girlFx is proud to present a very special In The Weeds - "More Than a Party: Rave Culture, Archaic Shamanism and States of Ecstasy." Join us for this enlightening two-part evening, beginning in the Ballroom, where inspired guest speaker Eris Drew guides you through unexplored ideas about dance music, and the cultures surrounding it. Followed by a dance-worthy After Party, spun by Eris herself, at our usual time and place, the Ace Hotel Lobby.
LECTURE: Ace Hotel Ballroom (2nd Floor) /// Doors: 7pm
AFTER PARTY: Ace Hotel Lobby /// 9pm-12am
Both segments are free and open to the public
As always, delightful food and drink specials from Whitfield will be on hand till 1am
More about this special lecture:
Smartbar Chicago resident Eris Drew will explore the concept that raves are something more than mere entertainment for consumption. Participants will discuss rave culture’s planetary role, though an exploration of archaic shamanism, alchemy, and the Mystery at Eleusis. In doing so, we will attempt to understand why raving is such a vital part of our culture, and the manner in which our monotheistic-capitalist-colonialist-male-dominated society has attempted to subjugate rave culture to it's own prerogatives.
Eris Drew is a DJ, musician and trans mystic. She is a resident at Chicago's Smart Bar and co-founded Hugo Ball, the club's long-running polysexual Dada-inspired dance party. Eris is known for her ecstatic and intensely rhythmic sets which channel the Motherbeat. This transcendent primordial healing energy and mathematics speaks through music and all things, from bird songs and locomotives to U.K. hardcore and krautrock. At the time the Motherbeat was revealed to her—23 years ago—Eris was a closeted teenager. In the decades that followed, her engagement with this ecstatic Gaian pulse was secreted as a private source of comfort and reprieve from dysphoria. During this time, Eris formed a highly personal and alchemical relationship with her rave records and synthesizers while unwittingly incorporating ideas described by Surrealism, shamanism, chaos magic and Dischordianism into her rituals. Over the past year, her path to transition has released all of her stored energy onto dance floors, leading to mythic sets at Club Toilet, Hot Mass, Honcho’s Campout, the Bunker NY and, most recently, at Tuf ‘till Dawn in Seattle. Eris has also performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Art Institute in Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland. She gives lectures on electronic music history, with a focus on marginalized voices for Daphne and mentors aspiring vinyl DJ’s for Walking and Falling.
For the story of how the Motherbeat was first revealed to Eris and her best friend, the Saintess James, please visit:
girlFx (pronounced "girlfriend") is a collective of women and non-binary individuals who stand for ownership and representation in the nightlife community.
We host a resident party at Hot Mass every 5th Saturday, Ace Hotel Pittsburgh’s monthly “In The Weeds”, and “Tea Time” a sober after-hours during the cold months at Dobra Tea (Pittsburgh, PA).
We welcome people of all identities.