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Odd Pleasures: A Queer Valentine’s Day Event

  • Edlis Neeson Theater
    First Floor, Accessible via the Griffin Entrance on Pearson Street
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611


This event is sold out, but more tickets may become available the day of the event. Please note our waiting list policy.

While you're waiting, you can create anti-Valentine's Day art with our TCA.

Call the MCA Box Office at 312-397-4010 or email for more information.

Featured images

  • A woman with disheveled blonde hair and a comically long, pink-tipped nose is seen in front of wooden shelves of flower bouquets.
Aunty Chan, still from Aunty Chan – ASMR Summer Snacking. Digital video
Image courtesy of the artist
Poster for Niki Lindroth von Bahr, Min Börda (The Burden), 2017. Stop-motion animation; 14 min 10 sec
Image courtesy of the artist
Juli Del Prete (Margo) and Kyra Jones (India) in The Right Swipe. Digital video. Director: Justin Casselle. Cinematography: Jana McLain
Image courtesy of the artists
Elise Fernandez
Photo: Anjali Pinto. Courtesy of the artist
Irregular Girl. Photo: Adam Ouhmane
Courtesy of the artist
A woman with disheveled blonde hair and a comically long, pink-tipped nose is seen in front of wooden shelves of flower bouquets.
Mika Rottenberg, still from NoNoseKnows, 2015. Video with sound and sculptural installation, 22 min, dimensions variable
Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth


Celebrate the most heteronormative of holidays with a queer variety show hosted by Aunty Chan. Experience an evening designed to engage multiple senses in pleasures big and small including live ASMR, drag, comedy, short movies, and youth-designed artist interactions.


Event Schedule


Performance, live ASMR by Aunty Chan

Screening, The Right Swipe

Performance, drag by Irregular Girl

Screening, The Burden

Performance, stand-up comedy by Elise Fernandez

Screening, NoNoseKnows


MCA Screenings feature works of contemporary cinema that expand traditional notions of moviegoing. This presentation is organized by former Assistant Curator Christy LeMaster and Communications Coordinator Georgie Morvis with the Performance and Public Practice team.

Content Warning

Odd Pleasures is intended for audiences 16 years old and up.

Bios and Screenings

About the Artists

Aunty Chan is a Chicago Drag Queen and Comedian. Her ASMR experience is very simple as eating loud is an everyday task of hers. You’d think it’s rude, but she doesn’t care. You can find her at Sidetrack on Thursdays and online at @aunty_chan on Instagram and Twitter.

Juli Del Prete, cocreator of The Right Swipe, is a Chicago-based writer, performer, and photographer. Her plays have been read and produced in Chicago, New York, Boston, and at her alma mater, Northwestern University. Her full-length play The Art of Losing was a finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. Her photos have appeared in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and on MTV’s Catfish. Most recently, Del Prete served as assistant director and intimacy captain for the world premiere of Tracy Letts’s Linda Vista (Steppenwolf, the Mark Taper Forum, Second Stage for Braodway).

Elise Fernandez is a comedian, writer, aspiring style icon, and excellent friend from Chicago. She is a producer of Diamond Comedy Hour and a writer for Cards Against Humanity. You can find her performing anywhere with a microphone. Make sure to ask her for a hug—she loves hugs.

Irregular Girl is a diva Latina guacamole margarita residing in Chicago, IL. As a drag queen, her goal is to uplift and empower other trans people and people of color. She graduated from SAIC in 2017 with a focus in performance and fibers—now, she and her BFA host parties like Mom Jeans, Duro, FKA, and the upcoming Moans, a show that features an entirely trans cast. Her Instagram is @imirregulargirl!

Kyra Jones, cocreator of The Right Swipe, is a Chicago-based actor, writer, and professional shade-thrower. She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in theatre and gender studies. She worked as a ghostwriter for Laci Green's YouTube partnership with Planned Parenthood and writes articles for several publications as a freelancer. She also works as an advocate against sexual violence and as an educator across the country. Jones appears in plays in Chicago, and is a regular on Kappa Force and Seeds (OTV | Open Television). Television credits include Chicago Justice on NBC. Jones is represented by Stewart Talent.

About the Screenings

No Nose Knows
Bunny Glamazon, a six-foot-four fetish performer triggers her own allergic reactions to produce plate after plate of cooked noodles. Beneath her office, workers cultivate freshwater pearls and in the process, assist Bunny in her endless task of production.

See other videos and installations from Mika Rottenberg in the exhibition Mika Rottenberg: Easypieces, on view at the MCA through Mar 8.

The Right Swipe
When best friends Margo and India start a business fixing men’s dating app profiles, how much will they f**k up their own love lives in the process? The Right Swipe is a romantic comedy web series exploring the challenges of dating at various intersections of marginalized identity.