GARLIC AND GREENS: Accessible Soul Food Stories presents, "Shoebox Lunch"
Date & Time
SAT Sept. 14 | 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM
SUN Sept. 15 | 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM
...an interactive listening event. This multisensory performance highlights the intersections between black culture, migration and wellness.
All performances will take place in the Residents' Dining Hall of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum.
You will receive a package as you travel on a train journey completely in the dark. One by one,
you will meet characters telling personal stories about families and food heritage. These memories
will be shared with you through sound, touch, taste, and smell.
Directed by Fereshteh Toosi with audio engineering by Soapbox Music.
“Shoebox Lunch” is a time capsule of memories that celebrates family food heritage and migration history. By engaging the senses of touch, taste, and smell, this interactive audio documentary highlights soul food traditions, their southern roots, and connections to Black history.
What is the significance of the title, “Shoebox Lunch”?
During the Jim Crow era, trains were segregated and Black people were not allowed to visit the dining cars. Many passengers would pack a meal in shoeboxes when traveling to southern cities. Road trips by automobile also presented challenges to a family looking for places to eat. Planning ahead with boxed lunches became a tradition.
What will I hear on the sound track?
The project features ambient train sounds and music to accompany each speaker, whose names are listed below. Except for the prelude, all the music tracks feature blues musicians who are blind. The songs may be downloaded for free at archive.org. You will find direct links at the “Shoebox Lunch” project website, garlicandgreens.info
* All views expressed are those of the guests and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, or the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Architecture and the Arts.