CHICAGO — Over 34 million individuals across the globe are living with HIV and over 25 million individuals across the globe have passed away from AIDS-related complications from HIV. For the past 25 years, a community of activists, artists, and supporters has gathered on December 1, to remember those who have gone before us and lend support to those who are living with the disease.
On December 1, 2013, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Center on Halsted and Class C Entertainment will be hosting a "mini-movie marathon" featuring three HIV-related films: "Bumming Cigarettes," "CHANGE," and "Black Is, Black Ain't."
At 6:00 p.m., Center on Halsted will host "Spoken Stories," a celebration of the distance we have come, recognition of how far we still have to go, and a eulogic remembrance of those who have gone before their time.
This blending of open mic and featured performers will bring a unique and exciting line up of storytellers, musicians, poets, and performers to the stage in the Hoover-Leppen Theater at Center on Halsted, providing the audience with a space to hear stories of triumph, hardship, learning and strength.
Featured performers will be presenting work of their own creation, and work of an artist who has passed from complications related to HIV, giving a voice to those who are no longer around to speak up for themselves. Sign up for the open mic performances will begin at 5:00 p.m. in the Reception Hall outside the theater. The audience is encouraged to bring their own stories, memories, poetry, songs, or performance to share
A reception afterwards will provide the audience and artists an opportunity to engage in dialogue inspired by the work presented, surrounded by visual artwork by Dan Anthon, Art Therapist Consultant at Center on Halsted. The art exhibit is titled, "Between Fear and Hope: One Man's 25 year Reflection on HIV/AIDS Through the Lens of His Own Artistry."
The event is hosted and curated by Tim'm T. West, Duane Quintana and Ozzie Totten. Tickets are free and open to the public.
Center on Halsted will be doing HIV Testing from 8:00am on December 1 to 2:00am on December 2.
About Class 'C' Entertainment
Class 'C' Entertainment is a special event planning company founded to create entertainment events for a previously under-served audience of LGBT Women of Color. We strive to provide a classy alternative to the mainstream amusement outlets among our peers. Our main focus is to promote visibility, ensure inclusion of and give attention to films written, produced and directed by lesbian filmmakers of color. For more information, visit www.classceechicago.com
About Center on Halsted
Center on Halsted is the largest, most comprehensive community center in the Midwest dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the LGBTQ community in Chicago. The vision of the organization is a thriving LGBTQ community living powerfully in supportive, inclusive environments. For more information, visit www.centeronhalsted.org .