choice.

I have never been a great chanter. I blame it on my inherent lack of rhythm as a white person; screaming slogans while rhythmically hoisting poster board has never been my strong suit, not even in my hippy college days.

Going to my first pro-choice rally in Chicago this Saturday, I was naturally nervous that my awkward inability to chant, “Ho! Ho! Hey! Hey! Women’s rights are here to stay!” would expose me as the novice marcher that I am. I practiced some traditional slogans the night before. “Hey! Hey! Mister! Mister! Get your laws off my sister!” I repeated into the mirror until I had sufficiently mastered the elegant prose.

On rally day, I downed a pot a coffee and headed for Daley plaza ready to impress the masses with my in-sync vocals.  As I blended into the hundreds of pro-choice demonstrators and prepared to shout, I realized the majority of marchers surrounding me were young people, like me, and many of them were quiet.

I admit I was expecting a showing of middle-aged feminists with flowers braided into their hair shouting slogans about their vaginas. But the crowd that surrounded me was in their 20’s with bright orange t-shirts thrown over their Northface jackets. Some had banners and were shouting slogans but many were just holding signs and occasionally waving at beeping cars that passed.

As we began to walk through downtown Chicago, I found myself not chanting but waving to encouraging drivers and downtown tourists. My fellow marchers were Planned Parenthood employees, students from the suburbs, a feminist from Iowa and a family who wanted to show their kids what civic engagement looks like.

The crowd was young and diverse.  As one passerby noted, “There are a lot of dudes here.” There were also children, a few dogs and one distinctly colored 5-inch mohawk. And although some came prepared with whistles, signs and impressive lung capacity, others just seemed to show up.

I realized marching that this isn’t the 70’s and social progress isn’t about the strength of your chants. From Egypt to Daley plaza in 2011 it is just about showing up. Young people especially are filling the proverbial and physical squares around the world, and whether or not they are chanting something, they are all saying we have something to say.

There are a number of ominous budgets cuts headed to Congress right now. Everything from Planned Parenthood to PBS to Americorps is being threatened. You don’t need to practice slogans from the 70’s to support these causes. It is 2011, folks. Update your Facebook status, tweet it, blog it, sign an on-line letter campaign, text a donation, or just show up. As for me, I’m going to blog my support of for Planned Parenthood and save the chants for when they are really necessary, like the next Justin Bieber concert: “Bieber Fever! Bieber Fever”

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What every woman wants for Christmas: A Calendar of Sexually Empowered Biker Chicks!

What to get the girl (or guy) who has everything? A calendar of sexuallly empowed biker chicks of course! As an extra perk all the proceeds go to the Chicago Women’s Health Center.

The calendar called TyK, (aka Though you Knew), is running for its third year. The calendar’s goal is to “empower women by helping them regain ownership of their sexuality, in whatever form they choose to have it manifest.”  It features real bikers who are really sexy.

Buy your feministy friend on today!

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One Day Left to Voice Your Vote!

Chicago Voter Registration Guide

Image from Huffington Post

 

Since Chicago’s 20-year incumbent Mayor Daley announced he would not seek re-election in 2011, the Feb 11th mayor election’s volume has been turned on high with speculation of who will run, who Chicago wants to run and how the city will function without the outbursts of the Daley Machine. The buzz has been so great that until recent weeks it drowned out the increasing uncomfortably tight races for senate and governor. In this traditionally blue state, the reds are leading by about 3% in both races. It is no surprise that the races have not been clean and many constituents are fed up with the negative campaign ads and personal jabs. Yet this is an election that not only decides the color of the state but could also affect universal health care, stimulus for the economy and, an issue permanently tattooed on Chicagoan’s minds, taxes.

Early Voting

For those Chicagoans not thrilled at the idea of spending their Tuesdays in line at local churches, libraries and schools across the city, city offered two early voting options. Residents could request an absentee ballot and to mail in before the Election Day. Unfortunately a glitch in the Illinois Democratic Coordinated Campaign’s plan to get voters to send in absentee ballots may have done more harm that good. Check out the Chicagoist story for the full story: http://chicagoist.com/2010/10/28/glitch_on_absentee_ballot_may_disen.php

Chicagoans also had the option of voting early this year and, as evident by the lines at libraries across the city last Saturday, many took advantage of the option. Early voting ended Thursday 30 October 2010.  Those who didn’t cast their votes by Thursday will join the masses at the polls on Tuesday 2 November 2010.

The Big Day: 2 November 2010

Rather shockingly The Board of Election Commissioner for the City of Chicago has an easily navigable and widely helpful website for residents http://www.chicagoelections.com/. Registered voters can look up their polling location at the following address: http://www.chicagoelections.com/voterinfo.php. Regrettably the ease stops there for residents not registered to vote. Those who missed the 26 Oct 2010 “grace period” for registering to vote will not be able to vote in the 2 November election.

 The Big Races: Senator and Governor

Although not always the most unbiased source of news, The Chicago Tribune has a great Election Center website for voters looking for some last minute updates or background on candidates. http://elections.chicagotribune.com/. The website includes recent polls, past articles and bio of each candidate with helpful information such as political party, current job and campaign website along with some less helpful information such as marital status and number of children.

As of 25 October 2010, Republican candidates led Democratic candidates by 3% in the Senate Race and 4% in the governor race. With a 6 or 7% undecided population in each poll, these races are so close you can see purple.

Not so big Races

Along with the biggies, Illinois residents are voting for state representatives, the Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer and Comptroller. For bios on the candidates and links to their campaign website see the Chicago Tribune Election Center.

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In addition to hiring officials, residents will also get to vote if they want the right to fire the big dog aka the Governor. After the Blagojevich scandal, an amendment has been put on the ballot that would give residents the option of recalling the governor via a special election after support from House and Senate. For more information on this amendment see this Examiner article:

http://www.examiner.com/news-events-in-chicago/november-2010-election-includes-constitution-amendment-to-recall-governor

Looking Forward

Luckily if Chicagoans are disappointed with the results of the 2 November election or if they just miss all the negative pointless political ads, there will be three more politically-charged months ahead for the city. Mark your calendars for the 11 February 2011 Mayoral Election. This one will be a doozy!

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Work/Life Balance…WTF does that even mean?

The polls are in! Women today are unhappier than they were in the 1950’s. After fire pits ablaze with bras, equal opportunity employment, a female candidate for president (and vice president…well kind of), the glorious invention of tampons (and later the whispered-about “keeper”), the legalization of abortion, and the sexual liberation in the form of birth control, illicit drugs and Madonna, women today are officially (according to one study: http://www.nber.org/papers/w14969 ) unhappier than their penis-laden counterparts.

 Some naysayers of gender equality have used this handy little report to try to shove a big fat “I told you so” in the scrunched up (and prematurely wrinkled) faces of distraught feminists everywhere. “Try to have it all,” they sneer, “and you will end up miserable.” But although the appeal of a simple “return to family values” may seem like the quickest easiest solution, we all know that era is dead and gone and really didn’t work so well in the first place. It is time to usher in a new era of family values which may or may not include 2.5 kids, a dad (or partner) and hopefully a mommy not on the edge of a nervous breakdown, who has it all or at least has everything she needs to be a happy woman.  

 As Elizabeth Gilbert reports for the oh-so-Oprah magazine (http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/wayoflife/05/03/o.well.lived.life.key/index.html?hpt=Mid), women’s increased unhappiness may indeed be because of increased freedom and a surplus of possibilities available to women today; but all this potential is not the doomsday scenario traditionalists make it out to be but rather a ginomous learning curve for women everywhere.  

 “We don’t have centuries of educated, autonomous female role models to imitate here (there were no women quite like us until very recently),” writes Gilbert. “So nobody has given us a map.

As a result, we each race forth blindly into this new maze of limitless options.”

 Without a map there a bound to be a few missteps along the way, one of the biggest is the “having it all” or more preciously “doing it all…perfectly” syndrome.

 No matter how many extra hours we put into work, we will occasionally miss that report deadline. No matter how many times we read Green Eggs and Ham to sleepy children, one night we will burn the casserole and order pepperoni pizza from Dominoes’. No matter how much we try to get up at 6 a.m. and go to that yoga class, we will still gain 5 pounds around the holidays and not fit into our pants.

 In the bigger picture, we may sacrifice a promotion for a family or a family for a promotion. We will prioritize what we want in life and some things for the sake of time and sanity will be cut. What we must do is not look at the cutting room floor and mourn what is there, but instead look at our full complete lives and thank the feminist gods of that we were allowed to choose what we filled our limitless lives with.

 Gilbert wraps up her article beautifully will this simple advice:

“Blow it all catastrophically, in fact, and then start over with good cheer. This is what we all must learn to do, for this is how maps get charted — by taking wrong turns that lead to surprising passageways that open into spectacularly unexpected new worlds. So just march on. Future generations will thank you — trust me — for showing the way, for beating brave new footpaths out of wonky old mistakes. Fall flat on your face if you must, but please, for the sake of us all, do not stop. Map your own life.”

 Mapping your own life is easier said than done. For a little help with this life-long project, come to the Younger Women’s Task Force Spring Educational Event about work/life balance tonight May 27th, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at the Y USA, 101 N. Wacker. The young women of YWTF along with speaker Sue Mackey will lead the group into answering this “wtf is work/life” question as well as creating a rough draft for participants’ maps into their new and limitless futures.  For more information of the event, please visit Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=124789837539729&ref=ts or email ywtf.chicago@gmail.com or see the flyer: YWTF_Spring_Event_Flyer 

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A Beauty Pageant by any other name is still a waste of everyone’s time: Why the “new” Miss Wicker Park Pageant Sucks

According to an interview by the RedEye, Miss Wicker Park beauty pageant creator Rich Seng’s motives are pure. “My highest motive is the philosophical idea that society can benefit from a return to beauty,” said Seng. (Read the complete RedEye article here: http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/redeye/2010/05/beauty-contest-a-walk-in-the-park.html)

After a quick glance at the rules of the pageant though, it is evident that beauty must fit in a 21-36 single female box of beauty. And after glancing over the “contestants” profiles, the true motive of the pageant appears to be one big American Apparel ad.

As a rule of thumb (or middle finger as the case may be), old school feminists have been against the very notion of a beauty pageant. But with the pointy-toe high heels of the third wave comes new acceptance for things girls and pretty including the occasional beauty pageant. But as we try to reinvent ourselves with this unstable mixture of Rosie the Riveter and Megan Fox, let us not forget that even a beauty pageant located in the heart of everything cool and “alternative” is still a beauty pageant. It is still defining beauty by the evening gown a 21-36 year old single woman wears.

If it is real beauty – of a person, of a society, of a talent, of a soul- that Mr. Seng is looking for than he certainly can not limit himself to the restrictions of 21-36 single women who are willing to upload their image to a Facebook-esque beauty pageant site. The point of this revolutionary pageant is to give new definitions of beauty. But why restrict who can enter and where beauty can be found. The truth is you can’t define beauty particularly when it is pranced in front of you in evening dresses.

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From Jezebel: 5 Things Every Girl Should Do Alone (plus a few more I threw in there)

According to an article on jezebel.com (http://jezebel.com/5494785/5-things-every-woman-should-do-alone-at-least-once) there are 5 things every girl (single or otherwise engaged) should do alone at some point in her life. I’ve created my own list of 5 things every Chicago girl should do alone!

5 Things a Girl Should Do Alone in Her Life

1. Eat Out Alone: Whether is is sashimi or a philly steak sandwich, a girl has got to eat. So why not treat yourself to a meal free from any one else’s picky eating habits. Bring a book, the New Yorker, or just your own marvelous company.

2. Go to the Movies: Without having to worry what your friend’s will think of your NEED to see the Twilight saga, go to the movies, sit where you want, eat that giant bucket of popcorn by yourself and enjoy!

3. See a Rock Show: Maybe your friends don’t have an appreciation for hard-core Christian Rock like you do, maybe no one else wants to see the reunion tour of Ace of Base (a girl can dream), either way go rock out by yourself and know no one is judging your sweet Jersey Shore dance moves.

4. Travel: Morocco or Miami? Toronto or Trinidad? London or Lithuania? Wherever you go, traveling alone means never having to say “Sorry I just threw up on your lap,” or “Sorry but I just can’t see one more Roman Catholic Church from the 17th century no matter what saint got his head chopped off there.”

As long as you are stocked with sugary treats and "Gone with the Wind" on audio, road trippin' it by yourself is the perfect get-away

5. Take a Road Trip: Armed with a passenger seat full of junk food and your very own personalized mixed cd, road tripping it by yourself can be enlightening, rewarding and occasionally constipating (go easy on the Doritos and throw in an apple every 100 miles).

Five more Things Every Chicago Woman Should do Alone

1. Visit the Art Institute on free Thursday nights. One never does really know what to say to a friend at the Art Institute besides “Boy that van Gogh sure knew his shit.” Take out the need for clever, artsy observations and you’ve got yourself a night full of art and free of pretension. Check out the AI newest exhibits on their website: http://www.artic.edu/aic/

2. Take in a comedy show. This is Chicago; home of second city, SNL legends and more free comedy than should be legally allowable. A single gal can mix right into the comedy crowd in Chicago; just get yourself a PBR and a corner table and let yourself be entertained. Here are just a few of the comedy venues throughout the city:
Second City: http://www.secondcity.com/
Lincoln Lodge: http://www.thelincolnlodge.com/
IO Theater: http://chicago.ioimprov.com/
Every Tuesday Beat Kitchen has an underground comedy show: http://www.beatkitchen.com/calendar.htm
Lake Shore Theater: http://www.lakeshoretheater.com/default.aspx

3. Take Guitar Lessons… or pottery classes, or learn to sketch or learn to make jewelry; just take a class by yourself in Chicago. Walking into class not even knowing how to hold a guitar is an surprisingly exciting feeling. Embrace all that you don’t know and try something totally different. Below are a few recommendations but let your spirit animal guide you to your creative outlet.
Music lessons: Old Towne School of Music http://www.oldtownschool.org/strummer/
Art: Lill Street Art Center http://www.lillstreet.com/
Pottery: http://comeplaywithclay.com/

Learning G can make your hand cramp, but taking a class by yourself unleashes all that creative power you thought you lost in 2nd grade art class

4. Go to a bar…yes alone. Go check out that corner pub you have always wanted to go to but isn’t your usual “scene.” Get a beer, a martini, a wine spritzer and chill out.
Personal favorite sitting alone bar: Towne Hall Pub in Boytown http://www.myspace.com/townhallpub

5. Try a stranger’s “mingler.” This one could also be interpreted as “don’t go on Match.com” single ladies. The principle behind the mingler is no one knows each other and every one wants to get to know a stranger. Through food, a few ice breakers and probably some wine, strangers in Chicago become friends, business partners and, yes, dates. One chicago enterpenuer has set up her own mingler site: http://macncheeseproductions.com/Minglers.html. There are also more official networking versions of the mingler through YNPN: http://www.ynpnchicago.org/s/269/start.aspx

The message of the story ladies is this, you should really be able to do anything you want to do alone. This world if filled with an infinite amount of gloriously single-appropriate opportunities; don’t miss out just because you didn’t have the right date for the occasion!

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