Get Up, Get Out: January 30th to February 6th

by: In Our Words Staff


Featured Image: The cast of Same Sex, Different Gays, Image Above, information for Out At CHM Event, 50 Shades of Blues

Get Up, Get Out is a weekly calendar of LGBTQueer/live lit/often socially minded/always fun events in The Windy City.  If you of any we missed, please add them in the comments below or e-mail them to us at

Wednesday, January 29th

  • D.Scott Miller Lecture on “Afro-Surrealist Manifesto, 4:30 pm, The Leroy Neiman Center, 36 South Wabash (on  School of the Art Institute Campus) 

From the Facebook event:

The student group BaSAIC (Black at SAIC) will host a lecture with San Francisco-based writer and performer, D. Scot Miller, author of “Afro-Surreal Manifesto: Black is the New Black.” The event will take place in the Leroy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave on Wednesday, January 30 at 4:30pm.

This lecture is in connection with the Afro-Surrealist group exhibition: “Marvelous Freedom/Vigilance of Desire, Revisited” at the Arcade Gallery, Columbia College Chicago. (January 28 – March 15, 2013)

  • Subject to Change presents: Mx. QSA, 9 pm, The Burlington, 3425 West Fullerton 

I think you already heard about this, ahem.

  • BANJEE REPORT: First Edition Mixtape Release Party, 10pm, Smart Bar, 3730 North Clark

A party, a podcast, and now a mixtape, the Banjee Report is a force that is neither trifled with nor ignored.  Celebrate their first mixtape’s release with DJ sets and dancing.

Thursday, January 31st

  • Out at The Chicago History Museum- Fifty Shades of Blues: Song, Soul, and Sexuality, 7pm, Chicago History Museum 1601 North Clark 

From the CHM events page:

In the 1920s and 1930s, pioneering musicians like Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey used suggestive lyrics and tongue-in-cheek performances to express their fluid sexuality. In this program, Sharon Bridgforth and Dr. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones use conversation and live performance to consider how race, gender, and class played important roles in developing this complex musical form. Performer Katherine Davis and her trio sing blues favorites during the complimentary pre-program cocktail reception (5:30) .  $15, $10 members and students

  • #Cult: Final Edition with Brooke Candy, How To Dress Well, Body Work, Jesse St. John, 10pm, Berlin, 954 West  Belmont

It is the end of a very freaky (often in the best ways) three year era.  Send off Cult in the funkiest, chunkiest, 90esque, dystonpian manner.  Celebrate a night that always managed to bring out all kinds of things from all kinds of folks.


Saturday, February 2nd

  • You’re Being Ridiculous: Happy Effin Holidays, 7:30, Mary’s Attic, 5400 North Clark

You think the only winter holidays have to do with menorahs, babies, and pan-African unity?  Think again, because we have Valentines, Presidents’, and many more to talk about.  Come watch some fine comedic storytelling, especially in the case of the friend of the site Dana Norris.

  • Same Sex, Different Gays: Musical Tales of Relationships, 9:30 pm, pH Theater, 1515 West Berwyn

From pH productions website:

Love, sex, relationships…we’ve all been there. We all have stories to tell. And sometimes the best way to tell those stories is through song! Join pH for our latest original musical sketch comedy show as we explore the ins, outs, tops, and bottoms of gay and lesbian relationships.

Written by a team of three gay men, one lesbian, and two straight folks, Same Sex, Different Gays: Musical Tales of Relationships is a satirical but honest look at the multifaceted world of same sex relationships. From first dates to last calls, breakups to breakdowns, pH’s original songs and comedy bits are as intimate and personal as they are hilarious.

Come see comedy that kicks ass.  Featuring stand-up sets from Caitlin Bergh, Amy Sumpter, Rebecca O’neal, Roberta Miles, and videos by Kevin Fitzpatrick.

Sunday, February 3rd

  • CHUNKS: A One Woman Show, 7 pm, Studio Be, 3110 North Sheffield

From the Facebook event page:

Caitlin Bergh, cast-member at The Lincoln Lodge and founder of The Funny Story Show, will be performing her new one-woman show, CHUNKS, every Sunday in February at Studio Be. The show, which debuted in January to rave audience reviews, details Bergh’s horrifically gross journey to find love as a sexually-repressed, reclusive & obsessive young adult. Coming out of the closet for Bergh is not just about figuring out that she wants to date women; it is about realizing that she is really, truly weird. In a series of charming and uproariously funny stories, Bergh weaves a tale of heartache, tragedy, and, ultimately, self-tolerance.  CHUNKS will feature different top comedians and storytellers as opening acts each night.


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