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Disability Culture Cabaret

A disability culture cabaret, featuring exhibits, talks and readings by local artists including actor-director Mike Nussbaum, takes place this Friday at Access Living.

Titled “Contagious,” the cabaret launches a new arts and culture program by Access Living which is aimed raising the visibility of an emerging disability culture, said Gary Arnold.

Following a reception at 6 p.m., three visual artists will give talks presenting their work; after that, the Contagious Theatre Revue will present local writers (including Arnold and Mike Ervin) and theater artists reading their work and the work of others.

Nussbaum will join Michael Martin to read from “Shoot” by Lynn Manning, a poet and playwright (and Blind Judo champion) who was blinded when he was shot in a bar fight at age 23.

With an extensive career in theater and film featuring a long association with playwright David Mamet, Nussbaum is also the father of playwright-director Susan Nussbaum, whose work has treated disability issues for many years. Susan also works at Access Living, and she’ll emcee the revue.

The new Access Living Disability Culture Project includes a permanent collection of visual art from artists who have disabilities or who address disability and an archive of multimedia materials and texts, and plans educational programs, rotating exhibits, and public events including readings and film showings.

Contagious: A Disability Culture Cabaret takes place Friday, December 7, 6 to 9 p.m., at Access Living, 115 W. Chicago.

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