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Frankie Knuckles and the Power of Liberatory Space

January 19 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Music historian and Rebuild Foundation DJ in Residence Duane Powell presents a special discussion honoring Frankie Knuckles on what would have been his 65th birthday. Using material objects from the Frankie Knuckles vinyl collection as a starting point, Duane will investigate how Frankie created sanctuaries for the marginalized from his DJ booth. The legendary House spaces like the Warehouse and Power Plant became sacred to the LGBTQ+ communities they served.

This discussion launches a year of programming at Rebuild Foundation, exploring the notion and necessity of sanctuary, and its role in cultural creation. Following the talk, stick around for a very special Sunday Service with Duane playing a full set of digitized selections from Frankie’s collection.

Capacity is limited. This event is first-come, first-serve. We recommend arriving early to secure a seat.

And just like the Warehouse, the party don’t stop. The evening of January 19th, the Frankie Knuckles Foundation hosts For Frankie! at the Smart Bar at 10PM.


Stony Island Arts Bank
6760 S. Stony Island Ave
Chicago, IL 60649 United States
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