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CHICAGO - In conversation with Damon Locks of Black Monument Ensamble
CHICAGO - In conversation with Damon Locks of Black Monument Ensamble

Sat, May 04


Ramova Theater

CHICAGO - In conversation with Damon Locks of Black Monument Ensamble

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May 04, 2024, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM CDT

Ramova Theater, 3520 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60609, USA

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(note: There will be limited $5 rush tickets at the door.) 


Award-winning graphic novelist James Spooner and comes to Chicago Humanities for a chat on punk, comics and Black Identity with Damon Locks.

James Spooner is a prominate member in the Black punk community. His works include the seminal documentary Afro-Punk (2003), creation of the Afro Punk Festival, and a graphic memoir, The High Desert. In this book, Spooner shares his experience being Black in small-town California and finding salvation in punk music, winning the American Library Association Alex Award and the Cartoonist Studio Prize. The artist and activist returns as an editor for his latest book, Black Punk Now. This anthology shares the voices and stories from the Black punk community. It is filled with contemporary nonfiction, fiction, illustrations and comics that collectively describe punk today and give punks—especially the Black ones—a wider frame of reference.

Damon Locks is a Chicago-based visual artist, educator, vocalist/musician. Since 2014 he has been working with the Prison and Neighborhood Arts Project at Stateville Correctional Center teaching art. He spent 4 years as an artist in residence as a part of the Museum of Contemporary Arts’ SPACE Program, introducing civically engaged art into the curriculum at Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy High School. He currently teaches Improvisation in the Sound Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Damon leads the Black Monument Ensemble, is a member of New Future City Radio, Exploding Star Orchestra and co-founded the band The Eternals.

A book signing will follow this program.

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