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Close To There: Midwestern Feijoada

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Note: This event will be held at Bungalow (2840 W Armitage), not at Comfort Station

Join us for a closing party for Close to There, Comfort Station’s exchange with Salvador, Brazil-based Projeto Ativa, featuring iconic Brazilian stews and snacks reinterpreted with a midwestern slant by the team of Bungalow. Proceeds will support the next chapter of this project when Comfort Station brings ten Chicagoans to Salvador in 2020.

Communal eating can be found anywhere in the world, Brazilians are just particularly good at it. Considered by many to be the country’s signature dish, Feijoada is more than a pot of black beans and braised meats: the word itself refers both the food and the gathering around it, and it’s most often consumed by hundreds of people together in a festive atmosphere.  Bungalow’s take on Feijoada relies on a network of relationships with local farms supplying various cuts of meat in homage to the improvised origins of the dish taking ingredients from different sources and melding them together in one rich pot. Moqueca, an Afro-Brazilian stew from the state of Bahia, will be a vegan option, building on the traditional coconut-tomato broth with seasonal midwestern vegetables.

Help us celebrate the the closing of this first chapter of Comfort Station’s international exchange together with the artists from Salvador as well as those based in Chicago! 

$20 for a plate of food and a beer.

Feijoada is a big stew of black beans, salted, cured and smoked beef, pork and is often prepared as the centerpiece of a community celebration. Like the artist exchange, feijoada is a collaborative community effort. Everyone contributes to the pot and the sum of everyone’s individual contributions culminates in something big and joyful and freakin delicious.

In an effort to raise as much as we can to benefit [this project] and to celebrate the spirit of feijoada, we asked our favorite farms and purveyors to donate items to our communal pot, including:

Local Foods
Spence Farm LLC
Mint Creek Farm
Three Sisters Garden
Underground Meats
Green Acres

Close to There < > Perto de Lá is an international artist exchange project between Comfort Station (Chicago, USA) and Projeto Ativa (Salvador, Brazil), in collaboration with Harmonipan (Mexico City, Salvador), made possible by the MacArthur Foundation International Connections Fund. By bringing members of these two artistic communities in proximity with one another, this project aims to gestate long-term artistic collaborations between the participants, share arts-organizing models from their respective socio-political-artistic contexts, and encourage creative discourse around ideas such as the African Diaspora and contemporary Latinx/Latin American identities.

The exchange will begin with a multi-disciplinary group of Salvador-based artists visiting Chicago August 9th - 29th 2019, carrying out a variety of programs, performances, and research through Comfort Station and its partner spaces across the city. In February of 2020, a group of Chicago-based artists will in turn visit Salvador to engage with the city’s creative landscape via Projeto Ativa’s network of artists and cultural institutions.

Our institutional partner venues in Chicago include:

The Poetry Foundation
Links Hall
Rebuild Foundation (Stony Island Arts Bank, Dorchester Art + Housing Project)
Spudnik Press
Co Prosperity Sphere
6018 North
Arts Incubator (
University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life initiative)

This project is made possible by the generosity of the MacArthur Foundation’s International Connections Fund.

Organized and curated by Jordan Martins, Lanussi Pasquali, and Juci Reis.
Graphic Design by Paco Barba