TSM11 Release Party! 3/16/19

Join us this Saturday March 16th to celebrate the release of The Sick Muse #11! RSVP HERE and we’ll send you the address for Nude Beach on Saturday!

Doors at 8pm / Show at 9pm
$8 suggested donation
Venue will be wheelchair accessible thanks to Chicago ramp sharing info & forum. Email sickmuse.chi@gmail.com for questions about accessibility.

With performance by:

Cordoba – CHI

Elijah Berlow

Kelsey Wild


& poetry reading by Alex Shapiro
& the works of Mac Blackout
& live art by Hannah B. Moore
& art installations by BAD WITCH CLUB
& drinks served by Dr.Meats
& photography by Colectivo Multipolar

TSM11 is our first issue printed on newsprint and will be distributed all across chi. As such, the issue is centered around media, with writing and art interrogating the propagation, distribution, and circulation of knowledge and art. How we move ideas so that ideas can move us??

Celebrate The Sick Muse 10 Release!

On the opening night of The World’s Fair 2018, join us to celebrate the release of The Sick Muse 10: UTOPIA at the Co-Prosperity Sphere!!

With performance by:

Glad Rags

>>radiant device<<

MC Foucault

DJ Sasha No Disco

+ Comedy
+TSM-curated art gallery with works by Sarai Redmond, Alex XIII Maerbach, Jordyn Belli, Eliza Karazah, Sustainable Confidence and more!

The Sick Muse 10 is centered around the theme of UTOPIA and it is the first magazine-format, glossy af issue printed at 8.5″x11″!! The release is part of the World’s Fair 2018 (www.nomoneynoborders.com)!

??Pre-order your copy of TSM 10 here??

Doors at 7 / Show at 8
$8 suggested donation
**Free raffle ticket with entry**
Prizes include merch from local bands and more!

!!!!Food and drink for sale!!!
(no byob)

Pre-Order TSM 10!

Gahhhhhhh the biggest baddest glossiest issue of the Sick Muse is almost here…and for the first time ever, we’re offering a pre-order situation: so follow this link!

The Sick Muse 10 is centered around the theme of UTOPIA and will include:

  • an interview with rap duo Mother Nature about becoming hip-hop geniuses
  • an interview with »radiant devices«, Chicago industrial and downtempo electronics wonders
  • a guide to foraging wild life and growing food in Chicago
  • a foto series of queer nightlife by ColectivoMultipolar
  • a timeline of DIY Chicago from 2000-2036
  • an account of cooperative living
  • and uh, so much more! We don’t want to give it all away 😉

Printed on 8.5″ x 11″ glossy paper and 68 pages long, our 10th issue will include waaay more content by/about Chicago DIY artmakers than ever before. (It’s also way more expensive to print. We’re trying to keep the cost as low as we can while also creating a beautiful, exciting zine bursting with knowledge and fresh creations. We’ve cut down the number of zines we print yearly in order to create more expansive issues, so think of this as three issues in one).

The issue drops June 22 on the opening night of the World’s Fair 2018. Stay tuned for details about the release party!

We love you and thank you for your support.

SALE ALERT: Treat your friends (or yourself) to The Sick Muse

Support Chicago’s artists & zinemakers this spending season. Pick any three issues of The Sick Muse for $12 or get the whole dang collection (plus a pin and sticker!) for a low $25. We can gift wrap and ship. We’ll make it look cute. Sale ends JAN01!

Place your order with sickmuse.chi@gmail.com.

TSM#9 Release Party Pics Are Here!

On DEC02, 2017

at Archer Beach Haus

in Bridgeport, Chicago, IL,

a DIY fashion extravaganza rang in the latest Sick Muse release, number 9! With a runway show featuring Michelle Janayea, Harakaat Apparel + House of Ka, and An Authentic Skid Mark + Edaa Birthing, a performance by DIY rock star Richard Album, juke & house music selected by Shook Hips, ecstatic visuals produced by Nate Coleman, and a dangerously fun catwalk contest judged by Rae Bees and Kristopher Fraser.


Look at your beautiful selves…

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The Sick Muse #9 Now Available!

The Sick Muse #9 was released at a smash of a fashion show/party last Saturday, December 2nd at Archer Beach Haus. No. 9 is housed within covers by Ursula Andreeff and Xander Black, and features:

  • An interview with performance artist Glamhag
  • An exposition of DIY venue bathroom art
  • An interview with Adam Zanolini of Afro-futurist free jazz collective, the Participatory Music Coalition
  • Poetry by Rui Carlos da Cunha and + (“Plus Sign”)
  • An interview with rocknrollers A Million Rich Daughters
  • Lyrics, illustrations, photography && more!

Letter from the Editors

To our loyal and disloyal readers,

People are still making music and art, so we still make this zine to make art and words out of the art and words others make. A regurgitation of sorts. An ordered, tabbed, aligned, italicized, bolded, kerned, edited, paginated, collated, folded, stapled, purchased regurgitation. But we can look at the regurgitation and see beauty in the transformation, sort like the pretty yellows, pinks, and reds one may appreciate after a good puke.

A big thanks to all who took part in the regurgitation; all of this issue’s contributors are amazing. We interview with multifaceted performer Glamhag, discuss bathrooms, taste the memories of a drummer turned poet, get lost in a photograph, read a magical/unmagical poem, interview with Participatory Music Coalition about freedom and music, dig some amazing paintings, as always ingest some wacky lyrics, interview with A Million Rich Daughters, and shout out some dope folks to close it out.

This issue just about marks two years we’ve been at this, and it has been a very fun and humbling experience all around. It is so exciting to realize just how little we can grasp of the relentless commitment to art that takes just in Chciagoland. Stay warm, and see you when the spring thaws out.

In sickness and in health,

the editors

Pick up your copy at any of our stockists, find us tabling at a show, or send us an email to place an order!

Huge thank you to all of our contributors!

Another huge thank you to everyone who participated or came to the fashion show release party! We’ll be posting pics soon!

Flyer by Ben Karas.

From the TSM #9 release party & fashion show on December 2nd. Garment: An Authentic Skidmark x Edaa Birthing. Model: Jesus Hilario. Photo: Eric Sowin.