Youth art, Slo ‘Mo, and more

Summer is coming to a close, duck Yollocalli Arts Reach, the free youth arts education program offered through the National Museum of Mexican Art, is looking back at another hot one in the city with an exhibition. See what mediums, styles, and ideas have been captivating Pilsen kids this season at Jardin Malinalli (2800 S. Ridgeway), a community garden located across the street from Yollocalli’s main offices in Little Village. The work of Yollocalli’s summer workshop participants will be on view today from 4-6 PM. (MC)

Slo ‘Mo, a popular party that leans heavily on R&B, funk, and disco, is celebrating 11 years of femme-focused queer dancing. The celebration kicks off at Sleeping Village (3734 W. Belmont) at 8 PM with a mezcal tasting hosted by Del Maguey. Then Your Godmutha Tristen and Party Mom Kristen take the mike as Lovenloops and Vitigrrl take over the DJ booth to get people moving and grooving. Food will be available all night from a Taylor’s Tacos pop-up. Note that Sleeping Village is wheelchair accessible throughout, but party planners have dedicated wheelchair space by the sound booth. Tickets are available on a sliding scale ($10-$20), and 10% of sales will benefit the SmallWORLD collective. Proof of vaccination is required, but masks are not–although they’re highly encouraged. So much so, that you can request one at the venue! If you have more accessibility questions, reach out to slomoparty@gmail.com. Must be 21 or older. (MC)

Staff music writer Leor Galil recently wrote about Morir y Renacerthe debut LP by the Chicago Research duo Conjunto Primitivo that combines reggaeton with industrial music. Tonight they’re having their record release party at Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western), and they’ll be joined by electronic musicians Jenniferfauxxpez, Don Crescendo, and Otra Dek, who’s rumored to be DJing alongside Sard. (It’s not really a rumor; the Detroit transplant announced it on his Instagram two days ago.) The show starts at 10 PM, and costs $10. You’ll want to buy in advance or get there early, though; this is a powerful night of industrial-influenced electronic music that’s going to unite multiple scenes! Must be 21 or over with proof of vaccination. (MC)

Curious Theater Branch, purveyors of the annual and indispensable Rhino Fest, offers Back at the House: With or Without Roommates, a sampler platter of three new two-character plays by cofounders Jenny Magnus and Beau O’Reilly, as well as Myle Yan Tay, at Jimmy Beans’s cozy upstairs space. In O’Reilly’s Benny and Margaret Say Goodbye, directed by Side Project founder Adam Webster, a longtime couple “fess up and face off.” Magnus’s The Personal (which she also directs), stars her husband and child, Stefan and Lena Brün, and involves two people in a room, where, “like coterminous spheres, they float around each other, overlapping.” And Yan Tay’s Fandom delves into gamer culture (the playwright directs). It opens tonight at 8 PM and runs Fri-Sat 8 PM through 8/20 at Jimmy Beans, 2553 W. Fullerton; tickets are $15 or pay what you can through brownpapertickets.com. There is also an accessible performance scheduled for Sun 8/21 at 3 PM at the Facility Theatre, 1138 N. California; tickets for that are also $15 or pay what you can at the door. (KR)

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