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Mountain Moving Coffeehouse for Womyn and Children
Inducted 1993
Photo: Tracy Baim/Outline & Nightlines
It is the oldest continuously running, women-only space in the nation. For more than 25 years, it has presented lesbian-feminist-orientated culture and music. The collective is operated totally by volunteers and is open to any woman who wishes to participate.
Mountain Moving Coffeehouse for Women and Children is not a not-for-profit organization run by a group of lesbians from the Chicago area. The Coffeehouse began in November 1975 as a social alternative to the bars, and to provide a safe, women-only, chemical and alcohol-free meeting space for all women. Operating for almost 20 years, it is the oldest continuously-running women-only space in the country.
Producing between 30 and 50 events a year over the course of its history, Mountain Moving Coffeehouse has presented a wide variety of programming reflecting the diversity, depth, and richness of lesbian culture and music. Although it is a lesbian-feminist-oriented coffeehouse, the contributing members and friends who devote their energies and talents to MMCH hold not specific political stance as a group; because of this, the Coffeehouse is able to present entertainment, forums, and discussions that touch upon almost every aspect and issue within the lesbian community.
Mountain Moving Coffeehouse actively solicits and is responsive to suggestions and criticisms from the lesbian and women's communities. All Saturday evening programs and monthly meetings are open to any woman wishing to participate. The Coffeehouse is always working to improve its services, skills, productions, and equipment. It relies completely on the volunteer labor of members and friends to carry out the enormous tasks involved in producing regular community events. In doing so, it provides lesbians with leadership and technical skills and recognition in the community.
The Coffeehouse also provides women performers with the opportunity to reach and develop a broader audience; several performers have built their reputations and careers through their exposure at Mountain Moving Coffeehouse. In fact, most of the performers who are known in the women's music and comedy circuit today have played at the Coffeehouse, including Ferron, Karen Williams, Tret Fure, the Topp Twins, Dos Fallopia, Kay Gardner, Toshi Reagon, Casselberry-DuPree, and many others.
Mountain Moving Coffeehouse is currently located at the United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 West Morse Avenue. Performances are generally two sets, at 8:30 and 9:45 p.m., with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. Admission is always by suggested donation, and no woman is ever turned away because of inability to pay.
The Coffeehouse is run by a constantly growing and changing collective which hopes to continue that growth by gaining new members and friends, and through suggestions and comments offered by the community at large.
This biography is as of the induction date. It has not been updated.
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