You are cordially summoned to “The Coven Classic,” a night of women & femme powered magic presented by Slo ‘Mo Party hosted by Kristen Kaza and Jen Delos Reyes. Immerse yourself in Akenya & Her Coven of musicians covering witches & b#$!s from Grace Jones to Nina Simone, sensory illusions performed by by Jeanette Andrews, the sensual, sonic experience of Audio Jack and visual mysticism of Asrai Garden. Start your evening with treats on Sleeping Village’s patio sold by queer women owned catering company Midwest Methods and tarot services from a variety of the community’s visionaries.
Which witch, b#$!s? Our phenomenal judges are serious about costume commitment. Dress to impress “The Dutchess of Chicago” Darling Shear, Creator of OTV web series “Brujos” Ricardo Gamboa and veteran stylist Brandon Fein. “Which witch” is up to you: Feel free to be expansive in evoking your character, whether a classic dedication or a unique creation. Cash money & prizes are on the line for the most supreme witch! Need ideas? Follow us on Instagram at @slomoparty for ideas inspo over the course of October and tag photos #thecovenclassic
For too long the magic of witches, brujas and powerful beings have been repressed, destroyed or denied. “The Coven Classic” is a celebration of the witch within, especially uplifting the queer, trans, femme, black and brown healers and vibe dealers of our community. Our mission is also to affirm the importance of inclusive, holistic health care: A portion of proceeds will be given to Chicago Volunteer Doulas, a birth justice organization providing comprehensive doula support with a focus on vulnerable communities in the Chicagoland area. We will share ways to access and support CVD and other sliding scale holistic health care & healing providers leading up to and at the event.
Sleeping Village is a wheelchair accessible space and gender neutral restrooms will be offered during “The Coven Classic.” The event is 21+ and a fog machine will be used.
SLO ‘MO PARTY: Slo ‘Mo: Slow Jams for Queer Fam is Chicago’s party for lovers with producer Kristen Kaza and resident DJ Audio Jack, playing R&B, soul, hip hop, jazz and funk from the seventies to today. Slo ‘Mo is a party that unites people of all identities, bodies and expressions through the celebration of slow jams and LGBTQ+ community and takes place third Thursdays at the Whistler.
AKENYA: Akenya is a multi-genre singer, pianist, composer, and arranger. Her music places a strong emphasis on jazz and incorporates elements of hip-hop, funk, pop, classical, and world music. A proud Chicago native, Akenya has performed and recorded with some of the city’s leading artists such as Smino, Saba, and Grammy award winning Chance the Rapper. In 2016, Akenya joined forces with emerging rapper Noname, appearing on her acclaimed debut album Telefone and touring as her musical director and opening act in Europe, the Middle East, and North America.
JEANETTE ANDREWS: Hailed as one of the most innovative illusionists today, Jeanette Andrews is a contemporary magician and artist who specializes in creating interactive sensory illusions, possessing a contemplative take on the art of the impossible. She specializes in working with arts organizations, including sold-out and standing-room-only crowds at Chicago Ideas Week, the International Museum of Surgical Science, and Birmingham Museum of Art and commissioned works for the
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
AUDIO JACK: A native Chicagoan, Jack has performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art, SOHO House, Google Chicago, Thalia Hall, Chicago Athletic Association, Navy Pier, the Promontory, Metro, Chicago’s Pride Parade, Ace Hotel Chicago and more. Drawing upon a lifetime of passion and appreciation for music, art, and cinema – Audio Jack brings a unique thoughtfulness to their resident party Slo ‘Mo.