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Homocore 25 events Nov. 2-4 at dfbrl8r Gallery
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Homocore Chicago's 25th Anniversary, a queer punk retrospective exhibit with performances, videos and artifacts of the 90's queer and punk scenes in Chicago will be at Defibrillator Gallery, 1463 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, Thursday, Nov. 2, 5-10 p.m., with opening event featuring Thalia Zedek ( Come, Live Skull, Uzi ).

On Friday, Nov. 3, 2-11 p.m., with early evening music set by Scott Free with Jenny Urban. Saturday, Nov. 4, Noon-11 p.m. with 2 p.m. panel on 1990s Queerpunk and evening closing party w DJ Larissa.

In the 1990's an event called Homocore Chicago created a regular night that brought queer punks and their friends together in spaces like Czar Bar, The Fireside Bowl and The Empty Bottle to meet, have fun, and listen to a wide variety of live punk music. November 13th 1992 saw their first show featuring Toronto's Fifth Column featuring film director, zinester and illustrator G.B. Jones - one of the first founders of the queer punk scene.

Homocore's last show on May 20, 2000 included a G.B. Jones film retrospective and the first Chicago performance of Le Tigre. In between, Homocore Chicago presented performance from acts including: Vaginal Davis, Tribe 8, Bikini Kill, Come, Pansy Division, Los Crudos, Team Dresch, Sleater Kinney, Shellac, Trenchmouth ( with a young Fred Armisen ), The Prophets of Rage ( with a young Dan Sinker ), Scott Free Trio, God is My Co-Pilot, The Flying Luttenbachers, Excuse 17, Lois, Glen Meadmore, MDC, Behead the Prophet No Lord Shall Live, 3rd Sex, Scissor Girls, Harum Scarum, The Butchies and The Need.

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the first Homocore Chicago show, Defibrillator Gallery is presenting a one weekend only retrospective exhibit of Homocore Chicago artifacts including posters, newsletters, T Shirts, archival videos, photography and artwork.

The Thursday night opening party features a performance by Thalia Zedek, who played Homocore at the Empty Bottle in the early 90s with Come.

Friday night features a set by Homolatte's Scott Free with Jenny Urban. Scott played numerous Homocore shows through the 90s with his band, The Scott Free Trio.

Saturday Afternoon at 2 there will be a panel on the 90's queer and punk scenes in the Midwest with trans activist Ed Varga of Homocore Minneapolis, Martin Sorrondeguy of Los Crudos and Limp Wrist, Jane Danger of Three Dollar Bill, Scott Free of the Scott Free Trio, photographer, gallery director and early Homocore volunteer Chris Kellner, and Joanna Brown and Mark Freitas, founders of Homocore Chicago. The panel will be moderated by Liam Warfield, who is completing book that is a companion the movie Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution.

For more information contact Joanna Brown, email:

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