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Oct
2
6:00 PM18:00

"Rebellious Mourning" Book Tour with author Cindy Milstein

"This intimate, moving, and timely collection of essays points the way to a world in which the burden of grief is shared, and pain is reconfigured into a powerful force for social change and collective healing.”—Astra Taylor, author of The People’s Platform

“A primary message here is that from tears comes the resolve for the struggle ahead.”—Ron Jacobs, author of Daydream Sunset

“Rebellious Mourning uncovers the destruction of life that capitalist development leaves in its trail. But it is also witness to the power of grief as a catalyst to collective resistance.”—Silvia Federici, author of Caliban and the Witch

We can bear almost anything when it is worked through collectively. Grief is generally thought of as something personal and insular, but when we publicly share loss and pain, we lessen the power of the forces that debilitate us, while at the same time building the humane social practices that alleviate suffering and improve quality of life for everyone. Addressing tragedies from Fukushima to Palestine, incarceration to eviction, AIDS crises to border crossings, and racism to rape, the intimate yet tenacious writing in this volume shows that mourning can pry open spaces of contestation and reconstruction, empathy and solidarity. With contributions from Claudia Rankine, Sarah Schulman, David Wojnarowicz, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, David Gilbert, and thirty-two others. Also includes a 32-page color insert featuring artists like Jet Chalk, Oree Originol, Melanie Cervantes and Jesus Barraza, and more.

Cindy Milstein is the author of Anarchism and Its Aspirations, co-author of Paths toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism, and editor of the anthology Taking Sides: Revolutionary Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism

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Oct
12
6:00 PM18:00

20 hour street medic training (free!)

Protest Street Medic Training
No prior training or experience required!

Friday, October 12 from 6p-10pm, October 13 and 14 from 10am-6pm

To attend this training, you must fill out the google form below. If you are having trouble opening or using it, or have any questions at all, feel free to message us!

https://goo.gl/forms/y44Bekz4wWknxzaJ2

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Nov
17
12:00 PM12:00

FYGN Fest

F.Y.G.N. FEST is an all-ages, day-long art/music/performance festival at Between Two Ferns. This event will empower artists whose identities are typically underrepresented and misaligned in the DIY scene, including but not limited to trans and cis girls/women/humans, queer and trans guys, nonbinary and gender nonconforming folks, agender folks, gender anarchists, the closeted, the questioning, and everyone else under the wild & wonderful umbrella of queerness.

p.s. this is the follow-up to femme fest
p.p.s. it stands for "fuck yr gender norms"

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Jun
16
3:00 PM15:00

FREE SCHOOL: Intro to Guitar Equipment Workshop: Let's Spice It Up!

Looking to add some new flavors to your playing? Maybe you're just trying get started cooking with guitar and don't know where to begin? Maybe you're experienced and just wanna share some ideas as well as hear perspectives that differ from your own?

Whatever your motivation come on down to Rancho Unicorno where we'll be covering the basics for the equipment you need to make music with guitar! We'll cover terminology, the differences in types of amps and guitars, types of effects, differentiation in setups, and anything else you might wanna know about cookin' up a spicy tone!

This class will be geared towards beginners and prepared to the best of my ability such that even if you know nothing going in you can come out knowing at least enough to understand the language and set you on your way! Plenty of live examples will be given to help you understand and you'll be given a chance to turn some knobs and pluck some strings yourself if you'd like!

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Jun
2
1:00 PM13:00

You + Me Music Sessions ft. Marcela, Alex Hoyle, Elan Dantus, U Know / I Know

You + Me Music Sessions is the first of a series showcasing diverse and emerging talent in the state of Michigan. This music session is focused on local Kalamazoo artists at the groovin' Coexist Cafe. 

June 2nd, 2018
Coexist Cafe 2901 (located on Westerns Main Campus at Howard St, Kalamazoo)
First performance begins right at 1:00pm and ends at 3:00pm

This event is free for everyone, and donations are highly encouraged! support local!

Showcasing:
Marcela: 
As a singer/songwriter focusing on asymmetrical pop, she has made a name for herself at Kalamazoo College for her unique and soulful voice. This will be her first solo performance showcasing original works to the Kalamazoo community. 

Alex Hoyle: 
As a vocalist and tenor saxophonist, his interest lies in the folk art of hip hop and its ability to blend genre's together to create its form. He is a former member of the Purple Lemurs, is proudly from Kalamazoo MI, and excited to put his city on the map.

Elan Dantus: 
A musician and aspiring audio engineer who recently completed his senior thesis in music production at Kalamazoo College, titled "If I Was." This will be his first live performance in Kalamazoo, showcasing his intricate production and beautiful harmonies.

U Know / I Know:
Based out of Kalamazoo
, MI, the band is comprised of Quintin Sproull, Logan Beck, Josh Moran, and Colin Taber. Blurring the lines between indie and R&B, they play music that is loud, quiet, and somewhere in between.

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Apr
16
6:15 PM18:15

Knots and Tarpology

  • First Congregation Church *(corner of park and michigan in the back lounge) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

 Join us to learn how to rig a tarp for a variety of reasons- everything from sleeping out over night to hosting a group of people outdoors! An alternative to expensive canopies that break when you fold them up! We will begin by learning a few basic knots and then moving out into the park to tie up some tarps. 

If you would like to get a head start on the knots: Clove Hitch, Taught Line Hitch, and Bowline Hitch

These knots are also useful in many other situations such as securing things to roof racks, bike racks, etc...

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Apr
14
4:00 PM16:00

DIT FREE SCHOOL: Accountability Online & IRL

In this discussion, we hope to define the terms "accountability," "call out / call in," "white fragility," "distancing," and "disposability" as they relate to our fight for social justice, discuss effective tactics for calling out & calling in our peers, and discuss how to react when you've been called out or called in.

There will be vegan & gluten free snacks and non-alcoholic beverages!! This is a substance-free event.

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Apr
10
5:00 PM17:00

DIT Freeschool: DIY Merch

Learn how to create merch for your music/art project. BC nothing says P U N K more than a jacket full of hand crafted buttons.

HIGHLIGHTS: screen printing and button making

Supplies will be provided for you to make your own button but feel free to bring your own supplies (paper, photos, markers, glitter, etc). THIS IS DIY !

This is a substance-free event. Don't be a jerk.

DIT Free School is a program put together by members of DIT Kalamazoo. Our mission is to teach, learn, question, and build community through the sharing and love of learning. If you're interested in organizing an event, sharing your skills with others, hosting a discussion, or learning something new, join the DIT FREE SCHOOL group or PM one of its members to get involved.

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Mar
17
2:00 PM14:00

DIT Free School: Zine Workshop

A workshop to show/teach yall how to make zines (in multiple ways) and some of the history behind these great inventions! This is a FREE event but we are asking that if you have any extra materials lying around (i.e paper, magazines, markers, pens etc) that you could bring, them.

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Feb
24
9:00 PM21:00

The Honey Pot (album release!) | Wailsharq | BFF

The Honey Pot has been at it in Kalamazoo for a long time, and their most recent work, Guey, is ready to rock. So let's have a party about it!

https://thehoneypotkzoo.bandcamp.com/

Adding his wonder to this joyous occasion, the fantastically gregarious Wailsharq is gonna come down get down.

The gents in BFF are also gonna lend the ROCK YA DIG?

-Never a cover at the Brew House!
-1-topping pizza $8.00 every night!-
-Respect the performers
-Respect the venue
-Be Excellent To Each Other

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