Showing Up: An Ode to Black Mutual Aid, Parties, and Pleasure

Honey Pot Performance CBSCM Event

May 18, 2024


First Church of the Brethren
425 S Central Pk Blvd
Chicago, IL 60624



This event is presented by Illinois Humanities grantee partner Honey Pot Performance.

The Chicago Black Social Culture Map (CBSCM) project is proud to present the inaugural event of our highly anticipated new season, "Showing Up: An Ode to Black Mutual Aid, Parties, and Pleasure". This event will feature artistic performances, engaging panel discussions, on-site archiving (schedule an appointment), and conclude with a vibrant dance party led by Chicago’s own, world-renowned DJ DUANE POWELL, all taking place at the historic First Church of the Brethren, where Dr. Martin Luther King’s completed residency during the Chicago Freedom Movement.

This event honors the resilience of Chicago’s Black social communities' ability to “show up” and support each other through celebrations, gatherings, and mutual aid networks. We also recognize the profound role that Black social dance, culture, pleasure, and joy have in fostering community, sustainability, and growth. The event will showcase legendary Black social clubs from the 80s and 90s including First Fridays, 601 Productions, and PG Productions, to contemporary initiatives like Party Noire, the pop-up project Dirty Laundry, and Chicago’s roller skating community.

Honey Pot Performance CBSCM Event

Schedule of Events

  • 2:15 p.m.: Welcome
  • 2:30 - 3:00 p.m.: Performance: Poet and Founder of Front Porch Arts Center, Keli Stewart
  • 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.: Panel 1: 80s/90s Black Social Clubs
    Moderator: Pam Taylor (PG Productions)
    Panelists: Howard Brookins, Jr (601 Productions), Curtis McDaniels (601 Productions), Earl Caldwell (First Fridays)
  • 4:20 - 5:20 p.m.: Panel 2: Critical Collectives: Building Community, Embracing Pleasure
    Moderator: Special Guest
    Panelists: Sylvia and Augie Emuwa (Dirty Laundry), Dr. Nick Alder (Party Noire)
  • 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.: Dance Party with DJ Duane Powell
  • 2:00 - 7:00 p.m.: Community Archiving Day with CBSCM (schedule an appointment) - Bring your flyers, fashion, photos, stories, and other artifacts representing Chicago’s social culture. Our team will be on-site to digitize artifacts, record oral histories, and demonstrate how to use and add entries to the Chicago Black Social Culture Map site.
  • Special Performance: Poet and Founder of Front Porch Arts Center, Keli Stewart!
About Honey Pot Performance

Honey Pot Performance is a creative collaborative chronicling Afro-feminist and Black diasporic subjectivities amidst the pressures of contemporary global life. Honey Pot Performance enlists modes of creative expressivity to examine the nuances of human relationships including the ways we negotiate identity, belonging and difference in our lives and cultural memberships. For more on Honey Pot Performance– visit

About Chicago Black Social Culture Map–A Honey Pot Performance Initiative

A collaboration between Honey Pot Performance, the Modern Dance Music Research and Archiving Foundation, Actively Archiving, and a team of local cultural historians and cultural producers, the Chicago Black Social Cultural Map exists to preserve Chicago's black social cultural lineage - past, present, and future - through an experience that is both fun and informative.

The Chicago Black Social Culture Map (CBSCM) archive is designed by Honey Pot Performance (HPP) to reach a wide demographic, from the casually curious to academic experts. The archive documents the lived experiences of Black Chicagoans from the Great Migration through the rise of House music, giving this chronically under-documented constituency an opportunity to see their stories and histories represented as written record and archive. The act of creating and sharing the CBSCM archive not only serves to insert this important segment of American history into the official canon, but also engages those whom the archive represents, inviting them to actively help to build and shape this historical record, and increasing their agency from passive audience into participant and history-maker.