Jun 14th 2017

Ace of Cups I

@ Elastic Arts

3429 W Diversey #208, Chicago, IL 60647

Opening Wednesday, June 14th, from 8:30PM - 11:30PM

Abundance, fulfillment, and inner power: the Ace of Cups rejoices in intuition and quenches our thirst with creative energy. The first of a two-part series curated by ambient artist Lykanthea (Lakshmi Ramgopal), ACE OF CUPS I features sounds and words from Mykele Deville, Akenya, Half Gringa, and writer Jade T. Perry. Nourishing us between sets is Alia Ra’naa Walston, who will provide tarot consultations at the bar.

All ages, $10/$5 with current student ID

Rapper Mykele Deville celebrates blackness with performances filled with “yearning, fury, sadness and eventually, a new, difficult-to-pin-down form of hope” (Chicago Tribune). With the release of his EP Peace, Fam and an opening slot for BJ the Chicago Kid, Deville is a steadily rising star in Chicago’s DIY scene: striving, inexorable, and startlingly beautiful.

The music of vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Akenya Seymour lies at the center of a vast Venn diagram with spheres for jazz, hip hop, soul, funk, and classical. Her mastery of genre yields music as delicate as it is commanding, with a growing roster of collaborators that includes Noname, Vijay Iyer, and Chance the Rapper.

Jade T. Perry is a writer, speaker, and co-founder of Mystic Soul. With intricate prose and humorous empathy, her writing makes deep dives into blackness, womanism, and the chronic pain and joy of life before resurfacing with cathartic wisdom.

“…complex, nuanced music that pleases as much as it challenges” (Chicago Tribune): helmed by Izzy Olive, Half Gringa explores Midwestern Latinx selfhood with songs that specialize in the solemn, the wry, and the artfully candid. Posing questions with horns, guitars, and vocals, Half Gringa wants to know: what does it mean to be home when you’re from so many places?

Daughter of Chicago and High Priestess of the stars, Alia Ra’naa Walston dedicates her tarot practice to filling gaps in our self-knowledge with advice on healthful living. She’s the ideal guide for the journey the Fool in each of us makes.

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