Tomorrow: Cure Violence with #Belonging

On Thursday, August 18, at 7 p.m. join Shytown Sugar Films at the Hairpin Arts Center for a night of #Belonging. A unique lineup of artists tackles “very real societal issues and in doing so, invites the audience to take an unfiltered look at how belonging looks different when diversity comes into play.”

#Belonging’s dynamic line-up includes: Comedy by Aaron Chase; Spoken word by poets TGoddess & Trinity; Live music by 21H2, a short film block with Tarleton-Dawn Productions award winning “Karen”, Lomai’s “Black Dude Lives”, world premiere of Sarah Falkiner’s “White Female”; and the world premiere of Tommy Sigmon’s 10-minute stage play, “Backward Lament”. The evening will be hosted by Senyah Haynes, “just a sista in the struggle…”

Doors open at 7:00 PM, and tickets are $20.00, available at Eventbrite; there is a cash/electronic payment bar on site.The Hairpin Arts Center is located on the second floor of 2810 North Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60618.  All proceeds from sales will benefit the nonprofit, Cure Violence Global, a Chicago-based organization that helps communities to reduce violence by using credible messengers to interrupt conflicts and change the behaviors of people at highest risk.

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Maureen Kelleher

Chicago Unheard blog manager Maureen Kelleher also serves as a senior writer and editor at brightbeam, a nonprofit network of education activists demanding a better education and brighter future for every child. Before joining the brightbeam team, she spent a decade as a reporter, blogger and policy analyst. Her work has been published across the education world, from Education Week to the Center for American Progress. A former high school English teacher, she is also the proud mom of a middle-schooler. Find her on Twitter at @KelleherMaureen.

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