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Portrait of Jason, Lowline Market & Riot Fest giveaway
Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Hey Music Boxers,

This Wednesday, May 29th at 7:00pm, we’re pleased to host the Northwest Chicago Film Society, in conjunction with Reeling and Black Cinema House, as they present Portrait of Jason. Originally scheduled at the Portage Theater, this 1967 film is an “essential document of one queer, black man’s adventures in crazy, pre-Stonewall America”. Tickets will be $5 each and sold in cash at the door only beginning at 6pm on the day of the screening.

In other Lakeview news, next Thursday, June 6th will mark the opening of the Low Line Market. Come to the Southport L Station for a special opening night celebration and ribbon cutting. Here are the details: *LOW LINE MARKET
Opening Night Celebration
Thursday, June 6th
4:00 PM
Southport L Station, West Entrance
Ribbon Cutting – Tour – Vendor Meet & Greet*
Visit LowLineMarket.com for more info

And finally, the Summer Music Film Festival will run at the Music Box June 28-July 2nd, 2013 with over ten films dedicated to music! Here is your chance to stay in the know about all the happenings, when tickets go on sale, after-parties, pre-parties, and free stuff, LIKE FREE TICKETS TO RIOT FEST 2013! Visit the Music Box Blog for more information. Riot Fest ticket winners will be announced Friday, so sign up for you chance to win today!

Tuesday, May 28th – Monday, June 3rd, 2013

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Northwest Chicago Film Society presents: Portrait of Jason

Presented by the Northwest Chicago Film Society, co-presented with Reeling and Black Cinema House. Chicago restoration premiere.

The Northwest Chicago Film Society exists to promote the preservation of film in context. Films capture the past uniquely. They hold the stories told by feature films, but also the stories of the industries that produced them, the places where they were exhibited, and the people who watched them. We believe that all of this history–not just of film, but of 20th century industry, labor, recreation, and culture–is more intelligible when it’s grounded in unsimulated experience: seeing a film in a theater, with an audience, and projected from film stock.

This screening was originally scheduled to screen at the Portage Theatre at 7:30pm but has been rescheduled and moved due to unforeseen circumstances.

Portrait of Jason

A film by Shirley Clarke


An essential document of one queer, black man’s adventures in crazy, pre-Stonewall America.

“Says more about race, class and sexuality than just about any movie before or since.”
–Melissa Anderson, Village Voice

Armed with an Éclair 16mm camera and the most basic sound and lighting equipment, Shirley Clarke and her small crew holed up in her Chelsea Hotel apartment for twelve hours with hustler, cabaret mainstay, and seasoned raconteur Jason Holliday. They emerged with some kind of masterpiece.

Before the camera, Holliday (né Aaron Payne of Trenton, New Jersey) spins the most rambunctious autobiography imaginable. Mixing treasured routines, dirty jokes, guilt-free confessions, and bullshit revelations, Holliday lies through his teeth to create the performance of a lifetime.

Newly restored by Milestone Films and the Academy Film Archive after an exhaustive search for the best surviving materials and a highly publicized Kickstarter campaign, Portrait of Jason remains an essential document of one queer, black man’s adventures in crazy, pre-Stonewall America.


Wed, May 29 7:00pm

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